May 18, 2009

Case Western Reserve Seeks Faculty Diversity Officer

The Office of Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity invites nominations and applications for the position of Faculty Diversity Officer. The successful candidate will be a tenured Case Western Reserve University faculty member in good standing with a terminal degree in their discipline, and a minimum of three years related experience in diversity/inclusion work and/or faculty development in an academic institution. Applications should be submitted by campus mail to Dr. Marilyn S. Mobley, Vice President of Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity, Adelbert Hall, Suite 310, LOC 7048 or by email c/o Robynn.Strong@case.edu. Applications should include Curriculum Vitae, a statement about diversity, and three references (a minimum of two internal to Case Western Reserve University) that can speak about the candidate's involvement in diversity and inclusion efforts. In the case of a nomination a letter of recommendation may also be included. Complete application packets should be submitted by May 22, 2009 to receive full consideration.

This half-time administrative position answers to the Vice President of Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity and is responsible for advancing the university's goals of creating a more diverse faculty workforce and welcoming and inclusive environment for all faculty. The Officer, in cooperation with the Vice President, is responsible for developing and implementing strategies to support the diversity and inclusion goals of the university.

The Faculty Diversity Officer serves as a facilitator for addressing faculty diversity issues particularly relating to recruitment, retention, employment, Affirmative Action Plan and related OFCCP requirements and equal opportunity. The officer conducts informal complaint inquiries of allegations of sexual harassment and/or discrimination and reviews disability requests for faculty. The Officer is responsible for organizing and guiding the university's faculty diversity efforts. The duties of the position are centered in three areas: Climate, Culture and Inclusion; Policy and Compliance; and Sexual Harassment/Discrimination/Equity.

Climate, Culture and Inclusion
  • Advise the university community and leadership on diversity, equity and related issues concerning faculty.
  • Inform and educate the faculty on issues of diversity, multiculturalism, and cultural competency. Attend new faculty orientation and school orientations upon invitation.
  • Responsible for developing and implementing policies and procedures to maintain a campus environment that is inclusive, pluralistic and respectful of difference.
  • Develop communication channels and coordinate with Manager of Faculty Diversity to develop and implement training programs for faculty, including workshops and presentations on policies.
  • Ad Hoc member of university and faculty senate committees concerned with diversity, inclusion, equity or faculty personnel policy related to any of the above.
  • Identify, recommend and implement best practices related to faculty diversity, equity and affirmative action. Inform and educate the faculty of best practices.
Policy and Compliance
  • Create/present annual Faculty Diversity report for Faculty Senate and Board of Trustees and oversee and verify data input, tabulation and summary for the report.
  • Review/approve partner hires under the university's partner hiring policy.
  • Monitor policies and procedures to ensure nondiscrimination and compliance with university faculty EEO/ Affirmation Action Plan and related OFCCP requirements and revise as needed.
  • Update and communicate to deans the candidate pool/affirmative action goals for faculty searches and recruitment processes in cooperation with the Office of Institutional Research.
  • Develop and maintain effective formal and informal minority networks for recruitment and retention.
Sexual Harassment/Discrimination/Equity
  • Collaborate with the Office of the Provost and Office of General Counsel to monitor and/or investigate salary equity and tenure and promotion process irregularities
  • Receive and conduct inquiries for complaints of sexual harassment, discrimination, or allegations filed by, or against faculty. Advise faculty of their rights under university policy regarding nondiscrimination
  • Collaborate with University Office of General Counsel, Student Affairs or Human Resources as applicable under the sexual harassment policy.
  • Evaluate data from the Resource Equity Committee related to salary equity, time to promotion and tenure, progress over time with regard to hiring, promotion, tenure of underrepresented minorities and women and communicate recommendations to the Vice President of Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity and the Faculty Senate.
  • Prepare annual report on sexual harassment, discrimination and ADA complaints/concerns brought forward during the academic year for faculty. Submit expunged report to the Vice President of Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity and the Faculty Senate.
  • Annually notify (September) deans and administrators that under the consensual relationships policy management plans are required to be on file with the Office of Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity no later than the first Monday of October. Monitor consensual relations management plans.
  • Communication

    The Faculty Diversity Officer has frequent communication with campus faculty regarding diversity programs and issues, including, but not limited to:

  • Office of Human Resources, Office of the President and Provost, Office of General Counsel, Student Affairs Offices, Deans Offices, Flora Stone Mather Center for Women, Office of Institutional Research, Faculty Senate and Senate Committees on Women Faculty, Minority Affairs, and Personnel, University Advisory Council on Women and Council on Minorities, UCITE, Women Faculty of the School of Medicine. MetroHealth Affirmative Action office, UHCMC diversity professionals
  • Supervision

    The Faculty Diversity Officer supervises the Manager of Faculty Diversity and Development and a work-study student.

    Demonstrable essential skills include:
    1. Excellent interpersonal and cross-cultural communication skills, credibility with faculty, respect for faculty, staff and students, and good judgment.
    2. Ability to prepare useful, succinct and informative written communications and make presentations.
    3. Strong organizational skills.
    4. Ability to execute the duties of the position with confidentiality, tact, diplomacy and adaptability.
    5. Working knowledge of university policy and/or local, federal and state regulations governing recruitment, hiring, equal opportunity preferred but not required.

    Posted by: Kimyette Finley, May 18, 2009 12:21 PM | News Topics: Provost Initiatives

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