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Multicultural Resource Center Program Director

Office for Institutional Diversity

The Multicultural Resource Center Program Director provides leadership in the development, planning, implementation, and execution of programs and events that deepen the College’s commitment to creating and sustaining a diverse and inclusive environment for students. Utilizing a social justice framework and intersectional practice, the Program Director develops and manages programs that contribute to the retention and success of students from historically underrepresented and marginalized backgrounds and coordinates cultural events and programs that celebrate the diversity of our community and educates the campus community on issues of social justice. The Program Director provides direct support to students and student organizations and creates an environment where students from historically underrepresented and marginalized backgrounds can thrive. 

This is a full-time, exempt position with an annual salary of $57,000. This position has a generally predictable work schedule based upon programming events and schedules, which may include some evening and weekend hours. The college’s regular working hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm. 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), 22 days of paid vacation, paid holidays, and many other campus amenities, such as membership to the campus fitness center for employee and partner and discounted Trimet transit passes.

Who You Are

  • You operate from a social justice framework, are committed to inclusive excellence as a practice, and strive to achieve equity for all students 
  • You are someone who thinks strategically, communicates tactfully, collaborates effectively, and empathizes compassionately
  • You relate well to and understand the experiences of college-age students from historically underrepresented and marginalized backgrounds
  • You care about developing all students’ sense and understanding of identity, no matter their prior exposure to or experience with difference
  • You demonstrate cultural responsiveness, emotional intelligence, and professional maturity
  • You can manage confidential and sensitive issues and exercise good judgment 
  • You are skilled in program and project management and event planning
  • You are versed in fiscal/budget management and have demonstrated skill in developing and implementing program assessment tools
  • You can establish and maintain effective working relationships with a wide range of constituencies who have varying needs and expectations
  • You are a problem-solver, conflict mediator, and able to adapt to changing circumstances
  • You have experience presenting to audiences of varying sizes and contexts and facilitating workshops and difficult discussions
  • You are creative, resilient, and action-oriented

What You’ll Do

  • Provide leadership in the development, planning, implementation, and execution of the Multicultural Resource Center’s programs, including administrative, programmatic, and fiscal oversight
  • Lead a team of student event coordinators and peer mentors to plan and execute events that support and engage marginalized communities, educate the campus community on issues of social justice, and/or promote an inclusive community
  • Oversee all program and event logistics including pre-planning, budgeting, contract negotiation, marketing and promotion, volunteer management, outreach, and assessment
  • Develop and coordinate programs that complement and enrich the academic experience, promote identity exploration, and enhance the leadership skills of historically underrepresented and marginalized students
  • Serve as a mentor to students and advisor to student organizations
  • Support students’ wellbeing by providing care, referrals, crisis management and prevention
  • Work collaboratively across campus offices and the broader community to provide educational opportunities for all students
  • Develop outreach and marketing strategies including maintaining the MRC website, social media, and listserv, publicizing relevant information to the community
  • Hire, train, supervise, and evaluate 10-15 student workers


Bachelor’s Degree in a relevant field (sociology, education, ethnic studies, social work, psychology, history, anthropology, human services, or related area) and three or more years of demonstrated program management experience and experience advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives within an organization, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Master’s degree in a related field is preferred. 

Application Instructions

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:

  • How would this position contribute to the pursuit of your long-term professional goals?
  • Which professional accomplishment are you most proud of?

As you apply online, you will also be expected 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. Applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled. 

Reed College’s goal is to reply 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.