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Executive Director and Associate Dean for Anti-Racism, Equity Diversity, and Inclusion

Position overview

Position title: Executive Director and Associate Dean for Anti-Racism, Equity Diversity, and Inclusion

Application Window

Open date: October 8th, 2021

Next review date: Friday, Dec 31, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Friday, Dec 31, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

The Executive Director and Associate Dean for Anti-Racism, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (AEDI) will have demonstrated experience and expertise in promoting and advancing anti- racism, equity, diversity, and inclusion in higher education, the arts, and scholarly/creative practices.

The Executive Director and Associate Dean for AEDI will serve on the school’s leadership team and report to the Dean of UCLA Arts. This position has intentionally been formed with two distinct titles. The incumbent will partner with school leadership, including academic department chairs and public arts unit directors, to advance the strategic plan for UCLA Arts that is grounded in values of Anti-Racism, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, and will guide the Anti- Racism, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (AEDI) Council. The incumbent will also collaborate with university partners and external stakeholders to develop and carry out initiatives that contribute to the school's strategic goals. The incumbent will coordinate initiatives across the school and will serve as the Equity Advisor on the UCLA Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Office to help facilitate coordination of campus-wide diversity and inclusion best practices.

UCLA Arts recently engaged in a strategic planning process. The UCLA Arts Strategic Plan 2025 aims to transform the climate and culture of the School of the Arts and Architecture. The overarching goal of the UCLA Arts Strategic Plan 2025 is to create an environment that supports and incorporates AEDI through the following aims:

  • Curriculum. Create a culturally responsive learning environment by deconstructing Eurocentric and white-supremacist academic models through inclusive curricula and pedagogies.
  • Training and Professional Development. Raise awareness about the impacts of systemic racism on the personal, academic, and public lives of our school community and provide concrete tools to address and mitigate racist behavior; and professional development opportunities, including mentorships and internships.
  • Structure, Accountability, Restoration, and Recruitment. Transform the school’s structure to establish and maintain protocols for accountability, transparency, and equity.

Role and Responsibilities of the Executive Director:

  • Partner with UCLA Arts leadership to create a climate that is welcoming, inclusive, and supportive of a diverse community of faculty, staff, and students, with particular focus on supporting underrepresented community members.
  • Partner with the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and the Assistant Dean for Administration to initiate and complete strategic projects and initiatives.
  • Oversee the development of annual school-wide anti-racism training for faculty and staff.
  • Provide annual reports to the Dean on AEDI initiatives, demographic trends and objective outcomes, strategic goals, and future plans.
  • Collaborate and partner with the UCLA Arts Faculty Executive Council, Staff Advisory Council, and the Student Council.
  • Co-sponsor educational experiences, curricular and co-curricular, that foster faculty and learner education in anti-racism, equity, diversity, and inclusion.
  • Work closely with UCLA Arts Strategic Communications and Development to advance and strengthen outreach, external partnerships, and to ensure inclusiveness and accessibilities throughout the school.

Role and Responsibilities of the Associate Dean:

  • Serve as Equity Advisor for UCLA Arts. UCLA Equity Advisors are distributed throughout the University, and leverage their direct experience with local culture and climate to advise the dean in terms of strategy, policy, training, climate, and accountability. Collaborate with the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion to cultivate new initiatives, and implement and evaluate existing efforts.
  • Oversee a school-wide climate assessment with an external consultant, and any follow- up assessments to evaluate the school climate as it relates to AEDI, and the effectiveness of initiatives implemented.
  • Work with the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion to address grievances related to AEDI issues.
  • Be a resource to academic departments in their effort to recruit and retain a diverse faculty.
  • Work closely with faculty, staff, administrators, students, and search committees to identify effective strategies for attracting diverse candidates and addressing bias in the screening and selection process. Overseeing implicit bias training for all search and selection committees.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)
  • The ideal candidate will demonstrate the passion, empathy, intelligence, flexibility and collaborative instincts to partner with the community in pursuit of its diversity and inclusion goals. Candidates will have substantial administrative and program-building experience, as well as demonstrated leadership as an innovator, convener, ambassador, collaborator, partner and catalyst, mobilizing institutional and community leaders to advance diversity, equity and inclusion.
  • Minimum requirement is a Master of Fine Arts degree or highest degree in a relevant field.
  • In-depth contemporary knowledge of anti-racism, equity, diversity, and inclusion issues in higher education and the arts.
  • Demonstrated leadership in and commitment to promoting and addressing issues of anti-racism, diversity, equity, inclusion in a higher education and/or arts setting(s). Contemporary understanding of diversity, knowledge of the research and scholarship in this space as well as emerging trends and practices.
  • Experience in working at multiple levels in a complex organization and inspiring and empowering change. Willingness to engage in challenging discussions and manage and facilitate courageous conversations. Ability to lead with vision, purposefulness and conviction. Effectiveness in working and leading in a collective governance model.
  • Track record of building community and nurturing relationships among a wide range of populations and communities, with empathy and sensitivity. Capacity to serve as a trusted advisor and thought partner. An effective convener of people and a skilled collaborator.
  • Ability to understand the breadth of institutional subcultures (e.g., diverse academic programs/departments and public arts units) and the mindset to gain buy-in and create change. Skill in shifting the narrative to create a shared understanding of how this work supports the mission and goals of UCLA Arts.
  • Excellent interpersonal and oral written communication skills. Ability to communicate with clarity and compassion with stakeholders. Ability to communicate across differences, mediate and bring people along.
  • A deep understanding of quantitative and qualitative data. Aptitude for harnessing data to inform analysis, assess programs and processes, develop goals and metrics, drive strategy and hold the institution accountable for progress.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter - Please discuss qualifications, accomplishments, and interest in the position.

  • Statement on Contributions to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion - An EDI Statement describes a faculty candidate’s past, present, and future (planned) contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion. To learn more about how UCLA thinks about contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion, please review our Sample Guidance for Candidates and related EDI Statement FAQ document.

Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)

Only contact information. The references will not be asked to provide letters unless the analyst requests them.

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As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy. All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. New University of California employees must (a) provide proof of receiving at least one dose of a COVID-19 Vaccine no later than 14 calendar days after their first date of employment and provide proof of Full Vaccination no later than eight weeks after their first date of employment; or (b) if applicable, submit a request for Exception or Deferral no later than 14 calendar days after their first date of employment. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.) Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy, see: UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy.

Job location

Los Angeles, CA