Executive Director, Center for Diversity and Inclusion
Bryant University, which celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2013, is an innovative private, residential community of approximately 3,200 students in Smithfield, Rhode Island. It has a strong student affairs tradition, committed to a vibrant and engaging student experience which is intertwined with a pragmatic, balanced academic experience that highlights International engagement. The Executive Director for the Center for Diversity and Inclusion will supervise the professional and paraprofessional staff of the Gertrude Hochberg Women’s Center, Multicultural Student Services, Disability Services, The PRIDE Center and Campus Ministries/Faith and Spirituality. International Student Services will report through this position to the Vice President for International Affairs. Responsibilities of the Executive Director and the members of the Center for Diversity and Inclusion team include, but are not limited to: • Collaborate across the university to establish inclusive climate objectives • Develop, lead and oversee the shaping and execution of the University’s commitment to embracing diversity, broadly defined, as a resource that enhances learning for all students; support present initiatives within the Division of Student Affairs and beyond to establish a seamless experience for campus constituencies • Partner with the Division of International Affairs to support international student, faculty and staff services and initiatives including goal setting and assessment • Provide coordination, education and advocacy for university wide disability services • Establish services to support first generation students and their families • Develop relevant and measureable learning outcomes to guide ongoing improvement • Partner with the Office for Campus Engagement to implement intentional, inclusive orientation and leadership development experiences; facilitate training and workshops for student leaders including residence life staff, student athletes, student government and general student organizations • Develop and utilize peer leadership/mentorship programs • Maintain a visible and active presence on campus • Manage and administer the budget of the center • Supervise professional staff members in the implementation of programs and services • Partner with the Office for Campus Engagement and the Center for Teaching and Learning to advise students of diverse backgrounds and their respective organizations • Assist all University entities responsible for providing support services to domestic students of color and international students. These services include but are not limited to: counseling and advising students regarding academic issues, personal\social development, financial concerns, career options and job search strategies, healthcare resources, and Immigration and Naturalization service laws and regulations • Organize the implementation of workshops, presentations, learning modules and other strategies that promote diversity, equity and inclusion. Provide guidance on matters related to enhancing cultural competency and cultural intelligence, educate internal and external constituents on the value of an inclusive campus community • Coordinate and assess the scope and delivery of services offered to the campus community through the resource centers • Assess the effectiveness of diversity and inclusion initiatives on campus and recommend appropriate adjustments that are proactive and responsive This position is best filled by an individual with: • A Master’s degree in higher education and student affairs, gender studies, or a related field • 7-10 years of senior level administrative experience building and advancing institutional diversity and inclusion initiatives for students, staff and faculty • Demonstrated effectiveness in change management, particularly as it relates to diversity and inclusion initiatives • Demonstrated commitment to ongoing professional development • Exceptional leadership, organizational, written and verbal communication skills • Ability to work with diverse campus constituencies around potentially controversial issues • Demonstrated collaborative team building, a reputation as a positive team player with a sense of humor and a commitment to collaboration and integrity • Experience in managing, developing and coaching professional staff and students • Demonstrated involvement with local, state, regional and national associations and communities or relevance to the role • Knowledge of local, state, and federal regulations which govern underrepresented and international student populations Certain requirements are subject to possible modification to reasonably accommodate persons with disabilities.