Assistant Director for LGBTQ+ Advocacy and Awareness

Hempstead, New York
Oct 09, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution


Reporting to the Associate Director for Intercultural Engagement and Inclusion, the Assistant Director for LGBTQ+ Advocacy and Awareness is a full-time administrator position in the Office of Intercultural Engagement & Inclusion (IEI), within the Division of Student Affairs Office of Student Leadership and Engagement. This position has responsibilities with multicultural and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning plus (LGBTQ+) educational programming and advocacy for Hofstra University. They include: coordinating events to foster a strong sense of community and student development within our many diverse student populations at Hofstra; implementing comprehensive outreach services for the campus community on LGBTQ+ topics; and providing educational and cultural programs with social justice and culturally focused student organizations and departments within the University. The ideal candidate will be a committed and experienced professional with knowledge of LGBTQ+ and intersectional philosophies, a demonstrated history of successful campus and community leadership, and a commitment to the holistic development of diverse student populations. The candidate must be a confident spokesperson with a demonstrated effectiveness in making significant decisions and a willingness to initiate change.

About Hofstra University
Founded in 1935, Hofstra University is an internationally ranked and recognized institution with ten schools and colleges offering 145 undergraduate and 160 graduate program options. Located in Hempstead, N.Y., our leafy 240-acre campus is a certified arboretum just a quick train ride from New York City, and all its cultural, recreational and professional opportunities. We offer small classes and personal attention, along with the resources, technology and facilities of a world-class university, including the Maurice A. Deane School of Law, the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell, the Hofstra Northwell School of Graduate Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies, the Frank G. Zarb School of Business, the Lawrence Herbert School of Communication, the School of Education, Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Honors College, the School of Health Professions and Human Services, as well as the Fred DeMatteis School of Engineering and Applied Science. Hofstra is the only university to host three consecutive presidential debates (2008, 2012 and 2016), and one of only three in the New York metropolitan area to have schools of medicine, law and engineering.  With more than 11,000 students and 128,000 alumni from around the world, Hofstra University is a dynamic community dedicated to academic excellence, civic engagement and global innovation. The Office of Student Leadership and Engagement is fully integrated in Hofstra University’s Division of Student Affairs, which has been named a “2016 and 2017 Most Promising Places to Work in Student Affairs” by The Center for Higher Education Enterprise.                                    

Essential Duties

  • Coordinate campus wide programming and initiatives focused on LGBTQ+ identities and culture.
  • Serve as a resource for issues of diversity on campus, particularly with LGBTQ+ perspectives; play an instrumental role implementing recommendations from the recent Hofstra LGBTQ+ Task Force.
  • Serve as a campus advocate and resource point person for historically underrepresented student groups, including students from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds and students that identify as being Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer or Questioning (LGBTQ+).
  • Work in collaboration with all offices within the Division of Student Affairs, colleagues across the University, and members of the local community to establish a student-centered program which supports the Hofstra and Division of Student Affairs missions.
  • Coordinate assessment programs that gauge satisfaction and impact of programs and events.
  • Develop and maintain the departmental website, related social media venues, communication plans, and other office marketing.
  • Assist the Associate Director with all aspects of the office operations and contribute to strategic planning and implementation of departmental goals and objectives.
  • Collaborate with the Office of Student Leadership and Engagement in the implementation of campus wide programs and traditions.
  • Serve as an active member of the Administrative Conduct Board for the Office of Community Standards, including all required training.
  • Assist with the planning of office retreats and staff meetings.
  • Assist the Title IX Officer for Student Issues with LGBTQ+ focused student support, programming and training.
  • Serve on University and divisional committees and complete other tasks as assigned.


  • Select, train, and supervise the LGBTQ+ Life /PRISM Mentor Graduate Coordinator.
  • Guide and support PRISM Mentors as they develop and implement on-going programs and services for Hofstra’s LGBTQ+ student community, including affinity groups.
  • Assist in the training and supervision of student assistants.
  • Assist with supervising the IEI Graduate Assistant(s).


  • Master’s Degree in a related field (e.g., Higher Education Administration, Counseling, Education)
  • A minimum of three years of increasing responsibility and leadership in a related area (LGBTQ+/ multicultural/international education, student activities, leadership, programming, etc.)
  • Experience working with LGBTQ+ students and other diverse student populations, understanding their unique needs within a higher education context
  • Demonstrated capacity to communicate broadly across the division and University, cultivate and sustain collegial relationships, and build unity around difficult issues; active listener, facilitator, convener, mediator, and coach
  • Be an innovator—able to forge new ideas and strategies for relating academic and student life into an integrated and comprehensive student experience
  • Demonstrate a flexible attitude and be comfortable leading change and continuous improvement in response to evolving market trends and best practices
  • Display an openness to risk, change, and feedback; a high degree of self-confidence and the ability to face challenges calmly
  • Knowledge of student development, intercultural, and leadership theories and ability to apply them appropriately, along with a commitment to continued professional development
  • Display interpersonal and problem-solving skills, organizational expertise, and possess the ability to think both critically and strategically
  • Demonstrated precise record keeping; experience with database maintenance and reporting, as well as other office technology
  • Strong computer skills, including experience with Banner software, Microsoft Windows, Word, Excel, Access, and various social media venues
  • Willingness and ability to work some evenings and weekends

Application Instructions

Email the following items to letter of interest, resume, and the names and contact information for three references (including a supervisor and a student you worked with recently). Please write “Assistant Director-IEI” in the subject line.

Hofstra University continues its commitment to extending equal opportunity to all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, national or ethnic origin, physical or mental disability, marital or veteran status in the conduct and operation of its educational programs and activities, including admission and employment.

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