Rush University, one of a small number of not-for-profit universities dedicated entirely to health care and health sciences, seeks a University Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer (UDEIO). Well known for its strong heritage as a pioneer in community service, research, and equity initiatives, Rush University is the academic partner of the Rush University System for Health (RUSH). The University is comprised of four colleges: Rush Medical College, the College of Nursing, the College of Health Sciences, and the Graduate College. The University Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer will have the opportunity to execute a holistic vision to ensure that diversity, equity and inclusion are systematically embedded across the University as Rush continues to make strides as an innovative leader in health care delivery and health sciences education.
Rush is home to more than 1,500 faculty and instructional staff and serves more than 2,700 students through a rich academic portfolio including Bachelor’s degree programs in three majors, 14 Master’s degree programs, 20 Ph.D. and professional doctorate programs (including MD), and four certificate programs across its four component colleges. Unlike most academic medical centers, Rush has an integrated governance and management structure with a single board over all its component organizations: Rush University Medical Center (RUMC), Rush University, and the Rush System for Health. This structure increases the opportunities for students, residents and fellows, and faculty to pioneer leading practices in health care delivery and also to bring their skills to under resourced communities, in Chicago and beyond, through service projects and health clinics. From its campus on the West Side of Chicago, Rush has long been an engaged community partner, and more than 10,000 people are served annually through The Rush Community Service Initiatives Program. Rush is also a leading convener, building coalitions with other institutions to develop the health care work force of the future. In 2017, Rush established The West Side Total Health Collaborative in partnership with more than 100 organizations to reduce health disparities in adjacent neighborhoods in Chicago.
The University is being guided by a bold strategic plan that has made it an institutional priority to reflect the diversity of its external community and to support an equitable and inclusive environment at all levels of the organization. As a student-centered university, Rush is driven by its commitment to serving a diverse student body. At the same time, as an institution dedicated to addressing inequity associated with social determinants of health, it is working in partnership with communities affected by structural racism and economic deprivation. Rush University is continuing to advance its mission both internally and externally and is uniquely positioned to push boundaries and develop new models that serve to dismantle barriers and promote diversity, equity, and inclusion. The continued growth and evolution of this work must be strategic and deliberate, guided through intentional collaboration with University stakeholders, inclusive of a variety of offices, programs, and resources, and directed with visionary leadership by the University Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer (UDEIO).
Reporting directly to the president of Rush University, and secondarily to the Chief Diversity Officer of RUSH the UDEIO will be a member of the University Executive Management Council (UEMC) and a member of the RUSH Diversity Leadership Council (DLC). The UDEIO will have the overarching goal to guide the strategic discussions about advancing diversity, equity and inclusion in student success and access, research, teaching, faculty development, and community relations. The ideal candidate for this position will be an experienced and innovative leader with the proven skills to build, guide, and assess goals, standards, policies, procedures and practices that encourage diversity, equity and inclusion as a means of propelling the University’s bold vision from aspiration to actualization. Serving as an executive-level resource, catalyst, expert and advisor, the UDEIO will bring a proven track record of successfully leading the creation of diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives and collaborating with a broad range of constituencies in their implementation. The successful candidate will have strong communication skills, meticulous attention to detail, ability to prioritize multiple requests and excellent organizational skills are required. Additionally, the successful candidate will have relevant experience in the academic community, either in administration or demonstrated track record of scholarship, or from work experiences that demonstrate understanding of issues inherent to diversity, equity and inclusion particularly as it intersects with the academic mission of a health sciences enterprise.
Rush University Medical Center is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or Protected Veteran status.
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Rush University Medical Center is an elite medical community recognized for excellence in patient care, medical discovery and clinical expertise. Our continued pursuits have earned Rush University Medical Center the distinction of being on U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals Honor Roll for 2020-2021. This places the Medical Center amongst the top 20 of the 3,000 hospitals evaluated. U.S. News & World Report has also recognized 11 Rush programs amongst the nation’s best, including top five national rankings for orthopedics, neurology and neurosurgery.
These accolades, along with many others that include a decade of Magnet® designation, are a reflection of the collective efforts and commitment to excellence demonstrated by our physicians, advanced practitioners, nurses and medical staff.
Rush is united by diversity, inclusion and a commitment to health equity. Rush is also a perennial “Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality.”
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Rush is currently involved in more than 1,600 research studies, many NIH-funded. Rush’s long tradition of discovery dates back to determining the causes of scarlet fever, heart attacks and sickle cell anemia. Today we’re also leaders in neurosciences, cancer, immunology, infection, regenerative medicine and more. Join us in spearheading life-changing research at the national level.