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Position Classification Description

Position Class Code / Title: G6049 / Institn'l Div/Ethnic Rsrch Dir
Recruitment Tier: Tier 1
FLSA: Exempt
Grade: 16

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The following statements are intended to describe, in broad terms, the general functions and responsibility levels characteristic of positions assigned to this classification. They should not be viewed as an exhaustive list of the specific duties and prerequisites applicable to individual positions that have been so classified.


Serves as a subject matter expert and advises the Vice Chancellor for HSC Diversity and executive leadership on issues of diversity and inclusion. Provides leadership as a "change management specialist" to enhance the culture of the UNM HSC by elevating a strategic vision which promotes the diversity and inclusion efforts of the Health Science Center in its research, education and service missions. Provides strategic direction, consultation, and support to the HSC community in addressing in an integrated way the health education and health workforce needs, prospects, and related concerns of communities within the region. Partners with multiple constituencies at the university, local, state, national, and international levels, and participates in the development of community collaborations. Provides leadership and administrative oversight of the HSC Office of Diversity.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Lead the ongoing assessment of the culture within the Health Sciences Center in regards to diversity and inclusion, and provide feedback to faculty, staff and students on the effectiveness of efforts and offer suggestions for continued improvement.
  2. Develop strategies to change institutional climate and culture within the Health Sciences.
  3. Works with the Vice Chancellor for HSC Diversity to develop and implement HSC strategic plan for diversity.
  4. Develop and implement initiatives that support an integrated approach to diversity and inclusivity within the UNM HSC and the communities we serve.
  5. Develops and advances/advocates for policy strategies to promote institutional climate/culture change based on climate assessments and other climate evaluation mechanisms.
  6. Design innovative approaches to educating the HSC community on issues of diversity and inclusion.
  7. Researches and monitors national trends, peer institution efforts, and successful diversity initiatives aligned with the mission of UNM HSC (OoD).
  8. Seek opportunities for funding and scholarship related to diversity initiatives. Initiate and participate in cross-disciplinary and transdisciplinary research and educational funding opportunities.
  9. Collaborates across university constituencies focusing on quality, availability, and flow of relevant data and information, particularly that may be focused on race and ethnicity, throughout the university.
  10. Assists identifying and understanding emerging internal and external environmental issues and significant changes particular to diversity and inclusion, which may be both opportunities and challenges to the university; supports and integrates university planning efforts at all levels with institutional research, policy analysis, and outcomes assessment when related to diversity efforts.
  11. Oversees all facets of the daily operations of the organizational unit, ensuring compliance with university, state, and federal laws, policies, and regulations.
  12. Designs, establishes, and oversees an organizational structure and staffing to effectively accomplish the organization's goals and objectives.
  13. Contribute to the formation of Diversity Council or Committees to align diversity inititiatives and programs and to expand to new areas within the institution.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • Master's degree; at least 7 years of experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified.
  • Completed degree(s) from an accredited institution that are above the minimum education requirement may be substituted for experience on a year for year basis.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

  • Demonstrated ability to envision, develop and maintain short and long term strategic diversity initiatives.
  • Experience in implementing diversity programs in complex organizations.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide leadership and act as a change agent and consensus builder.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with individuals from diverse geographic, social, cultural, racial/ethnic and economic backgrounds.
  • Demonstrated job-related experience with and/or commitment to diversity in the work/academic environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to interact effectively with students, staff, faculty, and administration.
  • Significant experience with promoting a collaborative climate that recognizes, celebrates, and rewards diversity.
  • High initiative and ability to perform in a complex and fast-paced environment.
  • Established track record of building strong relationships and partnerships.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Computer literacy.
  • Cultivates and/or advises on strategies designed to raise the general level of consciousness within the community and among potential funding sources of the Diversity initiatives and projects.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

  • No or very limited physical effort required.
  • No or very limited exposure to physical risk.
  • Work is normally performed in a typical interior/office work environment.

The University of New Mexico provides all training required by OSHA to ensure employee safety.

Revised Date: 03/20/2017