Director of Institutional Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Roger Williams University   •  

Bristol, RI

Industry: Education


5 - 7 years

Posted 117 days ago

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Job Description:

Reporting to the Chief Diversity Officer, the Director of Institutional Diversity, Equity and Inclusion will be a strategic and visionary leader and collaborative partner focused on the retention and thriving of minoritized students, the creation of a welcoming and inclusive climate, and the intercultural development of all students. The director will be joining the campus at a critical time as the University develops and begins to implement an institutional Strategic plan that foregrounds equity, diversity and inclusion.

The Director will supervise multicultural student initiatives, LGBTQ student initiatives and International student initiatives, each led by an Assistant Director. Each of these areas has a renewed focused on student success and equity with new mentoring and support programs launching in the fall. It will be the Director's responsibility to build a cohesive team made up of the three area Assistant Directors, the office manager, an Americorps VISTA, and student workers that collaborate at the intersection of identities, connect with partners across campus and support institutional goals. Currently, there are two centers: the Intercultural Center and the Queer and Trans Resource Center. The director will have an opportunity to shape the future structure of the Unit.

As a seasoned practitioner grounded in research, theory and practice that supportequity, the Director will work will be a trusted advisor to the Chief Diversity Officer and a critical partner with leaders in student life, Academic Affairs, the center for student academic success, CSALTT, Enrollment Management, faculty and others to build and support an infrastructure that fosters equity and embeds diversity and inclusion into all core operations of the institution.

The Director will be expected to serve as an educator, role model and advocate for students in a visible and interactive manner. Other responsibilities include assisting students, faculty and administrators in creating a pluralistic, respectful, campus community that appreciates and supportsdiversity.

Essential functions

  • In partnership with CSAS and student life, lead efforts to retain and support minoritized students.
  • Partner with the Chief Diversity Officer to embed and inclusion into all core operations of the institution.
  • Partner with Student Life on diversity, equity and social justice programming for all students.
  • Partner with CSALTT and faculty on faculty development initiatives.
  • Lead initiatives that foster a welcoming climate for all stakeholders.
  • Partner with Enrollment Management and Marketing to increase access and create pathways.
  • Partner with advancement to engage with minoritized alumni and external stakeholders.
  • Supervise affinity initiatives led by Assistant directors.
  • Serve on university-wide committees.
  • Support the design and implement multifaceted support services for students of color, LGBTQ students and international students designed to enhance the student experience and supportretention efforts.
  • Provide leadership and support for staff advising for LGBTQ+ students, international students, students of color, first generation students and PELL eligible students.
  • Provide direction and support for targeted support service programs for under-represented students.

Administration and Budget Duties:

  • Maintain office budget and Cap Ex requests
  • Maintain Intercultural and QTRAC facilities and make recommendations for improvements as needed.

Leadership in the Division

  • Serve as the liaison working with administrators, faculty, staff and students at RWU to increase appreciation for discourse and diversity in all its forms.
  • Work collaboratively within and across divisions on institutional priorities.
  • Participate in divisional planning and assessment, including developing student learning outcomes for IC programs.
  • Demonstrate professional and collegial demeanor by relating to others in a courteous, cooperative, sensitive and congenial manner.
  • Maintains the confidentiality of all departments and University information.


  • Hire, supervise, and evaluate assigned staff.

Additional Functions

  • Respect and maintain confidentiality, parameters of operation, professional protocols, and individual privacy. Perform any duties as assigned by supervisor or his/her designee.


Minimum of 5 years of progressively responsibleexperience
Deep knowledge of access and success and factors that impact inclusion
Understanding of intersectionality and the needs of multiple minoritized groups including populations served by the three Assistant Directors
Experience designing intercultural and social justice development programs, especially faculty, staff and student training that is developmental, scaffolded and draws from a variety of disciplines and approaches
Experience using disaggregated data to drive decisions and design programs
Evidence of the ability to develop and maintain strong, collaborative relationships with a wide variety of constituents
Supervisory experience, especially serving as an administrative leader and a coach and mentor to early career professionals
Demonstrated success creating, developing, and implementing programs and services related to the position
Strong understanding and commitment to multicultural, international and LGBTQ diversity issues of students
Excellent interpersonal skills demonstrated across all levels of the University
Knowledge of federal reporting systems and regulations related to international students, including SEVIS
Excellent oral, written, and technology skills with advanced proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite and utilization. Ability to prioritize multiple projects and work in a fast-paced environment and meet deadlines
Openness to feedback and coaching
Master's degreerequired

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