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GLBTA Programs Office Director

Position Deleted on 7/31/2013. This position is no longer an active posting on HigherEdJobs.
Minneapolis, MN
Admin - Multicultural Affairs and Affirmative Action
Application Due:
Open Until Filled
Full Time
The Office of the Vice President for Equity and Diversity (OED) at the University of Minnesota is seeking a highly qualified, motivated, and creative leader to serve as the Director of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Ally Programs Office (GLBTA PO). Reporting to the Assistant Vice President for Equity and Diversity (OED), the Director must be committed to creating a strong and supportive campus environment for GLBT people and helping to foster a University community and campus climate that values and actively supports inclusiveness, equity, and diversity. The Director provides vision, leadership, and management oversight for GLBTA PO programs and services on the Twin Cities campus. As a member of the OED leadership team, the Director will be expected to work collaboratively with the OED leadership, including the directors of the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action; Disability Services; the Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence; the Office for Diversity in Graduate Education; the Office for Business and Community Economic Development; the Office for Conflict Resolution; and the Women's Center to further the vision and goals of OED and the University. The Director will also work collaboratively with collegiate and student affairs units and consultatively with other areas of the campus in addressing issues of climate for GLBT students, faculty, staff, and visitors.

More information about the Office for Equity and Diversity and GLBTA Programs Office is available at

The University of Minnesota is one of the most comprehensive public universities in the United States and is the state land-grant university, with a strong tradition of education and public service. It is also the state's primary research university, with faculty of national and international reputation. Founded in 1851, the University of Minnesota has five campuses-in the Twin Cities, Duluth, Morris, Crookston, and Rochester-and also includes extension offices and research and outreach centers throughout the state. This year the University of Minnesota was selected as one of the 25 most GLBT friendly campuses in the United States, offering more than 40 GLBTA initiatives and student organizations.

About the Director Position
The Director, with the GLBTA PO staff, OED staff, and system-wide diversity professionals and allies, works to foster a supportive University community for GLBT people and others and helps educate and provide resources for all members of the University community about issues related to the experiences and perceptions of GLBT students, faculty, staff, and guests. The Director communicates, educates, and consults with campus constituents about the needs and issues of GLBT people; supports those who experience harassment and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender expression; and directs individuals to additional resources available system-wide as appropriate. Through the Systemwide Commission on GLBT Concerns, the Director supports work across the University system to realize the University's commitment toward making the entire University more welcoming and supportive of GLBT students, faculty, staff, and guests.

  • Provide leadership and oversight for all aspects of the GLBTA PO operation including hiring, supervising, mentoring and evaluating staff, the strategic direction of programming and educational efforts, and all aspects of budget management.
  • Serve as a critical member of the Leadership Team in the Office of the Vice President for Equity and Diversity to create and sustain a campus environment that values and actively supports an inclusive and diverse University community.
  • Advocate for the wide spectrum of needs of students, staff, faculty, and guests regarding diversity in sexual orientation and/or gender identification/expression.
  • Participate as a member of OED's training team and collaborate with the OED Director of Education to assess, develop, implement, and evaluate GLBTA PO's educational offerings for diverse audiences.
  • Collaborate with the OED Director of Evaluation and oversee the University's continuing progress toward achieving essential recommendations for improving campus climate through ongoing assessment and evaluation.
  • Coordinate all Schochet Endowment work, including supervising the Schochet undergraduate intern, planning for fall Spear Lecture, planning for Colloquia Series, determining Schochet Award recipients, managing the Schochet budget, and working with the Schochet Board.
  • Serve as a resource, spokesperson, and media contact related to GLBT issues and concerns when appropriate and work with OED's Communications Senior Consultant, other OED staff, and staff in University Relations to frame University messages around GLBT issues.
  • Maintain and cultivate working relationships and coordinate appropriate partnerships with Twin Cities campus GLBT focused programs, advisory boards/committees, and organized groups including the Department of Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies in the College of Liberal Arts, the Twin Cities campus Transgender Commission, the University Libraries' Tretter Collection, the Queer Student Cultural Center, etc.
  • Collaborate with staff and faculty responsible for GLBT issues at the Twin Cities, Crookston, Duluth, Morris, and Rochester campuses and, when appropriate, provide support to the co-chairs of the University's Systemwide Commission on GLBT Concerns.
  • Seek and secure external sources of funding to support the mission of the GLBTA PO as appropriate and consistent with OED development efforts.
Required Qualifications:
  • Graduate or Professional Degree
  • Three years post-degree experience to include: Demonstrated expertise in designing and implementing educational programs, including excellent training and presentation skills; Knowledge and significant experience in higher education work on equity and diversity; Knowledge and advocacy experience relative to concerns and issues of GLBT people and the intersections of race, gender, disability, sexual orientation, and gender identification; Demonstrated ability to communicate and work effectively with and across diverse constituencies with different needs and priorities; Demonstrated experience in overseeing programs, including educational programs, and strategic oversight of a programmatic area
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to communicate effectively with different constituency groups of the office (students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community) as well as diverse populations in a hierarchical organizational structure
  • Demonstrated ability and experience to educate, consult, and advocate around issues of sexual orientation and gender identification/expression
  • Strong organizational ability and planning skills, reflecting both attention to detail and understanding of the larger unit and University contexts
  • Ability to take initiative, work independently, and work collaboratively, with good judgment about when to seek direction and counsel from others
  • Ability to effectively manage numerous projects with consistent accuracy, follow-through, and timely completion
  • Experience managing operational budgets
  • Experience hiring, mentoring, supervising, and evaluating professional staff
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Ph.D. or comparable terminal degree
  • Five years of full-time experience working on a college or university campus in the specific areas noted above in the required qualifications
  • Understanding of how GLBTA programs and services are provided at a major research educational institution with multiple campuses
  • Administrative experience in higher education
  • Successful experience seeking and securing external funding
  • Experience in analyzing policy issues and advocating for policy change
Applications must be made electronically through the University of Minnesota's Online Employment System at Requisition number 184878.

Please submit the following documents online: a current resume; a list identifying three professional references, with contact information, who can speak to your experience and qualifications that relate directly to the essential qualifications of this position; and a letter explaining very specifically how your educational, experiential and employment record meets the essential and preferred qualifications for this position.

Applications will be reviewed beginning June 21, 2013 and will be accepted until the position is filled or the posting is removed from the University's online site.
The University of Minnesota provides equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.
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