University of Tennessee at Martin — Director of Equity and Diversity

The University of Tennessee, Martin (UT Martin) is a comprehensive public university. From the founding in 1900 of Hall-Moody Institute, through the establishment in 1927 of UT Junior College, to today’s status as a comprehensive public university, the University of Tennessee at Martin is committed to preparing students for success in the global economy. Enrolling more than 7,000 students, including undergraduate and graduate programs. UT Martin is part of the University of Tennessee System, and is nestled in scenic West Tennessee in Weakly county.

Reporting to the chief diversity and inclusion officer, the director of equity and diversity helps create and maintain an atmosphere within the university community that seeks and supports diversity and inclusion in all aspects of university life. The successful candidate will be a strategic leader with unquestioned integrity. The director will provide university wide leadership and counsel to the chief diversity and inclusion officer on issues of diversity, equal opportunity and affirmative action, including campus climate; recruitment, retention, and development of staff; and achievement or opportunities concerning goals and policy compliance relative to staff and student profiles. The director will assist with the development of the Affirmative Action Plan and maintain and monitor the plan; ensure compliance with established affirmative action hiring guidelines through review and approval of applicant pools, search committee procedures, and hiring requests. The director will develop and manage annual budgets for the office and direct and manage the Office of Equity and Diversity. The director will be expected to:

  • Be a visionary and strategic leader who is committed to staff development
  • Participate in planning, implementation, and delivery of educational programs on issues of violence and discrimination based upon gender and collaborate with other offices on campus on similar programs in accordance with current legislative mandates, i.e. Title IX and VAWA.
  • Provide leadership for employee Title IX investigations.
  • Provide leadership for all ADA accommodations, education & development, and search processes.
  • Investigate, process, and resolve equal opportunity and affirmative action complaints and grievances filed by employees, applicants for employment, or students.
  • Investigate, process, and make recommendations concerning the resolution of sexual harassment grievances filed by employees, applicants for employment, or students.
  • Review University practices related to hiring, training, transfer, and promotion of faculty and staff; and make recommendations for corrective action as required.
  • Oversee the implementation and evaluation of the equal employment opportunity (EEO) and affirmative action program plans; and
  • Serve as the liaison for UT Martin with various enforcement agencies as the designated Title VI coordinator, EEO/Affirmative Action coordinator and ADA coordinator.

The successful candidate will possess a master’s degree and at least three to five years of progressively responsible work experience related to affirmative action, equal employment opportunity compliance, employee relations/human resources, or ADA compliance coordination. Qualified candidates possessing a doctoral degree, J.D. or other terminal degree, and at least five years of progressively responsible experience at a higher education institution or comparable organization are strongly encouraged to apply. The ideal candidate will have deep and broad knowledge of state and federal laws applicable to equity and diversity and employee relations; ability to effectively collect, analyze, evaluate, and prepare statistical data; and ability to work effectively with individuals from all levels of staff, faculty, students, and external stakeholders across a large, complex, institutional structure. The ideal candidate will have demonstrated experience as a visionary and leader working effectively with individuals from diverse and historically underrepresented communities, including specific experience with people of color; people with both visible and invisible disabilities; women; and people of various gender and sexual identities and expressions. The successful candidate must also possess the ability to interpret policy and develop programs that enhance an understanding of university goals and objectives; effectively manage multiple tasks simultaneously, and demonstrate excellent and efficient writing, editing, organizational, and presentation skills.

Review of applications will begin December 15, 2021 and continue until the position is filled. Applicants must apply online and attach a cover letter and resume. Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact the office of Equity and Diversity at (731) 881-3505.

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The University of Tennessee is an EEO/AA/Title IX/Section 504/ADA/ADEA institution in the provision of its education and employment programs and services. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, or covered veteran status. Inquiries should be directed to the Office of Equity and Diversity (OED), 303 Administration Building, Martin TN 38238, (731) 881-3505 Office, (731) 881-4889 TTY, Hearing Impaired, (731) 881-3507 Fax,,