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Director of Inclusion and Diversity

Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, VA Full-time
Posted on October 21, 2019

Job Description

The College of Natural Resources and Environment at Virginia Tech is committed to inclusion and increasing diversity among its students, staff, and faculty. The purpose of this position is to provide leadership and education in diversity, equity, and inclusion-related efforts and topics. The Director of Inclusion and Diversity will lead inclusion and diversity initiatives within the college and teach courses that critically analyze identity and equity through the lens of natural resources and environment.

As the Director of Inclusion and Diversity, the selected candidate will work to: (1) develop and sustain diversity, equity, and inclusion programming and training within the college; (2) assist with the recruitment and retention of a diverse body of faculty, staff, and students; (3) serve as the college’s liaison with Virginia Tech’s Office for Inclusion and Diversity; (4) coordinate activities amongst the college’s InclusiveVT representatives; (5) assist the college and departments with refining and monitoring diversity and inclusion goals; (6) serve as a mentor to undergraduate and graduate students from underrepresented populations or cultures; and (7) teach two courses per year that enhance student understanding and awareness of inclusion and diversity.

The selected candidate will also be appointed to the rank of assistant or associate professor of practice. Professor of practice faculty are successful and effective professionals in a given field of study with the capability of bringing specialized expertise to instructional programs. Professor of practice faculty are full members of a department, and they are afforded a promotion path through assistant, associate, and professor levels. The selected candidate must be an effective teacher of the profession or discipline who is capable of understanding and evaluating research that applies to their field and teaching it to students. In alignment with duties as the Director of Inclusion and Diversity, the successful candidate will teach two courses per academic year that contribute to improving critical thinking, reasoning, and awareness of inclusion and diversity through the Pathways general education curriculum. Subject area and content of the courses will be based on the faculty member’s disciplinary training and expertise.

Required Qualifications

• Master’s or doctoral degree in any disciplinary area related to natural resources and environmental issues or the study of diversity, inclusion, and equity.
• Demonstrated experience developing and delivering diversity, inclusion, and equity programming.
• Research or industry expertise in the development, attainment, and reporting of strategic goals focused on diversity, inclusion, and equity.
• Demonstrated ability and interest in developing and teaching highly effective courses that enlighten students about the role and importance of identity and equity.
• Excellent interpersonal skills that facilitate coordination and cooperation amongst individuals, offices, and entities.
• Exceptional communication skills.

Preferred Qualifications

• Experience implementing diversity programming, particularly within disciplines represented within the College of Natural Resources and Environment.
• Prior experience teaching collegiate-level courses in subject areas associated with the College of Natural Resources and Environment.
• Prior involvement with the recruitment and retention of individuals from underrepresented minority (URM) groups.
• Previous engagement with advancement officers seeking to secure scholarships and endowments supporting URM students and faculty.
• Background in developing relationships and interfacing with state and federal agencies, industry, and NGOs that hire graduates of natural resources programs.
• Experience mentoring undergraduate and graduate students from URM groups.

Pay Band

N/A

Salary Information

Commensurate with experience.

Review Date

October 21, 2019

Additional Information

The successful Candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check

About Virginia Tech

Virginia Tech is a public land-grant university, committed to teaching and learning, research, and outreach to the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world. Building on its motto of Ut Prosim (that I may serve), Virginia Tech is dedicated to InclusiveVT—serving in the spirit of community, diversity, and excellence. We seek candidates who adopt and practice the Principles of Community, which are fundamental to our on-going efforts to increase access and inclusion, and to create a community that nurtures learning and growth for all of its members. Virginia Tech actively seeks a broad spectrum of candidates to join our community in preparing leaders for the world.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.

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