Assistant Director of the IDEAS Center

Allegheny College, a small selective national liberal arts college, invites applications for the Assistant Director of the Inclusion Diversity Equity Access and Social Justice (IDEAS) Center.  The position is a full time, exempt position reporting to the Director of the IDEAS Center.  Staff in the IDEAS Center report directly to the Dean of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

As a member of the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, the Assistant Director of the Inclusion Diversity Equity Access Social Justice (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 Center is responsible for creating and supporting co-curricular programs/initiatives that encourage student engagement and link diversity, inclusion and social equity with student academic and personal success.

It is the mission of the IDEAS Center to promote an understanding of the College’s commitment to diversity and support of the strategic imperative of developing a diverse and inclusive campus community. The Assistant Director uses a holistic approach to create opportunities that meet the unique needs of an increasingly diverse student body. The position is designed to support the College’s strategic priorities of inspiring and developing student leaders who are prepared to live and work in an increasingly diverse global community.  It is expected that the Assistant Director will collaborate extensively with Student Success and the Office of Student Life to ensure student engagement in a wide range of curricular and co-curricular services and opportunities in support of student’s academic success.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities 

  • 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.
  • Develop and nurture partnerships with campus departments to cultivate an inclusive campus climate through a variety of diversity initiatives.
  • Partner with the Office of Student Leadership and Involvement to support the Culture Leadership and Identity Coalition or student groups that are focused on culture and diversity. Examples include: African Students Association (ASA), Association for the Advancement of Black Culture (ABC), Association for Asian and Asian American Awareness (A5), Association for Caribbean Students, International Club, Gender and Sexuality Alliance (GSA), and Union LatinX.
  • Convene student, faculty and staff committee to plan, coordinate, and implement campus wide programming such as MLK Day programming.
  • Supervise support staff, interns, and student workers.
  • Serve as a member of committees and working groups as assigned.
  • Explore partnerships with offices across campus to implement ongoing intergroup dialogues to ensure constructive engagement across differences and social identities.
  • Work with Admissions to co-host Multicultural Weekend, enhance our relationship with College Bound Organizations, host live events to attract students of color and students from farther away
  • Implement retention programming for historically underrepresented groups


A Master’s Degree with two to three years of increasingly responsible experiences in diversity, inclusion, social justice and social equity work. In addition, it is expected that the candidate will possess:

  • A history of enthusiastically embracing the value and mission of liberal arts education;
  • Ability to think strategically about concepts of diversity, inclusion and intercultural relations.
  • A collegial, friendly, flexible and collaborative approach to student development, leadership and campus culture;
  • A proven track record of working with historically and/or systematically underrepresented populations
  • A proven track record of building strong relationships across a wide range of constituencies, including students, faculty, divisional staff, administrative colleagues, alumni, parents, and members of the surrounding community.
  • Extensive experience creating programs and services focused on creating common ground initiatives and sustainable dialogues across cultures.
  • Demonstrated understanding of identity development and concepts of intersectionality, racial justice and social justice.
  • Experience in crisis and risk management and overseeing the resolution of complex student issues.
  • A commitment to shared governance and sensitivity, fairness, compassion, empathy, objectivity, and transparency in decision-making.
  • A demonstrated ability to build and manage budgets and using financial resources wisely.

Allegheny students and employees are committed to creating an inclusive, respectful and safe residential learning community that will actively confront and challenge racism, sexism, heterosexism, religious bigotry, and other forms of harassment and discrimination. We encourage individual growth by promoting a free exchange of ideas in a setting that values diversity, trust and equality. So that the right of all to participate in a shared learning experience is upheld, Allegheny affirms its commitment to the principles of freedom of speech and inquiry, while at the same time fostering responsibility and accountability in the exercise of these freedoms. This statement does not replace existing personnel policies and codes of conduct.

As one of the nation’s oldest liberal arts colleges, Allegheny College celebrated its bicentennial in 2015. A selective residential college in Meadville, Pennsylvania, north of Pittsburgh near Lake Erie, Allegheny is one of 40 colleges featured in Loren Pope’s “Colleges That Change Lives.” Allegheny also is one of the few colleges in the country that requires students to choose both a major and a minor, helping to cultivate intellectual growth and the creative, big-picture thinking desired by employers and graduate schools. In its 2020 rankings, U.S. News & World Report recognized Allegheny in the top 20 among all national liberal arts colleges for best undergraduate teaching.

The Chronicle of Higher Education ranks Allegheny as one of the best colleges in the nation to work for, specifically in the areas of compensation and benefits.  Allegheny has a total undergraduate enrollment of approximately 1,800 with students from 47 states (plus AE, DC, PR, and VI) and 70 countries. The College’s picturesque location is ideal for outdoor recreation, with eight freshwater lakes, ski areas and recreational opportunities all within easy reach.

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.

Allegheny College is an Equal Opportunity Employer with a strong commitment to diversity, inclusion, and equity. Women, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and members of other underrepresented groups are highly encouraged to apply. Allegheny does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, or national origin.

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posted 11/29/2022