Associate Director, Office of Diversity and Inclusion

Vermont, United States
Salary Not specified
Feb 09, 2021
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Associate Director, Office of Diversity and Inclusion

About Champlain College:
Founded in 1878, Champlain College is a small, private, not-for-profit college in Burlington, Vermont overlooking Lake Champlain and the Adirondack mountains, with additional campuses in Montreal, Canada, and Dublin, Ireland. Its career-driven approach to higher education prepares students for professional life from their very first semester. For the fifth year in a row, Champlain was named a "Most Innovative School" in the North by U.S. News & World Report's "America's Best Colleges" 2020 regional rankings and listed among The Princeton Review's "The Best 385 Colleges" in 2020. Champlain is also featured in the 2021 Fiske Guide to Colleges as one of the "best and most interesting schools" in the United States, Canada, and Great Britain and is recognized as a 2020 College of Distinction for its "Engagement, Teaching, Community, and Outcomes. The College offers 30 undergraduate degrees as well as online undergraduate, graduate, and certificate programs.

Champlain's Centers of Experience provide students from across all majors with experiential learning environments that guide them in how to take their classroom knowledge and put it to the test in practical applications allowing them to gain real-world experience firsthand. Each Center connects Champlain to the local community and the world, turning theory into practice. The Centers entrust students with responsibility, engage them in ambitious goals and empower them to lead with creativity, confidence, insight, and integrity. At the helms of the Centers are cutting-edge industry professionals who share the goal of providing the most relevant, career-focused education, enriched with hands-on learning opportunities.

Job Description:
The Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) focuses on advancing Champlain College's commitment to diversity, community, and inclusion by serving as a central resource on issues related to race, ethnicity, culture, and inclusivity. ODI accomplishes this through developing and facilitating programs, academic and sociocultural advising while advocating on behalf of students and communities. ODI staff partner with students, faculty, and campus colleagues to create and advocate for campus-wide educational programs, intercultural engagement, and programs that promote the matriculation of historically underrepresented students.

The Associate Director provides leadership to ODI in order to effectively achieve departmental, divisional, and institutional goals. These responsibilities include:

Program Management: 
Proactively seek to identify the developing needs of student communities and establish priorities and strategies.

  • Design initiatives to increase the retention of underserved students (students of color, high financial need students, New Americans, first-generation) and other affinity communities served by ODI. These include, but are not limited to; academic empowerment, mentoring programs, pre-orientation (AHEAD), and first-year programs (CARE). 
  • Develop, coordinate, evaluate leadership, intellectual, cultural awareness, personal wellbeing, and identity development opportunities for students served by ODI. 
  • Communicate progress, trends, and data via reports and presentations to internal and external audiences.

Advising and Direct Student Support Services: 

  • Serve as a resource to the College's Counseling team and other direct student service providers (Academic Coaching, Career Collaborative, etc.). 
  • Work with institutional partners including, academic and student affairs to develop a strong network of support and services. 
  • Advise, mentor, and counsel students on a wide variety of academic, personal, social, cultural, and community concerns. 
  • Serve as an active and engaged member of the Student Success team, SCART team, and Bias Response team to plan for, respond to, and address community and student needs.

Community Education and Collaborations: 

  • Design and facilitate intersectional educational and community programs that encourage the broader Champlain community to foster inclusion and respect for diversity. 
  • Foster local partnerships to support students of color on and off campus with businesses, organizations, and other institutions.


  • Three years of student development, support and advising experience working with students from underserved populations and high financial need students. 
  • Three years of full-time experience working in a higher education or residential setting.
  • Experience with programming in student affairs, and working with international students, preferred. 
  • Solid foundation in student development theory, identity development theory, and its application to professional practice in student affairs and counseling. 
  • Strong program development and counseling skills. 
  • Demonstrated ability to foster positive and productive relationships with all campus constituencies, including institutional leaders, faculty, staff, alumni, students, and parents and families. 
  • Demonstrated success in utilizing data for planning and evaluation of programs and services.


  • Master's in education, higher education, social work, counseling, related field.

Additional Information:
The successful completion of a criminal background check is required as a condition of employment.

Application materials must include a resume/CV and a letter of interest (Cover Letter) specifically addressing the desired qualifications.

Champlain College does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, place of birth, ancestry, religion, age, sexual orientation, sex, gender identity, veteran or military service status, HIVd -positive status, qualified disability, or on the basis of any other status protected by law, and does not discriminate in the administration of its education and admission policies, scholarship and loan programs, employment practices or co-curricular and other College-administered programs. Champlain College will make reasonable accommodations for otherwise qualified students, applicants for admission or employment, or employees. Please contact the People Center at 802.651.5800 with questions concerning the hiring process or future employment at Champlain College, or if auxiliary aids or services are needed to apply for employment at Champlain College.

Champlain College is committed to fostering an inclusive and diverse community. Recognizing that diversity is both a reflection of our world and a source of rich education, Champlain strives to be diverse and inclusive in ways that reflect the world in which we live and work. All members of the Champlain community are valued as individuals.

The College seeks candidates who, through their work and life experiences, service to the community, teaching or research can contribute to the diversity, inclusivity and academic excellence of Champlain College. Please include information about how you would contribute to these efforts and help to further this goal in your letter of interest/cover letter.

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