Location: Saint Mary’s University, Winona or Twin Cities Campus
Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota invites applications for the Vice President for Inclusion and Human Dignity. Reporting to the President as a member of the President’s cabinet, the Vice President advances the university’s vision, objectives, and goals for establishing an innovative culture of diversity, inclusion, and engagement within the Lasallian Catholic tradition. Focusing on compliance, advocacy, and education, the Vice President engages faculty, staff and students to build a welcoming culture of hospitality, assesses potential barriers, and develops strategies focused on recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce. The position also designs training initiatives on topics of cultural awareness, gender complementarity, disability, sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, and other related themes, and oversees compliance with Affirmative Action, Equal Employment Opportunity, Americans with Disabilities Act, and other applicable statutes and requirements, including serving as the university’s Title IX Coordinator. A complete profile providing a full description of this opportunity can be accessed here.
Specifically, the VP
• Plans, guides and advises the President and cabinet on human dignity, character formation, equity, and affirmative action matters.
• Leads the development and implementation of proactive culture, equity and inclusion initiatives based in Catholic Social Teaching.
• Collaborates across the university to create, implement and monitor programs designed to ensure just treatment of students, faculty and staff.
• Serves as advisor and resource person for faculty and staff in the areas of human dignity, inclusion, equity and areas that pertain to discrimination, harassment, or sexual misconduct.
• Collaborates with university staff with regard to EEO investigations, discrimination and harassment complaints filed by students, faculty, staff and administrators, evaluating and maintaining documentation for confidential files, advising appropriate action, conducting mediation, and reporting on investigatory findings and case dispositions.
• Promotes human dignity and inclusion through interaction with individuals and agencies inside and outside the college including the Board of Trustees, cabinet, faculty, staff, students, community leaders from all ethno-cultural groups, civic and grass-root organizations, attorneys, political figures, and federal, state and local government enforcement authorities.
• Gathers, researches and analyzes data for use in statistical calculations and reporting in order to meet federal and state requirements, including assistance in creating workforce analysis reports.
• Participates in and advises on the university’s recruitment and retention of underrepresented groups, by monitoring, evaluating, and assessing adequacy of all varieties of diversity of candidates in the hiring and screening process.
• Serves as the university’s Title IX Coordinator by overseeing the university’s compliance and educational efforts regarding Title IX of the Higher Education Act of 1964 as amended in 1972, as well as other laws and rules related to sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, gender and interpersonal violence, sexual assault, and related policy violations on campus.
Essential Skills and Abilities
• Strategic visioning and coalition building skills
• Expert strategic planning, program development, and project management skills
• Expert level of multicultural literacy and cross-cultural awareness and communication skills
• Intercultural empathy, meaning the ability to empathize with another worldview allowing for an extension of beliefs and behaviors
• Emotional intelligence and learning agility
• Data analysis, measurement and reporting skills
• Strong change management orientation, with bias for action and results
The successful candidate must support, respect, and advance the mission of Saint Mary’s University as a Lasallian Catholic institution.
Education and Experience
• A Master’s degree is required. A doctorate or other terminal degree is preferred.
• Experience working in an affirmative action and/or EEO compliance function involving similar duties and accountabilities, preferably in Catholic higher education.
• Knowledge of and functional expertise with the 1964 Civil Rights Act, the 1991 Civil Rights Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Affirmative Action, Equal Employment Opportunity, and other applicable laws.
• Knowledge of training, conflict resolution and mediation methods.
• Experience with and/or active support of the Catholic Intellectual Tradition and Catholic Social Thought with regard to issues of inclusion, equity, and diversity.
• Candidates from Lasallian Catholic institutions of higher ed or practicing Catholics are preferred.
All offers of employment are contingent upon verification of educational credentials and the successful completion of a criminal background check.