Human Resources

Assistant Director for Diversity & Inclusion

The Assistant Director for Diversity and Inclusion will coordinate monthly cultural programs and heritage month events and serve as a resource for our diversity student organizations. The coordinator works with our broad population of students but has a particular focus on first generation, economically disadvantaged and LGBTQ+ students, and students of color. This role oversees the day-to-day operations of the King Chavez Parks (KCP) Mentor Program and Campbell Scholars (CS) Program. This person serves as an academic counselor who works closely with students enrolled in the KCP and CS program.

Position Responsibilities: 

  • Coordinates monthly cultural programs and heritage month events including Diversity Dialogues, MLK Week, LGBTQ+ Awareness Month, Hispanic Heritage Month, Native American Heritage Month, Black History Month, Women’s History Month, Asian American Heritage Month.
  • Oversees the day-to-day operations of the King Chavez Parks (KCP) Mentor Program, Campbell Scholar (CS) Program and Chatman Living Learning Community
  • Works closely with campus partners including Admissions and the Financial Aid Office to identify and recruit students who are eligible to enroll in the KCP and CS program.
  • Works closely with Academic Support & Career and Personal Development to provide additional outreach to all students of color, including those enrolled in KCP and CS programs
  • Assists the Director of Diversity and Inclusion with the reporting of the KCP grant and other grants which serve first generation and economically disadvantaged students and students of color.
  • Partners with Assistant Director of First Year Engagement to coordinate pre-orientation activities for students of color.
  • Provides guidance and support to Diversity Student Organizations
  • Serves as a member of the Retention Team and Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Board.
  • Administers the Revel’s Roe Travel Scholarship in partnership with the Advancement Office.
  • Represents the KCP and CS program at campus recruitment/orientation/retention events including Tartan Day, New Student Orientation, Becoming A Scot Day. In the absence of the Director of Diversity and Inclusion represents the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Position Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • An understanding of key needs of first generation, economically disadvantaged, LGBTQ+ students and students of color in higher education.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with a diverse student population
  • Strong organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills
  • Highly collaborative work style

Preferred Qualifications:

  • A master’s degree in a relevant field
  • Experience in a small liberal arts college setting
  • Grant management or programming experience
  • Evidence of significant relevant knowledge of trends in diversity and inclusion, student success programming, and academic advising

Qualified candidates should submit a letter of application that addresses the skills required for the position and  a statement reflecting a commitment to diversity, a curriculum vitae or resume, an Alma College Employment Application and the names, addresses, phone numbers, and nature of relationship of three professional references via email to: Dr. Donnesha Blake, Direct or for Diversity and Inclusion, Alma College, careers@alma.edu. For an Alma College application please go to: https://www.alma.edu/live/files/897- employment-application.

Alma College is a selective, baccalaureate Liberal Arts College committed to academic excellence and development of responsible leaders. Alma’s undergraduates thrive on challenging academic programs in a supportive, small-college environment emphasizing active, collaborative learning and close student-faculty interaction. Alma is a private Phi Beta Kappa institution located in the center of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula.

Alma College is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse faculty, staff, and student body.

Alma College recognizes that we are all transformed when we celebrate and value the varied identities backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives in our campus community. We are committed to recognizing and removing barriers to success and providing equitable access to opportunities through education and advocacy. In our increasingly diverse campus and world, we pledge to create a climate where everyone is safe and free to grow intellectually, spiritually, and emotionally.

Story published on May 03, 2021