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22 Jun 2017

Full-Time Assistant Director of the Diversity Center

Gustavus Adolphus College – Posted by SACJobs Saint Peter, Minnesota, United States

Job Description

Gustavus Adolphus College invites applications for a full-time Assistant Director of the Diversity Center. This position is contracted for 10.5-months annually, 1.5 months off during the summer.

Gustavus Adolphus College is a private liberal arts college in Saint Peter, Minn., that prepares 2,400 undergraduates for lives of leadership, service, and lifelong learning. Fully accredited and known for its strong science, writing, music, athletics, study-away, and service-learning programs, Gustavus hosts a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa and is internationally recognized for its annual Nobel Conference.

The Assistant Director provides a welcoming environment for underrepresented students and assists the College in meeting its goal for being a community of persons from diverse backgrounds who respect and affirm the dignity of all people. In collaboration with others, the Assistant Director of the Diversity Center plays a key role in the development and implementation of campus initiatives that work to: invite all students, faculty, and staff to communicate across lines of race, ethnicity, sex, religion, gender, class, sexual orientation, and other social identities; cultivate a campus environment that supports and promotes diverse perspectives as valuable elements of a liberal arts education and of life- long learning; heighten cultural awareness, an appreciation of diversity, promote inclusion and multicultural understanding; promote a campus culture that affirms and capitalizes upon the culturally diverse backgrounds and experiences of its students, faculty and staff; facilitate multicultural interaction and learning among students, staff, and faculty.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provide a welcoming environment for racially underrepresented students, orienting them to the culture of the institution and assisting them with their adjustment to college life;
  • Serve as a campus advocate, informal counselor and liaison for underrepresented student populations;
  • Advise and support the Building Bridges Conference co-chairs and planning committee in partnership with the Director.
  • Advise and support the Diversity Leadership Council, an umbrella organization for 15+ diverse student groups on campus in partnership with the Director.
  • Support efforts of the Division of Student Life (orientation, campus activities, residential life, campus safety, counseling & health service) to develop culturally responsive services that are inclusive and effective in meeting the changing needs of a diverse student population.
  • Provide diversity-focused training for various groups of student staff including orientation leaders (Gustie Greeters), residential life paraprofessionals (Collegiate Fellows), and peer educators (Peer Assistants).
  • Develop and implement programs and initiatives that help all members of the campus community grow in civility, mutual respect and understanding.
  • Support the daily operation of the Diversity Center, managing on-site activities and supervising student employees.
  • In the absence of the Director, provide leadership for the Diversity Center including backup membership on the Student Assistance Team and other committees.
  • All other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree with related experience working with diverse populations in higher education.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity; a mature understanding of needs and trends in higher education programs which focus on the retention needs of underrepresented groups.
  • Experience planning, implementing, and assessing programs/events and working with student organizations
  • Detail orientation, solid organizational skills, proven ability to multitask, demonstrated ability to meet and prioritize deadlines.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to train, coach, and otherwise teach individuals as well as groups.
  • Ability to develop and maintain excellent working relationships with students and their families, faculty, staff, and others.
  • Some evening and weekend hours are an integral part of this position. Responsibilities may also include occasional travel with students to conferences and trainings.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree with related experience working with diverse populations in higher education.


  • Start Date: No Start Date
  • Education: Bachelor’s Degree Required
  • Work Experience: 2 – 4 years
  • Part/Full Time: Full-Time

How to Apply

To apply, please complete an application and submit a letter of application, a resume and contact information of three professional references to the Office of Human Resources at Gustavus Adolphus College.  The application is available on our website,  Applications should be submitted electronically to Review of applications will begin immediately, and will continue until the position is filled. Gustavus Adolphus College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, disability, religion, age, sexual orientation, or veteran status in its education or employment programs or activities.

Job Categories: Diversity Affairs. Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: Assistant Director and Diversity Center.


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