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The Assistant Director for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Access (DEIA) serves as a regular, full time, 12-month academic professional with primary responsibility for achieving institutional excellence through managing change, advising, developing and implementing DEIA strategy, and building and supporting initiatives that promote Civil Rights compliance and DEIA. This Assistant Director serves as a catalyst to leverage best practices and resources across University of Illinois Extension to support the promotion of a culture of inclusion. The successful Assistant Director for DEIA will provide leadership for infusing DEIA principles through all areas of Illinois Extension. The individual will lead initiatives and coordinate integrated approaches to increase diversity and inclusivity; create a more multiculturally centered environment for Illinois Extension; and partner with College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES) and campus DEIA committees, working groups, and offices. The Assistant Director will provide leadership as the Affirmative Action Officer for University of Illinois Extension and ensure programs are in compliance with the Civil Rights Act, Title IX, Rehabilitation, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and the Illinois Extension Affirmative Action and Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Plan. Responsibilities include coordination with other members of the Extension leadership team.

The Assistant Director, DEIA, will be located in Urbana-Champaign on the University of Illinois campus, will report to the Associate Dean and Director of Extension and Outreach, and will be available to all of Illinois Extension and Outreach.

One full time position is available.

Location: Urbana-Champaign Campus

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer that recruits and hires qualified candidates without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, disability or veteran status. For more information, visit

This is a security-sensitive position.  Comprehensive background checks, including but not limited to a criminal conviction information check, a CANTS check, and a review of the Registered Sex Offender list, will be conducted.

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