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Apply now Job no: 93342-LI
Work type: Staff-Full Time
Location: Madison
Categories: Dean, Director, Executive

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Working Title:

DDEEA Special Assistant/Chief of Staff

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Anticipated Begin Date:

MARCH 12, 2018



Advertised Salary:

Minimum $72,814 ANNUAL (12 months)
Depending on Qualifications

Degree and area of specialization:

Bachelor's degree required, Master's degree in a relevant field, J.D. or PhD preferred.

Minimum number of years and type of relevant work experience:

Candidates must have an employment record showing an increasing amount of responsibility in previous roles related to supporting and closely working with a senior executive, specifically as it relates to carrying out day-to-day administrative functions that span broadly across a highly decentralized organizational environment. The candidate must have experience handling complex, sensitive and high profile information at the highest levels of organizational leadership; previous experience as chief of staff is highly desirable. At least five years of experience with responsibilities involving liaising with other senior leaders within an organization is required; fundamental understanding of research that can inform diversity-related policies and organization-wide protocols for engaging diversity is desired. Experience working in higher education environment highly desirable. The candidate must have a passion and demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. The successful candidate will possess excellent written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills and the ability to engage in appropriate and respectful communications about sensitive, confidential and high profile matters.

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Position Summary:

The Vice Provost and Chief Diversity Officer (VPCDO) is an extension of the Provost Office serving as the university's senior administrator on matters pertaining to diversity, equity and inclusion. The VPCDO provides leadership and coordination for the institution's diversity and inclusion efforts while having direct purview of only a handful of campus-wide efforts. The Special Assistant will serve as an advisor to the VPCDO and provide operational support to both the VPCDO and the Assistant Vice Provosts (AVPs) in the Division of Diversity, Equity, and Educational Achievement (DDEEA), which has oversight responsibilities for six major pipeline recruitment programs, EEOC and Affirmative Action planning, and the campus-wide learning communities that offer professional development experiences related to diversity, equity and inclusion for interested faculty, staff and students.

Additional Information:



Kathryn O'Connor
Relay Access (WTRS): 7-1-1 (out-of-state: TTY: 800.947.3529, STS: 800.833.7637) and above Phone number (See RELAY_SERVICE for further information. )

Instructions to Applicants:

Please complete the application process through Please provide a cover letter, resume and 3 professional references in your application materials. In your cover letter, please respond to the following prompts: please describe your experience in previous positions with handling complex, sensitive and high profile information at the highest levels of organizational leadership; your ability to interpret statistical information and synthesize data, and to apply the data to create outcomes (such as policies, procedures, strategic priorities, etc.) and your ability to communicate the results effectively.

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  The University of Wisconsin is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer.

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