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Now hiring: Diversity Initiatives Coordinator

Feb. 11, 2022

Feb. 11, 2022

The MU School of Health Professions Dean’s Office has an immediate opening for a Diversity Initiatives Coordinator. This individual will facilitate the development and implementation of student recruitment and retention processes that lead to the enrollment, retention and graduation of an academically talented and diverse student population in the School of Health Professions (SHP) undergraduate, graduate and professional academic programs.

The School of Health Professions’ mission is to improve the health and well-being of others. We care deeply about the effects of the social and cultural climate on every person’s ability to live, work, study, innovate, serve and thrive on this campus. We welcome and strive to foster an inclusive and diverse community of people, cultures and abilities. Learn more about our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Engages with campus stakeholders (e.g., CASE, TRiO, MU Social Justice Centers, MU Medical Explorations Program) and community stakeholders (e.g., UMSL Bridge Program, MAC Scholars Program) with the goals of recruiting and retaining talented students from underrepresented/underserved backgrounds to all SHP programs.
  • Assists the SHP Recruitment Coordinator with recruitment activities focused on attracting talented students from underrepresented/underserved backgrounds to SHP’s undergraduate programs.
  • Assists each professional and graduate program with developing and implementing their planned strategies for recruiting an academically talented and diverse student population.
  • Assists with student talent development/pipeline programs for graduate and professional programs. This includes facilitating existing programs (aiding with recruitment and with programming) in conjunction with faculty/staff from those departments and developing programs for other departments as requested and feasible.
  • Develops and implements strategies for promoting academic success and sense of belonging leading to gains in retention and graduation rates of SHP students from underrepresented/underserved backgrounds particularly in the undergraduate programs.
  • Collaborates with SHP Deans and leadership team; Academic Departments and Programs; SHP Faculty Committee on Inclusion, Diversity and Equity; SHP Faculty Fellow for Inclusive Excellence; and other stakeholders within the SHP community to facilitate our student success goals related to underrepresented/underserved students.
  • Develops and maintains connections with other units and entities at the University that may facilitate SHP’s student success goals, particularly in the areas of admission, retention, and graduation rates.
  • Develops and provides regular reporting of progress in actions associated with the recruitment and retention of underrepresented/underserved students across the School to SHP administration and other relevant stakeholders.
  • Other: Job Development and other related duties.

Minimum Qualifications

A Bachelor’s degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience and at least 3 years of experience from which comparable knowledge and skills can be acquired is necessary.

Preferred Qualifications

Master’s degree and experience in one or more of the following: working with diverse student populations in higher education, student success initiatives, enrollment management (including recruitment and retention).


Salary Range: $47,476 – $84,505

GGS Grade: 10

University Title: Senior Student Service Coordinator

Internal applicants can determine their current grade and university title by accessing the Job Information page through the Additional Employee Info tile in myHR.


Monday – Friday
8:00am – 5:00pm

Application Materials

Fully completed online application, with cover letter and CV/resume attached. Applications must be submitted online through the University of Missouri website: (search for Job Opening 40452).

Application Deadline

Applications will be reviewed immediately, and the position will close when well-qualified candidates are identified to proceed in the process.

About the School of Health Professions.

The MU School of Health Professions (SHP) is the University of Missouri system’s only school of health professions and the state’s only public health program located on a health sciences campus. Its mission is to improve the health and well-being of others. Every day, SHP faculty, staff, and students work towards changing lives through the integration of teaching, service and discovery.

With programs in rehabilitation, diagnostic and imaging sciences, public health. and social work, graduates of the School of Health Professions fill critical roles in health care. The school is comprised of eight departments and 13 disciplines, each with their own specialized accreditation processes. The school also hosts a satellite program of the University of Missouri-Kansas City College of Pharmacy.

Health professions account for more than 60 percent of the total U.S. health care workforce. Jobs in health professions are projected to grow at least through 2026, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The school is an important member of the University of Missouri Health System. Other members include the Sinclair School of Nursing, the School of Medicine, University Hospitals and Clinics and University Physicians.

About Columbia, Missouri

Columbia, Missouri, is known as an ideal college town, combining small-town comforts, community spirit and low cost of living with big-city culture, activities and resources.  Home to nationally renowned public schools and other colleges and educational centers, Columbia is packed with restaurants and entertainment venues and hosts more than a dozen annual cultural festivals.

Benefit Eligibility

This position is eligible for University benefits. The University offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental and vision plans, retirement, paid time off, and educational fee discounts.  For additional information on University benefits, please visit the Faculty & Staff Benefits website.

Diversity Commitment

The University of Missouri is fully committed to achieving the goal of a diverse and inclusive academic community of faculty, staff and students. We seek individuals who are committed to this goal and our core campus values of respect, responsibility, discovery and excellence.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Equal Opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without unlawful discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable state or federal law. This policy shall not be interpreted in such a manner as to violate the legal rights of religious organizations or the recruiting rights of military organizations associated with the Armed Forces or the Department of Homeland Security of the United States of America. For more information, call the Vice Chancellor of Human Resource Services/Affirmative Action officer at 573-882-4256.

To request ADA accommodations, please call the Disability Inclusion and ADA Compliance Manager at 573-884-7278.


To read more about Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) please use the following links:

Vaccination Statement

After careful consideration of COVID-19 virus trends and the overwhelming evidence of COVID-19 vaccine safety and effectiveness, the School of Medicine, along with MU Health Care, the Sinclair School of Nursing and the School of Health Professions, recently announced the decision to require COVID-19 vaccinations by Oct. 1, 2021, for all employees, unless granted a medical or religious exemption.

All new hires will be required to submit proof of vaccination prior to your start date. If you would like to request a medical or religious exemption, you must do so upon acceptance of employment so our team has time to review prior to your scheduled start date. You will not be allowed to begin work until you have submitted proof of vaccination or received an approved medical or religious exemption.

Thank you for helping us to create the safest environment possible for our colleagues, students and our patients by protecting yourself and others through COVID-19 vaccination.