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Inclusion & Equity Learning and Development Program Director

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Position type: EAP - Executive, Administrative, Professional
Location: Allendale
Categories: Inclusion & Equity

Summary: This dynamic position is focused on working alongside others to lead inclusive learning and development for Grand Valley staff, faculty, and external partners.  The work includes organizing on-campus development efforts, further establishing and growing the Inclusion and Equity Institute and working with community partners locally and beyond.  The position reports to the Associate Vice President for Inclusion and Equity and serves on the leadership team for the Division of Inclusion & Equity.

Required Qualifications and Education:

  • Masters degree from an accredited institution, along with at least five years of relevant, successful, and progressive experience in a leadership position with responsibility for advancing inclusion and equity programs and/or initiatives. 
  • A track record of accomplishments in leading institutional and/or community DEI initiatives:  building programs, managing high performing teams, and promoting DEI in complex organizational settings.
  • Demonstrated understanding of how various aspects of identity (i.e. socioeconomic status, cultural, gender identity, sexual orientation, religious, and racial/ethnic backgrounds, among others) present themselves on campus, in organizations and in communities through the lenses of power, privilege and intersectionality.
  • Demonstrated experience developing and/or utilizing theory and practice models to develop learning curriculum for professional development/lifelong learning with knowledge of adult learning strategies.
  • Outstanding interpersonal and community relations skills and demonstrated ability to establish and maintain collaborative and effective working relationships with staff, faculty, students, alumni, administration and community leaders. 
  • Experience with project management, change management and the motivation to plan, prioritize, and organize a diversified workload with attention to detail.
  • Possess an understanding of technology and a willingness to learn new software systems (i.e. web content management, qualtrics, learning management software, scheduling software, invoicing and client tracking and management).
  • Skills in helping to shape strategic planning, visioning, goal setting and implementation.
  • Evidence of a willingness to be innovative and entrepreneurial in the DEI space.
  • Excellent consulting, facilitation, presentation and written communication skills. 
  • Experience in assessment, evaluation, strategic planning and reporting.

Responsibilities – Essential Functions:

  • Assist with leading the vision, creation, implementation of social justice education that is scaffolded for broad use by campus, community and organizations (for profit and non-profit, etc.).
  • Support the overall acceleration of the Inclusion and Equity Institute to include helping with all aspects of business development (i.e. benchmarking, onboarding consultants, providing education and consultation to external partners, and creating systems and tools for organizing and evaluating efforts).
  • Serve as a dynamic educator/facilitator for campus and institute offerings and collaborate with others to establish curriculum, tools and DEI frameworks for learners and organizations including benchmarks and assessments. 
  • Utilize technology to facilitate I&E Institute work (i.e. web content management, qualtrics, learning management software, advertising, scheduling software, invoicing and client tracking and management).
  • Supports development efforts and grant writing opportunities.
  • Lead social media, communications and advertising efforts, with assistance from team members.
  • Recruit, train, and provide support to a team of faculty, staff and community consultants/ facilitators who can partner to deliver training and education.
  • Help supervise a graduate assist.
  • Evaluate and assess on and off-campus work (i.e. individual learning, organizational impact, annual reporting, etc.) 
  • Engage in community and civic engagement work.
  • Ability to travel to various locations and willingness to work some non-traditional hours for events
  • Other duties as assigned

 Salary: Commensurate with experience

Department/Division:  Inclusion and Equity Institute, Division of Inclusion and Equity

Campus:  ALL

How To Apply: Apply online at and select "Apply now".  Please include a cover letter and resume.  The online application will allow you to attach these documents electronically. On the application, you will be required to provide names, phone numbers, and e-mail address for three professional references. Applicants selected for interviews will be required to submit official transcripts prior to the interview. If you need assistance, call Human Resources at 616-331-2215.

Application Deadline: Consideration of applications will begin on June 7, 2023 and the posting may be closed at any time at the discretion of the University.

The University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution, consistent with its obligations as a federal contractor. It encourages diversity and provides equal opportunity in education, employment, all of its programs, and the use of its facilities. It is committed to protecting the constitutional and statutory civil rights of persons connected with the University. Members of the University community, including students, employees, faculty, staff, administrators, Board members, consultants, vendors, others engaged to do business with the University, candidates for employment or admissions, and visitors or guests have the right to be free from acts of harassment and discrimination, including sexual misconduct, as defined by this policy. In accordance with applicable federal and state law and this policy, acts of discrimination or harassment by members of the campus community are prohibited if they discriminate or harass on the basis of age, color, disability, familial status, height, marital status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex/gender (including gender identity and expression), sexual orientation, veteran or active duty military status or weight. This includes inappropriate limitation of, access to, or participation in educational, employment, athletic, social, cultural, or other university programs and activities. The University will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities. Limitations are lawful if they are: directly related to a legitimate university purpose, required by law, or lawfully required by a grant or contract between the university and the state or federal government. For the purposes of this policy, sex-/gender-based harassment includes sexual misconduct, sexual assault, interpersonal or relationship violence, and stalking. See TDD Callers: Call Michigan Relay Center at 711 (in State) or 1-800-833-7833 (out of State).

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Must have the physical stamina to work long hours and/or more than 5 days per week. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The information contained in this job description is for compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act as amended by the ADA Amendment Act (2008), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and other applicable federal and state laws that prohibit discrimination on the basis of disability. GVSU will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.

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