University of St. Thomas

Assistant Director, Student Diversity & Inclusion Services

Minneapolis, MN
Oct 09, 2018
Nov 08, 2018
University of St. Thomas
Job Type
Employment Status
Full Time

Assistant Director, Student Diversity & Inclusion Services
Posted Date 7 days ago(10/8/2018 6:10 AM)
Number of Openings 1
Closing Date Open until Filled
Type of Search Staff
Who May Apply This position is open to all qualified applicants.
Position Number 300851
St Paul
Department/Unit Student Diversity & Inclusion Services – Student Affairs
FLSA Status Exempt/Salaried
Employment Type Full-Time Staff
Assigned Months per Year 12
Benefits Eligible Yes


The University of St. Thomas invites qualified candidates to apply for an Assistant Director position within the office of Student Diversity & Inclusion Services.

Inspired by Catholic intellectual tradition, the University of St. Thomas educates students to be morally responsible leaders who think critically, act wisely, and work skillfully to advance the common good. A successful candidate will possess a commitment to the ideals of this mission statement.

The University of St. Thomas offers a competitive and comprehensive benefits program, which includes:

  • Up to 100% tuition remission for employees, spouses, and dependents upon eligibility
  • A generous Employer retirement contribution of 9.4% of annual salary upon eligibility
  • Medical, dental, and vision options
  • Employer-paid disability, life, and AD&D benefits


The Assistant Director leads signature programs to support the retention and graduation rates of undergraduate students of color. S/he directs the Reaching Excellence in Academics and Leadership (REAL) Program, Linkages Mentor Program, and Dease Scholarship Program. In each of these areas, the Assistant Director manages all aspects of program planning, budgeting, implementation, and assessment. This includes the supervision of REAL Program Peer Advisors and Linkages Mentor Program Interns. The Assistant Director works closely with colleagues in academic affairs to monitor academic progress and graduation of students of color including all present and former cohorts of the REAL Program, Linkages Mentor Program, and Dease Scholarship Program and the DFC transitioning scholars. The Assistant Director leads the evolution of the network, aimed at bringing together students of color, faculty/staff of color, and allies and members of the LGBTQ community. The Assistant Director also leads assessment initiatives for the department. The Assistant Director reports to the Executive Director of Campus Inclusion and Community. Student Diversity & Inclusion Services is a department reporting to the Executive Director of Campus Inclusion and Community within the Division of Student Affairs.


  • Directs the Linkages Mentor Program, including developing learning objectives, assessment plans, and workshop content
    • Recruits, supervises, trains, and evaluates two undergraduate interns, who in turn, supervise approximately 30-45 mentors serving 40-60 mentees
    • Collaborates with staff in other Division of Student Affairs areas to share best practices in mentor training/development, and programming for mentees
  • Directs the Reaching Excellence in Academics and Leadership (REAL) Program, including developing curriculum, soliciting faculty and staff participation, identifying and evaluating work sites, managing budget, monitoring recruitment/selection
    • Identifies and researches methods for continuous program improvement
    • Responsible for recruitment, training, supervision, and evaluation of program staff and delegates responsibilities to program staff
    • As the program has a live-on component for students, the Assistant Director educates on conduct expectations, manages student behaviors, resolves conflict, and may interact with parents or family members
    • Provides ongoing outreach to sophomore, junior and seniors who participated in the program.
    • Tracks and monitors the academic progress and engagement of all REAL cohorts
  • Directs the Dease Scholarship Program
    • The Dease Scholarships are awarded by Enrollment Services, and Academic Counseling is heavily involved in monitoring academic progress and advising students. The additional program components are coordinated by the Assistant Director.
  • Directs and evaluates retention initiatives
    • Partners with institutional research and academic affairs to assess student needs and track the academic progress of students of color
    • Advocates for relevant policies and programs to improve retention, with a goal of having students of color retained and graduated at the same level as majority students
    • Establishes systems to assess the effectiveness of department initiatives
    • Identifies opportunities to bridge programs (e.g., inviting REAL participants to Linkages Core Workshops) in a way that builds community and best utilizes limited resources
  • Supports departmental mission by providing outreach support to US students of color, immigrant students
    • Assist with department signature program planning and education efforts including but not limited to, SDIS's signature events, social events held during welcome weeks and family weekend, Network events (connecting students of color with faculty and staff of color and White allies.)
    • Mediates student concerns/student advocacy on delicate subjects, such as race, ethnicity, etc.
    • Consults w/faculty/staff on problem solving, mediation
    • Assists with department program evaluation and assessment.


Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in a relevant field
  • Five years of program administration or office management experience

Preferred Qualifications

  • A Master's degree preferably in college student personnel administration, student development, multicultural affairs, or a related field
  • Supervisory experience and working with college students
  • Small and large group activities, planning and assessing programs, managing conflict and possessing political acumen.
  • Understanding and practical application of student development theories, and organizational or political theories
  • Experience working with students of color, permanent resident/refugee/immigrant students, multiracial students, transracial adoptee students, and bilingual students
  • Understanding and awareness of issues that affect students of color
  • Experience encouraging majority students to invest in deepening their understanding of diversity and social justice

On the University of St. Thomas Jobs page, follow the instructions to complete an online application which includes uploading a resume and copy/pasting a job specific cover letter.

In light of its commitment to create and maintain a safe learning and working environment, employment with the University of St. Thomas requires consent and successful completion of a background screening.

The University of St. Thomas, Minnesota Human Resources Department advertises the official job listing on its website at

The University of St. Thomas is an Equal Opportunity Employer


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