Human Resources

Assistant Director for Intercultural Relations

October 20, 2021

Position Description:

The Assistant Director for Intercultural Relations is a full-time, 12 month position, which reports to the Assistant Dean of Students and Director of Intercultural Relations.

The Assistant Director will assist in the creation and execution of programming, education, training, events, services, and communications for the Office of Intercultural Relations. The Associate Director will help develop and implement proactive diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives which will support the College’s mission and contribute to the outreach, recruitment, retention, and overall success of marginalized identities represented within the Lake Forest College community.

This position provides leadership and oversight of several retention and persistent programs such as First Connection (Pre-Orientation), and Forester First (First Generation) and helps with the execution of campus wide events and initiatives that aligns with the Office of Intercultural Relations mission to celebrate, educate and advocate on diversity, equity and inclusion issues.

The individual in this position needs to be knowledgeable on diversity, equity, inclusion, social justice and anti-racism issues impacting higher education and marginalized communities more broadly. A successful candidate for the position should be able to collaborate, partner and communicate well with various stakeholders on campus, including faculty, staff, students, and alumni.

Primary Responsibilities:

The Assistant Director will:

  • Participate in the design and implementation of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion framework and trainings that will actively facilitate a community-wide understanding and practice of equity and inclusion.
  • Design, plan, implement, and assess diversity and inclusion programs and events for the Office of Intercultural Relation.
  • Support student success initiatives and provide individual support for students with marginalized identities including but not limited to Black, Indigenous and People of Color, first generation college students, LGBTQ students, undocumented students, and international students.  
  • Plan and implement the First Connection Pre-Orientation Program and Forester First.
  • Oversee all eight identity-based Empowerment groups: The Rainbow Network (LGBTQIA+ Community), UNIDAS (Latinx Women), JUNTOS (Latinx Men), Black Women United, Black Men’s Group, A Non-Traditional Approach (Non-traditional students), US (Undocumented Student empowerment group) and Asian, Asian – American, and Pacific Islander
  • Identify relevant speakers, events, and performers for campus events aligned with the mission of the Office of Intercultural Relations.
  • Oversee the operations programming, and the Intercultural House.
  • Create promotional materials, manage the social media and website presence for the Office of Intercultural Relation.
  • Foster collaborative relationships with administrative offices, academic departments, and student groups.
  • Represent the Office of Intercultural Relations on various College committees.
  • Process the Office of Intercultural Relations credit card and budget-related paperwork.
  • Hire, train, and supervise student staff.
  • Serve as liaison/advisor to culturally-focused student organizations and activist groups on campus.
  • Assist and perform other duties as needed.

Qualifications

  • A Master’s degree is required from an accredited institution in higher education, student affairs, or field related to education, diversity, equity, inclusion, or social justice.
  • Two years of post-graduate professional working experience, preferably within the areas of diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice.
  • Knowledge of student development theory, critical race theory, feminist, queer and transnationalism theory.
  • Demonstrated commitment to the principles of social justice, equity and inclusion.
  • Experience developing and conducting on-going diversity and inclusion training programs.
  • Strong facilitation skills.
  • Knowledgeable with SEVIS and/or trained as a Designated School Official for international student immigration services is beneficial.

Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  1. Must possess an awareness of the concerns, pressures, and inequities of first-generation students, Black, Indigenous and People of Color, first generation college students, LGBTQ students, undocumented students, and international students in higher education and other marginalized communities.
  2. Ability to advocate for the above-mentioned populations and ensure that services, programs and policies are rooted in inclusive and equitable practices.
  3. Experience planning and implementing campus programs and events related to diversity, inclusion, and social justice.
  4. Demonstrated competence in engaging and facilitating dialogue on identity and social justice issues.
  5. Excellent written and verbal communication skills as well as the ability to present, and facilitate to large groups of students, faculty, staff and parents.
  6. Ability to work routine evening and weekend hours is required for this position.
  7. It is preferred that candidates have or are able to obtain a valid driver’s license.
  8. The individual must know how to work and solve problems proactively and independently within a fast-paced environment.  
  9. The individual must have an understanding of the importance of diversity, equity and inclusion in an educational environment with a desire to work with students, faculty and staff of diverse backgrounds and varying social identities to advance the culture of inclusion.  
  10. They must possess leadership skills with the ability to work independently and as a member of the team, providing updates and collaborating with colleagues to successfully implement a number of initiatives.  
  11. They must communicate professionally and efficiently within a fast-paced environment.  
  12. The individual must be proficient in all standard computer applications, including Microsoft 365 products, particularly Microsoft Word, Excel, Teams, and Outlook. General knowledge of office principles and procedures is required.  Familiarity with Social Media platforms is required.
  13. The individual must be highly proficient in education, training, program and event planning and supporting administrative functions including business correspondence, scheduling, travel arrangements, budget and financial processes, and fielding telephone calls and e-mail. 
  14. Must convey a highly professional demeanor, be a team player, and have exceptional organizational and communication skills. The individual must provide high-level service to diverse group of constituents and must have the ability to handle a fast-paced environment and manage multiple projects/tasks arising from multiple projects leads with varied deadlines in accordance with goals, best practices and policies.
  15. Must be poised with strong customer-service skills, possess ability to navigate delicate situations diplomatically, and be able to work independently under limited supervision. 
  16. Contemporary knowledge of current events, political contexts, and national issues affecting college students and campus life.

Application:

Please send a resume and cover letter via email to Cindy Orr at orr@lakeforest.edu. The anticipated start date is January 3, 2022.  

Lake Forest College embraces diversity and encourages applications from women, members of historically underrepresented groups, veterans, and individuals with disabilities.