University of Cincinnati Blue Ash College — Assistant Dean of Inclusive Excellence

Founded in 1819, the University of Cincinnati ranks among the nation’s best urban public research universities. Home to more than 47,000 students, 10,500 faculty and staff and 330,000 alumni, UC combines a Top 35 research university with a physical setting The New York Times calls “the most ambitious campus design program in the country.”

With the launch of Next Lives Here, the Cincinnati Innovation District, a $100 million JobsOhio investment, eight straight years of record enrollment, worldwide leadership in cooperative education, a dynamic academic health center and entry into the Big 12 athletic conference, UC’s momentum has never been stronger. UC’s annual budget tops $1.6 billion and its endowment totals $1.9 billion.

About the Department
The University of Cincinnati Blue Ash College invites applications for an Assistant Dean of Inclusive Excellence. UCBA is one of the largest regional colleges in Ohio and one of the most diverse colleges at the University of Cincinnati. The college is located in Blue Ash, Ohio, fifteen miles north of the uptown campus, on 135 acres in a park-like setting. We offer primarily associate degrees in career and transition programs, as well as general education courses and technical baccalaureate degrees to approximately 4500 students. We value excellent teaching and personalized student supports to help students achieve their goals, whether the goal is to enter a career or to continue education.  

Job Overview
The University of Cincinnati Blue Ash College invites applications for an Assistant Dean of Inclusive Excellence. Under the supervision of the Dean, this leadership position will be responsible for overseeing the college’s diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) plans and implementing several of the key initiatives that involve prospective and current students, faculty, staff, and community partners. This key administrator on campus will tie together the many decentralized inclusion efforts across campus and be an important resource for everyone on campus, including the Administrative Team.

Essential Functions

  • Lead the DEI plans of the college and related aspects of the college’s strategic plan, working closely with the Diversity and Inclusion committee, the administrative team, faculty, and staff.
  • Advocate for inclusion in the college’s processes, policies, and priorities, making regular recommendations to the college leadership team (Administrative Team, department chairs).
  • Provide resources and expertise for faculty for expanding the role of DEI in the curriculum (e.g., new courses, universal design etc.).
  • Work closely with Human Resources to improve the inclusiveness in the hiring process; conduct interviews for new positions on behalf of the Deans’ office.
  • Serve as the liaison to Accessibility Resources and Student Support Services (TRiO SSS).
  • Serve as the college representative to university-wide inclusion offices and on university-wide initiatives.
  • Design and deliver professional development for faculty and staff, working closely with the college’s Learning & Teaching Center and the Staff Success Center/ Staff Representative Council.
  • Seek out and apply for grants related to the college’s inclusion efforts.
  • With the Dean, build relationships in the community for the purposes of recruiting students, identifying service learning or internship opportunities, or philanthropy to support historically underserved students.
  • Coordinate student-facing events and co-curricular programs related to inclusion and supervise staff who implement these activities.
  • Work closely with other areas of the university such as Student Affairs and the Equity, Inclusion, and Community Involvement Office to inform the college’s goals and strategies.
  • Create regular reports related to college climate and other important metrics and request data as needed to inform this work.
  • Work closely with the Director of Communications to publicize the college’s successes with inclusion.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Dean to contribute to the many areas that lead to student success.

Required Education
Master’s Degree or higher.

Required Experience
At least 7 years of relevant work experience including:

  • A minimum of two (2) years of teaching experience and evidence of success in this role.
  • Experience in facilitation or training on topics related to diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • A minimum of three (3) years of post-graduate leadership experience in education administration, student services, or faculty position with leadership responsibilities.
  • Demonstrated leadership in equity and inclusion efforts and a proven record of achieving diversity goals.
  • This position may be eligible for a faculty appointment within an academic department, if the candidate meets the criteria of scholarship, teaching excellence, and professional achievement within an academic discipline at the college.

Additional Qualifications Considered
Experience in a variety of roles in higher education; expertise in assessment, experiential learning, or professional development; ongoing professional development in inclusive practices in higher education.

Physical Requirements/Work Environment

Office environment/no specific unusual physical or environmental demands. 

Application Process

All applicants must apply online at Applicants must electronically submit:

  • Cover letter of interest.
  • Curriculum vitae/resume.
  • Unofficial copy of graduate transcripts.
  • Provide names and contact information (email and telephone number) for three (3) to five (5) professional references.
  • Diversity statement that describes the candidate’s philosophy of creating an inclusive environment for students, faculty, and staff, as well as specific examples of experience with related initiatives.

The position will remain open until filled with initial application review beginning October 15, 2022.  

Compensation and Benefits
UC offers a wide array of complementary and affordable benefit options, to meet the financial, educational, health, and wellness needs of you and your family. Eligibility varies by position and FTE.

  • Competitive salary range dependent on the candidate’s experience.
  • Comprehensive insurance plans including medical, dental, vision, and prescription coverage.
  • Flexible spending accounts and an award-winning employee wellness program, plus an employee assistance program.
  • Financial security via our life and long-term disability insurance, accident and illness insurance, and retirement savings plans.
  • Generous paid time off work options including vacation, sick leave, annual holidays, and winter season days in addition to paid parental leave.
  • Tuition remission is available for employees and their eligible dependents.
  • Enjoy discounts for on and off-campus activities and services.

The University of Cincinnati, as a multi-national and culturally diverse university, is committed to providing an inclusive, equitable and diverse place of learning and employment. As part of a complete job application you will be asked to include a Contribution to Diversity and Inclusion statement.

As a UC employee, and an employee of an Ohio public institution, if hired you will not contribute to the federal Social Security system, other than contributions to Medicare. Instead, UC employees have the option to contribute to a state retirement plan (OPERS, STRS) or an alternative retirement plan (ARP).

The University of Cincinnati is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer / Minority / Female / Disability / Veteran.