Director, Martin Luther King Center
Position Announcement
Diversity Education Director
Director, Martin Luther King Center
The University of Kentucky is currently seeking a transformative leader to serve as the Director of the Martin Luther King (MLK) Center. This position is one of the most significant and visible inclusive excellence leaders at the University of Kentucky. Serving the entire University, this position is responsible for strategic oversight of many of the most integral institutional initiatives focused on diversity, inclusion, and belonging that impact thousands of students, faculty, staff, and other community members each year. The director plays a key role in the recruitment, retention, and graduation of our diverse student populations and collaborates with faculty and staff to support a welcoming and sustaining campus climate. Working from the most state-of-the-art inclusion-focused center in the country, the director must regularly interface with and contribute to national social justice dialogues. The director must possess the vision and temperament to collaborate effectively and efficiently with other institutional diversity directors and key stakeholders across the campus and commonwealth, fostering new and expanded intercultural and cross-cultural dialogues.
The position will direct the development and execution of the overall mission and vision of the MLK Center, managing department budgets and program expenses for the unit, as well as overseeing daily operations and facility needs. This position supervises a full-time professional team of three with a sizable budget and has flexibility to incorporate scholarship and teaching related to the chosen candidate's discipline. This position also advises academic, administrative, and student communities on best practices related to diversity, inclusion, belonging, and engagement. In addition, the Director regularly reviews university policies and recommends updates that expand welcoming environments.
Qualifications: A Master's degree, plus six years of experience is required in diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts. A Doctorate degree is preferred in social sciences, humanities, higher education, or related field of study, as well as direct experience in a leadership role of a multicultural student center. Preferred applicants will possess skills that include the ability to connect on national dialogues about inclusive excellence, and an understanding of the sociopolitical landscape impacting higher education access and success.
About the University of Kentucky: Located in the vibrant city of Lexington, the University of Kentucky is a public, land-grand institution that plays a critical leadership role in promoting diversity, inclusion, economic development, and human well-being. The campus is home to 30,000 students, 2,400 faculty, and 13,000 full-time staff. The university is one of just eight in the country with a major academic health center and a full spectrum of academic colleges and professional schools on one contiguous campus. UK's student body is diverse, representing more than 100 countries, every state in the nation and all 120 Kentucky counties. To learn more, visit
About Lexington: The City of Lexington is a great place to live, work, and study. It recently appeared on USA Today's list of the top cities to live in. With a population of roughly 300,000, Lexington offers both the warmth – and lower cost of living – of a small city, along with some of the amenities you would enjoy in a larger city, including the arts, cultural events, and a thriving dining scene. The city also boasts a rich cultural diversity. Lexington is home to people who speak more than 154 languages, and who currently make up about 20 percent of its population. Unprecedented growth of the international population reached nearly 300 percent in just this past decade. International investment, international students, and international academics and visitors from around the world bring a wealth of economic and cultural diversity to Lexington. To learn more, visit
Applications: To apply, please visit the UK Jobs site here: will be accepted from July 13th – July 26th, 2018, and should include a cover letter and resume.
The University of Kentucky is an Equal Opportunity University that values diversity and inclusion. Individuals with disabilities, minorities, veterans, women, and members of other underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

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University of Kentucky
Lexington, 40506