Assistant Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Job description

Department: Academic Affairs
Reports to: Associate Dean of Student Success/Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Status: Full Time, Salaried Exempt (10 month)
Class: Administrative Exemption
Date Last Revised: September 2018

Illinois College is a residential, private liberal arts college located in the heart of Illinois, 85 miles north of Saint Louis, Missouri, and 30 miles west of Springfield, the Illinois State Capital. True to its founding vision in 1829, Illinois College is a community committed to the highest standards of scholarship and integrity in the liberal arts.  Illinois College promotes academic freedom, equality of opportunity, and human dignity through an increasingly diverse student population. The College develops in its students qualities of mind and character needed for fulfilling lives of leadership and service, fostering academic excellence rooted in opportunities for experiential learning while preparing students for lifelong success.

Illinois College is committed to diversity in all aspects of campus life. We value and respect differences. We know that we are stronger as a community when these differences bring us together. We strive for understanding, inclusiveness, and healthy dialogue in areas of race, ethnicity, culture, religion, politics, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression, to name a few. We seek candidates that can contribute to this goal.

The Assistant Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion will assist the Director in providing support to traditionally underrepresented students through diverse programming and services. The Assistant Director will foster cultural awareness and aid in the promotion of a safe, supportive, and inclusive campus that celebrates and respects diversity. The Assistant Director will work directly with students and student organizations as they explore their identities related to race, ethnicity, gender identity, gender expression, sexuality, religion, and other aspects of their personhood. The Assistant Director will assist with the orientation, retention, leadership development, advising, and support for students of color and other marginalized groups as well as collaborate with academics, admission, athletics, development and alumni services, and other student support offices to create strong cultural competencies for all members of the campus community. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
The following list of duties is meant to be representative of the work performed in this position. The omission of a specific duty or responsibility will not preclude it from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical extension of position responsibilities.

  • Assist the Director with planning and facilitating campus-wide programming, education, and advocacy related to issues of diversity and inclusion
  • Advise and assist student organizations associated with the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, such as Black Student Union, Nuestra Casa, Spectrum, Students for Sexual and Gender Equality, and Coalition for Ethnic Awareness
  • Coach students in their social, leadership, academic, and identity development and advocate for their holistic well-being
  • Attend and assist in the implementation of programming for students, including some evenings and weekends
  • Work directly and in partnership with other campus offices to provide support to underrepresented students and promote a diverse and inclusive campus
  • Provide support as necessary for religious life and interfaith programs and initiatives


  • Bachelor’s degree required. Master’s degree preferred. 
  • Experience working with diverse student populations required; relevant experience in higher education strongly preferred.  
  • Demonstrated success in developing programs and services that promote success and support for students of color and other underrepresented groups
  • Ability to work flexible hours required to supervise and facilitate evening and weekend programs and events
  • Excellent interpersonal, organizational, and intercultural communication skills 
  • Fluency in Spanish preferred
  • An understanding of issues facing contemporary higher education and capacity to engage the culture of a Midwestern, residential, liberal arts college

To apply submit a cover letter, resume and list of references to the Office of Human Resources by email to [email protected] or by mail to:

Office of Human Resources
Illinois College
1101 West College Avenue
Jacksonville, IL 62650

Illinois College is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from underrepresented minorities and women.




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Posted: 9/11/2019
Application Due: 11/10/2019
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