Luther College — Assistant Dean and Director of the Center for Intercultural Engagement & Support

Luther College invites applications, expressions of interest and nominations of candidates in its search for the Assistant Dean and Director (ADD) of Center for Intercultural Engagement and Support (CIES). Luther College is seeking a strategic, energetic, innovative, and people-centered leader with demonstrated ability to enhance student success efforts of historically underrepresented students, international & excluded identities; and develop campus wide engagement opportunities for deeper understandings of and more effective skills in participating in a diverse, inclusive; and equitable community that creates a sense of belonging for all and aligns with the College’s mission and values.

The Assistant Dean and Director (ADD) of the Center for Intercultural Engagement & Support (CIES) serves as the department head for CIES and reports to the Chief Equity & Inclusion Officer and Assistant to the President for Community Engagement.  The ADD has primary responsibility for the leadership, budgetary management and programmatic thrusts of CIES and supervision of staff. Additionally, the Director serves as a resource for faculty, staff and students and works collaboratively with campus constituents to create and develop appropriate DEI education materials, trainings and efforts to improve campus climate and promote inclusivity for all stakeholders. 

Master’s degree required in any of the following disciplines: Higher Education; Intercultural Communication and Competence; Sociology/Social Psychology/Social Work with emphasis on Social Justice. Also required is at least three years’ experience and progressive responsibility within diversity, equity and inclusion related work in a college or university setting and at least one year’s experience as DSO and/or international advising service/programming.

Luther College offers an excellent benefit package including generous employer retirement contributions, competitive health insurance premiums, short and long-term disability, life insurance, and tuition benefits for employee, spouse, and dependents. Additionally, Luther College has an outstanding PTO program. New full-time employees can earn up to 30 days of PTO per year, in addition to time off for holidays which includes a full week of holiday pay between Christmas and New Year’s Day.

Luther College seeks to build a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students. Women and persons of diverse ethnic backgrounds are especially encouraged to apply. We value the input of multiple viewpoints and perspectives to create an academic community rich with cultural, social, and intellectual diversity. Candidates are encouraged to identify their strengths or experiences that will contribute to this goal. To view the complete job description and apply for this position and all current openings, please go to the employment website at

About Luther College
Ranked among the nation’s top liberal arts colleges, Luther is a Phi Beta Kappa campus nationally recognized for its engaging Paideia program, the number of students awarded prestigious Rhodes and Fulbright scholarships, and the percentage of students who study abroad. Luther’s music program enjoys international distinction, and Luther is a leader in environmental sustainability. Luther’s graduates push the frontiers of science; build thriving businesses; educate and nurture children; address disease, poverty, and injustice; develop new technologies; protect the earth and promote sustainability; strengthen faith; and create art and music that elevate the spirit and nourish humanity.

Luther College is located in Decorah, population 8,000, a warm and vibrant town that offers plentiful recreation and natural beauty; a charming downtown with numerous restaurants, coffeehouses, craft breweries, an independent bookstore, and a nationally recognized museum of Norwegian-American culture; and a close-knit community—all while providing the conveniences of a city many times its size. Recently, U.S. News & World Report named Decorah High School a top high school in Iowa. Decorah was also featured in Smithsonian Magazine’s annual list of the 20 best small towns to visit in America, as well as being named on Forbes’ “America’s Prettiest Towns” list and the 2015 Best Choice Reviews list of the 50 best small towns in America.