The University of St. Thomas invites qualified candidates to apply for an Associate Vice President for Inclusive Excellence position.
Inspired by Catholic intellectual tradition, the University of St. Thomas educates students to be morally responsible leaders who think critically, act wisely, and work skillfully to advance the common good. A successful candidate will possess a commitment to the ideals of this mission statement.
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In accordance with our University of St. Thomas mission of advancing the common good and convictions of dignity and diversity, the university seeks to create and sustain a diverse, equitable and inclusive community. Reporting directly to the President, the Associate Vice President for (AVP) for Inclusive Excellence will lead the development and implementation of a proactive diversity, equity and inclusion strategy, which will support St. Thomas’s mission and strategic priorities.
The AVP for Inclusive Excellence is a high-level management position reporting directly to the President and serving as a member of the President’s Cabinet. The AVP for Inclusive Excellence will lead the development of a vision and effective strategy that champions the importance and value of a diverse and inclusive university environment. Annual university-wide goals and strategies will be developed by the AVP for Inclusive Excellence to bring together various constituencies across the university. Tapping into a broad array of existing university resources, the AVP for Inclusive Excellence will also engage faculty, staff and students to build a welcoming and inclusive culture at St. Thomas.
Key to success in the position is the ability to establish effective and productive relationships with other university leaders in ways that are developmentally supportive and productive.
The AVP for Inclusive Excellence will design and implement training initiatives on cultural competency, gender diversity, disability, sexual identity, inter-faith understanding and other topics designed to increase awareness and support of equity and inclusion values, and maintaining compliance with applicable laws. The position serves as a key advisor and resource person for leadership, faculty and staff in the areas of diversity, inclusion and equity.
The AVP for Inclusive Excellence will implement an ongoing strategic “action plan to combat racism” designed to activate the university and infuse inclusive practices across the institution.
This position is the nexus of diversity, equity and inclusion efforts at St. Thomas. It is a non-academic, professional staff position that does not have a research requirement. The work performed will require being accessible to constituents and present on campus approximately 90% of the time. The primary areas of accountability include strategy, support, coordination, and education.
TYPICAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
A Master’s degree in education, sociology, anthropology, public administration, human resources management or other related field. A doctorate is preferred. Experience performing the duties described above may substitute for the education requirement on a year-for-year basis. Five years of experience working in a diversity, equity and inclusion role or an affirmative action and EEO compliance function that involved the duties and principal accountabilities described above. Experience in higher education and a demonstrated understanding of faculty, academic freedom and shared governance helpful. Management and supervisory experience desired. Knowledge of training, conflict resolution, restorative justice and mediation methods.
WORK ENVIRONMENT AND PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS
Work pressure, disturbances of workflow, and/or irregularities in work schedule are frequent and require significant adaptation. The performance rapidly evolves, requiring continual upgrading of skills. Work is mostly sedentary and confined to an office setting with periodic outside activity for training and intervention. This is an exempt position; extended hours may be required in order to accomplish objectives. Occasional evening and weekend services are expected.
Physical exertion includes standing during training, carrying materials and hand-outs, flip charts and other audio-visual equipment.
HOW TO APPLY
On the University of St. Thomas Jobs page, follow the instructions to complete an online application which includes uploading a resume and copy/pasting a job specific cover letter.
In light of its commitment to create and maintain a safe learning and working environment, employment with the University of St. Thomas requires consent and successful completion of a background screening.
The University of St. Thomas, Minnesota Human Resources Department advertises the official job listing on its website at www.stthomas.edu/jobs.
The University of St. Thomas is an Equal Opportunity Employer