Assistant Dean for Diversity, Inclusion, and Cultural Engagement

Gonzaga University
Spokane, Washington State
Not specified.
Feb 24, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Chartered in 1881, Gonzaga University is a private liberal arts based college located in Spokane, Washington. Rooted in the Jesuit, Catholic, humanistic tradition of education, Gonzaga strives to educate its 7,800 undergraduate and graduate students for lives of leadership and service to the common good. U.S. News & World Report ranks Gonzaga University as 4th Best Regional University in the West, 2nd in the region for first-year student retention rate (94%), and 2nd for on-time graduation rate (83%). Spokane is the second largest city in Washington, with a thriving downtown core, numerous community events and festivals, vibrant neighborhoods, and a high quality of life. Located on the north bank of the Spokane River, Gonzaga is close to beautiful mountain forests, pristine lakes, and numerous recreational opportunities.

The Assistant Dean for Diversity, Inclusion, and Cultural Engagement (DICE) serves as a thought leader and strategist in promoting diversity and inclusion at Gonzaga University. The Assistant Dean is responsible for animating the collective wisdom, resources, and passion of the staff in the Unity Multicultural Education Center (UMEC) and the Lincoln LGBTQ+ Resource Center. By focusing on the three strategic goals of student identity development, student support, and campus education and awareness, the Assistant Dean upholds the University’s mission and promise of the holistic development of all students, in particular to “foster a mature commitment to the dignity of the human person, social justice, diversity, intercultural competence, global engagement, solidarity with the poor and vulnerable, and care for the planet.” DICE serves Gonzaga students by utilizing principles of critical dialogue, reciprocity, and solidarity to facilitate learning; cultivating cultural engagement, enriching mindfulness, fostering a sense of belonging, and challenging systems of privilege and oppression; continuously supporting the success of historically underrepresented student populations through developing community, active mentorship, and personal empowerment; collaborating with students, staff, faculty, and alumni to develop creative programs designed to increase and advance individual and collective intercultural competency development; and addressing campus climate concerns.

Among other responsibilities, the Assistant Dean develops and implements a departmental strategic plan related to Diversity, Inclusion, and Cultural Engagement; oversees the operation and management of DICE offices, including programming, budget management, and assessment initiatives; directly supervises four professional staff and leads a larger team that includes three graduate interns and 12 undergraduate work-study students; utilizes the Intercultural Development Inventory to lead competency-based training and mentoring; cultivates relationships with students, serves as a student advocate and advisor, and meets with students individually and in group settings to address issues related to campus climate. Serving in the role of chief diversity officer for the Division of Student Development, the Assistant Dean has a high profile at Gonzaga and collaborates broadly with students, faculty, and other stakeholders to incorporate intercultural development principles and best practices into the University community. This is an exciting time to join Gonzaga University as the results of a campus climate survey will be released in the fall of 2017, and will serve as a template for dialog and progressive change management within the institution.

Minimum qualifications include a master’s degree; five years progressive experience with multicultural organizations/programming; strong understanding of contemporary diversity, equity, inclusion, multiculturalism concepts and issues, especially as they apply to higher education (recruitment and retention, access, equity and diversity in the curriculum, the educational impact of diversity, policy and legal dynamics of diversity, etc.); excellent leadership skills related to supervision and departmental management; strong verbal and written communication skills, including public speaking, negotiation, and conflict resolution; excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to effectively collaborate with various constituencies such as students, staff, faculty, parents, and community agencies; and availability on nights and weekends depending on programming needs. Preferred qualifications include a terminal degree in higher education, student affairs, or related field; knowledge of grants, grant administration, and budgeting; and familiarity with and appreciation for Jesuit higher education.

Review of applications will begin March 24, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled. A resume with an accompanying cover letter may be submitted via the Spelman Johnson website at Nominations for this position may be emailed to Peter Rosenberg at Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.

Spelman Johnson

Gonzaga University – Assistant Dean for Diversity, Inclusion, and Cultural Engagement

Peter Rosenberg, Senior Associate

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