• Job title: Mgmt 5, Admin
  • Reports to: Dean, Schwarzman College of Computing (SCC), Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and the Community and Equity Officer
  • Department: SCC Dean’s Office
  • Date: 9.29.2020
  • Position title: Assistant Dean, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • % Effort or wkly hrs: 100%
  • Prepared by: D. Ramirez-Riley and E. Ng
  • Salary range: TBD

Position Overview

The MIT Schwarzman College of Computing (SCC) seeks a dynamic leader to serve in the inaugural position of Assistant Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI). The Assistant Dean for DEI will work collaboratively with senior administration, coordinate, advise, develop and implement programs and activities to help increase the diversity and inclusivity among students and faculty in the computing fields. The incumbent will facilitate with internal and external collaborators, the successful recruitment, professional development and retention of faculty, and students from diverse backgrounds. The Assistant Dean for DEI will have responsibility for driving and coordinating such programs and activities across the College and in partnership with the five Schools, will ensure the College’s diversity and inclusivity programs are aligned with MIT’s initiatives and strategic plans; and will serve as a spokesperson and visible advocate for diversity, inclusivity, and a belonging environment. The Assistant Dean for DEI will serve as a strategic thinker and thoughtful advisor and advocate. The role will serve as a catalyst for change, and institutional resource for promoting values of DEI in our community. The candidate will work with Institute leadership, including the Institute Community and Equity Office (ICEO), the Provost’s office, and HR on diversity, equity, and inclusion, and the units of the College.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities (Essential Functions)

Strategic Planning and Implementation

  • Provide leadership in key areas including: institutional strategic planning, diversity programming, and education; student support; building community; partnerships.
  • Demonstrate an overarching vision, develop strategic plans, propose specific changes to policies and practices, and provide oversight for initiatives to increase the diversity of the College community, strengthen the inclusion of members of its diverse community in all activities; and improve the sense of belonging by those members.
  • Responsible for developing and implementing comprehensive recruitment strategies for students, faculty, and staff jointly with units.
  • Develop the College’s DEI strategic plan to be in alignment with the DEI@MIT Strategic Action Plan Framework and other Institute-level plans and activities.
  • Implement and assess the College’s DEI strategic plan and progress.
  • Work with the College’s Dean, Associate Dean for DEI, unit leadership and unit-level DEI professionals to coordinate (and where appropriate develop) unit-level programmatic activities that support the achievement of the strategic commitments described in the College DEI strategic plan.
  • Develop and implement strategic plans that provide better support for diverse teams.
  • Plan, develop, and advance programmatic activities for the community including involving diversity and inclusion, coordinate and assess training and/or engagement needs and efforts for the departments, labs, and centers (DLCs).
  • Assess, develop and implement recommendations that promote staff, postdoc, and faculty equity.

Outreach and Committee Work

  • Report to the College community on progress and challenges in enhancing diversity, equity, and inclusion by assessing the effectiveness of initiatives. Utilize metrics to determine best practices and determine changes needed to achieve goals.
  • Responsible for the oversight of building ties with other, more diverse disciplines.
  • In coordination with the ICEO and units, assess staff, postdocs, and faculty inclusion and belonging, and assess undergraduate and graduate student inclusion and belonging.
  • Provide College and unit leadership guidance and support in recruitment and retention efforts for race and gender of underrepresented staff, postdocs, faculty, undergraduate and graduate students.
  • Provide leadership in developing the outreach and recruitment of undergraduate and graduate students, especially those from backgrounds traditionally underrepresented. In some units, where appropriate, responsible for developing and executing these outreach activities. Evaluates the effectiveness of those activities.
  • Serve on Institute committees representing the interest of the College and its DLCs. Liaise with the Institute’s central administration, Provost’s Office and with other schools and units.
  • Represent the College at national diversity officer events and conferences.
  • Staff the College wide Faculty DEI Committee and partner with its leadership to advance school wide initiatives.
  • Work with the Dean’s Office communications team to communicate and promote DEI priorities and programs both internally and externally.

Administration and Other

  • Partner with Human Resources analytics, the Provost Office, and the Office of Institutional Research on the interpretation and analysis of institutional diversity data to inform recommendations on initiatives, programs, policies, and practices.
  • Stay current on policies, laws, and legal matters involving diversity recruitment. Researches and identifies current and emerging issues, trends and opportunities.
  • Responsible for overseeing the College’s Affirmative Action Programs and ensuring compliance with Federal and State AA, EEO, and OFCCP regulations.
  • Use qualitative and quantitative data to assess and advance achievement of goals in the College DEI plan. Ensure we are tracking an optimal set of metrics, communicate key data elements in persuasive ways to motivate change.
  • Serve as the main point of contact and central resource for College DLCs on DEI matters.
  • Manage and facilitate matters related to DEI that escalate to the Dean’s Office in partnership with the SCC Director of Human Resources and central HR.
  • Responsible for the oversight of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion budget.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Supervision Received

General supervision and direction received from the Dean, Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, and the Institute Community and Equity Officer (ICEO).

Supervision Exercised

Will co-supervise unit level DEI staff with unit heads.

Qualifications & Skills

Bachelor’s degree in a related field required. Masters or PhD preferred in leadership, diversity, and inclusion, OD, HR or related field preferred. Minimum ten years as a senior-level diversity leader with experience in diversity, inclusion, equity, affirmative action, change management, organization development, and/or human resources.  Professional certifications and Diversity and Inclusion affiliations preferred. Extensive knowledge of AA/EEO, Title IX, and Civil Rights laws and regulations.

Ability and experience in analyzing data and surveys, producing narrative and data reports and presentations, and in developing tools to measure progress towards programmatic goals. In-depth knowledge of principles, practices, and theories in diversity, inclusion, equity. Ability to be both visionary and strategic in thinking, as well as tactical in executing strategies, anticipating, and considering how current plans will be affected by future events. Familiarity with student services, pipeline initiatives, and enrollment management practices designed to support the recruitment, retention, and graduation of students of diverse backgrounds; understanding of evolving issues and demographic trends impacting higher education institutions. Ability to work collaboratively in order to influence direction and decisions in a decentralized academic environment with multiple constituency groups and multiple levels of leadership.

Must have excellent project management, active listening, analytical, written and verbal communications skills. Experience in higher education or research setting strongly preferred, knowledge of the operation and culture of academic departments and experience. Experience garnering the trust and respect of senior colleagues and students preferred. Significant successful experience with creating and implementing institutional diversity programs in a collaborative way preferred. Strong problem solving and analytical skills, as well as strong communication skills, preferred. Excellent interpersonal skills and flexibility preferred. Demonstrated commitment to building and sustaining relationships preferred. Demonstrated management and project planning experience. Experience effectively communicating with staff, faculty, and students and at all levels, working as a team and work with confidential data preferred. Proven good judgment, unimpeachable integrity, tact and discretion when handling sensitive and confidential matters.

Additional Information

The MIT Schwarzman College of Computing does not provide visa sponsorship for administrative and staff positions.

In addition to applying online via the MIT website, all inquiries, nominations/referrals, and resumes with cover letters should be sent electronically and in confidence to Keight Tucker Kennedy, Partner, Isaacson, Miller where additional information about the position and the Schwarzman College of Computing is also available.