As one of the first schools of social work in the United States, the Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy, and Practice has shaped the field for more than 100 years. As part of the University of Chicago, the Crown Family School shares the University's core values and distinctive intellectual culture. Crown Family School faculty, staff and students focus on identifying solutions to complex problems affecting society’s most marginalized individuals and communities through the integration of research, training, and direct community engagement. Guided by an interdisciplinary tradition, Crown Family School scholars conduct innovative research to address interconnected social challenges such as educational inequality, health disparities, crime and violence, poverty, and child and family welfare—working at multiple scales, from individual to policy-level interventions. The Crown Family School is the home of several academic centers. These include the Susan and Richard Kiphart Center for Global Health and Social Development, the Urban Education Institute (UEI), the Chicago Center for Youth Violence Prevention, the Center for Health Administration Studies, the Smart Decarceration Project, the Employment Instability, Family Well-being, and Social Policy Network (EINet), and the Network for College Success.
Today, our work has never been more important. More than 8,000 Crown Family School graduates in the US and globally hold leadership positions in academia, at nonprofits, and at governmental agencies – committed to create a more just and more humane society through principles of inclusion, equity, and diversity.
Reporting directly to the Dean, the Associate Dean of Diversity and Inclusion is a senior leader responsible for advancing diversity and inclusion efforts across the Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy, and Practice. The Associate Dean will be a strategic and programmatic visionary responsible for translating strategies into actionable plans with clear direction, accountability, and goals that champion the importance and value of a diverse and inclusive environment. the Associate Dean will partner with all constituent groups that make up the Crown community including students, faculty, staff, and alumni.
The Associate Dean will provide leadership, vision, administration, coordination, and budgetary/financial tracking of diversity and inclusion initiatives, working closely with leadership across the School, including but not limited to Deputy Deans, Dean of Students, Community Partnerships, and Impact, Development and Alumni Relations, Human Resources, and Marketing and Communications to coordinate support for staff, faculty, students, and alumni, as well as collaborate with key partners across the university and externally. The Associate Dean will lead and inspire staff at various stages of professional experiences and development, holding responsibility for creating learning opportunities and related training.
Leadership of the Crown Family School’s Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives – 40%
Serve as a member of the senior leadership team, providing guidance to the team on diversity and inclusion.
Keeps abreast of the cultural climate and tone in regard to diversity and inclusion and responds to 'teachable moments', cultivating dialogue to deepen understanding of diversity.
Serve as a representative for diversity and inclusion on various school and university-wide committees.
Organize and convene the Inclusion, Equity, and Diversity (IE&D) Committee, composed of students, staff, faculty, and an alumni representative. The committee is advisory to the Dean.
Provide diversity and inclusion training for students, staff, and faculty.
Oversee the diversity and inclusion content for the Crown Family School website.
Strategy – 35%
Leads the development and implementation of a strategic Diversity and Inclusion Roadmap and creates initiatives to support the roadmap plan, including collecting information on, studying and assessing, and summarizing Crown’s diversity and inclusion current efforts and progress and defining a clear future direction.
Develop key metrics that capture D&I performance, track, and report the measures, and use data to drive continuous improvement.
Help develop effective IE&D communication strategies, web and interactive media, and marketing and informational materials for outreach and community building. Ensure that key messages, with respect to diversity initiatives, are appropriately positioned and integrated, and specific needs of diverse audiences are considered and met.
Program Development – 20%
Develop and facilitate Diversity and Inclusion related programs for staff, students, and faculty.
Support the Alumni Relations and Development Office of the Crown Family School Alumni Board in planning and implementing D&I-related programs.
Present at admissions events related to diversity and inclusion.
Develop new student orientation programming in collaboration with the Dean of Students Office and the office of the Deputy Dean for Curriculum.
Develop programming to provide greater support to our international students.
Other duties as assigned – 5%
Develops and administers program budgets and recommends or makes budgetary recommendations.
Plans and develops program objectives and/or content. Researches and identifies trends and needs and establishes program directions accordingly.
Performs other related work as needed.
Minimum requirements include a college or university degree in related field.
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Minimum requirements include knowledge and skills developed through 7+ years of work experience in a related job discipline.
Master’s degree in student affairs, social work, or other related fields strongly preferred.
Experience in a related field.
Understanding of and experience with institutional diversity. Demonstrated ability to develop relationships with a diverse group of constituents.
Experience with diversity programming and initiatives.
Experience working with international students strongly preferred.
Experience with student organizations and event planning is strongly preferred.
Familiarity with higher education environment and knowledge of the University of Chicago’s unique culture strongly preferred.
Experience managing staff and operating budgets.
Experience in successfully providing direction, setting priorities, identifying opportunities for improvement, and implementing initiatives for change.
Excellent project management, analytical and organizational skills.
Strong skills as a facilitator and collaborator.
Dynamic leader who combines vision with flawless attention to detail.
Superb writing and editing experience.
Excellent oral communication skills.
Exceptional organizational skills and ability to manage multiple tasks and work under pressure.
Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to remain courteous, collaborative, and professional at all times.
Work independently and with various stakeholders.
Demonstrated experience in building and managing teams through change.
Aptitude for translating complex issues and ideas to a general audience.
Strong oral and written communication skills with exceptional attention to detail.
Demonstrated ability to manage multiple complex processes and projects.
Cover letter (required)
List of References (required)
When applying, the document(s) MUST be uploaded via the My Experience page, in the section titled Application Documents of the application.
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