Executive Director of Student Inclusion & Belonging
UW-Stout is seeking applications for Executive Director of Student Inclusion and Belonging. This innovative leader will oversee the student-facing side of the Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. This leadership position will report directly to the Assistant Chancellor of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. The Executive Director of Student Inclusion and Belonging will lead the centering of equity and intersectional inclusivity as they support students at UW-Stout, with a primary focus on those with underrepresented/marginalized identities. The student-facing Executive Director will work with the university, UW System, and community partners to ensure that UW-Stout is fully invested in its students’ experiences by creating access as well as equitable and inclusive living and learning environments in which students can thrive.
As Wisconsin’s Polytechnic University, UW-Stout's unique mission is guided by three educational tenets: applied learning, career focus and collaboration. The position joins a dynamic and collaborative leadership team across campus, working in support of the university’s FOCUS2030 strategic plan. The university’s goals encompass five fundamental pillars: Student Success; Employee Success; Equity, Diversity and Inclusivity; Institutional Sustainability; and Identity. UW-Stout is seeking candidates that will prioritize these pillars and serve as a change agent during this dynamic time in higher education.
Official UW Title: EI022 Diversity and Inclusion Director (B)
Minimum / Required
- Meet one of the following:
- Master’s degree from an accredited college/university, or
- Bachelor’s degree with 3-5 years of experience of working in an EDI division and/or student affairs position that centers underrepresented students, or
- Minimum of 3 years of experience working in an Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) or an Office of Multicultural Student Services
- Minimum of 2 years of experience supervising and evaluating staff
- Experience in supporting and creating safe spaces working collaboratively within and across diverse communities, specifically those consisting of college students with BIPOC identities (Black, Indigenous, People of Color), low-income status students, students who may identify as LGBTQIA+, students with disabilities, and those who may be first-generation college students
- Experience advocating for individuals and/or student groups that have been historically excluded
- Proven success building and sustaining internal and external partnerships with EDI stakeholders that lead to better access of resources and opportunities for marginalized students
- Exceptional written and interpersonal skills, including group presentation/facilitation skills
- Intricate knowledge of regulatory and statutory compliance regulations and federally funded programs related to EDI (such as: TRIO programs, freedom of expression, Title IX, affirmative action, American Disabilities Act, etc.)
- Experience developing and successfully implementing EDI-based training and professional development that enhances our support of underrepresented student populations
- Evidence of successful problem solving and conflict resolution skills
- Proven success building and sustaining internal and external stakeholders
- Experience in the development, assessment, and implementation of EDI strategic plans that center underrepresented students
- Demonstrated ability to collaborate with the Academic Affairs and other units across the institution to promote and embrace inclusive excellence
- Passion for building alliances with faculty and staff to collaboratively develop structures and resources that align with our FOCUS 2030 Strategic Plan
- Foster and maintain positive relationships with student organizations and student affinity groups that creates a culture of belonging
- Supervision of Multicultural Student Services, TRIO Student Support Services and Fostering Success
- Supervision of McNair Scholars Program and the Qube
- Chair Bias Incident Response Team
- Assist in providing support to the EDI Fellow or Fellows with projects
- Coordinate Heritage months and identity celebrations
- Collaborate with student organizations and other offices to provide supplemental student programming focused on equity, diversity and inclusion.
- Coordinate Diversity Week in February. This includes collaborating with other offices to provide a diverse range of programs during Diversity Week.
- Coordinate Regents Opportunity Scholarship and other student focused scholarships. This includes promoting, reviewing and recommending recipients for the scholarship.
- Serve on the Student Retention Committee
- Serve on the Freedom of Expression Committee
- Collaborate with Housing to support living communities in the residence hall
- Collaborate with Counseling Center to support underrepresented and underserved students
- Serve on the Strategic Enrollment Management Committee
- Serve on the Protest Response Committee
- Serve on the Council of Veterans and Military Services
- Coordinate information sharing and collaborations with Veteran Services, Disability Services, Involvement Center, Qube, SSS, McNair, Housing and Counseling Center through Group of Eight Committee
- Assist in the EDI Office and provide consultation to other offices on student related issues or as issues arise
- Serve on the Equity and Mental Health On-Campus Steering Committee (Steve Fund Project)
- Coordinate student focused programming to respond to student and university needs
- Assist with coordinating EDI initiatives across campus
Complete applications received by end of day, May 7, 2023 are ensured full consideration. Applications submitted after 5/7th may be reviewed at the discretion of the search committee.
To apply, click on the APPLY button or go to: https://www.uwstout.edu/about-us/careers-jobs
Required application materials:
- Cover letter (* See below)
- Curriculum vitae or resume
- Names and contact information for a minimum of three (3) professional references
- Inclusivity Statement: Equity, diversity and inclusion are important to the mission of UW-Stout. Write a separate one-page or less statement demonstrating your commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion that supports students’ success.
*Please use your cover letter to speak to each of the Minimum/Required Qualifications for this position as listed above. For each required qualification, describe your relevant experience, using specific examples from your work history to illustrate how your experience satisfies the requirement.
Applicants must complete all required fields and attach all required documents prior to submitting the online application.
Note: Once you have attached your materials and submitted your application you will not be able to go into the system and change them.
Before starting the online application process, we recommend you preview the frequently asked questions (FAQs) available at: https://kb.uwss.wisconsin.edu/21900.
It is the policy of UW-Stout to provide reasonable accommodation to qualified applicants with disabilities. If you need assistance, or accommodation in applying because of a disability, please contact us using the information below. Employment opportunities will not be denied because of the need to make reasonable accommodation for a qualified individual's disability.
For questions regarding this position or recruitment, please contact:
Search Chair: Angie Ruppe
If you need assistance with the online application process or if you submitted your application prior to uploading all of the required application materials, please contact:
Search Coordinator: Michael Arnold
An innovative leader within the University of Wisconsin System, the University of Wisconsin-Stout offers an unparalleled career-focused education that integrates applied learning, theory and research and real-world experiences to prepare our students for the future. At UW-Stout, our students think and do from day one, and we’re proud to produce lifelong learners, ethical leaders and responsible citizens who succeed in a global society.
UW-Stout is recognized nationwide for its operational excellence. We were the first and remain the only four-year public higher education institution in the nation to receive the Malcolm Baldrige Award, and we are dedicated to a process-improvement model that leverages the power of data and the value of our people. We believe in critical thinking and fact-informed decision making. We pursue sustainability in form and function and collaborate across campus and with our partners to solve problems in industry and society. And providing an equitable, diverse and inclusive environment for our faculty, staff and students to live, learn and work is a top priority.
We offer 47 undergraduate, 21 masters and 3 advanced programs and more than 30 certificate options in Art, Design & Graphics; Business & Management; Education; Human & Social Sciences; Information Technology & Communications; and Science, Engineering & Math. Our first-class digital infrastructure and learning environments provide our nearly 8,000 students with every avenue to explore and personalize their success. And we invest in people who share our vision to advance our position as Wisconsin’s only Polytechnic University and as a regional, national and international leader in higher education.
Be a part of the future at UW-Stout. Learn more at https://www.uwstout.edu/about-us.
University of Wisconsin-Stout is located in Menomonie, Wisconsin, a community an hour east of Minneapolis-St. Paul. A pillar of Wisconsin’s Chippewa Valley and recognized as one of the best small towns in America, Menomonie provides an idyllic combination of natural beauty, outdoor recreation, boutiques and arts and culture with access to a metropolitan area. For more information about the UW-Stout community and region visit: https://www.uwstout.edu/about-us/our-community
Minimum starting salary of $90,000 commensurate with qualifications and experience. The UW System provides an excellent benefits package including participation in the Wisconsin State retirement plan, demonstrating our commitment to the diverse needs of our employees.
- Benefit Details: https://www.wisconsin.edu/ohrwd/benefits/download/quickguidefasl.pdf
- Health & Retirement Contributions Estimator | Employee Benefits (wisconsin.edu)
All qualified candidates meeting application requirements will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against. As an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer, UW-Stout welcomes applications from individuals from diverse groups; veterans, individuals with disabilities and from historically excluded populations. UW-Stout provides equal opportunity to all persons and is committed to inclusive excellence. At UW-Stout we value our differences and welcome diverse perspectives as we continually commit to developing an inclusive and equitable environment for all employees and students.
Employment is contingent upon the final candidate’s completing a criminal background check and being cleared to work by the Human Resources Office. Employment is also contingent upon the final candidate passing reference checks and an essential job function test, as applicable. The reference check process includes asking the final candidate and most recent supervisor(s) questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment. Final candidates with previous employment within the UW System and State of WI agencies will be subject to additional reference checks.
Official transcripts required at time of hire.
Must be authorized to work in the United States. Sponsorship is not available for this position. A successful applicant will be responsible for ensuring eligibility for employment in the United States on or before the effective date of the appointment and maintain work authorization throughout the employment term. If you have questions regarding this, please contact our Human Resources office, Phone: 715.232.2149.
In response to a public records request, the University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in their online application, except that the identity of the successful final candidate will be released. See Wis. Stat. sec. 19.36(7).
UW-Stout is committed to providing safety and security of all members of our community in accordance with the Clery Act. For campus safety information and crime statistics visit: https://www.uwstout.edu/life-stout/police-and-parking/clery-information
Job Family: Supervisory
Job Reference #: 19567