Director of the Gender and Sexual Diversity Program and Associate/Assistant Director of Pugh Center

Director of the Gender and Sexual Diversity Program and Associate/Assistant Director of Pugh Center
Department:  Student Affairs
Date:  02/28/2012

Founded in 1813, Colby College in Waterville, Maine, is one of the nation's oldest and best independent liberal arts colleges, enrolling approximately 1,800 students. Colby is a national leader in research and project-based undergraduate learning, and the depth of student-faculty interaction and collaboration is unparalleled. Colby embraces and honors a 200 year tradition of fostering intellectual and personal growth with graduates emerging as conscientious, committed, courageous and inspired leaders ready to make a profound impact on their world.

Colby College invites applicants for the position of

Director of the Gender and Sexual Diversity Program
and Associate/Assistant Director of Pugh Center

The Director of the GSD program will provide innovative leadership for transforming the campus culture regarding Colby College's commitment to achieving Gender and LGBTQI equality and equity. Reporting to the Associate Dean of Student Affairs/Director of the Pugh Center, the position will collaborate with students, staff, faculty, and colleagues in the student affairs division to direct initiatives to support the equality of persons who identify with historically marginalized groups based on their gender and/or sexuality at Colby College.

The position is expected to provide leadership in key areas: cultural transformation and community building, education, student development/support, advising, and advocacy.

Specific areas of responsibility:

  • Lead and partner with community members (with students, faculty, and staff) on topics related to Gender and Sexual Diversity. This may include coordinating the effort to enhance the College's awareness of LGBTQI and Gender identity, body image, relationship violence and sexual health through training, programming, partnering within and beyond the Pugh Center, and policy and response protocol.
  •  Serve as a campus support personfor students who identify with historically marginalized groups based on their gender and/or sexuality. The position will provide leadership/student development opportunities for such student organizations as the Bridge (LGBTQA student organization), Feminist Alliance, Gentleman of Quality, Mules Against Violence (MAV), and the emerging peer-to-peer education program.
  • Manage a student staff, the GSD budget, co-chair the Gender and Sexual Diversity Committee, and coordinate campus-wide programming for Women's History Month, Coming Out Day, LGBTQ Heritage Month and other celebrations and awareness days.
  • As the Associate/Assistant Director of the Pugh Center, this position will share some responsibilities of the Pugh Center staff, such as day-to-day oversight of the Pugh Center, co-leading the Diversity Peer Education Team, and facilitating campus climate assessments. 

The Director will be expected to provide leadership and direction for advocating change and creating an inclusive campus community. Candidates for this position are required to have an earned Bachelor's degree; a master's degree in higher education, student affairs, counseling, social work, gender and sexual diversity studies or related field is preferred. Candidates with an earned Ph.D. may have additional opportunities to partner on the development and execution of diversity related coursework. A minimum of 3 years of experience leading initiatives with particular emphasis on organizational change regarding LGBTQI, gender, masculinity, and social justice. We seek a candidate with experience in creating educational and support programs for a broad range of constituents. Strong skill sets in planning and organizational change, policy development, collaboration and independent work style, and ability to establish priorities is highly desirable. Salary and title, Associate/Assistant Director of the Pugh Center, will be commensurate with experience.

Interested candidates may apply electronically by clicking the "Apply Now" button below OR please submit your letter of application, resume and the names and telephone numbers of three references to:

 Search Committee - Director of the Gender and Sexual Diversity Program

Associate/Assistant Director of Pugh Center

5500 Mayflower Hill

Waterville, ME 04901-8855

*Please note duplicate applications will not be processed. If you are choosing to apply electronically, using the "APPLY NOW" button, do not send duplicate copies by U.S. Mail.

A review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.
Colby is a private, coeducational liberal arts college that admits students and makes employment decisions on the basis of the individual's qualifications to contribute to Colby's educational objectives and institutional needs. Colby College does not discriminate in its educational programs or employment on the basis of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, religion, national origin, age, marital status, genetic information, or military or veteran’s status. Colby is an equal opportunity employer and operates in accordance with federal and state laws regarding non-discrimination. Colby complies with Title IX, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in an institution’s education programs and activities. Questions regarding Title IX may be referred to Colby’s Title IX coordinator or to the federal Office of Civil Rights. We encourage inquiries from candidates who will contribute to the cultural and ethnic diversity of our college.

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