Posted Mar 06
University of Chicago

Associate Director of Diversity Initiatives

Chicago, IL, United States Full Time

The BSD Office of Diversity and Inclusion was created to define and accelerate the role of diversity in research, education in medicine and the biological sciences at the University of Chicago. The office seeks to enhance the support and engagement of faculty, students and staff across the BSD by creating a culture of diversity and inclusion. Our constituency includes basic science and clinical faculty, PhD and MD students, Postdoctoral scholars, fellows, residents and staff. Working closely with the University of Chicago Medicine's Department of Diversity, Inclusion and Equity, the office supports the creation of programming and initiatives to advance our medical center's goals for recruitment, retention and support for diverse faculty, staff and students across our institution.

The Biological Sciences Division (BSD) is the largest operating unit of the University of Chicago. It includes the Pritzker School of Medicine, twenty-three academic departments, twelve interdisciplinary degree-granting committees, and more than a dozen research centers and institutes.

Our mission is to discover and create new knowledge of living systems, to preserve and communicate knowledge through education, and to nurture and sustain a community of scholars. These scholars pursue this mission through research, the education of basic scientists, physicians, and others interested in living things, and through enlightened and compassionate care of patients in a humane, academic environment.

We have a long and rich history of discovery. Our academic departments have each developed and sustained outstanding programs of research and training in a broad range of programs. These are further enhanced by interdisciplinary committees, centers, and institutes. Unique among our peers, our Pritzker School of Medicine and basic biological science programs are housed in one division, allowing for strong collaborations between basic science and clinical research. Faculty, staff and students interact across programs and disciplines, creating collaborative and innovative approaches to the study of complex problems.

Job Summary

Reporting to the Dean for Diversity & Inclusion and the Assistant Dean for Faculty Advancement & Diversity, the Associate Director of Diversity Initiatives will be responsible for designing and leading new programs to advance the goals of the BSD's Office of Diversity & Inclusion. In this role, the individual will work with key institutional leaders to develop new processes, systems and policies to further our efforts towards fostering equity. A cornerstone of this endeavor will be working with faculty and staff to support recruitment and retention of diverse faculty and trainees across the Biological Sciences Division. The Associate Director will assist with the development and implementation of a strategic plan for diversity and inclusion in the BSD. In this effort, the individual will collaborate with department chairs, section chiefs, faculty and administrative leadership to develop targeted support for departmental-level diversity and inclusion efforts. As part of the implementation of the strategic plan, the Associate Director will develop and lead training opportunities in topics including: unconscious bias, best practices for recruiting diverse faculty, microagrressions, gender bias, LGBTQ safe space, and other topics. To increase the participation in events and training opportunities the Associate Director will work with the Assistant Dean to develop a robust outreach strategy including website re-design and social media efforts.

To foster an inclusive environment in the BSD, the Associate Director will work collaboratively with the Associate Director for Programming to develop and plan monthly programing, including identifying external speakers and local experts within the University. To support the diversity infrastructure of the BSD, the Associate Director is responsible for organizing planning, staffing and supporting several diversity-related committees including the Diversity & Inclusion Steering Committee, BSD Faculty Diversity Committee, and various subcommittees. Will also help organize and support employee resource groups that are currently being formed. Will work with the Diversity & Inclusion Human Resources Committee to evaluate the success of these resource groups and develop strategies to continue to foster employee engagement and support mechanisms. To increase retention of a diverse workforce, this individual will work collaboratively with the office of faculty affairs to develop and implement interventions aimed at increasing our support for women faculty and faculty of color including the development of a formalized mentoring program.

As the BSD office of Diversity & Inclusion is a vital component of University wide efforts around diversity, the individual will collaborate with the University of Chicago Medical Center's Department of Diversity, Inclusion & Equity and Pritzker School of Medicine's Office of Multicultural Affairs, and the Provost's Office to develop joint initiatives and training. The Associate Director will also represent our group at local and national outreach events for faculty, students and residents. The Associate Director is expected to participate in national organizations and keep on top of trends in the field to bring new ideas and opportunities to the Biological Sciences Division to support the work of the office.

50% Develop & implement diversity related programs and training

20% Plans and supports the work of the Diversity committees

15% Working with institutional leaders to develop new policies or practices that can be implemented at the departmental level

15% Strategic communication and report preparation


Bachelor's degree required.

Advanced degree preferred.


Experience developing and managing diversity related initiatives required. A minimum of 5 years of project management and/or administration required.

Experience conducting diversity training required.
Experience with strategic communication required.
Experience working with senior leadership and stakeholders to get buy in to advance initiatives required.
Experience with program planning, budget management and staff management required.

Experience developing programming or initiatives to develop awareness and support for LGBT populations preferred.


Experience surveying institutional policies and practices and developing new training or policies to enhance diversity, inclusion and equity required.
Experience developing and conducting training diversity related topics which may include unconscious bias training, best practices for recruitment, training on microagrressions, gender bias, LGBTQ safe space, and other topics required.
Knowledge of literature and research on diversity, inclusion, and equity and ability to research academic literature related to diversity and inclusion and present a concise summary of data and trends required.
Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills including the ability to interact directly with high level required. leadership to advocate for best practices to promote diversity and equity within an organization required.
Ability to work independently to make progress on initiatives or activities required.
Ability to respond with diplomacy and tact required.
Ability to multi-task and manage multiple projects simultaneously required.
Ability to handle confidential information with utmost discretion required.

Demonstrated mastery in effectively managing staff preferred.
Ability to analyze personnel data and create reports relaying longitudinal trends preferred.
Proven ability to develop long-term relationships with external offices, partners or organizations preferred.

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