1202 Assistant to the Head PEU for Diversity Initiatives


TITLE Assistant to the Head PEU for Diversity Initiatives




IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR Associate Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs-Head Professional Education Unit



The Assistant to the Head, PEU for Diversity Initiatives advises the Associate Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs and Head of the PEU on matters pertaining to diversity as they relate to accreditation, PEU mission, and community outreach.  These areas include recruitment of a more diverse faculty and student population, development of community and educational field experiences which provide opportunities for both faculty and students to work with individuals of various ethnic and racial backgrounds, and general assurances that our evolving curriculum at both the undergraduate and graduate levels reflects multicultural perspectives.


Education: A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education is required; a Master’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education is preferred.

Experience: Two years of management experience in a complex organization, with involvement in underrepresented student recruitment and retention programming, multicultural student affairs, support services, counseling, or program development targeted to diverse student or alumni populations which demonstrate a record of accomplishment and increasing responsibilities is required. Demonstrated leadership and experience in advancing diversity, inclusion, and multiculturalism within a complex organization is required.  Successful experience within the Springfield community and the state of Missouri in developing and maintaining relationships with minority organizations and political groups is preferred.

Skills: Strong verbal and written communication skills are required. Excellent interpersonal skills are required.  The ability to develop a knowledge of, respect for, and skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds is required.  Excellent command of contemporary diversity, equity, inclusion, and multiculturalism concepts and issues is required.  Demonstrated knowledge of issues of social justice, diversity, and inclusive excellence as fundamental aspects of academic excellence is preferred.  The ability to project a strong and positive image of the University to students, alumni, parents, faculty, staff, and others, including community and civic leaders and the media is required.


1. Advises the Associate Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs and Head of the PEU on issues relating to diversity and inclusion strategies for the PEU.

2. Provides guidance and advice to the Associate Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs and Head of the PEU to help ensure that the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) diversity institutional standards are fulfilled.

3. Develops and enhances relationships with schools, MSU alumni, and community and business leaders to help facilitate placements for students from a variety of disciplines where they have the opportunity to interact with faculty and/or students from diverse backgrounds.

4. Assists in the recruitment of students from diverse backgrounds who are interested in pursuing a degree in the field of education and other targeted disciplines.

5. Establishes relationships with the education programs at historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and establishes a program whereby MSSU students may interact with their counterparts and engage in meaningful dialogue.

6. Assists the Associate Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs and Head of the PEU in the assessment of diversity-related outcomes and in the preparation of the report to NCATE.

7. Assists the University in cultivating the involvement of alumni from historically underrepresented groups.

8. Assists the University in facilitating contact with diverse alumni and their alma mater.

9. Provides professional development and support for PEU faculty to increase cultural sensitivity and to facilitate diversity-related outcomes.

10. Serves on the NCATE Standard 4 Workgroup and the Professional Education committee (PEC) Diversity Subcommittee.

11. Contributes to a work environment that encourages knowledge of, respect for, and development of skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds.

12. Remains competent and current through self-directed professional reading, developing professional contacts with colleagues, attending professional development courses, and attending training and/or courses required by the Associate Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs and Head of the PEU.

13. Contributes to the overall success of the University by performing all other duties as assigned.


The Assistant to the Head of the PEU for Diversity Initiatives is supervised by the Associate Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs and Head of the PEU.



Factor 1: Professional Knowledge, Skill, and Technical Mastery

Level 5 - 3300 Points: Knowledge of the principles and methods of an administrative, managerial, or professional field such as accounting or auditing, financial management, information technology, business administration, human resources, engineering, law, social sciences, communications, education, or medicine. Knowledge permits employee to supervise projects and/or departments using standard methods to improve administrative and/or line operations. Knowledge also permits employee to plan steps and carry out multi-phase projects requiring problem definition and modified techniques, to coordinate work with others, and to modify methods and procedures to solve a wide variety of problems. Knowledge at this level requires a Bachelor's or Master's degree with substantial related work experience, including up to two years of administrative or supervisory experience. Alternatively, this level may require a professional or clinical degree beyond the Bachelor's degree with moderate related work experience; knowledge requirements include significant levels of related work experience.

Factor 2: Supervisory Responsibility

Level 1 - 50 Points: Typically, little, if any, supervision of others is required. The job may require irregular but occasional responsibility to direct the work of student workers and/or temporary or part-time workers. The nature of supervision is largely confined to assigning tasks to others and does not include a full range of supervisory responsibilities. The amount of time spent on directing the work of others is normally a small portion of total work time.

Factor 3: Interactions with Others

Level 4 - 500 Points: Interactions with others are somewhat unstructured. The purpose may be to influence or motivate others, to obtain information, or to control situations and resolve problems. Interactions may be with individuals or groups of co-workers, students, or the general public, may be moderately unstructured, and may involve persons who hold differing goals and objectives. Individuals at this level often act as a liaison between groups with a focus on solving particular unstructured problems. Interactions at this level require considerable interpersonal skill and the ability to resolve conflict.

Factor 4: Job Controls and Guidelines

Level 3 - 500 Points: The employee operates under general supervision expressed in terms of program goals and objectives, priorities, and deadlines. Administrative supervision is given through statements of overall program or project objectives and available resources. Administrative guidelines are relatively comprehensive and the employee need only to fill in gaps in interpretation and adapt established methods to perform recurring activities. In unforeseen situations, the employee must interpret inadequate or incomplete guidelines, develop plans, and initiate new methods to complete assignments based on those interpretations. Assignments are normally related in function, but the work requires many different processes and methods applied to an established administrative or professional field. Problems are typically the result of unusual circumstances, variations in approach, or incomplete or conflicting data. The employee must interpret and refine methods to complete assignments. Characteristic jobs at this level may involve directing single-purpose programs or performing complex, but precedented, technical or professional work.

Factor 5: Managerial Responsibility

Level 3 - 850 Points: Work involves providing significant support services to others both within and outside of the department that substantially influences decision-making processes. Work activities are complex and others rely on the accuracy and reliability of the information, analysis, or advice to make decisions. Work activities have a direct, but shared, impact on further processes or services, affect the overall efficiency and image of the department, and may have material impact on costs or service quality within the cost center. Incumbents may be responsible for identifying areas of need and for developing proposals that request funding to fulfill those needs.