Posting Date: Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Drew University, a Phi Beta Kappa liberal arts university, includes the College of Liberal Arts, the Drew Theological School and the Caspersen School of Graduate Studies. Drew is located on a beautiful, wooded, 186-acre campus in Madison, New Jersey, a thriving small town close to New York City. It has a total enrollment of more than 2,000 students and has 145 full-time faculty members, 94% of whom hold the terminal degree in their field. The Theological and Caspersen Schools offer master’s and doctoral degrees, and the College confers bachelor’s degrees in 30 disciplines.
Drew is dedicated to exceptional faculty mentorship, a commitment to connecting the campus with the community and a focus on experiential learning. Particularly noteworthy opportunities for undergraduates include the Charles A. Dana Research Institute for Scientists Emeriti (RISE), home of 2015 Nobel Prize Winner for Medicine and Drew Fellow William Campbell, the Drew Summer Science Institute, the Center for Civic Engagement, as well as the Wall Street Semester, Semester at the United Nations, Semester on Contemporary Art and Semester on Communications and Media in New York City and several international semester programs. The University also houses the Center on Religion, Culture & Conflict, the Center for Holocaust/Genocide Study and the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, an independent professional theater, as well as the United Methodist Archives and History Center and one of the country’s leading concentrations of materials on Willa Cather.
Drew University seeks a Coordinator of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion to provide the vision and direction for creating and maintaining an inclusive campus community and culture. This position is within the division of Campus Life and Student Affairs and will report to the Associate Dean of Student Engagement. The preferred candidate will be responsible for providing dynamic collaborative leadership across the university in support of Drew’s educational mission and long-standing commitment to social justice. The Coordinator will develop collaborative programs that explore identity, with an emphasis on race/ethnicity/culture, address current events as they impact our multicultural communities, and recognize intersectionality. The Coordinator will help to develop curriculum and facilitate workshops/trainings about building inclusive communities, will contribute to campus-wide diversity related professional development and lead efforts to incorporate diversity training into new student orientation, residential engagement, and other campus activities and programs. A key responsibility will be facilitating dialogues on complex issues related to campus climate and current events on a national scale. The Coordinator will work collaboratively with campus partners to develop engagement opportunities that will positively impact recruitment, retention, engagement, and persistence of underrepresented students.
- Develop a broad array of opportunities to train students, staff, and faculty to understand different life experiences and how they enter communities that are not their own
- Develop workshops and training for diverse populations about cultural competency
- Help to develop learning outcomes that prepare students to understand and enter a community that is not their own
- Develop a mentoring program (and/or internship opportunities) for students of color with people of color in the workplace
- Oversee the DrewFirst student organization, serving first generation students; recruit and train student and staff/faculty mentors and fellows; coordinate programs and events
- Establish and promote intentional dialogues, difficult conversations, respectful discourses, empathetic listening pertaining to campus, local, national, and global issues
- Create structures to support a culture of inclusiveness and openness at every level of the university (student, staff, faculty, administration)
- Serve as a resource for the community as a whole
- Develop policies, communications (electronic, written, web site, social media), and services across campus that facilitate a campus community that respects, incorporates, and advances diversity, equity, and pluralism
- Coordinate all aspects of programming for diversity including but not limited to, theme months, programs that celebrate diversity: race, ethnicity, LGBTQ, gender, ability, socio-economic, class, religion/spirituality; programs that establish and maintain opportunities for structured dialogue focused on civil discourse and understanding
- Provide advisement to cultural, religious, and identity based student clubs for program and event planning
- Serve as a liaison with other offices that manage diversity, equity and inclusion issues such as Accessibility Services, Title IX, Academic Affairs; colleagues in Campus Life and Student Affairs departments, and liaison with surrounding community
- Develop and incorporate a diversity curriculum for campus life professionals in Residence Life and Student Engagement, First Year Experience (Training and Education)
- Analyze data from campus climate survey, devise and implement programs to address change as appropriate; develop learning outcomes for programs and trainings, conduct assessment of these
- Ensure campus engagement advancing cross-cultural dialogues
Bachelor’s degree required (Master’s degree in higher education or a related field preferred) and 3-5 years of professional experience in diversity, inclusion, and/or equity work. Preference given to individuals with in-depth responsibility and/or leadership experience in higher education and/or Student Affairs.
Must have demonstrated knowledge of national trends and best practices related to diversity and inclusion. Understanding of student development theory with an emphasis on its relativity to marginalized student populations. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills; desire to work collegially with faculty, administrators, and other members of the campus community.
The successful candidate will be able to relate to diverse groups, cultures and individuals with ease. Ability to build and maintain effective relationships and ability to collaborate with a wide variety of constituencies for teamwork and consensus building. Have the ability to deal tactfully and persuasively with University personnel and others to resolve program issues that are often controversial and sensitive in nature; including the ability to understand views, values and perspectives of people from diverse backgrounds. Excellent interpersonal skills, communication skills, including writing, proofreading, and public speaking required. Strong analytical and presentation skills. Proficiency with Microsoft Office Software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) is expected.
POSTING IS CLOSED FOR APPLICATION REVIEW.
To enrich education through diversity, Drew University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. In accordance with Department of Homeland Security regulations, successful candidate must be authorized to work in the United States. This position is subject to a background check.