Assistant Director: PRIDE Center for Diversity & Inclusion

Connecticut, United States
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Feb 16, 2021
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Assistant Director: PRIDE Center for Diversity & Inclusion

PRIDE Center for Diversity and Inclusion

Search #21-03A


The Assistant Director position is a twelve-month, full-time position in the PRIDE Center. The Assistant Director contributes the overall mission of the PRIDE Center to promote and support opportunities for members of the University of New Haven community to make critical decisions about equity, diversity, and inclusion.  The Assistant Director supports students of all backgrounds and works on creating a space where students feel valued, respected, and empowered. The Assistant Director’s main responsibility is to plan campus-wide and student development programs that contribute to building cultural competencies through a lens of diversity and inclusion for the entire student population. The Assistant Director reports directly to the Director of Diversity and Inclusion and assists the Director in providing strategic leadership in areas of all DEI initiatives.


The Assistant Director is expected to be familiar with standard concepts, practices, and procedures for advising diverse organizations.  Also, exercise considerable discretion and judgment to deliver appropriate services to create a campus environment to promote inclusive excellence.


SUPERVISION RECEIVED:      Director of Diversity & Inclusion

SUPERVISION EXERCISED:    Diversity Peer Educators and Teaching Assistants



Diversity and Inclusion Programming

  • Develop, promote, and execute campus wide programs on special events and celebrations in collaboration with the Myatt Center for Diversity and Inclusion i.e. Celebration of Excellence, Lavender Graduation, Women’s History, LGBTQ+ History Month, Take Back the Night etc.
  • Develop and distributes PRIDE Center newsletters and marketing materials, and manages the center’s social media presence.
  • Collaborate with key Student Life stakeholders, Career Development, Accessibility Resource Center, Students organizations such as PRIDE and Spectra, Residence Life and Student Health and Wellbeing, Counseling and Center for Engagement, Leadership and Orientation.
  • Identify, design and facilitate training, and educational LGBTQ+ programs for the University community, eg. Safe space training.
  • Maintain knowledge related to the experiences of LGBTQ+ students.
  • Provide administrative and logistical support on the Center’s co-sponsorship funding process with other campus partners
  • Develop and maintain relationships with groups serving LGBTQ+ individuals.
  • Develop and implement advocacy and support programs for LGGBTQ+ students.
  • In collaboration and oversight by the Director for Diversity and Inclusion, design and facilitate workshops on a variety of DEI topics
  • Assists student groups in planning and coordinating various student programs and functions.
  • Facilitate, promote, and assist with student recognition/award presentation events.
  • Liaison between student and appropriate staff related to student activities.
  • Maintains accurate budget balances, records, statements and accounts; prepares reports as needed or requested.
  • Support with the management of PRIDE Center student workers.
  • Serve on Student Affairs groups and committees as assigned.
  • Assess and evaluate implemented programs and activities.
  • Expect to occasionally work nights and weekends, as required by the Director


Student Supervision, Advising and Support

  • Attend and supervise student sponsored activities. Provide logistical support for activities.
  • Develop strong interpersonal relationships with historically and systemically minoritized student communities such as students of color, LGBTQIA+ students, undocumented students, and first generation students while connecting them to campus resources as needed. Relationships should also honor collective and intersectional identities within and across student groups while also holding attention to coalition building. 
  • In collaboration with the Director, hire and supervise student staff. This includes: creating staff schedules, advising program development, facilitating professional development, performance evaluation, management of work time approvals, leading staff meetings and team building activities.
  • Advise student organizations directly and indirectly affiliated with the Center for Diversity and Inclusion across diverse identities and groups such as students of color, international students, first generation students, undocumented students, LGBTQ students.
  • Assist in creating and implementing new University traditions
  • Assist in advising diverse student organizations in the areas of budgeting, contracts, marketing, implementation and evaluation of programs
  • Assists in the implementation of the University’s orientation programs
  • Coordinate Voter Registration Initiatives
  • Advise and support student cultural/affinity groups, special student populations, undergraduate students on a range of student services. 
  • Organize, prioritize, and allocate tasks and resources to meet the students’ needs. 
  • Assist with programming with student leaders, student groups, and individuals. 
  • Counsel individuals and provide group guidance services. 
  • Coordinate with administration and areas of the university to determine needs and priorities, obtain resources, and comply with university and departmental policies and procedures. 


Administration and Operations

  • Serve as a mentor to support students of color, first generations students, LGBTQ+ etc.
  • Assist in the recruitment, retention and academic success of students of color, first generation students etc.
  • Participate in the training, supervision and development of Diversity Peers Educators
  • Participates in Acceptance Student Day, New Student Orientation/Onboarding
  • Provide rotation coverage for evening and weekend events and activities to ensure compliance with policies and to assist in problem resolution
  • Create a welcoming environment for students, faculty, staff and visitors at the Center by advising them of campus resources.
  • Support the Director in maintaining the Center’s purchasing, vendor contract processing, travel arrangements, monthly credit card statement reconciliations, reports, etc.
  • Provide administrative support for the Director for Diversity and Inclusion by coordinating meetings and scheduling student appointments.


Outreach, Communication and Resources

  • Work closely with other offices implement initiatives that promote Inclusive Excellence and align with the University’s mission and values.
  • Locate and organize information pertaining to a variety of programs in co-curricular areas for presentation to the different student groups and faculty/staff advisors with Director.
  • Develop and implement a marketing and communication plan that raises the visibility of diversity and inclusion spaces, programs and resources with the Director.
  • Assist Director to publicize events and resources with attention to consistent messaging for the Center’s mission such as newsletters, campaigns, resources guides, event fliers.
  • Manage social media and technology platforms for the Center by providing frequent updates on events and resources.
  • Assist the Director with coordination of the Center’s website when necessary



  • Master’s degree in higher education, student development or field related to student event management and planning
  • 2-3 years’ experience in leadership development, student affairs, student engagement, diversity and inclusion or similar field
  • Knowledge of higher education principles, practices and procedures required
  • Ability to work with academic departments and other student support service areas required
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in written form required
  • Ability to work effectively with professional, classified and student personnel required
  • Ability to work effectively with a wide variety of students required
  • Knowledge or experience with planning, implementing and assessing programs is desired
  • Must be able to use Microsoft Professional products
  • Understanding of web-based computer software
  • The ability to multitask and manage multiple project at the same time
  • Ability to work with academic departments and other student support service areas required



  • Experience with Campus Lab products such as Baseline and Engage
  • Knowledge of high impact practices for leadership development
  • Knowledge of issues facing historically underrepresented populations



Please send a cover letter, resume, and list of 3- 5 references and their contact information to: via email to Please make sure to reference Search # 21-03A in the subject line.


The University of New Haven is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer

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