Assistant Director of Equity and Inclusion(1)


Carlow University invites applications for the position of Assistant Director of Equity and Inclusion.  This individual serves as the leader responsible for building, leveraging and fostering diversity, equity and inclusion in support of the University's mission, vision and strategic plan.  The Assistant Director will lead diversity and inclusion programs and initiatives, including the development and implementation of a vision and effective strategy that champions the importance and value of a diverse and inclusive University environment.   

 Carlow University is a comprehensive Catholic University located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Founded in 1929 by the Sisters of Mercy, Carlow is situated in a culturally rich and diverse urban setting.  Carlow is recognized for educating traditional students and adult learners for a lifetime of ethical leadership and service. 

With an emphasis on creating a center of excellence and engaging faculty, staff and students, the Assistant Director will build a welcoming and inclusive culture at Carlow University as well as assess potential barriers and develop strategies focused on recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce.  The Assistant Director will be a powerful advocate for diversity and inclusion with Carlow's students, providing education, leading retention and recruitment initiatives, acting as a resource for student groups, and working with others in the community to create a strong and welcoming campus culture in keeping with Carlow's mission and values.    

As an advocate for inclusion and equity, this role is charged with building innovative, diverse, inclusive communities that can prepare Carlow University students for their success as leaders in the global communities where they will serve.  The Assistant Director will work with diverse groups, including the LGBTQ community, to assure a sense of welcome and safety and create opportunities for members of the Carlow community to learn about and engage with members of other groups.

Recognizing the many facets represented in our University culture, the Assistant Director will integrate diversity and inclusion into all that we do.   Through establishing and fostering partnerships across campus and externally, the Assistant Director will ensure a focus of through the University on programming, learning and collaboration that will provide a positive and productive learning and work environment at Carlow University.   


  • Fosters a campus climate that respects and values diversity among students, faculty and staff through an integrated strategy and focus on innovation, engagement and outcome-driven goals.
  • Develops, implements and monitors systemic structures, initiatives and programs to recruit, retain and promote diverse students, staff and faculty as well as establishes metrics to monitor and measure the impact of diversity and inclusion initiatives and to externally benchmark the University's progress.
  • Supports the co-chairs of the President's Council on Diversity and Inclusion and Council goals to include: coordinating ongoing assessments of diversity that use a range of data-gathering approaches and creating an umbrella of educational initiatives on diversity and inclusion for students, staff, and faculty.
  • Advises the two University EEOC officers on diversity-related policies and procedures, and assists with investigations of harassment or other misconduct as needed as well as consistently monitors University climate and engages others on campus in implementing necessary education and interventions.
  • Works with the Vice Presidents of Enrollment Management and Student Engagement to identify diverse pipelines for student recruitment, as well as plans and strategies for the retention and persistence of a diverse student body.
  • Ensures facilitation and coordination of diversity and inclusion training to include intergroup dialog experiences on campus.                                                                                                                                                                                             

The intent of this list of primary duties is to provide a representative summary of the major duties and responsibilities of this job. Incumbents perform other related duties as assigned. Specific duties and responsibilities may vary based upon departmental needs.


  • Bachelor's degree required.  Master's Degree in higher education, student affairs, human resources, administration or related field strongly preferred.
  • Minimum of 5 years of post-graduate experience in the diversity and inclusion field and an understanding of the structure, culture and politics that impact change within the higher education community. 
  •  Understands and is able to articulate in verbal and written form, the importance of equity, inclusion and diversity within the university mission, strategic plan and core values.
  • Understands the current and historical issues related to nondiscrimination, access and equity specifically as it relates to marginalized individuals and communities.
  •  Strong communication skills, written skills, computer skills, and ability to work flexible hours, including some evenings and weekends.
  • Training in group facilitation, student development, leadership development, and conflict management.   
  •  Demonstrated commitment to the use of institutional data and best practices to inform the effectiveness of programming and staff accountability.    

Carlow University employees commit themselves to the highest standards of ethical conduct.  They commit to act with integrity, treat others with respect and dignity, carefully steward the University's resources, avoid conflicts of interest or commitment, maintain confidentiality, and to comply with legal and professional obligations.

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Carlow University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. We strive for a campus that reflects our urban setting and is inclusive of underrepresented groups to enhance our University community.   

Full/Part/FT&PT: Full-time - exempt
Department: Human Resources
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