Assistant Director of the IDEAS Center

ROLE TITLE:  Assistant Director of the IDEAS Center

POSITION REPORTS TO:  Director of the IDEAS Center

Summary of Position

As a member of the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, the Assistant Director of the IDEAS Center is a student-centered professional who assists the Director of the IDEAS Center with providing strategic leadership and direction to the IDEAS Center. The Assistant Director works to direct programming for the RISE (Reach, Inspire, Support, and Engage) cohort program. The goal of the RISE Program is to increase retention among historically underrepresented student populations through activities that focus on inclusion, success, and engagement. The Assistant Director works under the supervision of the Director and in constructive partnership with other campus partners to recruit eligible students, develop and implement program activities and student services, and support students in building a successful pathway to degree completion through the RISE Program.

As Assistant Director of the IDEAS Center, you will:

  • Provide educational programs/initiatives that enhances student learning through curricular and co-curricular programs that explore concepts and questions of diversity, social equity, social justice and intersections between forms or systems of oppression, domination, or discrimination in the collegiate experience.
  • Advise, mentor, support, and advocate for students from diverse backgrounds individually and collectively.
  • Provide direct support to a caseload of RISE participants and lead the planning and implementation of mentorship and academic support activities.
  • Assist with the implementation and instruction of seminar-like courses specifically designed to assist RISE participants with connecting to campus resources, graduate school exploration, self-advocacy, and leadership development.t
  • Prepare and maintain mandatory program documentation and records, including but not limited to student meeting records, workshop participation, & integrative development plans.
  • Supervise support staff, interns, and student workers.
  • Develop and nurture partnerships with campus departments to cultivate an inclusive campus climate through a variety of diversity initiatives.
  • Serve as a member of committees and working groups as assigned.


Experience and Qualifications

  • Master’s degree with 3-5 years of related professional experience in program development, project coordination, and/or curriculum development
  • Educational background in student affairs, higher education administration, social work, counseling, or other related field
  • A proven track record of working with historically and/or systemically underrepresented students such as Pell eligible, first generation, students of color, etc.
  • Demonstrated understanding of identity development and concepts directly related to systemically underrepresented populations
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills with experience in facilitation/presentation
  • Familiarity with culturally responsive pedagogies in higher education
  • Demonstrated research skills
  • Track Record of achieving extraordinary results
  • Strategic thinking with operational excellence
  • Exceptional ability to influence and build strong relationships


The primary mission of the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (ODEI) is advancing inclusive excellence at Allegheny College by shaping, implementing, and supporting policies, strategies, and initiatives in support of the College’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. The ODEI includes the IDEAS Center (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Access, and Social Justice) and the Assistant Dean for Institutional Diversity, and is led by the Dean of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.


New hires are typically brought into the organization at a salary between the range minimum and the salary range midpoint depending on qualifications, internal equity, and the budgeted amount for the role.

The expected minimum salary range for this position is $45,000 annually.


Please submit a cover letter, resume, and provide contact information for three references to the Office of Human Resources, Allegheny College, 520 N. Main Street, Meadville, PA  16335 or by e-mail to  Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. An offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check.

There is no application deadline for this position, and the position will remain open until filled.  For certain positions, finalist candidates can expect to engage in various rounds of interviews either in person or via online meetings.  Candidates will also have the opportunity to read more about the current work and share thoughts during the interviews.


Allegheny College, founded in 1815, is one of the nation’s oldest and most innovative four-year colleges where multidisciplinary learning breaks the conventional mold. It is one of the few colleges in the United States with a unique requirement to choose both a major and minor for graduation, to provide students with a cross-disciplinary path in the sciences and humanities for educational depth and intellectual growth. Located in Meadville, Pennsylvania, Allegheny College is one of 44 colleges featured in Loren Pope’s “Colleges That Change Lives.” In its 2022 rankings, U.S. News & World Report recognized Allegheny College as one of the country’s top 100 national liberal arts colleges — and one of the top 25 best for undergraduate teaching.

Allegheny College is deeply committed to creating an inclusive community that actively challenges racism, sexism, heterosexism, religious bigotry, and other forms of bias (see Allegheny College Statement of Community).

Allegheny College is an Equal Opportunity Employer with a strong commitment to diversity, inclusion, and equity. The College does not discriminate, and will not tolerate discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, creed, national/ethnic origin, ancestry, veterans, handicap or disability as those terms are defined under applicable law, or members of other underrepresented groups.

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posted 03/04/2024