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University of Massachusetts Amherst Assistant Director - Office of Inclusion & Engagement - Graduate School (Hybrid Opportunity) in Amherst, Massachusetts

Assistant Director - Office of Inclusion & Engagement - Graduate School (Hybrid Opportunity)

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Work type: Staff Full Time

Location: UMass Amherst

Department:Graduate Registrar


Categories: Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

About UMass Amherst

UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth's flagship campus, is a nationally ranked public research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, and offers a rich cultural environment in a bucolic setting close to major urban centers. In addition, the University is part of the Five Colleges (including Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College), which adds to the intellectual energy of the region.

Job Summary

The Assistant Director will help advance the mission of the Office of Inclusion and Engagement (OIE) in the Graduate School by providing leadership, planning and core management for 1) broadening the access and success of under-represented graduate students, 2) increasing the recruitment and retention of students from underrepresented groups, 3) promoting an inclusive educational environment that is supportive and welcoming of all students, 4) increasing capacity to engage students at all levels in highly relevant, real world educational and professional development opportunities that encourages their interest and commitment to diversity, and 5) building intercultural competencies and the ability of community members to work effectively in a global marketplace.

Essential Functions

  • Strategic planning for the Graduate School’s Office of Inclusion and Engagement’s (OIE) that will include developing short and long term goals, evaluation plans, and reporting as needed on OIE programmatic efficacy and student success. The Assistant Director will be responsible for researching and identifying best practices in the development of programs to support diversity, equity and inclusion.

  • Seek out and develop proposals for external funding opportunities (e.g. The National Science Foundation) to improve the URM graduate student experience. Responsibilities include independently researching available funding opportunities, drafting proposal materials, budget development, and management of the application and award process as needed. Engage directly with OPAS/OPAM or sponsors if appropriate to provide all necessary reporting requirements.

  • Serve as the primary authority in planning and executing OIE events to include diversity panels and celebrations, receptions for REAL and Spaulding-Smith scholars, and McNair Scholar visits. Develop workshops, speaker series or other activities with faculty, industry, and alumni who can serve as role models for under-represented graduate students. Make all logistical arrangements including registration site development, communications, agenda development, volunteer recruitment and training, room reservations, supply ordering, travel arrangements, budgeting and catering arrangements. Maintain a calendar of events for OIE.

  • Provide leadership support for the Graduate Students of Color Association and other relevant graduate student organizations. Manage and expand peer mentoring networks and LinkedIn connections.

  • Develop, implement and evaluate strategies to increase the successful recruitment of students from underrepresented groups, including inter-College, cross-campus and regional collaborations. Work with the Graduate School’s Communication and Events Manager on marketing strategies that are effective with under-represented students.

  • Promote an inclusive educational environment that is supportive and welcoming of all students. Develop and implement strategies to improve climate. Create and administer surveys, focus groups, and evaluations.

  • Train student office support staff and set goals and objectives. Recruit peer academic support staff.

  • Represent the work of the Graduate School’s Diversity Programs to various Commonwealth of Massachusetts colleges, universities, agencies, state and national engineering and diversity organizations, policymakers, educators, and industry leaders. Network with colleagues on campus and across the region.

    Other Functions

  • Performs related duties as assigned or required to meet Department, Executive Area/Division, and University goals and objectives.

  • Demonstrates capacity, skill and willingness to engage students and contribute to student success.

    Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)

  • Master’s Degree and two (2) years of increasingly responsible experience in education, government, industry or with non-profits.

  • Excellent organizational and communication skills, effective presentation of data and leading workshops.

  • Familiarity with issues of underrepresentation in higher education, research, and interventions which support student success; working knowledge of public education and university system, as well as research trends in education and diversity.

  • Demonstrated project management, and high-level research and writing skills, including data gathering and analysis, strategic project planning and project implementation.

  • Ability to work independently, collaboratively, and follow instructions.

  • Technical expertise with some sophistication and experience with computerized information systems and Microsoft Office products and willingness to learn new applications.

  • Ability to travel both within and beyond Massachusetts as needed.

    Preferred Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)

  • Doctoral (or Terminal) Degree.

  • Experience working with the Graduate Student population in Higher Education.

  • Qualitative and quantitative experience evaluating various programs initiated either within the College or University.

  • Grant proposal writing experience.

    Work Schedule

  • Required to work some nights and weekends.

  • This position has the opportunity for a hybrid work schedule, which is defined by the University as an arrangement where an employee’s work is regularly performed at a location other than the campus workspace for a portion of the week. As this position falls within the Professional Staff Union, it is subject to the terms and conditions of the Professional Staff Union collective bargaining agreement.

    Salary Information

Level 26

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Special Instructions to Applicants

Along with the application, please submit a resume, cover letter, Diversity Statement (see below) and contact information for three (3) professional references.

The Statement of Contribution to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion should identify past experiences and future goals. These contributions may result from lived experiences, scholarships, and/or mentoring, teaching and outreach activities.

UMass Amherst is committed to a policy of equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, or genetic information in employment, admission to and participation in academic programs, activities, and services, and the selection of vendors who provide services or products to the University. To fulfill that policy, UMass Amherst is further committed to a program of affirmative action to eliminate or mitigate artificial barriers and to increase opportunities for the recruitment and advancement of qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans. It is the policy of the UMass Amherst to comply with the applicable federal and state statutes, rules, and regulations concerning equal opportunity and affirmative action.

Advertised: Oct 12 2022 Eastern Daylight Time

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