Assistant Director, Intercultural Engagement & Inclusion

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About Hofstra:

Hofstra University is a nationally ranked and recognized private university in Hempstead, N.Y. that is the only school to ever host three consecutive presidential debates (2008, 2012 and 2016). At Hofstra, students get the best of both worlds. Our campus is a leafy oasis just a quick train ride away from New York City and all its cultural, recreational and professional opportunities. We offer small classes and personal attention, with the resources, technology and facilities of a large university. Students can choose from more than 160 undergraduate program options and 165 graduate program options in the liberal arts and sciences, education, health professions and human services, the Peter S. Kalikow School of Government, Public Policy and International Affairs, the Fred DeMatteis School of Engineering and Applied Science, the Frank G. Zarb School of Business, the Lawrence Herbert School of Communication, the Maurice A. Deane School of Law, the Hofstra Northwell School of Graduate Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies, and the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell. Hofstra University is a dynamic community of more than 11,000 students from around the world who are dedicated to civic engagement, academic excellence and becoming leaders in their communities and their careers.


Reporting to the Director for Intercultural Engagement and Inclusion, the Assistant Director is a full-time administrator position in the Office of Intercultural Engagement & Inclusion (IEI), within the Office of Student Leadership and Engagement of the Division of Student Affairs. The Assistant Director advocates, supports, and raises awareness about underrepresented intersecting identities, including: age, disability (from birth), disability (acquired), religion, ethnicity, race, socioeconomic status, education, sexual orientation, national origin, language, citizenship, gender identity, gender expression, body size and veteran status.

The Assistant Director fosters a strong sense of community and student development within Hofstra’s diverse student populations, implementing educational programs with social justice and culturally-focused student organizations and with departments within the University for the campus community.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Develop diversity and inclusion workshops and trainings for students and other campus constituencies.
  • Serve as a campus advocate and resource point person for historically underrepresented student groups.
  • Work in collaboration with all offices within the Division of Student Affairs, colleagues across the University, and members of the local community to establish student-centered programs that support the Hofstra and Division of Student Affairs missions.
  • Coordinate formal assessment for programs and events
  • Update and maintain the departmental website, related social media venues, communication plans, and other office marketing.
  • Provide leadership on the annual Graduates of Color and Lavender Graduates Celebrations.
  • Conduct research using best practices and benchmarking for innovative initiatives serving various communities.
  • Assist the Director with all aspects of the office operations and contribute to strategic planning and implementation of departmental goals and objectives.
  • Serve as an active member of the Administrative Conduct Board for the Office of Community Standards, including all required training.
  • Assist with the planning of office retreats and staff meetings.
  • Assist the Title IX Officer and Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer with student identity-based issues.
  • Serve on University and divisional committees and complete other tasks as assigned.
  • Assist in recruitment, selection, training, and supervision of the IEI Graduate Assistant
  • Support the management of the IEI Peer Educators with the assistance of the Graduate Assistant
  • Assist in the training and supervision of student assistants.

    This is an on-site position; work for this role is performed on campus.


  • Master’s Degree in a related field (e.g., Higher Education Administration, Counseling, Education, Social Work, etc.)
  • A minimum of two years of increasing responsibility and leadership in a related area (LGBTQ+, diversity education, student activities, leadership, programming, etc.)
  • Experience working with underrepresented student populations, and understanding their unique needs within a higher education context
  • Demonstrate capacity to communicate broadly across the division and University, cultivate and sustain collegial relationships, and build unity around difficult issues
  • Model behavior of an active listener, facilitator, convener, mediator, and coach
  • Have an innovative mindset to forge new ideas and strategies for relating academic and student life into an integrated and comprehensive student experience
  • Display an openness to risk, change, and feedback; a high degree of self-confidence and the ability to face challenges calmly
  • Knowledge of student development, intercultural, and leadership theories and ability to apply them appropriately, along with a commitment to continued professional development
  • Display interpersonal and problem-solving skills, organizational expertise, and possess the ability to think both critically and strategically
  • Demonstrate precise record keeping; experience with database maintenance and reporting, as well as other office technology such as Banner software, Microsoft Windows, Word, Excel, Access, and various social media venues
  • Willingness and ability to work some evenings and weekends

    The ideal candidate is a committed and experienced professional with knowledge of intersectional philosophies, a demonstrated history of successful campus and community leadership, and a commitment to the holistic development of diverse student populations. The candidate must be a confident spokesperson with a demonstrated effectiveness in making significant decisions and a willingness to initiate change.

Application Instructions:

Email the following items to [email protected],
letter of interest, diversity, equity, and inclusion philosophy statement, resume, and the names and contact information for three references (including a supervisor and a student you worked with recently). Please write "Assistant Director-IEI" in the subject line.


Hofstra University is an equal opportunity employer, committed to fostering diversity in its faculty, administrative staff and student body, and encourages applications from the entire spectrum of a diverse community.




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Posted: 6/9/2021
Application Due: 8/8/2021
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