Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications is a leader in education and research. As the media industry experiences unprecedented change, Medill is at the forefront of innovation. Our expert teaching and thought leadership focus on enduring skills and values as well as new techniques and technologies that are changing the way stories are told and consumed in today's digital world. On the eve of our 100th year in 2021, our experience in leading the fields of journalism and IMC is unparalleled.
Medill offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in journalism, and an undergraduate certificate and graduate degree in integrated marketing communications. The Medill community is tight-knit and supportive. It consists of 100 faculty, 50 staff, 1,200 students and 18,000 alumni. The diversity of the Medill community has been a source of innovation, excellence and leadership throughout our history. Today Medill continues its commitment to creating an inclusive environment and to providing equity in opportunities regarding research, teaching, administration and student services. We aim to welcome students, staff and faculty from diverse backgrounds and support them so they may thrive at Medill.
The Director manages the operational, strategic, communication and programmatic aspects of all diversity, equity, inclusion, and outreach for the Medill School. This position directs, coordinates, and develops programs which enhance the culture of inclusion at Medill School. The Director contributes significantly to the diversification of Medill School’s student body, programming, faculty, and staff. This position liaisons with various school departments and offices, including Graduate Admissions, Student Affairs, Faculty Affairs, Human Resources, and Development. The Director aligns with the Northwestern University Office of Institutional Diversity & Inclusion and develops partnerships with external organizations and affiliated schools. The Director advises and counsels students, faculty, and staff on personal, academic, and professional matters related to diversity, equity, inclusion, and outreach.
Please note: Occasional out of state travel for conference attendance and evening/weekend work may be required.
Administrative Oversight and Planning:
Assumes leadership for the direction, goals, and implementation of the school’s strategic mission towards diversity, equity, inclusion, and outreach.
Works with numerous departments, offices and affiliates to build new relationships to increase the awareness of diversity, reinforce the educational value of cultural competency, and strengthen the school’s sense of community.
Accountable for the successful execution of programs, events, and activities.
Seeks innovative strategies to fulfill the school’s diversity, equity, inclusion, and outreach goals.
Represents the school at various meetings for efforts related to community outreach and other related topics.
Contributes to faculty, staff, and student recruitment goals by developing new techniques and approaches for recruitment with the expressed goal of creating an equitable, diverse and inclusive community at Medill.
Coordinates and oversees all programmatic aspects of diversity-focused events and trainings.
Seeks innovative opportunities for additional outreach to Medill’s internal and external communities.
Assists student, faculty, and staff organizations with various requests and needs.
Diversity Council Support:
Provides guidance, leadership, goals and strategic vision for the school’s Diversity Council.
Leads the development, implementation, and administration of new diversity initiatives.
Designs innovative approaches to educating the school’s community on issues of diversity, equity, inclusion and cultural competency.
Collaborates with colleagues across the school to help advance Medill’s strategic goals and improve the educational experience of our students.
Serves as an advisor and consultant for Medill faculty members on diversity, equity, and inclusion best practices for curriculum, pedagogy, student interactions and engagement.
Works closely with Medill’s Sr. Learning Engineer and Associate Deans to ensure best practices are applied to all Medill courses and supporting materials.
Provides direct management counseling for faculty and staff supervisors.
Serves as a consultant for school leadership on diversity-related matters.
Institutes diversity-related departmental policy & implements school & NU policy and procedure.
Acts as a coach for complaints within the Medill community related to diversity, equity and inclusion concerns.
Communications & Training:
Develops and implements a comprehensive communication and training strategy related to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's degree is the minimum requirement. A higher degree, MS or PhD, is preferred.
Structured training in Diversity & Inclusion or appropriate experience in the broad domains of diversity and inclusion are highly preferred.
Three to five years previous experience in an academic/educational setting or in a diversity, equity, inclusion role.
Minimum Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities.)
Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously while managing deadlines.
Ability to work with others at all levels of the organization effectively.
Excellent oral and written communication skills.
Professional demeanor and ability to maintain discretion and confidentiality.
Demonstrated leader with success in the diversity, equity, and inclusion space.
Master’s degree or equivalent.
Demonstrated leadership in organizational change.
Experience developing and implementing programs.
Preferred Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities)
Prior success managing a corporate or not-for-profit Diversity Office or Initiative.
Experience working with students, in particular large international student populations.
Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.
Internal Number: 39956
About Northwestern University
Northwestern University is a major private research university with 12 academic divisions located on three campuses in Evanston, Chicago, and Education City in Doha, Qatar. We have approximately 2,500 full-time faculty members, 17,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and over 5,700 full and part-time staff. Northwestern University combines innovative teaching and pioneering research in a highly collaborative environment. It provides students and faculty exceptional opportunities for intellectual, personal and professional growth.