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Associate Director of Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

Huntsman Cancer Institute, University of Utah

May 6, 2021
Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah (U of U) is a nationally recognized NCI-Designated Comprehensive Cancer Center and Cancer Hospital in Salt Lake City. We are searching for an associate director of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion to develop and implement bold and proactive EDI initiatives in support of HCI values, culture, and strategic priorities. This individual would be empowered to assess strategies, design sustainable solutions, and enforce HCI and U of U EDI policies in our community.

The HCI Associate Director of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion will be a member of HCI’s dedicated Office of Diversity and Inclusion and report directly to the Executive Director of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, who in turn reports directly to the HCI Chief Executive Officer. This individual will be provided appropriate resources, support, and authority to foster a safe, inclusive, transparent, and responsive workplace culture at HCI. They will actively engage with senior leadership, human resource managers, faculty, staff managers, hospital staff, research staff, and trainees to implement education, practices, and policies that promote equity, diversity, and inclusion.

Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to hiring individuals whose merit and experience promote a diverse, inclusive, anti-racist workforce and culture.

Each employee has a unique background and life experience. We believe that maximizing diversity fuels the success of our organization. In your cover letter or during your interview, we invite you to share how your background, beliefs, and experience will prepare you to be effective in working in an environment that values diversity and is committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion.

Learn more about HCI’s commitments at and/or contact HCI’s Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion.

This position is considered Category I: Mandatory and required on campus or health care facilities to support on-site operations. Employees hired into this category will be required to be physically located at HCI if they are healthy and without COVID-19 symptoms.


Be accountable for implementing solutions that lead to a safe and welcoming workplace culture
• Oversee HCI’s efforts to implement a sustainable culture of respect for EDI
• Oversee Education, Training, and Awareness, as well as promotion of an EDI-aware culture at HCI. Design, organize, and coordinate events to support and promote EDI culture. Implement incentives and activities that foster a culture of belonging among employees at HCI. Recognize and reward individuals, activities, teams, and managers that promote EDI.
• Assess the progress of HCI’s EDI efforts, and work, under the direction of the Senior Director for Diversity and Inclusion, to make any necessary adjustments to policies, practices, or training.
• Build positive vision, direction, and results related to EDI strategic initiatives.
• Convene committees, as needed, to analyze and update EDI policies to address current issues.
• Monitor the well-being of individuals who have reported discrimination to assess and counteract any retribution, retaliation, or exclusion.
• Coordinate with other U of U system-wide EDI offices on issues regarding leadership, organizational effectiveness, and change management, with the goal to improve overall organizational climate and culture.
• Participate in regional and national EDI-related conferences and training sessions to ensure HCI implements EDI best practices.
Receive reports of discrimination
• Receive workplace discrimination concerns raised by faculty, staff, and trainees.
• Review anonymous reports from a Bias Incident Reporting software tool.
• Receive and review reports from system-wide U of U offices dedicated to EDI, including the U of U Office of Inclusive Excellence and University Department of Public Safety.
• Receive reports from “EDI Ambassadors,” who are employees across HCI departments who are selected and trained to identify EDI-related issues on a volunteer basis.
• Receive and monitor reports from Human Resources about employee diversity in each department.

Act to protect individuals who experience discrimination
• Listen to individuals who are targets of discrimination, validate their concerns, and maintain confidentiality when appropriate.
• Provide support and resources to individuals who are targets of discrimination, (e.g. assist with filing formal reports, provide mental health referrals).
• Work collaboratively with the U of U Office of Equal Opportunity to evaluate severity and reduce the number of discriminatory incidents; this work may include interviewing perpetrators of discrimination.
• Identify discrimination hot spots in HCI (e.g. high turnover of historically marginalized employees) and determine causative factors.
• Document incidents of discrimination and act as liaison between a targeted individual’s supervisor, the Office of Equal Opportunity, and Human Resources Managers to implement EDI training, a corrective action plan, and/or disciplinary action.
• Provide documentation to Human Resources to justify disciplinary action, including termination for repeat offenders or perpetrators of egregious acts.
Inform the HCI community regarding EDI issues
• Oversee the appointment, training, and continued eligibility of EDI Ambassadors.
• Regularly communicate HCI policies that prohibit discriminatory behaviors to the community.
• Regularly summarize discriminatory behaviors experienced at HCI.
• Report incidents of discrimination to the entire HCI community. Publicly acknowledge biased behaviors and validate the EDI concerns of our community members. Communicate relevant policies or actions being taken to the HCI community.
• Conduct annual surveys of EDI issues in the HCI community, and produce annual EDI report cards.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in Business or Public Administration, a related area, or equivalency required; plus six years of progressively more responsible management experience; and demonstrated leadership, human relations and effective communication skills also required. Master’s degree in Business Administration or related area preferred. This position is not responsible for providing patient care. Applicants must demonstrate the potential ability to perform the essential functions of the job as outlined in the position description.


• Master’s degree in social work, social or behavioral sciences, higher education administration, healthcare administration, human resource management, multicultural education, ethnic studies, or other related discipline.
• Additional certification in Mediation training, Alternative Dispute Resolution training, Ombudsman training, Equal Employment Opportunity training, or Human Resource training are preferred.
• 8+ years of EDI-related management and leadership experience, including the areas of cultural communications, diversity training, organizational culture.
• A demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with diverse groups of people.
• Demonstrated knowledge of how factors such as race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, class, disability, religion, immigration status, education, economic, and health disparities affect underrepresented faculty, staff, students, and health care consumers.
• Demonstrated ability in the areas of conflict resolution and mediation efforts.
• Current knowledge of best practices in promoting an inclusive workplace, including effective approaches to recruitment and retention.
• A demonstrated ability to handle confidential and sensitive information with discretion.
• A demonstrated awareness of Human Resources principles, policies, and practices.
• Experience in research institution and/or academic environment preferred.
• Knowledge of advanced theories, principles, and best practices related to EDI.
• High level of interpersonal communication, facilitation, mediation, and investigation skills.
• Ability to work independently and within a team environment.
• Self-directed and well-organized.
• High level of integrity that inspires trust and confidence.
• Ability to successfully manage multiple and competing priorities and deadlines within a complex organization.
• Skill in problem identification, critical thinking, and sound judgment in decision-making and creative problem solving.
• Efficient and sophisticated data collection and analysis skills.
• Excellent computer literacy.

Type Benefited Staff
Special Instructions Summary
Additional Information

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and is committed to diversity in its workforce. In compliance with applicable federal and state laws, University of Utah policy of equal employment opportunity prohibits discrimination on the basis of race or ethnicity, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, veteran’s status, status as a qualified person with a disability, or genetic information. Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities, and protected veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law.

To inquire about this posting, email: or call 801-581-2300. Reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to qualified individuals with disabilities. To request an accommodation or for further information about University AA/EO policies, please contact the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, 201 S. Presidents Cr., Rm 135, (801) 581-8365 (V/TDD), email:

The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”). Eligible new hires with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in URS if they make the election before they become eligible for retirement (usually the first day of work). Contact Human Resources at (801) 581-7447 for information. Individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS are subject to URS’ post-retirement rules and restrictions. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801) 366-7770 or (800) 695-4877 or University Human Resource Management at (801) 581-7447 if you have questions regarding the post-retirement rules.

This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen.

Posting Specific Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

* Do you have a related Bachelor's degree or equivalency? (2 years related work experience may be substituted for 1 year of education)


* How many years of progressively more responsible management experience do you have?

Less than 2 years
2 year or more, but less than 4 years
4 years or more, but less than 6 years
6 years or more, but less than 8 years
8 years or more

Do you have any relatives currently working at HCI?

(Open Ended Question)

Which pronouns do you prefer that people use for you?

She, her, hers
He, him, his
They, them, theirs
Ze, hir, hirs
Just my name, please

Applicant DocumentsRequired DocumentsOptional DocumentsResume
Cover Letter
Appropriate discharge document (such as a DD-214 – Member Copy 4) – Veteran Only – Call 801.581.2169
Addendum to the University of Utah - Veteran Only - Call 801.581.2169 after submission
Letter of Recommendation 1
Letter of Recommendation 2
Letter of Recommendation 3
Curriculum Vitae
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