Sr Equity & Inclusion Prog Spec

Rochester, NY


Simon Business School:

Simon offers a rigorously quantitative, economics-based approach to decision-making in one of the most diverse student communities of any business school in America. We firmly believe that a diverse, equitable, and inclusive learning environment benefits all members of our community, and we are committed to working toward lasting, systemic change in our efforts to educate the next generation of business leaders. In 2022, US News & World Report recognized Simon’s Full- Time MBA as the #2 most diverse Top 50 program, a nod to our commitment to building a welcoming community.

Simon’s degree programs inspire a new level of clarity: about how analytical frameworks drive success in business; about what it takes to collaborate and manage in the contemporary, global workplace; and about professional growth and goals. Simon’s MBA programs (Full-Time, Part-Time, and Executive) and four Full-Time MS programs (Accountancy, Business Analytics, Finance, and Marketing Analytics) are STEM designated, which signals program quality and rigor to employers. Additionally, STEM designation allows international students the opportunity to work in the US for up to 36 months after graduation if hired in a STEM-eligible role. Simon's Full-Time MBA is ranked No. 25 in the US by Bloomberg Businessweek (2023); No. 16 in the US by The Economist (2021); and No. 5 in the world for finance, No. 4 in the world for economics, No. 13 in the US among the top MBAs for women, and No. 9 in the US for entrepreneurship by Financial Times (2019, 2018). Our faculty teach and our staff support across all programs, so Full-Time MBA rankings are a strong signal of the value students can expect at Simon—no matter which degree they pursue. In addition, Financial Times ranked Simon No. 3 in the US for pre-experience MS in Finance programs (2023).

General Purpose :

The Sr Equity & Inclusion Program Specialist will provide expertise and vision to embrace and support diversity, equity and inclusion in all forms at Simon Business School, with a particular emphasis on supporting and enhancing the student experience. This role reports to the Sr. Assistant Dean of Admissions & Programs. The Sr Program Specialist will promote and foster an inclusive environment for faculty, staff and students.

We are working to create an organizational culture that sets clear expectations, holds everyone responsible for EDI and provides appropriate support for students, faculty and staff at all levels of the organization. This collaborative role requires an ability to guide institutional change, create diverse curricular and co-curricular experiences, embrace and support a diverse student body, and foster a more equitable and inclusive educational and workplace environment.

Responsibilities :

60% Student Life: Individual, Orientation, and Programming Support

  • Attend MBA Working Group Team, MS Working Group Team, GBC, MAC and PTAC meetings.

  • On an escalated basis, support students in crisis working in close collaboration with Admissions, Ainslie Office of Student Engagement, and Benet Career Management Center colleagues

  • Serve as primary staff advisor to several Simon diversity clubs. Provide oversight to Diversity Coalition Student leaders, and GBC and MAC VP’s of Diversity

  • Provide direct support to Consortium for Graduate Study in Management (CGSM) Liaisons and student body.

  • Lead creation and delivery of EDI Orientation content and periodic training throughout the academic year for Full-time and Part-time students including introductory topics such as cultural and linguistic competency, implicit bias, and allyship

  • Develop and manage annual calendar of EDI programing and events, including MLK Day, Diversity Conference, Women’s Conference, Black History Month, Hispanic Heritage Month. Coordinate logistics to plan and execute events while remaining on-budget – including securing speakers/developing content, room reservations, parking passes, processing invoices, arranging catering and AV reservations.

  • Consult on content and speakers for School wide EDI events such as Simon Diversity and Women’s Conference.

  • Supervise student employee who manages social media channels and development of social media posts

20% School Wide EDI Strategic Planning and Oversight

  • Partner with School leadership on EDI initiatives, including working with project manager to monitor progress of Simon EDI Action Plan

  • Consultative support to Sr. Associate Dean of Faculty and Assistant Dean of Administration on diversity hiring and retention and annual EDI training

  • Consultative support to Simon faculty as requested on EDI focused content in curriculum and inclusive best practices in classroom

  • Review written messages on EDI topics and provide input to Simon Dean and/or Simon Marketing department

20% School and University Partnerships

  • Serve as a resource to Simon faculty and staff seeking advice on matters related to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

  • Provide input to agenda setting and attend meetings for Simon EDI Alumni Council, in collaboration with staff co-leaders.

  • Represent Simon on University of Rochester committees and work on cross-campus initiatives and programs in collaboration with the Office for Equity and Inclusion.

  • Attend on-campus Admissions recruiting events in support of building pipelines of diverse and under-represented candidate groups

Qualifications :

  • Bachelor's degree and 5 years of related experience required, or equivalent combination of education and experience. 10+ years of related experience preferred.

  • Master’s degree and experience working in Higher Education preferred.

  • Demonstrated awareness and understanding of multiple facets of diversity, including cultural, ethnic, racial, religious, gender, educational, age, sexual orientation, linguistic, professional, and other differences that make us unique.

  • Demonstrated ability to research, identify and collaboratively implement best practices related to diversity, equity and inclusion.

  • Demonstrated cross-cultural competency, including strong emotional intelligence and ability to engage and build relationships within and across underrepresented individuals and groups.

  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with cross functional teams in a matrix-based organization, where you lead with influence

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.

  • Ability to operate independently to achieve tasks.

  • Occasional travel and weekend/evening hours required to support program and student needs.

The University of Rochester is committed to fostering, cultivating, and preserving a culture of equity, diversity, and inclusion to advance the University’s mission to Learn, Discover, Heal, Create – and Make the World Ever Better. In support of our values and those of our society, the University is committed to not discriminating on the basis of age, color, disability, ethnicity, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, military/veteran status, national origin, race, religion/creed, sex, sexual orientation, citizenship status, or any other status protected by law. This commitment extends to the administration of our policies, admissions, employment, access, and recruitment of candidates from underrepresented populations, veterans, and persons with disabilities consistent with these values and government contractor Affirmative Action obligations.

How To Apply

All applicants must apply online.

EOE Minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/Disabled

Pay Range

Pay Range: $70,197 - $105,295 Annually

The referenced pay range represents the minimum and maximum compensation for this job. Individual annual salaries/hourly rates will be set within the job’s compensation range, and will be determined by considering factors including, but not limited to, market data, education, experience, qualifications, expertise of the individual, and internal equity considerations.

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Location: Simon Grad School Business
Full/Part Time: Full-Time