Dean for Institutional Diversity

Allegheny College seeks a collaborative and strategic leader as our Dean for Institutional Diversity, serving as the senior diversity and inclusion officer of the College.  The Dean will report to the Provost, will work closely with the Vice President and Dean of Students, and will have a seat on the President’s cabinet.  As such, the Dean will find positive partnerships and will be positioned to shape and implement initiatives in support of the College’s commitment to diversity, inclusivity, and equity.  The successful candidate will have a clear commitment to undergraduate liberal arts education and we expect that the Dean will work to advance an inclusive educational community for students, faculty, and staff.

The Dean will work within a unit-based model, providing leadership for the Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Access & Social Justice (IDEAS) Center, which is closely aligned with Student Life and is led by an Associate Dean & Director with the support of an Associate Director.  The Dean will co-chair (with a faculty member) the College’s Council on Diversity and Equity, providing leadership and vision for this group for advancing campus inclusivity.  In addition to supporting and enhancing existing faculty and student development programs to foster an inclusive campus climate, the Dean will work collaboratively with the Provost’s Office and the Office of Human Resources to hire and retain a diverse faculty and staff.  The Dean will work closely with the Provost to identify resources and to set priorities to realize these goals.

The successful candidate will have experience in diversity infrastructures and with leadership in a multi-stakeholder environment along with a commitment to equity, justice, inclusion, and the principles of freedom of speech and inquiry.  Qualifications include a minimum of a Master’s level degree with 7-10 years of appropriate professional experience including higher education administration.  A PhD or other terminal degree along with experience in an undergraduate liberal arts institution is preferred.

Founded in 1815, Allegheny College ranks among the oldest 1% of colleges and universities in the United States. We have an increasingly diverse student population drawn nationally; in each of the past three years our incoming classes were over 25% domestic students of color.  Our core curriculum includes courses with learning outcomes in Power, Privilege, and Difference and International and Intercultural Perspectives. Allegheny is one of 40 schools selected for membership in Colleges that Change Lives, is ranked in the top 100 National Liberal Arts Colleges by U.S. News and World Report, and was just named the 6th Most Innovative National Liberal Arts College.  The College is currently engaged in a robust strategic plan to build on our strengths of interdisciplinary and applied learning in the liberal arts through curricular and co-curricular initiatives. We have an exciting vision and the successful candidate will be one who embraces change, innovation, and collaboration.

Allegheny is committed to the ongoing work in support of a diverse and inclusive community that understands and supports identity through a lens of intersectionality. We welcome your application.  Please send a letter of interest that describes your qualifications and a CV that lists four references to the Office of Human Resources, Allegheny College, 520 N. Main Street, Meadville, PA  16335 or by e-mail, combined into a single PDF, to   Review of applications will begin November 6, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled.

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.

posted 10/12/17