The Assistant Dean for Inclusive Excellence will provide senior-level leadership for the School, modeling the highest level of excellence, use of evidence, fairness, proactivity, support for diversity, inclusion, civility and understanding of our context within UNC-Chapel Hill and the UNC system. As appropriate, the Assistant Dean’s expertise and services may be extended to nearby schools or units to help develop further capacity in other parts of the University, especially in health affairs units, where there is a special mandate to serve all populations. The individual in the position should demonstrate a strong commitment to serving others and to enhancing a culture of collaboration across the School and University, and should be adaptable, knowledgeable about evidence-based programs and conversant with data. When we refer to diversity, we include ethnicity, race, age, gender, whether a person has physical limitations, religion, country of origin and veteran’s status. We also mean much more than that. In defining diversity, we include people with a range of philosophical and political perspectives so that our school, and other schools this position may work with, offer a big tent where many points of view are expressed. This is particularly important in the current US climate where people may view campuses as only homes for liberals. It is also critically important for public health and other health affairs professionals, who must work effectively with people from all backgrounds, and from across the political spectrum, to forge public health solutions. As part of the senior leadership team, the position will provide leadership to sustain and enhance a diverse, inclusive, civil and welcoming community that upholds the highest standards of inclusive excellence. The successful candidate will share in the commitment to expand diversity and inclusiveness across the Gillings School among faculty, staff, students, alumni and community partners, on advisory groups, in our curricula, in our facilities, and through our policies and practices. We are committed to fostering a culture where all stakeholder groups experience the Gillings School environment as welcoming, valuing all individuals and supporting their personal and professional development. The individual in this position will lead our efforts to do so. Building on major Gillings School and UNC-Chapel Hill diversity and inclusion efforts of the past seven years, the position will collaborate with others across the School and University to develop goals and catalyze development of groundbreaking, transformative initiatives in pursuit of those goals. The individual will work closely with staff from Diversity and Multicultural Affairs and may contribute meaningfully to efforts in other schools or units on campus, as well. The position will also provide consultation on achieving inclusive excellence (including best practices and evidence-based strategies for doing so), recommend actions that should be taken by the School’s leadership and departments within the School, and lead initiatives to promote inclusive excellence across the School, consistent with what is occurring in the University. This position will aid in refining metrics for diversity, inclusion and civility, monitor and assess progress towards goals and regularly report on progress to the dean, senior associate dean, associate dean for academic and student affairs, Dean’s Council, external boards, and other key stakeholders within and beyond Gillings. The person in the position should be conversant with the literature related to inclusive excellence and committed to use of evidence-based strategies, wherever possible.
Education and Experience:
Individual must respect and facilitate inclusive excellence in the broadest sense and demonstrate, from outcomes attained through previous work, that he/she has the expertise and ability to lead effective, inclusive excellence initiatives.
Individual should be emotionally intelligent, culturally competent and charismatic.
At least six (6) years of progressively responsible and significant leadership experience in diversity and inclusion, preferably in higher education. Applicant must demonstrate success in leading and motivating people with diverse backgrounds and expertise, at all levels of the organization and in managing complex projects.
Excellent skills in oral, written and digital communication
Experienced in using data to drive results
Successful applicant must appreciate and act on the need for transparency. The individual must also recognize the constraints of the state personnel system and the obligations of working in a state educational system and must appreciate the special responsibilities of public universities.
Successful applicant must be appropriately proactive and astutely reactive. Individual must take initiative and make decisions, even when the data are imperfect. Individual must understand the need for urgency in our actions but also the importance of accountability. They must act on this urgency, even as they demonstrate a collaborative commitment to serve others in a decentralized organization with strong units.
Individual must be sensitive to political and other considerations. They must also be able to work in an organization in which consensus is the goal for decision making and in which, while degrees and rank are important, there is potential for everyone to advance and for some people to move in unconventional ways.
This person must be able to lead and motivate people across the organization (i.e., without line authority) and skilled in helping diverse groups reach consensus.
This person must be highly collaborative, willing and able to work closely with Gillings faculty, staff and students but also with faculty, staff and students at other schools or units within the University, including UNC’s Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs.
The Dean’s Office and central School units operate with lean resources, including staff. Everyone is expected to perform tasks needed to enable the School to remain one of the very top schools of public health. For senior people, this often entails meetings early and late in the day, responding quickly to requests for information, writing significant parts of reports, letters and other documents, and preparing and delivering presentations to various groups.
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.
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