TheUniversity of Tennessee is comprised of campuses at Knoxville, Chattanooga,and Martin; the Health Science Center at Memphis; the SpaceInstitute at Tullahoma; and the statewide Institute of Agricultureand Institute for Public Service. The UT System has a presence in eachof Tennessee's 95 counties. Through the combined force of education, researchand outreach, the University serves students, business and industry, schools,governments, organizations and citizens statewide.
TheUniversity of Tennessee System, through its multiple campuses and institutes,serves the people of Tennessee and beyond through the discovery, communicationand application of knowledge. The System is committed to providingundergraduate, graduate and professional education programs in a diverselearning environment that prepares students to be leaders in a global society.The UT System's delivery of education, discovery, outreach and public servicecontributes to the economic, social and environmental well-being of allTennesseans.
TheBoard of Trustees is the governing body of the University of Tennessee,overseeing the educational and operational activities of the statewideUniversity system. The 12- member board is comprised of 1 ex officio member,who is the Commissioner of Agriculture for the State of Tennessee, and 11appointed members, one of whom is a nonvoting student member. The Secretary ofthe University is the principal staff liaison between the Universityadministration and the Board of Trustees.
SupportingCampuses and Institutes to Achieve Inclusive Excellence
TheExecutive Director of Equity and Diversity will join the UT System at a time ofenormous opportunity and potential impact. Reporting to the System Chief HumanResources Officer (CHRO) and serving as a member of the System HR leadershipteam, this unique role will consult and partner with campuses and institutes toadvance efforts across the UT System to identify and remove stark structural,social, financial, and health disparities that are impediments to achievingdiversity, equity and inclusion at the University of Tennessee with the goal ofproviding a welcoming and affirming environment for all. TheExecutive Director will help to position the UT System as a beacon of light forcivility and respect and will champion a culture of engagement andbelonging by providing leadership in an environment that actively promotesdiversity, equity, and inclusion and will possess a deep commitment to thesevalues and demonstrate action and accountability in advancing strategies tosupport them at all levels of the University.
Incollaboration with the CHRO and others, this role will assist in theprioritization of diversity and equity initiatives and will communicate to thebroader workforce to support and encourage actionable efforts that advanceinclusive excellence. The Executive Director will provide a high degree ofsupport to the campuses and institutes by convening campus diversity partners,facilitating solutions to shared obstacles, coordinating resources, and sharingexpertise in best practices. The Executive Director will also serve as aresource to the campuses for metrics and accountability and will coordinate diversitytask forces and annual retreats to foster cross team collaboration throughoutthe UT System. Additionally, the Executive Director will serve as a statewideadvocate with the legislature and the Board of Trustees.
Thesuccessful candidate will be a skilled relationship-builder, consultant, andadvisor with outstanding interpersonal skills and a strong focus on teamworkand collaboration. Duties andresponsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:
TheExecutive Director will work closely with senior leaders and campus partners toadvance a System-wide culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion by providingstrategies and support for the recruitment, retention, and engagement ofdiverse faculty and staff.
TheExecutive Director will be a System-wide ambassador for diversity, equity, andinclusion and will work to engage and inspire members of the internal andexternal community by raising awareness and illustrating the importance ofthese principles.
The Executive Director will serve as anadvisor, sharing best practice research and expertise including the developmentof matrixes for measuring diversity performance for accountability purposes.
Incollaboration with the campus and institute Equity Officers, the position willdesign, develop, and champion initiatives that build, expand, and supportinclusive employee populations collaboratively throughout the UT System whileremoving obstacles to achieve success in these areas.
The Executive Director will supportthe campuses and institutes by providing overall diversity and inclusion relatedservices including strategic planning, program audits, support for spousalplacements, and policy counseling.
The Executive Director will provideleadership in the development of System-wide training opportunities related todiversity, equity, and inclusion such as bias and microaggression training.
The Executive Director willwork with external groups and professional organizations interested in commonissues and concerns related to equal employment opportunity/affirmative action,ADA/Section 504,, VEVRAA, and diversity and inclusion to achieve synergy andinterconnectedness at all campuses and institutes.
The Executive Director administers diversityand inclusion policy and program development per the System's strategic planand has a consultative role with the UT campuses and institutes on issues ofdiversity and inclusion relating to minority contractors and vendors.
The Executive Director will work with the CHROto ensure appropriate integration of System-wide inclusive excellence goalsthroughout the UT Strategic Plan and will ensure that any related risks tothese goals are identified and addressed as part of the System's EnterpriseRisk Management (ERM) efforts.
The Executive Director will work closelywith diversity partners at each campus and institute to develop and monitor anappropriate System-wide diversity and inclusion plan and diversity statement thatcoincides with the System strategic plan and ensures that the System'sdiversity and inclusion goals and objectives are consistently met.
The Executive Director will also assist the presidentin ensuring that executive and senior leaders receive appropriate diversity andinclusion training through group presentations and individual training programssuch as those designed for executives through the UT Learning Management System(LMS).
The Executive Director will be activelyinvolved in outreach and engagement efforts consistent with the University'smission of diversity and inclusion including developing programs andpartnership with organizations focused on equality and inclusive excellencesuch as the statewide Urban League and Chamber offices, as well as the NAACP,NCORE, and NADOHE.
The ExecutiveDirector will also have responsibility for supporting, coordinating, andconvening the Diversity Advisory Council (DAC) comprised of students, faculty,and staff from across the state. Founded in 2010, DAC is a forum forcross-collaboration that creates opportunities for dialogue and exchange in theareas of diversity, equity and inclusion. The Executive Director will supportDAC in its efforts to present strategies to the UT System president on matterspertaining to:
The effective and efficient recruitment, retention and graduation of a more diverse student population
Recruiting and retaining a more diverse faculty and staff; and
Developing and implementing performance measurements for the purpose of accountability, and other matters relating to diversity and inclusion as necessary
The Executive Director will work closelywith DAC members to revamp the effectiveness of the committee in support ofadvancing diversity and inclusion goals statewide and will help leverageresources in support of each campus and institute's individual plans for equityand diversity.
Internal Number: 200706
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