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Executive Director for Diversity

Loyola University Chicago
Chicago, Illinois 60611
  • Job Type
  • Job Status
    Full Time

Reporting to and working in collaboration with the Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, the Executive Director for Diversity will support senior administrative leadership direction as follows:

•Serve as an internal advisor to the Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer (CDIO), to help build a shared vision of the University around issues of diversity and inclusion (D&I) that will nurture relationships an ensure understanding and support of this broader vision.
•Perform as an internal consultant sharing technical expertise to university constituents to strengthen diversity and inclusion capability across all Loyola University Chicago campuses.
•Manage the execution of university level strategic and tactical diversity and inclusion initiatives, as directed by the Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer.
• Lead the development and facilitate implementation of large-scale and sustainable diversity initiatives designed to build institutional effectiveness, increase awareness and sensitivity, and build personal capability among staff, faculty, and students.
• Develop and drive Loyola’s educational roadmap on diversity and inclusion issues.
• Partner with the HR analytics team in developing metrics and consistent management reporting that creates transparency and accountability around our diversity and inclusion efforts for community communication.
• Develop strategies and oversee tactical execution of university identified training and targeted programming to create and foster an open and inclusive environment where differences are supported.
• Provide guidance and consultation to existing diversity focused leaders and infrastructures to ensure robust alignment, effective coordination, efficient use of resources, and knowledge sharing among Student Development and Multicultural Affairs, Faculty & Academic Diversity and Inclusion, Resources within the Office of the Provost, the Executive Council for Diversity and Inclusion, and various Department/School level diversity focused committees and infrastructures.
•Work in collaboration with cross-functional administrative, and academic teams and leaders at all levels across the university.
•Drive communication strategies and platforms to foster and sustain awareness, education, and involvement.
•Inspire and motivate others to further embody Loyola’s mission, vision and values while facilitating positive cultural change.
• Provide strategic advice and counsel to people managers on diversity-related topics and opportunities as we look to drive a culture of inclusion throughout the organization. Influence the organizational objectives of the University’s diversity and inclusion efforts.
• Provide consultation to functional leaders in developing and integrating diversity goals and strategies into business and planning processes and practices; communicate plans to meet established goals. Influence colleagues in other areas on diversity issues.
• Monitor internal and external workforce trends including legal developments impacting policy and the recruitment and retention of talent. Understand how diversity and inclusion efforts integrate with multiple business areas to achieve functional goals.
• Recommend strategies to improve our standing as a top employer.
• In conjunction with the CDIO, develop and manage diversity and inclusion expenditures and ensure expenditures are within established parameters, emphasizing cost efficiencies. Is responsible for developing operational plans, standards, and priorities for the area managed. Leverage and secure necessary resources to achieve objectives and allocated resources to optimize budget.
• In partnership with the CDIO, represent the Company and serve as subject matter expert on diversity-related issues at external conferences, professional associations, and business meetings.
• Analyze and assist University communications in the compilation of responses for internal and external publications
• Provide leadership for internal staff and faculty diversity professionals.
• May perform additional related duties as assigned.


• Bachelor’s degree required, with a Master’s strongly preferred, in a related discipline, or equivalent.
• Minimum of ten years of directly related and demonstrated, senior level work experience in both public and private sectors leveraging diverse expertise and best practices is required.
• Experience working in a consulting capacity to bring breadth and depth to Loyola’s culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion is required.
• Minimum of seven years of management level experience leading and facilitating diversity and inclusion initiatives with a demonstrated return on investment is required.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
• Demonstrated D&I consulting experience with large scale clients across multiple industries.
• In-depth understanding of D&I concepts and principles and how it relates to other disciplines
across the HR and the business. Is passionate about issues of equity and inclusivity.
• Ability to inspire and motivate others to create positive change.
• Strong experience working with cross functional teams and leaders, with a solid ability to influence. • Strong awareness of current trends and literature regarding diversity work.
• Understands organizational dynamics and is proficient at planning and organizing enterprise wide events.
• Demonstrated experience developing and implementing targeted D&I programing for pipeline development of high potential diverse talent and retention strategies for same.
• Ability to convey professionalism, foster and sustain technical credibility, exhibit outstanding interpersonal skills and emotional intelligence.
• Strong communication and diplomacy skills to guide, influence and convince others, particularly colleagues in other business areas on diversity & inclusions programs and issues. Excellent written and verbal communications skills to analyze.
• Business minded with solid business acumen. Demonstrated understanding or organizational structure, systems, hierarchy, culture, organizational politics, and large scale business finance.
• Possess strong core competencies in communication, leadership and negotiation, relationship management, and influence management.

Professional Certifications preferred (SHRM, ASTD, Diversity & Inclusion, etc. and or comparable terminal degree).


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