Assistant Director for Diversity, Education & Advocacy

29 Jul, 2020


Assistant Director for Diversity, Education & Advocacy

Bridgewater College
Bridgewater, VA

Assistant Director for Diversity, Education & Advocacy


JOB SUMMARY: The Assistant Director will support campus initiatives that foster diversity and inclusion in service to Bridgewater College’s goals for an equitable environment. The Assistant Director will be responsible for student programs and other initiatives that retain students, especially those who identify with traditionally marginalized populations. This is a full-time, 12-month position that operates under the direction of the Associate Dean of Students for Diversity and Inclusion. The incumbent joins a team of professionals who work collaboratively to meet the student success goals of BC students.




  • Advise and coordinate the Eagle Success Peer Mentoring program, including oversight of peer mentor leaders and development of comprehensive training. Additionally, the Assistant Director will co-manage the budget for the mentoring program.
  • In partnership with the Associate Dean, the Assistant Director shall create, develop and administer cultural awareness, identity exploration and social justice programs. This includes administering the Safe Zone program for LGBT education.
  • Provide support and guidance in an advocacy role for student organizations affiliated with the Center for Diversity, Education and Advocacy in partnership with the primary advisors.
  • Collaborate with student life colleagues and campus partners to identify creative strategies to support students from traditionally underrepresented populations.
  • Assist with marketing and outreach efforts for the Center for Diversity, Education and Advocacy.
  • Support and enhance the campus climate for students across identity understandings in association with the Associate Dean.
  • Work with the Associate Dean to examine climate studies, demographic data, policy analyses, and other data to develop, support, advocate for and assess social justice and inclusion initiatives.
  • Evaluate programs to provide ongoing and annual feedback based on outcomes from data in partnership with the Associate Dean.
  • Work with the Associate Dean to provide intercultural interventions, mediation and support services to students.
  • Conduct useful benchmarks and other research to learn best practices and to develop ideas to enhance current initiatives in collaboration with the student life team.  the outcomes will serve as data points and suggestions to the Associate Dean in an effort to continuously assess programs and services.
  • Serve as an advocate for traditionally underrepresented and first-generation students ensuring that they connect with appropriate campus resources.
  • Maintain healthy communication with the Associate Dean to provide weekly updates about pertinent information in regard to Eagle Success, Safe Zone and other initiatives that impact the department and students.


  • Bachelor’s degree in sociology, education, psychology or related field is required.
  • Master’s degree in higher education, student affairs, adult education, sociology, business or related is preferred.
  • Program planning for small and medium events.
  • Ability to collaborate and work as a team.
  • Demonstrated success working with a culturally diverse community of students and staff, including traditionally underrepresented and international student populations.
  • Proficient computer skills to include Microsoft Office Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc. 


  • Demonstrated experience in advancing equity, diversity, inclusion and multiculturalism within a complex organization.
  • Experience with coordinating a peer mentoring programs, especially managing training efforts.
  • Sense of diplomacy, sensitivity and objectivity.
  • Above average interpersonal and intercultural communication skills.
  • Demonstrated judgment, analysis and decision-making skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to cross organizational and cultural boundaries with ease, adapting language and style to the context both in person and at a distance.
  • Experience working effectively in interdisciplinary teams.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.

GENERAL INFORMATION:  Bridgewater offers Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees in more than 60 majors and minors, along with multiple areas of emphasis and concentrations, pre-professional programs such as medicine and law, dual degree programs and teacher certification. The college is a member of NCAA Division III and the Old Dominion Athletic Conference, with 23 intercollegiate athletic teams. The vibrant 300-acre residential campus includes an equestrian center and is located in the town of Bridgewater, Virginia, near the city of Harrisonburg in the center of the Shenandoah Valley. An excellent school system, healthy business environment, numerous arts and cultural events, one of the state’s lowest crime rates, and a variety of outdoor opportunities and historic attractions draw many to the region.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Email Human Resources at

APPLY: Please complete our online application. Include cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information (email and cell phone) for three references.

DEADLINE: Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.


Bridgewater College is an equal opportunity provider, committed to employing a diverse faculty and staff, and actively seeks applications from women, minorities, and other persons from traditionally under-represented groups.


ANNUAL SECURITY REPORT AND ANNUAL FIRE SAFETY REPORT: The Bridgewater College Annual Security Report and Annual Fire Safety Report summarizes policies on campus security and personal safety, crime prevention, fire safety, and crime reporting, and includes crime and fire statistics for the past three years.

The reports are available at

To request a printed copy, please call 540-828-5761

Job posted: 2020-07-29