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Affirmative Action Professional Development Coordinator

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Affirmative Action Professional Development Coordinator

The Affirmative Action Office (AAO) is charged with supporting The Pennsylvania State University's strategic goals of advancing a diverse and inclusive community by providing expert advice and leadership to colleges and departments, faculty and staff ensuring a workplace free from discrimination and harassment, which strives for inclusive excellence. As a federal contractor, the University is bound by federal laws that address affirmative action and non-discrimination efforts and compliance. Penn State is committed to equal opportunity and affirmative action in all employment practices, ensuring non-discrimination based on race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, military service, genetic information, or other protected status unrelated to job requirements. We are seeking exceptional candidates for the position of Affirmative Action Professional Development Coordinator. Reporting directly to the Associate Vice President for Affirmative Action, the Professional Development Coordinator will develop and implement a long-term vision and plan for advancing the University's strategic diversity goals through the development of education and training for Penn State employees. A primary responsibility of the Coordinator is to serve as content expert with respect to the development and delivery of ongoing education and assessment mechanisms designed to prevent discrimination in the workplace and to affirmatively promote and sustain an employment environment of respect, responsibility and inclusion. Specifically, the Coordinator will develop and conduct education and training for University faculty and staff related to the areas of diversity and inclusion, awareness and prevention of sexual harassment and other forms of sexual misconduct, promoting respect in the workplace, conflict resolution, and recruitment and retention policies/procedures designed to enhance diversity, along with other relevant areas of focus. The Coordinator will provide ongoing communication and consultation to administrators and managers of academic and non-academic units across the University regarding mechanisms to analyze data, assess climate and develop best practices for creating diverse, inclusive, equitable, and respectful work environments. The Coordinator will also be responsible for developing, or partnering with other units on the development of relevant proposals and new initiatives, and seek additional resources and support for the advancement of diversity and inclusion efforts across University community. Candidates should have a demonstrated ability to develop curriculum focused on diversity and inclusion and to provide effective education and training to a wide audience. An advanced level of knowledge of the concepts, theoretical foundations, and best practices related to diversity, equity, and inclusion is required, with a particular emphasis on the concepts of unconscious bias and micro-aggressions. Candidates must also have a comprehensive understanding of federal policies including ADA, Title VII, Title IX, VAWA, and Clery, and a demonstrated ability to effectively apply conflict resolution strategies centered around diversity and inclusion, within a large organization. Position typically requires a Bachelor's degree or higher plus four or more years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience, preferably in an educational setting. Candidates must demonstrate excellent judgment, organizational, interpersonal and communication skills (written and oral), as well as the ability to work independently while promoting collaboration in a multi-campus, highly interdisciplinary environment. Review of applications will begin on July 25, 2018, and continue until the position has been filled. Qualified individuals should submit a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information of three (3) references, addressed to Dr. Suzanne Adair, Associate Vice President for Affirmative Action. This job will be filled as a level 3, or level 4, depending upon the successful candidate's competencies, education, and experience. Typically requires a Bachelor's degree or higher plus four years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience for a level 3. Additional experience and/or education and competencies are required for higher level jobs.

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Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

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Location: University ParkPA 16802
Document ID: AC302-2T8K  
Ad Number: 1260057
Job Type:  Regular

Job Schedule: Full-time

Published in:  JobElephant
Published on: 2018-08-1708/17/2018
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