Director, Student Diversity and Inclusion Services

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OVERVIEW

The University of St. Thomas invites qualified candidates to apply for a Director opportunity within the Student Diversity & Inclusion Services team.

 

The University of St. Thomas embraces diversity, inclusion, and equal opportunity for all. Our convictions of dignity, diversity and personal attention call us to embody and champion a diverse, equitable and inclusive environment.  We welcome applicants of diverse races, ethnicities, geographic origins, gender identities, ages, socioeconomic backgrounds, sexual orientations, religions, work experience, physical and intellectual abilities, and financial means. We are committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. This commitment is consistent with our mission to inspire our students, using the Catholic intellectual tradition, to think critically, work skillfully, and act wisely – all for the common good.  A successful candidate will possess a commitment to the ideals of this mission.

 

JOIN OUR COMMUNITY

The University of St. Thomas offers a competitive and comprehensive benefits program, which includes:

  • Up to 100% tuition remission for employees, spouses, and dependents upon eligibility
  • A generous Employer retirement contribution of 9.4% of annual salary upon eligibility
  • Medical, dental, and vision options
  • Employer-paid disability, life, and AD&D benefits

JOB SUMMARY

The Director of Student Diversity and Inclusion Services position is the senior leadership position within the Student Diversity and Inclusion Services Office (SDIS).  The position reports directly to the Executive Director of Campus Inclusion and Community within the Division of Student Affairs.

 

The Director of Student Diversity and Inclusion Services will provide the vision, leadership, and assessment for SDIS. The Director is responsible for creating an intellectually vibrant and caring environment where student engagement, education, and cultural exploration occurs, with particular focus on race, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, social justice, decolonization, equity and inclusion; guiding and shaping student-centered programs where intersectionality is acknowledged and utilized to honor the differences and shared experiences of the entire community; and collaborating with St. Thomas students, faculty and staff to create an environment that values diversity and enacts inclusion.

 

In addition, this position manages, develops, and assess programs which aid in the transition and retention of students at the University of St. Thomas, with a special focus on diverse students (diverse in terms of national origin, race/ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, ability, economic status, etc.)  As one of the institution’s convictions states, “We strive to create a vibrant diverse community in which, together, we work for a more just and inclusive society.” This includes leading long-standing signature programs such as the Reaching Excellence in Academics & Leadership summer program, the Linkages Mentor program, and the Diversity Activities Board (DAB), as well as developing new programs and initiatives designed to attend to the changing demographics as well as increase majority students’ abilities to connect across and amongst cultures with a heightened sense of responsibility for creating just and inclusive environments, using our Tommie Advantage curriculum to plan, implement, and assess the educational experiences for students. 

 

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • Provide leadership and direction for optimal student engagement, education, and cultural exploration:
    • Provide a clear vision and shared goal-setting for the unit, influencing others to accomplish desired goals. 
    • Direct programs for diverse undergraduate students, with a primary focus on ensuring students of color and indigenous students achieve comparable satisfaction, retention, and graduation rates as the predominately White student population, and a secondary focus on increasing the capacity of White students to assume responsibility for engaging across cultures and creating equitable environments.
    • Advocate for diverse students by educating the greater University community on the individual experiences of diverse students and organizational barriers to a more inclusive and just environment.
  • Direct daily operations for Student Diversity & Inclusion Services:
    • Hire, train, and supervise the staff (two program directors, one coordinator, two graduate assistants
    • Develop marketing strategies, publications, and other media.
    • Work with related academic and administrative departments to foster collaboration in achieving the goal of greater diversity, a more inclusive campus climate.
    • Delegate responsibilities appropriately and should seek and provide different and unique perspectives. 
    • Project objectives, budgets, work plans, and implementation strategies should be developed that are consistent with unit goals and can reasonably be accomplished in a specified time frame.
  • Collaboration and Advocacy
    • Serve on various DEI campus and community committees.
    • Represent the Division, as needed, at relevant campus and off-campus events, and perform other duties as assigned.
    • Serve as a member of the Division of Student Affairs Leadership Council                                                                 

 

QUALIFICATIONS

We are seeking candidates who possess communication and interpersonal skills sufficient to work effectively with an increasingly diverse array of students and colleagues and who have demonstrated a commitment to creating, fostering and sustaining an inclusive environment.

 

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field
  • Five years of program administration

Preferred Qualifications 

  • Master’s degree in Counseling, Higher Education Administration, Student Personnel, or related field from a regionally accredited institution
  • Three years of experience in direct supervision and progressive experience in a leadership and/or supervisory role directly related to diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) in higher education
  • Previous supervision of professional staff, budget management, research and assessment, community building, and project management

HOW TO APPLY

On the University of St. Thomas Jobs page, follow the instructions to complete an online application which includes uploading a resume and copy/pasting a job specific cover letter.

 

In light of its commitment to create and maintain a safe learning and working environment, employment with the University of St. Thomas requires consent and successful completion of a background screening.

The University of St. Thomas, Minnesota Human Resources Department advertises the official job listing on its website at www.stthomas.edu/jobs.

 

The University of St. Thomas is an Equal Opportunity Employer

 

 

 

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Posted: 6/20/2019
Application Due: 7/22/2019
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