Director of Student Equity & Inclusion Initiatives

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Director of Student Equity & Inclusion Initiatives

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The University of Pennsylvania, the largest private employer in Philadelphia, is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation. This historic, Ivy League school consistently ranks among the top 10 universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Penn has 12 highly-regarded schools that provide opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education, all influenced by Penn's distinctive interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and learning. As an employer Penn has been ranked nationally on many occasions with the most recent award from Forbes who named Penn one of America's Best Employers By State in 2021.

Penn offers a unique working environment within the city of Philadelphia. The University is situated on a beautiful urban campus, with easy access to a range of educational, cultural, and recreational activities. With its historical significance and landmarks, lively cultural offerings, and wide variety of atmospheres, Philadelphia is the perfect place to call home for work and play.

The University offers a competitive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits, a wealth of health and wellness programs and resources, and much more.

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Posted Job Title
Director of Student Equity & Inclusion Initiatives

Job Profile Title
Director D

Job Description Summary
The University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School is one of the nation's oldest and most distinguished law schools. We offer a distinctive cross-disciplinary legal education, drawing on the depth and breadth of the University of Pennsylvania. The resulting intellectual opportunities and professional relationships bridge traditional boundaries and disciplines, making the Law School an extraordinary supportive academic community.

The Office of Equity & Inclusion (E&I) celebrates and elevates the diversity of our community. We partner with faculty, staff, students, and alumni to advance equity and inclusion through education and skill-building that inspire advocacy and action. We cultivate an environment where every member of our community can thrive with a sense of belonging. We are a passionate, mission-oriented team that works in a collaborative environment: while each of us manages an extensive list of individual responsibilities, we complete major projects as a team, maintain an open-door policy, and enjoy a mandate to generate and implement new ideas that advance diversity, equity, and inclusion within our institution, mindful of the impact that our students, staff, faculty, and alumni have beyond the walls of our institution as well.


The Director of Student Equity & Inclusion Initiatives will report to the Associate Dean for Equity & Justice and collaborate with E&I Team members, Penn Law colleagues, faculty, students, University, and community partners, to cultivate a deep sense of belonging for all students at the Law School. The Director will provide focused support to members of historically marginalized groups to ensure access, equity, and inclusion, particularly for BIPOC and first-generation students. The Director will lead the Law School's support for affinity groups, establishing robust communication and systematizing support for and collaboration among student leaders.

Job Description

Key responsibilities include:
  • Support inclusive community for all students:
    • Plan and execute E&I orientation programs for all students in collaboration with Student Affairs
    • Lead new E&I Fellows Program - training and support for ongoing student training and educational programs
    • Plan and execute cultural competency training for students doing pro bono service in collaboration with TPIC
    • Plan and execute onboarding and inclusion initiatives for LLM Class in collaboration with Graduate Programs
    • Plan and execute onboarding and inclusion initiatives for ML students in collaboration with ML Program
    • Provide guidance and support on culturally competent and accessible event planning for student groups in partnership with Student Affairs and Events Team
    • Lead E&I's partnership with our Student Advisory Board to inform E&I Programs by identifying and generating ideas to address on the ground student needs
    • Lead E&I's collaboration with Law School partners on student equity and inclusion programming and needs

  • Provide focused support for students from historically marginalized groups:
    • Cultivate strong relationships with affinity groups, in partnership and collaboration with Office of Student Affairs:
      • Meet with affinity group leaders regularly
      • Assist with accessibility initiatives
      • Provide targeted support, training, and coordination for affinity group conferences annually
      • Evaluate/administer affinity group funding requests
      • Schedule semesterly Affinity Leader Roundtables
      • Bridge campus cultural centers and local bar associations with affinity groups
      • Support Admissions recruitment efforts
    • Design and administer programs:
      • Plan and execute Pre-Orientation programs for affinity students
      • Plan and execute Affinity Leader Training Program
      • Collaborate to support the Outreach Program for undergraduates from historically underrepresented groups
      • Provide supportive outreach when campus, local, national, and global events impact our students
  • Direct the Dr. Sadie T. M. Alexander Scholarship Program:
    • Ensure robust mentorship and support for Scholars
    • Nurture a vibrant and enriching Scholar Community
    • Plan and execute programs for Scholars, in partnership with faculty, staff, and alumni partners
    • Collaborate with Admissions to effectuate the Scholar selection process
  • Other responsibilities as needed.


JD preferred but not required. BA/BS and 7-10 years of experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience. We seek candidates who are deeply student-centered and who also appreciate how to work and collaborate in complex institutions. The best candidates will have lived, educational, and at least four years of professional experience advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in communities and/or institutions. A substantive understanding of diversity, equity, and inclusion broadly is key. Candidates must demonstrate the ability to design, plan, and implement programmatic curricula and to oversee complex processes. Candidates must demonstrate proficiency in working with large groups of mission-driven individuals to plan and execute goals. Exceptional discretion and interpersonal skills are essential. Candidates should possess strong personal and professional initiative. The ideal candidate will be a team player who has an established track record of collaboration in the workplace. We emphasize individual responsibility while requiring strong team support. Cover letter and resume are requested with all applications.

This position will require evening and weekend hours at times.

Job Location - City, State
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School
Law School

Pay Range
$90,860.00 - $142,844.66

Affirmative Action Statement
Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.

Special Requirements
Background check required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.

University Benefits
  • Health, Life, and Flexible Spending Accounts: Penn offers comprehensive medical, prescription, behavioral health, dental, vision, and life insurance benefits to protect you and your family's health and welfare. You can also use flexible spending accounts to pay for eligible health care and dependent care expenses with pre-tax dollars.
  • Tuition: Take advantage of Penn's exceptional tuition benefits. You, your spouse, and your dependent children can get tuition assistance here at Penn. Your dependent children are also eligible for tuition assistance at other institutions.
  • Retirement: Penn offers generous retirement plans to help you save for your future. Penn's Basic, Matching, and Supplemental retirement plans allow you to save for retirement on a pre-tax or Roth basis. Choose from a wide variety of investment options through TIAA and Vanguard.
  • Time Away from Work: Penn provides you with a substantial amount of time away from work during the course of the year. This allows you to relax, take vacations, attend to personal affairs, recover from illness or injury, spend time with family-whatever your personal needs may be.
  • Long-Term Care Insurance: In partnership with Genworth Financial, Penn offers faculty and staff (and your eligible family members) long-term care insurance to help you cover some of the costs of long-term care services received at home, in the community or in a nursing facility. If you apply when you're newly hired, you won't have to provide proof of good health or be subject to underwriting requirements. Eligible family members must always provide proof of good health and are subject to underwriting.
  • Wellness and Work-life Resources: Penn is committed to supporting our faculty and staff as they balance the competing demands of work and personal life. That's why we offer a wide variety of programs and resources to help you care for your health, your family, and your work-life balance.
  • Professional and Personal Development: Penn provides an array of resources to help you advance yourself personally and professionally.
  • University Resources: As a member of the Penn community, you have access to a wide range of University resources as well as cultural and recreational activities. Take advantage of the University's libraries and athletic facilities, or visit our arboretum and art galleries. There's always something going on at Penn, whether it's a new exhibit at the Penn Museum, the latest music or theater presentation at the Annenberg Center, or the Penn Relays at Franklin Field to name just a few examples. As a member of the Penn community, you're right in the middle of the excitement-and you and your family can enjoy many of these activities for free.
  • Discounts and Special Services: From arts and entertainment to transportation and mortgages, you'll find great deals for University faculty and staff. Not only do Penn arts and cultural centers and museums offer free and discounted admission and memberships to faculty and staff. You can also enjoy substantial savings on other goods and services such as new cars from Ford and General Motors, cellular phone service plans, movie tickets, and admission to theme parks.
  • Flexible Work Hours: Flexible work options offer creative approaches for completing work while promoting balance between work and personal commitments. These approaches involve use of non-traditional work hours, locations, and/or job structures.
  • Penn Home Ownership Services: Penn offers a forgivable loan for eligible employees interested in buying a home or currently residing in West Philadelphia, which can be used for closing costs or home improvements.
  • Adoption Assistance: Penn will reimburse eligible employees on qualified expenses in connection with the legal adoption of an eligible child, such as travel or court fees, for up to two adoptions in your household.

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