Director of Diversity and Inclusion

  • University of Chicago
  • Chicago, IL, USA
  • Sep 22, 2019
Full time Education Human Resources Management

Job Description

Why Policy? For a better world. Why Harris Public Policy? Because when it comes to better policymaking, evidence matters. We work at the frontiers of data collection and analysis, using the latest technology and social science methods to design policies that work for society. We conduct rigorous inquiry in an environment of innovation and risk taking. We collaborate across the private, public, and nonprofit sectors, adopting new methodologies to drive better solutions. We engage with our city, our world, and our leaders every day to evaluate and test our ideas. And we lead with our passion for driving social change, knowing that passion alone does not equal impact.

Job Family

Academic Affairs

Responsible for campus academic affairs functions, including general administration, administrative support, academic planning and analysis, academic programs, faculty affairs, faculty research and development, institutional studies, off-campus programs, teacher credential programs, and academic information systems.

Career Track and Job Level

Executive/Professional Program

Provides overall direction to executive and professional degree programming, or other programs/functions within the unit (student affairs, diversity affairs, conference center, etc.). Participates in developing strategic plans for the unit, ensuring program objectives and goals are in alignment.

P4: Requires specialized depth and/or breadth of expertise. Interprets internal or external University issues and recommends best practices. Solves complex problems; takes a broad perspective to identify innovative solutions. Works independently, with guidance in only the most complex situations. May lead cross-functional or divisional teams or projects.

Role Impact

Individual Contributor


The job solves complex problems related to the development and implementation of executive and professional degree programming. The job uses specialized knowledge and breadth of expertise to improve program/functions within the unit (student affairs, diversity affairs, conference center, etc.) with limited supervision.

1) Provides specialized professional expertise in developing executive or professional degree programs and/or curriculum. Implements plans for executive or professional degree programs and initiatives and acts as a liaison between the program and program participants., 2) Plans and develops program objectives, long-term goals, and procedures, which requires specialized knowledge and experience in this area. Plans, implements, and evaluates the effectiveness of programs, initiating revisions as needed., 3) Develops and administers program budgets and recommends or makes budgetary recommendations. Analyzes the financial performance of programs and recommends corrective action when appropriate through the use of standard procedures or innovative solutions., 4) Serves as a key resource for program information. Resolves problems or questions referred by program staff, University administrators, or other contingencies., 5) Performs other related work as needed.

Unit Specific Responsibilities:

1) Serve as Chair of the Dean’s Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Board (DIAB)

2) Provide  high-quality diversity & inclusion training to Harris students

3) Diversity Week programming

4) Black History Month programming

5) Oversee the Common Read program, including book selection, author outreach, events during orientation, and events throughout the academic year, providing at least one event per quarter.

6) Create content related to Diversity and Inclusion for the Harris website and coordinate closely with Marketing and Communications to ensure coverage Harris Diversity and Inclusion initiatives.

7) Create Diversity and Inclusion page on Harris website

8) Create Common Read page on Harris website

9) Work closely with Harris faculty and instructors to make Harris courses more inclusive and to assist instructors in identifying ways to incorporate social justice and diversity into their course

10) Create and facilitate events for students as needed, especially in response to world events that impact students in our community

11) Assess diversity and inclusion initiatives on an ongoing basis

12) Serve as an advisor to the following identity-based student organizations, and consult with all other student organizations as needed to promote diversity and inclusion: MiPPS; BAPPs; OutPolitik; and JSIG (Jewish Student Interest Group)

13) Manage an annual budget

14) Present at admissions events related to diversity and inclusion

15) Assist Human Resources in identifying diversity and inclusion training opportunities for staff

16) Serve as a thought leader on how to make Harris a more diverse and equitable place

Unit Preferred Competencies

1) Excellent written and verbal communication skills

2) Professional demeanor, including tact, discretion, and a customer-service oriented approach to the job

3) Ability to quickly garner credibility with students

4) Ability to problem solve with minimal supervision, exercise good judgment, prioritize, and work under pressure during high volume times 

5) Excellent project management skills

6) Demonstrated ability to review and prioritize work in order to take appropriate actions without advanced approval, ensuring close attention to detail

7) Ability to operate Microsoft Word, Excel, the internet and email at the intermediate level

Education, Experience, and Certifications

Minimum requirements include a college or university degree in related field.

Minimum requirements include knowledge and skills developed through 7+ years of work experience in a related job discipline.

Preferred Qualifications


1) Master’s degree.  Degree higher education, student life, or similar field helpful.


1) Diversity programming and initiatives

2) Working with international students

3) Student organizations and event planning strongly preferred

4) Familiarity with higher education environment and knowledge of the University of Chicago’s unique culture

Required Documents

1) Resume

2) Cover letter

3) List of References

NOTE:  When applying, all required documents MUST be uploaded under the Resume/CV section of the application.