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Associate Director for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

  • Requisition no: 508906
  • Work type: Full Time
  • Location: Morningside
  • School/Department: University Life
  • Grade: Grade 13
  • Categories: Stdnt Affairs/Educational Admn

Position Summary

Reporting to the Associate Vice President for Student Life, the Associate Director for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion works to create a more inclusive campus culture and support students’ success as learners, leaders and University community citizens.  The Associate Director will develop, implement and evaluate programs and initiatives, and will foster and participate in dialogue with students, including student leaders, from across the University.  We are looking for a candidate with a strong student affairs background and deep experience working on diversity, equity and inclusion issues to broach sensitive and complex topics thoughtfully and deliberately with all campus stakeholders

University Life’s mission is to develop and enhance the university-wide student experience by working in collaboration with students, faculty and staff across Columbia.  University Life is comprised of four departments: Student Life, Student Conduct and Community Standards, Religious Life and Community Impact. The Associate Director will be a part of the Student Life department, which focuses on strengthening resources and policies, increasing dialogue and conversations about critical issues of the day, and building community outside of the classroom.


      • Lead student-centric work in the realm of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI), including: meeting with students on these issues, developing and evaluating programming that is responsive to campus climate issues that impact the student experience, developing and implementing training sessions, preparing and editing materials and communications to support the work, working collaboratively with staff and faculty throughout the University, and more.
      • Oversee, develop, and evaluate student programs and events focused on inclusion such as Campus Conversations and the Graduate Initiative for Inclusion and Engagement,  and other programs that nurture a sense of belonging, build community, encourage critical reflection o social identities, and enable students to successfully communicate across differences.
      • Provide essential support and leadership, as needed, within the Bias Incidents Support Team and Task Force on Inclusion and Belonging.  
      • Evaluate DEI program efficacy, develop recommendations and reports, and implement changes as necessary. Evaluate training initiatives, program activities, and collaborative events to ensure projects and resources are data-driven and responsive to the needs of the University. Develop learning outcomes and comprehensive, on-going assessments of initiatives.
      • Build, develop and maintain relationships with leaders of student organizations that serve students from historically marginalized communities across the University, ad hoc activist student groups, and other student leaders.
      • Supervise one full-time program coordinator and a small team of student staff, to support DEI work of University Life. Assist in hiring student staff on an annual basis.
      • Work with the Associate Vice President for Student Life and the Finance Team to manage the department’s budget setting and expense tracking.  
      • Participate in regional and national diversity in higher education associations.
      • Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience and a minimum of four to six years of relevant experience. At least two years of management experience. Master’s degree or other advanced degree preferred
  • Proven ability to generate ideas, develop strategy, create and implement programs, and manage against projected outcomes. Track record of building programs from the ground up with knowledge of how to push projects forward in a complex structure with a number of stakeholders.
  • Strong project management skills with demonstrated ability to coordinate, manage, implement and evaluate multiple projects over varied timelines.
  • Proven ability to work with a dynamic and engaged student population, both individually and in groups. Experience working with diverse communities preferred.
  • A culturally responsive professional who demonstrates the ability to communicate cross-culturally and interpersonally with a wide range of stakeholders and can grasp differing viewpoints with cultural humility.
  • Excellent interpersonal, collaboration, conflict management, and team-building skills required.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills with a strong knowledge of grammar and efficient and effective writing.  Graphic design skills are a plus.
  • The right candidate is patient, solutions-oriented, sensitive to others, politically savvy, and discrete. Exercises sound judgment and maintains a sense of humor.
  • Availability for evening and weekend work.

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