Reporting to the Vice President of Student Affairs, the Director, Diversity and Inclusion will bring vision, enthusiasm, and collaboration to the Student Affairs division to support a diverse student body and further develop a welcoming, affirming, and sustaining co-curricular program at Stevenson University. The Director will lead and direct the activities of the Center for Diversity and Inclusion, advising student organizations, developing and implementing programming, managing a part-time staff member and student workers, and managing budget. Collaboration and relationships with professional colleagues, students and student organizations will be essential for the success of this role.
Master's degree plus three to five years of related experience in higher education or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Demonstrated commitment to diversity, cultural competency, and intercultural development within a higher education setting
Ability to create a welcoming space for people from diverse backgrounds
Demonstrated understanding and appreciation for all aspects of diversity and inclusion including, but not limited to, race, ethnicity, ability, class, age, learning styles, political perspectives, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, and religious expression.
Excellent leadership and supervisory skills
Demonstrated organizational and project management skills
Ability to work independently, identify creative solutions to solve problems, work collaboratively in teams, and effectively manage frequent changes in work assignments.
Ability to think intentionally and strategically be highly collaborative, with excellent implementation and follow-up skills.
Ability to represent the Center of Diversity and Inclusion professionally and bring both professionalism and efficiency to the position and the Center.
Ability to implement change and develop a culture of continual improvement and assessment.
Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing
Proficiency in MS Office Suite and knowledge of Colleague or a similar student information system.
Ability to work evenings, nights, and weekends as needed.
Ability to travel between campuses.
Serve as a trusted and knowledgeable advisor, advocate, and resource to advance strategies for diversity and inclusion for the Stevenson community.
Serve as a member of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee and the D&I Working Group to cultivate a vision and integrated programs that enhance and contribute to the achievement of the University’s diversity and inclusion strategic goals and objectives.
Serve as a member of the Title IX Committee, who will respond to reports of discrimination, bias and Title IX complaints, as assigned. The incumbent will serve as a co-investigator to conduct investigations of complaints.
Foster and support the intellectual, social, and cultural development of all students, to enhance understanding of diverse identities and intersectionality.
Communicate and collaborate regularly with members of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee to establish academic and cultural programming and presentations that will contribute to university life.
Develop and conduct workshops, retreats, conferences, and campus-wide events that strengthen and highlight Stevenson University's commitment to diversity and inclusion core values including: Safe Space Training, The Pulse Dialogues, Friday Night Flicks, and the development and coordination of history and heritage month events.
Provide oversight, support, and training to student organizations and their leaders.
Provide advice and guidance for established multicultural groups and clubs.
Research best practices in diversity initiatives and incorporate those findings into actionable plans for the university community.
Establish and maintain local and national networks to stay informed of best practices.
Conduct regular assessment of programs and trainings.
Compile monthly and annual reports of diversity initiatives.
Manage and prepare the department operating budget.
Represent the University at various off campus functions and conferences.
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As Maryland's third-largest independent university, Stevenson serves more than 4,400 students pursuing bachelor's, master's, and adult undergraduate degrees in the classroom and online. Founded in 1947 as Villa Julie College, the University is committed to providing a career-focused education and to offering programs that ensure our students' success in an increasingly dynamic job market.
The University imbues its emphasis on career throughout the educational experience, from coursework to experiential learning. In addition to providing students with a quality liberal arts education, the University also stays true to its tagline, "Imagine Your Future. Design Your Career." Stevenson graduates gain the knowledge and skills that they can apply to not just their first job or graduate course but also carry with them throughout their lives. This promise is made explicit through the Career ArchitectureSM model, which carefully mentors students through a process of learning who they are within a framework of theory, practice, and mentoring. Stevenson has historically high job and graduate school placement rates for its students, helping them find success by starting their careers or by ...entering graduate school for continuing their education. In 2013, the Maryland Career Development Association (MCDA) recognized the impact of the Career Architecture process by awarding Stevenson with its annual MCDA Organizational Career Planning Award. This award recognizes an institution that has developed an excellent program for career development within the organization.