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Friday, July 12, 2013

Diversity Education and Outreach Position at Northwestern

Job Summary:

The Director, Diversity Education & Outreach is responsible for the
development and management of all Diversity Education & Outreach programs
and activities in the Law School.  This includes recruitment, planning,
coordination, project management, budgeting, student counseling, and external
networking as outlined in the duties described below.


  • Lead Diversity Education and Outreach initiatives in the Law School, ensuring
         the continued development of an inclusive, student-focused culture.
         Oversee and plan programs, workshops, and training sessions with students,
         staff, and faculty to promote the school's effort to build and maintain an
         environment that is inclusive, pluralistic, and diverse.  Oversee programs
         to support the integration of diverse students into the law school
  • Serve as an advisor to individual students on academic issues, curricular and
         educational decisions, academic progress and performance, and career
         objectives.  Serve as ombudsperson for students when necessary. 
         Provide guidance and support to 12 student groups who serve diverse
         students or whose mission involves diversity;
  • Collaborate in program and policy development is Student Services to ensure that
         diversity goals are included in event planning, budget preparation, and
         promotion of the mission statement;
  • Take on Student Services assignments as delegated by the Associate Dean of
         Students, including matters related to the honor code, character and
         fitness, examinations, orientation, convocation, ADA accommodations, and
         other matters related to Student Life. Represent Dean of Student Services
         in circumstances as needed;
  • Build external networks to promote diversity goals of law school. 
         Represent the school at the local, state, and national levels on all
         matters related to diversity affairs;
  • Foster the development of a vibrant community of diverse scholars through work
         with diverse alumni, faculty, and current students. Ensure diversity goals
         and initiatives are integrated in the Law School community, including
         marketing efforts, recruitment, and other strategic objectives and
  • Work with school deans, faculty, staff, and other administrative offices to
         plan strategies, develop programs, and implement new activities that
         foster and support the diversity of the law school student
         population.  With Law Admissions, develop and implement innovative
         recruitment strategies to attract a larger number of diverse student
         applicants through work with Student Services, personal visits to target
         schools and cities, dissemination of materials promoting the Law School,
         coordination of student, faculty, and alumni efforts, and individualized
         follow-up with applicants.  Advise the Dean on diversity issues;
  • Develop financial aid resources (including scholarships) and employment
         opportunities for diverse students through coordination with a range of
         private and not-for-profit organizations;
  • Plan and manage Diversity Education and Outreach budget; coordinate and consult
         in planning and management of Student Affairs' budget.  Review and
         approve expenditures charged to and revenues applied to Diversity
         Education and Outreach and assigned student groups.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • A Juris Doctor Degree from an accredited law school;
  • Minimum of 3 to 5 years of legal or the equivalent combination of education,
         training, and experience from which comparable skills can be acquired;
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain strong interpersonal relationships with
         students, faculty, alumni, staff, legal professionals, and the general
  • Proven ability to exercise initiative and judgment in coordinating various
         programs to serve the best interest of all parties involved;
  • Must be self-directed and willing to identify and assume new responsibilities
         as the needs of the Law School change and grow;
  • Must be willing to travel and when necessary, work a flexible schedule (night
         and weekend events are sometimes necessary).
  • Strong computer skills, including word processing and spreadsheet applications.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Prior experience in counseling, recruitment, and/or job placement in a law
         school or comparable setting strongly preferred;
  • Prior experience in both advocacy and conflict management/resolution settings;
  • Prior experience that encompasses broad range of client interactions, including,
         at least, racial, ethnic, religious, geographic, sexual identity, and
         socio-economic status diversity.

As per Northwestern University policy, this position requires a criminal
background check.  Successful applicants will need to submit to a criminal
background check prior to employment.

The job posting can be found on line at
 Search diversity.  The pay level is an Exempt 9 (range $60-100k).

Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer

Date Posted: 7/5/2013

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