The Director, Office of Inclusive Excellence (OIE) at Mary Baldwin University will provide leadership for fostering an inclusive campus climate and culture. The Director will be responsible for the daily departmental operations of the Office of Inclusive Excellence and will assist with the professional development of the OIE Team. The Director will supervise a staff that may include an office fellow, graduate assistants, interns and student assistants and will work closely with members of the Student Engagement team and other campus stakeholders. The Director will serve as an advocate for all MBU students leading programmatic efforts to engage communities of difference in ways that support an inclusive learning environment where diversity is celebrated and a sense of university belonging is central. The Director will offer holistic support to students of color and other underrepresented students by implementing and facilitating retention programming designed to promote social, cultural, and educational development. The Director of the Office of Inclusive Excellence will work with the Chief Diversity Officer to develop an appropriate budget for the Office of Inclusive Excellence. The Director reports to the Chief Diversity Officer.
Areas of responsibilities for the Director, Office of Inclusive Excellence include but are not limited to:
Creating and assessing programming designed to strengthen the academic success and retention of underrepresented students from the recruitment process through enrollment and graduation.
- Communicate, collaborate and consult with the Chief Diversity Officer on issues faced by historically underrepresented students and LBGTQ students as well as the university’s strategic goals related to diversity initiatives; serve as an active partner and change- agent in the creation of a DEI strategic plan.
- Serve as a bridge to the university for new students of color. Plan and coordinate orientation programming for new African American and Latinx Students and have a visible role in the university’ s new student orientation process.
- Establish a visible and viable campus presence as an ombudsman for students of color and LBGTQ+ students.
- Serve as the primary advisor for organizations of color.
- Build partnering and supportive relationship with parents of color to guide student success; facilitate parent orientation.
- Provide oversight for the Ubuntu Mentoring Program and the Sista Friends Alumni Mentoring Program
- Direct the programming for the Umoja House: African American Culture Center and La Casa Rosario Castellanos: Latinx Cultural Center.
- Co-facilitate MBC101- Orientation to College for IBW/ PERSIST students and serve as the first year advisor for students in the Ida B. Wells Living Learning Community and the PERSIST Scholars program. Develop Harambee Activities for IBW/PERSIST students.
- Demonstrate a commitment to programming that welcomes individuals of all races, ethnicities, religious faiths, sexual orientations, and gender identities.
- Serve as a member of the Coalition for Racial and Social Justice.
- Serve as a member of the Student Support Team (SST). Refer students as necessary for appropriate academic, social or emotional support.
Design and facilitate leadership development opportunities for students of color; help prepare students of color to live, work, lead and succeed in a multicultural world.
- Work with the OIE Team and Minority Clubs United (MCU) leadership to develop their annual calendar of events, workshops and leadership training
- Give oversight for the planning of the Bi-Annual Sankofa Leadership Conferences.
- Coordinate the activities and advise MCU organizations on all aspects of leadership development, event planning, community engagement, budget preparation and accountability.
- Guide all minority student performing and literary arts groups (Anointed Voices of Praise Gospel Choir, Greater Things Dance Ministry, Kuumba Players Theater Troupe, League of Elegance, and Libations Literary Magazine) with the execution of their craft.
- Coordinate office programming with on campus stakeholders; build partnerships with the local community to foster an appreciation for inclusive excellence.
- Coordinate planning for the Ajani Ceremony.
- Evaluate and assess all programmatic areas of the Office of Inclusive Excellence; create reports as requested
- Design civic engagement programming for the Office of Inclusive Excellence
- Sustain programming to maintain engaged relationship with Alumni of color.
Support programming designed to promote cross-cultural sharing and exploration.
- Work with the Chief Diversity Officer to resolve cases of racial and gender insensitivity and bias.
- Assist with diversity, anti-bias and cultural competence training.
- Give programmatic oversight for annual university-wide celebrations like the Annual Kwanzaa Celebration, Black History Month, Latino Heritage Month, the Annual Martin Luther King Celebration, Las Posadas, Pride Week and other multi-cultural celebrations.
- Serve as a campus resource on Minority Student Life and LBGTQ+ student life and develop educational and cultural programs that empower students from diverse groups.
- Serve as a resource and partner to the Office of Admissions for the recruitment of students of color; assist with on campus events as needed.
- Provide support and referral services for students regarding issues of sexual and gender identities.
Oversee Public Relations for the Office of Inclusive Excellence
- Work with the Office of Integrated Communications (OIT) in the branding process for OIE publications, i.e. recruitment materials, office brochures.
- Work collaboratively with OIT on communication related to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Perform other duties as assigned by the Chief Diversity Officer
A Master’s degree in Student Personnel, Counseling, Higher Education Administration, Social Work, Ethnic Studies or a related field and 3-5 years of experience in higher education is required. Direct experience with culturally underrepresented and LBGTQ+ students, knowledge of African American, Latinx, AAPI cultures and an ability to advocate for the needs of diverse identity groups and promote the intersectionality of diverse communities. Requires excellent skills in communication, organization, program design and evaluation, event management and promotion, and civic engagement. The ideal candidate is creative and skilled in conflict resolution, crisis intervention, diversity and anti-bias training, mentoring, budget management, and is able to work collaboratively and exercise independent judgment. Candidates who have professional experience at a residential liberal arts college will be strongly considered.
Please email a cover letter, resume, and three references to Andrea Cornett-Scott, Associate Provost for Inclusive Excellence, at OIEfirstname.lastname@example.org. Please reference “Director, Office of Inclusive Excellence” in the subject line.
Mary Baldwin University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. www.marybaldwin.edu
Mary Baldwin University is an intentionally diverse educational community, with a vibrant population of more than 1900 undergraduate and graduate students in its residential and online programs. More than fifty percent of MBU’s residential undergraduates are students of color and the University aspires to develop a faculty and staff that reflect its demographic. The University places a high priority on the cultivation of a community in which all students are both seen and heard. We seek and encourage applications from members of groups underrepresented in higher education and with academic experience with diverse student bodies. Above all, Mary Baldwin seeks candidates eager to embrace and empower an ethic of equity, diversity, and inclusivity.
Mary Baldwin University does not discriminate on the basis of sex or gender (*see exceptions for admission to programs within the College for Women), nor does the university discriminate on the basis of race, national or ethnic origin, color, age, disability, religion, veteran’s status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression in its educational programs, admissions, co-curricular or other activities, or employment practices.