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Associate Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion
Grand Forks, ND
Posted Nov 07, 2013 by University of North Dakota
Category: Multicultural Affairs and Affirmative Action


As the flagship institution of North Dakota and a Carnegie Doctoral Research Institution, the University of North Dakota (UND) takes great pride in its history, world-class programs, and vision for the future. The Universitys outstanding academic programs at the undergraduate, graduate, and professional levels prepare students for a lifetime of learning, personal fulfillment, professional success, and to have a positive impact on society. Enrolling over 15,000 students (including 3,000 graduate students) from all 50 states, eight Canadian provinces, and more than 50 countries, the University offers programs in aerospace, the arts and humanities, business, education, engineering, law, medicine, nursing, and the sciences. UND is located in Grand Forks, a community-minded college town of over 50,000 on the banks of the beautiful Red River, and is within driving distance of metropolitan Minneapolis and Winnipeg.

The Associate Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion will lead the Universitys efforts in the development and implementation of a strategic vision and operational plan for advancing diversity. The Associate Vice President will be an experienced and innovative professional who can champion the development of effective strategies, practices, and policies that ensure the University is an inclusive, welcoming, and engaging work and learning environment.

The Associate Vice President is the senior diversity officer and, as such, serves as a resource and catalyst to assess, plan, develop, and collaborate with UND community members regarding various diversity-related programs and initiatives. The position supports the program goals of a number of diversity-related offices including American Indian Student Services, Multicultural Student Services, International Centre, the Womens Center, and GLBTQA services. The position reports to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, with a dotted-line relationship with the Vice President for Student Affairs.

The Associate Vice President collaborates with multiple stakeholder groups, including:

  • Academic Deans, to develop the inclusion of diversity in the curriculum, increase the representation of underrepresented faculty and students, and enhance diversity considerations in research and creative activities;
  • Student Affairs, to support co-curricular efforts and data-driven practices promoting diversity in student development processes, and building cultural competencies, intergroup dialogue, and an appreciation for cross-cultural/multicultural communities;
  • Affirmative Action, Human Resources, and Legal Counsel to provide leadership in implementing effective hiring practices designed to recruit and retain underrepresented faculty and staff and to ensure compliance with state-wide and national policies related to bias incidents and harassment such as Title IX;
  • Sovereign Tribal nations and local Native American tribes, communities, and individuals to strengthen campus-community relations in addressing the needs of Native American students.

Minimum requirements include a masters degree (doctorate preferred) with a proven track record of successfully creating diversity and inclusion programs and collaborating with a broad range of constituencies in their implementation. The successful candidate must be a strategic leader and diversity advocate with in-depth knowledge and experience regarding the culture of higher education and the unique needs of students, faculty, staff, and administrators as it relates to diversity, inclusion, and social justice. The candidate must have respect for and an understanding of shared governance, and the ability to be an effective leader in a collaborative environment.

Review of applications begins December 6, 2013. A resume with an accompanying cover letter may be submitted via the SJG website at www.spelmanandjohnson.com under the link Open Positions. Nominations for this position may be emailed to Peter Rosenberg at pwr@sjgsearch.com. If you are unable to submit materials electronically, please call SJG at 413-529-2895.

SJG The Spelman & Johnson Group

University of North Dakota Associate Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion

Peter W. Rosenberg, Senior Associate

Visit the University of North Dakota website at www.und.edu

Any submission regarding this opening is subject to the North Dakota Open Records laws.

The names of all candidates and nominees are a matter of public record under the statutes and policies of the State of North Dakota.

UND is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer and is committed to achieving excellence through diversity.




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