Associate Director for Equity & Inclusive
Reporting to the Assistant Vice President and Chief Diversity
Officer, the Associate Director for Equity & Inclusive
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
The Associate Director will play a crucial role within the
Donahue Institute for Equity & Social Justice
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
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.
PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
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:
- Establish trusting, authentic, and identity-affirming
relationships with individual students and student groups.
- 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
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- Performs other related duties as required.
Supervisory Responsibility: Supervise two to four student
workers/interns, as needed.
MINIMUM KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS REQUIRED BY THE
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
High emotional intelligence, exceptional interpersonal and
active listening skills, ability to build warm and supportive
relationships quickly and effectively with students and
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
Previous experience in program development and event planning;
ability to use social media and partner in building a social media
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
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
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
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