Assistant Director for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Student Affairs

Jun 02, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Assistant Director for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Student Affairs

Penn State Harrisburg, a comprehensive College of The Pennsylvania State University, is excited to welcome applications and nominations for the position of Assistant Director of Student Affairs for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

Reporting to the Senior Director of Student Services, the Assistant Director for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is a leadership position responsible for advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives. This position develops, implements, and monitors programs, initiatives, and events that assist in the engagement, academic success, and retention of minoritized students, and offers guidance and support to these populations. In this position, you will develop and support data-driven persistence and retention initiatives for underrepresented, underserved and 1st generation student populations. You will utilize a comprehensive, educative approach to embrace the critical role of diversity, equity, and inclusion in delivering co-curricular experiences, building a positive campus community, and supporting student success.

Foundational roles for this position include but are not limited to:
  • Supervision and leadership of the Equity and Compliance Specialist who also serves as the campus primary Sexual Misconduct Resource Person
  • Partner with the Assistant Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and appropriate administrative units within the college and across the university to develop and advance DEI initiatives
  • Oversee the Oliver LaGrone Cultural Center and supervise student employees serving that center
  • Lead the Multicultural Academic Enhancement Program and the Students of Color Graduation Celebration
  • Facilitate and provide trainings to students and the campus community on applicable diversity, social justice, and cultural competency programs
  • Provide support for student programming and activities that enhance diversity, equity, and inclusion across campus
  • Serve as a leadership team member in Student Affairs and participate in College and University-wide committees and task forces

This newly created position will have the opportunity to leverage the college's resources to advance our strong commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI). Workforce diversity, cultural inclusiveness, and employment equity. Just as we are committed to being a diverse educational environment, we are also committed to being a diverse working community. As a community, we endeavor to be a mixture of cultural backgrounds, life experiences, individual perspectives, and numerous other characteristics that add variety and vitality to the workplace. The administration, faculty, and staff of Penn State Harrisburg take pride in the fact that we are one of the most diverse and inclusive campuses of Penn State University, and we are deeply committed to supporting a culturally, ethnically, and racially inclusive environment.

Typical requirements for this role include a Master's degree or higher in an education or social science related field plus five years of relative experience or the equivalent combination of education and experience. This position requires the successful completion of standard background checks in accordance to University policies. Additional qualifications include:
  • Experience in diversity, equity and inclusion work
  • Record of excellence and experience in building, delivering, and advancing institutional DEI programs and activities
  • Experience in advising and counseling student and student organizations
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Skill in working collaboratively with others and in developing professional networks
  • Experience in communicating with various stakeholders and presenting to large groups in various forums
  • Ability to support the college's broad range of activities and initiatives

Penn State Harrisburg is located in Middletown, near the city of Harrisburg, the state capital of Pennsylvania. The college is easily accessible via interstate and rail routes from Baltimore, Philadelphia, Washington DC, and New York, and Harrisburg International Airport is located within minutes from campus. The college is the largest and most comprehensive of Penn State's Commonwealth Campuses. An undergraduate college and graduate school, Penn State Harrisburg offers more than 75 associate, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degree programs and is the only campus, along with University Park, to offer programs from the associate to doctoral levels. The college also offers the first two years of study leading to more than 160 baccalaureate majors offered throughout Penn State. At the transfer level, Penn State Harrisburg serves students from all Penn State campuses and from community colleges and other accredited colleges and universities. The college enrolls 5,000 students in residence. Reputation is Penn State Harrisburg's hallmark - nationally accredited programs, award-winning faculty, and the resources of a world-class research university. We are Penn State in the Capital Region. The college's academic units are divided into five schools: Behavioral Sciences and Education; Business Administration; Humanities; Public Affairs; and Science, Engineering, and Technology. The college employs approximately 500 full-time faculty and staff, and roughly 500 part-time employees to carry out its mission to be a premier college of The Pennsylvania State University. To learn more about the college please visit

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Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

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