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Assistant Director for Diversity and Inclusion

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Categories: Staff
Department: Center for Diversity and Inclusion

Davidson College is requiring new employees hired into jobs posted after August 1, 2021, and all employees with a start date on or later than September 1, 2021, to be vaccinated to help protect the health and safety of our community. New employees will be required to submit proof of at least the first dose of a vaccine on or before their start date and proof of full vaccination no later than 5 weeks after their start date.  Please see the full new hire vaccination policy here.


The Assistant Director for Diversity and Inclusion provides programming, education, outreach and administrative support for student diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives at Davidson College's Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion. Supervised by the Assistant Dean of Students for Diversity and Inclusion, this position will serve as a critical leader in developing strong interpersonal relationships with historically and systemically minoritized student communities the Center directly supports: students of color, LGBTQIA+ students, undocumented students, and first-generation students.  The Assistant Director will offer direct student support by co-coordinating the STRIDE Peer Leader Program, providing leadership on the Center’s LGBTQIA+ and First Generation Student portfolio, acting as a functional supervisor to student staff and fostering a welcoming environment in each of the department’s spaces. Through strategic and innovative outreach efforts, this position is tasked with raising the visibility of diversity and inclusion community spaces and programs while connecting students to campus resources. 


Programming & Event Management

  • Develop a strategic and innovative programmatic plan for the Center of Diversity and inclusion based on observable student needs, departmental priorities  and grounded in college student development and intersectionality frameworks. 

  • Implement the Center’s signature events with specific focus on LGBTQIA+, Student of Color and First-Generation student visibility and community building. This includes events such as new student Welcome Week, alumni/family engagement weekend, Queer and Trans Visibility Week, First-Generation Day, Identity-month collaborations, recognition ceremonies and service-learning projects.

  • Event management for the STRIDE Program (a peer leader program that supports the campus transition of incoming students of color). This includes the implementation of the Pre-Orientation 3-Day Event for incoming students and families, Mid-Year Event, End-of-the-Year Celebration, and semester-long programming on academic, wellbeing, and interpersonal community development for incoming students of color’s transition to college.

  • Collaborate with key Student Life stakeholders on events such as Civic Engagement, Student Activities, Davidson Outdoors Program, International Student Programs, Chaplains Office, Career Development, Academic Access and Disability, Residence Life and Student Health and Wellbeing.

  • In collaboration and oversight by the Assistant Dean for Diversity and Inclusion, design and facilitate workshops on a variety of social justice topics for student leaders.

Student Supervision, Advising, and Support

  • In collaboration with the Assistant Dean of students, serve as the functional supervisor for  5-8 student staff. This includes: creating staff schedules, advising student-led initiatives, facilitating leadership development, performance evaluation, management of bi-weekly timecard approvals, leading staff meetings and team-building activities.

  • Advise a group of 15-20 STRIDE (Students Together Reaching Individual Development and Education) Program Peer Leaders for incoming students of color and/or first-generation students, This includes recruitment and training for Peer Leaders, holding regular meetings, ongoing leadership development, event planning and offering performance feedback. Advising also includes regular check-ins and relationship building with 40-60 first-year/transfer student participants as they navigate  their transition to Davidson.

  • Develop strong interpersonal relationships with historically and systemically minoritized student communities such as students of color, LGBTQIA+ students, undocumented students and first-generation students while connecting them to campus resources as needed. Relationships should also honor collective and intersectional identities within and across student groups while also holding attention to coalition building. This may include being available to students by offering drop-in hours, appointments, attending student organization events or hosting group discussion after bias-related incidents.

Center Administration & Operations

  • Create a welcoming environment for students, faculty, staff and visitors at the Center and its additional spaces by advising them of campus resources in collaboration with the Administrative Assistant.

  • Support the Assistant Dean of Students in maintaining the Center’s financial transactions and budget management: purchasing, vendor contract processing, travel arrangements, monthly credit card statement reconciliations, reports, etc.

  • Serve as an administrative manager for room reservation requests for the Center’s multiple spaces.

  • Provide administrative support for the Assistant Dean of Students for Diversity and Inclusion by coordinating meetings and scheduling student appointments.


Outreach, Communication & Resources

  • Develop and implement a marketing and communication plan that raises the visibility of diversity and inclusion spaces, programs and resources in collaboration with the Administrative Assistant.

  • Design print and social media materials to publicize events and resources with attention to consistent messaging for the Center’s mission such as newsletters, campaigns, resources guides, event fliers.

  • Occasionally manage social media and technology platforms for the Center by providing frequent updates on events and resources.

  • Track campus community engagement with the Center’s multiple spaces.

Education and Experience Requirements:

  • Master's degree in higher education, student affairs, or related field is required.

  • Qualified applicants will have completed courses and/or training related to college student development, curriculum design, diversity/social justice, gender/sexuality studies, ethnic studies international relations and/or religious studies.

  • A minimum of 2 years of full-time related experience working with college students within higher education.

  • Qualified applicants will have experience working college students from historically underrepresented populations (students of color, first-generation, international students, LGBTQ students, undocumented, etc.) in an student staff supervision, organization advising or leadership development capacity. 

  • Applicants must also have prior experience in event planning, workshop facilitation, and office administration.

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.

  • Experience using, developing and managing social networking media, websites, and the Microsoft Suite is strongly desired.


This position requires in-person work on campus; remote or telecommuting work is not negotiable. To apply, please submit an online application along with a cover letter and resume to  Priority deadline for application consideration is November 15, 2021.  Anticipated start date for this position is February 2022.


At Davidson College, we believe the college grows stronger by recruiting and retaining a diverse faculty and staff committed to building an inclusive community.  In order to achieve and sustain educational excellence, we seek to hire talented faculty and staff across the intersections of diverse races, ethnicities, religions, sexual orientations, gender identities, ages, socio-economic backgrounds, political perspectives, abilities, cultures, and national origins.


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