University of Wisconsin Milwaukee — Director of Advocacy and Engagement

Introduction (Description of School/College/Dept/Program)
As Wisconsin’s only public urban research university, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee has established an international reputation for excellence in research, community engagement, teaching and entrepreneurism. Designated an R1 research institution, UWM educates more than 26,000 students and is an engine for innovation in southeastern Wisconsin.

Founded over 60 years ago in the belief that Milwaukee would need a great public university to become a great city, UWM has a dual research and access mission aimed at serving the diverse needs of Wisconsin’s largest metropolitan area by furthering opportunities at all levels for students who may be financially or educationally disadvantaged. More than one-third of its students are the first in their families to attend college, and 30 percent are students of color. In all, the university educates more than 27,000 students on its three campuses. It is the largest educator of veterans in Wisconsin, with more than 1,000 enrolled each year under the federal G.I. bill. The Princeton Review named UWM a 2018 Best Midwestern university based on overall academic excellence and student reviews. UWM is committed to the full inclusion of LGBT+ campus constituents. In 2018, Campus Pride Index named UWM as one of the Best of the Best Top 30 LGBTQ-friendly postsecondary institutions in the United States. UWM was the first university in the UW-System to implement an inclusive housing policy.

Join the UWM family and the Milwaukee community and grow professionally and personally in your career and life. We make learning accessible at every age, stage of life and location. At UWM, we all share the motivation to learn and to excel. We value unique perspectives and possess the talent and desire to nurture ideas that make a global impact. The comforts and connections of a major metropolitan city meet the resources and expertise of a world-class research institution at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee.

Job Summary
Reporting to the Chief Student Affairs Officer in the Division of Student Affairs, the Director of Engagement and Advocacy will work across the Division and institution to advocate for the equity and inclusion priorities held within the Division of Student Affairs and identified by the University; with primary functions of providing leadership to the Centers for Advocacy and Student Engagement (CASE) staff, sharing expertise and coaching for specific equity and justice initiatives; collaborating and creating strong partnerships within the University and out into the community to support students in their educational success.

Minimum Qualifications
Successful applicants must have the following:

  • Bachelors degree
  • Minimum of 7 years work experience related to diversity, equity, inclusion and justice
  • Minimum of 2 years supervising professional staff
  • Evidence of direct experience developing, responding to and implementing diversity and inclusion priorities and programs with partners, including staff, students and community

Preferred Qualifications
Highly successful candidates should also have:

  • Advanced Degree (masters or above) or related certifications (equity, diversity, inclusion)
  • Prior experience serving in a senior-level administration position
  • Evidence of the ability to lead long-term strategy implementation, utilizing limited resources with tactical and flexible implementation
  • Proven experience communicating with diverse partners; fostering relationships and establishing credibility with a wide-range of constituencies; ability to navigate conflict effectively and influence without authority across all levels of an organization
  • Excellent change management, project management and process improvement skills; ability to respond quickly to changing needs and priorities
  • Experience implementing plans to support and train staff on issues of bias, inclusion and equity in service delivery and/or hiring practices
  • Demonstrated experience responding to student needs and working to reflect and support inclusive and equity-minded practice in all Student Affairs policies and services
  • Working knowledge of theory, research and practice surrounding higher ed student engagement, belonging, equity and inclusion practices

Application Instructions
Completed application materials must include:

  • A letter of application addressing educational and professional level work experience and knowledge as it relates to all required and preferred qualifications as listed above
  • A professional resume
  • A document listing the names and contact information for three professional references.

In instances where the Search and Screen Committee is unable to ascertain from a candidate’s application materials whether they meet any of the qualifications, they will be evaluated as not meeting such qualifications.

All application materials will be further evaluated as evidence of excellent written communication skills.

Candidate selected for hire will be required to submit official college transcripts.

Application Deadline: May 25, 2020

The initial screening of candidates to begin on May 26, 2020. Applications received after May 25, 2020 may not receive consideration.

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AA/EO Statement
UWM is an AA/EO employer: All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, or protected veteran status.