The Director of Diversity and Inclusion provides the primary leadership to teach, through relevant student programs and services, the value of living, studying, and working in a richly diverse community; to support, retain, and provide an enriching undergraduate experience for our underrepresented students; and to foster a deeper understanding of students’ sense of self and their interdependence as a multicultural society.
Develop programs and services to promote cultural, social support, mentoring, advocacy, leadership development, diversity education, and resources within the larger campus community. Collaborate with other campus departments, particularly Athletics, Student Engagement, Campus Ministry, and Ethnic & Gender Studies Institute. Work with Office of Admissions with a particular focus on recruitment and retention of underrepresented students, presenting at New Student Orientation days. Assist Human Resources with the planning and development of full-time, part-time, and student employee orientation and training around diversity and inclusion. Assess current programs and populations regarding diversity and inclusion issues; use those assessments to propose and develop new initiatives. Serve as a campus liaison, when directed, to with local community organizations (e.g. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Committee, Migrant Resource Council, NAACP, Hispanic Heritage Month, Black History Month, Pride Week, Women’s History Month, voter engagement). Serve as a support and/or advisor to the following student organizations: Sisterhood of Saints, Black Student Union, Men of Distinction (Men of Color mentoring group), Pride (Gay/Straight Alliance), and the Multicultural Pre-professional Students, and Students Advocating for Everyone (SAFE; ability awareness group). Supervision of a graduate assistant for Diversity and Inclusion. Conduct on-campus trainings, seminars, and workshops to educate the campus community about diversity issues and community-building opportunities. Forecast and manage a department budget. Support fundraising and scholarship opportunities with the Office of Advancement to support and celebrate students of non-dominant populations. Serve on the University Student Care Team, which assists in prevention, management, and reduction of personal, interpersonal, and behavioral threats to the health, safety, and wellbeing of students in our community. Serve on and possibly chair University-wide committees (e.g. Common Dialogue Day, University Theme Selection, Social Responsibility, and strategic planning) that have focus on retention initiatives, diversity and inclusion efforts, and strategic planning.
Master’s degree in higher education or related field required. Possess a broad-based knowledge of diverse populations including, but not limited to ethnic and racial cultures, faith traditions, and LGBT orientations. Demonstrated knowledge of social justice processes, restorative justice practices, cultural competency, and student development theory. Strong commitment to enhancing multicultural understanding on campus. Have broad experience in the development of educational, cultural and social programs designed to improve the quality of the educational and social experiences of traditional college-aged students. Flexibility to develop, provide, and participate in special events for students on nights and weekends. Ability to think creatively to attract and retain student participation. Other duties within the scope of department duties as defined by the supervisor.
Qualified candidates are invited to send their cover letter, Curriculum Vita/resume, list of professional references to [email protected]. In the subject line of the email, please reference the job title of this position to ensure timely review and distribution of your materials. This position is classified as benefit eligible, exempt position. Review of application materials will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. EOE
About Siena Heights University
Siena Heights University is committed to attracting, encouraging, and retaining a highly qualified workforce to support our mission of assisting people to become more competent, purposeful, and ethical through a teaching and learning environment which respects the dignity of all. Siena Heights University is a renowned liberal arts institution located in Adrian, Mich. Siena?s success is the result of a diverse workforce coming together to help shape the future. Siena Heights University is one of the best colleges in the nation to work for, according to a new survey by The Chronicle of Higher Education.The results, released today in The Chronicle?s fifth annual report on The Academic Workplace, are based on a survey of more than 46,000 employees at 294 colleges and universities. In all, only 103 of the 294 institutions achieved ?Great College to Work For? recognition for specific best practices and policies. ?We are honored to be recognized by the Chronicle of Higher Education,? said SHU President Sister Peg Albert, OP, PhD. ?Siena Heights tries to build a sense of not only community ? but family ? for our employees. This honor reinforces our belief that Siena Heights is a great plac...e to be, not only for our students, but our faculty, staff and administration as well. We will continue to live our mission of being more competent, purposeful and ethical.?In addition, Siena Heights was only one of two institutions in Michigan to be placed on the Honor Roll, with the University of Michigan being the other. Only 42 institutions nationwide earned this special recognition for being ?the best of the best.? Those that make the Honor Roll are cited most often across all recognition categories. Results are reported for small, medium and large institutions.Siena Heights won honors in five categories this year:Collaborative governance,Confidence in senior leadership, Respect and appreciation Supervisor or department chair relationship, and Work/life balance