The Director provides innovative, visionary, and strategic leadership, direction, and oversight for a comprehensive student focused diversity and inclusion program. This often includes advocating for policies and practices that promote student success. Offers mentoring and creates cultural support systems that provide respite from the dominant culture; implements educational programs; facilitates cooperation among campus affinity groups; and ensures access to academic support services. The Director will use strategies to assist the University in developing efforts in creating and sustaining a culture that embraces and promotes diversity and inclusion in their broadest meanings. Emphasis is placed on the development of long-term strategies and collaborations designed to enhance campus climates to increase the recruitment, matriculation, support, retention, and ultimate graduation of students.
This position will demonstrate day to day commitment to the inclusive mission of Gannon University, its Catholic identity, and the overarching themes of the Student Development and Engagement (SDE) subdivision. All Gannon employees are expected to uphold the GU+ service standards and associated behaviors: Respect, Well-Being, Engaged, and Seamless.
Coordinate programming for the campus on diversity, equity, and inclusion
● Maintain partnerships within the greater Erie, PA and Ruskin, FL communities to bring programming to students, faculty and staff that examine issues of inequality, fair treatment, racism and discrimination in an effort to raise campus awareness
● Supports diversity efforts related to all aspects of a Gannon student experience including undergraduate and graduate students on both Gannon campuses
● Serves as an advisor and provides direction to the University's Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) committee
● Provides guidance to other campus departments to supporting diversity orientation programs for new students, faculty, and staff
● Provide leadership for programming efforts and resource allocations to identity groups and related living communities
● Leads workshops and seminars on diversity education to increase student, faculty, and staff awareness of diversity
● Collaborates with campus departments to monitor the impact of new and existing diversity programs
● Collaborates with other departments as needed to develop or maintain strong ties with groups from selected high school and transfer student populations
● Identifies grant opportunities for the college focused on enhancing diversity initiatives and convenes tasks forces to complete and submit grant applications
● Collaborates to complete an annual diversity report based upon the major responsibilities identified in this job description
● Conducts a college-wide assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of current diversity and inclusionary programs at Gannon University
● Plan with other campus departments in the planning and implementation of campus programs such as MLK Jr. Day and other cultural celebrations and activities focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion to raise awareness of the many traditions existing in a global world
● Participate in Student Development meetings, in-services, and other activities
● Participate in national, regional, and state, professional opportunities as needed
● Assist in the planning and assessment process of the University
● Perform all other duties as assigned.
Center of Student Diversity and Inclusion
● Lead the development and creation of a Center of Student Diversity and Inclusion
● Establish goals for programs and services offered through the center to support and promote personal growth of students
● Oversee center operations, plan programming, and supervise a graduate assistant and undergraduate work study students
● Conduct assessment of outcomes associated with programming offered through the Center
● Create and revise goals and programming in line with the mission of the center
Provide individual support to students
● Provides support for all University students identifying in underrepresented populations
● Advises and serves as a central resource to students related to transitioning to a university campus
● Establishes and maintains opportunities for structured dialogue with students, faculty, staff and the surrounding communities on diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice at the University
● Communicates with departments on both campuses to identify and assess strengths and challenges surrounding issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion
● Listens to student concerns, advocates for students, and collaborates with other departments on the resolution of issues impacting college success for diverse and underrepresented students
● Monitors trends and issues and recommends and coordinates intervention services
● Identifies networks for students related to personal well-being, emotional health, and stamina necessary for success and publicizes those resources using a variety of media
● Provides support, strategic planning, and serves on the University's Bias Incident Response Team and protocols
● Hires and supervises a graduate assistant and student workers by directing and evaluating their work, assisting with programing planning and implementation
● Identifies professional development opportunities for students and publishes those opportunities using a variety of media
● Advocate for institutional practices that help advance cultural competency, multicultural and social justice issues, and inclusive practices across the campus
SUPERVISORYRESPONSIBILITIES: Reporting to the Dean for Student Development and Engagement, this position will supervise a graduate assistant by developing learning objectives, assessing progress towards those objectives, and providing oversight for the graduate assistant's campus programming and student support advocate.
Founded in 1925, Gannon University is a four-year Catholic university committed to student-centered learning, with an emphasis on professional education integrated with faith-based, liberal-learning student outcomes.
Gannon has strategic university-wide initiatives that focus on and bring its purpose to life: Transform lives by creating environments for extraordinary moments and everyday connections that inspire others to become their best selves. These initiatives have fostered an inclusive, welcoming community that many refer to as the Gannon family.
Gannon University earned its first-ever Honor Roll status as a 2021 Great College to Work For, according to a new survey by The Great Colleges to Work For® program. It is one of 42 institutions across the country to earn Honor Roll distinction and was recognized in categories including Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging; Faculty Experience; Mission & Pride; and Professional Development. Gannon University was also ranked a top school in the nation by Wall Street Journal’s 2022 College Rankings, and ranked among the nation’s top universities by U.S. News and World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges 2022.”
Gannon University’s hom...e campus is located in Erie, Pennsylvania, the state’s fourth-largest city and one of the busiest ports on the Great Lakes. Gannon University’s unique location in downtown Erie and exceptional learning environments on campus create a special atmosphere conducive to education, scholarship, research, service, and personal growth.
Located right next door to Gannon's downtown campus are government agencies, hospitals, and local organizations and businesses that are active partners in helping Gannon students receive a hands-on education. The University's partnerships with downtown Erie neighborhoods, Erie County, and the Diocese of Erie strive to support the local community through numerous initiatives driven by students and employees.
Just steps away from Gannon’s campus in the heart of the city, you will also find restaurants, tax-free shopping, minor league sports, as well as a vibrant entertainment and cultural scene, and seven miles of Lake Erie beaches close by. Only a two-hour drive from Cleveland, Ohio; Buffalo, New York; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; and Niagara Falls, Canada, Erie has small-town friendliness and big-city attractions. For more information, please visit gannon.edu to learn more about Gannon’s campuses and the many attractions and accommodations within the surrounding regions.
Gannon University seeks excellence through inclusiveness and invites women and members of underrepresented groups to apply. Application Procedure: Submit a cover letter, resume, and the contact information of three professional references to https://gannon.peopleadmin.com/postings/6304. Review of applications will begin immediately, and this position will remain open until filled. For more information about Gannon visit www.gannon.edu. Gannon University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.