ROLE OF THE SENIOR ASSISTANT DEAN AND DIRECTOR, OFFICE OF PLURALISM AND LEADERSHIP
Reporting to the Associate Dean for Community Life and, the Senior Assistant Dean and Director of the Office of Pluralism and Leadership (OPAL) directs the efforts of the staff in advising, mentoring, and counseling students on a wide variety of academic, personal, social, cultural, career, and community concerns. The Senior Assistant Dean and Director is responsible for leading an office of 12 full-time staff, overseeing a budget of $1.28M, securing critical resources and stewarding gifts and endowments, providing project management infrastructure, and encouraging innovation. Further, the Senior Assistant Dean and Director has responsibility for communicating progress, trends, and pertinent data via reports and presentations to internal and external audiences, establishing departmental priorities, and implementing campus-wide programs and services informed by the best available evidence and research. The Senior Assistant Dean and Director is the point of contact for student-focused diversity and inclusion initiatives and provides leadership for on-campus student-led diversity and inclusion projects. Additionally, they promote utilizing appropriate assessment techniques to measure initiatives’ effects and outcomes to inform program and policy development and training of students.
The Senior Assistant Dean and Director partners with the Associate Dean of Community Life and Inclusivity in identifying and addressing student and community needs, serving as a divisional resource on campus climate and diversity issues, and collaborating with the Office of Institutional Diversity and Equity (IDE) and campus colleagues. The Senior Assistant Dean and Director contributes to the Dartmouth community by building effective partnerships across campus to mobilize the community in efforts to enhance cultural competence and inclusion. They also work with the campus, local, regional, and national networks to identify emerging trends, adopt best practices, and deliver effective diversity, inclusion, cultural competence, and social justice programs.
Additionally, the Senior Assistant Dean and Director will:
- Build a culture of trust, collaboration, and partnership in fostering an environment where all students can thrive, value difference, and contribute to creating a socially just world.
- Develop and prioritize comprehensive and ongoing program evaluation to ensure OPAL delivers evidence-based premium support systems.
- Manage and provide administrative leadership to the Office of Pluralism and Leadership: hire, train, supervise, and evaluate full-time professional staff, oversee event management, maintain the website, create marketing materials, and manage related facilities.
- Partner with colleagues to identify and develop clear, research-based, developmentally appropriate outcomes for diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEIB) support and educational programming to move from awareness to behavioral and cultural transformation.
- Provide leadership and strategic oversight for international student support, workshop development, student organization advisement, and campus programming.
• Work collaboratively with Admissions, New Student Programs, and First-Year Initiatives in serving and supporting the transition of historically underrepresented student populations.
- Provide executive oversight of advising for OPAL-affiliated student organizations, including the umbrella organization for identity-based organizations on Dartmouth’s campus.
- Collaborate with campus partners and serve on corresponding committees in the planning and implementing of campus-wide diversity and inclusiveness programming.
- Initiate new and support ongoing programming which elevates the needs and experiences of BIPOC, LGBTQ+, and first-gen students, while strengthening educational opportunities that demonstrate the importance of equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging among all Dartmouth students.
- Provide direct advocacy and support to individual students, including general counseling/mentoring and referral to other established support services on campus, and develop the appropriate information channels to inform historically underrepresented student populations of scholarships, internships, extra-curricular activities, employment opportunities, and other events as appropriate.
- Serve as the fiscal officer for the OPAL budgets, ensuring compliance with all fiduciary commitments and budgetary obligations.
- Serve on committees and task forces as needed and perform other duties to support the college’s mission, including, but not limited to student affairs leadership team.
QUALIFICATIONS AND CHARACTERISTICS
Candidates must possess expert knowledge of evidence-based and developmentally appropriate frameworks and approaches to identity development, significant and progressively responsible experience in programs fostering identity and community development, promoting pluralism and inclusion, enhancing leadership development and cultural competency, and maintaining a positive and affirming learning and living environment to support student success. Candidates must demonstrate significant experience and success in interpersonal and communication skills, prioritizing tasks, student advising, staff supervision, and positive interactions with diverse populations. Ideal candidates will demonstrate the ability to develop and implement program assessments.
Preferred qualifications include experience developing and providing strategic oversight of diversity, equity, and inclusion programs in higher education, proficiency in program assessment, and expertise in multicultural and social justice education, gender and sexuality studies, ethnic studies, international affairs, and leadership development.
Characteristics of the successful candidate
- An accomplished community builder—able and willing to listen, learn the culture and context, and establish credibility with all constituencies through excellent skills in relationship-building, cultural acumen, communication, and adaptability.
- Comfortable with ambiguity and possess experience and energy for change management. The Senior Assistant Dean and Director role is broad and evolving. It requires close partnerships with many academic and non-academic departments and leaders across campus to advocate for, and influence others to co-create and endorse, the strategic vision for OPAL.
- An extraordinary collaborator, capable of advocating for students, engaging the campus community, and demonstrating the ability to manage large-scale, innovative, strategic, empowering, and student-centered change.
- Authentic leader with demonstrated ability to build strategic alliances, understand nuanced educational governance, and exhibit and encourage a growth mindset.
- Solution oriented and a creative problem-solver, adept in empowering and aligning a team to deliver student-centered, optimized, and identity-informed support.
- Subject matter expert in the nuanced issues related to diversity, equity, inclusion, and intersectionality, evidence-based identity development, and social justice education pedagogy in a predominantly white higher education institution.
- Skilled in navigating myriad stakeholders in a dynamic and demanding environment, able to balance multiple and competing priorities, communicate effectively to break down silos, and articulate a data-informed, transparent, and compelling narrative.
- A data strategist who leverages expertise to collect, analyze, interpret, and draw implications from various data sources to inform decisions that advance the lived experience of historically underrepresented students.
HISTORY OF THE POSITION
There have been three directors (one of which has been interim) in recent history. Throughout this period, the scope of the role has evolved with various identity groups included in and separated from OPAL and the staffing structure adapting to the personnel changes. Within the larger institution, OPAL staff comprised the “ecosystem” of multicultural affairs, international student support, diversity, equity, and inclusion at Dartmouth as a larger institution-wide office was essentially non-existent until recently. In 2021, Dartmouth established the Office of Institutional Diversity and Equity (IDE) and hired Shontay Delalue to serve as the inaugural Senior Vice President. In addition to IDE, the Division of Student Affairs recently created the area of Community Life and Inclusion and hired their first associate dean in the role. Creating a more robust ecosystem of support for faculty, staff, and students from historically underrepresented populations at Dartmouth College means that the scope for OPAL, and therefore its leader, will evolve. The incoming Senior Assistant Dean and Director of OPAL will play a critical role in defining the strategic vision, structure, and identity of OPAL in the future.
OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES OF THE ROLE
The new Senior Assistant Dean and Director joins Dartmouth at an exciting time. The institution is eager to usher in a comprehensive ecosystem of support for students who hold identities from historically underrepresented populations to transform the sense of belonging and ensure all students flourish. Significant investments, growing systemic support, and authentic discourse regarding issues of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging at Dartmouth are exciting and energizing to the community, which is optimistic that real change is on the horizon. Stakeholders are looking for a visionary, collaborative, and strategic leader to facilitate the evolution of the Office of Pluralism and Leadership within the developing ecosystem. An external review of OPAL is underway and will reveal opportunities to streamline and optimize efforts and establish student support for underrepresented students as a strategic advantage for Dartmouth College.
The new Senior Assistant Dean and Director of OPAL will:
- Mobilize a cooperative, institution-wide effort to define the function of OPAL and unify stakeholders around an innovative vision and aligned implementation plan, including staffing, systems, resources, delivery modalities, and programs to strengthen the student experience.
- Collaborate with partners to deploy optimized and equity-based support via direct and indirect leadership within a highly complex and maturing DEIB ecosystem that weaves together academics, co-curricular activities, and social support that embraces intersecting identities.
- Balance and integrate stakeholder expectations and prevailing evidence-based identity-development support practices to establish, codify, and communicate clear roles, responsibilities, and accountability for an optimal mix of support between OPAL and Dartmouth’s academic colleges.
- Strengthen student well-being and belonging through thorough program assessment, establishing a mission, aligning priorities, and swiftly implementing strategic support and programming to advance the lived experience of students from a wide variety of historically underrepresented populations, including but not limited to offering identity-informed support and strategically expanding access and consumption of services.
- Engage, inspire, support, and prepare the OPAL staff to flourish and seamlessly sustain student support efforts in a dynamic environment.
- Act as an advocate for student needs and development by engaging the campus community in strengthening identity-informed student support and managing large-scale, innovative, strategic, empowering, and student-centered change in OPAL.
MEASURES OF SUCCESS
At an interval deemed appropriate by the Associate Dean of Community Life and Inclusivity, the following will be defined as measures of success of the Senior Assistant Dean and Director of OPAL:
- Intentional, empowering, and strategic collaborations across campus provide seamless, equitable, and integrated student support – Dartmouth is a place where identity-informed practices are everyone’s job.
- Comprehensive program evaluation is in place and informs continuous improvement, contributing to positive student persistence, retention, perspectives, and outcomes.
- There is a compelling and widely received narrative that facilitates the recognition from all stakeholders that OPAL is a trusted resource for students, has a clear mission, delivers aligned, high-quality programming and support, and offers expert insight into the student experience.
- Evidence-based and contemporary identity-development practices are in place. OPAL has a sustainable structure, keeps abreast of trends, and anticipates and proactively plans innovations.
- Visible, coherent, and clear brand identity exists for OPAL. The community is clear about OPAL’s role and responsibilities within the DEIB ecosystem, resulting in a seamless student experience.
- OPAL operates under a shared vision, flourishes, and feels empowered. OPAL nurtures talent and promotes professional development.
OVERVIEW OF STUDENT AFFAIRS AT DARTMOUTH COLLEGE
Dartmouth College exists to prepare the most promising students for a lifetime of learning and of responsible leadership launched by a focus on intellectual and personal growth in a residential liberal arts community. Thus, Student Affairs fosters the integration of learning and student life, with a view toward students’ contributions to the world beyond Dartmouth. Dartmouth’s goal is that the ways that students live, learn, and lead seamlessly intersect to create a community of learners and doers.
Whether through co-curricular innovations, advising and academic enhancement programs, student organizations, residential education, health and wellness programming, faith and cultural identity support, service and professional development, or traditional College celebrations, Dartmouth seeks to empower all students to reach their full potential as critical thinkers who live, work, and serve in complex communities.
In partnership with students, faculty, staff, and alumni, Dartmouth fosters a learning environment that:
- Integrates intellectual, personal, and professional development into all students’ experiences.
- Constructively engages and strengthens our community.
- Critically examines values, beliefs, systems, and structures.
- Expects and assists students in holding themselves and each other accountable for a community that is welcoming, inclusive, and equitable.
- Embraces challenges as opportunities for growth and celebrates achievements.
LEADERSHIP OF THE DIVISION
Scott C. Brown – Interim Dean of the College
The Dean of the College is the senior officer responsible for academic and co-curricular life at Dartmouth. Dean Brown oversees the Division of Student Affairs, including Student Support Services, Health and Wellness, Community Life and Inclusivity, Student Life, and Residential Life and the House Communities.
Scott Brown has been active in higher education through leadership involvement in state associations and national conventions, publications, and presentations on a wide range of topics such as creating powerful learning environments, understanding complex issues of identity, and examining student affairs as a profession. His work has appeared in the American Journal of Sexuality Education, the International Journal of Aging and Human Development, the Journal of College Student Development, and the Journal of Colleges and Employers.
La-Tarri M. Canty – Associate Dean for Community Life and Inclusion
La-Tarri Canty oversees the Office of Pluralism and Leadership, the Native American Program, and the William Jewett Tucker Center for Spiritual and Ethical Life. In addition, she is leading diversity, equity, and inclusivity professional development initiatives within Student Affairs.
Before joining Dartmouth College, Canty served as the Associate Dean for Intercultural Engagement and Director of the SPXCE Intercultural Center at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She led the strategic planning process for the Office of Multicultural Programs, the Intercultural Center, and the Office of LGBTQ+ Services, among other accomplishments. Canty served as the Assistant Director of Student Life and Engagement at the University of South Florida, where she spearheaded the creation of a multicultural center.
THE OFFICE OF PLURALISM AND LEADERSHIP
The Office of Plurality and Leadership (OPAL) is a part of Community Life and Inclusivity in the Division of Student Affairs. It exists to further the educational objectives of Dartmouth College in fostering an environment where all students can thrive, value difference, and contribute to the creation of a socially just world.
Mission Statement, Core Values, and Major Priorities of the Office of Pluralism and Leadership
OPAL’s mission is to foster a Dartmouth where all students can thrive, value difference, and contribute to the creation of a socially just world.
OPAL achieves its mission by centering the values, needs, strengths, and practices of marginalized communities and by approaching leadership, community development, and personal growth through the lens of social justice.
- Personal Development
- Advising and Engagement
- Community and Leadership Development
- Education and Training
OVERVIEW OF THE OFFICE OF INSTITUTIONAL DIVERSITY & EQUITY
The Office of Institutional Diversity & Equity (IDE) partners with offices and individuals across the institution to provide resources that promote access, respect, and community for all. IDE manages the following for the college:
• Equal Opportunity & Affirmative Action
• Disability Resources for Faculty and Staff
• Training and Educational Programs in Excellence and Leadership
• Consultation for Divisional and Departmental Strategy
• Community Building Projects and Programming
Diversity Mission Statement
Diversity at all levels is critical to Dartmouth’s mission of providing an environment that combines rigorous study with the excitement of discovery. As an institution of higher education, Dartmouth is defined by the belief that a multiplicity of values and beliefs, interests and experiences, intellectual and cultural viewpoints enrich learning and inform scholarship.
But the importance of diversity extends beyond its contribution to a rich academic environment. The case for embracing diversity can be made across all realms of human endeavor. Researchers are finding that diverse groups of problem solvers outperform individual experts at solving problems. Gender diversity has improved research in fields from economics to medicine. Increasingly, business organizations are finding that leveraging diversity with effective management can improve a company’s performance and boost innovation.
Respect for the cultures that make Dartmouth a dynamic teaching, research and service environment is a bedrock institutional value. Dartmouth’s Office of Institutional Diversity & Equity provides resources across the institution to promote access, respect, inclusiveness, and community in all of Dartmouth’s working and learning environments.
THE LEADERSHIP OF THE OFFICE OF INSTITUTIONAL DIVERSITY AND EQUITY
Shontay Delalue – Senior Vice President and Senior Diversity Officer
A recognized leader in promoting equity, diversity, and inclusion in higher education, Shontay Delalue is Dartmouth’s inaugural Senior Vice President and Senior Diversity Officer—a role that was recently elevated on campus. She was previously the Vice President for Institutional Equity and Diversity at Brown University. She also served as Interim Senior Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Brown’s medical school, and is an adjunct Assistant Professor of American studies at Brown.
For more than two decades, she has been an advocate for change in the higher education structures that create inequity. She has also led universities to embrace difference and create a culture of belonging.
Diversity and Inclusion Team
The diversity and inclusion team supports the Employee Resource Networks program and other diversity programs, consults with academic and administrative units across campus, and enhances training and professional development opportunities related to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
The team also assists with the development of a comprehensive strategic plan for diversity that aims to create a more welcoming, inclusive, and equitable learning environment for the Dartmouth community.
Founded in 1769, Dartmouth College forged a singular identity by combining a deep commitment to outstanding education with distinguished research and scholarship. The College serves 6,761 students and encompasses over 161 administrative, academic, residential, and athletic buildings. With its quarter-term academic calendar, Dartmouth’s highly residential 269-acre main campus remains a very active 24/7 environment year-round. Dartmouth is located in the small town of Hanover, New Hampshire. It is considered one of the best places to live due to its strong sense of community, rich cultural life, and regional resources, including major teaching hospitals, a burgeoning high-tech sector with global connections, and extensive recreational opportunities.
African American: 6%
Two or More Races: 6%
The strategic plan provides a vision for growth and development that will continue to support the institution’s dynamic academic mission while protecting and enhancing the sense of place that is so central to the Dartmouth experience
To read about the full strategic plan of Dartmouth College, please visit https://www.dartmouth.edu/ide/strategicplanning/
DARTMOUTH COLLEGE DIVERSITY STATEMENT
Diversity at all levels is critical to Dartmouth’s mission of providing an environment that combines rigorous study with the excitement of discovery. As an institution of higher education, Dartmouth is defined by the belief that a multiplicity of values and beliefs, interests and experiences, and intellectual and cultural viewpoints enrich learning and inform scholarship.
Respect for the cultures that make Dartmouth a dynamic teaching, research, and service environment is a bedrock institutional value. Dartmouth’s Office of Institutional Diversity & Equity provides resources across the College to promote access, respect, inclusiveness, and community in all of Dartmouth’s working and learning environments.
Philip J. Hanlon – President
Philip J. Hanlon ’77 became Dartmouth’s 18th President on June 10, 2013. He is the 10th Dartmouth alumnus to serve as its president.
As President, Hanlon has championed academic excellence and encouraged innovation in scholarship and teaching. He has launched initiatives to build interdisciplinary strength around global challenges, expanded opportunities for experiential learning, and initiated new seed funding programs to support cutting-edge research and creative endeavors.
Committed to reining in the costs of higher education, Hanlon has maintained fiscal rigor and established an annual institution-wide reallocation process while holding tuition increases to the lowest levels since the 1970s. At the same time, he has overseen record levels of giving.
Sian Leah Beilock – President-Elect 2023-2024
Sian Leah Beilock is the President-Elect of Dartmouth. She is the first woman to be elected President of Dartmouth by the board of trustees and will begin her tenure in the 2023-24 academic year.
Beilock currently serves as the eighth president of Barnard College at Columbia University. One of the most selective academic institutions in the world, Barnard is devoted to empowering exceptional women to change the world and the way we think about it.
Beilock is one of the world’s leading experts on the brain science behind “choking under pressure” in business, education, and sports. In the last several years, her research has focused specifically on success in math and science for women and girls and on how performance anxiety can either be exacerbated or alleviated by teachers, parents, and peers.
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