Employment Status: Paid consultant with renewable contract; hours per week negotiable. A fellowship may be a flexible, part-time appointment held in addition to another relevant role (e.g., institutional leader, faculty member or other). Possibility of transition to full-time employment.
Under the direction of the NEBHE president and board, the Fellow for Faculty Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DE&I) provides vision, leadership and planning in the development and implementation of a new regional strategy to expand faculty diversity at postsecondary institutions throughout New England. The candidate comes with an awareness of existing challenges and opportunities, with insights into minority and graduate education, faculty hiring, promotion and tenure; faculty development, mentoring and support; and institution, state and other policies impacting diversity in postsecondary education. The Fellow will assist in developing an inclusive, long-term action plan to address societal, institutional and structural impediments to faculty diversity as a core premise for equity and inclusion in postsecondary education.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
Advise the NEBHE president on convenings, research, program and policy work related to faculty diversity.
Facilitate the development of a regional coalition of states, institutions and institution leaders (from both public and independent postsecondary institutions) to support and invest in faculty diversity.
Assist in forming a regional advisory committee to guide key activities to engage New England postsecondary institutions in committing to support doctoral scholar and faculty development.
Assist in developing a regional network for cultivating, recruiting, mentoring, coaching and retaining faculty of color.
Advise the NEBHE Policy and Research Department’s development of key reports and indicators related to DE&I and faculty diversity.
Develop briefs and articles for the New England Journal of Higher Education (NEJHE) and other dissemination means.
Assist in identifying potential performance-improving, capacity-building regional collaborations related to DE&I, with a focus on faculty diversity.
Assist in the identification and cultivation of funders to support policy, program and research initiatives.
OTHER DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Advise and curate content for relevant meetings, conferences and events.
Represent NEBHE in DE&I meetings with key collaborators and policymakers.
Maintain current knowledge of issues and the faculty profession through peer association, review of literature and attendance at meetings, seminars and continuing education programs related to duties and responsibilities.
Promote and maintain positive relations for NEBHE, regionally and nationally.
WORKING CONDITIONS/PHYSICAL DEMANDS:
Ability to work in a virtual environment when required by health considerations and collaboration needs.
Normal office environment, not subject to extremes in temperature, noise, odors, etc.
Regularly uses computer keyboard, requiring eye-hand coordination and finger dexterity.
More than half of time spent in normal office setting.
Carry, lift boxes of materials when traveling.
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to do this job. The above is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties required.
Equal Employment Opportunity Policy
NEBHE actively seeks to achieve a diverse workforce. It provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, ancestry, disability status, genetics, protected military or veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.
Completion of a master’s degree (Doctorate preferred) and significant related experience.
An active member and/or contributor to postsecondary education as a policy/thought leader, academic administrator, faculty member or in other applicable roles.
Experience and comprehensive understanding of minority and graduate education, faculty hiring, promotion and tenure; faculty development, mentoring and support; and institution, state and other policies impacting diversity in postsecondary education.
Experience in developing and managing programs and projects.
Knowledge of NEBHE and a strong commitment to the organization’s goals and mission.
Knowledge of New England higher education institutions, leaders and faculty; the context of the New England states; and a network of professional and other collaborators on diversity, equity and inclusion issues.
Ability to: communicate effectively both verbally and in writing; develop positive public relations for NEBHE; and interact effectively with a wide variety of people.
Occasional travel to New England states (state capitals, colleges, universities) as circumstances permit.
Exceptional initiative and vision.
About New England Board of Higher Education
The New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE) promotes greater educational opportunities and services for the residents of New England. In pursuit of this mission, we work across the six New England states to: engage and assist leaders in the assessment, development, and implementation of sound education practices and policies of regional significance; promote policies, programs, and best practices to assist the states in implementing important regional higher education policies; promote regional cooperation and programs that encourage the efficient use and sharing of educational resources; provide leadership to strengthen the relationship between higher education and the economic well-being of New England.
The NEBHE office is conveniently located in Downtown Crossing near local transit. Generous fringe benefits.