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Senior Director of Culture & Belonging/Ombuds

Company: University of California
Location: Stockton
Posted on: August 3, 2022

Job Description:

Senior Director of Culture & Belonging/Ombuds Job Title Senior Director of Culture & Belonging/Ombuds Department Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Campus Stockton Posting Number 201302907P Full or Part Time Full Time Number of Months 12 Work Schedule Work is performed during standard business hours, and may be required during non-business hours and weekends to meet business needs or deadlines. Position End Date Open Date 07/11/2022 Close Date Open Until Filled Yes Special Instructions to Applicants For first consideration, please apply on or before July 18th, 2022. Position Summary Information Primary Purpose Under the leadership of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, the Senior Director of Culture & Belonging/Ombuds is an equity-advancing and values-aligned partner in fostering an inclusive campus climate and culture. The Senior Director of Culture & Belonging/Ombuds will have an immediate impact on implementing strategic university DEI and belonging priorities and initiatives through operationalizing anti-racist policies and practices, response to reports of bias incidents, counsel students, staff, and faculty in conflict resolution toward reconciliation, lead data-informed new and continuing DEI curriculum, workshops, and professional development for students, staff, and faculty.

The Senior Director of Culture & Belonging/Ombuds provides early detection for arising issues and is a source of suggestions for systemic change to improve existing university culture and processes. The Ombuds is a resource for university employees and identifies patterns or areas of improvement in campus climate and culture for diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging. The Ombuds is an advocate for fairness, a source of information and referral, aids in answering questions, and assists in the resolution of concerns, when possible, while maintaining confidentiality to the extent the law allows. The Ombuds will develop educational programs for faculty and staff on equity, leadership development, and conflict resolution.

The ideal candidate for Senior Director of Culture & Belonging/Ombuds will have a proven track record of leading complex human development issues and experience in resolving DEI -related issues in a senior support role.

The candidate will advance strategic DEI and belonging initiatives with a special focus on executive-level advising, critical communications, policy development, conflict resolution and educating others as a subject matter expert. Essential Functions

  • Serve as a strategic partner with VPDEI to advance DEI and belonging priorities and initiatives in every aspect of the university's operations across all three campuses.
  • Provide DEI and belonging subject matter expertise as educator and advisor on building an equitable and inclusive campus climate and culture.
  • Serve as ombudsperson for the university to provide impartial, confidential, and informal conflict-resolution services to members of the campus community in Stockton, Sacramento, and San Francisco handling employee inquiries, issues, and concerns about employer-related issues and developing action plans to address them.
  • Coordinate with VPDEI in developing and refining DEI policy and initiatives for inclusive faculty excellence including diverse faculty recruitment, retention, tenure, promotion, and career activities.
  • Co-lead University Bias Response Team.
  • Work collaboratively with VPDEI to identify knowledge and skills gaps and help address them by providing awareness-raising education, training, and workshops for faculty and staff.
  • Develop consistent communication and feedback mechanisms to identify issues and address equity issues impacting faculty and staff.
  • Work collaboratively with Human Resources, Academic Affairs, and AA/ EEO to ensure recruitment, hiring, and retention of employee efforts reflect institutional DEI priorities.
  • Recruit and train staff as DEI Champions throughout the university to promote an equitable and inclusive culture.
  • Provide referrals to the Employee Assistance Program ( EAP ), the University Bias Response Team, Human Resources, Pacific Health Services, Counseling, and Psychological Services, and Public Safety, and follow up with parties when appropriate to determine outcomes and if there is continued need for assistance.
  • Maintain confidentiality to the extent allowable by law, except in case of duty to warn obligations and imminent threat of serious harm to individuals.
  • Represent the VPDEI and Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in fostering DEI and belonging initiatives and efforts throughout the university and the local community.
  • Engage with diverse staff, faculty, and students to promote trust, collaboration, and partnership between departments and all levels of leadership.
  • Animate and support the reach, influence, and engagement of VPDEI as a thought leader and executive officer for university, community, and social impact.
  • Perform other duties as assigned or requested by VPDEI . The University of the Pacific recognizes that diversity, equity, and inclusion are foundational to the success of our valued students and employees. We prioritize policy and decision-making that demonstrates awareness of, and responsiveness to, the ways socio-cultural forces related to race, gender, ability, sexuality, socio-economic status, etc. impede or propel students, faculty, and staff. Minimum Qualifications
    • Master's Degree in law, counseling, psychology, ethnic/gender/diversity studies, higher education, or a related field.
    • Four (4) years of leadership/management work experience.
    • Three (3) years of conflict resolution work experience with students, faculty, staff, and/or other employees. Preferred Qualifications
      • Doctoral Degree in law, counseling, psychology, ethnic/gender/diversity studies, higher education, or a related field.
      • Four (4) years of leadership/management experience in higher education.
      • Experience with bias response/education.
      • Possess a deep content knowledge of current diversity, equity, and inclusion laws, trends, topics, research, pedagogical needs, and best practices for strategic university DEI and belonging decision making.
      • An astute knowledge of, and demonstrated responsiveness to, the ways socio-cultural forces related to gender, race, ability, class, gender identity, gender expression, etc. systemically impede or propel impacted individuals, groups, and communities.
      • Energetic, inspiring, courageous, and innovative leader with outstanding people and management skills, as well as the ability to work effectively and collaboratively across the organization.
      • Demonstrated experience in educating others on complex subject matter, resolving issues, and advancing social justice in a university setting.
      • Outstanding communication skills (verbal and written) and ability to communicate effectively with individuals at all levels of the organization, as well as with people of all cultures.
      • Excellent problem-solving skills, ability to gather information, analyze it, and, as necessary, help an inquirer develop appropriate options and actions.
      • Experience and sensitivity in working with people of diverse backgrounds and cultures.
      • Demonstrated experience in advancing social justice, equity, and inclusion in a university setting.
      • Ability to engage and integrate culturally responsive practices and knowledge in their work. Physical Requirements The physical demands described here are representative but not definitive of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

        Duties require frequent sitting, repetitive use of hands and wrists while using computer keyboard and phone. Occasional walking, standing, and simple grasping. Infrequent climbing stairs, bending, stooping, kneeling, or reaching. May be requested to lift to 25lbs.

        Work Environment/Work Week/Travel:
        Work is performed in a normal office environment. Work is performed during standard business hours, and may be required during non-business hours and weekends to meet business needs or deadlines. Occasional travel both local and overnight. Hiring Range Commensurate with experience, exempt All applicants who receive a conditional offer of employment are required to execute a release and authorization for a background screening. AA/EEO Policy Statement University of the Pacific is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer dedicated to workforce diversity. In compliance with applicable law and its own policy, Pacific is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse faculty and staff and does not discriminate in its hiring of faculty and staff, or in the provision of its employment benefits to its faculty and staff on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, genetic information, sex/gender, marital status, military and veteran status, sexual orientation, medical condition, pregnancy, gender identity, gender expression, or mental or physical disability.Posting Specific Questions Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).
        • * Do you have a Master's Degree or higher degree in law, counseling, psychology, ethnic/gender/diversity studies, higher education, or a related field?
          • Yes
          • No
          • * Do you have at least four (4) years of leadership/management work experience?
            • Yes
            • No
            • * Do you have at least three (3) years of conflict resolution work experience with students, faculty, staff, and/or other employees?
              • Yes
              • No
              • * Pacific participates in federal healthcare programs. As such, a required part of the hiring process is to verify that potential employees have not been excluded from participating in federal programs for mandatory exclusions (including for fraud, controlled substances crimes, patient abuse or neglect, or other program-related crimes) or for other permissive exclusions by the Office of Inspector General. A "Yes" response would be considered disqualifying. Please answer the following question accordingly:Are you currently excluded from participation in federal programs (including Medicare, Medicaid, or any other federal healthcare program)?
                • Yes
                • No
                • * Pacific participates in federal healthcare programs. As such, a required part of the hiring process is to verify that potential employees have not been excluded from participating in federal programs for mandatory exclusions (including for fraud, controlled substances crimes, patient abuse or neglect, or other program-related crimes) or for other permissive exclusions by the Office of Inspector General. A "Yes" response would be considered disqualifying. Please answer the following question accordingly:Have you received notice that you are under review for possible exclusion from any federal programs (including Medicare, Medicaid, or any other federal healthcare program)?
                  • Yes
                  • No
                  • * How did you first learn about this employment opportunity?
                    • University of the Pacific Website
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                    • Craigslist
                    • Dice.com
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                    • Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U)
                    • Chronicle of HIgher Education
                    • Diverse Issues in Higher Education
                    • EDUCAUSE
                    • Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC)
                    • Higher Education Recruitment Consortium - Northern California (NorCal HERC)
                    • Modesto Bee
                    • Pacific Employee
                    • Personal Referral
                    • Professional or Association Listserv
                    • Publication or website from a professional organization
                    • Sacramento Bee
                    • San Francisco Chronicle
                    • Stockton Record
                    • Agency Referral
                    • Other Online Job Board

Keywords: University of California, Stockton , Senior Director of Culture & Belonging/Ombuds, Executive , Stockton, California

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