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Director, LGBTQ+ Equity Center

University of Maryland College Park
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University of Maryland, College Park

Position Title: Director, LGBTQ+ Equity Center

Unit: LGBTQ+ Equity Center

Position Number: #102324




CAMPUS/COLLEGE INFORMATION Founded in 1856, University of Maryland, College Park is the state’s flagship institution. Our 1,250-acre College Park campus is just minutes away from Washington, D.C., and the nexus of the nation’s legislative, executive, and judicial centers of power. This unique proximity to business and technology leaders, federal departments and agencies, and a myriad of research entities, embassies, think tanks, cultural centers, and non-profit organizations is simply unparalleled. Synergistic opportunities for our faculty and students abound and are virtually limitless in the nation’s capital and surrounding areas. The University is committed to attracting and retaining outstanding and diverse faculty and staff that will enhance our stature of preeminence in our three missions of teaching, scholarship, and full engagement in our community, the state of Maryland, and in the world.




THE POSITION SUMMARY The Office of Diversity & Inclusion (ODI) provides expertise and leadership at the University of Maryland around equity, diversity, compliance, and inclusion work. The following units are within ODI: ADA/504 Compliance, Bias Incident & Support Services (BISS), Diversity Training & Education, LGBTQ+ Equity Center, Nyumburu Cultural Center, Office of Civil Rights & Sexual Misconduct, Office of Multi-ethnic Student Education (OMSE), and TerrapinSTRONG.




The LGBTQ+ Equity Center engages and encourages the campus in building a fully equitable community, and provides programming that develops and empowers agents of social justice for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people.




The director provides expertise and leadership for UMD on building, maintaining, and promoting an inclusive campus environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and allied people. The director also provides overall administrative, operational, programming, and fiscal direction for the LGBTQ+ Equity Center. This position spearheads strategic planning, budget management, fund development, and assessment for all Center’s programs and services. The director oversees the supervision, development, and evaluation of all Center staff; identifies and addresses barriers to student success; serves on various university and community committees; and works with key stakeholders to foster a safe, welcoming, and nurturing environment for all students, with a particular focus on students from historically underrepresented and marginalized communities. The director will have a demonstrated passion for and mastery of outreach, education, student development, collaboration, and advocacy. The director will serve as a liaison between the Office of Diversity & Inclusion, the university’s community, and community partners.






Master’s degree






Seven (7) years of experience working with LGBTQ+ populations preferably within higher education. Five (5) years of supervisory experience.






  • Extensive experience with advising, student development, program development and assessment, public speaking, collaboration with campus and community partners, policy and practice advocacy, and consultation with students, staff, and faculty. Demonstrated experience navigating complex campus structures and contexts in support of effecting institutional change for LGBTQ+ communities. Strong understanding of how sexual orientation and gender identity and expression intersect with other social identities and experiences. Knowledge and experience developing marketing, promotional, and public relations materials for university diversity initiatives. Knowledge of relevant research and assessment standards in higher education. Knowledge of budget and fiscal management. Excellent interpersonal, organizational, and communication skills. Ability to interpret policies and laws and make recommendations to key stakeholders. Demonstrated ability to develop, implement, and assess short- and long-term strategic plans. Ability to use good judgment in making decisions. Ability to handle sensitive matters with discretion, tact, and confidentiality. Ability to prepare accurate and concise verbal and written reports.





      • Ph.D. preferred. Passion for supporting marginalized and historically underrepresented student populations and community members. Participates in professional organizations that address issues of diversity and inclusion. Knowledge of culturally competent practices and inclusive support services for students from various underrepresented and marginalized communities, especially those representing various gender identities and expression. Advance user of Microsoft Office Suite (i.e., Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Access). Intermediate to Advance user of GSuite and Adobe Acrobat. Time and project management skills with the ability to prioritize and work with deadlines.



COMPENSATION & ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Salary range for this position is mid $90s to high $110s and commensurate with experience. Candidates must be able to provide proof of eligibility to work in the USA. No visa sponsorship is offered for this position. During the interview process, finalist may be provided a prompt to prepare and present using presentation to attendees; finalist may also be asked to meet with various stakeholders




APPLICATIONS, NOMINATIONS, VACCINE PROTOCOL, BACKGROUND CHECKS, AND CONFIDENTIALITY Interested individuals should submit an online application consisting of a letter of interest, resume, and names with contact information for three (3) references to this secure website:




The best consideration date for this position is November 17, 2022. Applications will continue to be received and reviewed until an appointment is made.




The University of Maryland has made the safety of our students, faculty and staff, and our surrounding communities a top priority. As part of that commitment, the University System of Maryland (USM) recently announced that students, faculty, and staff on USM campuses this fall, including UMD, are required to be vaccinated against COVID. As a prospective and/or a new employee at UMD, you will be required to comply with the University’s vaccination protocol. Proof of full vaccination will be required before the start of employment in order to work at any University of Maryland location. Prospective or new employees may seek a medical or religious exemption to the vaccination requirement at and must have an approved exemption prior to the start of their employment. Failure to provide proof of vaccination or to obtain approval for a medical or religious exemption will result in the offer of employment being rescinded.




Offers of employment are contingent on completion of a background check. A prior criminal conviction or convictions will not automatically disqualify a finalist from employment in the position.




All applications will be treated in strict confidence. The identity of applicants will be kept confidential and references will not be contacted unless and until individuals reach the finalist stage of the search process and have given consent.




The University of Maryland, College Park, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, creed, marital status, political affiliation, personal appearance, or on the basis of rights secured by the First Amendment, in all aspects of employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.



We are pleased that you are interested in learning more about the dynamic career opportunities offered at University of Maryland.

Founded in 1856, University of Maryland, College Park, is the flagship institution in the University System of Maryland. The University is committed to attracting and retaining outstanding and diverse faculty and staff that will enhance our stature of preeminence in our three missions of teaching, scholarship, and full engagement in our community and the world.university_of_maryland_at_college_park1.gif

There is so much to be excited about at this great University! Today, the University of Maryland is home to three Nobel laureates, seven Pulitzer Prize recipients, and more than 40 members of the most prestigious national academies. Research grant support topped $518 million in 2008, the largest amount in our history, compared to $203 million a decade ago. The 9,000 students starting their first year in the fall of 2009 came in with an average high school GPA of 3.95 and SAT median score of 1295. As our 11,000 faculty and staff know, the University of Maryland is a vibrant community and a very special place to work.

The University of Maryland is arguably the nation's fastest rising university over the past ten years, ascending the U.S. News and World Report rankings from 30th to our most recent ranking of 18th among public universities. The University is also currently ranked 20th worldwide by Ranking Web of World Universities, and 37th in the Academic Ranking of World Universities issued by Shanghai Jiao University. Kiplinger's Personal Finance recently rated the University the "#8 Best Value" in public higher education. Among our other notable rankings and distinctions, the Association of American Universities (AAU) ranked us first among its members in the number of Ph.D.s awarded to African Americans.

university_of_maryland_at_college_park2.jpgOur 1,250-acre College Park campus is just minutes away from Washington, D.C., and the nexus of the nation's legislative, executive, and judicial centers of power. This unique proximity to business and technology leaders, Federal departments and agencies, and a myriad of research entities, embassies, think tanks, cultural centers, and non-profit organizations is simply unparalleled. Synergistic opportunities for our faculty and students abound and are virtually limitless in the nation's capital and surrounding areas.

The University is committed to providing competitive compensation and personal, family, and partner benefits, that for faculty are at a level of our national peers, and suitable for the cost of living requirements of this Washington metropolitan area. The importance of this is emphasized in the University's 10-Year Strategic Plan, Transforming Maryland: Higher Expectations (2008). Our staff compensation plans are market-based in the Washington-Baltimore region, from where we draw most of our professional and support employees. Regular faculty and staff earn generous leave, health insurance, and other benefits, including tuition remission for employees and their dependents, in accordance with employment category and FTE. Our employees also enjoy access to a tremendous spectrum of academic programs, cultural, and athletic events. It's no wonder, then, that the Chronicle of Higher Education named the University of Maryland a "Great Colleges to Work For" in 2008.


As you consider a career with this great University, consider the following core values we have embraced and articulated in the Strategic Plan:

  • Excellence: Every part of the institution and every member of the University community shall strive for excellence, from recruiting brilliant faculty and students to keeping the campus beautiful with well-groomed landscaping.
  • Diversity and inclusiveness: Maryland's rise in academic stature has gone hand-in-hand with, and been accelerated by, its increasingly diverse community of students, faculty, and staff. We are resolutely committed to fostering dialogue and collaboration among peoples of different backgrounds, orientations, and perspectives and ensuring the respectful treatment of all.
  • Innovation and creativity: From the study of history to analyzing voting trends and from developing co-curricular programs to streamlining administrative functions, the Maryland community is determined to be exemplars of innovation and creativity.
  • Ethical action: The academic enterprise is based on a commitment to seek higher truths and create knowledge. Honesty and the highest ethical standards will inform all university actions, whether in the classroom, the research laboratory, the playing field, the administrative office, or anywhere else on and off campus.
  • Civility and collegiality: The Maryland community is home to a wide spectrum of viewpoints and personalities. The commitment to healthy debate as well as the ability to agree to disagree is vital to Maryland's determination to be a broad, welcoming, and diverse community.
  • Openness and accountability: Shared governance ensures that all members of the University family have an opportunity to participate in and take responsibility for its course. A continued commitment to openness and accountability is critical to the University's success.

Thank you for your interest in the University of Maryland. With Maryland's stature as one of the nation's premier public research universities, and our exceptional community of faculty, staff, and students, there has never been a better time to be part of this great University.

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