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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Assistant

Amherst College
Massachusetts, United States
Salary Not specified
Date posted
Feb 14, 2024

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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Assistant

Amherst Campus
Full Time

Amherst has taken a leadership role among highly selective liberal arts colleges and universities in successfully diversifying the racial, socio-economic, and geographic profile of its student body. The College is similarly committed to enriching its educational experience and its culture through the diversity of its faculty, administration and staff.

Job Description:

Amherst College invites applications for the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Assistant position. The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Assistant is a full-time, year-round position, starting at $21.35 per hour - commensurate with experience. Given Amherst's distinction as one of the most diverse liberal arts colleges in the country, the successful candidate will demonstrate the ways in which they bring value to and will work towards supporting a broadly diverse community.

The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Assistant provides administrative support to the Director of the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship program (MMUF) Program & Academic Engagement and Student Engagement (AESS) (50%) and the ODEI Central Team (50%). Responsibilities include but are not limited to administrative and logistical support coordinating the efforts of the two units named above; management of budgets and calendars; workshop/special event coordination and follow-up, as well as coordination of meetings and travel; preparation of reports and presentations; assistance with special projects; program assistance for the MMUF program, the Wade student program, and other fellowship opportunities. The Assistant takes appropriate actions to support a diverse workforce and participates in the College's efforts to create a respectful, inclusive, and welcoming work environment.

Summary of Responsibilities:

Administrative Support & Communications
  • Write and distribute email announcements, correspondence memos, award letters, and forms.
  • Develop and maintain a filing system and assist in preparing regularly scheduled reports.
  • Field questions, referring situations to appropriate college staff/offices where necessary.
  • Hire and co-supervise student assistants for special projects as needed.
  • Assist with identifying potential graduate program directors and coordinators and coordinate outreach programs and events.
  • Maintain calendars, including coordinating meetings, travel, and events.
  • Arrange travel as needed for off-campus conferences and events.
  • Perform research, complete projects, and correspond with project partners in support of appointments and events as requested.
  • Prepare documents, including communications, content synthesis, and minutes.
  • Assist in the creation of announcements and alerts for our digital display.
  • Confirm space reservations and use social media networks for the Office of Academic Engagement and Student Success, Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship program, and Wade Fellowship.
  • Assist the AESS/MMUF Director with the Summer Research Training program in planning and operations, including but not limited to scheduling meetings with program stakeholders, processing student and faculty summer stipends, reserving classrooms, reserving vans, and event programming.
  • Field questions and support summer program faculty and staff.

  • Assist the Associate CEIO with annual budget preparation.
  • Maintain an accurate account of the Mellon Mays (and by extension Benjamin Mays) program budget and spreadsheets and work with colleagues in the accounting office to verify accuracy.
  • Assist in the preparation of regularly scheduled reports.
  • Process stipends and reimbursements.
  • Organize, manage, and coordinate details for specified summer faculty and staff instructors.

Project Management
  • Support the work of the Mellon Mays faculty advisory and selection committee and faculty mentors.
  • Coordinate logistics, preparation, and follow-up of regularly scheduled workshops and special events.
  • Prepare and manage communication, publicity, and other correspondence for ODEI-sponsored workshops and events.
  • Prepare attendee lists, name tags, publicity, invitations, etc.
  • Attend two overnight MMUF Northeast Regional conferences.

Office Management
  • Purchase and maintain office supplies.
  • Process reimbursements and invoices for payment.
  • Create and maintain office websites.
  • Effectively support and engage with a diverse faculty, staff, and student body.
  • Handle sensitive information in a confidential manner.


  • High School Diploma or 2 years of related experience.
  • Ability to take initiative, work independently and collaboratively, and to handle multiple priorities while remaining attentive to detail.
  • Ability to excel within a diverse workforce and support an inclusive work culture.
  • Excellent interpersonal, time management, organizational, and customer service skills.
  • Accounting, bookkeeping, or budgeting skills.
  • Strong written and verbal communication and ability to proofread and edit documents.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Google Suite and ability to learn new software.

  • AA or BA.
  • Experience working on a college or university campus.
  • An understanding of the diverse communities and salient identities that the Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion serves.
  • Experience with Workday.

Amherst College offers many opportunities for professional growth and development, continued learning, and career advancement.

Amherst College is pleased to provide a comprehensive, highly competitive benefits package that meets the needs of staff and faculty and their families. Benefits are an important part of our overall compensation, so it is critical that you review all of the options to ensure it meets your total compensation requirements. Click here for Benefits Information.

Interested candidates are asked to submit a resume and cover letter online at Please be sure to upload all requested documents prior to clicking Submit. Applications cannot be revised once submitted. (Current employees and students should apply by clicking on the Career icon from their Workday home screen) Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

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Amherst College

Amherst College prepares students to make a difference in the world. Our financial aid program is among the most substantial in the nation, and our student body is among the most diverse. At Amherst, you are part of a lively, inquisitive, devoted community of students, faculty, staff, and alumni who find inspiration in one another and in the process of learning.

Since our 1821 founding, Amherst has demonstrated steadfast confidence in the value of the liberal arts and the importance of critical thinking. Small classes, an open curriculum and a singular focus on undergraduate education ensure that leading scholars engage daily with talented, curious students, equipping them for leadership in an increasingly global and complex world.

Offering competitive compensation packages and a multitude of programs and services for staff, Amherst works to enrich the working life and support the well-being of each and every employee.

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