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14 Oct 2015

Full-Time Director of the Diversity Center

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

Job Description

Gustavus Adolphus College is a highly selective, private,
coeducational, residential liberal arts college affiliated
with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA).
Located in St. Peter, Minnesota (population approximately
11,000), approximately 70 miles southwest of the Twin
Cities, it is nestled in the scenic Minnesota River
Valley. Gustavus was founded in 1862, and has valued its
Lutheran and Swedish heritages throughout its history. The
College is guided by five core values: community,
excellence, faith, justice, and service. Nearly 2,400
students from 41 states and 18 countries are enrolled at
Gustavus, which offers 72 majors and 24 academic

Reporting to the Assistant Dean of Students, the 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 Director plays a pivotal
leadership 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; and facilitate multicultural interaction and
learning among students, staff, and faculty. In addition,
the Director is expected to develop and implement
programming for all students related to diversity, equity
and inclusion; serve as a campus advocate, informal
counselor and liaison for underrepresented student
populations; contribute to College retention efforts for
underrepresented students; advise and support all student
organizations and efforts of the Division of Student Life
to develop culturally responsive services that are
inclusive and effective in meeting the changing needs of a
diverse student population; serve as a member of various
campus-wide committees including but not limited to DEIC
(Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Committee) and bias incident
response team; provide diversity-focused training for
various groups of student staff; develop and implement
programs and initiatives that help all members of the
campus community grow in civility, mutual respect and
understanding; perform all functions of a department head
including budget management, supervision, assessment,
strategic planning/goal setting, and reporting; and
oversee all Diversity Center operations, services, and
collaborative programs. Responsibilities may also include
occasional travel with students to conferences and
trainings. This position is contracted for 11 months
annually, with one month off during the summer.

A master’s degree in a relevant field as well as
demonstrated skill in developing programs for promoting
multicultural understanding within an educational,
business or non-profit setting are required. In addition,
strong leadership abilities and interpersonal skills,
excellent communication and organizational skills, a high
degree of energy, creativity and integrity, a demonstrated
ability to work collaboratively, demonstrated success in
working with culturally diverse populations as well as the
ability to develop and maintain excellent working
relationships with students and their families, faculty,
staff and others will be expected of the Director.
Preferred qualifications include: three or more years of
related experience, or an equivalent combination of
education and experience working with diverse populations
in higher education, a mature understanding of issues and
trends in higher education programs which focus on the
retention needs of underrepresented student groups, an
understanding of identity development theory as it relates
to the systemic and institutional factors that support the
recruitment and retention of students, as well as a
demonstrated familiarity with liberal arts education
within a residential setting.


Education: Master’s Degree Required
Work Experience: Extensive

How to Apply

Contact Info: Applications will be accepted until November 9, 2015. A resume with an accompanying cover letter must be submitted via the SJG website at under the link Current Searches. Confidential inquiries or nominations for this position may be emailed to Kendra E. Dane at Visit the Gustavus Adolphus College website at As an Affirmative Action employer, it is the policy and practice of Gustavus Adolphus College to provide equal employment opportunities for all. EOE/M/F/V/D

Job Categories: Diversity Affairs. Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: Director and Diversity Center. Salaries: TBD - Based on Experience.


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