Director of Justice, Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity
Administrative, Professional & Staff Positions
Apr 14, 2022
Open Until Filled
FT - Continuous
About Western Illinois University:
Western Illinois University, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, serves nearly 7,500 students at its traditional, residential four-year campus in Macomb, IL and its metropolitan branch campus in Moline, IL.
Western Illinois University seeks a collaborative, innovative, and dynamic leader to serve as the Director of Justice, Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity. The position, which reports to the President, will be responsible for strengthening and advancing the University's commitment to being a just, inclusive, diverse, and equitable institution. The Director will actively engage with the University's students, faculty, staff, and administration to carry out the responsibilities of the position, including regular reports to the President and Senior Leadership Team on the status of JIDE initiatives and impact.
The Director of JIDE will possess a comprehensive understanding of the key issues affecting justice, inclusion, diversity, and equity; lead and oversee the University's diversity plan; and shape and implement appropriate strategies, policies, and procedures for the Office. The successful candidate will provide strategic leadership, vision and direction for the University's efforts to achieve inclusive excellence. The position will help foster a diverse, just, accessible and equitable campus environment. In addition to having overall organizational and operational responsibility for JIDE, the Director will work collaboratively with university partners to develop and monitor student and staff diversity strategies.
The Director will also create and deliver educational workshops, programing, training, and tools to further support faculty, staff, and students in achieving a greater understanding of issues pertaining to JIDE. The selected candidate will be an effective communicator, and will provide information, direction, and support for new programing, as well as continue educating the campus community about the importance of institutional JIDE initiatives.
APPOINTMENT: August 1, 2022 or negotiated start date.
COMPENSATION: A competitive salary commensurate with qualifications and experience will be provided to the successful candidate.
Western Illinois University offers a comprehensive benefits package including domestic partner benefits. For full benefit information visit: http://www.wiu.edu/human_resources/benefits/
- Master's degree, preferably in equity and diversity, social justice, cultural diversity, or a field closely related to the position.
- Three (3) years of progressively responsible administrative experience in justice, inclusion, diversity, and equity, preferably in a higher education setting.
- Demonstrated understanding of legal, compliance and training issues related to justice, inclusion, diversity, and equity work.
- Possession of outstanding listening and communication skills with the ability to bring individuals and groups with diverse perspectives to consensus and common action.
- Ability to formulate, communicate, and implement a clear justice, inclusion, diversity, and equity vision.
- Demonstrated commitment to ongoing diversification of faculty, staff, and the student body.
- Knowledge of current issues and trends in justice, inclusion, diversity, and equity.
For a degree to be considered, it must be conferred from a regionally accredited degree-granting institution of higher education (or equivalent from an international accrediting body). Unless otherwise stated, the degree must be conferred at the time of appointment.
- Experience as a leader or member of a team, task force, or committee.
- Experience with strategic planning processes.
- Demonstrated success in partnering with community members towards efforts that advance justice, inclusion, diversity, and equity.
- Experience managing conflict and building consensus.
Since 1899, Western Illinois University has provided outstanding educational opportunities to individuals in west central Illinois and well beyond our region and state. WIU's traditional residential campus in Macomb, Illinois, is the educational, cultural and athletic center of the region, while the WIU-Quad Cities non-residential branch campus in Moline, Illinois, is the only public university in the immediate Quad Cities region.
WIU-Macomb, IL (Student Population: 6,539): A traditional, residential four-year campus offering a comprehensive slate of undergraduate and graduate programs, including a doctorate in education, WIU-Macomb is located in the heart of west central Illinois in Macomb. Amtrak provides twice-daily service from Macomb to Chicago (and point in-between). Macomb is located approximately 75 miles from the Quad Cities International Airport (Moline, IL) and 70 miles from the Greater Peoria Regional Airport (Peoria, IL).
WIU-Quad Cities (Student Population: 916): The only public university in the Quad Cities area, WIU-QC offers select undergraduate and graduate programs, including a doctorate in education and a doctorate in environmental studies, at its metropolitan, non-residential campus in Moline, IL.
WIU Commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Anti-Racism
Western Illinois University fosters respect, equity, and inclusion for all students, faculty, and staff. WIU is committed to anti-racism, anti-oppression, equity, social justice, and diversity. We value inclusion as a core value and as an essential element of Western's public service mission. WIU embraces individual uniqueness and a culture of inclusion that supports broad and specific diversity initiatives. Western believes in the educational and institutional benefits of diversity in society as integral to the success of all individuals.
At WIU, we will:
- Maintain a safe and secure environment for all members of our University communities.
- Educate and empower students, staff, and faculty to be social justice advocates.
- Provide curricula, programs, training, resources, and environments that reflect and strengthen the diversity of our communities, and to elevate cultural awareness and understanding.
- Ensure fair, equitable, and inclusive access to University facilities, programs, resources, and services.
- Create inclusive and equitable policies and practices.
- Diversify the University's workforce by assessing hiring practices to attract, retain, and develop talented staff and faculty from diverse backgrounds.
- Address intergroup disparities through areas as representation, retention, learning outcomes, and graduation rates.
- Create a Universitywide diversity plan to ensure a continued commitment to anti-racism, anti-oppression, equity, social justice, and diversity.
More than 61 undergraduate degree programs, 40 graduate programs, two doctoral programs and 13 post-baccaulaureate certificate programs prepare students for a successful career after graduation.
There are more than 200 student organizations at Western that provide social, academic, recreation, sports, service, and many other opportunities for students to grow and learn, develop leadership skills, and much more. Numerous concerts, lectures, films, dance performances, cultural events and more are presented and performed each year, along with numerous major theatrical and dance productions and studio shows, and a variety of service-oriented projects and activities, all in a diverse and inclusive campus environment. The Multicultural Center is home to four cultural and resource centers: The Gwendolyn Brooks, Casa Latina, the Women's Center, and the LGBT*QA Resource Center. These cultural and resource centers promote WIU's goal of enhancing justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion through educational programming and advocacy.
WIU Intercollegiate Athletics
The University's athletics program, based on the Macomb campus, sponsors 17 NCAA Division I intercollegiate men's and women's varsity sports. Football competes in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision through the Missouri Valley Football Conference; all other varsity sports compete at the Division I level through The Summit League.
Applicants must provide a letter of application, a current curriculum vitae or resume, and contact information for at least three professional references, as well as a separate statement regarding your commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. Copies of unofficial academic transcripts and any certifications/licenses are also required at the time of application; official copies will be requested of selected candidate.
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Screening begins June 6, 2022.
Western Illinois University endeavors to provide a safe environment for its employees and students and requires candidates to submit to a background investigation upon offer of employment. Employment is contingent upon compliance with University policies and procedures relating to the receipt and evaluation of information contained in the background investigation.
Questions regarding the search may be directed to Amelia Hartnett at AF-Hartnett@wiu.edu
For assistance with the online application system contact the Office of Human Resources at (309) 298-1971 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Western Illinois University is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity employer with a strong commitment to diversity. In that spirit, we are particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of people, including, but not limited to, minorities, veterans, women and individuals with disabilities. WIU has a non-discrimination policy that includes discrimination based on an individual's membership in the following classes: sex, race, color, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion, age, marital status, national origin, disability, genetic information, veteran status, and any other classes protected by state or federal law.
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