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Established in 1908, James Madison University is a comprehensive public institution offering undergraduate, masters and doctoral programs to more than 20,000 students. JMU is regarded as one of the finest regional universities in the nation and has been continuously cited in U.S. News and World Report, Changing Times and Money Magazine as an outstanding public university. Located in the heart of Virginia's beautiful Shenandoah Valley, the city of Harrisonburg is approximately 120 miles from Washington, D.C. and Richmond, VA. Known for its livability, diversity, local food, arts and natural surroundings, this Virginia Main Street community is a great place to live and work.
The Associate Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion reports to the Vice President for Student Affairs and serves on the Student Affairs Senior Leadership Team. The Division of Student Affairs includes Career and Academic Planning, Center for Multicultural Student Services, Community Service-Learning, Counseling Center, Dean of Students, Disability Services, Student Accountability & Restorative Practices, Orientation, Residence Life, University Health Center, University Recreation and University Unions. The division is an integral part of the campus community and works collaboratively with the other divisions of the university in supporting the mission, vision, and values of the university.
Duties and Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
- Supervises Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Departments and Directors. Supervises the Center for Multicultural Student Services (CMSS), Office of Disability Services (ODS), Sexual Orientation Gender Identity and Expression (SOGIE), and Student Communities. As the leader of a unit made up of newly aligned departments, this individual will need to provide leadership and create a structure and culture among these departments. Creating a common purpose for this team will be essential now and in the years to come.
- Contributes to University and Student Affairs Leadership. Works in conjunction with the university leadership, other divisions, and Student Affairs leaders to advance diversity, equity and inclusion as integral components of James Madison University's Mission and Strategic Plan. Contribute to and support university efforts to recruit and retain a diverse student body with a particular focus on the development of a community where all students feel a sense of welcome and belonging.
- Leads efforts to support Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Student Affairs and partners with all other aspects of the University to further these efforts for all of James Madison University. Leads and oversees a comprehensive strategic plan for the development of inclusive initiatives and practices to enhance and build a diverse, equitable, accessible, and inclusive community for students, faculty, staff, parents, alumni and visitors. Examines existing services and programs, establishes broad learning outcomes for the area and for each department/program, and prioritizes the areas of highest need and focus.
- Builds and maintains a professional presence locally, regionally, and nationally on behalf of James Madison University. Serves as a leader in the field who attends and presents at regional and national conferences and maintains a working knowledge of best practices and innovations in the field.
- Creates a new functional area within Student Affairs that ensures synergy and collaboration across all departments toward a goal of a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive James Madison University. Manages their functional area while also providing leadership in the integration of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion efforts across all of Student Affairs. Leads the Student Affairs Diversity Council and ensure the voices of all stakeholders are included in our decisions related to DEI. Works collaboratively with campus-wide diversity efforts to create a community that exemplifies openness, support, and equitable treatment of everyone at JMU.
- Social Justice and Inclusion. (Professional Competency Areas for Student Affairs Professionals – ACPA/NASPA) Ensures institutional policies, practices, facilities, structures, systems, and technologies respect and represent the needs of all people. Develops a culture that includes Universal Design and Accessibility are at the forefront of our work. Fosters and promote an institutional culture that supports the free and open expression of ideas, identities, and beliefs, and where individuals have the capacity to negotiate different standpoints. Provides consultation and support to other units, and divisions on strategies to dismantle systems of oppression, privilege, and power on campus.
- History of progressive leadership in student affairs: candidates should possess a minimum of five years' experience as an associate/assistant vice president, director or other significant student affairs leadership position
- A record of commitment to diversity and inclusiveness which should be address within the cover letter
- Knowledge of student retention and success strategies
- Understanding of the regulatory environment for student affairs
- Strong commitment to holistic education and student development
- Team player and collaborator with all areas of the university
- Demonstrated support for a student-focused environment
- Master's degree required; doctorate preferred
To apply go to http://joblink.jmu.edu/postings/7287 or visit JobLink.jmu.edu and reference posting number F1460. Pay Range: $95,000 - $105,000.
James Madison University is an equal opportunity employer committed to creating and supporting a diverse and inclusive work and educational community that is free of all forms of discrimination. This institution does not tolerate discrimination or harassment on the basis of age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, national origin, parental status, political affiliation, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or veteran status.