University of Tennessee — Director of Diversity and Community Relations

University of Tennessee
Knoxville, TN

Director of Diversity and Community Relations, Haslam College of Business

The University of Tennessee’s Haslam College of Business (HCB) invites nominations and applications for Director of the Office Diversity and Community Relations. The college creates a diverse community by fostering a climate supportive of respect, equity and broad participation. These efforts support our teaching, research, and outreach mission. This is an exciting opportunity to affect the campus, contributing in meaningful ways to the diversity and intercultural goals of the University.

About the Position
The Director serves as a key member of the college’s leadership team responsible for providing support, direction and guidance to achieve the goals of the office. Working with the Dean and other stakeholders, the Director will play a critical role in advancing diversity, inclusion and engagement throughout the college.

Reporting directly to the Dean, the Director will serve as a thought leader in developing a support model of diversity, inclusion and engagement at all levels. This professional will provide strategic, intentional and visionary leadership to create an integrated vision and shared responsibility for advancing university diversity goals and for fostering and supporting a campus culture that respects and appreciates individual differences. The Director will collaborate with offices across the college and university to advance diversity and inclusion in the university’s research and educational missions, creating a welcoming environment for students, faculty and staff. This professional will supervise a talented team of 4 individuals.

Job Duties

  • Provide vision, leadership, management, assessment, and strategic planning for the design and implementation of a college-wide diversity action plan.
  • Work with corporate partners to build relationships and provide professional development opportunities for students.
  • Work with the development office to secure private funds to support office programs and initiatives.
  • Serve as a consultant to the executive committee and department leaders to support diversity, inclusion and engagement efforts in their areas.
  • Ensure the most effective operations of the Office of Diversity and Community Relations through program development, process improvement and coordination/integration of processes with other departments.
  • Accountable for the following activities in the office: Diversity Plans, Climate Surveys, Data Collection and Dash Boards.
  • Supervise a talented team of professionals including: Assistant Director for Academic Support and Partnerships, Coordinator of Outreach and Pre-Collegiate Programs, Coordinator of Retention and Education, Program and Administrative Specialist.
  • Responsible for creating and managing the office budget and resources.

Required Qualifications

  • Master’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education is required
  • Significant experience designing and implementing diversity, inclusion and engagement initiatives within a complex institution or organization.
  • Four (4) or more years’ experience supervising and leading professional staff and supporting staff professional development.
  • Demonstrated experience in managing budget and fiscal resources.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Demonstrated success with infusing diversity, inclusion and engagement practices within a professional setting.
  • History of thought leadership as demonstrated through publications, presentations, or other means of communication.
  • Experience as a leader or member of a team, task force, or committee, and manage conflict and build consensus.
  • Experience managing conflict and building consensus.

Knowledge, Skills Abilities

  • Knowledge of business education and training.
  • Must understand and appreciate business/corporate culture and processes. 
  • Evidence of experience collaborating and building strategic partnerships.
  • Advanced education/training in business and diversity-related fields, topics and subjects.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop trust with campus and community constituents.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively in a diverse environment.
  • Ability to work effectively across the campus both as an organizational leader and valued colleague.
  • Strong emotional intelligence and interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrable ability to lead through influence at all levels of the organization.
  • Discretion and good judgment to handle confidential information.

For full consideration, please submit a letter of interest, resume and three (3) professional references with the application.

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