Salem State University

Associate Director, Leadership, Engagement, Advocacy & Diversity (LEAD) Office

Job Post Information* : Posted Date 1 month ago(2/15/2018 4:44 PM)
State Title
Associate Director
Job Category
Department : Name
Diversity & Multicultural Affairs
Pay Basis

General Statement of Duties

The associate director is responsible for providing strategic planning and effective management of initiatives and programs related to sustaining the mission of the Leadership, Engagement, Advocacy & Diversity (LEAD) Office. The associate director will assist in coordinating the university's effort to build and maintain a campus environment that is inclusive, pluralistic, and diverse. This person is responsible for the oversight and planning of the programs, workshops and training sessions that promote goals and values of a diverse, engaged and inclusive campus for students and the entire University community.  The successful candidate is also responsible for developing and maintaining relationships with a variety of constituent groups on campus (i.e. undocumented students, first generation, students of color, international students, LGBTQ students and their allies, students with disabilities, etc.).

Reporting to the director of the LEAD office, this person will help to develop and facilitate learning opportunities that affirm the university’s values focused on the awareness of and appreciation for racial, ethnic and cultural diversity, LGBTQ students, overall campus climate, retention/academic success, and advocacy.  The associate director will assist in evaluating student learning outcomes and the effectiveness of  programs; assist with academic monitoring of underrepresented and at-risk students and following up with students in academic difficulty; assist in managing logistics, communications, and strategy for high-profile programs; and serve on internal and external committees relating to departmental vision. Other responsibilities include strategic advocacy and policy development; assistance on programs and initiatives focused on student success related to academic support and student services, awards/recognitions, new student orientation, student leadership, and educational, social, and cultural programs. The associate director oversees the day-to-day operations of the center for diversity & cultural enrichment, and assists in hiring, supervising, and evaluating student employees.

The associate director will provide leadership in the development, implementation, evaluation and assessment of a diverse and comprehensive range of services and programs, including coordination of social justice education and outreach programs for students, faculty and staff that engage the community and foster a welcoming and inclusive environment. The associate director will facilitate collaborative partnerships with a variety of constituents and assist student groups and organizations with educational programming and resources.

Associate director will need to be able to work evenings and weekends

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. (E) Develops and implements appropriate social justice and diversity focused programs and activities for the campus community related to diversity; provides advocacy, crisis support, information and referral regarding multicultural and LGBTQ inclusion
  2. (E) Works to strengthen programs and services offered through the Center for Diversity & Cultural Enrichment
  3. (E) Responsible for curriculum design and facilitation of our Bystander Intervention Program and Safe Zone program
  4. (E) Provides leadership for diversity and inclusion-related committees, advocacy efforts related professional development opportunities at the university
  5. (E) Monitors and evaluates the efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery methods and procedures
  6. (E) Oversees the LEAD office website content review, marketing & promotional plan, and office outreach materials including newsletter, posters, brochures, and mailings
  7. (E) Develops and implements communication strategies to inform students of upcoming events
  8. (E) Serves as liaison between students and university personnel in a fair and impartial manner regarding student rights and regulations
  9. (E) Manages the daily use of the Center for Diversity & Cultural Enrichment space; including processing work orders, ordering supplies, and reservation calendar
  10. (E) Provides individual assistance to underrepresented students in matters pertaining to the quality of their education
  11. Participates in the university's strategic planning and implementation of short-and long-term goals and objectives for the Enrollment Management and Student Life Division
  12. Assists with formal office reviews, annual reports, and program assessments
  13. Assists in responding to on campus and classroom disruptions reported by university students, faculty and staff as it relates to multicultural and LGBTQ students
  14. Assists in fostering a healthy, secure and supportive environment for students that integrates the intellectual, social, cultural, and emotional development of students
  15. Supervises assigned full-time program coordinators as well as collaboratively supervises graduate interns, practicum students and work-study students
  16. Participates in centralized processes such as paraprofessional selection (student staff), professional staff hiring, orientation, etc.
  17. Serves on organizational, departmental, and campus committees as needed or required
  18. Utilizes MAP-Works in support of student success
  19. Performs other duties as assigned


Required Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in student affairs, student development, counseling or related field of study 
  • Three to four years of experience developing leadership experiences and advising multicultural, and/or student clubs and organizations and student-led initiatives
  • Demonstrated knowledge of best practices in diversity, multicultural and LGBTQ affairs; Ability to balance student advocacy and overall institutional goals and a successful track record of collaborating effectively across departments
  • Demonstrate an inclusive style and a passion for working with a diverse student population
  • Experience working with and facilitating social justice and diversity focused programs

Preferred Qualifications:

  • A strong understanding of student development theory as it pertains to developing experiences that support the needs and interests of multicultural and LGBTQ student identity groups 
  • Possess a demonstrated awareness and knowledge of identity based student needs, leadership development techniques, strong facilitation skills, and the implementation of effective cultural competency building initiatives.
  • Experience in cultivating and executing diversity focused educational campus-wide programs will be necessary for all applicable candidates.

Working Conditions:

Salem State University complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to provide reasonable accommodation to qualified applicants and employee with disabilities.


Office activities are performed in an environmentally controlled office setting subject to extended periods of sitting, keyboarding and interaction with computer equipment; occasional bending, reaching, lifting, pushing and pulling up to 10 pounds.


Willingness and ability to work evenings and weekends.


Special Instructions to Applicants:

Please apply online and attach resume and cover letter.


Employment is contingent upon a completed background and CORI check satisfactory to the university. Internal candidates are not subject to background check.  


EEO Statement:
Salem State University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Persons of color, women and persons with disabilities are strongly urged to apply.


Please Note: If there is no application deadline associated with a position, it may come down at any time. Once a posting is removed, additional applications will not be accepted.


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