The Opportunity

Founded in 1883, the University of North Dakota (UND) is the oldest and largest of 11 colleges and universities comprising the North Dakota University System. Today, UND is a busy 521-acre campus with more than 13,600 students from all 50 states and 94 countries, as well as 2,350 dedicated faculty members and staff. A leading economic driver in the state, the University offers high-quality education in more than 225 academic fields across nine different colleges. It nurtures and supports a strong core of liberal arts and sciences and has developed special missions in life sciences, fine arts, aerospace, unmanned flight operations, engineering, and energy disciplines. The University’s far-reaching “One UND” Strategic Plan touches all corners of the University: high-impact learning, research, enrollment, online education, creation of 21st century programs, alumni relations, and more. UND was recently ranked 18th in Security Center News and Resources Guide to the Nation’s 25 Safest Universities, and has maintained the “safest campus” designation in the state of North Dakota for several consecutive years. With grassland prairies to the west and Minnesota lakes and forests to the east, Grand Forks has been ranked one of the most livable cities in the country and the “Number One Place to Live in North Dakota” by Money Magazine.

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The Position

Role of the Associate Vice President for Public Safety & Chief of Police for the University of North Dakota

Summary

The associate vice president for public safety & chief of police (AVPPS) supervises University police, emergency management, risk management and insurance, and safety operations in a dynamic educational environment. The AVPPS reports directly to the vice president for finance & operations/chief operating officer (VPFO/COO) and joins other UND Division of Finance & Operations leadership to implement financial and operational priorities in support of shared campus goals. Further, the AVPPS has a commitment to people and to building trust among faculty, staff, and students as an engaged member of the community. The AVPPS is responsible for maintaining a Department of Public Safety (DPS) that is viewed as a community partner through acts of responsiveness, empathy, respect, helping, educating, and regulating in a professional and objective fashion. The safety and well-being of UND students, faculty, staff, and visitors, as well as the physical campus, are of foremost concern. The AVPPS and DPS work in partnership with the campus community, the broader Grand Forks community, and various state and federal agencies to maintain a secure and accessible campus. In addition, the AVPPS must be innovative in the delivery of cutting-edge public-safety services, and financially astute in managing the public-safety mission. The AVPPS is responsible for a staff of 35, including five direct reports, and oversees a budget of approximately $5 million.

UND offers the next associate vice president for public safety & chief of police the opportunity to join a distinctive, energetic academic community as a trusted team player and team builder. The successful candidate must engage with the internal and external UND communities to foster an environment of collaboration and innovation in support of the University’s student-centered focus and mission. The new AVPPS will work closely with the VPFO/COO, providing periodic updates to the president and the Executive Council as required, and will foster a sense of community involvement and interest throughout campus, with an emphasis on positive and proactive interactions with all constituencies.

Specific Responsibilities

  • Promote close collaboration among staff and other UND stakeholders to ensure a safe and secure campus.
  • Facilitate positive and productive working relationships and a clear understanding of the respective jurisdictions and responsibilities with municipal and state law enforcement and emergency services personnel.
  • Ensure that best practices are followed for investigation and reporting of incidents, arrest and detention of law violators, and preparation of cases for referral to criminal justice or campus judicial systems.
  • Maintain records in compliance with applicable federal, state, and local expectations and regulations, as well as UND and State Board of Higher Education policies.
  • Collect data, coordinate, and write the Annual Security and Fire Safety Report to meet the requirements of the Jeanne Clery Act and Higher Education Opportunity Act.
  • Maintain current knowledge of public safety, crime prevention, law enforcement issues, and technology, as well as State of North Dakota criminal procedural laws, rules of evidence, university regulations, and the workings of the UND community.
  • Provide leadership for the execution and oversight of campus security and emergency notification systems, management, and planning.
  • Participate as a member of the VPFO/COO’s leadership team.
  • Serve as the individual “in charge,” when designated, in the absence of the VPFO/COO.
  • Represent the VPFO/COO and University of North Dakota at campus and community activities.
  • Co-Chair the Enterprise Risk Management Committee.
  • Promote a strong and positive departmental image.
  • Serve on committees within and external to
  • Collaborate with individuals external to the University (state and federal law enforcement agencies), within the University administration, and within the Finance & Operations division and the Department of Public Safety.
  • Define and promote an awareness and understanding of the mission of DPS.
  • Serve as community relations officer for DPS.
  • Develop and maintain departmental policies and procedures.
  • Ensure that best practices are being followed for responding to complaints and grievances.
  • Produce strategic long-range and annual plans, and carry out regular assessment activities.
  • Prepare and administer the annual DPS budget, as well as annual reports, special reports, summaries, studies, and long-range equipment proposals.
  • Review and approve requests for campus surveillance systems.
  • Monitor campus fire and security alarms.
  • Manage crowds, demonstrations, and protests, responding to persons with disruptive behavior as necessary and requesting and maintaining necessary facilities, equipment, inventory, and vehicles to support these activities.
  • Monitor the department website to ensure regular updates.
  • Approve records, reports, etc., submitted by assigned personnel.
  • Serve as the final decision-maker for DPS and take responsibility for the outcome of those decisions.
  • Ensure departmental staff adhere to the highest standards of integrity and professional conduct.
  • Deploy personnel resources optimally, divide workload responsibilities equitably, and delegate authority effectively, providing necessary guidance and support to ensure the accomplishment of assignments.
  • Implement succession planning and a mentorship program.
  • Effectively recruit, select, and retain personnel, overseeing promotions, ensuring the efficiency of staff training, and developing measurable objectives for training and the success of the department.
  • Ensure clarity among all staff regarding the department’s authority, responsibilities, and jurisdiction.
  • Oversee the annual performance review process for all departmental personnel, directly evaluate supervisors, and recommend annual salary
  • Ensure that employee disciplinary procedures adhere to University policy, and offer recommendations for disciplinary action in cases beyond the authority of the AVPPS to
  • Routinely involve staff at all levels in the continuous improvement of departmental policies and procedures.
  • Report any violations of licensing and any unusual occurrences which may call for superior authority.
  • Participate in occasional evening, weekend, and holiday
  • Participate in One UND strategic plan

History of the Position

In October 2010 Alice Brekke, University of North Dakota vice president for finance and operations, hired Terry Sando as the University’s first senior emergency management specialist. Sando’s position was renamed the director of emergency management and public safety in July 2011 during a realignment of services. At that time Vice President Brekke merged a number of emergency and safety units and functions (emergency management, police, safety and environmental health, Environmental Training Institute, and insurance and risk management) in order to integrate services, provide training, and collaborate with other campus and external entities. In May 2012, Duane Czapiewski, UND’s long-time chief of police, retired after 31 years of service, which was followed shortly by the resignations of Sando and Jason Uhlir, safety office director and risk manager, in July 2012. Vice President Brekke revisited the organizational structure for public safety and again revised the director position, this time to include the chief of police. The director was now responsible for law enforcement, emergency management, environmental health and safety, lab safety, risk management and insurance, public safety, leadership, and workers’ compensation.

In October 2012, UND hired Eric Plummer, chief of police at Southern Arkansas University, as the director of public safety and chief of police; in 2014, the position was upgraded to associate vice president for public safety & chief of police (AVPPS). During his time at UND, Plummer transformed public safety on campus with improved lighting, more open spaces, improved relationships with students and the public, 24/7 safety escorts, a vehicle service program, and more. He oversaw the development of the SafeCampus app, as well as the formation of the Enterprise Risk Management Committee and Continuity of Operations Program. Plummer also implemented training collaborations with other regional policing agencies and task forces, including SWAT teams, bomb squads, and drug task forces.

Vice President Brekke retired in July 2018, and UND hired Jed Shivers as vice president for finance and operations and chief operating officer.

Eric Plummer was recently named chief of police at Radford University in Radford, VA, effective March 1, 2021. Terry Wynne, director of safety, is serving as interim associate vice president for public safety, and UND Police Captain Tracy Meidinger is serving as interim chief of police until a new AVPPS is identified.

Opportunities and Challenges of the Role

The next associate vice president for public safety & chief of police must possess a broad and deep understanding of national best practices with regard to community policing and engagement, modern technology, 21st-century policing, and staff development. The AVPPS should be an experienced leader capable of developing extensive collaborative partnerships, managing crises and complex situations in a professional manner, prioritizing education and professional development both within and external to the department, and proactively contributing at both a strategic and tactical level to a vibrant and dynamic higher-education environment. The AVPPS should recognize the interconnected culture that exists on a university campus and should be prepared to support, promote, and champion the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion at all levels.

It is essential for UND to identify a competent and visionary individual who can place students as a top priority at all times, promote the Public Safety team and all its various components, and lead the department into the future by boldly building on the current successes already in place. The following were identified as possible opportunities, priorities, and challenges that will face the new associate vice president for public safety & chief of police:

  • A strong and comprehensive culture of collaboration permeates the University of North Dakota, and the new AVPPS must commit to supporting, embracing, and further building this culture, both on campus and externally, for maximum effectiveness. UND is committed to building relationships as a foundation, and strong collaboration is an absolute necessity in all endeavors to ensure success. The AVPPS and the DPS touch a great many individuals, departments, and communities, so it will be crucial that the new AVPPS quickly reach out across campus to build strong associations and partnerships to foster ongoing positive relationships and be a “connector” in all instances. These connections are essential in order to assess real needs, design student-centered programs, and provide high-end customer service at all times. Additionally, DPS works closely with local police and other law enforcement in a number of situations, so the new AVPPS should also be prepared to engage and foster strong collaborative relationships with these entities at all times.
  • Specifically, the AVPPS must understand the importance of a strong working relationship with the Grand Forks Police Department, given the intersectional nature of both in terms of jurisdiction, and must prioritize maintaining and strengthening the partnerships that currently exist. With two athletics facilities and some Greek housing located outside the UND campus, there is a particular focus on working together for the benefit, safety, and security of all.
  • The AVPPS must make accountability a priority and must forge a balance between enforcing rules and supporting the educational mission of the institution. Effectively working hand-in-hand with offices such as Title IX and Student Affairs is essential, and will promote restorative justice and educational prioritization.
  • As the largest institution in the North Dakota University System (and growing), UND is on the move, with an exciting atmosphere looking toward the future. The university has great ambitions and the ability to make those ambitions reality, with a number of building and expansion projects completed or on the docket. The greater Grand Forks area is considered the most desirable place to live in North Dakota (and one of the most desirable places to live in the country), idyllically located amongst forest, prairies, and lakes, but with easy access to Fargo and Winnipeg, Canada. With music, food, culture, night life, family events, and outdoor recreation in abundance, there is something for everyone in all walks of life. Upon arrival, the AVPPS should expect a fast pace, a supportive collegial atmosphere, and a fresh and vibrant environment in which to work. There are also high expectations for the new AVPPS, so the successful candidate should be ready to “hit the ground running” on day one.
  • Community engagement and community policing are essential core values within DPS. While already evident on campus in many ways, an even stronger community policing philosophy will allow the AVPPS and other staff an opportunity to be seen as fully functioning members of the campus community. The AVPPS and the other officers should be visible, accessible, and proactive with the student body, consistently networking with the faculty and administration, interactively involving the campus in safety and security endeavors, and generally providing a positive representation of the department. The new AVPPS should use IACLEA best practices, innovative trends, and other professional networks to inform the further development of this community engagement and community policing philosophy.
  • Given the deep and previously established service-oriented culture within DPS, the new AVPPS should prepare to spend a great deal of time intently listening to the members of the current staff and others across campus, understanding the depth of the commitment to serving others, and then developing a plan for further enhancing this commitment in the future. It will be essential that the AVPPS be inclusive in all these listening efforts, ensuring that all voices are heard and that all ideas are given proper attention.
  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion are important parts of the UND community, and the AVPPS should be a leader in supporting, understanding, embracing, and nurturing these concepts. There are a number of underrepresented populations within the institution, and the DPS, with the AVPPS at the helm, needs to be a model for maintaining a strong sense of equity and an unbiased working environment at all times. A demonstrated insight into the needs and concerns of the various individual communities represented at UND is vital, and the AVPPS will therefore be expected to dialogue, empathize, and work to devise collaborative solutions for the benefit of all.
  • Additionally, the AVPPS and all of UND DPS must be prepared to take the appropriate steps to proactively address the ongoing national conversation around racism and police reform. While the relationship between the student body and the police at UND can be described as positive, there are students and other members of the community who have directly experienced the negative impacts of these police-related issues, and there is a measure of mistrust that must be addressed. The AVPPS must be willing to have difficult conversations, actively listen and engage all members of the UND community, and be transparent and collaborative in their solutions in order to effectively build relationships based on mutual understanding and create an innovative 21st-century approach to safety and security.
  • Across the board, the staff reiterated how much they like working at UND and for the Department of Public Safety; many have been employed there for a long time. The staff is very supportive of each other, enjoy the vibrancy of the university, and feel that there are many opportunities to build on the successes of the previous AVPPS and make a big difference in this role. The new AVPPS should be prepared to provide ongoing and specific professional development opportunities for the staff and commit to supporting the continued development of a strong and cohesive team.
  • While the AVPPS also serves as the chief of police, there are a number of other departments within UND DPS: the Office of Emergency Management, which is responsible for coordinating the University’s preparation for, response to, and recovery from any major emergency; the Office of Safety, which consists of environmental health and safety, as well as radiological, biological, chemical, fire, and physical infrastructure safety, workers’ compensation, ergonomics, and risk management and insurance; and the Environmental Training Institute, which has provided high-quality environmental and occupational health and safety training programs since 1988. Along with the Police Department, it will be important, particularly coming out of the COVID Pandemic, for the successful candidate to also recognize the valuable contributions of the other departments to the overall safety, health, and well-being of the University, ensuring equity of time and attention in each area.
  • In a post-pandemic environment where students will not have been on campus in large numbers for 18 months, there will be a great opportunity for the new AVPPS to begin outreach to the students and student organizations, who will be eager to hear new plans, priorities, and a positive message of support moving forward. The successful candidate should proactively reach out to Student Government and other representative organizations (e.g., Association of Residence Halls, Greek councils, etc.), engage in one-on-one and small-group conversations, attend events and activities, and participate openly and transparently in meetings as much as possible.

Measures of Success

At an appropriate interval after joining the University of North Dakota, the items listed below will initially define success for the new AVPPS:

  • The Department of Public Safety staff is working together cohesively as a team, morale is high and rising, staff vacancies are being filled and retention is a priority, the AVPPS is consistently available and willing to listen to staff, and professional-development opportunities are abundant.
  • Strong collaborative relationships have been established across campus and in the community, especially with students and student organizations, the academic and administrative departments, faculty, administration, local partners in the community, and other law enforcement agencies.
  • The AVPPS is recognized as the “face” of DPS and “expert” on public safety by the campus community, particularly the students, and is present, involved, visible on campus, and recognized as fair, trustworthy, and open-minded when issues arise.
  • Campus climate surveys show positive levels of student satisfaction with the Department of Public Safety, particularly among underrepresented populations.
  • External measures such as regional and national rankings show growth.
  • Relationships with the Grand Forks Police Department and other external agencies are established and maintained, and there are positive town-gown relationships within the Grand Forks community.
  • The crime rate on campus is reduced and DPS is known for its community engagement initiatives.
  • Robust and transparent communications and effective public relations are emanating from the AVPPS and the department.
  • The AVPPS is introducing sound best practices and cutting-edge innovations as appropriate, and shows a willingness to consistently try new ideas with the proper vetting.
  • A new strategic plan is devised and in the process of being implemented.

Qualifications and Characteristics

The position requires a bachelor’s degree (master’s preferred) in criminal justice, police administration, or related  field, and at least ten years of progressively responsible policing experience, at least five years of supervisory command in law enforcement, completion of the FBI National Academy or Command Officers Development Course (or similar 10-12 week command-level training program), Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) certification or the ability to be certified in North Dakota if not already, and proficiency with community policing. Public safety or law enforcement experience in a higher-education environment is highly preferred.

In addition to the minimum academic and experiential requirements indicated above, other desired characteristics, skills, actions, and/or abilities noted from discussions with campus stakeholders include the following:

  • a progressive background and professional competence in law enforcement, preferably in a higher-education setting;
  • strong leadership abilities that inspire staff and promote unity, retention, and teamwork, as well as human-relations skills to deal effectively with personnel issues when necessary;
  • great collaboration with internal departments and external colleagues, with the ability to understand the importance of interconnectedness;
  • strategic vision and the ability to motivate all levels of staff to support that vision;
  • a commitment to training and professional development for staff;
  • a student-centered philosophy in which the welfare of students and improvement of the student experience are high priorities;
  • a willingness to listen and take feedback from students, hear the real needs of students, and be proactive in seeking out students to better understand their needs;
  • demonstrated knowledge and experience in compliance and associated reporting requirements, particularly the details of Clery and Title IX;
  • excellent and transparent communication skills, with the ability to consistently reach all levels of the department and the University, as well as the ability to effectively speak to the press, parents, and the surrounding community;
  • ability to listen carefully, ask knowledgeable questions, learn the department and its intricacies, accept input from staff, and then make well-informed decisions about what is best for the UND community;
  • strategic and data-informed decision-making and the ability to think fast on their feet when necessary;
  • empathy, compassion, a positive attitude, and a good sense of humor;
  • political savvy and tact, with the ability to fight diplomatically for the needs of the staff and the department;
  • willingness to be visible on campus, to participate in the life of the campus, and to work with the administration to provide information and news to the campus community in a timely and appropriate fashion;
  • problem-solving skills, with the ability to determine needs, address issues, and manage change effectively;
  • adaptation to significant changes on the spur of the moment, not reactive, and able to address situations with a cool and collected demeanor;
  • experience with addressing implicit or explicit bias in policing, and the ability to train staff on these issues;
  • strong assessment skills, with the ability to make data-driven decisions, set expectations across the department, devise and implement a plan, analyze the results, and propose changes and updates based on these outcomes;
  • intercultural sensitivity for the students and the community, especially those not from the local area;
  • approachability and an open-door policy;
  • innovation and a futuristic orientation, with a willingness to try new opportunities, remain informed on new trends and best practices, and lead significant change processes as necessary;
  • strong budgeting and finance skills, and the ability to be strategic in all budgetary decisions, recognizing at all times the limits of the state budgeting system;
  • ability to understand that a comprehensive commitment to a customer-service philosophy is one of the top priorities of the position and the institution;
  • a focus on cybersecurity and other technology-related safety issues;
  • ardent delegating and the ability to balance when to actively participate and when to delegate tasks to others;
  • strong character and work ethic;
  • demonstrated experience with organizational development, management, and structural design;
  • knowledge of the use of social media, and the ability to harness and leverage it for the benefit of the department.

Overview of the Department of Public Safety

The Department of Public Safety, which includes the Office of Safety, University Police Department, and Office of Emergency Management, works in conjunction with members of the campus community to provide a safe environment for all. Through training, promoting safe habits, and complying with local and federal laws, UND is and will continue to be a safe place for its students, faculty, staff, and visitors.

Policy Statement on Safety

“Safety is a University priority. The University of North Dakota strives to provide a safe and healthy environment for its students, faculty, staff, and visitors. All persons are empowered to provide for safety and environmental health. The University subscribes to recognized standards of safety and health as defined in published materials from organizations such as North Dakota Workforce Safety & Insurance, State and Federal Fire Codes, North Dakota Risk Management, the Department of Transportation, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA). The Office of Safety has been assigned the responsibility of administering the University’s safety program.

“The University of North Dakota expects administration and supervisors to support safety and health programs through employee motivation and empowerment. Personnel are encouraged to improve their safety skills and awareness by participating in training, reporting unsafe conditions, and leading by example.

“Health and safety are dependent on the cooperation and actions of the entire University community.”

Leadership

Jed Shivers, Vice President for Finance & Operations/Chief Operating Officer

As vice president for finance & operations/chief operating officer (VPFO/COO), Jed Shivers provides leadership for the University’s administrative, financial, and operational unit. The Division of Finance & Operations provides leadership and expertise for delivering quality services essential to the mission of the University. Areas reporting to the VPFO/COO include finance, facilities, public safety, human resources and payroll services, equal opportunity/Title IX, policy, and Chester Fritz Auditorium. Shivers and his staff are dedicated to providing outstanding customer service while maintaining the fiscal integrity of the University, and are constantly striving to provide a healthy, safe, well-maintained campus for UND’s faculty, staff, students, and visitors.

In 2020, Shivers was appointed the COVID-19 point person responsible for monitoring and leading UND’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Shivers came to UND in 2018 from Albert Einstein College of Medicine (Bronx, New York), where he served as associate dean for finance and administration for 11 years. He was responsible for virtually all non-academic activities on the campus, including information technology, budget, accounting, office of sponsored projects, post-award grant accounting, student housing, security, food service, housekeeping, facility planning and construction, operations and maintenance, and environmental health and safety, as well as providing management to its core scientific services, including high-performance computing, research computing, animal institute, etc.

Prior to Einstein, Shivers spent a combined 24 years in administration at Robert Wood Johnson University, Stanford University, University of Miami, Yale University School of Medicine, and University of California San Francisco Schools of Medicine.

Shivers was born in Madison, Wisconsin, where his father earned his PhD, and grew up near the campus of the University of Connecticut. His father was a faculty member there from 1962-2005, and his mother taught at the University high school. He met his wife, Sandra E. Shivers (Stanford University PhD ‘94), as she was completing her thesis after a stint as a school superintendent in California.

Institution & Location

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Institutional Leadership

Andrew Armacost, President

Andrew Armacost was chosen by the State Board of Higher Education to serve as the University of North Dakota’s thirteenth president on December 3, 2019. He succeeds Mark Kennedy and Dr. Joshua Wynne, vice president for health affairs and dean of the School of Medicine & Health Sciences at UND, who has served as interim president since Kennedy’s departure.

Armacost officially began his tenure as UND President on June 1, 2020.

Armacost previously served as the dean of the faculty at the U.S. Air Force Academy. Over more than 30 years on active duty and 20 years at the Academy, Armacost held the rank of Brigadier General as the chief academic officer for this nationally-ranked institution. He had direct responsibility for a faculty of 550, an academic program with 31 majors, and a student body of 4,300. He has been a champion of shared governance, academic freedom, inclusion, student growth, and applied learning and research. The Academy’s sponsored research program of more than $50 million annually made it the nation’s top-funded research program among undergraduate schools.

Prior to that role, Armacost was the head of the Academy’s AACSB-accredited business management program, leading 40 faculty members and the Academy’s largest academic major. As a faculty member, he attained the academic rank of professor, while sustaining a particular focus on developing and delivering applied learning opportunities for his students. His additional service to the Air Force has included assignments as the chief analyst at Air Force Space Command and as a program manager for systems supporting the intelligence community and the White House.

Armacost has been widely recognized for his disciplinary expertise, academic leadership, and commitment to interdisciplinary learning. His lifetime of work, as both a scholar and a leader, earned him recent recognition as a Fellow of the Institution for Operations Research and the Management Sciences and lifetime achievement awards from both the Air Force and the Military Operations Research Society. In addition, he has received numerous teaching, research, and curriculum-design awards at the institutional, national, and international levels.

Armacost has been an active member of state and local non-profit boards, including an inaugural member of the Colorado Innovation Network and a founding advisor to the QUAD Initiative, a collaboration between local colleges to craft innovative solutions for community organizations in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He has been similarly active in support of academic bodies, including service on the Board of Directors of the Military Operations Research Society and key editorial roles for professional journals.

As a former student-athlete and campus leader at Northwestern University, Armacost is a strong proponent of providing curricular and extra-curricular opportunities that promote growth and development in all students and the opportunity to leverage education for a better society. His degrees include a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from Northwestern, and a Master of Science and PhD in Operations Research from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Benefits Overview

  • Health Insurance (at no cost to the employee!)
  • Dental Insurance
  • Vision Insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • Employee Assistance program
  • Long term Disability
  • Robust Retirement Plan
  • Education Opportunities

For more information: https://campus.und.edu/human-resources/_files/docs/payroll/staffbenefitbrochure-printable.pdf

 

Application & Nomination

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. To apply for this position please click on the Apply button, complete the brief application process, and upload your resume and position-specific cover letter. Nominations for this position may be emailed to J. Scott Derrick at jsd@spelmanjohnson.com. Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.

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UND is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin. Women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Applicants will be invited to provide information regarding their gender, race and/or ethnicity, veteran’s status, and disability status during the application process. This information will remain confidential and separate from the application.