IDEAS Center Director

Allegheny College, a small selective national liberal arts college, invites applications for the position of IDEAS (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Access, and Social Justice) Center Director.  The position is a full-time, exempt position reporting to the Dean for Institutional Diversity, the senior diversity officer of the College.  The IDEAS Center is a primarily student-facing office within the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion which is led by the Dean for Institutional Diversity.

Job Summary 

The Director of the IDEAS Center works to cultivate a brave, supportive and nurturing environment for the Allegheny community while concentrating on students from historically and systemically marginalized populations. The Director is also responsible for the development and coordination of programs that assist in the recruitment, retention/persistence and completion of these students. The Director provides leadership to and oversight of the IDEAS Center, serves on the Bias Response Team, and participates in Allegheny Bound. The Director, in collaboration with the Dean for Institutional Diversity and other campus and community partners, is responsible for developing and consulting on creation of campus-wide diversity and inclusion programs and events to highlight and recognize the various cultural, heritage, and religious celebrations.

The Director serves as an advisor for the College’s various departments, providing direction and guidance to further advance behaviors, attitudes, policies and practices that support diversity and inclusion. The Director will work in conjunction with the Dean for Institutional Diversity to guide the College’s effort to move beyond access and cultural competency to developing interventions that will help yield equitable outcomes across the institution. The Director will also function as a stakeholder in the implementation and assessment of the overall strategic plan for the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion specifically as it relates to retention, persistence and ultimately graduation of underserved student populations.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Master’s degree with 3-5 years of related professional experience
  • Educational background in college student personnel, higher education administration, social work, counseling, or other related field
  • A proven track record of working with historically and/or systemically underrepresented populations
  • Demonstrated understanding of identity development and concepts directly related to systemically underrepresented populations
  • Ability to work with, train, and facilitate to all levels in our community, including but not limited to students, professional staff, support staff, faculty, alumni and our broader community
  • Proven knowledge and working experience with online tools used to support education and professional development
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills with experience in facilitation/presentation.
  • Supervisory experience in higher education

Preferred Qualifications

At least 3 years of successful relevant full-time professional/ progressive experience in a leadership and/or supervisory role in higher education with a concentration on retention, persistence and support of underserved student populations.  Experience with collection, assessment and analyzing relevant data to implement evidence-based solutions. Experience in developing strategic plans/goals with measurable outcomes.  Engagement in organizational affiliation and professional development to increase the knowledge and experience to effectively implement ideals of inclusion, diversity, equity, access and social justice. Experience with collaborative efforts on a campus-wide level to increase and promote retention and persistence of systemically marginalized student populations.

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.

Posted 4/23/2021