Pennsylvania State University — Assistant Director of Diversity and Inclusion

Assistant Director of Diversity and Inclusion

Finance and Business has long been committed to advancing diversity and inclusion at Penn State. With the establishment of one of the first positions dedicated to focusing efforts on matters of equity and justice for staff at the university, Finance and Business has continually led the way on addressing the needs of employees who are often underrepresented or under-served due to an understanding that diversity, equity, and inclusion is crucial to the success of the university.

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Finance and Business, is excited to welcome applications for the inaugural role of Assistant Director. The Office of Diversity and Inclusion is seeking a collaborative partner to work alongside the Director to help provide overall guidance, resources, and support for advancing Finance and Business' diversity and inclusion efforts as a means to foster an inclusive and welcoming environment for employees across Finance and Business.

Building off a knowledge base of working with members of historically underrepresented and marginalized populations, the Assistant Director will be responsible for primary management of one of Finance and Business' premiere programs – the Office of Diversity and Inclusion Mentorship Program. The Assistant Director will work with the Director to identify, coordinate, and – at times – facilitate diversity, equity, and inclusion training and education for Finance and Business employees. Additionally, the Assistant Director will work with colleagues to identify, plan, implement and assess professional development programs as well as programs that promote cultural awareness and inclusion, including celebrations of ethnic/racial group heritage.

Serving as an extension of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, the Assistant Director will engage with colleagues from Finance and Business-wide, university-wide, and community-wide committees, to serve as an advocate for improving the daily workplace experiences for employees across Finance and Business. Additionally, the Assistant Director will be asked to work towards furthering existing and developing new initiatives to further advance diversity, equity, and inclusion, including: staying abreast of current DEI trends in industry and higher education, attending/presenting at local and national conferences, identifying ways to further the profile of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, and working in partnership with colleagues across the university to provide opportunities for support for Finance and Business employees.

Typically requires a Bachelor's degree or higher plus six years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Ideal candidates will possess strong oral and written communication skills, excellent organizational skills, the ability to work effectively as an individual and as part of a group, and the ability to manage problems spanning multiple functional areas. Advanced knowledge on topics related to diversity, equity, and inclusion, as well as a strong commitment to advocating for historically under-served and underrepresented populations in higher education are also critical skill-sets for this position. This is a fixed-term appointment with excellent possibility of renewal. Initial review of applications will begin on March 30, 2020.

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