Department: Alumni Relations & Development Salary/Grade: EXS/12
Job Summary: Alumni Relations and Development Northwestern has been on a journey to focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) throughout our department. We have created a new position for a Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Initiatives to help us move forward; this is a senior position that will report to the senior associate vice president and COO and will provide operational leadership and vision for ARD’s diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) strategic plan, including development, implementation, and ongoing revisions.
The director will partner with the Talent Management and Talent Development teams on recruitment, onboarding, goal setting and performance management, training and learning opportunities, and career advancement and retention. Identifies trainings for staff and managers to increase their knowledge and skills around unconscious bias, microaggressions, and cultural sensitivity. They will serve as a primary point of contact for ARD staff on DEI-related concerns. The director will also serve as an internal adviser on fundraising initiatives, engagement plans, and communication strategies to optimize and adhere to principles of diversity and inclusion. They will interact extensively with ARD leadership to ensure that we are holding ourselves accountable to our mission, vision, values, and stated goals.
The position will serve as an adviser to ARD’s Diversity Council and will coordinate staff affinity groups: Black@ARD, BIPOC@ARD, and LGBTQ+@ARD (plus future groups). The director will collaborate with Northwestern’s Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion (OIDI), Office of Equity, and the Office of Human Resources to align ARD’s DEI initiatives and training curriculum with those of the University.
Develop and lead an annual strategic planning process for diversity and inclusion goals across teams in ARD.
Partner with Talent Management team and senior leadership to develop inclusive and equitable policies, protocols, and practices for employee lifecycle decision points, including hiring, performance reviews, promotions, and exit interviews.
Curate and develop DEI trainings for ARD staff, including inclusive management, cultural sensitivity development, and trainings for the Diversity Council and equity advisers.
Advise the ARD Diversity Council and oversee the Equity Adviser program.
Collaborate closely with teams and senior leadership on new programs and communication related to diversity and inclusion. Participate in senior team meetings regularly.
Provide counsel on fundraising initiatives, engagement plans, and communication strategies to optimize and adhere to principles of diversity and inclusion.
Participate in building a culture that is welcoming of individuals of all races, ethnicities, religions, national origin, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, parental status, age, ability, and veteran status.
Assess ARD’s culture and climate through focus groups, climate surveys, and ARD’s report on Advancing Equity: A Path to a More Inclusive ARD.
Create opportunities for storytelling and courageous conversations among ARD staff.
Partner with the Talent Management team to design framework and process for teams to develop and share annual DEI goals. Provide guidance to teams and leadership to ensure that consistent approaches are followed.
Develop metrics for measuring progress on stated DEI goals and present regular updates to the ARD Senior Team and ARD staff.
Develop relationships with DEI staff at Northwestern to align strategies and build community.
Two or more years of experience in diversity-related programs and/or initiatives
Minimum Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities.)
Exceptional writing and presentation skills with the ability to communicate effectively across all levels of hierarchy.
Able to work diplomatically and effectively as a change agent in a participatory environment where teamwork is valued highly in the daily accomplishment of work.
Collaborate effectively across a diverse spectrum of stakeholders, including staff, alumni, students, and community members, and possess impeccable listening and facilitation skills.
Able to design strategy and create metrics that hold colleagues accountable.
Strong critical thinking and problem solving skills.
Fluent in the cultural and psychological issues around diversity and inclusion.
Able to develop and facilitate internal trainings that complement University and external trainings
Broad understanding of contemporary higher education issues, particularly those that relate to a highly selective research University.
Advanced training and certification related to diversity, equity, and inclusion
Experience as a DEI champion
Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.
Internal Number: 40499
About Northwestern University
Northwestern University is a major private research university with 12 academic divisions located on three campuses in Evanston, Chicago, and Education City in Doha, Qatar. We have approximately 2,500 full-time faculty members, 17,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and over 5,700 full and part-time staff. Northwestern University combines innovative teaching and pioneering research in a highly collaborative environment. It provides students and faculty exceptional opportunities for intellectual, personal and professional growth.