The Director of LGBTQ+ Initiatives is an administrative position within the Office of the Dean of the College. Reporting to the Dean of Students, the Director of LGBTQ +Initiatives is dedicated to supporting Colgate’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, and ally students by working to achieve inclusive excellence and through visibility across a vibrant campus community. The Director also advances several important divisional initiatives on behalf of the Dean of the College related to campus climate, particularly as they relate to gender, sexuality, equity and inclusion as well as intersectional identities. This position requires an independent, creative colleague who understands servant leadership as a way of supporting students and equipping them to navigate a rigorous liberal arts college environment.
The Director oversees daily operations including website and social media presence, co-supervision of an administrative assistant as well as supervision of student program coordinators. They develop and promote LGBTQ events, activities, programs, and initiatives, advise student organizations, work with students and the Rainbow Room, a student-run space, and provide education and support at Colgate regarding sexual orientation, gender, and gender-identity. The Director develops and maintains community resources, including materials that inform current and prospective students about the lived experiences, cultures, and concerns of LGBTQ people at Colgate.
●Serve as primary support and resource for LGBTQ+-identified students. ●Maintain signature programs and events including SafeZone, Queerfest, Trans Day of Remembrance, Lavender Graduation, and Coming Out Week. ●Serve as the adviser to Queer and Trans People of Color (QTPOC) and Lambda student organizations as well as other related recognized student organizations. ●Supervise LGBTQ+ Student Program Coordinators. ●Collaborate across the university to develop and review policies and practices that advance LGBTQ+ inclusion. ●Maintain and strengthen partnerships with LGBTQ Studies and the Center for Women's Studies. ●Represent and promote Colgate through local/regional/national presentations on LGBTQ+ inclusion. ●Develop social climate assessment and evaluation. Gather and analyze qualitative and quantitative data related to LGBTQ+ programs, service, and climate. Liaise with the Dean of the College Assessment Committee in matters relating to climate surveys. ●Maintain website, campus newsletter, and other communication channels. ●Other duties as assigned.
●Two years of professional experience in student affairs, or related field; ●Knowledge and understanding of identities, issues, and research related to LGBTQ+ students in higher education; ●Familiarity with contemporary college student issues, especially those related to gender, sexuality, gender identity, and the intersectionality with other identities; ●Experience with advising and/or supervising student workers; ●Comfortable with consulting current literature to develop an evidence-based practice to support LGBTQ+ students and promote inclusive excellence; ●Familiar with and committed to ongoing learning about the evolving landscape of students’ gender and sexual identities; ●Experience with assessment and learning outcomes development; ●Demonstrated experience advising student organizations and providing individual students with academic, personal, social, and cultural advising; ●Membership in relevant professional associations (e.g. AERA, NASPA, ACPA, etc.); ●Demonstrated commitment to creating inclusive environments; ●Demonstrated experience in design and facilitation of educational and awareness-raising workshops and trainings; ●Strong organizational skills, including effective time management and prioritization capabilities; ●Excellent written and verbal communication skills as well as presentation skills; ●Some night and weekend availability required; and ●Must be committed to working collegially and networking with a diverse group of students, faculty, and staff on a daily basis.
Bachelor's degree required.
Master’s degree in higher education administration or student affairs or a combination of education and experience from which comparable skills have been attained is preferred
Colgate University, among the top liberal arts colleges in the country, seeks an energetic, motivated, and highly visible Director of LGBTQ+ Initiatives to serve as a trusted resource for students on campus. Reporting to the Dean of Students, the Director of LGBTQ+ Initiatives takes an active leadership role in developing students into balanced, mature adults.
This is a distinctive opportunity for an accomplished professional with a strategic approach to student affairs to elevate the breadth and depth of resources available to Colgate students. It is an exciting time for the University as Colgate enters its third century. President Brian W. Casey is leading the campus through a comprehensive Third-Century Plan to raise the institution's profile as a distinctive and strong undergraduate liberal arts institution to even-higher levels of achievement. Under the leadership of Vice President and Dean of the College Paul J. McLoughlin II, there has been tremendous progress in the division as part of an enhanced commitment to enriching the student experience. The energy on campus is palpable; four Residential Commons communities living-learning communities have been established and long-term goals have been established for further developing the residential college system through creation of an upper-level residential system; career services; and integrated wellness.
In addition to these initiatives as part of the University's Third-Century Plan, Colgate is also committed to an ambitious set of goals as part of the The Plan for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. This plan presents a framework for moving the work of creating an inclusive campus forward, and also for engaging the Colgate community in this effort in the years ahead. Colgate's vision for its next century makes clear that improved diversity, equity, and inclusion are absolutely necessary if the University is to achieve its ambitions.
The next Director of LGBTQ+ Initiatives will serve as a collaborative colleague within the Dean of the College Division to ensure that opportunities are realized and issues are addressed; further develop students' ability to be resilient and find success; and guide Colgate to be a more diverse, inclusive, and equitable institution.
Having celebrated its Bicentennial in 2019 and now forging boldly into its third century, Colgate is poised to realize its vision with a talented team within the Dean of the College Division. Colgate has distinguished itself as one of the finest residential universities and has sought a special purpose among institutions of higher learning. The next Director of LGBTQ+ Initiatives will have an understanding of and appreciation for a residential liberal arts education; a passion for providing support and opportunities for Colgate's students, especially as they explore their identities and purpose; an authentic appreciation for Colgate's history and traditions, as well as a vision of its potential; a deep understanding of the educational value of a diverse community; and a firm but fair approach to the resolution of conflict.
It is the policy of Colgate University not to discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of their race, color, creed, religion, age, sex, pregnancy, national origin, marital status, disability, protected Veterans status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, being or having been victims of domestic violence or stalking, familial status, or any other categories covered by law. Colgate is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Candidates from historically underrepresented groups, women, persons with disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.
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