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Assistant Dean for Institutional Diversity

Allegheny College
Pennsylvania, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Posted date
Jun 25, 2021

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Position Type
Administrative, Deans
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Full Time
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Allegheny College, a small selective national liberal arts college, invites applications for the position of Assistant Dean for Institutional Diversity. The position is a full-time, exempt position reporting to the Dean for Institutional Diversity in the Office of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (ODEI).   ODEI’s primary mission is advancing inclusive excellence at Allegheny College by shaping, implementing, and supporting policies, strategies, and initiatives in support of the College’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Position Summary

Reporting to and working closely with the senior diversity officer of the College (Dean for Institutional Diversity), the Assistant Dean for Institutional Diversity (ADID) supports the development, implementation, and assessment of campus-wide professional development and training initiatives to promote inclusive excellence and intercultural competence. The ADID supports the identification, design, and implementation of resources, training modules, workshops, presentations, programs, and services that will cultivate and sustain diverse, equitable, and inclusive environments for learning, working, and living across the College. The ADID will join a dynamic team of colleagues in the ODEI which includes the IDEAS (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Access, & Social Justice) Center and the Office of Spiritual and Religious Life and is led by the Dean for Institutional Diversity. The ODEI also works closely with the Director of Faculty Diversity & Inclusion.

Essential Functions

  • Shared responsibility with the College’s senior diversity officer (Dean for Institutional Diversity) for the development and leadership of intercultural education activities, trainings, and programs that educate and promote awareness, understanding, and appreciation of diversity, equity and inclusion on campus.
  • Contribute significantly to ODEIs ongoing efforts to increase the intercultural competence and intergroup dialogue skills of all members of the campus community, including delivering DEI-related workshops and programming
  • Assist in research, development, and implementation of strategies to measure and assess the success of institution-wide progress on creating a diverse and equitable work and learning environment
  • Collaborate with College Relations as regards ODEI and campus-wide DEI-related communications, websites, and publications.
  • Along with the DID, co-chair the Bias Incident Response Team.
  • Serve on campus-wide committees representing ODEI as assigned
  • Participate in short- and long-term College-wide strategic planning.
  • Serve as liaison to local community surrounding Allegheny College (Meadville, PA/Crawford County) and community partners on diversity, equity, and inclusion related issues
  • Provide other diversity and equity services through programming, advocacy, and support, as deemed appropriate to the functioning of the ODEI

Supervisory Responsibility

  • As assigned by the senior diversity officer of the College (Dean for Institutional Diversity)
  • May include but not limited to supervision of ODEI support staff, staff/faculty diversity fellows, and student interns

Minimum Qualifications 

  • A Master’s Degree in higher education, sociology, social work, psychology or other related field is required.
  • Minimum of 3 years of successful relevant full-time professional experience related to DEI in higher education, preferred.
  • Expertise with issues of race, sexuality, gender, disability, indigeneity, class, and the dynamics of difference, privilege, and power, particularly in higher education in higher education.
  • Relevant project management experience in support of senior administration.
  • Demonstrated experience creating and maintaining collaborative working relationships with administrators, faculty, staff, and students.
  • Strong verbal, written, and organizational skills.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities        

  • Experience in developing and delivering diversity, equity, and inclusion trainings, workshops, and programming.
  • Experience serving on a bias act response team in a higher education setting or other similar bias act investigating/reporting group in a professional setting.
  • Experience gathering, analyzing, and interpreting data and statistical reports related to DEI; skillset in research, including but not limited to survey research, focus groups, quantitative and or qualitative research.
  • Experience in designing and conducting organizational social climate and culture assessment, preferred.
  • Background in community relations and capacity-building in regard to developing partnerships and relations with community-based organizations, volunteer programs, and non-profit organizations, preferred.

Technology Skills/Requirements

  • Proficiency in Google Workspace (e.g., Gmail, Google Docs, Google Calendar) required
  • Proficiency in conducting advanced statistical analyses using SPSS, preferred
  • Proficiency using with social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Linked In), preferred
  • Experience developing and managing website, preferred

As one of the nation’s oldest liberal arts colleges, Allegheny College celebrated its bicentennial in 2015. A selective residential college in Meadville, Pennsylvania, north of Pittsburgh near Lake Erie, Allegheny is one of 40 colleges featured in Loren Pope’s “Colleges That Change Lives.” Allegheny also is one of the few colleges in the country that requires students to choose both a major and a minor, helping to cultivate intellectual growth and the creative, big-picture thinking desired by employers and graduate schools. In its 2020 rankings, U.S. News & World Report recognized Allegheny in the top 20 among all national liberal arts colleges for best undergraduate teaching.

The Chronicle of Higher Education ranks Allegheny as one of the best colleges in the nation to work for, specifically in the areas of compensation and benefits.  Allegheny has a total undergraduate enrollment of approximately 1,800 with students from 47 states (plus AE, DC, PR, and VI) and 70 countries. The College’s picturesque location is ideal for outdoor recreation, with eight freshwater lakes, ski areas and recreational opportunities all within easy reach.

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and provide contact information for three references to the Office of Human Resources, Allegheny College, 520 N. Main Street, Meadville, PA  16335 or by e-mail to  Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. An offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check.

Allegheny College is an Equal Opportunity Employer with a strong commitment to diversity, inclusion, and equity. Women, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and members of other underrepresented groups are highly encouraged to apply. Allegheny does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, or national origin.


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