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Position Title: Senior Director for Diversity, Inclusion, and Affinity (14096)
Position Number: 14096 Open Date: 9/18/2017
Department: Washington College of Law Close Date:  
Salary Range: $85,000 - $90,000 Band: Team Leader/Consultant B
Work Hours per Week: 35-Exempt Position Type: Full-time Staff

Description:
Senior Director for Diversity, Inclusion, and Affinity (DIA) works with all segments of American University (AU) WCL including students, administration, faculty, staff, and alumni, to address issues that are important to maximizing our institutional diversity and optimize the participation of individuals and groups that historically, socially, or legally have been discriminated against or underrepresented in legal education.      

Reporting directly to the Associate Dean of Student Affairs, the Senior Director DIA originates and engages in programming and activities related to admission and retention, academic success and bar passage, professional preparedness, job placement, and cultural celebration among the diverse and marginalized populations in WCL. The Senior Director will strategize with the Vice Dean and Senior Associate Dean for Faculty and Academic Affairs, as well as the faculty, in addressing pedagogical challenges posed by a richly diverse student body, including a major contingent of international (foreign) students for whom English is not a native language.  The Senior Director, DIA will strive to create a central commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and social justice as part of WCL’s cultural fabric.      

The Senior Director provide strategic leadership and experience guiding the implementation of a strategic plan, establish metrics, measuring progress, and supporting affinity relations within the overall WCL community, both internally and externally. The Senior Director works directly with and on behalf of diverse students and partners with other relevant law school administrators in promoting diversity and inclusion in our relations with alumni, in our special events and conference planning, and in public relations and marketing (including digital/online communications).  The Senior Director for DIA also counsels and work directly with students individually, collectively (in groups and through student leaders of affinity organizations), and in collaboration with other law school advisors, managers, and faculty.     
Educational Requirements:
Master’s degree required. JD or doctoral degree in related field preferred.
Minimum Requirements:
  • At least eight years of related progressive experience
  • Excellent command of diversity and inclusion concepts, issues and best practices, counseling experience
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and to handle sensitive matters with judgment, tact and diplomacy
  • Ability to make connections and forge partnerships across departments
  • Experience with assessment practices to guide data-driven efforts and promote continuous improvement; well-developed technological skills
  • Ability to travel occasionally; knowledge of event planning    
Additional Information:
Some evening and weekend work necessary based on program and student needs.     

Hiring offers for this position are contingent on successful completion of a background check.

American University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution that operates in compliance with applicable laws and regulations. The university does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex (including pregnancy), age, sexual orientation, disability, marital status, personal appearance, gender identity and expression, family responsibilities, political affiliation, source of income, veteran status, an individual’s genetic information or any other bases under federal or local laws (collectively "Protected Bases") in its programs and activities.
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