Equity & Inclusion Initiatives Coordinator

Job no: 502111
Work type: Staff Full Time
Location: UMass Amherst
Department: Chancellor's Exec Area Admin
Union: Non-Unit Exempt
Categories: Administrative/Office Support

About UMass Amherst

UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth's flagship campus, is a nationally ranked public research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, and offers a rich cultural environment in a bucolic setting close to major urban centers. In addition, the University is part of the Five Colleges (including Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College), which adds to the intellectual energy of the region.

Job Summary

To provide administrative oversight for special and cross-campus initiatives and documents, researches, and coordinates activities related to the daily operations of the Associate Chancellor s office and to the Office s strategic priorities.

Essential Functions

  • Coordinate the day-to-day operations of the unit, acting as a first responder to items of urgency and managing workflow to ensure the execution of unit activities, including strategic initiatives.
  • Provide the Associate Chancellor with strategic support and project management to move special and cross-college/unit initiatives forward by information gathering, communicating with cross-campus parties, developing and monitoring plans, and providing appropriately synthesized information and reports.
  • Serve as the liaison to campus units, building partnerships to support the success of University-wide diversity, equity and inclusion efforts.
  • Oversee, develop, and direct the management of events related to diversity, equity and inclusion, ensuring all constituent and attendee needs are met with a high degree of professionalism and that all logistical travel arrangements are effectively coordinated.
  • Prepare background materials, briefings, memos, or proposals for special initiatives for the Associate Chancellor. Track and oversee the unit s budget, including monitoring and researching variances.
  • Take appropriate actions to support a diverse workforce and participates in the University s efforts to create a respectful, inclusive, and welcoming work environment.
  • Perform related duties as assigned or required to meet Department, Executive Area/Division, and University goals and objectives.
  • Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)

  • Bachelor s degree and at least two (2) years of administrative experience, preferably with some experience in higher education or a non-profit organization, and at least one year of experience managing projects to implementation.
  • Excellent demonstrated verbal and written communication skills. Strong interpersonal skills necessary to effectively relate with diverse constituencies. Strong organizational skills, project management experience, and attention to detail.
  • Ability to work independently with little guidance. Ability to exercise good judgment in a variety of situations. Ability to maintain a realistic balance among multiple priorities with the ability to work under pressure.
  • Familiarity with diversity issues required.
  • Proficient in desktop office software. Microsoft Office preferred.
  • Ability to maintain confidential matters with discretion.
  • Ability and willingness to works some evenings/weekends, as needed.
  • Physical Demands/Working Conditions

    Typical office environment

    Additional Details

    Reports to the Associate Chancellor for Equity and Inclusion.

    Work Schedule

    Monday-Friday, 8:30AM - 5:00PM

    Salary Information

    Level 25

    UMass Amherst Exempt Salary Ranges

    Additional Information

    Please include a resume, cover letter, and contact information for three professional references by August 16, 2019 to ensure priority consideration. The position posting will remain open until filled.

    UMass Amherst is committed to a policy of equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, or genetic information in employment, admission to and participation in academic programs, activities, and services, and the selection of vendors who provide services or products to the University. To fulfill that policy, UMass Amherst is further committed to a program of affirmative action to eliminate or mitigate artificial barriers and to increase opportunities for the recruitment and advancement of qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans. It is the policy of the UMass Amherst to comply with the applicable federal and state statutes, rules, and regulations concerning equal opportunity and affirmative action.

    Advertised: Aug 1 2019 Eastern Daylight Time
    Applications close: Dec 31 2019 Eastern Standard Time



    * The salary listed in the header is an estimate based on salary data for similar jobs in the same area. Salary or compensation data found in the job description is accurate.

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