Berry College — Director of Student Diversity Initiatives

For more than a century, Berry College has emphasized the importance of a comprehensive and balanced education that unites a challenging academic program with opportunities for meaningful work experience, spiritual and moral growth, and significant service to others. This commitment to providing a firsthand educational experience – expressed as “Head, Heart and Hands” by college founder Martha Berry – remains just as relevant today as it was when the institution was founded in 1902. Nationally recognized for both quality and value, Berry is an independent, coeducational college of approximately 2,000 students that offers exceptional undergraduate degree programs in the sciences, humanities, arts and social sciences, as well as undergraduate and master’s level opportunities in business and teacher education. 

Reporting to the vice president for student affairs and dean of students, the director of student diversity initiatives will be provided a unique opportunity to lead the campus community through cultivating civil discourse within the context of a liberal arts setting. The ideal candidate will create a dynamic vision that strengthens the intercultural, international, and social justice education and development of all students by focusing on recruitment and student success, leadership development, and diversity education. The director will support and empower domestic students of color, LGBTQ students, students with disabilities, and international students through ensuring campus programming and workshops reflect the diversity of perspectives and experiences in the community. The director will create educational opportunities that allow for students to wrestle with issues of diversity, inclusion, and social justice in challenging and supportive environments. This position will partner with the admissions team to foster relationships with prospective students and families that start at the recruitment stage and continue through the student experience and beyond. The director will be charged with developing mentoring programs as well as cultivating parent relations, specifically with communities of color. 

A master’s degree in a relevant field as well as demonstrated skills in developing programs and initiatives for promoting multicultural understanding within an educational setting are required. The ideal candidate will possess strong leadership abilities and interpersonal skills, excellent communication and organizational skills, a high degree of energy, creativity, and integrity. Additionally, a demonstrated ability to work collaboratively, demonstrated success in working with culturally diverse populations as well as the ability to establish and maintain excellent working relationships with students and their families, faculty, staff, and others will be expected of the director. Candidates should possess strong mentoring abilities, the capacity to create a culture that is engaging and caring while leading with integrity, and a mature understanding of issues and trends in higher education programs which focus on the retention needs of underrepresented student groups. A deep understanding of identity development as it relates to the systemic and institutional factors supporting the recruitment and retention of students is also desired.

Review of applications will begin July 6, 2018, and continue until the position is filled. A resume with an accompanying cover letter may be submitted via the Spelman Johnson website at Nominations for this position may be emailed to Quincy Martin III at Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.

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It is the ongoing policy of Berry College to afford equal employment opportunity to qualified individuals regardless of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, physical or mental handicap, veteran status, and/or whether or not they are disabled veterans; and to conform to applicable laws and regulations.