Williams College — Director, The Davis Center

Williams College seeks an innovative and effective leader and manager as the Director of the Davis Center.  Named for scholar-activists W. Allison Davis ’24 and John A. Davis ’33, the Center catalyzes broad campus engagement with complex issues of identity as they affect intellectual, creative, and social life.  Collaborating with all sectors of the college community—students, staff, faculty, academic departments and programs, and alumni—and with off-campus partners, the Davis Center initiates and supports a rich variety of programs that seek to foster dialogue about access, equity, and inclusion at Williams and elsewhere.  Its work is central to the core academic and institutional values of the college that center and prioritize diversity, equity, and inclusion.  The Davis Center is a part of the Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (OIDEI) – its Director reports to OIDEI’s Vice President and is a member of the office’s leadership team.  This is an exciting time to join the Davis Center and the Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion as we undertake a major building project, grow our team, and make clear our restorative approach to carrying out our work, in particular around inclusion.  To learn more about the Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion visit http://diversity.williams.edu/.  To learn more about the Davis Center visit http://davis-center.williams.edu/.

Our expectation is that the successful candidate will have experience with and excel at working in a community that is broadly diverse with regard to race, ethnicity, economic status, gender, disability status, gender expression, nationality, sexual orientation, and religion.  They will have demonstrated success in working with historically underrepresented or underserved groups and an understanding of explicit and implicit bias and associated power dynamics.  They will have the ability to collaborate with many different individuals, offices, and academic units on campus.  In a cover letter, applicants should describe how they will embrace the College’s commitment to fostering a fully inclusive community, as well as their administrative and supervisory experience. A master’s or terminal degree and a minimum of ten years’ related experience is required.

The Director of the Davis Center will lead inclusion efforts at the college. Well versed in current scholarship and trends in the areas of diversity, equity, and inclusion, the Director will take primary responsibility for guiding the Davis Center to a new stage of its development, with greater emphasis on restorative practices, dialogue facilitation, conflict resolution, and fostering inclusive learning environments in the classroom and beyond. The Director will draw on their deep knowledge of and experience working with constituents around issues of race, ethnicity, ability, gender, sexual orientation, gender identification, religion, socioeconomic status, country of origin, and/or first generation status, as well as their intersectionalities, to make the Davis Center a supportive space of belonging, particularly for students, faculty and staff from historically underrepresented and underserved groups.  The Director will initiate and sustain workshops, trainings, discussions, and other opportunities aimed at making the College a community where all members can live, learn, and thrive.  The Director will lead, inspire, supervise, manage and mentor a highly skilled and ambitious staff at the Davis Center. As part of the OIDEI leadership team, the Director will continuously gauge campus climate for students, staff, and faculty; address issues and concerns as they arise; and work proactively with OIDEI colleagues and campus constituents to create inclusive communities as well as to foster productive discussions, disagreements, and engagements.

The Director’s responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Leading the Davis Center in refining and sharing its vision to the broader campus and beyond, through the newsletter, the website, and other means of communication;
  • Initiating, developing, and sustaining workshops, trainings, and other opportunities to foster inclusive learning and living environments on campus;
  • Developing, coordinating, and supporting a wide variety of programming to reinforce the positive experiences of historically underrepresented and underserved students, faculty, and staff and to build cultural competencies among all constituencies;
  • Fostering opportunities for students, faculty and staff to engage in productive discourse around issues of difference and belonging, including race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexual orientation, nationality, religion and spirituality, and their intersectionalities;
  • Thinking and strategizing proactively and institutionally to address obstacles to building communities and inclusive environments utilizing restorative approaches;
  • Work with students and academic units to foster innovative, inclusive curriculum and pedagogies;
  • Mentoring and advocating for students, staff, and faculty from historically underrepresented and underserved groups throughout the college;
  • Coordinating efforts to support student organizations and groups on campus;
  • Leading, supervising, supporting, and developing Davis Center staff;
  • Practicing and modeling excellent interpersonal skills: positive attitude, openness, respect, self-awareness;
  • Building productive relationships to help others (including students) perform at their best and to enhance organizational effectiveness; and
  • Overseeing the daily office operations and annual budget for the Davis Center and its programs.

Additional Qualifications:

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills;
  • Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills;
  • Demonstrated ability to manage a staff and budgets;
  • Experience with web based content management systems; and
  • Experience working with community based non-profit organizations, including educational institutions.

This position is a full-time, year-round appointment. Some evening, night, and weekend hours are required. Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications.

A review of resumes will begin immediately, and continue until the position is filled.  For optimal consideration please submit materials by January 20, 2020.

Employment at Williams is contingent on the verification of background information submitted by the applicant, including the completion of a criminal record check, and education when applicable.

To apply for this position, please visit http://employment.williams.edu/staff/.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us via phone at (413) 597-4247 or email at hr@williams.edu.

Williams College is a coeducational liberal arts institution located in the Berkshire Hills of western Massachusetts. The college has built its reputation on outstanding teaching and scholarship and on the academic excellence of its approximately 2,000 students. Please visit the Williams College website (http://www.williams.edu). Beyond meeting fully its legal obligations for non-discrimination, Williams College is committed to building a diverse and inclusive community where members from all backgrounds can live, learn, and thrive.

Beyond meeting fully its legal obligations for non-discrimination, Williams College is committed to building a diverse and inclusive community where members from all backgrounds can live, learn and thrive.