Assistant Dean for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging

Posted: February 13, 2023

University of Richmond
Richmond, VA

Summary of Position

SUMMARY:  **Submit cover letter and resume to be considered for position**

Reporting directly to the Dean of the Law School and working as a member of the Dean’s senior leadership team, the Assistant Dean develops, implements, and evaluates a comprehensive plan to advance diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging (DEIB) within the University of Richmond Law School. The Assistant Dean will provide academic, social and cultural support for students from groups historically underrepresented in legal education and the legal profession as well as creating programs for all students, faculty and staff that highlight topics of DEIB in the Law School and in the legal profession.  The Assistant Dean will serve as the Law School’s representative in relevant University and community activities and groups and will serve as a thought partner to other DEIB professionals across campus.

Education Required: JD
Years of Experience Required: 3

Additional Information


Strategic leadership

  • Working as member of the Dean’s senior leadership team, designs, implements and assesses school-wide programs, initiatives and approaches to reinforce DEI as core values throughout all aspects of the law school community.
  • Advises on institutional responses to issues related to DEIB, coordinating with other DEIB leaders on campus and including acting as a spokesperson and strategic leader both internally and externally for the Law School.
  • Develops, updates and reports on data and other monitoring tools to track the law school’s progress in its DEIB efforts.
  • Collaborates with law school communications team to increase awareness of DEIB policies, practices and programs.
  • Develops partnerships with other DEIB leaders at the University and within the broader community to align, coordinate, and support efforts for impact.
  • Brings and shares an equity-minded lens to policies, practices, and assessment to the Law School.

Programming and instructional support

  • Assists in developing ongoing learning opportunities for students that will prepare them to serve effectively in a highly diverse society grappling with persistent racial, social and economic inequities.
  • Plans, implements and assesses DEIB programming and training for law faculty and staff, including on topics such as anti-racist pedagogy, first-generation student success, gender inclusion and cultural competence.
  • Serves as a resource for faculty and staff to enrich DEIB efforts in our curriculum, classrooms, and co-curricular programs and consults with individual faculty as requested.

Student advising and support

  • In collaboration with the Dean of Students and other senior leaders, develops and implements multi-faceted support services, including orientation and pre-orientation programs, to enhance the academic and professional success of first-generation students and students from backgrounds traditionally underrepresented in the legal profession.
  • Provides individual counseling and ongoing support to first-generation students and students from backgrounds traditionally underrepresented in the legal profession, creating a seamless point of contact and connection from recruitment through graduation
  • Mentors and supports the law student affinity groups.

Recruiting, admissions and pipeline programs

  • Assists the Office of Admissions with outreach to and recruitment of underrepresented and historically marginalized students, including attending admissions-related events both on and off campus, and serving as an additional point of contact for underrepresented students during the admissions process.
  • Collaborates with the Office of Admissions on student recruitment, including on pipeline initiatives.

External relations

  • Serves as the Law School’s representative in relevant University, community and professional activities and groups.
  • Collaborates with the Director of Alumni Relations to enhance the law school’s relationship and engagement with its alumni from underrepresented groups.

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