Diversity Programs Coordinator

Winchester, VA
Jul 16, 2019
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
Staff Full-timeWinchester, VAPosted 3 weeks agoShenandoah UniversityShenandoah UniversityShenandoah University

Mission: Shenandoah University educates and inspires individuals to be critical, reflective thinkers; lifelong learners; and ethical, compassionate citizens who are committed to making responsible contributions within a community, a nation and the world.

The Diversity Programs Coordinator is a full-time, salaried position with benefits located on our main campus in Winchester, VA. The successful applicant will work closely with students to lead educational and celebratory programs that will deepen and expand Shenandoah’s commitment to inclusion and diversity. The Mosaic Center team consists of the Director of Inclusion and Diversity, the Diversity Programs Coordinator, and student employees who are vital to the Center’s success. The Diversity Programs Coordinator serves an integral role by facilitating a campus culture of compassion, responsibility, advocacy and justice both inside and outside the classroom. The Diversity Programs Coordinator is a member of the Division of Student Life and directly reports to the Director of Inclusion and Diversity.

The Diversity Programs Coordinator, along with the Director of Inclusion and Diversity, is responsible for the Mosaic Center for Diversity. The Mosaic Center for Diversity furthers the educational and inspirational mission of Shenandoah University by providing education, celebration, advocacy, and leadership development for the campus community. These goals focus on valuing and fostering the diversity at Shenandoah and in the world beyond our campus. The Mosaic Center for Diversity embraces all races, sexes, gender identities, gender expressions, religions, ethnic backgrounds, socio-economic classes, sexual orientations, abilities, ages, personal appearances, political affiliations, military affiliations, and citizenship statuses.


Program Development:

  • Lead programs and events for the Mosaic Center for Diversity alongside 2 student leaders and 18 work study students who assist in the planning and implementation of events. Events include cultural heritage celebrations, social justice dinner dialogues, film screenings, Women’s History Month, LGBTQ+ programs, the BeYOUtiful Campaign, and more.
  • Help to assess programming efforts of The Mosaic Center for Diversity to ensure alignment with the mission, vision, and values of the University.

Campus Education and Training:

  • Help to develop and maintain a comprehensive offering of social justice and diversity training and workshop opportunities for the campus community.
  • Become a trained facilitator of trainings and workshops including but not limited to Safe Zone (sexual and gender diversity), Navigating Intercultural Understanding (Culture 101), Step UP! Bystander Intervention, Difficult Conversations, and Cultural Competency in the Health Professions.

Student Supervision:

  • Supervise undergraduate student leaders. Facilitate the hiring, training, professional development, evaluation, and mentoring of staff members.
  • With the Director, build the student employee program so that students are learning, growing, and developing cultural competency and skills that enable them to achieve their professional goals.

Student Advocacy and Advising:

  • Serve as an advocate, mentor, and resource in support of historically underrepresented and marginalized students. Cultivate positive relationships that support the ability to assist with students’ personal, academic, and social issues in a constructive and caring manner.
  • Provide ongoing support and guidance to student clubs and organizations whose missions are closely aligned with the Mosaic Center for Diversity. Organizations include Black Student Union, Spectrum (LGBTQ+), and Estudiantes Unidos (Latinx).
  • Stay informed of national and campus trends and incidents affecting underrepresented student populations.

Collaboration and Outreach:

  • Outreach to the campus community regarding issues of diversity, inclusion, and social justice.
  • Work closely with campus constituents to identify resources.
  • Initiate strategic partnerships with key faculty and staff.

Mosaic Center Operations:

  • Inspire a shared vision for the Mosaic Center for Diversity that includes departmental purpose and values in decision-making.
  • Assist the Director in strategic planning and help provide fiscal oversight of the departmental budget.
  • Serve as the primary manager of the Mosaic Center for Diversity’s physical space, including a student lounge; a resource library; hands-on resources for health, responsibility and advocacy; and a work area for student leaders. Address needs in the space as they arise.
  • Support the Director in all day-to-day matters within the scope of maintaining the administrative function of the Mosaic Center for Diversity.
  • Assist with university-wide programs such as Summer Orientation and Welcome Week.


  • Master’s Degree in Higher Education Administration, College Student Personnel, Counseling, Justice Studies, or a related field.
  • At least 2-3 years of experience in student development and support in a College/University setting, including staff supervision, program planning, and training facilitation.
  • A commitment to and knowledge of the holistic development of diverse student populations.
  • Prior experience working with underserved student populations in a multicultural/LGBTQ+/women’s center or a similar department within Student Life is highly desirable.
  • Must value collaboration and be capable of developing exemplary working relationships with a diverse group of students, faculty, staff and visitors on a daily basis.
  • A confident spokesperson and advocate with excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Strong organizational skills and demonstrated capacity to manage and prioritize multiple projects.
  • Demonstrated effectiveness in making principled decisions and a willingness to initiate change.
  • Flexible schedule with the ability and passion necessary to work evenings and weekends as needed to meet with student groups and facilitate programs.

Shenandoah University is committed to enriching its educational experience and culture through the diversity of its faculty, administration, and staff. Please include a statement in your cover letter addressing ways in which you may be able to contribute to that commitment.

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