Assistant to the Director of Diversity and Inclusion
The Assistant to the Director of Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) will report to the Vice Chancellor and work in the New York Medical College (NYMC) Office of D&I. This position supports all of the students on the NYMC Valhalla campus in the School of Medicine (SOM), Touro College of Dental Medicine (TCDM), School of Nursing, School of Health Science and Practice (SHSP) and the Graduate School of Basic Science (GSBS).
The Assistant to the Director will support the College’s senior leadership team as they develop and implement strategic diversity, equity and inclusion efforts that advance the College’s mission and vision. Under the direction of the leadership of the College, the Assistant to the Director will collaborate with key College constituencies to deploy initiatives that contribute to the achievement of equity and D&I related goals.
The Assistant to the Director is also responsible for the following:
- Contribute to the recruitment, retention, and success of underrepresented faculty, staff and students
- Support the efforts of the NYMC’s faculty and academic leaders to enhance the College’s curriculum as it pertains to equity and D&I
- Serve as a supportive resource for underrepresented students and student organizations; making sure to make referrals of students at risk as necessary.
- Support the leadership of the College as they develop strategies, through a diversity, equity and inclusion plan, that are designed to increase and support student, faculty, and curricular diversity and aid the leadership in the implementation of these plans.
- Assist in establishing a career guidance program which provides individualized career counseling sessions to facilitate the transition processes for students as they advance through their curriculum.
- Support multicultural student organizations that provide a forum for student participation in campus affairs, student recruitment, social events, and service initiatives in the local (Westchester) and surrounding (New York City) communities.
- Collaborate with the Office of Academic Support to support their strategies specifically designed to increase the retention and success of students who are underrepresented in health care professions.
- Support the Office of Student Mental Health & Wellness to foster emotional wellness of URM students; Be vigilant when encountering students who may be in distress and make mental health referrals when appropriate.
- Support faculty and curriculum committees to diversify faculty and visiting lecturers, and develop unconscious bias and anti-racism workshops.
- Support NYMC efforts related to anti-racism and anti-bias in the health professions, particularly with regards to training faculty, staff, and students.
- Support NYMC coursework related to Multiculturalism, anti-bias and anti-racism.
- Assist in applying for grant funding to help increase the robustness of diversity, equity and inclusion offering at NYMC SOM and TCDM.
- Attend diversity recruitment visits to undergraduate schools and national meetings.
- Support faculty development programs focused on creating and assessing diverse educational experiences, curricular and co-curricular, that foster student learning.
- Demonstrate substantial experience and judgment in intergroup or interpersonal relationships and potential difficulties that involve members of the community, including faculty, staff, students and others.
- Collaborate with trained campus mediators when acute differences of understanding need to be calmed and bridged.
- Assist diversity planning, including initiatives selected by the College leadership that demonstrate the College’s commitment to a welcoming, inclusive environment for all of its students, faculty, staff and visitors.
- Help our students to feel a sense of belonging as they go through our educational program.
- Track Summer opportunities, scholarship opportunities and visiting clerkships; assist in creating a central location where students may gain access to knowledge of these opportunities.
- Work with the offices of student affairs to identify gaps in services and support efforts to offer remedies to these identified gaps.
- Collaborate and support the Program Director of the Associated Medical Schools of New York (AMSNY) Post Baccalaureate Master’s Program at NYMC to ensure continuity of success upon matriculation of students.
- Establish annual and quarterly review of policies, practices, and project development.
- Assist Professors identified by the Chancellor & CEO in supporting the teaching of the modules on racism and the history of anatomical instruction, eugenics, the role of physicians in the African slave trade, and hospital and medical society desegregation in the required history of medicine course for medical students and the Touro system-wide course on systemic racism.
- Other duties are assigned either by the Vice Chancellor, the Dean of the School of Medicine, the College Chief-of Staff, or the Chancellor.
- Bachelor’s degree required
- Master’s degree preferred
- Minimum five years of experience in a higher education setting related to support of students and faculty. Particular experience in D&I efforts is a plus.
- Experience working with underserved communities is highly desired.
- Candidates with experience with grant submissions and strong clinical and research perspectives preferred.
The successful candidate will demonstrate a collaborative and transparent leadership style, strong interpersonal skills, excellent written and verbal communication skills, and the ability to collaborate with and advise students, student organizations, faculty and staff from all backgrounds and identities.
In addition, the Assistant Director must possess the demonstrated ability to collect and use data to assess the effectiveness of initiatives. Additional requirements include outstanding organizational, problem solving, and program development skills; in-depth, contemporary knowledge of the culture of higher education and the issues of access, inclusion, diversity, equity, belonging and multiculturalism in a higher education setting; and the respect for and understanding of shared governance.
The College is committed to and seeks diversity among its faculty, staff and students. Such a commitment ensures an atmosphere that is diverse and complex in ways that are intellectually and socially enriching for the entire campus community. Applications by members of all underrepresented groups, as well as from individuals with experience teaching or working in a multicultural environment, are encouraged.
NYMC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.