Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Springfield College
 Springfield, MA

Req Number: 961

Under the direction of the Vice President of Inclusion and Community Engagement, the Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion provides leadership of programming that engages a diverse range of students, faculty and staff. The Director will supervise both support staff, professional staff, and graduate student staff, and lead and or supervise various campus programs, including the Cultural Connections Pre-Orientation Program. A primary concern of the Director will be to identify ways to advance diversity, inclusion, and belonging across campus.

Responsibilities include:

  • Direct service to those seeking to engage with the office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Constituent groups include, but are not limited to first generation students, students of color, women, students with varying faith traditions, and students with disabilities.
  • Provide supervision and leadership including recruiting, hiring, training and evaluation of professional staff, support staff, and graduate assistants, and student employees to ensure college and department processes and procedures are followed.
  • Organize campus diversity and inclusion programming initiatives around diversity awareness months (affinity month engagement). Director of DEI is a student facing with the primary role of working to develop and support relationships with students by designing, coordinating and implementing an annual calendar providing DEI-related programs, workshops, and activities related to implicit bias, anti-racism, privilege and other various diversity, equity and inclusion skills. The Director will embrace the department's mission and will serve as a resource and support for students with minoritized identities; lead efforts, developing, and supporting DEI programming for students; develop tools enhancing DEI content knowledge; and support development of agency by affinity clubs/organizations.
  • Leadership and college engagement on issues pertaining to BIPOC and other marginalized students and will develop and implement activities that support building capacity around DEI-related initiatives and values. DEI office to develop and support process for addressing equity related issues; maintain, and administer oversight of equity-related issues for students, and support initiatives for students focused on DEI; work with DEI Office team to develop partnerships across the School and University
  • Coordinate with the Student Success Coach the office pre-orientation program (CCLP). Assisting and managing the Coach and other campus partners to develop and launch a variety of initiatives to help BIPOC and other marginalized students to feel welcome, a sense of belonging and create a supportive culture, and an active part of the Springfield College community. Support underrepresented and minority undergraduate and graduate recruiting and retention efforts.
  • Assist with the recruitment of BIPOC and other marginalized students. Interfaces directly with students, attending student programming events and gathering satisfaction feedback from student participants to measure the effectiveness of support programs and services and implement into future student programming initiatives and objectives.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Master’s degree required in Higher Education Administration or related field.

Minimum three (3) years of professional experience working with students in an academic and/or counseling setting, preferably higher education.

  • Experience with developing new initiatives around such topics as spirituality, gender identity issues, and race and class to ensure support for group specific programming. Programming is a critical part of the position, and as such, programming should facilitate skills whereby students can productively discuss, engage and navigate issues related to difference.
  • Experience providing support services, advising, counseling, etc., to under-represented student populations to include recruiting, providing direct support services, and maintaining a case-load of students. Experience working and providing direct services to under-represented students.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Ability to oversee and direct staff. Ability to exercise good judgment in evaluating situations, solving problems and making decisions.
  • Experience contributing to a work environment that embraces diversity and uses diverse perspectives to enhance the attainment of organizational goals. Demonstrated commitment to high-level customer service and excellent written and verbal communication skills, the ability to work well with others, and function as a team member.
  • Strong organizational skills, ability to work independently and prioritize multiple tasks, maintain office confidentiality and accommodate numerous interruptions.
  • Project management skills and the ability to resolve complex problems and issues. Experience with monitoring budgets and performing reconciliations. Ability to produce reports and publications about diversity program innovations and impact.
  • Intermediate knowledge of software applications, specifically MS Office suite: Word, Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access.
  • Ability to work evenings and weekends.
  • Demonstrated experience or participation with persons from diverse backgrounds such as sexual orientation, racial, ethnic, religious, linguistic, gender, age, socioeconomic, physical and learning abilities, and a commitment to an inclusive and equitable working/learning environment.
  • Experience and/or leadership in serving, advocating for, collaborating with, and/or representing specific underrepresented marginalized communities.
  • Familiar with Servant Leadership Development practice: the ability to share power, put the needs of students or employees first and help people develop and perform as highly as possible.

At Springfield College, we offer competitive and generous benefit options for employees and their families.

Tuition benefits for employees and dependents

Tuition exchange program for dependents

Generous paid time off benefits

Paid Sick Leave Benefits

403(b) retirement plan (TIAA) with a generous college match

Medical, Dental and Vision plan(s)

Health Reimbursement Arrangement (HRA)

Flexible Spending Accounts (health care expenses and dependent care)

Life and accident insurance plans

Long-term disability

Optional voluntary benefits

Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

Qualified employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program

Wellness benefits and programs

Free use of our state-of-the-art Wellness Center

Discounts on campus and with local businesses

This position has been designed as forward facing and as such, the incumbent will be required to be immunized against COVID-19 on or before their first day of employment. Proof of vaccination or an attestation to the same effect, will be required. Individuals may seek ADA accommodations or a religious exemption, upon request with HR, but must do so prior to their arrival.

Springfield College is committed to enhancing diversity and equity in education and employment. To that end, the College welcomes candidates from all backgrounds and lived experiences, who will contribute to a culture of inclusion and respect. For more information about Springfield College's position on diversity and inclusion, please visit our Office of Inclusion and Community Engagement.

Full Time Regular

12 month

Sep 22, 2022

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