Claremont McKenna College — Associate Dean of Students for Diversity and Inclusion and CARE Center Director


Claremont McKenna College (CMC) seeks a collaborative leader and excellent communicator for the position of Associate Dean of Students for Diversity and Inclusion and Director of the CARE Center (AD&D) to reinforce a shared sense of belonging in the CMC community, coach and teach skills necessary for dialogues across differences, and promote student success. Reporting to the Vice President for Student Affairs (VPSA) and serving on the Dean of Students Office leadership team, the AD&D will facilitate initiatives across the College to encourage an inclusive environment for students of a variety of backgrounds, identities, experiences, perspectives, and ideas.

The AD&D directly oversees the CARE Center (Community, Access, Resources, Expression). The CARE Center is an inclusive space with a highly capable student staff that coordinates programming for engagement and inclusion across all racial, ethnic, national, gender, class, sexual orientation, or other social identities within the student body and beyond. The CARE Center is one of the key programs and resources for The Open Academy – CMC’s Commitments to Freedom of Expression and Open Inquiry; Diversity Viewpoint and Experience; and Constructive and Effective Dialogue. 

The AD&D will supervise and work closely with the Assistant Dean for Diversity and Inclusion to broaden the reach of the CARE Center and other diversity and inclusion efforts. CMC seeks to develop critical skills among our community members, especially students, to build cultural understanding, confront bias, and cultivate anti-racist practices in alignment with the President’s Initiative on Anti-Racism and the Black Experience in America. CMC’s diversity and inclusion commitments extend across the institution. The AD&D will serve a key role in expanding engagement with these efforts and to broaden the community’s understanding of this work to include the experiences and sense of belonging for people of every race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, physical or mental ability, citizenship, etc.

The AD&D is positioned within the Dean of Students Office, which oversees most aspects of student life outside of class, including residential life, new student programs (such as orientation and related off-campus trips), student activities, academic success, mental health and case management, health and well-being, student conduct, public safety, international student services, and coordination of the College’s response to crisis situations involving students. 

The Dean of Students staff is committed to providing an excellent education with a firm and demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusivity at all levels of the institution. Within a self-authorship framework, the staff strives to foster an environment in which our students engage with, understand, and appreciate perspectives, people, and cultures that may be very different from their own. These experiences position students to enrich their knowledge of self and others, examine their values, and develop skills in critical thinking and collaboration — all of which prepare students to make valuable contributions as responsible leaders in a diverse, globally integrated world. As such, the successful AD&D candidate will bring a nuanced understanding of issues and trends in higher education, especially around the retention needs of underrepresented groups. They must be prepared to provide leadership in the Dean of Students Office and among stakeholders across the College.


Reporting directly to the Vice President for Student Affairs and working closely with the AVP for Diversity & Inclusion/Chief Civil Rights Officer, the AD&D will:

  • Serve as a campus advocate, advisor, and liaison for students of diverse backgrounds, identities, experiences, perspectives, and ideas.
  • Direct the CARE Center, a student resource center dedicated to enriching experience with diversity and inclusion at the College, including oversight of the program budgets. 
  • Supervise and work collaboratively with the Assistant Dean of Students for Diversity & Inclusion.
  • Lead efforts for incorporating skills in anti-racism into student affairs staff training and build capacity within the institution in areas of diversity and inclusion.
  • Build capacity within the College for all students to learn how to value and take full advantage of an engaged and inclusive community through reinforcement of core values: open inquiry and understanding, civil discourse and good citizenship, and mutual respect and support.
  • Provide educational experiences and training programs, from orientation to more advanced programs, for student leaders, groups, and organizations, including Associated Students of Claremont McKenna College, Research Institutes, College Programming Board, Success Coaches, Student Mentorship Organizations, CMS Athletics, First Year Guides, and Resident Assistants.
  • Provide ongoing assessment of any barriers to student success and contribute to College support, retention, graduation, and post-graduate outcomes, in collaboration with other offices across the College—including Admissions and Financial Aid, the Center for Writing and Public Discourse, the Quantitative and Computing Lab, cultural centers of the Claremont Colleges, Off-Campus Study and Fellowships, the Soll Center for Student Opportunity, the Monsour Counseling and Psychological Services Center, and others—to advance strategic initiatives related to diversity and inclusion.
  • Serve as DOS liaison to 7C diversity resources including: Inclusive Excellence Committee, Office of Black Student Affairs, Chicano Latino Student Affairs, Chaplains Office, Queer Resource Center, 7C Asian American Advisory Board, and others.
  • Serve as a member of the CMC Diversity Committee.
  • Participate on the Admission and Financial Aid Subcommittee on Diversity and support the outreach and recruitment efforts of the Admission Office.
  • Communicate and consult with other CMC faculty and staff regarding student issues and concerns.
  • Engage, and at times lead, institutional dialogue, pose critical questions, and create constructive spaces for dialogue on topics such as race, sexual orientation, ability, gender identity, and religion.
  • Provide strategic and administrative leadership to design and align programs and services that support students’ academic and social-emotional needs.
  • Demonstrate substantial experience and judgment in intergroup or interpersonal relationships and potential difficulties that involve members of the community, including faculty, staff, students, and others. 
  • Collaborate with other campus leaders when acute differences of understanding need to be effectively navigated and resolved. 
  • Advise individual students on issues related to identity and help them address challenges that might inhibit student development and meaningful inclusion in the CMC community.
  • Provide culturally sensitive mentoring for any student who perceives subtle or overt experiences of racism, prejudice, or other forms of discrimination.
  • Track the progress of students from diverse backgrounds and apply findings to future programming and initiatives.
  • Represent the DOS office to students, parents, CMC staff and faculty, and prospective students.
  • Serve as a member of the Dean of Students Office on-call dean staff. 
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications and Characteristics

The successful candidate will a dynamic leader with strong interpersonal skills and a proven track record of successfully creating and executing educational programming and training in collaboration with a broad range of constituencies. The AD&D must have demonstrated knowledge of working with issues related to socioeconomic class, gender identity and expression, sexuality, race, ethnicity, privilege and power relationships, and transitions to adulthood, and the AD&D should possess the energy, enthusiasm, drive, stamina, and engaging personality necessary to achieve ambitious college-wide goals.

  • Demonstrated leadership in designing and implementing strategic initiatives around diversity, equity, and inclusion and anti-racism that foster an engaging and dynamic workplace and student learning environment.
  • Expertise in translating a vision and strategy into a practical plan with concrete methods of implementation and measurable outcomes.
  • Sound judgment in budget and financial management.
  • Deep understanding of, sensitivity to, and appreciation for the experiences of historically underserved populations, including but not limited to Black people, Indigenous people, and other people of color; LGBTQ+ identified people; people who experience religious discrimination; and people with disabilities.
  • Personal commitment to self-evaluation/self-reflection and learning more about identities and the systems and influences of power and privilege within communities; commitment to advocating for similar self-evaluation and learning, among others.
  • Genuine interest in empowering students and the ability to connect with students one-on-one with warmth and openness; ability to identify and implement innovative approaches to engage underrepresented and marginalized students.
  • Serve as a member of the On-Call Dean staff (approximately 4-5 weeks per year) responding in a timely manner and exercising judgment and discretion in dealing with issues as they arise, and advising and counseling students as necessary.
  • Other duties as assigned.

The successful candidate will also be able to perform the following essential functions:

  • Regular attendance.
  • Take and follow directions.
  • Work cooperatively with others.
  • Receive and respond appropriately to constructive criticism.
  • Display a positive attitude.
  • Balance multiple tasks and priorities
  • Performs other essential duties and tasks specific to the position.

Education and Experience Standards

Education: Master’s degree in Student Affairs/Higher Education or related field required.

Experience: A minimum of 5-10 years of proven successful experience working with college students, student supervision, program development, leadership development, event planning, risk management, and assessment of initiatives. Preferred experience working within a small college, residential environment.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Individual must possess knowledge, skills, and ability to successfully perform the essential functions of the position, or be able to explain or demonstrate how the essential functions will be performed, with or without reasonable accommodation, using some other combination of skills and abilities.

Must have proven organizational skills, superior interpersonal skills, and the ability to use tact and exercise a high level of discretion when dealing with confidential and sensitive matters.

Must be self-motivated and comfortable working with minimal direction.

Individual must have proven ability to prioritize concerns and respond accordingly using sound judgment.

Ability to demonstrate keen attention to detail and accuracy. Ability to demonstrate budget and financial management skills.

Must have demonstrated success in managing details of complex tasks from beginning to end.

Ability to operate computers proficiently with basic Microsoft Office software (such as Word, Excel, Outlook) and associated professional software. Demonstrate ability to use assigned technology and equipment to achieve annual goals and maintain confidentiality.

Ability to live on campus or very near to campus is a requirement.

Valid driver’s license and the ability to be insured under the College’s authorized driver’s policy.

Supervisory Responsibility
This position may be responsible to hire and supervise Student Employees.

Grooming And Appearance
The Claremont Colleges seek to maintain a neat and professional image at all times.

Hours: The regular hours for this position are 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Hours may vary due to needs of the College or department. Frequent evening and weekend work is required to support campus programs and activities.

Classification And Status
This is a full-time, 12-month, exempt level, benefits-eligible position. College housing provided due to on-call responsibilities. No adjustment to compensation package if applicant lives nearby and does not need on-campus housing. Eligible for a Dean of Students10-Meal Plan.

Reports To
Vice President for Student Affairs

IPEDS Category Job Code: 25-9000 OtherEduTrngLibrary

Physical Requirements: Light (up to 20 lbs.)

Background Check
The successful candidate will be required to undergo a full consumer background check. Certain positions will require the successful completion of a post-offer physical agility test. Employment is contingent on the satisfactory results of the aforementioned, in addition to compliance with requirements cited in this job description.

This job description defines the essential or fundamental job duties of this position. It is assumed that employees hired for this position can perform the essential functions of this job without imposing risk of substantial harm to the health or safety of themselves or others. It may also include marginal functions, generally defined within Title 1 of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

Claremont McKenna College hires and promotes individuals on the basis of their qualifications, consistent with applicable state and federal laws, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, breastfeeding or related medical condition, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, age, marital status, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic characteristic or information, military and veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by state or federal law. Inquiries may be directed to the Director for Human Resources, 528 N. Mills Avenue, Claremont, California click apply All applicants must complete and submit an online application to be considered for an open position.

Employment is contingent upon new employee providing documents verifying U.S. citizenship or, for aliens, documents verifying legal permission to work in the United States, applicant’s acceptability for positions requiring use of a college vehicle is contingent upon a driving record acceptable to the College’s automobile liability insurance. Promotion from within is encouraged whenever qualified employees of Claremont McKenna College are available. Interested employees of the College are urged to contact the Office of Human Resources if qualified for any open position. Please do not contact departments directly.

Disability Accommodations
In compliance with applicable laws ensuring equal opportunities to qualified individuals with a disability, CMC will make reasonable accommodations for the known physical or mental limitations of an otherwise qualified individual (applicant or employee) with a disability if the disability affects the performance of essential job functions, unless the accommodation results in an undue hardship for the College. Employment decisions are based on the merit and not an individual’s disability.

An applicant or employee who requires an accommodation should contact the immediate supervisor and the Human Resources Office. If multiple accommodations are identified that do not pose an undue hardship for the College, the selection of an accommodation will be at CMC’s discretion. To request disability accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process, please contact Human Resources at click apply or click apply for assistance.