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Chief Diversity Officer/ Director, Center for Diversity and Inclusion

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Benefits of Being a Lindenwood Employee:
  • Upon hire, employer-paid tuition benefits for bachelor’s (employee, spouse, and dependent) and master’s degree programs (employee and spouse only).
  • Tuition discounts for doctoral programs (employee only).
  • Comprehensive benefits plan: medical, dental, vision, life insurance, disability insurance, and retirement options.
  • Paid holidays: MLK Jr. day, Good Friday, Memorial Day, Juneteenth, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving break (Wednesday – Friday), and winter break (Dec. 23 – Jan. 1).
  • Free lunch Fridays: LU employees are eligible for a free meal on Fridays at the Evans Commons Dining Hall or Spellman Dining Hall; Chick-fil-A and Qdoba included.
  • Professional development opportunities through the Lindenwood Learning Academy .

Job Title: Chief Diversity Officer/Director, Center for Diversity and Inclusion

Division: Strategic Enrollment Management

Evaluation Group: Staff

FLSA Status: Exempt

Reports To: Senior Vice President, Strategic Enrollment Management and Lindenwood Global

Positions Supervised: Student Employee

Job Summary

The chief diversity officer/director of the center for diversity and inclusion provides direct support for increasing student retention of Lindenwood’s online, on ground, traditional, non-traditional, and students from diverse backgrounds. This position manages the day-to-day operations of the Center for Diversity and Inclusion and provides ongoing programming, resources, and engaging interactions aimed at creating a sense of belonging for all Lindenwood students.

Essential Job Functions and Performance Indicators

The intent of this job description is to provide a representation of the types of duties and level of responsibility that will be required of positions given this title. This job description shall not be construed as a declaration of the total of the specific duties and responsibilities of any position. Employees may be directed to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically presented in this description.

Job Responsibilities and Execution
  • Supports the needs and concerns of students from diverse backgrounds. Works closely with student organizations, provides mentorship opportunities, and facilitates dialogue to ensure that students feel valued, included, and supported during their academic journey.
  • Enhances diversity in student enrollment, faculty, and staff populations by implementing inclusive recruitment and retention strategies.
  • Monitors and stays current with DEI emerging best practices related to student retention
  • Collaborates with campus partners to develop, implement and operationalize retention strategies for students from diverse backgrounds
  • Provides ongoing data updates that demonstrate the impact of each strategy on student retention by student demographics
  • Facilitates and provides ongoing data updates regarding the impact of DEI training activities for campus communities
  • Monitors the university’s DEI social media content and provides content recommendations to the AVP of Communications on activities and initiatives that increase a sense of belonging for all students
  • Develops, organizes, implements, and is responsible for new student organizations and groups aimed at student retention and at creating a sense of belonging for all students, such as the Black Student Excellence and Enrichment (BSEE) retention program
  • Provides a support network, including outreach, advocacy and other support services for marginalized students
  • Develops and implements educational Diversity Equity and Inclusion (DEI) programs for students
  • Generates new and innovative DEI event ideas for students and other campus constituents
Service Excellence
  • Supports the mission of the university and serves as an ambassador of the Q2 culture of service excellence
  • Models, supports and holds others accountable to the university’s values – integrity, dedication, excellence, creativity and teamwork
  • Commits to the holistic development of diverse student populations
  • Promotes the university’s diverse student organization offerings
  • Attends student-related events and initiatives
Communication, Teamwork and Collaboration
  • Collaborates with faculty, staff and students to provide DEI training events
  • Conducts campus climate surveys to assess the needs of the university community
  • Provides DEI resources to faculty, staff and students
  • Collaborates with admissions offices and human resources to attract and retain individuals from underrepresented groups.
Job may require other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications – An equivalent combination of education, training and experience will be considered. Additional requirements may be designated by position.
  • Master’s degree
  • Minimum 5 years’ higher education leadership experience
  • Prior related work experience
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities – May be representative, but not all inclusive, of the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to perform this job competently.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with individuals from diverse communities and cultures
  • Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills
  • Effective problem solving skills
  • Excellent organizational and prioritization abilities, including the ability to multitask
  • Strong professional integrity and ability to maintain strict confidentiality
  • Ability to use good judgment and think critically
  • Ability to work not only independently but also cooperatively
Work Environment – Environmental or atmospheric conditions commonly associated with the performance of this job’s functions.
  • General office setting
  • On-ground, non-standard flex designation
Physical Abilities – The physical demands described below are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform this job’s essential functions. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.
  • Ability to work effectively at a computer for up to eight hours daily
  • Ability to sit for extended periods of time
  • Regular attendance is a necessary and essential function
Equal Opportunity Employer

Lindenwood University is an Equal Opportunity employer. The University complies with appropriate federal, state, and local laws and provides equal employment opportunities and access to educational programs without regard to race, color, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, disability, or any other protected status to all qualified applicants and employees. Lindenwood University is committed to a policy of non-discrimination and dedicated to providing a positive discrimination-free educational work environment.

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