Located in the historic community of Walla Walla, Whitman’s beautiful tree-lined campus is home to an intellectually dynamic, diverse, and supportive community of some 500 staff and faculty and 1,500 students. With an endowment exceeding $500 million, fiercely loyal alumni, exceptional students, and accomplished faculty and staff, Whitman College continues to build on its national reputation for academic excellence ranking as one of the top liberal arts colleges in the country.
Faculty and Staff:
The Director of Equity and Inclusion will collaborate with the VP for Diversity and Inclusion to create, implement, execute, and assess programs that enhance diversity, equity, and inclusion on campus. The Director will also assist faculty and staff with established programs to enhance how they relate to diversity, equity, and inclusion. The Director will coordinate a campus climate approach and partner with academic and administrative units to assess and improve the departmental climate.
The Director of Equity and Inclusion will develop and expand systems and structures that improve the campus climate. The Director will collaborate with strategic community partners to examine policies and amplify holistic support for the student community at the intersection of identity, class, and potential barriers to success. This role will also serve as the primary leader in advising our Greek life and LGBTQIA+ communities.
The Director of Equity and Inclusion will develop strategic partnerships with alums, regional leaders, and community members that promote inclusion and the College’s educational aims. These partnerships will support the retention and success of students, staff, and faculty from marginalized backgrounds within our community and ensure community members have full use of the opportunities available to Whitman College community members.
- Provide support to LGBTQIA+ community at Whitman through counseling, advising, and referral services; Collaborate with student clubs and faculty advisers.
- Collaborate and lead in planning and implementing a robust Greek Life experience, including but not limited to training for the community, partnership with the national organizations, and strategic alumni engagement.
- Coordinate and assess the Whitman Institute for Scholastic Enrichment (WISE), a program that aims to introduce middle school students to college life, in collaboration with the Executive Assistant for Diversity and Inclusion.
- Assist in establishing, implementing, and maintaining a short- and long-range campus climate approach. To include training, departmental climate reviews, and bias response protocol that support students, staff, and faculty retention.
- Develop and lead ongoing department learning outcomes and training assessment processes specifically for Staff and Faculty departments; incorporate learning outcomes into pieces of training, resources, and coaching.
- Facilitate a positive experience both academically and socially for students by providing academic and personal advising and referral services. Promote the retention of students of diversity and international students through the establishment of internal support systems and the formation of student organizations.
- Assist the Director of the Intercultural Center in promoting and organizing programming efforts in the area of cultural and ethnic education on the Whitman campus through films, speakers, lectures, entertainment, and group discussions including, but not limited to, the following signature events: Opening reception, Fall Diversity speaker, Senior Celebration and Unity Week Celebration.
- In collaboration with the VP for Diversity and Inclusion, develop, coordinate, facilitate, and evaluate training and educational sessions focused on the college’s diversity, equity, and inclusion goals.
- Work in collaboration with Student Affairs and the Student Engagement Center to enhance the model for ongoing student leadership training and improve life after Whitman Outcomes.
- In collaboration with the VP for Diversity and Inclusion, work on DEI goals and initiatives, and identify annual projects to develop, oversee, implement, and assess.
- Serve on college committees as needed and complete other duties as assigned.
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES
Individuals must explain and demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the Director’s essential functions safely.
- Skills in curriculum building, training, and facilitation
- Ability to work with diverse campus constituencies on controversial issues
- Deep understanding of critical race theory, student development theory, and organizational change models
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills
- Demonstrated involvement with organizations and communities relevant to this position
- Strong interpersonal and public relations skills to listen
- The ability to synthesize information, build relationships with a wide range of people and influence key stakeholders is critical
- A reputation as a positive team player with a personal commitment to collaboration and integrity
- Conscious of a selective liberal arts college’s mission and the importance of diversity as part of the overall educational mission
- Ability to work evenings and weekends as needed
A Master’s degree required, Terminal degree preferred. The successful candidate possesses at least five years of experience in a higher education environment and is familiar with program development and assessment, advising, and best practices in promoting diversity in higher education.
Consistent with the College’s diversity commitment, members of underrepresented populations are encouraged to apply.
The search committee will begin reviewing applications on Nov. 9. The position will remain open until filled, but applications received by Nov. 19 will be given preference.