Director of the Center for Diversity and Inclusion

Greencastle, IN

DePauw University



The Justin and Darrianne Christian Center for Diversity and Inclusion (CDI)  is responsible for creating programming and initiatives that provide co-curricular opportunities and institutional advocacy for historically underrepresented students such as domestic students of color, international students, LGBTQ identified, and DACA/Undocumented students. The CDI also collaborates with other campus partners in leading the co-curricular identity education opportunities of majority student populations on campus. The Director is responsible for implementing programs and facilitating campus-wide systemic change to address matter of inequity and injustice in the student experience. This position provides program and leadership development support for DePauw identity/affinity groups.                                                                                                      

The CDI Director supports the Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion. They are responsible for coordinating educational and cultural programs while also fostering collaboration between student groups, assessing student needs and helping to positively impact overall campus climate. The person in the CDI Director role will also be expected to provide support and advocacy, training and programming relating to LGBTQIA+ issues to help ensure that the campus is aware of salient issues impacting this community as well as other historically underrepresented communities. Lastly, the Director is expected to be student-centered, collaborative, and intentional in their role as an educator.


Reasonable Accommodations Statement

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty adequately. Reasonable Accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Essential Functions Statement(s)

  • Collaborate in the creation of DePauw’s Co-Curriculum by serving on the University’s Centers Council.
  • Oversee all financial accounts that fall within the CDI, ensure staff adherence to university financial policy, and provide guidance on annual budget forecasts.
  • Work with the VP for Diversity and Inclusion to address and create sustainability initiatives that address the concerns of LGBTQIA+, DACA/Undocumented, Domestic Students of Color and International Students in the immediate and in long-lasting ways.
  • Supervise, train and evaluate all CDI staff.
  • Interpret and enact university policy when advising student groups and individual students.
  • Serve as a member of DePauw’s Diversity and Equity Committee and Bias Incident Response Team. Serve as a chair of both committees in the absence of the VPDEI.
  • Create and implement programmatic vision and direction of the Center for Diversity and Inclusion that address the current campus climate and promotes identity exploration, collective liberation, coalition and capacity building.
  • Team with the Development Office and Alumni Engagement to identify and advance the goals of the Inclusive Excellence Campaign. This may include occasional travel.
  • Provide direct supervision of all professional and student staff of the CDI.
  • Support the VPDEI on the creation and implementation of all student campus climate initiatives.
  • Provide support, create programming, develop and conduct trainings for diverse audiences of students, faculty, staff, and alumni.
  • Serve in an on-call capacity for incidents of bias in collaboration with the Dean of Students.
  • Create and maintain faculty partnerships to develop and advance co-curriculum programming and student support.
  • Work with Academic Affairs and faculty governance committees to address student issues of diversity, equity and inclusion in the classroom and among all faculty-led initiatives.
  • Create assessment measures and provide data on program performance and learning.
  • Coordinate student participation through a programming board or advisory board.
  • Complete other duties as assigned.


Competency Statement(s)

  • Accountability - Ability to accept responsibility.
  • Active Listening – Ability to actively attend to, convey, and understand the comments and questions of others.
  • Adaptability – Ability to adapt to change in the workplace.
  • Analytical Skills - The ability of the individual to gather raw data and to process that data into a meaningful form.
  • Assertiveness - A communication style that a person can use to facilitate the completion of a work assignment.
  • Change Management - Ability to encourage others to seek opportunities for different and innovative approaches to addressing problems and opportunities.
  • Coaching and Development - Ability to provide guidance and feedback to help others strengthen specific knowledge/skill areas.
  • Communication, Oral - Ability to communicate effectively with others using the spoken word.
  • Communication, Written - Ability to communicate in writing clearly and concisely.
  • Conflict Resolution – Ability to effectively deal with others in an antagonistic situation.
  • Consensus Building - Ability to bring about group solidarity to achieve a goal.
  • Diversity Oriented - Commitment to valuing a variety of different experiences, encouraging input and collaboration from campus stakeholders, including being mindful of experiences related, but not limited to: age, gender, race, ethnicity, religion, socio-economic status, LGBTQIA+, and/or job type.
  • Interpersonal - Ability to get along well with a variety of personalities and individuals.
  • Interpersonal - Ability to develop and maintain relationships with others.
  • Judgment - The ability to formulate a sound decision using the available information. 
  • Relationship Building - Ability to establish and maintain a good rapport and cooperative relationship with constituents and co-workers. 
  • Tactful - Ability to show consideration for and maintain good relations with others.
  • Team Builder - Ability to help ensure that team members are invested in team activities and decisions, and that the team works together to achieve a goal.
  • Tolerance - Ability of the individual to show respect for the rights and opinions of others.


Education:  Master’s (M.A.) degree required, PhD. preferred.

Experience:  Minimum of five years of related diversity and inclusion work experience and one year of supervision experience required.

Communication/Language:  Requires excellent verbal, and written communication skills.

Math Ability:  Experience with data analysis and reporting highly desired.

Computer Skills:  Proficient in Microsoft Office.

Other Requirements:

  • Experience working with, advocating for and an extensive knowledge of the needs of students of color, LGBTQIA+ students, DACA/Undocumented Students, and International Students.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of cross-cultural interactions and sensitivity to the issues and concerns associated with being a student from an underrepresented population on a college campus.
  • Crisis management experience. Ability to serve in an on-call capacity.
  • Understanding of and/or experience in a residential, liberal arts college environment.
  • Ability to advise and support students, individually and in groups.
  • Ability to handle multiple responsibilities simultaneously.
  • Ability to train others.
  • Strong organizational and time management skills.
  • Ability to maintain strict confidentiality with sensitive information.
  • Ability to effectively function within a team environment and collaborate with others.
  • Ability and willingness to work varied hours, including evenings and weekends.
Posted: 12/18/2019