Elon University — Director of Inclusive Excellence for Graduate and Professional Education

Elon University is committed to creating a pluralistic and inclusive environment for every member of the campus community. We seek to cultivate a campus climate that fosters the inclusion and engagement of everyone, regardless of individual differences, in order to achieve the highest level of academic excellence and personal development. Elon has established a network of campus offices and centers that focus on diversity and inclusion at the university. Those resources include the Center for Access and Success, Center for Equity and Inclusive Excellence, Center for Race, Ethnicity, & Diversity Education, Gender and LGBTQIA Center, Global Education Center, Office of Disabilities Resources, and the Truitt Center for Religious and Spiritual Life. The university is now excited to enhance its system by strengthening inclusive excellence for graduate and professional programs.

Elon is currently accepting applications for the position of Director of Inclusive Excellence for Graduate and Professional Education. Elon’s graduate and professional programs currently consist of roughly 800 students across schools in Business, Communications, Education, Health Sciences, and Law. The Director provides leadership for a safe, diverse, and inclusive environment for community members in these schools. This leader also has an opportunity to leverage an innovative mindset across multiple areas within a collaborative spirit among colleagues across the university. A key role for the Director is to engage closely with students, serving as a primary communicator for information-exchange with deans, faculty, and staff, while leading efforts to dismantle oppression that causes marginalization across social identities.

The Director reports to the Vice President and Associate Provost for Inclusive Excellence and consults with the corresponding dean at each school.

Specific responsibilities of the Elon University Director of Inclusive Excellence for Graduate and Professional Education include but are not limited to the following:

  • Advising graduate and professional students from a variety of backgrounds, with a special focus on advising and providing avenues for addressing the concerns of students from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds and identities (e.g. religious, socioeconomic, racial, gender/sexual identity, and political);
  • Developing programs for faculty, students, staff and other community members that promote intercultural competence and civil discourse and that explore the intersections of antiracism, social justice, diversity, equity and inclusion. Examples include anti-bias and intercultural competence trainings for both in and out of the classroom, community dialogues, academic symposia, affinity group receptions and celebrations, and alumni/a networking events;
  • Partnering with faculty and deans to promote equity-minded hiring processes that ensure diversity among faculty and staff and to enhance classroom climate and pedagogy;
  • Partnering with Admissions programs to enhance the pipeline and recruitment of graduate and professional school applicants from underrepresented and nontraditional backgrounds;
  • Advocating for the interests of individual students and student groups;
  • Contributing to assessment of campus climate, programs and services and reporting outcomes, while monitoring data and benchmark comparisons;
  • Advising staff, faculty and administration on course of action for dismantling oppressive practices and for supporting an inclusive community;
  • Maintaining currency regarding the respective professional and graduate programs as preparatory to entry into the professions and professional experiences to offer current and accurate information regarding professional opportunities; and
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualified candidates must have a master’s degree in an appropriate field. Candidates must possess at least five years of progressively responsible professional experience in student services and/or teaching at the undergraduate and/or professional school level, or equivalent professional experience in law, other industries, or higher education. Demonstrated experience in developing and implementing programs that promote inclusion and dialogue about difference in a diverse educational or professional setting will be essential.

The position will remain open until filled. To apply and for more information go to https://elon.peopleadmin.com/postings/7320.

Elon University is an equal employment opportunity employer committed to a diverse faculty, staff and student body and welcomes all applicants.