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Executive Director for Truth, Racial-Healing, and Transformation Initiative


University, MS, US, 38677

Department:  VC for Diversity & Community Engagement (12115521)
Employee Designation:  Regular Full-time (Benefits Eligible)
Position Description

Salary Commensurate with Experience.

Application will include cover letter, CV, professional vision and values statement, and education and leadership philosophy.

This 12-month administrative position reports to the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Community Engagement and will lead antiracism truth-telling, racial healing, and transformation initiatives on campus and across local, regional, and national communities through the planning, development, and execution of multidisciplinary practice-based and scholarly programs integrating race, place, poverty, and the public good. The name of the initiative will be the Open Society Initiative at The University of Mississippi (OSI@UM). The position seeks a scholarly practitioner. Although not required, an academic appointment within an appropriate department will be considered for candidates with a demonstrated record of scholarly achievement. To learn more about the concepts and attributes informing this initiative go to:

Job Description
  • Foster multidisciplinary collaborations within and across UM and public and private sectors to fulfill UM’s scholarly research, learning, and service missions while advancing racial healing and transformation at the individual, institution, and community levels;
  • Develop trusting, understanding, and collaborative partnerships between communities and the university by identifying and dismantling barriers and creating supportive systems;
  • Develop, teach, and administer complementary co-curricular and non-formal educational and developmental programs;
  • Increase academic opportunities by facilitating the development of, supporting, and/or teaching transdisciplinary experiential courses integrating antiracism truth-telling, racial healing, and transformation methods;   
  • Practice and support community-engaged research, learning, and service methods to strengthen mutually beneficial and reciprocal partnerships between UM scholars and communities;
  • Develop and host multidisciplinary scholarly and practice-based institutes and workshops advancing the work of other scholars and practitioners using antiracism truth-telling, racial healing, and transformation techniques;
  • Travel to and partner with communities throughout Mississippi to fulfill the unit’s mission;
  • Identify and secure additional resources to grow, develop, and advance the initiative.
Job Responsibilities
  • Provide leadership, strategic planning, and program creation, assessment, and evaluation of initiative’s goals and objectives;
  • Publish in area of expertise and establish the initiative as a thought and practice leader integrating race, place, poverty, and the public good using antiracism methods;
  • Develop and implement formal and non-formal curricula for higher education and community settings that tells a more complete version of the UM and Mississippi story while engaging campus, Oxford/Lafayette County, Mississippi, and beyond in collaborative learning experiences;
  • Serve as the lead executive for communicating program activities, strategies, and outcomes to the University, while ensuring coordination, integration, clarity, and consistency in messaging;
  • Share information and collaborate with other scholars, practitioners, and community members to advance learning, racial healing, antiracism, and transformation while integrating race, place, poverty, and social good;
  • Ensure efficient and effective systems, processes, and practices are in place to accomplish the goals and objectives of the initiative’s academic and co-curricular programs;
  • Develop and maintain a positive multidisciplinary environment while developing and sustaining relationships with other scholars, practitioners, and community partners;
  • Identify and help secure resources allowing the initiative to grow and develop;
  • Create and maintain an environment which fosters a high performance learning culture, good morale, diversity, teamwork, and professional development.
Minimum Qualifications
  • Doctorate (or equivalent terminal degree);
  • Distinguished record of racial truth-telling, healing, and transformation; anti-racism; and community engagement achievements;
  • Five (5) or more years of experience in non-profit or higher education administration;
  • Qualification for academic appointment considered
Background Check Statement

The University of Mississippi is committed to providing a safe campus community. UM conducts background investigations for applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include a criminal history record check, and when appropriate, a financial (credit) report or driving history check.

EEO Statement

The University of Mississippi provides equal opportunity in any employment practice, education program, or education activity to all qualified persons. The University complies with all applicable laws regarding equal opportunity and affirmative action and does not unlawfully discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment based upon race, color, gender, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, citizenship, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or genetic information.

Nearest Major Market: Oxford Mississippi