Special Assistant to the President for Diversity Initiatives
June 7, 2018
Full Time - Experienced
Administrative Careers - Diversity
Taylor University is seeking applications of candidates for the position of Special Assistant to the President for Diversity Initiatives. This is a full-time, 12 month, exempt position located in Upland, Indiana. Resumes will be accepted until the position is filled.
MISSION STATEMENT The mission of Taylor University is to develop servant leaders marked with a passion to minister Christ's redemptive love and truth to a world in need.
The position of Special Assistant to the President for Diversity Initiatives will build on Taylor University’s existing intercultural programs to establish and implement initiatives that will enable all members of the Taylor community to thrive, prosper and benefit from and contribute to the University’s mission. This position will report to the President with a dotted line relationship with the Provost, the Vice President for Student Development, and the Special Assistant to the President (Human Resources). He or she will serve as a member of the President’s Cabinet, the Deans’ Council, and the Student Development Lead Team. He or she also will have administrative faculty status (non-tenure track) and be responsible to teach one to two academic courses each academic year on diversity topics.
The Special Assistant to the President for Diversity Initiatives will be responsible for working with the University’s leadership to generate a strategic plan for diversity and intercultural initiatives, and then to implement that plan, setting priorities and short-term objectives while tracking progress towards long-term goals. He or she will initiate programming, propose policies, and foster the development of a Taylor community in which everyone can thrive. The Special Assistant will assist the University in addressing diversity and intercultural affairs, and in infusing a sensibility and understanding of diversity issues throughout the campus.
Collaborate with multiple University stakeholders including Academic Affairs, Student Development, Admissions, and Human Resources on ethnic and diversity issues.
Inform University leaders regarding best practices as they relate to racial diversity and intercultural initiatives with the intent of pursuing the highest standard.
Engage with University leaders regarding recruitment of diverse talent; engage with faculty in the development of curriculum and co-curriculum; engage with faculty and staff in creating, planning and leading diversity and intercultural competency training.
Establish and lead an internal advisory council for Intercultural Matters.
Attract and assist in the recruitment of diverse staff, faculty and students.
Assist in onboarding new staff and faculty into the campus community with the goal of increasing longevity in service.
Assist the Vice President for Student Development in providing direction to the Office of Intercultural Programs.
Teach one or two classes each year in diversity matters (starting second year in position).
Develop programming and training in cooperation with the offices of the Provost and Vice President for Student Development to create intercultural competencies and sensitivity among faculty and student development professionals.
Serve as an advocate for the University in diversity matters.
Proactively advance Taylor University’s commitment to creating and maintaining a campus environment that is free of discrimination.
Partner with the Campus Pastor and the Vice President for Student Development in developing a plan to support racial diversity and reconciliation through co-curricular and residential programming.
Participate in the Martin Luther King Jr. Day planning committee.
Assist with the selection and community development of ActSix scholars on Taylor’s campus.
Provide leadership to appointed commissions and groups involving intercultural matters as warranted.
Foster relationships with external agencies, representing the University where assigned and seeking funds and grants to support on-campus diversity initiatives.
Allocate resources as supported by University leadership.
Personal commitment to Christ as Savior and evidencing a Christ-centered and vibrant faith.
Commitment to the University’s Christian Mission, Statement of Faith, Life Together Covenant, and foundational documents.
Graduate degree required; earned doctorate preferred. Education and experience with respect to diversity and intercultural efforts in a university setting preferred. Classroom teaching experience preferred.
Demonstrated ability to collaborate and form coalitions with a wide variety of stakeholders.
Demonstrated record of accomplishment in managing change, building programs, and supporting initiatives (in particular, in programs involving diversity).
Demonstrated experience in researching, identifying and implementing best practices in diversity initiatives.
Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills.
Ability to listen to and to engage with people of good faith who hold opposing viewpoints, and the ability to model respect and Christian charity in addressing differing opinions.
Ability to work effectively and collegially within the Taylor community, as well as with external constituents.
Evidence of a broad understanding of diversity issues in Christian higher education and in the broader culture.
Ability to build coalitions, navigate difficult situations, and diffuse conflict.
Experience in mediation and peacemaking.
Ability to develop effective diversity and multicultural initiatives for faculty, staff and students and preferably, experience in having done so.
Employer will assist with relocation costs.
About Taylor University
Taylor University, a Christian liberal arts college with a student body of 1,870 on its Upland, Indiana, campus, is known for its distinctive community of scholarship and faith. In addition to a concerned, competent faculty and modern facilities, the University cherishes an atmosphere of uncommon quality, which inspires personal participation and spiritual growth as well as intellectual development. Graduate program in higher education is offered. In addition, Taylor Online serves over 1,200 adult students through degree and non-degree offerings in credit and non-credit formats in distance/distributed learning environments.