Director of Intercultural Services

Job description


Whatcom Community College welcomes applications for the Director of Intercultural Services position. The Director of Intercultural Services serves as the director for WCC's Simpson Intercultural Center and provides leadership for diversity, equity and inclusion-based programming and education. The Intercultural Center at WCC supports educational equity and academic achievement for diverse student populations by providing access to resources and a safe place to connect through a culture of inclusion and respect. Directing the Intercultural Center, this position will foster leadership and success through support for diverse student populations engaged with Center activities, specifically students of color, students of diverse genders and sexual identities, first generation college students, and students with disabilities. Reporting to the Vice President for Instruction, the Director of Intercultural Services will also work with faculty to support the implementation of classroom strategies and curriculum that contribute to closing equity gaps in student outcomes. In collaboration with key stakeholders, and in alignment with the College's strategic plan, the director will ensure that principles of equity, diversity and inclusion are integrated into campus culture in support of student success and achievement. The director contributes to WCC's core themes expressed in the strategic plan – achieving success, building community, advancing equity, and enhancing effectiveness. 

Job Responsibilities

Include but are not limited to:

Leadership of the WCC Simpson Intercultural Center

  • Provide mentorship to students with identity development, multiculturalism, and leadership. Serve as a resource and connect students with campus and community stakeholders, events, and activities.
  • Serve as the director for the Intercultural Center, including managing daily operations, programming, and supervision of staff.
  • Lead, train, supervise, and evaluate Intercultural Center staff to serve students and address campus-wide needs.
  • Serve as advisor or identify faculty or staff advisors for student groups and clubs. Encourage and support student participation in campus activities, student government and other forms of student leadership, including campus-wide committees.
  • Coordinate and supervise the planning, travel, and oversight of student attendance at statewide conferences (e.g., Students of Color Conference, Queer I Am Conference).
  • Manage department budget, develop annual department goals in support of the College's strategic plan, and contribute to institutional assessment and improvement.

Professional development and college service

  • Collaborate with faculty and Faculty Coordinator for Equity and Inclusion to support the inclusion of equity-minded curriculum and pedagogies and provide related trainings and workshops.
  • Coordinate with instructional, student services, and administrative services areas to ensure strong partnerships, programs, and services.
  • Assist college employees to integrate and infuse diversity and inclusion practices and skills throughout the campus.
  • Serve on relevant college committees, including the campus diversity committee.

 Collaboration and college representation

  • Establish collaborative relationships with regional higher education institutions, underserved communities, and high schools in a manner that supports student interactions between schools and community groups.
  • Serve as the College's representative for the statewide Multicultural Student Services Directors Council and for similar professional and community events.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Qualifications, Salary and Appointment

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master's degree from an accredited institution, preferably in a field of student development, educational leadership, or social justice; or a bachelor's degree with equivalent experience in the field.
  • Two years of experience working with historically underserved students in an educational setting.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • At least two years of experience leading the work of a program or service specifically supporting success for historically underserved student populations, including supervisory experience.
  • Advanced facilitation and communication skills.
  • Bilingual.
  • Demonstrated ability to build and maintain constructive working relationships with diverse clients, coworkers, and outside groups.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop curriculum and lead professional development associated with diversity and inclusion efforts.
  • Experience mentoring people from diverse socioeconomic, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds, including people of color, people with diverse genders and sexual identities, first generation college students, and other marginalized communities.
  • Experience working with a learning management system (e.g., Canvas).  

 Successful candidate must demonstrate:

  • Lead, supervise, and build teamwork among students, faculty, and staff.
  • Build strong, collaborative working relationships with students, faculty, and staff from diverse socioeconomic, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds.
  • Facilitate positive resolutions when conflicts occur.
  • Serve as a student mentor and advocate.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of leadership theory, critical race theory, and adult development theory and practice.
  • Contribute to the College commitment to diversity by fostering a climate of pluralism, equity, and multicultural understanding and appreciation.
  • Effectively communicate, including facilitating groups and conducting presentations.

Salary and Appointment: 

  • This is a full-time Administrative/Exempt position. Exempt from Washington State civil service law with an annual salary based upon a range of $67,000 - $74,000

Benefit Package:

  • The position comes with a full benefit package, including health, dental, life, long-term disability insurance and a retirement plan. 

Start Date:

  • As soon as can be arranged with successful candidate.

Application Due Date:

  • For best consideration, application packets should be received by 4:30 pm January 4th, 2019. Position open until filled.

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Job No: 00172
Posted: 12/3/2018
Application Due: 2/1/2019
Work Type:
Salary: $67,000.00 - $74,000.00 Annually