Program Director for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The position

The Center for Professional Development and Inclusive Excellence (C-Hub) provides the OIST community with a centralized place where:

  • faculty, students, postdocs, research staff, administrative staff, and administrative leaders can explore opportunities for personal and career growth;
  • evidence-based practices and research are applied toward professional development to support all careers in a diverse, equitable, and inclusive climate;
  • connections and collaborations can be created across and beyond the university.

The C-Hub enacts its mission by engaging the diverse experiences, perspectives, and contributions amongst the broader OIST community to foster productive dialogue and exploration, and ultimately support OIST’s mission toward scientific and educational excellence. (see C-Hub website)

Position Summary:
The Program Director for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (PD-DEI) facilitates the achievement of OIST’s mission to promote and enhance its commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and create an environment in which all members of the university are valued, have a sense of belonging, and can thrive. The PD-DEI works closely with the Executive Director for Professional Development and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (ED-PD&DEI) to develop actionable strategies and programs to drive DEI understanding and ownership amongst the OIST community and its stakeholders. Under the leadership of the ED-PD&DEI and the Vice President for Strategy Implementation, the PD-DEI will establish and deliver programs and training, provide consultations, and monitor progress on OIST’s commitment and mission to promote and sustain increased diversity and build infrastructure to establish equitable and inclusive environments. The PD-DEI will engage broadly across the university to develop productive partnerships with, and provide consultations for academic and administrative leaders, staff, faculty, students, and researchers, to drive DEI efforts across OIST.

  1. In collaboration with the ED-PD&DEI, design and implement evidence-based DEI programs and best practices for the OIST community. Topics may include, but are not limited to bias, creating an inclusive environment, harassment prevention, respect, micro-aggressions, search processes.
  2. Establish programs and strategies to develop culturally aware mentorship, inclusive leadership, and inclusive community-building.
  3. Design and establish data collection strategies and implement a structure for ongoing institutional needs assessment to track OIST’s progress in achieving benchmarks for DEI.
  4. Gather and use qualitative and quantitative data to assess and advance achievement of DEI goals and communicate key data elements to motivate change.
  5. Serve as a resource to the community regarding diversity, equity and belonging, including building skills and capacity in research units, administrative divisions and sections, educational environments, and OIST’s community and social environments.
  6. Be available for problem solving, training, facilitation, and consultation for DEI.
  7. In collaboration with the ED-PD&DEI, provide workshops and consultations in implicit bias/microaggression and a broad scope of topics related to DEI.
  8. Engage in ongoing research and knowledge base development of international best practices, exemplar initiatives/strategies in DEI to continually update and enhance C-Hub’s professional development support for DEI.
  9. Develop and implement campus-wide training, practices, and programs to promote cultural understanding and ownership by all members of the OIST community to work toward establishing a climate of equity and inclusion so that every individual can thrive. 


  1. Minimum educational background: Bachelor’s degree
  2. At least five (5) years of demonstrated academic or professional experience related to the advancement of diversity, equity, and inclusion within an organization. Advanced education in the DEI field (e.g. Master’s degree) may count toward years of experience.
  3. Knowledge of evidence-informed best practices, institution-wide initiatives and programs on diversity, equity, and inclusion at other universities, or willingness to establish and continually expand a comprehensive knowledge base to be able to engage in national and global discourse in DEI.
  4. Ability to employ both qualitative and quantitative analysis to plan and assess progress/performance of DEI strategic initiatives.
  5. Self-motivation, action-orientation, ability to listen and consider multiple perspectives to make informed decisions.
  6. Excellent communication skills and demonstrated ability to work effectively and collaboratively with diverse constituents internally and externally.
  7. Business-level written and spoken communication skills in English.


  1. Master’s degree in a related field and experience in a university environment or other large, complex organizational setting is preferred.
  2. A track record of success moving diversity and inclusion goals forward in an organization, including experience in evidence-informed strategic development of programs and initiatives.
  3. Experience of working productively with individuals from a variety of backgrounds and cultures
  4. Excellent presentation skills, including comfort as a public speaker, including demonstrated experience creating and conducting training and development initiatives.
  5. Resilience, agility and willingness learn productively from mistakes.
  6. Being able to self-reflect and acknowledge one’s own biases.
Compensation and Benefits

In accordance with the OIST Employee Compensation Regulations


  • Relocation, housing and commuting allowances
  • Annual paid leave and summer holidays
  • Health insurance (Private School Mutual Aid )
  • Welfare pension insurance (kousei-nenkin)
  • Worker's accident compensation insurance (roudousha-saigai-hoshou-hoken)
  • Access to Child Development Center
  • Access to Schooling Options
  • Language Education
  • Resource Center (Daily Life Support in Okinawa)
Submission Documents
  •     Cover letter in both English and Japanese
  •     Curriculum vitae in both English and Japanese

* Applicants whose native language is Japanese are required to submit both documents in English and Japanese.
* Please be sure to indicate where you first saw the job advertisement.
* Up to 3 references may be requested during the final interview stage.
* Prior to the start of employment all new hires are required to successfully complete a background check. Personal information including employment history and academic background should be submitted to third-party administrators after a conditional offer of employment.

  • OIST Graduate University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action educator and employer and is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty, students and staff. The University strongly encourages applications from underrepresented groups.
  • Information provided by applicants or references will be kept confidential, documents will not be returned.
  • Please view OIST policy for rules on external professional activities
  • Further details about the University can be viewed on the OIST website
Job Type
Starting Date
As early as possible
Employment Term

Full-time, fixed term appointment for 1 year/2 years. Contract initially with 3-month probationary period (inclusive). This contract may be renewed.

Working Hours

9:00-17:30 (Discretionary)

Report To
Executive Director of Professional Development and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Job Location
Main Campus
Application Due Date
16 March 2023

We thank all those who apply but only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.

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