Special Advisor to the President for Strategic Initiatives and Inclusion

Job Details

The Office of the President is excited to welcome a team member who has a wealth of experience in managing multiple projects simultaneously, building cross-functional teams, and leading organizational culture and engagement. The Special Advisor to the President for Strategic Initiatives and Inclusion will lead the development and execution of projects throughout Lafayette College and our surrounding community. The primary responsibilities will include upholding and advancing the College’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and fostering meaningful relationships with our community partners. The person in this role will also lead the newly-formed, campus-wide Committee for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. This is a highly visible role, whose work will have an important impact on our students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community.

Primary Responsibilities

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

  • Provide leadership for College’s diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) efforts through collaboration with academic and administrative divisions throughout campus
  • Serve as the chair for the Committee for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion to ensure the Committee’s work is effectively making a positive impact on the campus and surrounding community
  • Assess how diversity, equity, and inclusion impact the student, faculty, staff, alumni, and community at Lafayette and make informed recommendations on improving the stakeholder experience
  • Manage the development, execution, and evaluation of DEI-related projects
  • Serve as a centralized resource and an advocate for College-wide efforts

Strategic Initiatives

  • Organize and coordinate major meetings, and/or senior staff meetings, collaborating with the President and her leadership team as needed
  • Lead and execute special projects, inquiries, and routine/complex responsibilities as delegated by the President, including special project management
  • Conduct research as it relates to assigned special projects

Minimum Requirements

  • Minimum of 8 years’ experience working in administration, preferably in a college or university setting. (6 years’ experience will be accepted, if the candidate has a Master’s degree in a related field).
  • Master’s Degree preferred.
  • Expertise in diversity, equity, and inclusion, including an understanding of best practice and effective implementation.
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills, including the ability to work with a variety of personalities and to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing with culturally diverse internal and/or external contacts.
  • Strong writing, editing, and proofreading skills.
  • Experience in organizing meetings and events.
  • Ability to understand and interpret policies and procedures as well as apply them with consistency.
  • Strong organizational, project management, and administrative skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work as an effective team member in a complex and fast-paced environment with a strong commitment to team success.
  • Ability to work independently with minimum supervision.
  • Ability to exercise sound and timely judgment and maintain the confidentiality of sensitive information.
  • Strong problem-solving skills and a “can do” approach.
  • Ability to prioritize tasks, multi-task, and meet deadlines with attention to detail and quality.
  • Strong technical proficiency including Microsoft Office and Google Suite products, with an emphasis on documents, spreadsheets, and presentation tools.

Application Process

Submit letter of interest and resume online at http://apply.interfolio.com/103223.

Lafayette College is a private undergraduate-only institution offering programs across the arts, sciences, and engineering on a coeducational, residential campus rich in history and beauty. Lafayette is located in Easton, PA within 70 miles of New York and Philadelphia. As part of the culturally vibrant Lehigh Valley with neighboring cities Bethlehem and Allentown, Easton is home to a dynamic restaurant culture, annual festivals, a historic farmers’ market, and arts institutions.

 

Lafayette is deeply committed to creating a diverse community, one that is inclusive and responsive and is supportive of each and all of its faculty, students, and staff. All members of the College community share in the responsibility for creating, maintaining, and developing a learning environment in which difference is valued, equity is sought, and inclusiveness is practiced. All Lafayette operations reflect the College’s commitment to Diversity, Equity, Access, and Inclusion (DEAI) initiatives, and Lafayette welcomes applicants from diverse backgrounds.

The Lafayette College Diversity and Inclusiveness Statement can be found here.

Organization

Working for Lafayette College

Lafayette is a private liberal arts college rated "most academically competitive" for admissions with 2,300 undergraduates studying engineering, the humanities, and the social and natural sciences. Lafayette is not only a great place for students to learn, but also a great place to work for its 650 full-time employees. 

Lafayette's faculty include 195 full-time teacher-scholars, all of whom hold a Ph.D. or terminal degree in their field. Teaching, student mentoring, and scholarship are the top priorities of the faculty at Lafayette. The educational philosophy focuses on direct student-faculty contact not only in the classroom but also in research projects and social settings.

Hailing from 39 states and 51 countries, Lafayette's students represent a wide variety of ethnic, social, cultural, and economic backgrounds. These students enrich the campus community with their ideas and experiences and, above all, their desire to learn.

Founded in 1826 by citizens of Easton, Lafayette is located in the tree-lined neighborhood of College Hill, overlooking the Delaware River and downtown Easton, a 15-minute walk from campus. The college has grown to include 60 buildings on 340 acres including a 230-acre athletic campus.

Lafayette is a leader in faculty-mentored student research, study abroad programs, internships and externships, service learning, writing across the disciplines, first-year experiences, and creative projects. It is a place of academic excellence and opportunity where every student can realize his or her full potential.

Students may earn bachelor of arts in 32 fields and bachelor of science in four engineering disciplines and nine science fields. Lafayette offers students opportunities to customize their learning that are not available at other institutions where the focus is not exclusively on undergraduates. The Lafayette Experience means discovery both in and out of the classroom, through student-centered, active learning that combines the highest academic standards with diverse extracurricular programs. Lafayette graduates are prepared for success and leadership.

About Easton

Easton is about 70 miles west of New York City and 60 miles north of Philadelphia. It has been cited as one of the best small arts town in America. The 30,000 residents of Easton live on the eastern edge of the greater Lehigh Valley, a metropolitan area with a population of 650,000. Highlights of downtown Easton include Binney & Smith's Crayola Factory, the National Canal Museum, and the historic State Theatre, which features concerts, plays and dance by visiting artists.

The city was founded in 1752 by Thomas Penn, son of Pennsylvania's founder William Penn, and is one of only three colonial cities in which a public reading of the Declaration of Independence occurred on July 8, 1776. Easton is the county seat for Pennsylvania's Northampton County.

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