Northwest Missouri State University — Diversity Inclusion Specialist, Office of Diversity and Inclusion

PRIMARY DUTY: The Diversity & Inclusion Specialist will provide administrative and support services to help develop social justice competencies within the campus and community while aiding in supporting historically underrepresented student’s access, persistence, and graduation from Northwest Missouri State University. As part of the Office of Diversity & Inclusion, the Diversity & Inclusion Specialist will focus on helping lead the strategic diversity and inclusion goals of the University. Providing programming and development around social justice topics and serving as a liaison to the City of Maryville to aid in increasing campus and community climate will be key focus areas for this position. The Diversity & Inclusion Specialist will work to develop strategic initiatives to help move forward in the areas of intercultural competence, social justice education, and equity.


  1. Provide strategic leadership in the areas of diversity, inclusion, and social justice
  2. Work effectively with students, faculty, staff, and community members and possess a commitment to social justice and equity
  3. Implement, monitor and recommend adjustments in connecting with the Diversity & Inclusion Strategic Plan
  4. Develop and coordinate programming to promote diversity, cultural awareness and inclusion within the campus community
  5. Serve as a resource for historically underrepresented students in connecting them with University services
  6. Serve on the President’s Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Team
  7. Assist in the organization of a variety of campus events that celebrate different identities and also educate about systems of oppression and how to dismantle these oppressive systems
  8. Serve as a resource for faculty with respect to curriculum design and student support
  9. Act as a liaison to develop strong relationships with Multicultural Student Organizations and respond to diversity and inclusion related issues as they arise among the student body
  10. Actively research and present new theories, curricula and best practices that address common classroom challenges in teaching about cultural competence, micro-aggressions, bias and privilege
  11. Work with the Admissions Office to welcome and recruit students from diverse backgrounds
  12. Perform other duties as assigned

Education: Master’s degree in a related field
Experience: At least one year of experience working with diverse groups of people, coordinating programs, and supervising others; working knowledge of social justice education, systems of oppression, and cultural competency
Skills: Excellent verbal and written communication skills; ability to assist historically underrepresented students in facing the special challenges encountered on a predominately white campus; strong organizational and analytical skills; ability to manage projects and design/implement/evaluate programs; working knowledge of student development practices

Education: Master’s degree in higher education administration, college student personnel, intercultural studies or a related field
Experience: Two or more years of experience in higher education at the professional level, preferably in student affairs, multicultural/intercultural education, international programs, or a related area; prior administrative experience including staff supervision, budget management, strategic planning, program development, and assessment/evaluation
Skills: Knowledge of student development theory and practice, social justice and international issues, concepts and diverse cultures, and continuous quality improvement concepts and techniques; leadership theory and practice; minority student recruitment/retention techniques; excellent facilitating, teaching, and advising skills

WORKING CONDITIONS: Air-conditioned office. Some nights and weekend hours required.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES: This position requires minimal supervision

EQUIPMENT/MATERIALS USED: Office machines including computer and software (e.g. Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, etc.)

TYPICAL PHYSICAL DEMANDS: Ability to lift up to 20 pounds

COMMUNITY: Northwest Missouri State University is located in Maryville, Missouri, a community of 12,000 with a diverse economy, and a strong industrial base. Maryville is located 45 miles north of St. Joseph, Missouri and 90 miles north of Kansas City, Missouri. For more information visit the website at

UNIVERSITY: With an enrollment of about 7,100 students, Northwest is a coeducational, primarily residential four-year university that offers a broad range of undergraduate and selected graduate programs on its Maryville campus as well as its Northwest-Kansas City location at the Northland Innovation Center and through Northwest Online.

Founded in 1905, Northwest places a high emphasis on profession-based learning to help graduates get a jumpstart on their careers. Students have opportunities to build their résumés with experiences on campus in nearly every area of study, including the Horace Mann Laboratory School, National Public Radio affiliate KXCV, the R.T. Wright Farm, Mozingo Outdoor Education Recreation Area or Knacktive, a student-driven integrated digital marketing communications agency.

The University is a national model for student success and career placement. In addition, 97 percent of Northwest bachelor’s degree earners and 99 percent of master’s degree earners secure employment or continue their education within six months of graduation, according to the most recent data. Zippia, a career website, names Northwest the best college in Missouri for getting a job.

Furthermore, its vibrant and diverse learning community offers more than 150 student organizations, and textbooks and a laptop are included in tuition, which is among the lowest in the nation, saving students an estimated $7,400 over four years. Northwest also offers 1,200 student employment positions, allowing students to build professional skills through its internationally benchmarked student employment program. Designated the Missouri Arboretum, the Northwest campus was named one of the “50 Most Amazing University Botanical Gardens and Arboretums in the U.S.”

For more information about Northwest and its performance, visit

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Until the position is filled

DATE AVAILABLE: August 1, 2020

TO APPLY: Please fill out a Northwest application online by clicking to reach our employment opportunities listing. You will also need to submit a cover letter, resume, and the contact information for three references in order for your application materials to be complete. Please contact the Office of Human Resources at 660-562-1127 or email for more information.