Associate Chief Diversity Officer for Undergraduate Affairs
February 9, 2018
Associate Chief Diversity Officer for Undergraduate Affairs - (18001082)
Tufts University seeks to fill the position of Associate Chief Diversity Officer (CDO) for Undergraduate Affairs. This position will report to the Chief Diversity Officer and Associate Provost, and serves as liaison to the schools, departments and other support structures engaged in promoting inclusiveness and diversity for undergraduate students. The Associate CDO for Undergraduate Affairs will be responsible for providing strategic direction and insight regarding support services for students from traditionally underrepresented groups as they relate to gender, race, ethnicity, condition of ability, sexual orientation and gender identity, and socio-economic status. The Associate CDO will also assist in identifying broad educational initiatives to address ways of creating a diverse, inclusive and welcoming environment for all undergraduate students studying at Tufts. The Associate CDO will manage strategies for effective recruitment, retention, professional development and training that will contribute to innovative outcomes for staff, faculty, and students as they engage, teach, and study in a culturally diverse environment. The Associate CDO for Undergraduate Affairs will collaboratively develop a framework that will interconnect individual initiatives to each other and to a larger strategic plan showing how they might together achieve broader university goals. This will include establishing short- and long-term measurable goals and objectives, followed by a strategy, a detailed multi-year implementation plan, and timeline.
This individual will serve on committees related to diversity and inclusion, at the discretion of the CDO, and will provide management, direction, advice and/or implementation of university-wide programs designed to recruit, retain, and support diverse pools of undergraduates. This position requires an excellent collaborator who can build strong relationships and engender trust with such constituencies as deans, department heads, faculty, staff, students, alumni, community members, donors, minority-serving institutions, and other institutions in Tufts' national network. The Associate CDO for Undergraduate Affairs will be viewed as a visible and accessible member of the institution. The successful candidate will be a leader with demonstrated capacity to inspire a shared sense of purpose and teamwork, adept at building consensus, and a member of a strong national network.
The Associate CDO should have a strong record of generating and interpreting data and utilizing metrics to inform decisions, and take leadership in establishing ongoing assessment and accountability of the diversity, equity and inclusion goals regarding student recruitment, retention and degree completion. This individual should also be experienced in identifying and securing grants and other sources of funding that will directly support various diversity initiatives.
Qualified candidates will have a high level of understanding of major issues and trends within higher education that impact undergraduate students, outstanding written and oral communication skills, high energy and creativity. Candidates should also be knowledgeable about federal laws, regulations and guidelines related to diversity, inclusion and nondiscrimination in higher education, including Title IX, Title VI, Title VII, Clery Act, ADEA, ADA, and Section 504. Other responsibilities of the position include addressing student concerns and grievances, assessing areas of student need, analyzing and preparing reports on sensitive issues, complex problems and initiatives, including recommendations for action. The Associate CDO for Undergraduate Affairs will provide guidance and act as a subject matter expert as schools, departments, institutes and research centers work to enhance their admissions, retention, professional development and engagement practices. The Associate CDO will organize communications related to diversity and inclusion, and the development of content for the web and social media. This individual will work closely with the Communications staff to ensure external messaging matches the climate and community.
The Associate CDO of Undergraduate Affairs will also:
Serve as a centralized resource to assist program directors and coordinators in creating collaborative and complementary solutions and while ensuring that they understand their contribution to the larger university strategy for success;
Identify the origins of gaps in services, outcomes, and graduation rates through data-supported evidence, and seek out solutions with consideration of existing programs and other new initiatives which might be needed;
Collaboratively examine areas of intersectionality that would affect climate or retention (race, gender identity, first generation, ability, veteran status, class, etc.);
Maintain ongoing communications with undergraduates regarding diversity education events, and initiatives designed for specific groups;
Establish excellent relationships with those in the Provost's office, and others providing resources needed (data, financial aid, residence life services, admissions, law enforcement, Academic Affairs, the School of Arts and Sciences, the School of Engineering and others), especially those managing existing diversity and inclusion programs across Tufts.
The Associate CDO will be housed at the Medford campus where most undergraduate students are located in the School of Arts and Sciences and the School of Engineering, while establishing strong ties with the undergraduates, staff and faculty at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. This leader will also regularly visit and work collaboratively with the Chief Diversity Officer and Associate Provost, the Associate CDO for Graduate and Professional Student Affairs, faculty, students and staff at all Tufts campuses to develop collaborative partnerships with organizations and groups enhancing engagement strategies in each local area.
Education and Experience
The successful candidate will possess a minimum of a Master's degree or higher plus seven to ten years of successful leadership in undergraduate education with a focus on diversity and inclusion. A Ph.D. is preferred with broad experience in diversity initiatives, multicultural affairs roles, or a related field. An excellent knowledge of and experience working with the issues facing marginalized populations is essential. Other preferred skills include data management, strategic planning, raising support, excellent communication skills across diverse and professional cultures, and an understanding of issues facing specific populations of students such as low SES, first generation, underrepresented STEM majors, LGBTQ+, women in non-traditional fields, non-traditional students, etc. About Tufts
The University is ranked 27th among U.S. News and World Report's top 50 National Universities and 12th among top Research Universities by Forbes. The University is committed to making an impact on society as well as individuals, and is ranked as one of the top producers for its size of Peace Corps and Teach for America participants as well as Fulbright grant recipients. Tufts' global perspective reflects a long history of international engagement and the presence of the oldest graduate-only school for international relations in the United States. A distinguished array of programs in the life and health sciences includes the nation's only graduate school of nutrition and the only veterinary school in New England.
Tufts' unique constellation of schools is located on four Massachusetts campuses: a residential campus in Medford/Somerville; a health sciences campus in downtown Boston; a school of fine arts near Fenway Park; and a veterinary campus in Grafton, to the west of Boston. It also operates the Tufts European Center in Talloires, France. Tufts' degree-granting schools include the School of Arts and Sciences and its Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, the School of Engineering, and The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, all on the Medford/Somerville campus; the School of Dental Medicine, the Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, the School of Medicine, and the Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences on the Boston campus; and the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine on the Grafton campus. The Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service, which is based on the Medford/Somerville campus but has a Tufts-wide mission, works to infuse the values and practices of active citizenship across all the degree-granting schools of the University. The Boston campus is also home to the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging, which is closely associated with the Friedman School.
Tufts enrolls about 5,400 undergraduate students in the Schools of Arts and Sciences and Engineering, and 5,700 graduate or professional students, about evenly divided between women and men. Tufts awards Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees for more than 30 academic departments and programs that encompass nearly 100 majors and minors, including 30 interdisciplinary programs. The graduate and professional schools offer degrees including Master of Arts and Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy, Master of Science, Master of Fine Arts, Master of International Business, Doctor of Dental Medicine, Doctor of Medicine, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Doctor of Occupational Therapy, Master of Public Health, and Doctor of Philosophy. The University also offers a number of combined graduate and professional degree programs, both across Tufts' own schools and with other institutions.
The University has more than 900 full-time faculty members of whom approximately 45 percent are tenured. As a student-centered research university, Tufts prides itself on its high standards for teaching effectiveness and service as well as faculty research and scholarship. Faculty development programs offered by the Center for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching (CELT) strive to promote teaching innovation and support teaching-related initiatives, while helping to coordinate faculty development initiatives across disciplines and between campuses. Tufts faculty value their autonomy in their approach to teaching and scholarship and embrace a shared governance approach. At Tufts University, change comes through the active involvement of faculty, staff, and students in committees and task forces that focus on specific issues. The University employs approximately 3,330 FTE non-faculty staff.
Under President Monaco's leadership, the University began a comprehensive strategic planning effort, led by Provost and Senior Vice President David Harris, in the fall of 2012. The result of a collaborative planning process, the T10 Strategic Plan approved by the Board of Trustees in November 2013 sets a framework for Tufts' development over the next ten years, defining both an aspirational future for the University and the resources required to get there. Implementation is already underway for several initiatives outlined in the strategic plan, including the Tufts 1+4 program, a novel bridge year program that offers incoming students of all economic backgrounds the opportunity to engage in a year of full-time domestic or international service before beginning the traditional college experience.
Interested candidates should submit a curriculum vitae, letter of application detailing qualifications and experiences, and four professional references with their online application.
An employee in this position must complete all appropriate background checks at the time of hire, promotion, or transfer.