Assistant Program Director, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Respect

Position Summary/Purpose of Position:

Chartered as the Maryland Agricultural College on March 6, 1856, the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources is the cornerstone of the University of Maryland system, built upon a foundation of sound science, groundbreaking research through the Agricultural Experiment Station and Maryland pride. The University of Maryland College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (AGNR) is a leading Land-Grant institution providing teaching, research, and Extension programs to a diverse clientele in the State of Maryland and beyond.

AGNR is developing a Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Respect (DEIR) program with the mission to become a diverse College where individuals are equally welcomed and included in all our activities and celebrated for their differences. Furthermore, AGNR’s long-term goal is to incorporate DEIR efforts in all our strategic and operational efforts so that it becomes a seamless business and operational practice. The College is seeking an Assistant Director who will be responsible for managing, coordinating and providing guidance in support of AGNR’s Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Respect programs in the College, as well as in the Maryland Agricultural Experiment Station (MAES) and the University of Maryland Extension (UME).

This position coordinates all DEIR educational programming for faculty, staff, graduate assistants, and hourly employees across the AGNR system. This position reports directly to the Director of Human Resources Management & Compliance Programs (HRMCP) with direct access to the Dean of AGNR. The incumbent serves as the College diversity officer, on behalf of the Director HRMCP and serves as the Ex-Officio to the DEIR Council within the college.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Serves as the manager of DEIR programs for faculty, staff, graduate assistants, and hourly employees; the DEIR representative for AGNR, UME, and MAES, working with College and unit leaders, faculty, staff, HRMCP Director and Assistant Director of Compliance; the College’s DEIR strategic advisor and coordinator in building and evaluating programs that attract, retain, and develop a diverse faculty and staff.
  • Represents the Director of HRMCP as the College diversity officer and assures AGNR’s DEIR efforts are integrated with the University’s diversity programs. Serves as the College’s advocate at the University level for matters related to DEIR.
  • Works collaboratively with AGNR unit heads to develop, update and expand DEIR plans and initiatives.
  • Works with practitioners to ensure the success of existing DEIR programs, reviews current training to improve workplace climate for faculty and staff, and oversees the development and implementation of new DEIR training initiatives. Collaboratively implements an inclusive process to update the DEIR College and unit plans as needed.
  • Evaluates the effectiveness of all AGNR DEIR efforts.  For each DEIR program/initiative, works with the Assistant Director of Compliance to establish metrics, benchmarks and evaluation systems as appropriate to monitor progress toward DIER goals.
  • Work with the Assistant Director of Compliance on data, dashboards, and surveys to use for DEIR purposes and provide input for the HRMCP Electronic newsletter.
  • Coordinates with AGNR’s Academic Programs to ensure that unit plans and initiatives are congruous with student diversity measures.
  • Identify and address existing and emanating DEIR issues.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Required Qualifications:

Master’s degree in Leadership, Business Administration, Organizational Development, Social Sciences, Public Administration, Education, Human Resources Management, or equivalent subject matter.  Candidates must demonstrate evidence of seven years’ recent experience as a senior-level diversity leader in program administration relative to experience; diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), change management, organization development, and/or human resources; and analyzing data and surveys and producing reports and presentations, and developing tools to measure progress. Candidates must have the ability to be visionary, strategic, and tactical in executing strategies; to understand evolving issues and DEI trends affecting higher education; and to evaluate, influence, create, and implement DEI programs. This position is subject to a Criminal History Record Check. Employment is contingent upon successful completion and clearance of the Criminal History Record Check.

  • Successful candidate must be able to work collaboratively in a decentralized academic environment with multiple constituency groups and leadership levels; management and project planning experience; and good judgment, tact, and discretion with sensitive/confidential matters a must ; experience in higher education or research setting; and commitment to building and sustaining relationships.
  • Demonstrate practical facility using computer applications for word processing, data management and reporting.
  • Evidence of excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Candidates must have experience implementing and evaluating programs.


Preference given to individuals with a PhD in the above disciplines; professional certifications; diversity and inclusion affiliations; University experience in a research setting, experience; and recent working knowledge of DEI programs. Experience in Human Resources-orientated program administration and evaluation also preferred.

Demands of the Position:

This is an office position that may require light lifting (20 pounds).  The job requires travel throughout the state (20%) on a regular basis: candidate must have a valid driver’s license.  This position frequently presents information through oral and written communication. Use of a computer terminal is required for lengthy periods.


All candidates must apply online at:

Best Consideration Date:

June 7, 2021


The University of Maryland, College Park, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, creed, marital status, political affiliation, personal appearance, or on the basis of rights secured by the First Amendment, in all aspects of employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

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