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Dean for Institutional Equity

Macalester College
Saint Paul, MN

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Macalester College seeks to hire a Dean for Institutional Equity to champion equity education and action in collaboration with faculty, staff, students, and alumni. The Dean for Institutional Equity serves on the Institutional Equity leadership team to guide Macalester’s ongoing commitment to equity and social justice through collective action, shared visioning, and community connection. Reporting to the Vice President for Institutional Equity, the Dean has responsibilities for equity education programs, bias response, equitable hiring practices, and advocacy and support. The Dean works in partnership with students, faculty, and staff across the campus. The Dean will implement initiatives and programs that foster institutional change and embed equity principles across the college. The Dean will represent Institutional Equity at college and community events in the absence of the Vice President for Institutional Equity.


The Dean for Institutional Equity supervises the Equity Specialist and provides support for the Department of Multicultural Life, including direct supervision of the Director and Administrative Coordinator.


Institutional Equity includes the Center for Religious and Spiritual Life, the Department of Multicultural Life, the Office of Title IX and Non-Discrimination, and the Vice President for Institutional Equity. 


  • Develop, implement, and coordinate equity education programs for faculty, staff, students, and alumni with Institutional Equity and campus partners
  • Lead and support the College’s efforts to respond to bias or other equity-related incidents. Collaborate with Title IX Coordinator and Bias Incident Response Team to improve policy and procedure alongside restorative practices, accountability, and educational efforts. 
  • Develop and implement equitable search toolkit for staff searches (with Employment Services)
  • Cultivate strategic and meaningful partnerships with academic and administrative departments, Student Affairs programs, Athletics, student organizations, faculty and staff committees, and Advancement to facilitate equity and social justice work across the college
  • Coordinate and lead Equity Consultant Teams to provide support and consulting to administrative and academic departments 
  • Collaborate with Institutional Research and Assessment to effectively analyze and use data in equity action planning and evidence-based decision-making
  • Co-Chair the Equity Advisory Council with faculty and student co-chairs
  • Provide leadership within Institutional Equity and Support and implement Institutional Equity initiatives and serve on college committees 
  • Create reports and assist with communications strategies
  • Provide support and oversight of the Department of Multicultural Life
  • Directly supervise the Equity Specialist, Director of the Department of Multicultural Life and Administrative Coordinator
  • Manage budget; seek opportunities for additional funding; and appropriately steward college resources





  • Master’s degree in higher education, social justice education, or relevant field 
  • Minimum 8 years of professional experience with increasing responsibilities and administrative leadership
  • Demonstrated knowledge and application of equity principles and intersectionality in a complex organization or higher education 
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience developing and facilitating social justice education programs with ability to adapt curricula to various audiences and settings
  • Demonstrated knowledge and application of research on diversity, equity, and inclusion in higher education; as well as student development and identity development literature
  • Experience and knowledge working with diversity of students, faculty, and staff; as well as support and advocacy for people with marginalized identities
  • Demonstrated ability to navigate complex and sensitive situations with maturity, professionalism, respect, and compassion
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience communicating with multiple audiences and constituencies, and ability to act with diplomacy
  • Demonstrated ability to interpret, analyze, and apply evidence-based decision-making and effectively use data to create equity action plans
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills


  • Doctoral degree in higher education, social justice education, or relevant field
  • Record of scholarly publications or presentations on equity related issues in national publications or conferences
  • Experience or knowledge of residential, liberal arts colleges and navigating diverse higher education communities 
  • Demonstrated understanding of higher education organizational structures and experience with change management processes


Compensation & Benefits:

This position is full-time and exempt with annual salary of $125,000-130,000 and Macalester’s Benefits as a part of its total compensation package. 



Application Guidelines

For best consideration, please submit your cover letter and resume as one PDF through the Macalester Employment Opportunities webpage by November 9th, 2022.  Review of applications will begin immediately. All inquiries about this position should be directed to:


Alina Wong, PhD (she/they)

Vice President for Institutional Equity

[email protected]


Macalester is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic staff committed to working in a multicultural environment and strongly encourages applications from everyone who would add richness to our community, including people of color, individuals with disabilities, women and LGBTQIA+ individuals.



Macalester College - Institutional Overview

Macalester College is located in Saint Paul, Minnesota, on the ancestral homeland of the Dakota people who were forcibly exiled because of aggressive and persistent settler colonialism. 


Macalester is a highly selective, private liberal arts college in the vibrant Minneapolis-Saint Paul metropolitan area, with a population of approximately three million people and home to numerous colleges and universities, including the University of Minnesota. Macalester's diverse student body comprises over 2000 undergraduates from all 50 states and the District of Columbia and 99 countries.

 Since its founding in 1874, Macalester has provided students with the inspiration, insight, and experience to become successful and ethical leaders. Located in St. Paul, Minnesota, Macalester enrolls nearly 2,100 students who come from every state, the District of Columbia, and 99 countries. Macalester is a distinctive liberal arts college known for its innovation of scholarship. Macalester is proud of its longstanding commitment to social justice and creating a respectful environment for all people inclusive of sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, national origin, citizenship status, gender, religion, age, and ability. Macalester strongly encourages applications from everyone who would add richness to our community, including people of color, individuals with disabilities, and women. 



Macalester employees enjoy a fantastic benefits package and working environment that is second to none. Please visit for more information about benefits at Macalester College.


Our Commitment to Safety in response to COVID-19:


For the safety of our community, Macalester requires all employees to have received a COVID-19 vaccine regimen.Should a newly hired employee be unable to receive the vaccination for either medical or religious reasons we offer accommodations and assistance.


Questions or concerns about this process should be directed to Employment Services, at [email protected]


Working for Macalester College 

Since its founding in 1874, Macalester has provided students the inspiration, insight and experience to become successful and ethical leaders. Classes are taught by faculty whose passion is teaching and whose scholarship gains national recognition.
Two great cities at your doorstep. Macalester is nestled in a lovely, residential neighborhood–minutes from downtown St. Paul and Minneapolis–which offers students a wealth of internship opportunities in business, finance, medicine, government, law, the arts, and more.

Macalester students are citizens of over 90 countries.

Our faculty earned their advanced degrees from some of the best schools in the world, and they remain thought-leaders in their fields

Macalester students enjoy a wealth of resources for research on and off campus–specialized laboratories, libraries, museum collections, distinct population groups for surveys, even a natural history center. Often students undertake research that makes real contributions to their discipline. They publish papers in scholarly journals, participate in conferences, and provide analysis for policy makers and real-world use.


Macalester is committed to being a preeminent liberal arts college with an educational program known for its high standards for scholarship and its special emphasis on internationalism, multiculturalism, and service to society.

Statement of Purpose and Belief

At Macalester College we believe that education is a fundamentally transforming experience. As a community of learners, the possibilities for this personal, social, and intellectual transformation extend to us all. We affirm the importance of the intellectual growth of the students, staff and faculty through individual and collaborative endeavor. We believe that this can best be achieved through an environment that values the diverse cultures of our world and recognizes our responsibility to provide a supportive and respectful environment for students, staff and faculty of all cultures and backgrounds.

We expect students to develop a broad understanding of the liberal arts while they are at Macalester. Students should follow a primary course of study in order to acquire an understanding of disciplinary theory and methodology; they should be able to apply their understanding of theories to address problems in the larger community. Students should develop the ability to use information and communication resources effectively, be adept at critical, analytical and logical thinking, and express themselves well in both oral and written forms. Finally, students should be prepared to take responsibility for their personal, social and intellectual choices.

We believe that the benefit of the educational experience at Macalester is the development of individuals who make informed judgments and interpretations of the broader world around them and choose actions or beliefs for which they are willing to be held accountable. We expect them to develop the ability to seek and use knowledge and experience in contexts that challenge and inform their suppositions about the world. We are committed to helping students grow intellectually and personally within an environment that models and promotes academic excellence and ethical behavior. The education a student begins at Macalester provides the basis for continuous transformation through learning and service.

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