Assistant Director, Center for Diversity & Enrichment

University of Iowa

Iowa City, IA Education & Training / Executive & Management

Job Reference #: 18001167

Position Specific Summary:
Assist the Executive Director in leading the development, implementation, administration, and activities of the Center for Diversity & Enrichment (CDE). CDE provides precollege student development, assists with facilitating the enrollment process, and provides programs and activities that support the ability of underserved students to increase their skills to thrive and succeed at the University of Iowa. This position is responsible for providing input and assisting the Executive Director in ensuring data retention and submission of annual reports; overseeing CDE programs; participating and/or chairing assigned committees; communicating with and doing presentations for program sponsors; developing and maintaining program budgets; supervising professional staff, as well as temporary and student employees; maintaining professional relationships with administration, faculty, community, and students; building and maintaining professional relationships, as well as collaborating, with key areas on campus in order to promote and advance the student experience at the University of Iowa; promote healthy relations to enhance the team environment with Center for Diversity & Enrichment, and other departments on campus. There is an expectation that the person in this position will maintain effective, civil, and respectful working relationships with the University of Iowa campus community and uphold a high standard of cultural competency and respect for difference that represents the Center for Diversity & Enrichment’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Occasional evening and weekend activities during the academic and summer components are required.
Key Areas of Responsibilities and Specific Job Tasks 

Enhance and Support Student Educational Experiences and Increase Retention. Foster a Sense of Community and Engagement for Students - Oversee the successful implementation of programs or services that support the educational experience and retention of current or prospective students. Manage the administrative and operational functions of the programs and services offered. Ensure appropriate assessment and evaluation of programs and services. Develop and/or design new programs and services, including curriculum development, delivery and assessment, as need arises. Provide reports and recommendations to assist in assessing alignment with strategic goals. Oversee student one-on-one meetings and meet individually with students as assigned.

Establish and Maintain Relationships with Partners to Provide Educational Support Services. Partners Include on-campus Units and External Agencies (Local, State, National and International) – Provide leadership in design and marketing of programs and events. Develop and maintain networks of professional colleagues and external partners. Articulate initiatives and services to address strategic goals.

Administrative (HR, Budget), Supervision and Training – Develop budgets; review and recommend budget allocations, review and approve operational expenditures. May be responsible for writing grant applications to secure funding for program, project or service. Develop, implement, evaluate and recommend new training programs and services. Will provide administrative supervision for professional staff and student employees. Responsible for hiring, onboarding, and developing, and managing the performance of staff, following the guidance of UI policies and procedures.  

Benefits Highlights:
  • Regular salaried position located in Iowa City, Iowa
  • Fringe benefit package including paid vacation; sick leave; health, dental, life and disability insurance options; and generous employer contributions into retirement plans
  • For more information about Why Iowa?, click here.
The University of Iowa is one of the nation’s premier public research universities, with 11 colleges offering internationally recognized programs in disciplines ranging from otolaryngology to fiction writing, printmaking to space science, hydraulic engineering to dance. Iowa draws nearly 33,000 students from more than 100 countries and all 50 U.S. states, and employs about 29,500 faculty and staff.
The university is located along the picturesque Iowa River in Iowa City, a city of some 77,000 people (170,000+ in the metro area) regularly ranked as one of the nation’s best places to live. Iowa City is less than four hours from Chicago and within five hours of Minneapolis, St. Louis, and Kansas City, readily accessible via interstate highways and a regional airport 30 minutes away.
Application Process: 
Applicants must attach a cover letter and current resume that clearly address how they meet the listed qualifications of this position. Job openings are posted for a minimum of 14 calendar days. This job may be removed from posting and filled any time after the minimum posting period has ended. For questions or additional information, please contact

Successful candidates will be subject to a criminal and credential background check.
Please note regarding references: Five professional references will be requested and required at a later step in the recruitment process.

Position Qualifications 
Education Required
  • Master’s degree or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Required Qualifications
  • Typically 1-3 years of experience effectively serving students with disabilities, U.S. ethnic minority, first generation, LGBTQ, military/veteran, and/or low-income students in a higher education student support setting, or experience in counseling or advising, college/university students from these same populations;
  • Experience directly supervising and developing professional staff;
  • Excellent presentation and communication skills;
  • Experience developing and managing programs aimed at ensuring success of college/university students.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the application of policies and practices for planning and administering a budget.
  • Demonstrated experience maintaining confidentiality and applying ethical behavior in diverse situations.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of effective contribution to operational (short term), tactical (1-2 years) and strategic (3-5 years) planning in support of the overall business plan.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of effectively counseling students of all levels regarding academic, social, behavioral and personal issues in order to promote their academic, behavioral, personal and social growth and development.

Desirable Qualifications
  • Experience with both verbal and written communications with Spanish speaking constituents
  • Knowledge of assessment and evaluation methods;
  • Knowledge of policies, procedures, regulations, and programming pertaining to college/university admissions, scholarships, financial aid, student services, alumni affairs, university relations and media, campus facilities, university community, advising and academic/collegiate degree programs.

Job ID: 66139

Posted 24 days ago

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