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Posting Text: South Dakota State University (SDSU) is currently seeking a dynamic, collegial, and collaborative leader to serve as Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Access. This individual will report to the Chief of Staff in the President's Office.

The Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Access will perform the following functions:

- Collaborate with a variety of stakeholders across the University including but not limited to Student Affairs, Academic Affairs, Human Resources, Title IX/EEO, and Athletics to promote inclusion practices.
- Remain current on laws, regulations, trends and best practices related to diversity, equity, ADA, and related topics.
- Research, develop, and deliver training, coaching, consultation and assistance to students, employees, and other groups regarding diversity, inclusion, equity, and access. Inform and educate on policies and practices that might impact particular groups of individuals.
- Develop, implement, operationalize, and measure a plan to enhance inclusion practices across the University in collaboration with the University's Diversity and Inclusion Committee, engaging all appropriate stakeholders throughout the process.
- Collaborate with the Office of Institutional Research and Analysis on campus climate assessments and develop action plans to address issues related to diversity, equity, inclusion and access with a variety of campus stakeholders.
- Provide consultation to campus leaders in evaluating, designing, and implementing institution-wide policies and practices to ensure diversity, equity, inclusion, and access, for all faculty, staff, and students.
- Serve as an administrative liaison to the University's Diversity and Inclusion Committee and collaborate across campus to promote inclusion.
- Supervise ADA Coordinator, manage office budget, and perform overall oversight of the Office of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Access.

- Completed Master's degree at the time of application.
- 3 years of progressively responsible experience in diversity, equity and inclusion. initiatives and/or programs in higher education or a comparable complex organization.
- Knowledge and experience working with a variety of cultures.
- Effective written, interpersonal, and collaborative communication skills.
- Ability to facilitate group meetings, work collaboratively with a commitment to community-building, provide support, advice and consultation across the University to enhance diversity, equity, inclusion and access.
- Motivation, professionalism, integrity, and drive to advance the University's diversity initiatives.
- Must be authorized to work in the US. Sponsorship is not available for this position.

- Experience in a higher education setting.
- Experience developing, conducting, and evaluating comprehensive education or training programs.
- Knowledge of diversity and inclusion issues and trends in higher education or a comparable complex organization.
- Experience with budget and personnel management, strategic planning, and program assessment.

For questions on the position, contact Dr. Michaela Willis, Vice President for Student Affairs at (605) 688-4493 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Department Description and Cultural Expectations South Dakota State University is the state's largest, most comprehensive higher education institution. As South Dakota's Morril Act land-grant university, SDSU had a fall 2016 enrollment of 12,613 students from all 50 states and 85 countries. Students choose from 73 majors, 36 specializations, 75 minors, 35 master's degree programs, 15 Ph.D. programs and two professional doctorates. Approximately 55% of SDSU students are residents of South Dakota, 37% from other states, and 8% from other countries. There are ongoing efforts to bring a greater global perspective to the campus to increase diversity. The work of the university is carried out on a resident campus in Brookings, at sites in Sioux Falls, Pierre, Rapid City, and through Extension offices and Agricultural Experiment Station research sites across the state.

From its roots as a land grant university established in Brookings, South Dakota in 1881, SDSU today is a vibrant, complex Carnegie Research University ? High Intensity institution. It competes in Division I athletics, is a member of the Missouri Valley Football Conference and participtes in the Summit League for most other sports.

With exceptional alumni, community, and Foundation support for student scholarships as well as all aspects of campus life, SDSU is the center of life in Brookings, a friendly, economically-healthy community of nearly 22,591 residents on the Eastern border of the state. The city has an excellent K-12 educational system. During a campus visit, a tour of the education systems and visit with school administrators may be arranged. The city is also accessible to major medical facilities, has an active social and cultural environment, and has numerous lakes and parks within an easy commute. Sioux Falls, a city of approximately 150,000 persons, is a 55 miles to the south. Brookings is also located about 200 miles west of the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, a metropolitan area with major design and art centers such as International Market Square, Minneapolis Institute of Art, Walker Art Center, and Weisman Art Museum.
Special Instructions to Applicants This system will guide you through the electronic application form. This employment site will also require the attachment of a cover letter, which should specifically address how the candidate meets the qualifications as outlined in the advertisement; resume; and a reference page with the contact information for three professional references. Please contact SDSU Human Resources at (605) 688-4128 if you require assistance with the electronic application process. Paper applications will not be accepted.

SDSU actively seeks to increase social and intellectual diversity among its faculty and staff. Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Any offer of employment is contingent on the university's verification of credentials and other information required by law and/or university policies, including but not limited to, a criminal background check.