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Director of Student Engagement and Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Earlham College
Richmond, Indiana

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The Director of Student Engagement is primarily responsible for the support and oversight of a robust student leadership program, coordination of organizational advising and student activities in collaboration with the Director of Student Activities. The Director will give particular attention and leadership with DEI within the division and for student programming. The Director is expected to be an active contributor to overall goals, strategies and responsibilities of the Division of Student Life. This position reports to the Vice President for Student Life.

At all times, the Director models respect for student concerns, respectful engagement with College constituencies and supports the College mission. Utilizing exceptional communication, interpersonal and organizational skills, the Director establishes collaborative relationships within the division as well as a variety of campus resources beyond Student Life.


Within the Division of Student Life, this position will create, develop and provide oversight of student leadership initiatives. Specifically:

  • Support a student leadership curriculum, programs and concepts for the campus community in a manner that supports Earlham’s academic mission and goals.
  • Active participation and engagement in relevant student affairs professional associations.
  • Crisis management, BIT (Behavioral Intervention Team)/Care team experience.
  • Experience in conflict resolution and management.
  • Manage, track and oversee multiple large budgets ranging from student fees, campus programming and student organization budgets with the Director of Student Activities.
  • Audit, review and recreate risk management policies and training for student government and organizations in conjunction with the Department of Public Safety; advise Student Life colleagues as appropriate.
  • Train and serve as the faculty adviser for Earlham Student Government.
  • Serve as the co-adviser for 50+ student clubs and organizations ranging from service, cultural, political, religious and special interest.
  • Develop and coordinate bi-annual training for student leaders and faculty advisers.
  • Assist the Director of Student Activities with on-site support and supervision of events.
  • Work collaboratively with the other divisions of the College (such as the Center for Global and Career Education and the Center for Social Justice) to expand civic and community service locally and through national opportunities (i.e. alternative service breaks).
  • Work collaboratively with Outdoor Education, Residence Life and other offices across campus to create and sponsor Earlham Excursions.
  • Serve as part of the on-call rotation for crisis or critical incident response.
  • Serve on the Campus Life Advisory Committee.
  • Engagement with appropriate regional and/or national professional development organizations.
Education and Experience:
  • A bachelor’s degree is required. A master’s degree is preferred in student affairs, higher education or a related field of study.
  • 5-7 years of relevant experience in student engagement or student leadership, with student programming and/or orientation strongly desired.
  • Ability to communicate successfully with people from diverse backgrounds and an expressed commitment to uphold and further Earlham’s Diversity Aspirations Vision Statement.
  • Knowledge and commitment to student development theory and the changing needs of college students is essential.
  • Ability to design, implement and assess training and programming curricula.
  • Understanding of the liberal arts mission and/or commitment to learning and supporting an educational model focused on the whole person and critical thinking.
  • Successful experience at the collegiate level in the area of program coordination and student organization advising.
  • The successful candidate must possess strong interpersonal skills, oral and written communication skills and the ability to manage multiple priorities in an organized manner.
  • Previous experience related to diversity education and training; willingness to partner with campus colleagues in the co-curricular development of leadership and diversity competencies for students.
  • Basic proficiency with technology and social media; previous budgetary management.
Desired Qualifications:
  • Proven experience and competence in coordinating diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives and educational programming.
  • Direct experience advising student government; management of student leadership/organizations within a college or university environment.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience utilizing a theoretical foundation related to the principles and practices of leadership development and application; experience with Social Change model or similar is helpful.
  • Previous experience with a values-centered advising model and engagement with teaching faculty on a highly diverse campus; international experience is a plus.
  • Commitment to ongoing professional development and/or experience contributing to broader campus service and professional organizations within student affairs and higher education.
  • Familiarity with the principles of consensus, sustainability and a culture of global concern.
Application Instructions:

Please submit the following application materials in a single electronic file:

  • Cover letter;
  • Resume;
  • Statement on Diversity: The Statement on Diversity should describe how your values and leadership frame or center Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) in your work.
  • Contact information for three references.

All materials should be submitted to the Earlham College Office of Human Resources at: [email protected].

Earlham College is an Equal Opportunity Employer that seeks applications from candidates who contribute to diversity in terms of race, ethnicity, age, religious affiliation, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, and veteran status, among other distinctions and contributions. As a College with a Quaker identity, Earlham also is eager to solicit applications from members of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).


Working at Earlham College

Earlham is a selective national liberal arts college founded in 1847. Earlham's affiliation with the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) informs our emphasis on seeking the truth wherever it leads, respect for persons, learning from and with one another, conflict management and peacemaking, diversity, global education and on international experience. 

  • Earlham's 1,019 students are bright, eager and hardworking; they report significantly higher numbers of books read, papers written, interaction with professors, and other predictors of successful educational outcomes than are reported nationally.
  • Earlham graduates pursue advanced degrees at a high rate. Between 1992 and 2006, 10 percent of Earlham College graduates completed doctoral degrees. In fact, Earlham is 29th among 1,533 U.S. institutions in the percentage of graduates who go on to earn Ph.D.s; 10th, in biological sciences. Many Earlham alumni are deeply and personally committed to social action and to trying to improve the world. (These findings are based on the Weighted Baccalaureate Origins Study for 1992-2006 provided by the Higher Education Data Sharing Consortium. Rankings reflect relative size of institutions.)
  • Faculty at Earlham rate their working environment highly, citing the match between the College's mission and their own sense of personal and professional aims. Our governance structure emphasizes collaboration and consultation. The Faculty Meeting and all committees operate by consensus-seeking rather than by voting.
  • Earlham's faculty have created a rich liberal arts curriculum that values interdisciplinary study. The College's recently redesigned General Education Program prepares students for a life of critical knowledge and informed action. Faculty actively lead international study programs in which 70 percent of our students participate for at least a semester.
  • The Richmond/Wayne County community of 70,000 is small enough to need and value the contributions and expertise of Earlham faculty and students. Our faculty often provide advice and leadership aimed at improving the quality of life and are involved with educational, environmental, social service, cultural and governmental organizations in Wayne County. In addition, faculty engage Earlham students in community-related research and presentations.
  • At the same time, our community is large enough to provide a microcosm of urban challenges. The community enjoys a symphony orchestra, civic theater, art and historical museum, environmental education center, regional arboretum, and miles of improved hiking and nature trails in the geologically rich Ordovician limestone Whitewater River gorge. Five institutions of higher education are located in Richmond and Wayne County: Earlham College, Earlham School of Religion, Bethany Seminary, Indiana University East and Ivy Tech State College.
  • Richmond is near three airports: 45 minutes west of Dayton, Ohio; an hour east of Indianapolis; and 75 minutes northwest of Cincinnati.
  • For more information about openings, contact Becky Thomas, academic dean and vice president for academic affairs.
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