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Assistant Dean of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging (Hybrid Opportunity)

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Work type: Staff Full Time
Location: UMass Amherst
Department: Dean - Isenberg School
Union: Non-Unit Exempt
Categories: Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Isenberg School of Management

About UMass Amherst

UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth's flagship campus, is a nationally ranked public research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, and offers a rich cultural environment in a bucolic setting close to major urban centers. In addition, the University is part of the Five Colleges (including Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College), which adds to the intellectual energy of the region.


Job Summary

The Assistant Dean of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB) works to advance Isenberg School of Management and University of Massachusetts’ DEIB goals. Reporting to the Dean, the Assistant Dean will work in partnership with the Dean and other members of the Senior Leadership team to develop and implement strategic DEIB planning, paying particular attention to the areas of recruitment and retention of students, faculty, and staff. The Assistant Dean will play an integral role in making Isenberg a more diverse and inclusive community. The Assistant Dean will take the lead in monitoring DEIB progress by collecting, managing, and analyzing data useful in assessing Isenberg’s accountability in achieving its goals. A key member of the Senior Leadership team in Isenberg, the Assistant Dean of DEIB advises on all strategic DEIB initiatives and represents the school at the university level.


Essential Functions

  • Supports a culture that values, protects, and promotes diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging for faculty, staff, and students. 
  • Leads Isenberg’s DEIB office and contributes to the recruitment of DEIB staff, ultimately managing and overseeing their work and outreach within Isenberg.
  • Consults with the Dean with efforts to develop the cultural competence of our Isenberg faculty, staff, and student populations.  Oversee programming to develop culturally responsive recruitment and retention strategies, as well as services and support for historically underrepresented groups among students, faculty, and staff.
  • Partners with the Sr. Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs and Administration and the Isenberg HR unit on faculty and staff recruitment and retention efforts.
  • Works collaboratively to support our Undergraduate and Graduate Programs offices to ensure we are developing opportunities for students to become inclusive leaders and global citizens.
  • Develops more mentoring opportunities, paying particular attention to support those from historically underrepresented groups.  Explores opportunities to recruit and mentor high school students from underrepresented and first-generation populations to prepare them to become applicants to the Isenberg School of Management.
  • By sharing content knowledge and expertise, assist faculty curriculum committees, Graduate Faculty Directors, and Associate Deans to ensure that Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion is integrated throughout the curricula of all degree programs in the Isenberg School.
  • Collects, manages, analyzes, and reports data related to Isenberg DEIB initiatives, programs, curriculum, and events. 
  • Supports the AACSB Accreditation team on ensuring the Diversity and Inclusion benchmarks are met as required in our annual and other accreditation reporting.
  • Shares content knowledge and expertise with the Office of Career Services to support DEI-related career preparation for our students to meet the needs of corporate recruiters.
  • Supports ISOM to manage relationships to identify a diverse slate of alumni to engage with the school.
  • Provides leadership for the development of DEIB programs and events, including, but not limited to the Conversations With, the Inclusive Leadership Summit, and the Women of Isenberg conference.
  • Represents ISOM leadership at local, regional, and national conferences and other events.


Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)

  • Master’s degree in Business, Education, Counseling, Educational Psychology, or a related field.
  • Proven competence in and commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging.
  • Proven ability to implement plans and manage projects.
  • Excellent organizational skills and comfort with budgeting.
  • Ability to manage conflict and have difficult conversations.
  • Understanding of issues related to underrepresented populations in higher education, specifically as related to research, teaching, and service missions.
  • Previous experience managing people.
  • Ability to work independently or collaboratively as required for the given responsibility.
  • Ability to problem solve, take initiative, set priorities, handle multiple projects in a fast-paced and dynamic environment in an organized and professional manner.
  • Ability to travel as needed for events and opportunities.


Preferred Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)

  • PhD, EdD, or JD in Business, Education, Counseling, Educational Psychology, or a related field.
  • Experience working in higher education.
  • Experience working with student, faculty, and/or staff diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives.


Work Schedule    

  • Non-unit, exempt staff position.
  • Typical 9:00am - 5:00pm office environment.
  • Required to work occasional nights and/or weekend events.
  • Some local, regional, and national travel.
  • This position has the opportunity for a hybrid work schedule, which is defined by the University as an arrangement where an employee’s work is regularly performed at a location other than the campus workspace for a portion of the week. As this position is non-unit, it is subject to the terms and conditions of the University of Massachusetts Board of Trustees Non-Unit Employee Personnel Policy.


Physical Demands/Working Conditions

  • Typical office environment.


Salary Information

  • Commensurate with experience.


Special Instructions to Applicants

Along with the application, please submit a resume, cover letter, diversity statement, and contact information for three (3) professional references. The search will remain open until filled.


UMass Amherst is committed to a policy of equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, caste, creed, sex, age, marital status, national origin, disability, political belief or affiliation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related condition(s), veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, genetic information, natural and protective hairstyle and any other class of individuals protected from discrimination in employment, admission to and participation in academic programs, activities, and services, and the selection of vendors who provide services or products to the University.  To fulfill that policy, UMass Amherst is further committed to a program of affirmative action to eliminate or mitigate artificial barriers and to increase opportunities for the recruitment and advancement of qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans.  It is the policy of UMass Amherst to comply with the applicable federal and state statutes, rules, and regulations concerning equal opportunity and affirmative action.

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