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Assistant Director, Student Belonging and Inclusion


College of the Holy Cross




Job Summary

The Assistant Director of Student Inclusion & Belonging is responsible for services and programs that promote development along the intersections of identity, support the success of students from historically marginalized backgrounds (e.g., Black/African American, Latino/Hispanic, Asian/Pacific Islander/Desi, Indigenous/Native American, LGBTQIA+ students, and first-generation students), and promote meaningful dialogue and engagement across identity-based differences with the goal of promoting and enhancing cultural humility. This position-one of two Assistant Director roles in the Office of Justice, Equity, Belonging, and Identity (JEBI)-is designed to work with various divisions and departments across campus (e.g. Student Development, Academic Affairs, Athletics, College Chaplains, Career Development, Title IX & Equal Opportunity, etc.) to provide outreach, programming, consultation, and services that are responsive to the full spectrum of students and their needs. JEBI exists in the context of a Jesuit Catholic, liberal arts, and highly residential college. The Assistant Director reports to the Director of Student Inclusion & Belonging and will work closely with the Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for Faculty and Staff. Major Areas of Responsibility


• Outreach, Support, and Response

• Participate in campus-wide initiatives and collaborations with key campus stakeholders to help foster collaboration, including committees and working groups assigned by the Director

• Collaborate with colleagues in the JEBI Office to support co-curricular programming across the College

• Assist in responding to time-sensitive campus issues that require community-wide processing of bias incidents

• Be a visible and recognizable presence on campus by attending events sponsored by the cultural organizations

• Provide individual assistance and support to students

• Refer students, faculty, and staff to appropriate campus supports such as Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS), the Office of Title IX and Equal Opportunity, and Student Case Manager when necessary


Program Implementation & Delivery


• Support the planning of student-focused programs that comes from the JEBI Office that have a specific focus on the development, affirmation, and support of students from historically marginalized racial and ethnic groups (i.e. Black/African American, Latino/Hispanic, Asian/Pacific Islander/Desi, Indigenous/Native American), LGBTQIA+ students, and first-generation students

• Support the planning of special events hosted by the JEBI Office

• In collaboration with a staff member from Academic Services and Learning Resources (ASLR), implement and administer the Mentor Program, including recruiting and supervising student mentors, maintaining the budget, recruiting participants, and organizing community-building events

• Support the Director in administering the Odyssey Program, a pre-orientation program for students from historically marginalized racial and ethnic groups and first-generation students, including recruiting and supervising student mentors, maintaining the budget, recruiting participants, and planning an effective experience

• Lead the implementation and planning of support/engagement of former Odyssey participants who are first- and second-year students; developing programs that encourage students to find their voice, support students as they learn to lead from the intersections of their identities, and coach students through transitional milestones

• Lead the implementation and planning of first-generation student outreach and support:

• Serve as a resource and referral agent of all students with particular attention to the needs of first-generation students

• Maintain ongoing knowledge of information relevant to the campus regarding first-generation students

• Provide support, guidance, and advisement to HCF1RST Scholars, a recognized student organization (RSO) celebrating and supporting first-generation students

• Serve as the primary point of contact for the College’s involvement with the Center for First-Generation Student Success, an initiative of NASPA and the Suder Foundation

• Chair and convene the First-Generation Success Committee, which includes membership from campus partners who support first-generation initiatives and develop first-generation programming

• In collaboration with a staff member from ASLR, provide general support to members of the Delta Omicron chapter of Alpha Alpha Alpha (or Tri-Alpha), a national honor society for first-generation college students, including the planning and implementing of the annual Tri-Alpha induction ceremony

• Develop and deliver social justice workshops, skill-based workshops, and trainings for student organizations, student leaders, and classes as assigned by the Director


Administrative Responsibilities


• Work with the JEBI Office staff to contribute to a culture of teamwork and collaboration

• Institute administrative procedures

• Perform other duties as assigned


Minimum Qualifications


• Bachelor’s degree required, Masters preferred (Education, Counseling, or related field)

• Minimum of two (2) years of related experience, which includes a minimum of one (1) year experience of being the lead developer for cultural humility, social justice, or diversity-related training

• Ability to organize and manage time effectively

• Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work well with all levels of management and staff.

• Proficient in Microsoft Office products (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and Google platform.

• Ability to manipulate data in Microsoft Excel and/or Google Sheets through sorting and filtering functions is highly preferred

• Proficient in Zoom and applicable features (i.e. meetings, webinars, phone, team chat, and channels)


Core Competencies


• Ability to collaborate effectively with others

• Articulate a broad and complex understanding of diversity, inclusion and equity

• A self-starter who demonstrates strong interpersonal communication and leadership skills, organizational and analytical ability, is both goal and process-oriented, and possesses the ability to handle multiple tasks

• Demonstrates creative and critical thinking

• Demonstrate adaptive and engaging presentation skills for different and diverse audiences

• Dependability

• Flexibility

• Excellent Written & Verbal Communication

• Proficient Problem Solving

• Understands Risk Management

• Excellent Innovation/Creativity

• Strong Interpersonal Skills

• Understands, values and respects diversity as an individual, in a team and within groups while fostering an inclusive and supportive environment.



The description above represents the most significant duties of this position but does not exclude other occasional work assignments not mentioned, the inclusion of which would be in conformity with the factor degrees assigned. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:This is a full time, exempt level position. The College is committed to providing competitive market pay for its employees. The College also offers a competitive benefits package for full-time staff, including:

• 10% College contribution to the 403(b) Retirement Plan (1 year wait waiver available)

• This position may be eligible for a hybrid work arrangement

• Condensed summer 4-day work week

• Tuition & Education benefits

• Wellness programs & ongoing Training and Development opportunities

• Generous paid time off


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.To review our Employee Benefit Options, please go to: INSTRUCTIONS:Please attach a cover letter addressing the position requirements along with your resume.In your cover letter please address how your work might support the College’s commitment to inclusive excellence ( Please provide examples of how you have integrated diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging into your past work. For more information, please visit of applications will begin as received and continue until the position has been filled.


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