The Director, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) will provide strategic leadership in developing and implementing programs and initiatives that advance equity, diversity, and inclusion within the Owen Graduate School of Management (Owen). As part of the Dean's Office, reporting directly to the Dean, the Director, EDI is a leader, advisor, advocate, and catalyst for change. A key leader on Owen's Operations Leadership Team, this individual influences changes in culture and management practices within the organization. This role will work closely, as an ex officio member, with D&I Advisory Board and will serve as a Dean's Diversity Designate to liaise and interact with the Provost's Office of Inclusive Excellence and the Office for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. The Director will serve as the primary resource within Owen to instill and permeate EDI into all programs, activities, policies, and processes. The Director will coordinate D&I programming and budgets across staff teams including the Deans Office, Admissions, Academic and Student Affairs, and the Leadership Development Program to execute and support equity, diversity, and inclusion programs and initiatives. They will also chair a coordinating committee on D&I student programming that includes staff and student leaders.
The Director, EDI will be deeply embedded in the Owen community, interfacing with staff, students, and faculty to enhance equity, diversity, and inclusion efforts.
Duties and Responsibilities
Spearheads strategic plan for fostering an equitable, diverse, and inclusive community at Owen.
Identifies and manages existing and emerging opportunities and risks that stem from current programming, practices, and activities across the school.
Leverages quantitative and qualitative analysis and reporting, including data driven insights, market research, trend analysis, benchmarking, and opportunity identification to translate metrics, research, and trends into strategy.
Communicate Owen's diversity and inclusion strategy with students, alumni, potential students, employers, and other groups, upon request.
Builds relationships with and gains trust from other senior leaders and their team members as well as faculty to develop a deep understanding of Owen's workforce diversity, culture, inclusiveness, and retention opportunities.
With the D&I Advisory Board, collaborate with Owen faculty to identify and implement best practices for incorporating diverse perspectives in the classroom (via cases, speakers, etc.).
Executes EDI strategy by collaborating and partnering with Program Administration across all degreed programs, departments, and centers at Owen. This may include but is not limited to the following:
Serves as a strategic thought leader that builds, maintains, and shares resources (tools, interventions, training opportunities, etc.) to increase the capacity of staff to engage across differences within the community.
Collaborates with Owen's Office of Academic and Student Affairs (ASA) to create effective EDI programming for students of all Owen programs.
Dean's Office partner for ASA's efforts on inclusion and international student support.
Collaborates with Marketing & Communications and Recruiting & Admissions teams to develop and execute a strategic marketing communication plan targeting diverse prospective students.
Works with Alumni Relations to engage diverse alumni in connecting with current and prospective students to share success stories.
Serves as advocate for students in the Owen Community across all programs.
Serves as key resource for diverse students, including but not limited to diverse affinity clubs and organizations.
Collaborates with Owen Student Government Association (OSGA) to promote inclusiveness across student-run Owen events and activities.
Creates programs for all students to enhance their cross-cultural skills and competence.
Works with Vanderbilt Procurement and Vanderbilt Human Resources to champion more inclusive practices. This may include but is not limited to the following:
Champions more inclusive purchasing and procurement.
Reviews and refines current staff hiring practices.
Partners to build relationships with staff sourcing organizations that align with our EDI commitment statement and strategy.
Assesses onboarding and retention practices align with the EDI strategy and goals.
Develops quantifiable short-and long-term EDI goals and tracks progress towards Owen's EDI goals and communicates progress to an engaged community. This may include but is not limited to the following:
Audits current policies and procedures to identify areas of development.
Produces an annual EDI report for internal and external constituents that tracks goal completion and activities of the prior year.
Transparently communicates progress to all stakeholders and constituents within the Owen and larger Vanderbilt Community.
8+ years of academic or professional experience in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Human Resources, Social Science, Organizational Performance, and/or related field.
Demonstrated leadership and project management experience in academic, corporate, and/or nonprofit organizations effectively working with diverse populations across multiple stakeholders and functions in a collaborative and effective manner.
Master's degree in Human Resources, Organizational Performance, Business, Adult Education, Social Science, or related field preferred.
Prior history and experience in an academic environment working with faculty, staff and students enhances consideration.
A demonstrated track record of bringing diversity and inclusion to the workplace and/or to an organization.
Track record of program implementation, strategic planning, and managing across multiple important priorities.
Success in relationship building and a track record of leveraging resources to accomplish strategic objectives.
Excellent interpersonal skills and cultural competencies to interact with a wide range of individuals, including staff at all levels, faculty, and administrators.
Expert influencing skills. Proven ability to support and empower leaders who are less experienced in leading conversations about diversity and inclusion to build the school's capacity in equity leadership.
Exceptional professional communication and advanced presentation skills.
Analytical skills and ability to translate metrics into valuable insights and informed decisions is preferred.
Evidence of fiscal responsibility and budget management.
Commitment to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
At Vanderbilt University, we are intentional about and assume accountability for fostering advancement and respect for equity, diversity, and inclusion for all students, faculty, and staff. Our commitment to diversity makes us who we are. We have created a community that celebrates differences and lets individuality thrive. As part of this commitment, we actively value diversity in our workplace and learning environments as we seek to take advantage of the rich backgrounds and abilities of everyone. The diverse voices of Vanderbilt represent an invaluable resource for the University in its efforts to fulfill its mission and strive to be an example of excellence in higher education.
Vanderbilt University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.
Please note, all candidates selected for an offer of employment are subject to pre-employment background checks, which may include but are not limited to, based on the role for which they have been selected: criminal history, education verification, social media review, motor vehicle records, credit history, and professional license verification.
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