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Director, Diversity Education & Learning

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Position Summary

Brief Description of PSU/School/Dept


Portland State University is Oregon’s most affordable public research university, located in the heart of one of America’s most dynamic cities. Our mission to “let knowledge serve the city” reflects our dedication to turning ideas into action — in Portland and around the world. The city is our campus, giving students unmatched access to career connections, a vibrant cultural scene and hands-on learning experiences with hundreds of community partners.

More than 27,000 students from all backgrounds bring diverse perspectives to our classrooms and campus life, from the tree-lined Park Blocks to the bustling Urban Plaza and state-of-the-art science labs. We are proud of our world-class faculty, groundbreaking research and international reputation for excellence in sustainability, community engagement and innovation.

At the intersection of the presidential priorities of racial justice, equitable student success, and deepening community engagement lies a model of a university that represents what the future demands. The Division of Global Diversity and Inclusion is the institutional body partnering across campus to ensure the thriving of minoritized communities and the embedding of equity and justice in all campus operations

Position Summary

The Director of Diversity Education and Learning serves as a key campus leader, helping to advance Portland State University’s commitment to intersectional racial and social justice, embracing its future as a majority BIPOC student institution, and serving as a model of an urban serving, community-engaged institution where minoritized communities thrive. The Director of Diversity Education and Learning is part of the Global Diversity and Inclusion Division, reporting to the Vice President and working closely with GDI’s Senior Leadership Team.

The Director of Diversity Education and Learning will assess the institutional needs of the PSU community for training and education, identifies strategic learning opportunities which lead to sustainable individual, unit and institutional change, advances the institution’s strategic priorities, and centers efforts that build the capacity to supports the retention, thriving, and success of minoritized students, and employees.

The director will create a suite of capacity-building opportunities offered at regular times during the year. In addition, working with critical stakeholders across campus, the Director will create a centralized education framework or model and toolkit to be used by various units across PSU’s decentralized campus community and support the adaptation of the framework by units.

Working with the stakeholders across campus, the Director will also lead a process that develops a glossary to support a foundational, shared understanding to anchor the work and is responsible for an annual update of the glossary. The Director of Diversity Education and Learning will work closely with the GDI, HR, and Diversity Action Council to convene the Cultural Competency Standards committee, ensuring adherence to House Bill 2864

The Director of Diversity Education and Learning will be a key partner with the Senior Specialist of Training and Employment in human resources, aligning around equity-minded onboarding, manager training, employee development and bringing an equity lens to personnel policies. The Director will also maintain critical relationships with the Office of Academic Innovation and Student Affairs to identify synergistic opportunities to leverage diversity education and learning in existing and new offerings.

The Director of Diversity Education chairs the Martin Luther King jr. committee and co leads the annual culturally responsive symposium efforts and is a point of contact for affinity group needs.


Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree and five years of relevant experience or an equivalent combination of education and relevant experience providing diversity education workshops, educational retention programs, culturally responsive services, curriculum and pedagogy, and other programming
  • Demonstrated experience developing tools to address anti-bias/micro-aggressions and other multicultural, diversity and equity education for faculty, staff, and students.
  • Proven ability to develop learning opportunities that are innovative, dynamic, and consistent with contemporary diversity, equity, inclusion, and multiculturalism issues
  • Knowledge of trends and issues related to diversity, intercultural competency, AA/EEO, and human resources
  • Experience designing a variety of learning and training programs- synchronously and asynchronously
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including public speaking, training, and facilitation, with ability to adapt training materials for diverse audiences.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively and collegially within a large and complex organization with diverse individuals at all levels and serve as a leader
  • Ability to honor the uniqueness of each individual, challenge stereotypes and promote sensitivity and inclusion. Ability to function effectively and respectfully within the context of varying cultural beliefs, behaviors, and backgrounds.


Preferred Qualifications

Master’s degree or terminal degree Five years of experience providing diversity education programming in higher education Demonstrated knowledge and experience with academic curriculum and pedagogy to advance diversity, equity and inclusion within the classroom setting Experience managing event planning for small to large groups. Demonstrated leadership, project management, and strategic planning experience.


Key Cultural Competencies

Create an environment that acknowledges, encourages, and celebrates differences. Function and communicate effectively and respectfully within the context of varying beliefs, behaviors, orientations, identities, and cultural backgrounds. Seek opportunities to gain experience working and collaborating in diverse, multicultural, and inclusive settings with a willingness to change for continual improvement. Adhere to all of PSU’s policies including the policies on Prohibited Discrimination & Harassment and the Professional Standards of Conduct.


Environmental Stewardship

Contributes to a culture of environmental stewardship, practices resource conservation, and actively works toward achieving long-term sustainability goals.

Work Days/Hours Monday - Friday, 40 hours per week, schedule to be determined


Total Compensation Range & Benefits Statement

Salary is dependent on several factors, and new employees will typically start around the Q1 level to allow for later growth within the salary band. PSU has a structured process for determining starting compensation, taking into account years of related experience, applicable skills, knowledge and abilities, market parity, and internal equity. The starting annual salary for this position will be between $65,580 and $93,410, but may be negotiated above this range dependent upon the factors above, the budget of the hiring department, and approval from HR.

An excellent benefits package includes 95% premium paid healthcare; a generous retirement and vacation package; and reduced tuition rates for employee, spouse or dependent at any of the Oregon University System schools :

Please visit our total compensation calculator to see the full value of our benefits package :

Reimbursement of relocation expenses may be available.


Application Instructions

Additional Information

All Portland State University employees, regardless of work location, must submit either (1) Proof of Vaccination; or (2) have an approved medical or religious exemption, on their first day or employment. To read the full PSU vaccination policy, please visit:

Additional Application Instructions (deadlines, etc.)

Please list the names, telephone numbers and email addresses for three professional references. Based on the timeline for this recruitment, please submit your application by 9/13/22.

Does this position require the employee to drive a motor vehicle? No

Background Check Required Yes

Position End Date (if applicable)


If you have questions

Please mail [email protected].

Search Details

Posting Close Date Projected Close Date for Posting Open Until Finalists Identified

Application screening begins 08/30/2022 Quick Link


Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

* What is your highest degree earned? (Open Ended Question)

* Please name the specific field/discipline in which you received your degree. (Open Ended Question)

* Please describe how you would work to create a campus environment that is welcoming, inclusive and increasingly diverse. (Open Ended Question)

* How did you first find out about this position?

  • PSU Website
  • HERCJobs
  • Urban League of Portland
  • Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber
  • Oregon Employment Department
  • Social Media
  • Person Referral
  • Career Builder
  • Glass Door
  • Other - Please describe in the next Question

If you selected Other, please describe. (Open Ended Question)


Applicant Documents

Required Documents


Cover Letter

Professional References

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