Director, Office of Institutional Diversity

Bridgewater State University in Massachusetts

Deadline Open until filled
Date Posted January 4, 2017
Type Administrative
Salary 75,000-85,000
Employment Type Full-time

From Bridgewater State University’s inception in 1840 by Horace Mann as one of the first normal schools in America, to the current day, BSU has worked to ensure that our students receive an accessible, affordable, and exceptional education. The Education Trust (2015) ranked BSU as ninth in the nation among public 4-year institutions of higher learning for our ability to support the success of all of our students, while simultaneously closing the racial achievement gap.
Key to this institutional accomplishment is BSU’s campus-wide commitment to diversity, equity and social justice. As a result of the work of hundreds of campus members, BSU is also emerging as a diversity leader in higher education. This is evidenced, in part, by BSU’s leadership role in conceiving and coordinating The Leading for Change Higher Education Diversity Consortium, a voluntary collaboration of higher education institutions in Massachusetts committed to identifying student and employee diversity best practices through uniform and transparent use of data, institutional benchmarks and reflective practice.
The mission of the Office of Institutional Diversity (OID) is to provide resources to the campus that support efforts to create equity and opportunity for all. The OID Director works with individuals and departments as they identify and implement action items to support the institution’s strategic priority around diversity and inclusion. The OID also works closely with campus partners to create opportunities for intercultural dialogue, and diversity and inclusion skill building.

Position Summary:

Reporting to the Vice President of Student Success and Diversity, the Director of the Office of Institutional Diversity works cross-divisionally and collaboratively with all campus constituencies to enhance campus climate. In addition, the Director of the OID collaborates with campus members in implementing data-informed programs and initiatives to help meet goals focused on diversity, equity and the elimination of student and employee achievement and opportunity gaps.

This is an exempt, APA unit position and is subject to the terms of that union agreement.

Essential Duties:

1) Manages the daily operation of the Office of Institutional Diversity including budget management, supervision, assessment, strategic planning.
2) Develops and implements workshops and in-depth trainings for a range of employee and student constituencies focused on enhancing employees’ and students’ leadership abilities to interact in an inclusive and culturally competent manner.
3) Partners with campus members and relevant offices, to develop strategies and action items to foster a campus climate supportive of inclusion, respect and social justice for all.
4) Plans and implements data-informed diversity efforts, as well as employee and student success interventions focused on helping the university eliminate achievement and opportunity gaps.
5) Develops strong working relationships with campus-wide academic and administrative offices and departments to develop and implement programs and resources focused on retaining employees and students, with emphasis placed on those from under-represented groups.
6) Coordinates all social media for the Office of Institutional Diversity.
7) Serves on university-wide committees and taskforces focused on diversity and equity-oriented work.
8) Participate as a member of the Planning Committee for the Leading for Change Higher Education Diversity Consortium.
9) Other duties as assigned by the Vice President.

Required Qualifications:

1) A master’s degree.
2) At least 3-5 years of full-time experience in diversity and equity-oriented leadership roles and/or position(s). Relevant part-time professional experience may be substituted to meet this requirement.
3) Demonstrated experience using a data-informed model to guide diversity and equity efforts.
4) Evidence of ability to implement the theory and practice of intersectionality in diversity and equity efforts.
5) Experience conducting diversity programs, trainings and workshops for a range of constituencies.
6) Ability to guide work with broad vision and best practice intellectual trends while attending to programmatic details.
7) Strong collaboration, oral and written communication skills.
8) Some evening and weekend work required.

Preferred Qualifications:

1) A doctorate.
2) Experience in higher education diversity leadership positions.
3) Experience teaching in higher education.
4) Experience leading data-informed employee and student success efforts to eliminate achievement and opportunity gaps.
5) Success in identifying and securing external funds to support diversity and equity efforts in higher education.


Bridgewater State University (BSU) is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer which actively seeks to increase the diversity of its workforce. We are dedicated to providing educational, working and living environments that value the diverse backgrounds of all people.


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