Hudson County Community College
Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for Veterans Affairs and International Student Services
Posting date: Open until filled
Join Hudson County Community College (HCCC), an award-winning, comprehensive, urban community college serving one of the most historic and ethnically diverse areas of the United States! HCCC students were born in 119 countries and speak 29 different languages. The diversity and the multitude of our community’s cultures, life experiences, skills, and aspirations are the very values and traits that empower us to be productive and caring members of our society. HCCC embodies an unwavering commitment to student success and an intentional focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion. In 2019, the President’s Advisory Council on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (PACDEI) was instituted to develop new levels of understanding and to champion and advance the College’s commitment to transparency and inclusion. We are proud of our differences, which are the foundation for the life-changing and transformational education we offer and the social mobility we provide to our communities.
About Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Welcome, you belong here! The mission of the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is to promote an institutional climate that embraces and celebrates differences while championing equitable and inclusive practices, policies, and procedures in all College activities. The Office leads and supports practices that foster safe, inclusive, and accessible facilities and activities for all community members. Learn more here: https://www.hccc.edu/abouthccc/dei/index.html.
About the Opportunity
The Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for Veterans Affairs and International Student Services reports to the Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. The Director oversees the development, implementation, supervision, and evaluation of all programs, activities, policies, and services offered to Veteran and international students at Hudson County Community College (HCCC). The Director serves as the College's first point of contact and subject matter expert related to Veterans Affairs and International Student Services. The Director provides vision, leadership, and strategic direction to ensure that HCCC is inclusive and accessible for Veteran and international students. Key components of the Director's work are to lead and support targeted enrollment efforts, retention and engagement activities, and community-building programs and celebrations for Veteran and international students. The Director collaborates with multiple campus constituents, including faculty; the Offices of Academic Affairs, Student Affairs and Enrollment, Human Resources, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Counseling and Wellness, Registrar, Public Safety and Security, Facilities, Communications, Information Technology, Institutional Research and Planning, Legal Counsel, and others, to expand and refine support and secure access for Veteran and international students.
Manage and supervise College efforts supporting Veteran and international students, including strategic planning and implementation; design and supervision of service delivery; policy and procedure development; writing and overseeing publications and web-based information. Manage and support all aspects of international student services, including admissions, immigration compliance, cultural adjustment, and academic success.
Work with and support Enrollment Services on student outreach efforts, ensuring prospective students are informed of all Veteran and international student services offered at the College. These include participation in enrollment programs such as Open Houses, Orientations, and other college and community events as required.
Cultivate a welcoming and inclusive environment for Veterans and international students by organizing cultural events and promoting cross-cultural understanding; represent the College by serving on and participating in groups and organizations that serve and champion Veteran and international students.
Develop workshops and other training and professional development opportunities for faculty and staff to help them better understand Veteran and international students’ needs and best practices. Collaborate with relevant units and external stakeholders to develop and deliver orientation, support programs, and services tailored to the specific needs of Veteran and international students.
Remain current regarding laws, regulations, and best practices for Veteran and international students by engaging in ongoing professional development and sharing those best practices with students, employees, and the greater Hudson County community. Ensure compliance with federal regulations and maintain accurate international student enrollment and visa status records.
Serve as the primary point of contact for Veteran and international students, providing guidance and support on enrollment, financial aid, and academic matters. Coordinate efforts to secure and administer veterans' educational benefits, including maintaining accurate records and submitting required reports.
Develop and maintain relationships with external organizations, agencies, and community partners to expand resources and opportunities for Veteran and international students.
Represent HCCC at community events, high schools, cultural centers, and military installations to promote the college's programs and services; coordinate campus visits, orientations, and information sessions for Veteran and international student populations.
Maintain accurate and up-to-date records of Veteran and international student populations; compile data and generate reports on student enrollment, retention, and graduation rates; and assess program effectiveness and student outcomes to inform strategic planning and decision-making.
Execute other duties as may be assigned.
Minimum of a Master’s degree in higher education, counseling, student affairs, or a related field preferred; four (4) years of work experience with Veteran and international students, preferably within postsecondary educational institutions; and two (2) years of supervisory experience; strong knowledge of federal and state regulations and policies governing Veterans’ Affairs and International Student Services; demonstrated commitment to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion in higher education.
Experience working as a Veteran and International students program leader, with a proven track record of developing and sustaining a team for success, serving a culturally and socioeconomically diverse college population, is highly desirable. Proficiency with various computer software programs, including Microsoft Office, project management tools, student success platforms (e.g., EAB Navigate), and student information systems (e.g., Ellucian-Colleague). Experience writing and administering grants preferred.
Classification Grade: 117
HCCC Employee Benefits: We value and appreciate all employees and acknowledge the importance of a comprehensive benefits program. For a comprehensive list of HCCC benefits, perks, and discounts offered to all employees follow this link: https://www.hccc.edu/ administration/hr/benefits-pensions. html.
Send a letter of application, resume, salary requirements, and a list of three professional references to: DEI@hccc.edu
NEW JERSEY FIRST ACT: As a New Jersey First Act Employer, new employees must establish a primary residence in New Jersey within one year of appointment unless an exemption applies.
HCCC is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. We are committed to ensuring a diverse and inclusive learning and working environment. Decisions on employment are made on the basis of the qualifications of an individual for the particular position being filled. Women, veterans, and minorities are encouraged to apply.