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Associate Director of Common Ground for LGBTQ Campus Life - 501838

Reporting to the Director of Common Ground, the Associate Director of Common Ground for LGBTQ Campus Life is responsible for the development and administration of LGBTQ-related programs and managing all aspects of the LGBTQ office, with emphases on providing resources, support, and programming for LGBTQ students, student organizations, staff, and faculty. The Associate Director works to ensure that LGBTQ programs and issues are broadly visible aspects of the social and intellectual life of the campus. The Associate Director facilitates and models the values of civic engagement and inclusive community through vigorous advocacy for LGBTQ students and LGBTQ-friendly policies, championing an approach to sexuality and gender identity and expression that is attentive to other categories of difference (e.g., race, class, ability), and supporting LGBTQ student activists. As a member of the Common Ground team, the Associate Director collaborates in developing and delivering general diversity and social justice programs, including workshop and community outreach projects. The Associate Director also represents Common Ground on various committees and at public events. In addition, the Associate Director is an active participant in regional and national networks, positioning the University as a catalytic leader regarding diversity, social justice, and LGBTQ efforts.

***For full consideration applicants should submit a resume and cover letter in which the following prompt is clearly addressed: 
Describe your experience with racial justice work and how that experience might enhance Common Ground’s emphasis on racial justice.

Managing Programs and the LGBTQ Office:
•  Creates and directs a broad range of advocacy initiatives, policy development projects, and educational programs
•  Prepares needs assessments, annual goals, and long-range plans to ensure the quality of LGBTQ programs
•  Develops and coordinates publicity strategies in support of programs and overall goals, including social media, print media, and web
•  Leads the ongoing development and delivery of Safe Zone and other campus-wide programs
•  Fosters sustained civic engagement opportunities for students through the Bonner Center for Civic Engagement and directly with local LGBTQ organizations
•  Coordinates all duties related to LGBTQ office functioning, including administrative and budget, and the hiring, training, and supervision of student employees

Education & Policy Leadership:
•  Establishes and recommends changes to policies, practices, and procedures that affect the program/function of the University
•  Works with academic departments, programs, and faculty to develop and sponsor programs of intellectual and cultural significance to LGBTQ students and scholars
•  Leads and/or collaborates with Common Ground and Multicultural Affairs staff and other campus constituents in planning, facilitating, and assessing office-led events and diversity/social justice workshops
•  Facilitates meetings and informal dialogues on diversity and social justice-related topics

Collaboration, Consultation, Advocacy:
•  Collaborates with other campus offices on their LGBTQ-focused initiatives, including the Center for Civic Engagement, Career Development, Alumni Relations, Human Resource Services, and Admission
•  Advises LGBTQ student organizations
•  Consults with, counsels, and provides conflict resolution to individuals and groups regarding diversity, equity, and inclusion issues
•  Advocates for academic success of LGBTQ students and the general interests
•  Serves as a member of the University’s Bias Resource Team
•  Represents the University, Common Ground, and LGBTQ programs through active engagement and leadership with regional and national entities
•  Positions the University’s LGBTQ and diversity programs as leading models in regional and national contexts

Special Projects:
•  Implements Special Projects as directed by the Director of Common Ground and performs other duties as needed
•   May be required to teach up to two (2) Alcohol Education & Prevention Workshops per semester after receiving appropriate training.
•   May have the option to teach one course per year in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

•  Knowledge of student development principles, especially around issues of diversity, social justice, and mentoring for leadership development
•  Expertise in gender identity/expression, sexuality, and queer issues, including
   o  intersections among them
   o  intersections with other dimensions of difference (e.g., race, class, ability)
   o  psychological, interpersonal, policy, and social dimensions
•  Advanced knowledge of and experience with racial justice education and practice
•  Experience advising and counseling students
•  Experience in community building or organizing
•  Superior writing and public speaking abilities
•  Knowledge of assessment principles and execution
•  Experience in strategic planning
•  Knowledge of budget maintenance and projection
•  Expertise in group facilitation, including formal meetings and informal dialogues
•  Knowledge of office management and supervision principles

• Master's Degree, Ph.D. preferred, with 3-5 years experience working in a related field or capacity. 
• Research and/or teaching background in the field preferred.


• Monday-Friday; 8;30 am - 5:00 pm 
• Flexibility to work evenings and weekends based on need
• Full-time exempt position

Pay Grade 6
To see more detailed salary information please review the University of Richmond's Compensation Structure.

Located minutes from downtown Richmond, Virginia, the University of Richmond ( blends the intimacy of a small college with exceptional academic, research, and cultural opportunities usually found only at large institutions. Richmond offers a unique combination of undergraduate and graduate programs. Our School of Arts & Sciences anchors Richmond as a nationally ranked liberal arts university. A ranked business school, the nation’s first school of leadership studies, a highly respected law school, a nationally recognized international education program and the community-focused School of Professional and Continuing Studies build on that strong foundation and make this university something unique.

UR is committed to developing a diverse faculty, staff and student body, and to modeling an inclusive campus community which values the expression of differences in ways that promote excellence in teaching, learning, personal development and institutional success. In keeping with this commitment, our academic community welcomes candidates from diverse backgrounds and candidates who support diversity. EOE