Assistant Dean and Director of Diversity and Inclusion

Position Information

Position Information

Department UL - Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Multicultural Education (ODIME)
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Job Category Admin or Professional Faculty
Role (State) Job Title Assistant Dean and Director of Diversity and Inclusion
Working Title Assistant Dean and Director of Diversity and Inclusion
Job Type Full-Time
Position Number FA73Ez
Recruit Number Faculty - 7109
Working Hours
Location Fairfax
Pay Band
Salary $70,000-$80,000; commensurate with education and experience.
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Assistant Dean and Director of Diversity and Inclusion

The George Mason University Division of University Life is looking for an energetic and enthusiastic person to serve as Assistant Dean and Director of Diversity and Inclusion. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason’s academic and culturally inclusive environment.


This position reports to the Associate Dean and serves as the Chief Student Diversity officer for the Division. This individual:

  • Oversees services and staff who program, support, advise, and advocate for the university’s diverse student body, with particular concern for historically marginalized student populations;
  • Works across university departments/divisions to ensure comprehensive diversity training for classroom outreach and co-curricular engagement;
  • Serves as a proactive liaison with the student body as they advocate for local and global causes; and
  • Supervises advocacy and retention programs for first generation students, which includes undocumented student services and programming.


  • Serve as a member of the dean on call rotation schedule, assisting with crisis management and emergency parental notifications as needed;
  • Serve as an appellate judicial officer, responding to student disciplinary appeals as assigned;
  • Supervise three Associate Directors who supervise the following Assistant Director functions:
    • First generation student support and programming;
    • LGBTQ Resource Center;
    • Black/African Heritage student support;
    • Asian Pacific Island student support;
    • Latinx student support;
    • Signature programs; and
    • Community outreach/marketing.
  • Supervise the department Budget Director/Office Manager in the administration of Commonwealth and auxiliary funds;
  • Chair or serve on appropriate university and divisional committees as directed;
  • Evaluate and enhance office functions utilizing CAS standards/benchmarking as a best practice;
  • Assist with the academic monitoring of underrepresented students, and intervene with students who are experiencing academic and personal challenges that could negatively impact their persistence;
  • Counsel, advise, and provide leadership to students, faculty, staff and alumni on how best to embrace an inclusive and welcoming campus environment;
  • Direct diversity-related workshops and programs, collaborating to promote a climate of understanding for equity, diversity and inclusion; and
  • Partner with Admissions, Financial Aid, Student Involvement, University Counseling, Career Services, and other departments that aid in the recruitment, retention, and success of students.

Required Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in higher education, education, counseling, or a related field (doctoral degree is strongly preferred);
  • Minimum of five years of experience in collegiate diversity/multicultural affairs work at the assistant, associate, or director level;
  • Minimum of three years of experience supervising professional staff;
  • Team orientation and inclusive philosophy;
  • Expertise in working with issues faced by historically marginalized students and other diverse populations;
  • Knowledge of student development theory and strong cultural competencies regarding marginalized populations;
  • Experience advising and working with student groups; and
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Doctoral degree in higher education, education, counseling, or a related field;
  • Direct experience working with LGBTQ student populations;
  • Proven leadership capabilities in the field of multicultural education, diversity, and equity programming;
  • An awareness of trends and issues facing higher education; and
  • Demonstrated successful experience working with the LGBTQ community and first generation students—including undocumented students.
Special Instructions to Applicants

For full consideration, applicants must apply for position number FA73Ez at; complete and submit the online application; and upload a cover letter, resume, and a list of three professional references with contact information. Priority deadline is August 16, 2017, with the position remaining open until filled.

For Full Consideration, Apply by: August 16, 2017
Posting Date 07/19/2017
Job Close Date
Open Until Filled? Yes
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George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in both academics and research. Mason holds a top U.S. News and World Report “Up and Coming” spot for national universities and is recognized for its global appeal and excellence in higher education.

Mason is currently the largest and most diverse university in Virginia with students and faculty from all 50 states and over 135 countries studying in over 200 degree programs at campuses in Arlington, Fairfax and Prince William, as well as at learning locations across the commonwealth. Rooted in Mason’s diversity is a campus culture that is both rewarding and exciting, work that is meaningful, and opportunities to both collaborate and create.

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George Mason University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, committed to promoting inclusion and equity in its community. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.

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Required Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
  3. List of Professional References
Optional Documents