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Associate Dean for Institutional Diversity

Office for Institutional Diversity

Reed College seeks a talented and experienced educator and equity scholar to serve as Associate Dean for Institutional Diversity. 

The Associate Dean for Institutional Diversity will design and deliver diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) training and professional development programming to students, staff, and faculty. Topics will include identity, power, privilege, and marginalization, and their relationships to inclusive practices in classrooms, workplaces, and residential educational environments. The associate dean will deliver educational programming that fosters strong intergroup communication skills, supports inclusive pedagogical practices, and deepens the capacity of students, faculty, and staff to examine and reform both individual attitudes and actions and institutional structures and practices that exacerbate inequities and marginalization. Please see an expanded position description in this Position Profile.

The Associate Dean reports to the Dean for Institutional Diversity, who reports to the President of the College. This is a full-time, salaried position with excellent benefits. Starting annual salary is $70,000.


  • Design and deliver a comprehensive DEI curriculum to educate Reed community members who represent dominant, marginalized, and intersectional identities and are at all stages of knowledge and experience on identity, power, privilege, and marginalization, and their relationship to inclusive practices in classrooms, workplaces, and all other campus spaces. 
  • Coordinate and facilitate professional development programming for all campus constituencies that increases their capacity to educate students inclusively and work effectively with community members from a broad range of backgrounds and identities. 
  • Identify, create, and disseminate resources, training modules, workshops, presentations, programs, and services based on current evidence-based research and best practices that address issues of DEI in higher education.
  • Develop peer-to-peer and ally training programs for faculty, staff, and students to support and coach their peers in their understanding and use of inclusive practices in classrooms, workplaces, and student spaces.
  • Work collaboratively with campus departments and offices and provide individual consultation to faculty, staff, and student leaders to implement techniques and skills learned in workshops and other training activities.
  • Undertake comprehensive qualitative and quantitative assessment of DEI programming and initiatives to measure its efficacy, particularly on the success of students, staff, and faculty from marginalized or underrepresented communities. 
  • In collaboration with other campus offices and departments, assess the efficacy of campus programs and initiatives on overall campus climate. 
  • In collaboration with other campus offices and departments, seek external funding for research and development of inclusive practices programs and the external dissemination of successful practices.


  • Master’s degree in a relevant field (social sciences, social work, higher ed administration, etc.) or equivalent combination of education and relevant work experience.
  • Training in and experience with current theoretical frameworks and best practices in building educational programs related to identity, privilege, and marginalization, and their relationships to inclusive practices in classrooms, workplaces, and residential educational environments. 
  • Expertise in developing and facilitating successful programming and training on a wide range of DEI topics and their applications to both workplace and higher education contexts for people with a wide range of identities, lived experiences, and previous DEI subject matter knowledge.  
  • At least three years of experience designing and delivering training or classroom instruction related to diversity and inclusion.
  • At least three years of increasing responsibilities in program and budget management. 
  • Experience with program evaluation and assessment.
  • Ability to manage conflict and difficult conversations using a high degree of professionalism and discretion in maintaining confidentiality.
  • Ability to exercise judgment, tact, and diplomacy in handling sensitive situations and information. 
  • Engagement with professional associations and/or networks in learning and disseminating best practices in DEI education to establish inclusive and equitable practices throughout higher education institutions.


  • Doctoral Degree in the social sciences, education, or related field. Related scholarship in the fields of education, cultural foundations, sociology, anthropology, psychology or other field related to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Interest in conducting research and producing scholarship related to DEI higher education practices.


Reed College offers an exceptional benefits package, including comprehensive medical and dental insurance, 403(b) retirement plan with 10% employer contribution (after one year of service), educational assistance for employees and their children, 22 days of paid vacation, paid holidays, half-day Fridays in the summer and many other campus amenities, such as membership to the campus fitness center and discounted TriMet transit passes. 


Click below to apply. You will be directed to Interfolio to create a free account and begin your application. A resume and cover letter are required. You can submit these documents in any format, but .pdf works best. In your cover letter please address the following:

  • Why are you interested in working at Reed College?
  • Describe a training program or other instructional instrument that you designed and delivered that was particularly efficacious.

As you apply online, you will be asked to provide an answer to the following: 

  • If you were selected for this position, how would you use your skills and experience to contribute to equity, inclusion, and community growth at Reed?

Applications will be considered as they are submitted so you are encouraged to apply early. 

Reed College replies to every candidate. We will confirm that your application is received, and if you are not selected, we will let you know as soon as possible.

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Reed College values cultural diversity and intellectual pluralism as critical components of academic excellence. We welcome applications from members of historically underrepresented minority groups, persons with disabilities, persons who have served in the military and others who would bring additional dimensions of experience to our community.