Director of Institutional Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Roger Williams University
October 11, 2018
Bristol, Rhode Island
Full Time - Entry Level
Roger Williams University, located on the coast of Bristol, RI, is a forward-thinking private university with 45 undergraduate majors and more than a dozen graduate programs spanning the liberal arts and the professions, where students become community-minded citizens through project-based, experiential learning. With small classes, direct access to faculty and boundless opportunities for real-world projects, RWU students develop the ability to think critically while simultaneously building the practical skills that today's employers demand. In the five years since launching its signature Affordable Excellence initiative, the University has established itself as a leader in American higher education by confronting the most pressing issues facing students and families - increasing costs that limit access to college, rising debt and the job readiness of graduates. In addition to its 4,000 undergraduates and 300 graduate students, RWU is home to a thriving School of Continuing Studies based in Providence as well as Rhode Island's only law school.
Roger Williams University is committed to creating and supporting an intellectual community devoted to teaching and learning and providing the opportunity for personal and intellectual growth for students, faculty and staff. The University credits much of its growth and success to the hard work and dedication of its employees.
Reporting to the Chief Diversity Officer, the Director of Institutional Diversity, Equity and Inclusion will be a strategic and visionary leader and collaborative partner focused on the retention and thriving of minoritized students, the creation of a welcoming and inclusive climate, and the intercultural development of all students. The director will be joining the campus at a critical time as the University develops and begins to implement an institutional Strategic plan that foregrounds equity, diversity and inclusion.
The Director will supervise multicultural student initiatives, LGBTQ student initiatives and International student initiatives, each led by an Assistant Director. Each of these areas has a renewed focused on student success and equity with new mentoring and support programs launching in the fall. It will be the Director's responsibility to build a cohesive team made up of the three area Assistant Directors, the office manager, an Americorps VISTA, and student workers that collaborate at the intersection of identities, connect with partners across campus and support institutional goals. Currently, there are two centers: the Intercultural Center and the Queer and Trans Resource Center. The director will have an opportunity to shape the future structure of the Unit.
As a seasoned practitioner grounded in research, theory and practice that support equity, the Director will work will be a trusted advisor to the Chief Diversity Officer and a critical partner with leaders in student life, Academic Affairs, the center for student academic success, CSALTT, Enrollment Management, faculty and others to build and support an infrastructure that fosters equity and embeds diversity and inclusion into all core operations of the institution.
The Director will be expected to serve as an educator, role model and advocate for students in a visible and interactive manner. Other responsibilities include assisting students, faculty and administrators in creating a pluralistic, respectful, campus community that appreciates and supports diversity.
In partnership with CSAS and student life, lead efforts to retain and support minoritized students.
Partner with the Chief Diversity Officer to embed and inclusion into all core operations of the institution.
Partner with Student Life on diversity, equity and social justice programming for all students.
Partner with CSALTT and faculty on faculty development initiatives.
Lead initiatives that foster a welcoming climate for all stakeholders.
Partner with Enrollment Management and Marketing to increase access and create pathways.
Partner with advancement to engage with minoritized alumni and external stakeholders.
Supervise affinity initiatives led by Assistant directors.
Serve on university-wide committees.
Support the design and implement multifaceted support services for students of color, LGBTQ students and international students designed to enhance the student experience and support retention efforts.
Provide leadership and support for staff advising for LGBTQ+ students, international students, students of color, first generation students and PELL eligible students.
Provide direction and support for targeted support service programs for under-represented students.
Administration and Budget Duties:
Maintain office budget and Cap Ex requests
Maintain Intercultural and QTRAC facilities and make recommendations for improvements as needed.
Leadership in the Division
Serve as the liaison working with administrators, faculty, staff and students at RWU to increase appreciation for discourse and diversity in all its forms.
Work collaboratively within and across divisions on institutional priorities.
Participate in divisional planning and assessment, including developing student learning outcomes for IC programs.
Demonstrate professional and collegial demeanor by relating to others in a courteous, cooperative, sensitive and congenial manner.
Maintains the confidentiality of all departments and University information.
Hire, supervise, and evaluate assigned staff.
Respect and maintain confidentiality, parameters of operation, professional protocols, and individual privacy. Perform any duties as assigned by supervisor or his/her designee.
Minimum of 5 years of progressively responsible experience Deep knowledge of access and success and factors that impact inclusion Understanding of intersectionality and the needs of multiple minoritized groups including populations served by the three Assistant Directors Experience designing intercultural and social justice development programs, especially faculty, staff and student training that is developmental, scaffolded and draws from a variety of disciplines and approaches Experience using disaggregated data to drive decisions and design programs Evidence of the ability to develop and maintain strong, collaborative relationships with a wide variety of constituents Supervisory experience, especially serving as an administrative leader and a coach and mentor to early career professionals Demonstrated success creating, developing, and implementing programs and services related to the position Strong understanding and commitment to multicultural, international and LGBTQ diversity issues of students Excellent interpersonal skills demonstrated across all levels of the University Knowledge of federal reporting systems and regulations related to international students, including SEVIS Excellent oral, written, and technology skills with advanced proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite and utilization. Ability to prioritize multiple projects and work in a fast-paced environment and meet deadlines Openness to feedback and coaching Master's degree required
Preferred Qualifications: Terminal degree Immigration knowledge Experience serving 2 or more of the following stakeholders: students of color, international students and queer students Experience developing a cohesive team made up of diverse individuals and perspectives Experience building new programs and initiatives Experience using data to drive decision making and program design The demonstrated ability to quickly obtain, learn, and apply critical skill set may be substituted for mastery of these skills
As an institution committed to strengthening society through engaged teaching and learning as well as building the university that the world needs now, Roger Williams University values inclusion, seeks to reflect the diversity of the region and create access to higher education and career success.
The University seeks candidates who, through their work and life experiences, service to the community, and teaching or research, can contribute to our diversity, inclusivity, and equity goals.
Roger Williams University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and committed to a diverse workforce. All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or any other basis protected by applicable state and federal law.
For information on our Non-discrimination and Title IX policy, visit: rwu.edu/NDT9
Please attach a resume, cover letter, and list of three (3) professional references. In your cover letter/letter of interest, in addition to listing how your qualifications meet the requirements of the position, please include information about how you would be able to contribute to RWU's diversity, inclusivity, and equity goals.
Review of applications will begin on August 1st and phone interviews will be conducted on August 8th through the 10th.