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Executive Director – William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation

Please see Special Instructions for more details.

Please check to see which documents (i.e., resume, CV, cover letter, list of references) are associated with this posting. Prior to applying for the position, prepare the electronic versions of these documents to upload or to “copy and paste” when prompted. You will not have the opportunity to attach them after you apply. Applicants must meet the posted minimum qualifications for the position at the time of completing and submitting an application. All positions will be open until an adequate applicant pool has been reached. An official copy of your transcript is required upon hire for this position.

Position Information

Position Information

Position Title Executive Director – William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation
Department Diversity and Community Engagement
Job Location Oxford
Job Type Full-Time
Job Description

Reporting to the Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Community Engagement at the University of Mississippi, the Executive Director for the William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation is responsible for the planning, development and execution of an effective domestic and international racial reconciliation and community engagement program. In order to accomplish the programmatic mission of the Institute, this individual will foster teamwork; cultivate and maintain a great service culture; integrate, align and monitor policies, philosophies and organizational systems; and facilitate the formation and sustainability of equitable systems.

Job Responsibilities

Essential Functions
The essential functions of this job includes, but are not limited to, the following:

• Direct and oversee the planning, implementation, and evaluation of all Institute programming, including community engagement, academic mission, youth engagement and development, and policy advocacy;
• Lead team toward the development and accomplishment of mission, vision, and goals;
• Serve as the main liaison to community partners, university leadership, governmental agencies, advisory board, supporters, and donors;
• Identify, cultivate, and solicit donations, support, and grant opportunities from individuals, foundations, corporations, and government agencies;
• Build infrastructure on campus to facilitate the growth of existing programs and the development of new programs for University of Mississippi faculty, staff and students.

Examples of Work Performed

• Provide leadership in strategic planning and program assessment and evaluation.

• Serve as lead executive for communicating program activities, strategies and outcomes to the University and the Institute’s Advisory Board, including ensuring coordination, integration, clarity and consistency in messaging with a focus on applied learning and results achieved.

• Contribute information and collaborate with others to make decisions around new initiatives, projects and long-range plans aligned with the Institute’s mission, overall strategic direction, vision, guiding principles and core values.

• Ensure efficient and effective systems, processes and practices are in place to accomplish the goals and objectives of the Institute’s programming functions.

• Develop and maintain positive working relationship with the Institute’s Advisory Board.

• Take a leadership role in collaborating with other philanthropic and nonprofit organizations.

• Champion efforts to address issues identified in a participatory community stakeholders’ evaluation process and continuously improve the level of service provided to community partners.

• Create and maintain an environment which fosters a high performance learning culture, good employee morale, diversity, teamwork and effective talent management and utilization.

• Responsible for overall direction, review, and approval of programming.

• Accountable for stewardship of resources by ensuring cost effective means to accomplish goals and objectives. Partner with University Administration and Finance to develop annual budgeting process and define budget reporting needs.

• Ensure all staff within areas of responsibility are informed of organizational and area mission, vision and overall direction, guiding principles, identity, goals, objectives, strategies and core values of the Institute.

• Facilitate open, honest communication, sharing of information, and conflict resolution both within areas of responsibility and across the organization.

• Be knowledgeable of and represent the Institute externally by interpreting policies, philosophies and organizational initiatives.

• Publish on area of expertise and help establish the Institute as a thought leader in conflict transformation and wholeness; and help develop and implement curricula for K-12 settings, higher education, and community settings.

• Perform similar or related duties as assigned or required.

Minimum Qualifications

Doctorate (or equivalent terminal degree);

Distinguished record of racial reconciliation/anti-racism/community engagement achievement;

Five (5) or more years of experience in non-profit or higher education administration;

Eligibility for tenure or academic appointment will be considered.

Special instructions to applicants

Please check to see which documents (i.e., resume, CV, cover letter, list of references) are associated with this posting. Prior to applying for the position, prepare the electronic versions of these documents to upload or to “copy and paste” when prompted. You will not have the opportunity to attach them after you apply.

Applicants must meet the posted minimum qualifications for the position at the time of completing and submitting an application.

All positions will be open until an adequate applicant pool has been reached.

An official copy of your transcript is required upon hire for this position.

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, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or genetic information.

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.

Work Schedule
If part-time, specific number of hours per week
Published Salary $100,000 - $140,000/annually
Exceptional Employment Benefits

The University of Mississippi is proud to offer a comprehensive salary and generous benefits package. Benefits include employer-paid portions of medical, dental, vision, and tuition waiver programs for employees and dependents. In addition, the UM retirement program includes an employer contribution. UM offers generous paid holiday time off, personal (vacation) and medical leave for most employees – staff members accrue personal and medical leave based on their years of service. UM was named the state’s healthiest workplace among all Mississippi colleges and universities and offers wellness programs. For eight consecutive years, UM has been recognized as one of the best colleges in the nation to work for by The Chronicle of Higher Education. For information about our employee benefits package, visit: Employee Benefits Overview (http://www.olemiss.edu/hr/benefits.html).

Job Open Date 10/05/2017
Employee Category Executive
Employee Designation Regular Full-time (Benefits Eligible)

Posting Specific Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * How did you learn about this particular job opening?
    • University of Mississippi website
    • Print ad/newspaper
    • Chronicle of Higher Education
    • WIN Job Center/MDES Jobs Website
    • Professional meeting or conference
    • Professional journal and through a professional organization
    • Professional list service
    • Listed at historically black or predominately minority college or university
    • Predominately minority-targeted publication
    • Other institution/laboratory/program
    • Referred by a friend who is an employee of the University
    • I am a current employee
  2. * Do you have a Doctorate (or equivalent terminal degree)?
    • Yes
    • No

Optional & Required Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume / Vitae
  2. Cover Letter
Optional Documents
  1. List of Professional References