Responsible for the development and management of all Diversity and Inclusion programming and initiatives at the Law School. This includes recruitment, strategic planning, coordination, project management, conflict resolution, budgeting, student counseling, faculty advising, relationship building, and external networking as outlined in the duties described below.
Develop strategies, create programs, and implement new activities that foster and support diversity and inclusion in the Law School. With Law Admissions, develop and implement innovative recruitment strategies to attract a larger number of diverse student applicants. Advise the Dean and faculty on diversity and inclusion issues and proactively engage with constituents to ensure students feel safe and supported.
Lead diversity initiatives in the Law School, ensuring the continued development of an inclusive, student-focused culture. Oversee and plan programs, workshops, and training sessions to promote the school’s effort to build and maintain an environment that is inclusive, pluralistic, and diverse. Oversee programs to support the integration of diverse students into the law school community.
Serve as an advisor to individual students on academic issues, curricular and educational decisions, academic progress and performance, and career objectives. Serve as an ombudsperson for students when necessary. Work closely with student groups serving diverse students or whose mission involves diversity to facilitate programming designed to foster a culture of inclusion.
Collaborate in program and policy development in Student Services to ensure that diversity goals are included in event planning, budget preparation, and promotion of the mission. Plan and manage diversity initiatives budget and coordinate and consult in planning and management of Student Affairs’ operational budget.
Manage student matters related to the honor code, character and fitness, examinations, orientation, convocation, ADA accommodations, and other matters related to Student Life. Represent Dean of Student Services in circumstances as needed.
Build external networks to promote diversity goals of law school. Represent the school at the local, state, and national levels on all matters related to diversity affairs.
Facilitate the cultivation of financial aid and employment opportunities for diverse students.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Juris Doctor Degree from an accredited law school or other advanced degree.
Minimum of 3 to 5 years of legal or comparable experience.
Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain strong interpersonal relationships with students, faculty, alumni, staff, legal professionals, and the general public.
Demonstrated ability to engage others in difficult conversations and manage conflict.
Proven ability to exercise initiative and judgment in coordinating various programs.
Must be self-directed and willing to identify and assume new responsibilities in line with the evolving needs of the Law School
Must be willing to travel and when necessary, work a flexible schedule (night and weekend events are sometimes necessary).
Proven conflict management/resolution ability
High degree of comfort working with a wide variety of competing constituencies.
Prior experience in counseling, recruitment, and/or job placement in a law school or comparable setting.
Prior experience working in the field of Diversity and Inclusion or similar relevant experience.
Prior experience in both advocacy and conflict management/resolution settings.
Prior experience that encompasses broad range of client interactions, including, at least, racial, ethnic, religious, geographic, sexual identity, and socio-economic status diversity.
As per Northwestern University policy, this position requires a criminal background check. Successful applicants will need to submit to a criminal background check prior to employment.
Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.
Internal Number: 33041
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