Center for Diversity and Inclusion - Director of the Center for Diversity and Inclusion

Michigan, United States
Salary Not specified
Jul 08, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Within the President’s Office, the Director of the Center for Diversity & Inclusion (CDI) reports to the Chief Officer for Culture and Inclusion (COCI). We are a community that is strengthened by its diversity, affirms the dignity of all persons as image-bearers of God, and is committed to the flourishing of every individual as one created and loved by God. The CDI Director will work in concert with the COCI to achieve Hope’s culture, inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility (CIDEA) goals by directing the programs and activities of the CDI, providing visionary leadership within the areas of multiculturalism and interculturalism, and contributing vigorously to efforts to enhance flourishing, promote a sense of belonging, and cultivate a supportive and inclusive climate at all levels of the college - all in the context of a Christian liberal arts setting. Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to:


Leadership and Expertise

  • Represents CDI in interactions with various departments and programs; student, staff, and faculty groups; campus-wide committees; and public forums

  • Establishes relationships with students that focus on identity, transitions, academic progress, and issues empowering students to fully and authentically thrive and flourish at Hope College

  • Works with parents of students, connecting them with the distinctives of the Hope College experience

  • Assists in the orientation program for incoming students and returning students with leadership responsibilities

  • Interacts with faculty, staff, and administration on behalf of and/or with students. This may include Student Development operations, admissions, financial aid, academic matters, counseling needs, career exploration, and others. Interaction of this nature may be as an advisor, supporter, or advocate

  • Participates in academic discussions about curriculum and teaching methodologies as they relate to diversity, equity, and inclusion issues and student needs

  • Advises and participates, as appropriate, in response to incidents that interfere or conflict with the College's commitment to being a welcoming campus for all students 

  • Supports those who have experienced intimidation, discrimination, harassment, or bias incidents and assists them in locating resources and reporting such incident(s) to the appropriate resources

Student Leaders and Student Organizations

  • Identifies, encourages, and develops leadership skills in students

  • Identifies conferences and other meaningful opportunities from which students will grow and develop

  • Trains and develops advisors and leadership members of multicultural student organizations (Asian Student Union (ASU), Black Student Union (BSU), Lambda Delta Pi Leadership Community, Latino Student Organization (LSO), Pan African Student Association (PASA), Prism)

  • Develops mentoring programs and other strategies to assist in retention

Campus and Community

  • Assists COCI in the development and implementation of institutional strategic planning and prioritization efforts

  • Collaborates with COCI and campus partners to conduct studies to assess Hope College's sensitivity and awareness of diversity 

  • Assists in providing institutional leadership as it relates to issues, problems, concerns, or opportunities impacting students from historically underrepresented or marginalized backgrounds or communities

  • Provides resources, trainings, and research-based guidance for the campus community as it relates to antiracism, intercultural proficiency, and global/multicultural fluency

  • Plans, develops, and organizes cultural celebrations and awareness programs in collaboration with the campus community

  • Works closely with the Greater Holland Community to develop supportive programs and efforts related to diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives




Education and Experience

  • Master's degree in higher education or related field (or equivalent combination of education and experience)

  • 3-5 years of experience in leadership development and advising diverse student populations

  • 3-5 years of experience in diversity training and program development

  • Experience with program development, implementation, and assessment 

  • Evidence of collaborative project and program management skills

  • Demonstrated implementation of assessment of programs and student learning outcomes

  • Experience supervising professional staff or undergraduate students

  • Experience with budget management

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Knowledge and application of diversity, equity, and inclusion principles and practices working with students and colleagues

  • Possesses an understanding of institutional and structural bias and their impact on marginalized, underserved, and underrepresented communities

  • Ability to develop and facilitate workshop/training curricula on a wide range of topics related to diversity, equity, and inclusion

  • Knowledge of student development theories and skills in support of student communities and organizations

  • Effective communicator, both as a public presenter and through various modes of written documentation (reports, proposals, letters, etc.); ability to present to racially, ethnically, and socioeconomically diverse communities

  • Visionary leader and strategic thinker with strong planning and organizational skills

  • Demonstrates understanding of and commitment to the Hope College mission, mature Christian faith, inclusive excellence, and is excited about DEI work in an undergraduate Christian liberal arts setting

  • Excellent interpersonal skills; able to work effectively with people of diverse ages, ethnic, gender and sexual orientation, disabilities, and socio-economic backgrounds

  • Demonstrates cultural competence and awareness when communicating with internal and external constituents

  • Ability to maintain a positive engagement approach toward students, colleagues, alumni, families, stakeholders, community members, and guests in a demanding work environment 

  • Demonstrates understanding of or readiness to learn college administration

  • Proficiency or readiness to learn Windows Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) as well as Google Suite of services (Drive, Calendars, Hangouts, Documents, Spreadsheets, Slides, etc.)

Psychological Aspects

  • An understanding of the goals for culture, inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility in the college 

  • An interest in working with historically underrepresented populations

  • Outstanding work ethic

  • Providing creative problem solving while staying within the parameters of good practice. 

  • Managing high-stress conflict situations with emotional intelligence, maturity, and diplomacy



Application Instructions:

As part of the online application process, candidates will include the following for consideration:

  • Cover letter (please include why this position interests you, the qualities, skills, or strengths you would bring to the position, relevant professional or volunteer experiences, experience working with people from diverse backgrounds, anti-racism efforts, and why working at a place like Hope College appeals to you. 
  • Resume or CV (curriculum vita)
  • Statement addressing how you would support two core dimensions of the mission of Hope College: (a) your engagement with the historic Christian faith, including how this shapes your work with and mentoring of students, and (b) your global and multicultural engagement in working with students with culturally diverse experiences ( and our Christian Aspirations (
  • Contact information for three references on the application (including current email addresses). Those references will be contacted by Human Resources upon application to submit a letter of recommendation.