Director of Diversity Programs, Office of Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs

University of Virginia in Virginia

Deadline Open until filled
Date Posted July 22, 2014
Type Non tenure track
Salary 75000-105000
Employment Type Full-time

The Office of the Vice President for Research at the University of Virginia invites applications for the position of Director of Diversity Programs in the Office of Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs.  The Director leads and coordinates university-wide activities designed to recruit, mentor and foster success among a diverse body of graduate and professional students, and postdoctoral scholars.  


The Director will collaborate with university offices, including the Office of the Vice President and Chief Officer for Diversity and Equity, and all schools and departments to develop creative approaches to more broadly address diversity in graduate and postdoctoral programs, and will further this work through engagement with external networks.  


The Director will be responsible for encouraging ties related to graduate and postdoctoral diversity between the University, HBCUs and other institutions, and will assist in the establishment and coordination of mutually beneficial collaborative relationships including Research Experiences for Undergraduates and other forms of faculty and student interaction.  He or she will also lead the university's graduate recruiting efforts, taking advantage of opportunities to represent the university nationally while also creating new opportunities and venues for prospective students to experience the University of Virginia.  


The Director will lead efforts to expand mentorship opportunities for students and postdocs who are underrepresented in their fields, and will collaborate with others to develop new programs focused on enhancing career success, thus contributing to the development of new mentors and role models across all fields.


A Ph.D. with demonstrable research experience is strongly preferred, but private sector and NGO experience will be considered as appropriate.  Candidates with experience in fostering excellence among diverse student populations are also preferred.  The successful candidate will possess a demonstrated ability to interact effectively with colleagues and students from a wide range of programs and racial, ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds.  



Program Development and Implementation

Develops and implements programs designed to attract a diverse array of students and postdocs to the university and foster their success.  Examples include a university-wide mentoring network involving students, postdocs and faculty; joint programs with external partners such as Virginia HBCUs that facilitate student mobility and opportunities in teaching and research; events fostering communication surrounding issues of diversity; programs designed to welcome incoming students and postdocs from diverse backgrounds; and individual counseling and mentoring of students with regard to diversity and inclusion.  


Recruiting Activities

Leads, organizes and participates in national recruitment fairs and forums in collaboration with additional university faculty and staff. Organizes and hosts visits by groups of prospective students from programs and institutions such as the McNair Scholars and HBCUs and serves as an institutional representative to external partners such as the Leadership Alliance, the Institute for the Recruitment of Teachers, and the National Association of Graduate School Admissions Officers (NAGAP).  Develops materials marketing the universitys graduate and postdoctoral programs to external audiences. 


Resources and Communications on Issues of Diversity in Graduate Education and Postdoctoral Training

Leads efforts to collect and manage data related to diversity in graduate and postdoctoral programs, including applicant pools and post-UVa employment outcomes.  Provides input on the development of university policies related to graduate education and postdoctoral training, and participates in university committees on diversity.  Maintains a vibrant web presence related to graduate and postdoctoral diversity programs and, in conjunction with other office personnel, communicates activities of the office to both internal and external audiences.  Develops and maintains resources and information related to mentoring graduate students and postdocs of diverse backgrounds and serves as a resource to faculty seeking assistance in this area.



All applications should be submitted online through the UVa Job Site.  Please see here for the position posting and additional details: 


For immediate consideration, please submit application by August 18; however, the position will remain open until filled. 


All inquiries may be addressed to the committee Chair:

Phil Trella

Assistant Vice President for Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs

Office of the Vice President for Research

(434) 243-2018


How To Apply

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