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Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Apply now Job no: 492865
Work type: Exempt Staff
Location: Gambier, OH

Kenyon College invites applications for the position of Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. The Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion has specific responsibility for (1) the development, implementation, and evaluation of a comprehensive student development program for under-represented students, and (2) the promotion and enhancement of the campus community’s understanding of and appreciation for diverse cultures, heritages, orientations, and backgrounds. The Director is a key member of the Kenyon College Student Affairs team and reports directly to the Dean of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Strategic Engagement. In cooperation with other Student Affairs staff members, he or she shares an awareness of and concern for all aspects of each student’s classroom, residential, and co- curricular life. The Director also provides direct assistance to the Dean of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Strategic Engagement in support of the various services and programs of the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and the Division of Student Affairs of the College.

● Serve as an advisor to under-represented student groups and campus organizations that address the issues of diversity, equity and inclusion concerns.
● Advise the ODEI and the College on issues pertaining to the overall experiences of first-gener­ation students. Design and implement programs and services for first-generation students that address issues of recruitment, retention, and support.
● Serve as an advisor to under-represented students concerning postgraduate awards and opportunities.
● Participate in admissions receptions and visitation days.
● Develop a mentoring program focusing on the academic, career, and personal development of under-represented students, matching students with volunteer mentors from the community, the campus, the alumni body, or other similar groups.
● Serve as the Administrative Representative to the Great Lakes Colleges Association Committee for Institutional Commitment for Educational Equity.
● Attend national and regional conferences to stay abreast of best practices and trends in serving under-represented student populations.
● Develop and administer programs with and for all students and other members of the College community that emphasize: an awareness and celebration of cultural and ethnic differences; self-assessment of possible prejudices; and developing greater acceptance, understanding, and ability to relate to others. The Director will work closely with students, faculty, staff in other Student Affairs offices (e.g., Dean of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Strategic Engagement, Dean of Student Development, Center for Global Engagement, Student Engagement, Career Development, Cox Center for Health and Counseling Services, Athletics and Residential Life), and other College personnel in fulfilling this responsibility.
● Work closely with the Director of New Student Orientation and Community Programs to develop an orientation program for new students that emphasizes the College’s coordinated efforts to promote multicultural awareness, understanding, and sensitivity. In particular, assume responsibility for those aspects of the New Student Orientation Program directly related to under-represented students and issues of diversity. Provide support to members of the faculty as they undertake their advising and teaching roles with students from under-represented groups.
● Assist in coordinating the Knox County Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration
● Work with other members of the Student Affairs Division to implement on-going training programs for student staff members, (e.g., Community Advisors, House Managers) that heightens awareness relative to the needs and concerns of under-represented students.
● Serve as the Administrative Liaison to the Board of Spiritual and Religious Life.
● Assist the Dean of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Strategic Engagement with special projects and responsibilities within the Student Affairs Division of the College.
● Attend scheduled Student Affairs Division meetings and events.
● Participate in the Student Affairs Division “on-call” schedule.
● Advise students placed on academic conditional enrollment;
● Serve on College and Student Affairs Division search and ad hoc committees as appointed
● Provide sound financial management for the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, including the authorization of all department expenditures, evaluation and presentation of department needs that have budgetary implications, and preparation of department budget proposals as requested by the Dean of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Strategic Engagement.
● Provide the Dean of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Strategic Engagement with a year-end report and other reports as requested.
● Conduct other duties as assigned by the Dean of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Strategic Engagement.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Strong and demonstrated commitment to modeling cultural competency in a higher education setting.
  • Be people-centered to ensure strong relationships with students, families, and colleagues that will enable the role to have influence across campus
  • Lead and develop the team of colleagues in the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
  • Have outstanding, meticulously detailed organizational skills
  • Provide counsel to the Dean and other senior leaders regarding issues of interest related to DEI work by our students
  • Demonstrate excellent judgment and treat with discretion highly confidential student information
  • Willingness to earn student trust through authentic engagement
  • Exhibit motivation and adaptability to change
  • Be extremely dependable and able to work well as part of a collaborative team
  • Have excellent written, oral and listening skills
  • Exhibit a sense of humor and the ability to withstand stressful situations

Supervisory Responsibilities

The following positions report directly to the Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion:

  • Assistant/Associate Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for LGBTQIA+ Resources
  • Assistant Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
  • Administrative Assistant for the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Working Conditions
Majority of work is performed in office space and other campus facilities. The ability to work on weekends and evenings is required. Transporting students in College vehicles is highly likely and will require certification as a driver through the Office of Campus Safety. Responsibilities also include traveling with students to functions away from Gambier, including states where GLCA schools are located, as well as other states.

Minimum Qualifications
A Master’s Degree plus 4-7 years of full time experience is required in this role. The Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion must have an appreciation for the value of a liberal arts education, a love of learning, a high degree of energy and enthusiasm, and the ability to work independently. The ability to develop and implement new programs is also essential. In this position, you must be sensitive to the academic and personal development of young adults in a higher education setting. Experience working with under-represented students and related programs is important, as are strong communication, counseling, and organizational skills.

Applications should be received no later than 25 July 2022 for full consideration.

Kenyon College is a nationally prominent, private liberal arts college where academic excellence goes hand in hand with a strong sense of community and close relationships among students and professors.

Compensation and Benefits

Salaries at Kenyon are competitive and commensurate with experience. In addition to an attractive salary, Kenyon offers benefits for employees and their family members. Children of employees are eligible for 100% tuition waivers at Kenyon, and through the Great Lakes Colleges Association, children of employees are eligible for 85% tuition waivers at fifteen other of the nation's finest liberal arts colleges.

We also offer health and dental insurance, TIAA retirement, and many other benefits, including provisions for a spouse, families, and domestic partners. Details about benefits as well as conditions of employment are described more fully in our Staff Handbook.

Kenyon is a unique place to live and work. To discover why it should be your next home, click here.

Kenyon College is an equal opportunity employer and applications from members of all underrepresented groups are encouraged. It is the College's policy to evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, physical and/or mental disability, age, religion, medical condition, veteran status, marital status, or any other characteristic protected by institutional policy or state, local, or federal law. Kenyon College has a strong commitment to supporting diversity, equity and inclusion. Please visit our Diversity at Kenyon website.

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