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Director of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion - University of Washington, School of Public Health

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Location: Seattle, WA
Full-time position
Closing Date: open until filled
Job #11777
Posted: September 7, 2017

The University of Washington (UW) is proud to be one of the nation’s premier educational and research institutions. Our people are the most important asset in our pursuit of achieving excellence in education, research and community service. Our staff not only enjoys outstanding benefits and professional growth opportunities, but also an environment noted for diversity, community involvement, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits, and natural beauty.

The School of Public Health has an outstanding opportunity for a Director of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

The Director of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion is a leading strategist and operational tactician for the School of Public Health (SPH) on matters of equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI). This is an inaugural senior leadership position reporting directly to the Dean. The Director is accountable for leading the short and long term planning and execution of equity, diversity and inclusion efforts across the SPH, supporting the School to grow and sustain an equitable, inclusive, and supportive working and learning environment for its students, faculty, and staff. The Director is expected to possess the skills to design, develop and implement an innovative EDI strategy with key focus areas to include: 

Cultivating an inclusive school-wide working and learning environment Recruitment, retention and engagement of diverse students, faculty, and staff Professional development and training of faculty, staff and students to enhance and mature the our collective and individual understanding of issues related to equity, diversity and inclusion Collaboration with SPH and department/program leadership, departmental EDI champions, human resources staff, and  internal and external thought partners to further effect EDI functions and initiatives within the School 

Position Complexities: 
The position will further the School’s efforts to directly confront bias and racism at the individual, school, institutional, and systemic levels through innovative programs and policies. It will require an individual with a unique and refined set of professional skills that engender trust and integrity among multiple constituents. 

Position Dimensions and Impact to the University: 
The position will have a significant impact on the School and UW community (internal and external) by supporting SPH values and the SPH strategic plan through directly affecting student, faculty, and staff work, life, and educational experiences within the School and beyond. Further, the position is aligned with supporting the UW Diversity Blueprint and President’s Race and Equity Initiative by supporting and sustaining diversity and equity at the UW as well as educating local, regional and global communities that we serve. 

Key Responsibilities Include: 


  • Identify, develop, and cultivate strategies to build a welcoming, inclusive and healthy workplace culture that fosters respect, equity, and positive recognition of every individual 
  • Help generate a school-wide operational leadership culture that is open, welcomes challenge and responds quickly to issues raised. 
  • Strategize and develop a resource ("space") where students, faculty, and staff may come for consultation, support, resources, processing experiences and sharing as needed 
  • Serve as a resource to staff, faculty and students on a broad range of strategies, opportunities and initiatives that will further equity and inclusion within the School 
  • Develop an appropriate network of champions within the organization that can encourage faculty, staff and students, and give confidence to raise concerns 


  • Identify, develop and/or facilitate training and professional development programs to support the understanding and active practice of EDI 
  • Consult and collaborate with faculty and staff to foster EDI within their departments and programs. Coach managers and supervisors around EDI related issues within their programs and team members 
  • Collaborating with SPH community, develop events and activities that nurture and support SPH goal for an equitable, inclusive, welcoming community of students, faculty, and staff 
  • Establish and lead working groups, to co-drive and monitor EDI priorities 


  • Collaborate with students, faculty, and staff across the School and UW to enhance ongoing efforts to recruit and retain outstanding students, increase the presence of underrepresented students, staff and faculty within the School, and foster an environment that encourages the success of every student, faculty, and staff 
  • Develop methods, tools and approaches that lead to increased satisfaction related to EDI within the School among students, faculty, and staff 
  • Support departmental efforts to promote EDI with respect to recruitment and retention of diverse students, faculty and staff 
  • Increase level of diversity awareness and commitment to hire diverse candidates, engaging senior level champions, gaining their commitment to participate in diverse recruitment, and branding events. 


  • Work with academic programs in the School to explore and implement courses and curricula that incorporate dimensions of equity and justice 
  • Work with SPH academic and student services leadership and staff 
  • Create collaborative partnerships among  students (inclusive of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, ability, immigration status, and religion, etc.) and student organizations through programming efforts that create socially just institutional transformation 
  • Ensure SPH admissions policies and practices promote EDI 
  • Support department effort to infuse EDI in the SPH curricula 
  • May provide instructional services through course teaching and curriculum development 
  • Serve as SPH lead representative for EDI efforts external to the School 
  • Attend key diversity events 


  • Ensure SPH human resources policies and practices advances EDI 
  • Support department efforts to infuse EDI in the SPH curricula 
  • Prepare manuals, reports, proposals and other documents to further the SPH EDI goals 
  • Develop and implement measurable diversity initiatives and strategies to achieve EDI goals with a focus on integration into current business processes. 


  • Serve as a member of the SPH Diversity Committee 
  • Participate on school-wide, departmental, program level committees as appropriate 
  • Serve on UW and external committees, collaborate with the VP for Minority Affairs & Diversity, and Chief Diversity Officer, as appropriate 

    As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs.  For detailed information on Benefits for this position, click here. 


  • Master’s Degree in relevant field required plus four to five years of substantive professional experience leading equity, diversity and inclusion initiatives and programming 

    Additional  Requirements: 
  • Visionary and highly collaborative leadership skills, with an in-depth understanding of equity, diversity and inclusion 
  • Excellent communicator and relationship-builder with high emotional intelligence 
  • Ability to motivate, inspire, develop and collaborate with a diverse group of leaders, teachers, staff members and students 
  • Culturally competent, and able to reflect and operate in diverse situations and across lines of difference 
  • Proven experience managing change within a complex organization 
  • Demonstrated commitment to advancing diversity, equity, and social justice for underrepresented and marginalized groups 
  • Demonstrated experience working with communities with a focus in diversity, equity and social justice 
  • Well-developed skills in listening to and responding to people from diverse backgrounds across the institutional spectrum that includes students, faculty, staff, alumni and community partners 

    The ideal candidate would possess characteristics that include: 
  • Public Health background or training. 
  • Teaching and other experience in higher education 
  • Experience with delivery of diversity education and training 
  • Experience in large organizations 
  • Eligibility for faculty appointment and ability to participate in classroom instruction in support of the educational mission of SPH. 

    Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration. 


    Appointment to this position is contingent upon obtaining satisfactory results from a criminal background check. 


How to Apply:

The application process for UW positions may include completion of a variety of online assessments to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process.  These assessments may include Workforce Authorization, Criminal Conviction History, Cover Letter and/or others.  Any assessments that you need to complete will appear on your screen as soon as you select “Apply to this position”. Once you begin an assessment, it must be completed at that time; if you do not complete the assessment you will be prompted to do so the next time you access your “My Jobs” page. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your "My Jobs" page to take when you are ready. 

Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until all required assessments have been completed.

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