Assistant Director of Inclusive Education

UNC Pembroke
North Carolina, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Jun 10, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Established in 1887 as a school for the education of American Indians, The University of North Carolina at Pembroke serves a distinctly diverse student body and encourages inclusion and appreciation of the values of all people. Located in the heart of Pembroke, N.C., UNCP boasts an enrollment of 8,200 in 41 undergraduate and 18 graduate programs and offers a personalized learning environment where faculty and staff are dedicated to engaged scholarship, high academic standards, creative activity and public service. Spread over 281 acres, the campus offers a sense of community and belonging-–a place where faculty and staff feel supported, take pride in the university’s mission, and are devoted to excellence in teaching, learning and research, and to developing leaders who make a difference in their communities.

The Assistant Director for Inclusive Education reports to the Director of the Office of Student Inclusion and Diversity. The Assistant Director will design and implement education and training, programs and experiential activities that bolster diversity, equity, inclusion and social justice while increasing students’ cultural awareness, sense of belonging and intercultural competencies – all through intercultural engagement.

More specifically, the Assistant Director will:
• Develop an education and training curriculum for students, which includes the development and delivery of a broad range of training classes (e.g., identity development, implicit bias, microaggressions, systemic oppression, structural racism and racial equity education) to increase student’s awareness and understanding of self and diverse communities and intercultural competencies as well as provide strategies and techniques for taking action to communicate and work with diverse groups, identify and openly discuss cultural differences and issues, challenge biases and discrimination and facilitate the development of a culture that is inclusive.
• Develop and facilitate collaborative and impactful dialogues and programs with students, student organizations, and university units that explore topics related to diversity, equity, inclusion, social justice, identity development, and difference.
• Develop and implement an Intercultural Student Ambassadors program where students assist with facilitating education and training sessions and dialogues and working with university units to develop and promote diversity, equity, inclusion and social justice initiatives that support student recruitment, engagement and persistence.
• Develop collaborative cultural awareness initiatives and programs that provide intercultural engagement opportunities for students.
• Aid in the promotion of a safe, supportive and inclusive campus for all students that celebrates and respects diversity.
• Collaborate with and assist university units with the orientation, retention, leadership development, advising and support of students.
• Evaluate programs to ensure their effectiveness at meeting the needs of students, promoting student engagement and persistence, creating an inclusive campus culture and supporting OSID’s goals and the university’s strategic plan.
• Work a flexible schedule, including evenings and weekends, as needed.
• Perform other appropriate duties as assigned.

Minimum Training and Experience Requirements:  Master’s Degree preferred from a college or university accredited by a U.S. Department of Education and/or the Council of Higher Education Accreditation in student affairs or higher education administration, and at least 2 years of experience working in an academic environment, preferably in student affairs and with diverse student populations.

Management Preferences:  

A master’s degree in higher education administration, student affairs or a related area of study from an accredited college or university and two (2) years of experience in developing and providing education and training, program planning, event coordination and/or working in higher education, preferably in student affairs and with diverse student populations is preferred.

Additional knowledge, skills and abilities include:
• Knowledge of diversity, equity, inclusion and social justice frameworks and best practices.
• Ability to provide culturally competent and inclusive advising and support services for students from various underrepresented communities.
• Understanding of intersectionality and how to support students with multiple marginalized identities.
• Experience developing learning outcomes and assessment tools for programs and events
• Excellent communication (e.g., public speaking and presentation), interpersonal and organizational skills.
• Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
• Ability to exercise independent judgment to adopt or modify methods and standards to meet responsibilities.
• Ability to work with a wide diversity of stakeholders (internal and external).
• Ability to handle sensitive matters with discretion, tact and confidentiality.

Special Instructions to Applicants:  

Applicants must submit a cover letter specifying interest and how their background has prepared them for this position, a current resume, and the names of and contact information for three (3) to five (5) professional references.

This position is subject to the successful completion of an employment background check. An employment background check includes a criminal background check, employment verification, reference checks, license verification (if applicable) and credit history check (if applicable).

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire.

New employees are paid only by direct deposit to the financial institution of their choice. Candidates claiming Veterans Preference must attach a copy of their DD-214 as a part of the online application process.

UNC Pembroke is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The University prohibits discrimination against qualified individuals based on their status as protected veterans or individuals with disabilities, and prohibits discrimination against all individuals based on their age, race, color, genetic information, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression and national origin. UNC Pembroke is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and seeks priority referrals of protected veterans for our openings.