Student Affairs

Assistant Director for Experiential and Equity Initiatives: Office of Identity, Equity, and Engagement

University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Charlotte, NC United States

Primary Purpose of Job

UNC Charlotte’s Office of Identity, Equity, and Engagement (IEE) seeks to provide students an affirming and equitable environment committed to fostering a campus community that celebrates and supports expansion of identities through holistic development, education and intentional engagement. The Dean of Students’ mission is to advance a UNC Charlotte culture of care by assisting students in navigating the opportunities and challenges of the Niner Nation Experience. 

Major Duties and Responsibilities

The Assistant Director for Experiential and Equity Initiatives will provide educational, cultural,  and social programming focused on equity and justice, identity development, and the intersections of identity.  The Assistant Director will provide support and education for individual students and student organizations in their understanding of self and others for both dominant and minoritized identities.  The Assistant Director will serve on university committees and will assist in departmental, division and university efforts impacting students based on their identities.  Specific responsibilities include oversight and implementation of experiential learning trips, creating and facilitating student workshops, presentations, and dialogues on social justice, equity, and activism, and executing initiatives as assigned by the Associate Director of the Office of Identity, Equity, and Engagement.

The responsibilities for the assistant director are as follows:

  1. Equity and Social Justice Program Development 30%
    1. Develop and coordinate various equity and justice programs
    2. Develop and implement immersion experiences based on specific identities
    3. Provide leadership for and work cooperatively with administrative staff, faculty and students to develop programming useful in increasing cultural and human awareness (workshops, learning simulations, and other experiential teaching methods)
    4. Establish learning objectives and conduct appropriate assessment to understand program outcomes.
  1. Student Support 25%
    1. Support activities that address the social, cultural, and educational needs of particular interest to students based on identity.
    2. Collaborate with administrative staff, faculty, and student organizations in developing education and programming concerning equity and justice.
    3. Provide direct support and outreach to historically minoritized backgrounds
    4. Assist with consciousness raising through one on one and group conversations and dialogues 
  1. Administration 15%
    1. Develop tools designed to assess the climate, services, education, and programming centered on designated identities, and make recommendations to improve/strengthen these efforts.
    2. Assist in departmental assessment efforts through student learning outcomes and utilizing appropriate measures to assess and document progress toward IEE goals to strengthen services and programs.
    3. Serve on committees and represent the department at University functions.  
  1. All Staff Initiatives 10%
    1. Support with IEE training requests
    2. General requests for student presentations
    3. Assist with ongoing development of IEE initiatives 
    4. Other duties as assigned by the Associate/Director of IEE.
  1. Supervision 10%
    1. Co-supervise graduate assistant, who assists with Activate!, SAFE, experiential learning trips.
    2. Supervise student staff member
  1. Equity and Justice 10%
    1. Awareness: Actively works to understand how one’s upbringing and lived experiences contributes to how they view the world and others within the world. Can articulate biases they hold and how those biases unconsciously influences their decision-making or interactions with others.
    2. Knowledge: Seeks out opportunities to learn about the issues of racism, white privilege/consciousness, anti-blackness, unconscious bias and what it means to be a multicultural organization.
    3. Advocacy: Speaks out and/or acts to raise awareness of inequities, systems or practices that seek to discriminate or treat a class of people unfairly.
    4. Action: Influences or is directly responsible for behaviors that lead to eliminating a barrier or changing a process that seeks to discriminate or treat a class of people unfairly. Speaks up or calls out discriminatory behavior when it occurs.

Required Education and/or Experience

  • Master’s degree required; Master’s degree in Student Personnel, Higher Education Administration or related area is preferred
  • Minimum two years full-time professional work experience working in a college setting from historically minoritized backgrounds is required
  • Involvement in student affairs professional organizations/associations preferable

Required Knowledge and Skills

  • Knowledge related to power, privilege, and oppression from a historical and present-day lens. 
  • Ability to understand and be introspective as it relates to power, privilege, and oppression
  • Ability to multitask and manage a diverse set of programs and responsibilities while maintaining a standard of excellence
  • Proven ability to work effectively with others in a team environment as well as autonomously with self-motivation and initiative
  • Willingness and flexibility to work with students and staff in unstructured situations including night and weekend work
  • Ability to build collaborative relationships with staff and students
  • Ability to organize, implement, and evaluate programs as well as to synthesize a variety of needs to promote common purposes
  • Ability to design, implement, and analyze assessment efforts
  • Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Experience in program development, implementation & evaluation, student development, program delivery, and training/facilitation. 
  • Literacy and proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint), Macintosh applications, Internet and email are preferred. Web page understanding/knowledge preferable. 
  • Knowledge and practice of student development theory, counseling and advising practice, and issues related to college students

Selected candidate is subject to a criminal background check.


  • Start Date: No Start Date
  • Education: Master's Degree Required
  • Work Experience: 2 - 4 years
  • Part/Full Time: Full-Time

Contact / Additional Information

How to Apply

Qualified candidates should apply online at Only electronic applications will be accepted. Attach a letter of interest, resume, and complete contact information for three professional references (names, addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses) with your electronic submission.  Applicants are subject to a criminal background check.  The position is open until December 4, 2020.  

The University of North Carolina at Charlotte is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and an ADVANCE Institution that strives to create an academic climate in which the dignity of all individuals is respected and maintained. Women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, gender identity or sexual orientation. All applicants are subject to a criminal background check.