Multicultural Affairs, Social Justice Education, Student Affairs Administration
Associate Dean of Students for Diversity and Inclusion and Director of the Center for Diversity and Inclusion
This new position, under the direction of the Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students, will bring a collaborative vision and provide leadership in the development, coordination and implementation of a comprehensive program relative to an intercultural approach to diversity and inclusion campus programming, training, and mentoring. The Associate Dean/Director will support Ringling College’s multicultural, international, LGBTQ, First Generation and Veteran students, as historically underrepresented populations, and work collaboratively with the President, Vice Presidents, Associate and Assistant Vice Presidents and Deans, faculty, staff, students and external constituents to advance the institution’s commitment to all aspects of diversity and inclusion that are essential to academic excellence. The Associate Dean will work closely on diversity initiatives within Student Life as well as Academic Affairs to champion diversity and inclusion best practices across the College. The Associate Dean/Director will be student-centered.
The Associate Dean/Director leads Ringling College’s diversity and inclusion program by establishing a Center for Diversity and Inclusion, and working closely with the other Student Life Associate Deans, Director of International Affairs, Academic Affairs, Human Resources, Student Access Services and Veteran Student Affairs to provide a partnership approach to identity-based resources and support. Focus on building a framework that is “intercultural in approach (meaning a collaborative, intersectional approach) in order to create and sustain an environment of inclusivity across cultures, socio-economic class, sexual orientation, gender, first generation status and other identities.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
Demonstration of a supportive and accessible leadership/management style and willingness to collaborate with students, faculty and staff; the proven capacity to build meaningful and effective relationships at all levels of an organization.
Ability to be a good listener who can understand issues from multiple viewpoints, respond appropriately, and facilitate shared understanding among diverse individuals and groups.
Documented history of successfully developing and advancing diversity and inclusion programs.
In depth knowledge of theory and practice of diversity and inclusion, cultural awareness, gender identity, sexuality and gender identity, intersectionality of identity in college student development in a global context, and intercultural concepts and issues as they apply within higher education.
Ability to negotiate courageously the complex issues that emerge at the intersection of art, expression and creative making in terms of diversity and inclusion.
Scholarly expertise in intercultural education in higher education.
Knowledge of relevant federal and state laws as well as knowledge of higher education compliance regulations, particularly Title VI, Title IX and Section 504.
Comfort and sophistication with data and analytical tools that support decision making.
Experience with program evaluation, assessment and learning outcomes.
An understanding of best practices in recruitment and retention of underrepresented students, faculty and staff.
Knowledge of the grant application process.
Strong interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills.
Strong organizational and budget management skills.
Personal demeanor that inspires excellence and collaboration.
An appreciation and commitment to art and design education.
An earned Master’s Degree in student development, higher education administration, or related field.
Five years of related experience within higher education.
An earned doctorate in student development, higher education administration or related field.
Six or more years of experience in Higher Education with time at the Director or equivalent level or above.
Ringling College of Art and Design is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
About Ringling College of Art and Design
Since 1931, creatives from every corner of the world come to Ringling College of Art and Design to deepen, transform, and explore their passions. Our over1,500 students from 44 states + 4 territories and 57 countries and are fueled by a need to create—and we deliver the tools to turn passion into profession: an award-winning faculty, cutting-edge technology, and a supportive, creative community.
We offer the BFA in twelve disciplines and the BA in two. Beyond our rigorous curriculum—pairing studio and liberal arts—we excel in propelling students outside of the classroom through client projects, substantive internships, and national competitions, stopping at nothing to shape our students into tomorrow’s leaders of art and design.
The large residential campus is near downtown Sarasota. A cultural center of Florida, Sarasota is 65 miles south of Tampa and 75 miles north of Fort Myers. Additional information about the College is available at www.ringling.edu