The Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion supports the West Virginia Wesleyan College (WVWC) mission and strategic direction by fostering a learning environment that is diverse, inclusive, and equitable for all students, faculty, and staff. The Director supports and builds systems of inclusion evidenced through policies, procedures, practices, customs, programs, and leadership. The Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion will have a dual report to the Vice President of Student Affairs and the Vice President of Academic Affairs. This is a full-time, twelve-month position. Additionally, housing and a board plan will be provided.
- Oversee activities and initiatives leading toward an inclusive environment for students, faculty, staff, and administrators.
- Collaborate with others to evaluate WVWC practices, adopt evidence-based approaches, and incorporate the voice of students, faculty, and staff to promote DEI objectives.
- Partner with the Center for Teaching and Learning to ensure continuous learning and quality improvement for DEI professional development and organizational culture and practice. Serve as an ex-officio member of the curriculum council.
- Work directly with the Vice President for Academic Affairs, Director of Human Resources, and College Administration to actively identify strategies to obtain diverse candidate pools and inclusive hiring practices in faculty and staff searches.
- If needed, teach a course in the First Year Experience program, as requested by the Director of the First Year Experience program. Additional teaching duties may be assigned based on qualifications and credentials.
- Collaborate with all departments and divisions within the college, to develop and implement strategies to support student success, professional development, strategic planning, marketing and communication, institutional advancement, and faculty and staff recruitment and retention.
- Chair the College DEI Advisory Committee
- Assist with resolution of discrimination complaints according to campus policy
- Coordinate college programming including, but not limited to, the Multicultural Graduation Ceremony, Black History Month, and Martin Luther King, Jr. Day events.
- Work closely with college affinity groups and student organizations to deliver programs and services that foster human connection and a sense of belonging among group members.
- Serve as a Designated School Official (DSO) in SEVIS and the primary campus contact for international students enrolled at WVWC. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, registration of students, I-20 processing, and OPT processing.
- Participate in other Student Development committees, programs, and support services, including, but not limited to, serving on the early alert team and retention committee, providing leadership programming in the LEAP program, and supporting other Student Affairs programs as requested.
- Assist with the recruitment of multicultural students, including participation in on-campus recruitment events and visit days, outreach to accepted students, and representing the college at other admissions events and functions as requested.
- Serve as the primary advisor to the Black Student Union (BSU), International Student Organization (ISO) and other multicultural student organizations. Assist BSU and ISO with programming efforts that provide opportunities for multicultural students to interact socially with each other, as well as with other members of the college community.
- In conjunction with Campus Life Staff Members, participate in on-call duty rotation, assist with roommate issues, limited residence hall programming, and residence life staff diversity training
- Oversee graduate assistant and office work study.
- Other duties as assigned.
Education and Experience:
Bachelor’s Degree required. Master’s Degree and experience in higher education preferred.
- Experience developing, implementing and leading DEI activities and initiatives in higher education preferred, but not required.
- Experience in budget management
- Ability to work collaboratively with faculty, staff, students, alumni and community leaders to promote a greater awareness, understanding and appreciation of diverse others—within our campus community, as well as in our local communities.
- Skill in the development and execution of programs
- Ability to establish goals, structures, and processes necessary to implement a mission and strategic vision
- Leadership, coaching, and teambuilding skills to strengthen and cultivate relationships
- Ability to network and interact, as well as develop and support effective partnerships with key groups and individuals
- Ability to prioritize ongoing and new projects, as well as conduct research and gather information
- Strategic and analytical thinking skills with an ability to solve problems and make decisions
- Strong oral/written communication, presentation, and interpersonal skills
- Positive attitude
Interested candidates should submit a letter of interest, resume and names and contact information of three professional references to email@example.com. On the subject of the email, please enter: ##3## – Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. The review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY POLICY
West Virginia Wesleyan College is an equal opportunity employer. It is the policy of the College to create a favorable work environment in which all employees, regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, or religious affiliation, can enjoy equal opportunities in their employment relationship with the College.