Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion - Law School
St. John's established in 1870, has three New York City campuses; a graduate center in Hauppauge, NY; international locations in Rome, Italy; Limerick, Ireland; and Paris, France; and study abroad locations around the world. The Princeton Review and other top rankings consistently recognize the University's outstanding academics, diverse student body, dynamic internship and volunteer opportunities, focus on student life, and diverse study abroad offerings. St. John's University offers more than 100 undergraduate and graduate programs in its six colleges and schools, with a growing number of programs offered online. The University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and 12 other major academic and professional associations.
A dedication to diversity, equity and inclusion is at the heart of our mission. As a Catholic and Vincentian university, St. John's is committed to institutionalizing practices of inclusive excellence to ensure that we welcome and celebrate the intrinsic worth of all members of our community. We will become an even stronger university as we enhance equity at every level of our institution. As noted in our Vision Statement, our graduates will excel in the competencies and values required for leadership and service in a rapidly evolving world.
Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
School of Law
Position Description: The Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion has primary responsibility for the Law School's diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism initiatives throughout the Law School. They will partner with the Vice Dean to set the strategic vision for the Law School's efforts in this area, and will actively engage with the Law School's students, faculty, staff, and administration. The Director will serve on the Law School's senior leadership team, known as the Executive Staff, and in that capacity will attend meetings of the Law School's Faculty Council.
Working closely with the Vice Dean and the faculty to develop and implement a plan to promote diversity and inclusivity within the Law School, including:
Ensuring an inclusive learning environment for all students, especially students from underrepresented groups, while encouraging diversity of thought and the valuing of persons from different backgrounds;
Promoting a Law School atmosphere that assures equitable treatment for all regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability, religion, age, and socio-economic class;
Developing and sustaining diversity and inclusion initiatives, such as trainings for students and faculty, academic programming, and speakers' series;
Developing, updating, and reporting on data to track the Law School's success in its diversity and inclusion initiatives.
Serve as an advisor and partner to the student affinity groups, working with them on their programming throughout the year and making sure that the student leaders of these organizations receive significant support in their work.
Work with the Career Development Office on diversity-related employment programs, and on improving the career outcomes of our diverse students.
Partner with colleagues on the Student Services team to create and implement programming for first generation students within the Law School.
Collaborate with the Alumni and Development Office on fundraising to support DE&I initiatives and on programming with the Alumni of Color Chapter of the Alumni Association.
Other duties as assigned, including serving on Law School and University committees
JD or equivalent advanced degree preferred
7-10 years experience in higher education, preferably in legal education or in DEI work in any field
Experience with developing diversity, equity, and inclusion programs within an organization
Please be sure to submit both a resume and a cover letter.
St. John's offers a competitive compensation program which is commensurate with your qualifications, experience, and contingent upon the departmental budget. We also offer an extremely comprehensive benefits program to meet the diverse needs of our workforce. Along with exceptional benefits such as medical, dental, life insurance, long term disability insurance, tuition remission, generous 403(b) employer contribution, employee assistance program, and liberal paid time off policies, faculty and staff can also enjoy St. John's performing arts, libraries, bookstores, dining facilities, campus recreation and sporting events.
Any offer of employment is subject to receipt by St. John's University of satisfactory references, verification of employment and education.
St. John's University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from women and minorities. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
St. John's University is Catholic, Vincentian and Metropolitan. We are committed to attracting, motivating, and retaining a highly qualified and diverse workforce to support our mission of academic excellence and the pursuit of wisdom. Known for over 100 years of proud athletic tradition, our Big East excitement keeps Red Storm fans cheering. Ranked among America's top universities by The Princeton Review, St. John's University educates leaders for today's global society through quality academics, high-tech resources and an expanding international presence. With 1,500 Faculty and 1,400 Administrators/Staff, St. John's is a leading Catholic University in the Vincentian tradition, dedicated to making a positive difference in people's lives through active engagement in issues of energy and resource conservation, social justice and global citizenship. These values enhance the academic experience of more than 20,000 undergraduate and graduate students on three residential New York City campuses in Queens, Staten Island and Manhattan; a graduate center in Oakdale, NY; an international campus in Paris, France and Rome, Italy; and learning centers in other locations worldwide.