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Vice Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Lexington, KY 40507
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Job Title Vice Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Requisition Number FE03234
Working Title Vice Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Department Name 7H000:COLLEGE OF MEDICINE
Work Location Lexington, KY
Type of Position Faculty
Position Time Status Full-Time
Tenure Track Status Tenure Track
Required Education
Ed.D., Ph.D., MD, DO or the equivalent
Required Related Experience
Ideal Candidate Experience and Attributes:
  • A strong visionary and inspirational leader who can artfully convey a long-term vision for the college, yet is equally skilled at implementing a detailed plan to achieve that vision. Highly approachable and compassionate; a record of promoting a culture of innovation, collaboration, teamwork, respect, and honesty; a professional and personal demeanor characterized by integrity, graciousness, humility, genuineness, empathy, and sincerity; and a passion for the organization’s mission and objectives.
  • Exceptionally team-oriented; skilled at working well and partnering with faculty, staff, and learners across the college and University to identify, build, and negotiate “win-win” relationships and collaborations; politically astute yet apolitical with an ability to break down silos and ensure a collegial and productive work environment.
  • Highly adept and at ease managing the day-to-day operational details with the ability to make strong and decisive decisions when needed while at the same time creating unity within a diverse college.
  • Actively develop the college’s mission, strategies, and practices to support a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace.
  • Actively embody, encourage, and support the five College of Medicine DIReCT values to help guide actions, behaviors, and decision making to foster a cohesive work culture focused on patient-centered care. The DIReCT values are:
    • Diversity: We foster a people-centered environment that is inclusive of all.
    • Innovation: We embrace continual learning and improvement to drive positive change.
    • Respect: We value our patients and families, our community, our co-workers, ourselves, and the resources entrusted to us.
    • Compassion: We express empathy for the needs, thoughts, and feelings of those we serve and with whom we work.
    • Teamwork: We cultivate and maintain meaningful relationships to create positive outcomes.
Required License/Registration/Certification
Ed.D., Ph.D., MD, DO or the equivalent
Job Summary
The University of Kentucky College of Medicine invites applications and nominations for the position of vice dean for diversity, equity, and inclusion.

The College of Medicine Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion represents the broad definition of diversity, which includes identity, perspective, race/ethnicity, socio-economic, religion, geography, international, LGBTQ* status, gender, disability, etc. The vice dean for diversity, equity, and inclusion will provide oversight for all diversity, equity, and inclusion activities that support medical students, graduate and PhD students, residents, fellows, and faculty and staff members of the College of Medicine, which include the Lexington, Bowling Green, Morehead, and Northern Kentucky campuses.

The vice dean will execute and update the strategic diversity and inclusion plan for the College of Medicine that is consistent with the University of Kentucky’s strategic initiatives related to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and includes plans for the recruitment and retention of underrepresented minority, disadvantaged, and rural learners and faculty.

Through quantitative and qualitative means, the vice dean for diversity, equity, and inclusion will assess the college climate, both in small and large group settings, and create and implement needed face-to-face and web-based resources that advance signature diversity programs and initiatives that align with the college’s broad definition of diversity.

The vice dean will take the lead role in creating an inclusive academic environment that impacts the educational, clinical care, and research environments in the college. The vice dean will work collaboratively with the University’s Vice President for Institutional Diversity in the development of inter-professional programs and initiatives.

Duties and Responsibilities
  • Provide oversight for administrative, business, financial, and reporting functions to the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.
  • Provide leadership, management, support, guidance, and strategic focused direction to direct and indirect reports (which includes a growing network of Diversity and Inclusion Ambassadors).
  • Work with senior management and the budget office to ensure resource allocations are adequate to achieve diversity/equity/inclusion/engagement goals.
  • Build on and implement plans and policies to foster an inclusive environment and culture that clearly supports, and encourages diversity, equity, and inclusion at all levels: medical students, graduate students, fellows, residents, faculty, and staff (working in collaboration with the College of Medicine Offices of Faculty Affairs and Development, Research, Graduate Medical Education, Biomedical Education, and Medical Education).
  • Collaborate with senior leadership, department chairs, faculty, learners, residents, fellows, staff, and other constituent groups internal and external to the UK College of Medicine to achieve the strategic plan and diversity goals.
  • Promote organizational and interdisciplinary collaboration among College of Medicine programs that will enhance inclusive excellence.
  • Develop and maintain educational and web-based resources to promote and encourage reflection of diversity, equity, and inclusion within the College of Medicine.
  • Coordinate diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts with UK Office of Institutional Diversity.
  • Collaborate with colleges, units, and UK HealthCare to align to a shared diversity, equity, and inclusion strategy. Create and assist in implementing consistent practices, coordinate implementation activities, and optimize resources while also amplifying existing efforts and accelerating progress toward intended strategic outcomes.
  • Collaborate on College of Medicine initiatives designed to recruit, retain, support, and ensure the success and advancement of underrepresented, disadvantaged, and minoritized students, trainees, faculty, and staff populations (working with the College of Medicine Offices of Research, Faculty Affairs and Development, Biomedical Education, Graduate Medical Education, and Medical Education).
  • Build and develop meaningful metrics, tools and analytics that enable leadership to evaluate progress on diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts
  • Facilitate access to counseling, mediation, and conflict resolution regarding diversity, equity, and inclusion related issues for students, residents, faculty, and staff.
  • Assist education leaders within the College of Medicine to meet diversity-related components of accreditation guidelines (Liaison Committee on Medical Education and Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education).
  • Serve as Chair of the College of Medicine Diversity & Inclusion Work Group to advise and make recommendations to the College of Medicine Dean on issues relative to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Build a strategic partnership with College of Medicine communications to develop and highlight diversity, equity, and inclusion in the vision, goals, efforts, testimonials, etc., for both internal and external staff audiences and potential candidates in the recruitment process.
  • Cultivate and strengthen relationships with various community, civic, and professional organizations to foster collaborations that advance diversity, belonging, inclusion, equity, and engagement initiatives between the college and local communities (including the communities surrounding our regional campuses).
  • Demonstrate excellent communication abilities (listening, speaking, and writing) and interpersonal skills.

Questions and inquiries can be directed to Lisa Tannock, MD, vice dean for faculty affairs, at lisa.tannock@uky.edu or Darwin Conwell, MD, department chair of internal medicine, at darwin.conwell@uky.edu. All applications will be handled in a secure, sensitive, and confidential manner.

In addition to completing this application, candidates should also please submit a cover letter and CV to Christine Pendleton and Tiffany Johnson at UKViceDeanDEI@wittkieffer.com. Inquiries or nominations may also be directed to this email address or contact made via phone at 916-536-6888.

The position is open until filled; however, review of applications will begin on December 7, 2022. Please submit by this date to ensure full consideration.

The University of Kentucky considers the health, safety and well-being of our entire community to be a top priority. In alignment with this priority, all new hires must provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination or obtain an approved medical or religious exemption as a condition of employment. For areas that fall under the federal CMS mandate, start of employment cannot occur until two weeks after receiving the full COVID-19 vaccination series or upon obtaining an approved exemption. Only vaccines approved by the World Health Organization can be accepted.
Skills / Knowledge / Abilities
The successful candidate for this position will demonstrate the ability to build teams and collaborate with multiple stakeholders to achieve the college’s goals for diversity, equity, and inclusion. The candidate will possess knowledge of best practices in increasing diverse representation and building a more inclusive, equitable culture and environment. This person will also be able to lead and facilitate conversations around issues and concerns brought forward by learners, faculty, and staff. The successful candidate will also demonstrate acumen needed to accomplish goals in a complex organization. The candidate will have experience in creating a strategy that outlines priorities and initiatives for the recruitment and retention of diverse faculty, staff, and learners.
Does this position have supervisory responsibilities? Yes
Preferred Education/Experience
Deadline to Apply
Open Until Filled Yes
University Community of Inclusion
The University of Kentucky is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce by ensuring all our students, faculty, and staff work in an environment of openness and acceptance. We strive to foster a community where people of all backgrounds, identities, and perspectives can feel secure and welcome. We also value the well-being of each of our employees and are dedicated to creating a healthy place to work, learn and live. In the interest of maintaining a safe and healthy environment for our students, employees, patients and visitors the University of Kentucky is a Tobacco & Drug Free campus.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we strongly encourage veterans, individuals with disabilities, women, and all minorities to consider our employment opportunities.

Any candidate offered a position may be required to pass pre-employment screenings as mandated by University of Kentucky Human Resources. These screenings may include a national background check and/or drug screen.
Posted: 2022-10-17 Expires: 2023-04-20

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