Assistant Dean/Director of Diversity and Inclusion

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Company Description:

Founded in 1845, Wittenberg is a nationally ranked, private, liberal arts college related to the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and has an enrollment of about 1,800 students. Wittenberg enjoys a national reputation for excellent academic standards and is widely known for its friendly and welcoming atmosphere. Wittenberg has an exceptional staff and award-winning faculty who share a commitment to undergraduate teaching, research, and development of students into successful global citizens. Situated on 100 acres of rolling hills in Springfield Ohio, Wittenberg is easily accessible from Columbus, Dayton and Cincinnati.

Job Description:

The Office of Student Development is seeking applicants for an Assistant Dean/Director of Diversity and Inclusion.  The Assistant Dean/Director will provide strategic oversight for diversity and inclusion initiatives that enhance the student experience with a specific focus on the support, retention and graduation of students designated as under-represented at Wittenberg University.  The Assistant Dean/Director will serve as an advocate for under-represented students at Wittenberg while developing and providing outreach, education and programming to a diverse student body.

Essential function of the position include, but are not limited to:

  • Provide oversight for developing, implementing, marketing, and assessing diversity and inclusion programs to enhance the quality of students' experiences.  Provide programming that increases awareness, skill development, identity development, and leadership toward ensuring an inclusive community.
  • Direct the day-to-day activities of the McClain Center for Diversity including advisement and support for culturally-based student organizations, diversity and inclusion training activities, multicultural leadership initiatives, and other duties related to the operation and maintenance of the Center.
  • Provide individual and group mentoring to under-represented students. 
  • Develop programs and services designed to increase the retention and graduation of students designated as under-represented at Wittenberg.
  • Develop learning outcomes and comprehensive, on-going assessments of diversity and inclusion initiatives.
  • Participate in the short and long range strategic planning activities for diversity and inclusion initiatives.
  • Work collaboratively with faculty, staff, committees and other offices who have shared goals of diversity and inclusivity .
  • Serve as a resource for the campus community providing consultation on equity related campus issues, policies, and opportunities.
  • Hire, train, and supervise student personnel.
  • Serve as a member of the Student Development team, attending meetings, retreats and trainings, and assisting with other major programs and events.
  • Serve in the Student Development on-call rotation assisting with emergencies and critical incidents. (Requires that the asst. dean/director live within 30 minutes of campus.)
  • Serve as a member of the Student Care Team and collaborate with the conduct office, counseling center, health center, center for student success, and other partners to identify students of concern and respond appropriately.
  • Participate in appropriate staff development opportunities; serve on campus, community, and professional association committees; appropriately keep supervisor abreast of matters sensitive in nature.
  • Manage the departmental operating budget. 
  • Participate in Title IX investigations and prevention initiatives.
  • Perform other duties related and incidental to the work described herein.


For this position, we require the following:

  • A master's degree in student personnel, higher ed administration, counseling or related field.
  • At least three years of full-time professional, related experience.
  • Experience working with student affairs/multicultural student affairs in a post-secondary setting.
  • An understanding of the mission and values of a residential, liberal arts institution.
  • Experience creating and implementing diversity education and leadership programs.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Strong interpersonal and public relations skills.
  • The selected candidate must live, or be willing to relocate, within 30 minutes of campus.

Preference will be given to applicants with experience in crisis management and/or behavioral team/care team experience.

Candidates must have the ability to work evenings and weekends as needed to support student events.

Additional Information:

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.  

Wittenberg is committed to attracting and retaining highly qualified individuals who collectively reflect the diversity of our student body and society at-large. Please see our notice of nondiscrimination on our website. 

Application Instructions:

To apply, please set-up an account and apply through our online system. As part of the application process, applicants will be asked to upload the following documents in MS Word or Adobe Acrobat format:

  • A cover letter
  • Resume
  • Name, address and phone number for three professional references

If you are a person with a disability and require assistance with the application process, please contact Wittenberg's Human Resources Department at (937) 327-7517.




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Posted: 3/29/2018
Application Due: 12/28/2018
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