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Associate Director, Diversity, Inclusion

College of the Holy Cross
Massachusetts, United States
Salary Not specified
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Dec 2, 2021

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Administrative, Student Affairs, Minority & Multicultural Affairs
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Associate Director, Diversity, Inclusion & Early Engagement

About College of the Holy Cross:

Founded in 1843 in Worcester, Massachusetts, the College of the Holy Cross is among the nation's leading liberal arts institutions. A highly selective, four-year, exclusively undergraduate college of 3,100 students, Holy Cross is renowned for offering a rigorous, personalized education in the Jesuit, Catholic tradition.

Holy Cross highly values the unique skills, perspective, talents and passion that each employee contributes to its learning community. To work at The College is to accept an invitation to participate in the growth and development of all campus members, students, faculty and staff. The College's commitment to diversity is an important feature of the Holy Cross education. Informed by the presence of diverse interpretations of the human experience, Holy Cross is building a community marked by freedom, mutual respect, and civility. We seek others who support our values of diversity and inclusiveness. Job candidates of all diverse backgrounds who embrace the open and inclusive culture of Holy Cross are welcome and encouraged to apply.

Job Description:

The Associate Director, Diversity & Inclusion and Early Engagement defines strategy and leads efforts to engage students from marginalized and diverse backgrounds as well as first-year and sophomore students with the Center for Career Development (CCD). Empowers students from marginalized and diverse backgrounds to leverage their identity in the career development and internship/job search process. Creates and executes strategies and processes to connect students from diverse populations with employers seeking to recruit diverse talent. Educates the campus community and students of all backgrounds on issues of diversity, inclusion and multicultural awareness in the workplace. Serves on the CCD's Leadership Team. Provides career counseling and advising to students and young alumni via individual advising and workshops. Hires and leads student paraprofessional Peer Career Assistant (PCA) team. Serves as CCD liaison to assigned academic departments.

Major Areas of Responsibility

Diversity & Inclusion:
  • Define and implement strategy for engagement of students from marginalized and diverse backgrounds with the CCD
  • Develop relationships and collaborate with CCD team, PCA team, faculty, campus partners and identity-based student organizations to create and implement ways to engage students from marginalized and diverse backgrounds in the process of identifying, clarifying and exploring their professional and career interests and goals
  • Equip students from marginalized and diverse backgrounds to identify, pursue, and secure the full range of experiential learning and post-graduate outcomes available to them
  • Embed a community cultural wealth framework in all CCD programs, initiatives, resources, collateral, etc.
  • Create experiences and content where students of all identities can learn about issues of diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace.
  • Identify and respond to patterns and gaps around student utilization, career goals, program participation and outcomes for students from marginalized and diverse backgrounds
  • Lead efforts to execute and expand annual Future 20##: College to Career Conference
  • Lead the Career Development Fellowship Program

Early Engagement:
  • Define and implement strategy for early student engagement with the CCD
  • Examine data to understand patterns and gaps around first year and sophomore utilization, career goals, program participation, and outcomes
  • Develop relationships and collaborate with CCD team, PCA team, faculty and campus partners to implement ways to engage first- and second-year students (i.e. Montserrat classroom visits, First-Year advising, etc.) in the process of identifying, clarifying and exploring their professional and career interests and goals

Employer / Alumni Engagement:
  • Partner with Director of Employer Engagement and Industry Advisors to enhance employer awareness and appreciation of diversity when recruiting talent
  • Lead efforts to identify and attract diverse student talent & connect those students with employers looking to recruit diverse candidates
  • Create a mechanism / program to support connecting students of marginalized identities (such as: students of color, first generation, students with disabilities, LGBTQIA) with alumni & employers

Student Paraprofessional Team:
  • Recruit, select and train annual cohort of student Peer Career Assistant (PCA) paraprofessionals
  • Select and supervise Head PCA
  • Assign PCAs to project areas and work with supervisors to develop projects, supervise and lead PCA team within each area
  • Manage PCA drop-in schedule
  • Supervise PCA outreach efforts
  • Provide ongoing training and development to PCA team

Career Counseling and Advising:
  • Serve as a back-up to Assistant Directors in providing career counseling support to students including:
  • Provide individual, comprehensive career counseling to students of all class years and recent alumni, including Strong Interest Inventory interpretations
  • Assist students and young alumni with identifying and integrating abilities, interests, experience and values with career choice; explore career options using online and print resources; make decisions regarding career choice
  • Teach internship/job search skills such as resume and cover letter writing, interviewing, networking, researching employers and use of online tools in individual and group settings.
  • Critique resumes and cover letters
  • Conduct mock interviews

Center for Career Development:
  • Member of the CCD Leadership Team
  • Participate in department-wide short- and long-term strategic planning and administration
  • Participate in CCD assessment initiatives
  • Serve as liaison to assigned academic departments

*Note: The Associate Director reports to the Director of the Center for Career Development.


To mitigate the spread and effects of COVID-19, and as an integral part of its public health and safety measures, College of the Holy Cross requires that all successful applicants show proof of full, up-to-date vaccination (including a booster dose once eligible) by an FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccine before beginning employment, unless an accommodation exempting the applicant from this policy has been granted. Applicants who wish to request an accommodation based on a disability or sincerely-held religious belief should inform Human Resources after an offer of employment is extended; please do not include any medical, genetic, or religious information in your application materials.

Minimum Qualifications

Master's degree in counseling, advising or related field required.
  • 4-6 years of related experience.
  • Expertise in and commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion and intercultural sensitivity
  • The position requires a strong understanding of the career development of liberal arts students, especially within a Jesuit environment.
  • The position will require an individual with excellent interpersonal skills and an ability to quickly & effectively build relationships with undergraduate students, faculty, campus partners, alumni, and employer partners.
  • Basic experience or knowledge of Handshake or career services management databases
  • Strong Interest Inventory Certified or proficient experience administering career assessments

Core Competencies
  • Understands, values and respects diversity as an individual, in a team and within groups while fostering an inclusive and supportive environment.
  • Commitment to social justice and equity
  • Strategic thinking
  • Excellent Written & Verbal Communication
  • Dependability
  • Flexibility
  • Active listening
  • Multi-tasking
  • Service-Oriented
  • Facilitate reflection to make meaning from experiences
  • Proficient Problem Solving
  • Strong Teamwork & Team Facilitation
  • Strong Interpersonal Skills
  • Public Speaking
  • Ability to work independently
  • Maintain confidentiality
  • Utilize technology

Additional Information:

This is a full-time, exempt position

College Description

The College of the Holy Cross is a private, Jesuit Catholic, undergraduate institution serving approximately 3,100 students. Founded in 1843, Holy Cross is the oldest Catholic college in New England and has a tradition of academic excellence. It is located atop Mount Saint James in Worcester, Massachusetts. The picturesque, 174-acre campus is an award-winning and registered arboretum.

Region Description

Worcester is a city of approximately 200,000 people centrally located in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. It is approximately one hour from Boston, Hartford, and Providence, and three hours from New York City. Worcester is known as the Heart of the Commonwealth. Worcester offers many cultural and recreational opportunities which you can read more about here.

The College is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and complies with all Federal and Massachusetts laws concerning Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action in the workplace.

A member of the Higher Education Consortium of Central Massachusetts (HECCMA).

To review our Employee Benefit Options, please go to:

Holy Cross Benefits at a Glance PDF for download: click here

Application Instructions:

Please attach a cover letter addressing the position requirements along with your resume.

In your cover letter please address how your work supports the College's mission as a Jesuit, undergraduate liberal arts college (see and its core commitment to diversity and inclusion. For more information, please visit

To apply, visit

The College of the Holy Cross is a highly selective Catholic liberal arts college in the Jesuit tradition. It enrolls about 3,000 students and is located in a medium-sized city 45 miles west of Boston. The College seeks faculty members whose scholarship, teaching, advising, and on- and off-campus service demonstrate commitment to the educational benefits of a richly diverse community. Holy Cross aspires to meet the needs of dual-career couples, in part through its membership in Higher Education Consortium of Central Massachusetts ( and the New England Higher Education Recruitment Consortium ( jeid-5db90730c3409d49b1626ad5c11426a3
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