Director of LGBTQ+ Initiatives

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Director of LGBTQ+ Initiatives

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Full Time


Dean of the College


LGBTQ Initiatives

Department Statement:

Following a generous gift in 2002, Colgate created the Director of LGBTQ+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning, students) Initiatives role, initially locating it within the Center for Women’s Studies (WMST). In 2007, the position moved from sharing responsibilities in residence life, and student leadership and involvement to becoming a full-time role focused exclusively on supporting LGBTQ students and allies and, more broadly, people with marginalized genders and sexualities. Today, the director supports students and allies with a deep understanding on issues of race, ethnicity, gender, class, and spiritual backgrounds as well as their intersectionality, and by helping students and allies make the connection between their identities within the context of a small, private, residential, rural liberal arts college.

The Director of LGBTQ+ Initiatives continues to share a close partnership with the WMST, the LGBTQ Studies faculty and staff, as well as other faculty, staff, alumni, and students, to promote inclusivity across campus. The next Director of LGBTQ+ Initiatives benefits from nearly 19 years of history and tradition supporting the Colgate LGBTQ community to provide an affirming campus environment and climate. This is an exciting time to join Colgate and the Office of the Dean of the College as Colgate implement the Third Century Plan, which has a strong focus on equity and inclusion.

The mission of LGBTQ+ Initiatives is enhancing campus diversity, equity, and inclusion as well as supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and ally students through personal/intellectual/leadership development, building community, and outreach/visibility.


The Director of LGBTQ+ Initiatives is an administrative position within the Office of the Dean of the College. Reporting to the Dean of Students, the Director of LGBTQ +Initiatives is dedicated to supporting Colgate’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, and ally students by working to achieve inclusive excellence and through visibility across a vibrant campus community. The Director also advances several important divisional initiatives on behalf of the Dean of the College related to campus climate, particularly as they relate to gender, sexuality, equity and inclusion as well as intersectional identities. This position requires an independent, creative colleague who understands servant leadership as a way of supporting students and equipping them to navigate a rigorous liberal arts college environment.

The Director oversees daily operations including website and social media presence, co-supervision of an administrative assistant as well as supervision of student program coordinators. They develop and promote LGBTQ events, activities, programs, and initiatives, advise student organizations, work with students and the Rainbow Room, a student-run space, and provide education and support at Colgate regarding sexual orientation, gender, and gender-identity. The Director develops and maintains community resources, including materials that inform current and prospective students about the lived experiences, cultures, and concerns of LGBTQ people at Colgate.

Essential Functions

●Serve as primary support and resource for LGBTQ+-identified students.
●Maintain signature programs and events including SafeZone, Queerfest, Trans Day of Remembrance, Lavender Graduation, and Coming Out Week.
●Serve as the adviser to Queer and Trans People of Color (QTPOC) and Lambda student organizations as well as other related recognized student organizations.
●Supervise LGBTQ+ Student Program Coordinators.
●Collaborate across the university to develop and review policies and practices that advance LGBTQ+ inclusion.
●Maintain and strengthen partnerships with LGBTQ Studies and the Center for Women’s Studies.
●Represent and promote Colgate through local/regional/national presentations on LGBTQ+ inclusion.
●Develop social climate assessment and evaluation. Gather and analyze qualitative and quantitative data related to LGBTQ+ programs, service, and climate. Liaise with the Dean of the College Assessment Committee in matters relating to climate surveys.
●Maintain website, campus newsletter, and other communication channels.
●Other duties as assigned.


Training & Development


Develop and conduct regular multi-level Safe Zone trainings for the campus community and establish a train the trainer model to increase outreach.


Campus Climate


Serve on related and relevant campus committees, including LGBTQ Studies Advisory Committee, DEI Advisory Committee, Sexual and Intimate Partner Violence Coalition; Task Force on Equity and Diversity, among others.

Focus on issues related to the Campus Pride Index and champion efforts to achieve rankings that are reflective of the department’s mission.




Oversee departmental budget and work with the Assistant Dean of the College for Administration and the Advancement team on fundraising opportunities.


Personal Accountability for Results


Takes responsibility for decisions, performance, and outcomes; behaves in a responsible manner with a positive attitude; shows self-awareness and openness to feedback.


Effective Communication


Demonstrates effective written and oral communication skills; shares information and seeks input from others; adapts communication to diverse audiences; protects private and confidential information.


Problem Solving and Decision Making


Analyzes and prioritizes situations to identify and solve problems; generates solutions to improve efficiency and quality; involves others in solving problems and making decisions; factors organizational goals into decisions; makes clear, transparent, and timely decisions.


Change Management


Responds positively to changing university initiatives and readily adapts behavior to maintain effective performance; understands the long-term direction of the university and can relate this to departmental area; adapts to new methodologies; identifies and acts on areas where change is appropriate.


Leadership and Teamwork


Applies skills and knowledge to provide a climate to achieve departmental and organizational success; balances individual and department goals; helps others perform at their best; builds productive relationships to enhance individual and organizational effectiveness; treats others with respect; resolves conflicts among team members.


Creativity and Innovation


Generates, explores, encourages, and implements innovative ways of creating strategic value for the university, division, department, and individual level; critically assesses the effectiveness of new initiatives.


Diversity and Inclusion


Demonstrates respect for people and their differences; understands the benefits of a diverse workforce; earns the trust and respect of others; includes and welcomes others; works to understand the perspective of others; promotes opportunities to experience diversity within our community.




Understands the impact of decision making and personal behavior in achieving the university’s commitment to a sustainable and carbon-neutral campus; supports and advances the university’s sustainability initiatives; influences others to use sustainable practices.

Professional Experience/ Qualifications:

●Two years of professional experience in student affairs, or related field;
●Knowledge and understanding of identities, issues, and research related to LGBTQ+ students in higher education;
●Familiarity with contemporary college student issues, especially those related to gender, sexuality, gender identity, and the intersectionality with other identities;
●Experience with advising and/or supervising student workers;
●Comfortable with consulting current literature to develop an evidence-based practice to support LGBTQ+ students and promote inclusive excellence;
●Familiar with and committed to ongoing learning about the evolving landscape of students’ gender and sexual identities;
●Experience with assessment and learning outcomes development;
●Demonstrated experience advising student organizations and providing individual students with academic, personal, social, and cultural advising;
●Membership in relevant professional associations (e.g. AERA, NASPA, ACPA, etc.);
●Demonstrated commitment to creating inclusive environments;
●Demonstrated experience in design and facilitation of educational and awareness-raising workshops and trainings;
●Strong organizational skills, including effective time management and prioritization capabilities;
●Excellent written and verbal communication skills as well as presentation skills;
●Some night and weekend availability required; and
●Must be committed to working collegially and networking with a diverse group of students, faculty, and staff on a daily basis.


Bachelor’s degree required.

Master’s degree in higher education administration or student affairs or a combination of education and experience from which comparable skills have been attained is preferred

Other Information:

Colgate University, among the top liberal arts colleges in the country, seeks an energetic, motivated, and highly visible Director of LGBTQ+ Initiatives to serve as a trusted resource for students on campus. Reporting to the Dean of Students, the Director of LGBTQ+ Initiatives takes an active leadership role in developing students into balanced, mature adults.

This is a distinctive opportunity for an accomplished professional with a strategic approach to student affairs to elevate the breadth and depth of resources available to Colgate students. It is an exciting time for the University as Colgate enters its third century. President Brian W. Casey is leading the campus through a comprehensive Third-Century Plan to raise the institution’s profile as a distinctive and strong undergraduate liberal arts institution to even-higher levels of achievement. Under the leadership of Vice President and Dean of the College Paul J. McLoughlin II, there has been tremendous progress in the division as part of an enhanced commitment to enriching the student experience. The energy on campus is palpable; four Residential Commons communities living-learning communities have been established and long-term goals have been established for further developing the residential college system through creation of an upper-level residential system; career services; and integrated wellness.

In addition to these initiatives as part of the University’s Third-Century Plan, Colgate is also committed to an ambitious set of goals as part of the The Plan for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. This plan presents a framework for moving the work of creating an inclusive campus forward, and also for engaging the Colgate community in this effort in the years ahead. Colgate’s vision for its next century makes clear that improved diversity, equity, and inclusion are absolutely necessary if the University is to achieve its ambitions.

The next Director of LGBTQ+ Initiatives will serve as a collaborative colleague within the Dean of the College Division to ensure that opportunities are realized and issues are addressed; further develop students’ ability to be resilient and find success; and guide Colgate to be a more diverse, inclusive, and equitable institution.

Having celebrated its Bicentennial in 2019 and now forging boldly into its third century, Colgate is poised to realize its vision with a talented team within the Dean of the College Division. Colgate has distinguished itself as one of the finest residential universities and has sought a special purpose among institutions of higher learning. The next Director of LGBTQ+ Initiatives will have an understanding of and appreciation for a residential liberal arts education; a passion for providing support and opportunities for Colgate’s students, especially as they explore their identities and purpose; an authentic appreciation for Colgate’s history and traditions, as well as a vision of its potential; a deep understanding of the educational value of a diverse community; and a firm but fair approach to the resolution of conflict.

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Weekdays, with occasional evenings and weekends.

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Open Until Filled:


Special Instructions Summary:

Colgate is committed to attracting and retaining a diverse faculty, staff, and student population.

We strive to be an inclusive community — one that embraces and values diversity (in the broadest sense possible) in an environment of mutual respect, communication, and engagement. A variety of cultures and perspectives enriches the quality of campus life, and the opportunity to share different views and experiences is at the core of Colgate’s educational enterprise.

These differences can include but are not limited to: race; ethnicity; gender and gender expression; sexual orientation; socioeconomic status; geographic background; national origin; culture; age; mental, cognitive, and physical abilities; religious beliefs; and political beliefs.

As a result, we ask all candidates seeking consideration for the Director of LGBTQ+ Initiatives position to submit a diversity statement with their application materials. You can upload the statement under the Diversity Statement document heading.

A diversity statement may be any length (e.g. a short paragraph, a page) explaining your experiences, actions, and/or commitments related to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

To learn more about Colgate’s DEI plan, visit

EEO Statement:

It is the policy of Colgate University not to discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of their race, color, creed, religion, age, sex, pregnancy, national origin, marital status, disability, protected Veterans status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, being or having been victims of domestic violence or stalking, familial status, or any other categories covered by law. Colgate is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Candidates from historically underrepresented groups, women, persons with disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.

Clery Act:

The Campus Safety Department will provide upon request a copy of Colgate’s Annual Security and Fire Safety Report. This report includes statistics as reported to the United States Department of Education for the previous three years concerning reported: 1. crimes that occurred on-campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by Colgate University; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from, the campus and 2. fires that occurred in student housing facilities. The report also includes institutional policies concerning campus security and fire safety, such as policies concerning sexual assault, life safety systems, and other related matters. To obtain a copy, contact the Campus Safety Compliance Manager via e-mail at [email protected]. You may also access the report from the Campus Safety web page at:




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Posted: 4/28/2021
Application Due: 7/27/2021
Work Type: Full Time