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Associate Director for Equity

Lasell University
Massachusetts, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted date
Jul 31, 2021

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Administrative, Student Affairs, Disabled Student Services
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Full Time
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Associate Director for Equity & Inclusive Initiatives

Reporting to the Assistant Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer, the Associate Director for Equity & Inclusive Initiatives will support Lasell's campus-wide efforts to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) as we work toward ensuring that students and employees from all backgrounds are equitably positioned to thrive. The Associate Director will work in partnership with a variety of offices and stakeholders on campus to address the needs and enhance the academic and co-curricular experiences of all students, centering on those of minoritized groups (e.g., students of color, LGBTQ+ students, students with disabilities, Pell-eligible students, first-generation students, and more). The Associate Director will work collaboratively with the AVP/CDO to identify, design, and implement professional development workshops and programs for staff, faculty, and student leaders focusing on DEI, anti-oppression, and effective intercultural engagement.

The Associate Director will play a crucial role within the Donahue Institute for Equity & Social Justice. The Donahue Institute provides leadership and support for university-wide DEI initiatives and hosts a variety of meaningful intercultural and social justice co-curricular programs to engage the broader campus community and foster personal and professional growth. Given the dynamic nature of DEI leadership roles, it will be necessary for the Associate Director to remain current on emerging DEI practices and trends through external networks and organizations, and understand the needs of students, faculty, and staff and the impact that current issues may have on the community.

Lasell University and the Donahue Institute are committed to sustaining a campus community that recognizes diversity and intercultural competence as integral components of excellence in the preparation of students for careers and as active global citizens. Candidates who can contribute to that goal are encouraged to apply and to identify their strengths in this area. Employees who represent the various areas of diversity of our student body are key contributors to our strategic vision.


The statements below are intended to describe the principal duties of the person or persons assigned to this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all job duties and responsibilities. Lasell University reserves the right to confer with employees to make additions or modifications to these job responsibilities, relative to the needs of the University.

Maintaining a visible and highly accessible presence on campus, the Associate Director will:
  1. Establish trusting, authentic, and identity-affirming relationships with individual students and student groups.
  2. Serve as an advocate and resource for students, particularly those from minoritized populations, offering guidance, and making referrals to appropriate offices and professional interventions, as necessary.
  3. Provide trauma-informed direct support to students, faculty, and staff regarding student concerns, bias incidents, and student distress that affect the developmental and psychological well-being of students in the university community.
  4. Work closely with the AVP/CDO to identify, develop, customize, and implement an array of professional development workshops, educational materials, and resources to enhance intercultural competence and awareness of DEI issues among staff, faculty, and student leaders. Inspire and empower participants by sharing organizational best practices and practical action steps they can carry out.
  5. Plan, implement, promote, and collaborate on educational, cultural, and developmental programs focusing on DEI, anti-oppression, and other social justice topics with the ongoing goal of building an intercultural community where all experiences and identities have value.
  6. Serve on several campus committees (including the Bias Education and Support Team, President's Strategic Council for DEI, and REJI/LFC Consortium team), with the aim of accelerating a climate of equity and inclusiveness that aligns with the University's strategic plan and espoused values.
  7. Partner in enriching the Intercultural Center & Commuter Cottage (IC3) as an intersectional affinity space on campus with the goal of increasing a sense of belonging, student directed programming, and intercultural engagement at Lasell.
  8. Collaborate in managing the operations and resources of the Donahue Institute for Equity & Social Justice and assessing, monitoring, and reporting on progress in achieving DEI objectives.
  9. Performs other related duties as required.

Supervisory Responsibility: Supervise two to four student workers/interns, as needed.


Master's degree from an accredited college with coursework in Counseling, Social Work, Education, or a related field, with at least four or more years of experience working with minoritized populations in education and increasing responsibility and demonstrated leadership experience. Demonstrated knowledge and experience in one or more of the following areas is preferred: counseling, multicultural affairs, diversity and/or social justice education, professional development, event planning, and intercultural education. Candidates with equivalent professional experience will be considered.

Other Requirements of the Job:
  • Passionate commitment to and experience working with diverse populations and constituencies to effect positive change, solve complex problems, and foster a vibrant inclusive culture and sense of community, preferably in higher education.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of best practices and current national trends related to DEI, anti-oppression, intercultural competence, anti-racism, and social justice, preferably in higher education.
  • High emotional intelligence, exceptional interpersonal and active listening skills, ability to build warm and supportive relationships quickly and effectively with students and colleagues.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills including the ability to effectively communicate with a wide range of stakeholders such as students, faculty, staff, administration, Trustees, and community partners.
  • Highly developed public speaking, presentation, and facilitation skills with groups of various sizes (5-100+ people) and the ability to command the room and adapt communication styles to effectively engage students, colleagues, and a wide variety of audiences.
  • Previous experience in program development and event planning; ability to use social media and partner in building a social media outreach strategy.
  • High standard of professional conduct, discretion, maturity, diplomacy, and integrity; sound judgment and demonstrated commitment to maintaining confidentiality.
  • Ability to build trust and credibility with a wide range of stakeholders and proactively establish and maintain strong collaborative relationships with key leaders and other university departments throughout the community, commitment to transparent and inclusive leadership.
  • Demonstrated ability to defuse conflict, foster amicable conflict resolution, lead difficult conversations and dialogues across difference, and deliver constructive feedback.
  • Ability to bring big ideas to life, take initiative, and work independently and strategically.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively and flexibly in a fast-paced environment with quickly changing and highly responsive priorities, while maintaining high commitment to quality and attention to detail.
  • Excellent organizational, prioritization, and time management skills.
  • Creativity, ingenuity, and a sense of humor.

  • Preferred qualifications, experience, and skills:
    • Teaching experience, consistent with area of expertise.
    • Experience facilitating faculty workshops on inclusive teaching and inclusive pedagogies.
    • Experience implementing restorative practices in response to incidents of harm and conflict and student conduct issues.
    • Experience in organizational development.
    • Respect and appreciation for the small liberal arts college experience in higher education.

    Interested candidates should upload a letter of interest, resume and the information of three (3) references using the forms below. Review of resumes will begin immediately, and applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

    Lasell University requires all employees to be vaccinated and to provide the documentation upon the start of employment. Lasell also provides individuals the opportunity to request a medical or religious exemption.

    Lasell University is committed to equal opportunity in every aspect of hiring and employment. Lasell proactively reviews its policies and practices to assure that decisions with respect to every dimension of employment are made without regard to age, color of skin, disability, gender expression and identity, genetic predisposition, marital status, national origin, race, ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran's status, status as a victim of domestic violence, and all other protected groups and classes under Federal and State Laws and executive orders.
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