Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Connecticut, United States
09 Jan 2021
End of advertisement period
09 Mar 2021
Contract Type
Full Time

Position Focus:

Reporting directly to the Dean, the Director, Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (ODEI) leads the development and implementation of an effective strategy to build a vibrant culture of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) for all members of the YSN community and to advance DEI priorities in all facets of YSN strategic plan, including the anti-racism plan. The director will guide and lead YSN in efforts to create an environment that values and demonstrates its commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion. The position will be responsible for developing, aligning, and/or integrating a range of new and existing initiatives, policies and procedures into a cohesive platform that will foster a more inclusive, welcoming, supportive, and diverse higher education community within the school and with its partners and affiliates. Understanding that this critical work is the responsibility of everyone at YSN, this position will guide the YSN community in expanding and extending the values of DEI/anti-racism framework through teaching, scholarship, and broad engagement of students, faculty, staff and alumni. The successful candidate will establish and nurture collaborative partnerships with all stakeholders: leadership, faculty, students, staff and external stakeholders such as preceptors, clinical and community agencies.

The Director will lead YSN, in collaboration with staff, faculty, leaders and departments, in examination of current practices, policies, procedures, programs, structures, and campus climate, in order to develop a comprehensive, school-wide DEI strategic plan. The Director will engage in ongoing assessment to create and sustain a vibrant, anti-racist, anti-oppressive learning and working environment that is welcoming and supportive of all, as well as a plan that strives to eradicate equity gaps in student participation and achievement. The Director will serve as a resource for individuals and groups through consultation and advisement regarding DEI matters. The Director of ODEI will serve as the School Title IX Coordinator and will play a role in the School compliance efforts and commitment to providing a learning and working environment free from gender discrimination and sexual harassment. Additionally, they will be responsible for providing leadership and guidance to senior leaders, faculty, staff, students, alumni, preceptors and others as a whole on matters related to equity, diversity and inclusion/anti-racism work and its impact on the YSN community.

Essential Duties

  1. Provide leadership, coordination, consultation, assistance, strategic oversight, and direction, regarding all DEI matters.
  2. In collaboration with YSN community members, provide leadership in the creation, implementation and ongoing evaluation of the school’s DEI plans and updates consistent with the goals and objectives set by Inclusion, Diversity Equity & Action Solutions (IDEAS) @ YSN—which is the school’s diversity, equity and inclusion council.
  3. Provide operational management for IDEAS @ YSN.
  4. Lead YSN-level implementation for Yale University-wide DEI goals.
  5. Recommend policy, procedure and structural improvements that remove barriers to student, faculty, and employee success.
  6. Cultivate and promote inclusive learning and work environments that encourage and support DEI initiatives such as organizational wide DEI workshops, multicultural and appreciation events and advocacy for faculty, staff, student and/or alumni affinity groups that support initiatives promoting learning that is diverse and inclusive.
  7. In partnership with the Executive Deputy Dean, Program Chairs and faculty, support the development and implementation of inclusive curricula and pedagogical practices.
  8. Work with the YSN leadership team to develop strategies and opportunities to recruit and retain a diverse faculty and staff workforce.
  9. Develop metrics and dashboards to ensure accountability, tracking, and monitoring of DEI efforts. Work closely with relevant YSN offices in use of data tools (e.g., campus climate survey, demographic data, student completion and employment data etc.) to compile reports that create benchmarks and assess institutional progress regarding DEI efforts.
  10. Develop dynamic and intentional equity, diversity and inclusion programs and initiatives for faculty, preceptor, staff and students that adequately address the educational and social needs of our campus community.
  11. Develop and implement employee professional development to support equity and multicultural competencies, and an ability to work and thrive in an increasingly diverse academic community.
  12. Responsible for compliance and associated reports related to equity, diversity and inclusion.
  13. Serve as an ad-hoc member of the Leadership Team in responding to emerging issues, ideas, and challenges impacting YSN’s ability to effectively move forward with DEI efforts.
  14. Serve as the Associate Dean for Global Health & Equity’s liaison to task forces, committees, and activities working towards a unified Yale University-wide effort in enhancing DEI.
  15. Work internally and externally to establish networks of experts and organizations involved in the national discussion of DEI to consistently advise YSN Senior Leadership Team on innovative ideas and program concepts for consideration, selection and implementation.
  16. Identify opportunities to integrate DEI initiatives which advance diversity-building partnerships in the community (campus and local).
  17. Collaborate with the YSN Office of Communications and Alumni Affairs to develop materials to promote DEI goals and successes.
  18. Utilizing knowledge of federal, state, local, laws, rules, regulations, policies and procedures, facilitate appropriate resolution to reports of bias-related incidents, including working with faculty and preceptors.
  19. Identify and coordinate appropriate actions (referral, trainings, and counsel) for any identified trends or patterns identified
  20. Other duties as assigned by the Associate Dean for Global Health & Equity
  21. Incumbent must be effective at accomplishing goals through the work of others and coordinating efforts performed by multiple individuals and groups. 

Required Education and Experience

Bachelor's degree in a related field and three or more years of related experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Required Skill/Ability 1:

Ability to communicate effectively (written, interpersonal, and group communication) at all levels of the school, with administration, faculty, staff, students, and external constituents. High emotional intelligence and ability to handle stressful, challenging and emotional situations, and create thoughtful, fair, and institutionally aligned responses.

Required Skill/Ability 2:

Ability to work with a diverse student body, faculty, staff, other university constituents, and external organizations. Expertise, knowledge and facility with best practices in diversity, equity and inclusion.

Required Skill/Ability 3:

Proven excellent organizational, planning and leadership skills. Adaptability, including being comfortable with ambiguity and change. Capable of representing YSN in multiple contexts.

Required Skill/Ability 4:

Demonstrated ability to create and sustain an environment of mutual respect, while continually learning about differences in our community members to support responsible, humane, and inclusive work and learning environments for faculty, staff and students.

Required Skill/Ability 5:

Ability with community organizing, including coalition-building to achieve goals within a multi-stakeholder organization. Expertise, knowledge and facility in applying anti-racism and anti-oppression frameworks within organizations.

Preferred Education, Experience and Skills:

Terminal degree. 5 years or more experience w/DEI work. Experience in higher ed. Proven ability to fulfill the NADOHE Standards. Knowledge of health professions education. Supervisory experience of small to moderate sized teams. Experience in organizational change. Recruitment, retention, training. Development, implementation, and evaluation of programs. Facilitation.

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