Division of Administration seeks candidates for diversity fellowship
April 3, 2014Tweet
The Division of Administration recently announced a two-year diversity fellowship. Based on a similar initiative the division undertook in 1998, the program offers the opportunity to gain a comprehensive understanding of University business administration functions, the chance to promote diversity and inclusion division wide and full-time employment at the completion of the fellowship. Students graduating in May are eligible to apply; the division also welcomes nominations of qualified candidates. One fellow will be selected.
“The Diversity Fellowship Program is one of the initiatives the Division of Administration is undertaking to further diversity within the division in support of the goals identified during the Road Map process,” said James Van Voorst, vice president of administration. “Some of the program’s funding comes from the Road Map.”
“The fellowship aims to strengthen the commitment the division has to diversity and inclusiveness by creating a welcoming climate and encouraging respect within the division and across the University as a whole,” said JoAnn Navarro, associate vice president for administrative services and interim chief information officer.
Beginning in June, the diversity fellow will rotate through most departments within the Division of Administration, as well as a number of University offices in other divisions. The fellow will learn and complete meaningful work related to core operations. Work assignments will vary in style, content and associations to provide the fellow with relevant experiences in everything from research and policy analysis to auditing and performing special projects. While many of the assignments have been defined, “the program remains fluid,” said Van Voorst. “I expect us to continue fine-tuning it because I don’t want to turn away any good ideas.”
Van Voorst hopes the experience will help the fellow see connections among departments, offices and workflow that haven’t been previously identified. Providing the fellow with “a view of administration from the outside is really important for the division and the other units.”
“The fellow will establish relationships across departments and divisions and that will benefit the University and make the individual more successful,” said Navarro.
The program runs from June 2014 to May 2016 and concludes with an offer of regular, full-time employment within the division.
“When the fellowship is over, I sincerely hope the person comes back to us and says, ‘This has been the best experience in my life and I want to work in higher education at Binghamton. This made the decision for me. This is my career now,’” Van Voorst said.
“The beauty of this program is that the fellow isn’t just working in one area as the typical employee does, but instead is getting breadth and depth of experience,” Navarro said. “This will help the division determine which area is the best fit and will make the person a really valuable and, I hope, long-term employee.”
To learn more about the diversity fellowship, review the job posting on the Human Resources website.