The Biomedical Engineering Department (BME) seeks applications for a Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Coordinator position as we move forward toward our vision of a department that is actively anti-racist, diverse, equitable, and inclusive. The Coordinator will be responsible for planning, implementation, and assessment of diversity initiatives that include engagement of diverse communities, building of relationships, active recruitment & retention, and building education & culture that advances student, staff, and faculty careers. The Coordinator will report to the BME Department Administrator, and will work as part of a team with the Department Head, faculty, and other staff to develop and deliver a range of programs and services meeting the diverse needs of our students, faculty, staff, alumni, biomedical technology industry, and community members.
Job Duties (20%) Develop a DEI Program and Strategic Plan
Establish a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion program within the BME Dept.
Oversee and engage the BME community in developing a strategic plan
Create metrics, measures, and narratives of improvement and success
Implement, manage, and document progress toward strategic plan goals
(25%) Engage and build relationships with diverse, underrepresented communities
Connect with BIPOC communities and DEI programs outside of UMN
Connect with BIPOC groups on campus
Coordinate with DEI programs and initiatives at UMN
Serve as liaison to BIPOC students, faculty, and staff
(10%) Coordinate the active and equitable recruitment and retention of BME members to foster a healthy, supportive, respectful, diverse, and inclusive community for Students, Staff, and Faculty
Collaborate with the Director of Admissions & Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs to coordinate outreach at prospective and new student events
(30%) Build DEI Education & Culture
Oversee BME community education and foundational understanding about DEI
Weed out practices that damage and foster practices that support DEI in BME Education and Research
Build a healthy and supportive environment where everyone feels valued
Organize workshops and events
Develop and deliver DEI training
Manage DEI communications, including website, email, social media
Facilitate dialogue across varied viewpoints, providing opportunities to improve understanding of the experience of underrepresented graduate students and postdoctoral scholars at the University, and enhance graduate student and postdoctoral success.
(10%) Advance BME community member careers
Student career advancement
Staff career advancement
Faculty career advancement
Develop internship opportunities
BA/BS with at least two years of experience OR a combination of related education and work experience equal to 6 years. Experience in BME, or engineering generally, is not required.
Understanding of and commitment to antiracism and anti-oppression
Basic understanding of discrimination and racialized health disparities
Enthusiasm for the mission of biomedical engineering to equitably advance human health
Demonstrated experience in, knowledge of, and an ongoing commitment to, working effectively with and across diverse communities: including Black, Indigenous, and other People of color; new immigrant populations; people with both visible and invisible disabilities; Women; people of historically marginalized gender and sexual identities and expressions; first--generation students; students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds; and/or members of other groups that are underrepresented in BME.
Demonstrated effectiveness with organizational and planning skills, including attention to detail, multi-tasking and quick decision-making
Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to communicate effectively with different constituency groups, i.e. faculty, staff, students, alumni, and community members.
Ability to work occasional nights and weekends when necessary for programs and events
Familiarity with DEI-related training programs (e.g. IDI or ICS)
Experience with program creation, building, and leadership
Experience with strategic planning and program management
Experience working with and developing programs that support communities of color and international students
Experience offering trainings and educational programs
Experience with presentation software
Demonstrated ability to handle complex interpersonal communications, including the ability to build collaborative partnerships with diverse stakeholders
Demonstrated ability to work as part of a close-knit team on multiple on-going projects and initiatives, and contribute in an intentional social justice-working environment
Demonstrated ability to take initiative as a leader and work independently
Internal Number: 340111
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