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Robert Morris University seeks an experienced leader to serve as Executive Assistant to the President for Diversity and Inclusion. The Executive Assistant will support the University in its goal to ensure that diversity and inclusion are core components of every facet of University life.
This position is a senior administrative position reporting directly to the President, serving on the President’s Cabinet and represents the University at campus and community functions as well as with external constituents. The Executive Assistant collaborates with areas including, but not limited to, Human Resources, Student Life/Multicultural Affairs, Athletics, Academic Affairs, Enrollment Management, Public Relations and Marketing, Academic Deans and Institutional Advancement.
The successful candidate will serve as chairperson for the Robert Morris University Council on Institutional Equity (COIE) and its diversity and inclusion management efforts. The Executive Assistant will develop a departmental strategic plan and collaborate will other University staff and functional areas to develop and implement diversity and inclusion activities on campus and within the community.
The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the Executive Assistant’s role as a strategic and collaborative thinker who can integrate diversity and inclusion with the University’s overall vision and mission while supporting students, staff and faculty in their understanding of cultural competency.
The University is seeking candidates who have a team-oriented leadership style and significant experience in student and adult training development and facilitation.
•Serves as chairperson for the Robert Morris University Council on Institutional Equity (COIE) and its diversity and inclusion management efforts.
•Serves as the University’s Title IX coordinator and is directly responsible for overseeing compliance with Title IX and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
•Conducts appropriate research and analysis, develops and recommends diversity and inclusion policies and administers programs at the University level.
•Collaborates with the Office of Student Life, including Multicultural Affairs, as well as Athletics and Human Resources on issues of diversity and inclusion.
•Engages appropriate departments in developing programs relevant to increasing student, faculty and staff diversity and inclusion on campus.
•Participate in the review and certification of the University’s contracts and compliance programs for vendors/contractors to assure that their EEO/Diversity plans meet regulations.
•Develops a diversity and inclusion strategic plan. Coordinates implementation of current diversity and inclusion activities and programming across the University by collaborating directly with key functional areas.
•Serves as a resource for the faculty in their efforts to address diversity issues in both curriculum and in interaction with the student body.
•Produces outcomes reports, highlighting activities and outcomes in support of faculty, staff and student diversity and inclusion, which is shared with the RMU Community.
•Collaborates with appropriate offices and departments, including Public Relations and Marketing, to review materials to promote diversity and inclusion goals across the campus and externally.
•Collaborates with stakeholders to develop and implement strategies, programs, and services to support institutional diversity and inclusion initiatives, including but not limited to: increasing diverse faculty and staff through recruitment and hiring processes; researching, identifying, developing and delivering effective training programs; providing support for committees addressing diversity and inclusion; and supporting initiatives to highlight diverse cultures and traditions.
•Serves on the President’s Cabinet and keeps its members apprised of diversity and inclusion results using appropriate metrics.
•Serves as a liaison between the University and community organizations, business and agency leaders; creates connections and partnerships between external clients and University resources.
•Responsible to keep current on legal issues and assures information is provided to University officials, supervisors and affected employees in a timely manner.
•Develops and monitors the office budget and expenditures.
•Performs related work as assigned by the President.
•Master’s degree required along with relevant work experience; terminal degree preferred.
•7-10 years of related senior level experience, preferably in higher education.
•Certified diversity and inclusion trainer preferred.
•Experience with policy development and analysis as well as administering programs.
•Experience in facilitation/developing workshops and training for students and adults on campus and community wide.
•Experience with outcomes reporting and budget management.
•Comprehensive knowledge of laws and regulations relating to Equal Employment Opportunity, Title IX, ADA and diversity issues in higher education.
•Persuasive oral and written communication skills; ability to speak compellingly about diversity and inclusion and its relationship to institutional excellence, excellent negotiation and diplomatic skills; multilingual skills desirable.
•A collaborative and team-oriented leadership style and the ability to make appropriate connections for building synergies; open and creative approach to problem solving and relationship building.
•Ability to act with integrity and maintain confidentiality.
The position is available January 1, 2013 or sooner.
Applications (cover letter, curriculum vitae, and the names of five references) and all questions should be submitted electronically, in confidence to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include the position title in the subject line.
Robert Morris University offers an excellent benefits package. Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience and ability.
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To receive full consideration, applications should be received by October 21, 2012.
At Robert Morris University, we believe that institutional equity reflects our continued commitment to a community where everyone is both valued and respected. Institutional equity encompasses racial, ethnic, gender and religious diversity, cultural perspectives, national origins, sexual orientation, physical ability, as well as socioeconomic contexts, and educational backgrounds.
We are dedicated to developing a diverse population by fostering an environment where intellectual and social growth, individual perspectives, and all human experiences are valued. We strive to be an inclusive community that celebrates and embraces differences as a means of responding to the cultural and social demands of a global society. Inherent in our inclusion efforts is a strong commitment to intercultural and global education to produce and include citizens who will serve as educational, social, economic and cultural ambassadors to the world.
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