University of Utah Executive Director in Salt Lake City, Utah


Open Date 04/09/2018

Requisition Number PRN16783B

Job Title Executive Director

Working Title Executive Director

Job Grade UGR

FLSA Code Executive

Patient Sensitive Job Code? No

Standard Hours per Week 40

Full Time or Part Time? Full Time

Shift Day

Work Schedule Summary

VP Area Academic Affairs

Department 00006 - Associate VP for Diversity

Location Campus

City Salt Lake City, UT

Type of Recruitment External Posting

Pay Rate Range $75,000 - $90,000

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Job Summary

The University of Utah invites applications for the position of Executive Director for Diverse Student Advocacy. The Executive Director will serve as an advocate for the students served and the programs offered by the Office for Equity and Diversity. The University of Utah is deeply committed to enhancing the success of diverse students, faculty and staff as part of our broader goal to enrich the educational experiences and success of all members of our University community. The successful candidate, therefore, will possess a demonstrated commitment to social justice and bring a dynamic perspective of diversity issues in higher education.

Reporting directly to the University’s chief diversity officers (the Associate Vice Presidents for Equity and Diversity), the Executive Director will serve, assist and advocate for students from underrepresented communities at the University of Utah. The Executive Director will provide a continuous communication link between students and University leadership by listening to and understanding diverse students’ needs, initiatives and directions, and then advocating for these in the appropriate meetings and administration offices. The Executive Director will engage with students in high impact activities and services, coordinate events that connect students with resources and University leadership, and work at the forefront of social and political campus climate issues. The Executive Director also coordinates and supervises the work of two student support centers (and co-coordinates the work of another) to develop short- and long-term goals, guidelines for measuring progress and outcomes, and new initiatives.

The Executive Director is a 100% time, 12-month administrative position with an initial appointment of three years, renewable/renegotiable with successful performance. Salary is competitive and commensurate with education and experience.


• Serves as Senior Advisor to the Associate VP’s for Equity and Diversity in the areas of underrepresented student needs and initiatives. Employs listening and advising practices and regularly attends meetings and other functions of student groups to understand the needs, initiatives and directions of students from underrepresented backgrounds to assist them in accessing University resources and opportunities.

• Engages with University leaders, administrators and offices to advocate for the needs and initiatives of students from underrepresented backgrounds and to aid those leaders in understanding the issues that differentially impact these students.

• Oversees educational programs designed to enhance leadership, scholarship and career opportunities for students from underrepresented backgrounds.

• Coordinates forums, meetings and other events to connect students to administrators, faculty and staff around issues of diversity, inclusion and campus climate. Coordinates combined diverse student group forums and events.

• Serves on University committees and advisory groups to advocate for the needs of students from underrepresented backgrounds and to aid those committees/groups in understanding issues impacting diverse students.

• Oversees implementation of vision and goals, and the planning and management of fiscal, capital, and human resources to the following student centers and administrative teams:

• Center for Ethnic Student Affairs (CESA)

• American Indian Resource Center (AIRC)

• Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Resource Center (LGBTRC) (this center

in concert with the Office of Student Affairs).

This job description is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to the job.

Work Environment and Level of Frequency typically required

Nearly Continuously: Office environment.

Physical Requirements and Level of Frequency that may be required

Nearly Continuously: Sitting, hearing, listening, talking.

Often: Repetitive hand motion (such as typing), walking.

Seldom: Bending, reaching overhead.

Minimum Qualifications

Master’s degree or equivalency in related area; eight years of progressively more responsible experience; demonstrated skills in leadership, management, financial planning; and demonstrated human relations and effective communication skills.

Applicants must demonstrate the potential ability to perform the essential functions of the job as outlined in the position description.


• Master’s degree in a related area or equivalency; eight years of progressively more responsible management experience; and demonstrated leadership, staff management, and effective communications skills are required.

• Ph.D. or comparable terminal degree in higher education administration, student affairs administration or related area preferred.

• Experience in program development and implementation in a higher education diversity support program.

• Experience in oversight of fiscal and capital resources.

• Grant writing experience and development/fundraising skills.

• Demonstrated experience interacting with students and student groups from communities historically underrepresented in higher education.

• Exceptional interpersonal, oral and written communication skills with experience communicating effectively with multiple and diverse constituents.

• Experience effectively supervising and developing professional staff and working collaboratively with a wide array of faculty, staff and administrators.

• Understanding of and the ability to articulate the range of evidence for the educational benefits that accrue to all students through diverse student bodies, faculty bodies and campuses.

• Demonstrated experience with and knowledge of underrepresented diverse student educational issues, communities, and strategies for impacting academic success and outreach.

• Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and effectively with university offices and external communities.

Type Benefited Staff

Special Instructions Summary

Additional Information

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and is committed to diversity in its workforce. In compliance with applicable federal and state laws, University of Utah policy of equal employment opportunity prohibits discrimination on the basis of race or ethnicity, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, veteran’s status, status as a qualified person with a disability, or genetic information. Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities, and protected veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law.

To inquire about this posting, email: or call 801-581-2300. Reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to qualified individuals with disabilities. To request an accommodation or for further information about University AA/EO policies, please contact the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, 201 S. Presidents Cr., Rm 135, (801) 581-8365 (V/ TDD ), email: .

The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”). To be eligible for retirement contributions, you must be hired into a benefit-eligible position. Certain new hires are automatically assigned to the URS retirement plan and other employees with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in the URS within 30 days of hire. Regardless of whether they are hired into a benefit-eligible position or not, individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS must notify the Benefits Department upon hire. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801)366-7770 or (800)695-4877 or the University’s Benefits Department at (801)581-7447 for information.

This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen.