Colgate University Assistant Dean/Director of LGBTQ Initiatives in Hamilton, New York

Position Information

Job Category
Professional/Administrative
Position Title
Assistant Dean/Director of LGBTQ Initiatives
Full Time/Part Time
Full Time
Division
Dean of the College
Department
LGBTQ Initiatives
Department Statement

Following a generous gift in 2002, Colgate created the Director of LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning, students) Initiatives role initially locating it within the Center for Women's Studies (WMST). In 2007, the position moved from sharing responsibilities in residence life and student leadership and involvement to becoming a full-time role focused exclusively on supporting LGBTQ students and allies and more broadly, people with marginalized genders and sexualities. Today, the director supports students and allies with a deep understanding on issues of race, ethnicity, gender, class, and spiritual backgrounds as well as their intersectionality, and by helping students and allies make the connection between their identities within the context of a small, private, residential, rural liberal arts college.

The Director of LGBTQ Initiatives continues to share a close partnership with the WMST, the LGBTQ Studies faculty and staff, as well as other faculty, staff, alumni, and students, to promote inclusivity across campus. The next Director of LGBTQ Initiatives benefits from nearly 16 years of history and tradition supporting the Colgate LGBTQ community to provide an affirming campus environment and climate. This is an exciting time to join Colgate and the Office of the Dean of the College as Colgate celebrates its bicentennial, prepares for its third century, and focuses on equity and inclusion as part of a recently appointed Task Force on Equity and Diversity jointly led by the President and Provost.

The Mission of LGBTQ Initiatives is enhancing campus diversity and supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and ally students, staff, and faculty through intellectual/leadership development, building community, and outreach/visibility.

Accountabilities

The Director of LGBTQ Initiatives is an administrative position within the Office of the Dean of the College. Reporting to the Dean of Students, the Director of LGBTQ Initiatives is dedicated to supporting Colgate's lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, and ally students by working to achieve inclusive excellence and through visibility across a vibrant campus community. The Director also advances several important divisional initiatives on behalf of the Dean of the College related to campus climate, particularly as they relate to gender, sexuality, equity and inclusion as well as intersectional identities. This position requires an independent, creative colleague who understands servant leadership as a way of supporting students and equipping them to navigate a rigorous liberal arts college environment.

The Director oversees daily operations including web site and social media presence as well as supervision of student intern staff. They develop and promote LGBTQ events, activities, programs, and initiatives, advise student organizations, work with students and the Rainbow Room, a student-run space, and provide education and support at Colgate regarding sexual orientation, gender, and gender-identity. The Director develops and maintains community resources, including materials that inform current and prospective students, faculty, and staff about the lived experiences, cultures, and concerns of LGBTQ people at Colgate.

Essential Functions

Serve as primary support and resource for LGBTQ+-identified students/staff/faculty.
Maintain signature programs and events including SafeZone, Queerfest, Trans Day of Remembrance, Lavender Graduation, and Coming Out Week.
Collaborate across the university to develop and review policies and practices that advance LGBTQ+ inclusion.
Represent and promote Colgate through local/regional/national presentations on LGBTQ+ inclusion.
Work with staff and faculty on New York 6 Consortium campuses to develop and support LGBTQ+ initiatives, including the biennial NY6 Spectrum Conference.
Develop social climate assessment and evaluation. Gather and analyze qualitative and quantitative data related to LGBTQ+ programs, service, and climate. Liaise with the Dean of the College Assessment committee in matters relating to climate surveys.
Work with alumni to maintain alumni network and host annual reunion meetings and events.
Maintain website and other communication channels.

Faculty Training & Development
Serve as liaison to LGBTQ Studies Advisory Committee.
Work in close collaboration with the LGBTQ Studies program to develop relevant programming and provide curricular and pedagogical support to faculty.
Serve as resource for faculty around current LGBTQ+ issues, making their classrooms more inclusive, equitable, and affirming.
Develop teaching tables each year in partnership with LGBTQ studies faculty members and/or the Center for Teaching and Learning (CLTR).
Conduct regular Safe Zone trainings for faculty/staff.

Direct Student Contact
Supervise LGBTQ+ internship program.
Support development of formal/informal support- and social- discussion groups such as Beyond the Binary and Queer and Trans People of Color (QTPOC) affinity group as well as the student group Lambda.
Serve as secondary adviser to related CLSI-recognized student groups.

Campus Climate
Serve on related and relevant campus committees, including Sexual and Intimate Partner Violence Coalition; Task Force on Equity and Diversity, among others.
Focus on issues related to the Campus Pride Index and champion efforts to achieve rankings that are reflective of the department's mission.
Publish Out and About, a campus newsletter in order to keep campus constituents informed and invested in the department's programs and priorities.

Budget
Oversee departmental budget and work with director of operations and the Advancement team on fundraising opportunities.

Technical Competencies

Behavioral Competencies

Name
Personal Accountability for Results
Description

Takes responsibility for decisions, performance, and outcomes; behaves in a responsible manner with a positive attitude; shows self-awareness and openness to feedback.

Name
Effective Communication
Description

Demonstrates effective written and oral communication skills; shares information and seeks input from others; adapts communication to diverse audiences; protects private and confidential information.

Name
Problem Solving and Decision Making
Description

Analyzes and prioritizes situations to identify and solve problems; generates solutions to improve efficiency and quality; involves others in solving problems and making decisions; factors organizational goals into decisions; makes clear, transparent, and timely decisions.

Name
Change Management
Description

Responds positively to changing university initiatives and readily adapts behavior to maintain effective performance; understands the long-term direction of the university and can relate this to departmental area; adapts to new methodologies; identifies and acts on areas where change is appropriate.

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Leadership and Teamwork
Description

Applies skills and knowledge to provide a climate to achieve departmental and organizational success; balances individual and department goals; helps others perform at their best; builds productive relationships to enhance individual and organizational effectiveness; treats others with respect; resolves conflicts among team members.

Name
Creativity and Innovation
Description

Generates, explores, encourages, and implements innovative ways of creating strategic value for the university, division, department, and individual level; critically assesses the effectiveness of new initiatives.

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Diversity and Inclusion
Description

Demonstrates respect for people and their differences; understands the benefits of a diverse workforce; earns the trust and respect of others; includes and welcomes others; works to understand the perspective of others; promotes opportunities to experience diversity within our community.

Name
Sustainability
Description

Understands the impact of decision making and personal behavior in achieving the university's commitment to a sustainable and carbon-neutral campus; supports and advances the university's sustainability initiatives; influences others to use sustainable practices.

Requirements

Professional Experience/ Qualifications

Two years of experience in student affairs, or related field;
Knowledge and understanding of identities, issues, and research related to LGBTQ+ students in higher education;
Familiarity with contemporary college student issues, especially those related to gender, sexuality, gender identity, and the intersectionality with other identities;
Comfortable with consulting current literature to develop evidence-based practice to support LGBTQ+ students and promote inclusive excellence;
Familiar with and committed to ongoing learning about the evolving landscape of students' gender and sexual identities;
Experience with assessment and learning outcomes development;
Demonstrated experience advising student organizations and providing individual students with academic, personal, social, and cultural advising;
Membership in relevant professional associations (e.g. AERA, NASPA, ACPA, etc.);
Demonstrated commitment to creating inclusive environments;
Demonstrated experience in design and facilitation of educational and awareness raising workshops and trainings;
Strong organizational skills, including effective time management and prioritization capabilities;
Excellent written and verbal communication skills as well as presentation skills;
Some night and weekend availability required; and
Must be committed to working collegially and networking with a diverse group of students, faculty, and staff on a daily basis.

Preferred Qualifications
Education

Bachelor's degree required. Master's degree in higher education administration or student affairs or a combination of education and experience from which comparable skills have been attained is preferred

Physical Requirements
Other Information
Posting Detail Information

Requisition Number
2018S062P
Temporary
No
Work Schedule

Some night and weekend availability required.

Job Open Date
04/05/2018
Job Close Date
Open Until Filled
Yes
Special Instructions Summary
EEO Statement

It is the policy of Colgate University not to discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of their race, color, creed, religion, age, sex, pregnancy, national origin, marital status, disability, protected Veteran Status, sexual orientation and gender identity and expression, genetic information, victims of domestic violence and stalking, familial status, and all other categories covered by law. This policy shall apply to all employment actions, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, upgrading, promotion, transfer, demotion, layoff, recall, termination, rates of pay or other forms of compensation and selection for training at all levels of employment. Colgate University will not discharge or discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their own compensation or the compensation of another employee or applicant. Colgate University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Minorities/Females/Persons with Disabilities/Protected Veterans are encouraged to apply.


It is the policy of Colgate University not to discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of their race, color, creed, religion, age, sex, pregnancy, national origin, marital status, disability, protected Veterans status, sexual orientation and gender identity and expression, genetic information, victims of domestic violence and stalking, familial status, and all other categories covered by recruitment, hiring, upgrading, promotion, transfer, demotion, layoff, recall, termination, rates of pay or other forms of compensation and selection for training at all levels of the employment. Colgate University is an Equal Opportunity Employer, Minorities/Females/Persons with Disabilities/Protected Veterans.