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Assistant Dean of Inclusion and Diversity

STARS Requisition: 83628BR
University Job Title: Assistant Dean of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Department Job Title: Assistant Dean of Inclusion and Diversity    

Grade: P6

Position Focus: 

The Assistant Dean of Inclusion and Diversity leads Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) efforts for the School of Management (SOM). Reporting directly to the Dean, the Assistant Dean guides and leads SOM in its aspirations to create a diverse and welcoming environment where all members can find a sense of belonging. In partnership with the Dean and senior leadership across the university, develop and oversee implementation of an effective strategy to best achieve the school’s mission to educate leaders for business and society. Act as a resource for all community members including faculty, students, and staff to provide intentional support to historically under-represented groups in business education. Identify and track school-wide progress along key metrics, and coordinate, collaborate and communicate regularly with program and administrative offices at SOM and with peers across the university.  

Essential Duties: 


  1. Set DEI strategy and goals for the school.
  2. Lead the Office of Inclusion and Diversity (OID) office. Manage and engage a team of individual contributors.
  3. Communicate the school’s Inclusion and Diversity values and initiatives internally and externally.
  4. Participate as a member of the dean’s leadership team at the school.
  5. Represent SOM’s Inclusion and Diversity efforts to the rest of Yale University. Deliver the school’s required 5-year DEI Unit Plan a part of the Belonging at Yale initiative; meet regularly with university partners.
  6. Benchmark the outcomes of diversity initiatives against data from other nationally ranked programs. Develop key metrics, track, and use data to drive improvement.
  7. May coordinate efforts with the City of New Haven on issues related to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB).
  8. Effectively manage the fiscal resources allocated to OID initiatives. Prepare an annual strategic budget proposal and manage area expenditures relative to the approved financial allocation. 

DEI Initiatives:

  1. Design strategy for and oversee implementation of programming for all students, beginning with orientation and offering opportunities to learn across differences throughout their time at SOM.
  2. Lead efforts for rolling out the school’s first mandatory diversity training and offer bespoke programming and education around DEIB for staff and faculty.
  3. Chair SOM’s Council on Anti-racism and Equity (CARE) – a group of selected students, staff, faculty, and alumni who advise the Dean on antiracism efforts.
  4. Establish support for marquee initiatives resulting from CARE, including immersive speaker series and video podcasts.
  5. Act as a center of excellence through creation of school-wide resources and toolkits.

Community Support:

  1. Act as one of the school’s appointed Discrimination and Harassment Resource Coordinators.
  2. In concert with appropriate senior leaders, facilitate timely community responses to social and racial justice incident.
  3. Provide strategic guidance to affinity-based groups across the school.
  4. Approve plans for celebrations and programming in recognition of national diversity months.

Stakeholder Partnership:

  1. Imbed DEI into the school’s operations – work with senior leadership across departments to infuse values of DEI into their strategy and programming and ensure department resources are secured to operationalize goals.
  2. Provide guidance and support to colleagues responsible for DEIB-related work across the school; create a community of practice for DEIB at SOM.
  3. Partner with faculty and student leaders to integrate topics of DEI within the academic experience and curriculum.
  4. Work to ensure school policies are fair and equitable in nature.

Required Education & Experience:

Bachelor’s degree and eight years of progressive responsibility in education administration or related corporate roles with direct experience in diversity programming, HR, and/or program management. Experience working with and/or serving diverse populations. Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion throughout career and/or lived experience. Advanced degree preferred.  

Required Skills & Abilities: 

  1. Ability to advance Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in an academic environment.
  2. Experience building out an inclusion, talent, or cultural strategy in a matrixed environment.
  3. Comfort working across diverse constituencies.
  4. Influencing and stakeholder management skills.
  5. Strong judgment.
  6. Exceptional interpersonal, presentation, and communication skills (written and oral).


Supervisory experience.


  • Customer Service Focus – Listening carefully to and understanding customers’ needs and proactively responding to those needs in a consistent and timely manner.
  • Teamwork/Communication – Working cooperatively to achieve common goals. Support cooperation, collaboration and the sharing of information.
  • Product Excellence – Provide the best quality product available and continuously upgrade standards to maintain quality.
  • Leadership – Provide direction and motivation to others through communication, modeling appropriate behavior, optimism and high achievement
  • Innovative – Openness to new ideas and their implementation. Ability to react and adapt to changing situations appropriately.
  • Strategic Thinking – Recognize opportunities, identify critical, high pay-off activities and prioritize them to attain goals.

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