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Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Bridgewater College
Virginia, United States
Salary Not specified
Closing date
Sep 21, 2021

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Administrative, Deans
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Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion


Bridgewater College, a private, four-year, primarily residential, liberal arts institution of more than 1,750 students from 30 states and eight countries, is seeking a dynamic and collaborative leader with a depth and breadth of experience in diversity and inclusion initiatives. The successful candidate will have a proven track record of success in working with college students across identities.


Equity, diversity, and inclusion are all fundamental institutional priorities at Bridgewater College. Not only is it important to draw students and faculty with diverse backgrounds and experiences, our institution takes pride in the efforts to retain and support students through graduation. We want to capitalize on the growth and momentum that we’ve experienced recently and continue to build proactive, progressive, and innovative methods to support these unique student populations.


The Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion reports to the Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students and is responsible for developing and supporting campus-wide initiatives in service to Bridgewater College’s goals for an equitable and inclusive environment for students and employees, especially those from traditionally underrepresented populations. In this role, the Associate Dean must be adept at facilitating challenging cultural dialogue, building community, and creating and strengthening partnerships across campus. The Associate Dean of Students will serve as a member of the Student Life leadership team and will supervise the Chaplain and Director of Spiritual Life and the Assistant Director for Diversity Education & Advocacy.



  • Provide vision and direction for inclusion initiatives with particular focus on diversity, equity, and access and serve as an advocate for the interests of traditionally underrepresented students
  • Collaborate with, and provide consultative services to, the college community related to diversity and inclusion
  • Engage in strategic planning and program and policy development to support the Office of Student Life in developing, implementing, and assessing a campus climate relative to diversity and inclusion
  • Provide and facilitate training across multiple dimensions of diversity through program development and collaboration
  • Engage and develop Bridgewater students in issues related to human diversity, providing opportunities to develop relationships with individuals and groups they consider to be different from themselves
  • Assist with recruitment and retention initiatives



A doctorate in a related field is preferred although consideration will be given to candidates with a master’s degree and significant administrative and Student Life operations experience. While not an exhaustive list, candidates for this position will have a minimum of seven years demonstrated success working with culturally-diverse communities of students and staff, including traditionally underrepresented and international student populations, proven experience in mediation and de-escalation, and recognized leadership and experience in advancing equity, diversity, inclusion and multiculturalism within a complex organization. The ability to function effectively within a team environment with demonstrated judgment, analysis, and decision-making skills is highly valued.


GENERAL INFORMATION: Bridgewater College was founded in 1880 as the first coeducational college in Virginia. Bridgewater offers bachelor’s degrees in approximately 60 majors and minors, along with four graduate programs, pre-professional programs such as medicine and law, and teacher licensure. The College is a member of NCAA Division III and the Old Dominion Athletic Conference, with 23 intercollegiate athletic teams. The vibrant residential campus is located in the town of Bridgewater, Virginia, near the city of Harrisonburg in the center of the Shenandoah Valley. An excellent school system, healthy business environment, numerous arts and cultural events, one of the state's lowest crime rates, and a variety of outdoor opportunities and historic attractions draw many to the region.




APPLICATION: Please complete our online application at Include a cover letter, resume and include the names, relationship, and contact information (email and mobile phone) for three references


DEADLINE: Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled


Bridgewater College is a welcoming and vibrant community committed to supporting a diverse workforce, and actively seeks applications from women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and protected veterans and other persons from traditionally underrepresented groups. Bridgewater College is an equal opportunity provider and employer.


Bridgewater College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, marital status, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, disability, religion, age, veteran status, or political affiliation in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, athletic programs, or other college programs and activities, or with regard to employment.


Bridgewater College has partnered with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to obtain resources to enhance the College’s facilities. The College is posting the following notice as required by federal law by organizations which benefit from the USDA’s funding program.



If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found online at, or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202) 690-7442 or email at



The Bridgewater College Annual Security Report and Annual Fire Safety Report summarizes policies on campus security and personal safety, crime prevention, fire safety, and crime reporting, and includes crime and fire statistics for the past three years.


The reports are available at


To request a printed copy, please call 540-828-5761

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