This senior administrative staff position will work independently with faculty leadership of the Cancer Center and be responsible for: (1) coordinating and supporting the broad spectrum of diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives of the Cancer Center and its members across all campuses, including new program development; (2) providing leadership for and organization of the Cancer Center’s diversity and equity initiatives; (3) seeking and developing funding opportunities, including grant initiatives and philanthropic resources, in support of diversity, equity and inclusion; and (4) developing and supporting initiatives targeted at advocacy and influencing public policy as it affects cancer disparities, diversity, equity and inclusion.
Coordinating and supporting the broad spectrum of diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives of the Cancer Center:
will assume a staff leadership role in the development of new programs to promote diversity, equity and inclusion
Providing leadership for and organization of the Cancer Center’s diversity and inclusion initiatives:
will work proactively with faculty to develop outreach initiatives focused on minority and underserved populations
will provide staff leadership in developing relationships with community organizations/agencies serving minority/under-served populations (eg. Community clinics; Ill. Dept. of Public Health; Chicago Dept. of Public Health)
will coordinate and promote new and existing equity and inclusion initiatives including regular communications to keep leadership, faculty and staff informed and involved in the full scope of activities
Support career-enhancing research opportunities for junior, early- and mid-career researchers, including those from diverse backgrounds, to prepare them for center leadership
Establish infrastructure and utilize institutional resources to expand the pipeline of members of diverse backgrounds through training or mentoring opportunities to encourage participation of students, postdoctoral researchers and co-investigators from diverse backgrounds, including those groups shown to be nationally underrepresented in research workforce
Seeking and developing funding opportunities, including grant initiatives and philanthropic resources, in support of cancer equity, diversity and inclusion:
will assume responsibility for proactively identifying established extramural funding opportunities for diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives and linking these to appropriate faculty
will identify and develop relationships with philanthropic funding organizations potentially supporting diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives, and coordinate appropriate follow-up with faculty and staff leadership and Medical Development as indicated
Developing and supporting initiatives targeted at advocacy and influencing public policy as it affects cancer control:
will work with Cancer Center Public Affairs and Communications staff to maximize impact of existing relationships with patient advocacy organizations, identifying opportunities for and helping to coordinate new joint initiatives
will assume a leadership role in developing relationships with local, state and federal officials positioned to impact public policy affecting diversity, equity and inclusion in cancer care and the workforce
will be responsible for developing position statements representing the Cancer Center on diversity, equity and inclusion issues
will represent the Cancer Center in inter-organizational initiatives coordinated by other entities
Performs other duties as assigned.
Bachelor’s degree in business administration, public health or equivalent required
Five to seven years of relevant experience in cancer disparities, public policy or advocacy activities
Demonstrated experience with program planning; development and implementation
Highly effective interpersonal skills
Minimum Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities.)
IND – Independence – Takes forceful stands on issues without being excessively abrasive; expresses own opinions even when adopting an unpopular position.
NEG – Negotiations – Finds common ground to accommodate the conflicting needs and wants of different stakeholders.
PRS – Problem Solving – Formulates realistic plans and contingencies and establishes appropriate measurements of anticipated results.
Master’s degree in business administration, public health or equivalent strongly preferred
Experience with federal grant funding strongly preferred
Experience in academic administration desirable
Preferred Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities)
Knowledge of minority and underserved populations strongly preferred
Knowledge, skills and ability to effectively support fund-raising activities
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