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Associate Director for DEI

Merritt Hawkins
Portland, Oregon
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Mar 2, 2024

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The Knight Cancer Institute aims to be the workplace of choice nationally and internationally for individuals to reach their potential and perform the most innovative research, education, and care in service to our patients, students, workforce, and community. We inform our work by the needs and the input of our geographically and racially diverse state and strive for a mission-driven work environment; diverse in people and ideas, equitable in opportunities, and promoting a climate of respect and trust. We instill these principles throughout our workplace culture, clinical care, educational programs, community engagement, and research activities. We expect all Knight Cancer Institute employees, faculty, and staff to support this aim and demonstrate these principles in their daily interactions.

Position Summary:
Advancing a culture of inclusion and innovation is a team effort, and as a formal pillar in our strategic plan, it requires a dynamic, collaborative leader to oversee these efforts across our healthcare, academic, and research missions. To further this goal, the Knight Cancer Institute has an outstanding opportunity for an Associate Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI). This faculty leader will bring a deep commitment to advancing diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism efforts already underway and will guide the development of innovative policies and programs to further diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism across missions:
* As a leader in enhancing academic programs, the AD of DEI will partner closely with the Knight Cancer Research Training and Education Office and educational leaders across the cancer institute and OHSU to build and sustain diverse, inclusive, and equitable educational programs that will train the next generation of cancer researchers and providers to embrace diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism principles throughout their professional career;
* As a leader in enhancing research activities, the AD of DEI will partner closely with KCI leaders, faculty, and staff to improve understanding of unique disparities present in our population and guide researchers in utilizing culturally responsive strategies for community engagement and participation in all facets of our research;
* As a leader supporting a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workforce, the AD of DEI will partner closely with cancer institute leadership and human resources to recruit, hire, retain, develop, and advance a diverse, culturally competent learning community and workforce; and,
* As a leader in our community, the AD of DEI will partner closely with the Knight Community Outreach and Engagement team to support their important work building and enhancing community, academic, and business partnerships to engage diverse communities in the achievement of the Knight Strategic Plan and the Knight Guiding Principles.

Faculty candidates (PhD, MD, or MD/PhD) must be at the Associate Professor level or higher. The ideal candidate will have experience leading or participating in diversity initiatives (e.g., strategic planning, developing training and/or mentoring, service on diversity committees, policy development, promotion and tenure review, recruitment and retention strategies).

Goals and expectations:
* Enhance participation of women, minorities, and individuals from groups nationally under-represented in the research workforce, center leadership, and advisory boards;
* Use special opportunities, if available, within the center's catchment area to enhance the diversity of the research workforce and center leadership of CCSG-supported components (Senior Leadership, Research Programs, Shared Resources, Community Outreach, and Engagement, etc.);
* Support career-enhancing research opportunities for junior, early- and mid-career researchers, including those from diverse backgrounds, to prepare them for center leadership;
* Establish infrastructure and utilize institutional resources to expand the pipeline of members of diverse backgrounds through training or mentoring opportunities to encourage the participation of students, postdoctoral researchers, and co-investigators from diverse backgrounds, including those groups shown to be nationally underrepresented in the research workforce;
* Leverage institutional commitment and infrastructure to enhance the diversity of the center's membership and leadership; and,
* Establish criteria for monitoring and evaluating the progress of diversity.

Duties & Responsibilities:
* The AD of DEI will bring a deep commitment to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts already underway and will guide the development of innovative policies and programs to further diversity, equity, and inclusion across missions;
* Attend Knight Scientific Oversight Committee (SOC) meetings, Program Leaders meetings, retreats, and other key Knight meetings as appropriate for a senior cancer institute leader. Serve as subject matter resource on DEI in the workplace for Knight Cancer Institute and with a seat at the table of the Knight Senior Leadership Team. This position will ensure the team applies a DEI and anti-racism lens to decision-making activities. This position will take an active role in evaluating and executing the Knight Cancer Institute's Diversity Action Plan in alignment with the University and School of Medicine Diversity, Equity, Anti-Racism Plan, managing comprehensive analysis and reporting of key DEI metrics and outcomes;
* Represent the Knight Cancer Institute's diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts when working with entities at OHSU, including employee resource groups, the Center for Diversity & Inclusion, the SOM Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging Office;
* Attend meetings and work with SOM Assistant Dean for DEI for guidance, support, and partnership. Represent the Knight Cancer Institute at SOM DEI meetings;
* In collaboration with the OHSU and Knight Communications teams, provide recommendations for internal and external messaging supporting DEI principles;
* Work with the Director, Co-Deputy Directors, and other Knight leaders to recruit key faculty members to OHSU and the Knight Cancer Institute. Provides guidance and advice and participates in setting priorities regarding diversity recruitment opportunities. Participates on search committees, interviews candidates reviews curriculum vitae, and provides recommendations. Cultivates relationships with relevant organizations and agencies from which Knight Cancer might recruit;
* Represent or delegate representation of the Knight Cancer Institute at various OHSU meetings and external settings as assigned by the Director and within the Associate Director's available capacity. Participates in fundraising activities, as assigned;
* Work with the Director and other Knight leaders in periodic review and updating of the cancer institute's mission, vision, and values;
* Work with the Director and other Knight leaders in periodic review, updating, and aligning of the cancer institute's strategic initiatives and goals;
* Serve as an expert on NCI P30 Cancer Center Support Grant (CCSG) Guidelines, as well as institutional policies as they pertain to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion;
* Provide an annual DEI progress report for CCSG renewals in non-competing years. Every five years actively engages in the preparations for the P30 Cancer Center Support Grant (CCSG) competitive renewal written application and participates in oral and/or poster presentations, as needed. Participates in national conferences and working groups rela

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