Grand View University aspires to serve a diverse community of learners- students, faculty, and staff- in an inclusive and equitable environment with the goal of empowering all to achieve their fullest potential. Our objective is to sustain a campus environment that is free from the power imbalances and institutional biases that contribute to systems of oppression, while preparing our students to stand against those inequities when they leave Grand View.
Grand View University is dedicated to the goal of an inclusive campus where people of diverse identities feel welcomed and empowered to shape our culture and processes. At Grand View University we view diversity through the collective or group and we welcome and affirm the thoughts and experiences each distinct member brings to our community of learners.
Overview of Position: Grand View University seeks to expand its capacity to develop, implement, and assess activities designed to promote the academic success and retention of underrepresented students in fulfillment of GV’s Statement on Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity and strategic direction. This position is fully funded by Grand View's Title III grant, which extends through September 2026.
Essential Functions of Job: Collaborating with other DEI leaders and grant staff:
Design, administer, and assess developmentally appropriate student programming, chiefly for underrepresented and marginalized students, leading to improved academic achievement, persistence, and completion.
Plan, develop, market, and implement co-curricular initiatives, in alignment with strategy, including programs to explore student and cultural identity.
Provide student support, advocacy, and community building to ensure intentional efforts meet students’ particular cultural needs.
Serve as a campus expert and resource for the University community as GV executes DEI initiatives.
Convene and lead the Title III DEI Workgroup, to include Title III Directors, DAT representatives, faculty lead, student(s), and the DEI Consultant, to develop institutional strategies that improve GV’s campus climate.
Work with faculty members to support student learning, student development, and persistence.
Collaborate with the DAT and CETL to provide faculty and staff development.
Implement and assess summer bridge programs and mentoring program for underrepresented populations, including hiring and supervising all student staff members.
Serve on relevant university committees and working groups that support retention and student success, including FYE initiative beginning January 2022.
Support/participate in all Project Student Ready activities as directed by Co-Project Directors.
Submit cover letter, resume/CV and contact information for three professional references.
All applicants must apply through our online application system.
Grand View University is an equal opportunity employer. The University has a strong commitment to the principles of diversity and, in that spirit, seeks a broad spectrum of candidates, including women, members of minority groups, and people with disabilities.
A pre-employment background check is required.
Qualifications and Requirements:
Bachelor’s degree in an appropriately related education or related field including appropriate theoretical grounding; master’s degree preferred.
Minimum 4 years’ experience in higher education, student development, or training and development.
Experience with college student retention efforts; prefer experience in working with underrepresented populations.
Experience with developing inclusive and supportive programming.
Excellent interpersonal relationship, oral and written communication, and collaboration skills.
Must have genuine desire and ability to work with and relate to students.
Exceptional judgment and discretion.
Ability to handle ambiguous and complex situations.
Grand View is a Liberal Arts University that supports a diverse student population of approximately 2200 full and part-time students in both undergraduate and graduate programs. A University of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Grand View was founded in 1896 and is located in Des Moines, Iowa. Des Moines offers exceptional facilities for the enjoyment of lectures, concerts, museums, sporting events, and other cultural opportunities. Grand View welcomes traditional students and adult learners representing a wide range of religious and cultural backgrounds.