Assistant Director of Leadership and LGBTQIA Involvement

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Washington University in St. Louis

The Assistant Director of Leadership and LGBTQIA Involvement serves as a key member of the Campus Life team by supporting two major components of the Student Affairs mission: student leadership and diversity and inclusion. To support these priorities, the Assistant Director will offer strategic influence over the following areas: LGBTQIA Involvement and Leadership Development Programs. The Assistant Director is an advisor, advocate, and resource to lesbian, gay, bisexual, asexual, trans*, queer, questioning, and intersex students. They are responsible for identifying and supporting the academic, intellectual, social, cultural, recreational, educational and political needs of LGBT students through student mentorship, student group advising, and programming/initiatives. The Assistant Director plays a key role in the development and growth of leadership programs and student leader support that prioritizes social justice and identity development. They develop collaborative relationships in Campus Life to ensure that multicultural competencies and learning outcomes are incorporated into all programming and operations.

Assistant Director of Leadership and LGBTQIA Involvement

  • Lead the process for furthering the success and engagement of all LGBT students by mentoring, advising, and building relationship with other departments and campus entities to support students in fostering a strong sense of self and strengthening their communities.
  • Develop, oversee and grow leadership programs that prioritize social justice and identity development, including Destination Q and Redefining Community Experience.
  • Advise 5-7 student groups, including but not limited to Pride Alliance, Safe Zones, and Diversity Affairs Council.
  • Maintain tangible links and relationships with students and colleagues through the design and distribution of programs, publications, and materials focused on and for the LGBT community. This includes the role of department liaison with the Center for Diversity Inclusion regarding issues relating to LGBTQUA students, programs, and policies.
  • Serve as a resource, advocate, and representative to the University as requested on LGBT student issues; as well as serve as Ex-Officio member of the LGBT Advisory Board.
  • Develop and maintain information, reference and source materials on LGBT-related topics.
  • Advise and be a resource within Campus Life to ensure multicultural competency is incorporated into programming and operations.
  • Support, attend and participate in Campus Life functions, meetings, and programs, and serve on various committees, including evening and on weekend activities.

Required Qualifications

Master’s degree in higher education, student affairs or related field.

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • At least three years post-graduate experience within higher education
  • An understanding of college student development theory, critical race theory, queer theories and their application to leadership models.
  • Demonstrated experience working with and advising college students.
  • Energy, creativity, and organizational skills.
  • Tolerance for ambiguity, sense of humor, desire to challenge status quo, ability to work odd hours and as a member of a team.
  • Comprehension of current issues related to social justice, LGBT students, and students of color, as well as leadership development.
  • Ability to cross departmental boundaries to support student programming efforts.

Preferred Qualifications

  • At least five years post-graduate experience within higher education
  • Above average competencies in word processing, email spreadsheets, social media, and graphic design.

Salary Range

The hiring range for this position is $45,318 – $58,910 annually.


-Retirement Savings Plan
-22 vacation days
-8 Paid Holidays
-Sick Time
-Tuition benefits for employee, spouse and dependent children
-Free Metro Link/ Bus pass
-Free Life Insurance
-Health, Dental, Vision
-Health Savings Accounts (HSA)
-Long Term Disability Insurance
-Flex Spending Plan
-Other Benefits

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EOE Statement

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, race, ethnicity, protected veteran, or disability status.


Assistant Director of Leadership and LGBTQIA Involvement

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