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Assistant Director, Initiatives for Identity, Inclusion & Belonging

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Work type: Staff Full-time
Location: UMBC Campus
Categories: Equity & Inclusion


Initiatives for Identity, Inclusion & Belonging

The University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) is a dynamic public research university integrating teaching, research, and service to benefit the citizens of Maryland. As an Honors University, the campus offers academically talented students a strong undergraduate liberal arts foundation that prepares them for graduate and professional study, entry into the workforce, and community service and leadership. UMBC emphasizes science, engineering, information technology, human services, and public policy at the graduate level. UMBC contributes to the economic development of the State and the region through entrepreneurial initiatives, workforce training, K16 partnerships, and technology commercialization in collaboration with public agencies and the corporate community UMBC is dedicated to cultural and ethnic diversity, social responsibility, and lifelong learning. With strong programs in the humanities and arts, UMBC is well known nationally for its success in educating minority and female students in sciences, technology, engineering, and math. Specific information about UMBC can be found at about.umbc.edu.

About Initiatives for Identity, Inclusion & Belonging

The UMBC Division of Student Affairs values the diversity of thought, perspective, experience, and people, and is actively committed to a culture of inclusion and respect. Within the UMBC Division of Student Affairs, Initiatives for Identity, Inclusion & Belonging (i3b) is a diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice-based department committed to supporting students, staff, and faculty in developing the knowledge, awareness, and skills to cultivate an inclusive and social justice-oriented campus community. i3b is a student-and staff-facing department focused on providing support, advocacy, educational programming, and social justice engagement opportunities for the 13,000+ student population.


The Assistant Director, Initiatives for Identity, Inclusion & Belonging, is a pivotal member of the i3b team and works collaboratively across the department to provide programmatic, operational, administrative, and co-leadership for the department. Specifically, the Assistant Director develops and leads initiatives designed to ensure equity in services, increase the sense of belonging across multiple intersecting identities, and prioritize the success of students with closely-held religious and spiritual identities at UMBC, as well as students of color, especially those who self-identify as Middle Eastern and South Asian. The incumbent may be responsible for serving as an informal, secondary advisor for UMBC recognized LGBTQIA+, cultural, religion and belief, and service/social action student organizations as needed and performing other duties as assigned.  

As a part of an overall commitment to providing diversity, inclusion, equity, and social justice programming, the Assistant Director will focus on establishing high-level partnerships, multifaith, pluralism, and interfaith initiatives, intersectional identity development opportunities, and services to improve the experience and retention of students with closely-held religious and spiritual identities at UMBC. The Assistant Director, with the support of the Director and Associate Director (as needed), serves as the primary liaison for the UMBC Religious Council and 21+ Religion and Belief student organizations and affiliated university and campus partners. The Assistant Director provides day-to-day management and leadership of i3b’s Gathering Space for Spiritual Well-Being, including student staff supervision. As such, the Assistant Director identifies opportunities to improve the religion and beliefs student experience through the creation of standards, policies, and long-range goals and objectives while co-leading internal budgetary planning and decision making to aid in achieving departmental and divisional goals.

The Assistant Director will also engage in event planning, outreach, advocacy, training, and assessment efforts for specific cultural student populations, including those who self-identify as Middle Eastern and South Asian. The Assistant Director leads intersectional and identity-based efforts to create a sense of community and increase the retention of marginalized students through strategic collaborations with student affairs departments and academic units. The incumbent aids in building program support capacities, advising prospective and enrolled students about resources and opportunities for involvement, and representing i3b and the Division of Student Affairs on-campus and within the surrounding community. The incumbent is responsible for developing and implementing diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice-focused education initiatives and collaborating with student organizations, staff, faculty, and Division of Student Affairs partners. 

Within the Division of Student Affairs, the Assistant Director serves as a content expert regarding diversity, equity, inclusion, social justice, and supporting students from marginalized backgrounds, and advises campus partners on the most effective means of engaging and retaining students from marginalized backgrounds. The Assistant Director also serves on the broader i3b training team, provides diversity, inclusion, equity, and social justice training, dialogue and facilitation training, and experiential education to students, staff, and faculty.  The Assistant Director for Student Diversity and Inclusion reports to the Director and assumes the responsibility for the department as needed.

Required Minimum Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s Degree required

  • A minimum of 4 years of related experience (a Master’s Degree may substituted for 2 years of experience), preferably working outside the classroom with traditional college-age LGBTQ+ students and historically marginalized and underrepresented racial, ethnic, national origin, and socioeconomic college-age populations. 

  • Demonstrated ability to serve as subject matter expert related to students with closely-held religious and spiritual identities, as well as students of Color across the intersection of other identities.

  • Experience with student development, support services, special event programming development of progressive responsibility in program operations, and supervision of student staff. 

  • Demonstrated personal and professional commitment to promoting an inclusive and equitable on and off-campus environment for all faculty, staff, and students; in particular with diverse student populations on the basis of ability, age, gender identity, nationality, race, sex, sexual orientation, religion, veteran status, political ideology, and other social identities. 

  • Demonstrated technical and creative skills to communicate our mission, vision, and purpose to a large and diverse student population - including, but not limited to, written work, social media, verbal presentations, video development, and assessment reporting; Excellent interpersonal, verbal, written communication, and listening skills. 

Preferred Qualifications: 
  • Master of Arts or Sciences Degree in Student Affairs, College Student Development, Higher Education Administration or a related Social Sciences, Humanities, or Social Justice/Diversity, Equity and Inclusion education-focused area of study is strongly preferred.
  • Experience working in multicultural or identity-based centers focused on serving students of color, or experience working in an on-campus Interfaith Center. Experience working directly with or in spaces that serve students who self-identify as Middle Eastern and South Asian is especially preferred.

  • Experience in student advocacy, web-based services, community development, leadership, and marketing is preferred.

  • Experience leading or participating in intergroup, interfaith, or sustained dialogue programs is strongly preferred.

  • Demonstrated understanding of and ability to apply student development theories and identity development theories, models, and frameworks, including intersectionality, as originally conceived by Kimberlé Crenshaw, when engaging in student outreach, program planning, student training, and other educational efforts. 

  • Bilingual/multilingual candidates, particularly those fluent in East Asian, Pacific Islander, Middle Eastern, and/or South Asian languages, are strongly encouraged to apply.

Background Screening Statement:

A background check will be required.  

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Upload a cover letter, resume and contact information for three professional references.  

Screening of Applications Begins: For best consideration submit application materials by December 22, 2021. (applications will be accepted until the position is filled).  
Salary: Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Hours: Full-time
Type: Regular
FLSA Status: Exempt
COVID-19 Vaccination: The University of Maryland has made the safety of our students, faculty and staff, and our surrounding communities a top priority. As part of that commitment, the University System of Maryland (USM) recently announced that students, faculty, and staff on USM campuses this fall, including UMBC, are required to be vaccinated against COVID. As a prospective and/or a new employee at UMBC, you will be required to comply with the University’s vaccination protocol. Proof of full vaccination will be required at the start of employment. Further information is available at: https://covid19.umbc.edu/vaccine/

UMBC offers a benefits package for regular and grant-funded regular employees including generous leave, excellent health, life, and disability insurance, retirement plans, tuition remission, on-site preschool, and numerous professional development and wellness opportunities.  Contingent II positions may include some benefits

Please note the Type and FLSA Status above to determine the benefits offered for this position. 

 Equal Opportunity Statement: UMBC is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Applications from women, minority group members, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
Title IX: As an institution that receives federal financial assistance, UMBC adheres to Title IX and does not discriminate on the basis of sex. For more information about Title IX and contact information for Title IX Coordinator click here.   


If you require a reasonable accommodation for a disability for any part of the employment process, please contact the Human Resources Department at 410-455-2337 or MD TTY Relay Service 1-800-735-2258 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Work Authorization:  As required by the 1986 Immigration Act, be prepared to present acceptable documentation upon hire showing your identity and that you are a U.S. citizen or an alien who is authorized to work.

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Applications close: Open Until Filled

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