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Director of Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Opportunity
The Midwives College of Utah, as an institution of higher education and as a community of scholars and midwives, affirms its commitment to the elimination of discrimination and discriminatory harassment, and to the provision of equal opportunity for all. The incumbent in this job is expected to assist the College in achieving its mission which is to build midwives of technical expertise, professional excellence, and personal greatness in a distance education platform. MCU’s method for building Midwives of Excellence® is to meld professional and leadership education. The Midwives College of Utah (MCU) is a distance-education, direct-entry midwifery program accredited by the US Department of Education through the Midwifery Education Accreditation Council.
Position Title: Director of Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Opportunity
Summary: We believe that a diverse community contributes to the vitality and excellence of the educational experience. It is essential that future midwives have exposure to dimensions of diversity that include, but are not limited to, differences in race, ethnicity, religion, age, sexuality, physical abilities, sexual identities, and geography.
The Director of Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Opportunity (JEDO) supports the institution in achieving actions and initiatives that are aligned with the Midwives College of Utah’s equity and social justice efforts to decrease evident inequities among underserved communities and ensure that inclusiveness is a habit that is implemented and consistently practiced throughout the College. MCU strives to take explicit action to improve the diversity of the profession and implement educational and clinical experiences committed to cultural humility, social justice, and health equity so that all birthing families have access to midwifery care.
Reports to: President
Hours: 16 hours per week with possible expansion of hours after first six months
Salary or Hourly Rate: $24 per hour
- Requires any combination of education and experience equivalent to graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor’s degree in human resources, educational management/leadership, Cultural and/or Ethnic Studies, organizational development, Intercultural Communication, behavioral sciences, or a closely related field
- At least two years of experience leading social justice and/or diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives at an institutional level
- Demonstrated knowledge of contemporary issues in reproductive justice, midwifery care, and best practices that inform and address the disparity within the U.S. healthcare system
- Demonstrated sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, ethnic, and disability backgrounds of college students and employees
- Two years of experience using digital communication, project management technologies, and familiarity with systems such as Google Workspace, Microsoft Office systems, and Dropbox file hosting service
- One year of experience working in a distance or telecommuting work environment
- Master’s degree in human resources, educational management/leadership, Cultural and/or Ethnic Studies, organizational development, Intercultural Communication, behavioral sciences, or a closely related field
- More than two years of progressively responsible experience leading diversity, equity, inclusion initiatives, and reproductive justice issues in America
- At least two years of experience in higher education administration
- Experience with the legal understanding and compliance application of Title VI within a higher education setting
- Demonstrated conflict mediation experience
Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Characteristics
- Demonstrate a commitment to social justice, equity, and anti-oppression
- Exhibit the ability to educate, advocate and foster a culture of inclusion at MCU through leadership, collaboration, and influencing skills
- Demonstrate excellent interpersonal and communication skills, including written, oral, listening, and presentation skills
- Demonstrate the ability to work effectively in a fast-paced environment with deadlines and multiple viewpoints
- Exhibit strong analytical skills and the ability to synthesize information and data
- Exhibit a knowledge of learning management systems, data systems, Dropbox file hosting service, and all Microsoft Office systems
Staff Position Duties and Responsibilities
- Acquire knowledge of college policies, procedures, and programs and exemplify the College’s culture and mission
- Serve as a member of the Senior Leadership Team (and Leadership Team) guiding institutional strategic directions and collaborating on equity, anti-oppression, anti-racism, and social justice efforts at the College
- Beyond the 10 hours of professional development required of all staff members, annually attain at least 12 continuing education hours in social justice, leadership/management, and post-secondary education
- In contribution to a collaborative environment that ensures a coordinated, holistic effort, work proactively within Sr. Leadership and with other stakeholders to review and advance equity-focused policies and practices
- Lead the conceptualization, planning, implementation and evaluation of diversity, equity, and inclusion strategies, programs, and initiatives
- Provide a greater understanding of the larger context of systemic oppression and how it manifests in racial and ethnic disparities in access and outcomes for childbearing families
- Evaluate the short- and long-term impact of MCU’s diversity, equity, and inclusion strategies, programs, and initiatives
- Reinforce the importance of practice, making mistakes and learning from them, and seeking additional self-knowledge
- Create and update webpage content that provides access to MCU’s diversity and inclusion resources (Similar to https://diversity.umd.edu/resources/plan/)
- Serve as MCU’s Title VI Coordinator
- Develop and coordinate Title VI education and prevention plan for MCU community
- Maintain policies, guidelines, and procedures that ensure compliance with Title VI regulations
- Oversee compliance with policy and procedures in investigation and hearing process for students and employees
- Coordinate Title VI compliance and training activities for the MCU community
- Prepare required Title VI reports and maintain all records of Title VI complaints and resolutions
- Create systems to respond promptly to student/staff/faculty needs as they relate to reproductive justice, equity, diversity and inclusion
- Maintain a professional remote office with background noise kept to a minimum when attending online meetings and/or conversing with students or colleagues
- Exemplify the ability to focus on solving conflict with courageous conversations and an outward mindset; listen and seek clarification when needed
About the College
MCU is a distance-education, direct-entry midwifery program accredited by the US Department of Education through the Midwifery Education Accreditation Council and approved for Title IV funding.
The MCU distance education curriculum and locally based clinical placement are firmly grounded in the unique and profound power of the Midwives Model of Care™ as a primary pathway for improving outcomes and eliminating disparities for families during the childbearing year. MCU fulfills its mission by meeting the following institutional goals:
- offering a bachelor’s degree to prepare individuals for career opportunities to practice as a direct-entry midwife who provides primary care to birthing families;
- offering a master’s degree to prepare individuals to be midwifery leaders in the maternity care landscape;
- providing curriculum core competencies and student support services that provide opportunities to acquire knowledge, skills, and philosophical approaches compatible to the practice of midwifery informed by complementary and alternative medicine and evidence-based education organized within five broad interrelated categories:
- Specialized Knowledge
- Broad and Integrative Knowledge
- Intellectual Skills
- Applied and Collaborative Learning
- Civic and Global Learning;
- nurturing a culture of collaboration as we continually strive to advance cultural humility, diversity and inclusivity at MCU and in the midwifery profession;
- creating opportunities for students to effect global social change through the development and application of leadership skills.
Midwives College of Utah is guided by a social justice and equity framework. We are a committed ally to all underrepresented individuals and families who seek access to midwifery care or who strive to become midwifery providers within their communities. Through collaboration and humble listening, we will continually strive to remove existing barriers to recruitment, retention, support and success at MCU as well as advance our program and profession in achieving inclusivity, cultural humility, and health equity. In doing so, we hope to broaden the reach and benefits of midwifery care for all families and effect widespread social change in the midwifery profession. Please read the following documents to learn more about our commitments to health equity, anti-oppression, and culturally safe care:
The Midwives College of Utah, as an institution of higher education and as a community of scholars and midwives, affirms its commitment to the elimination of discrimination and discriminatory harassment. MCU is committed to providing equal opportunity and equal access and to complying with all applicable federal and state of Utah laws and regulations and MCU’s Non-discrimination Policy.
To apply, send a resume or CV, with a cover letter outlining how you meet and/or exceed the position qualifications, as well as the contact information for three (3) professional references to firstname.lastname@example.org.
All application materials must be submitted as one .pdf file.
Please Note: Due to FERPA considerations, current MCU students are ineligible for this position.
Job posted: 2021-12-20