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Hamline University Director of Hedgeman Center for Student Diversity Programs and Initiatives in Saint Paul, Minnesota

Founded in 1854, Hamline was the first university in Minnesota and among the first coeducational institutions in the nation. Hamline University provides a world-class education for undergraduate and graduate students. Our faculty, staff, and students cultivate an ethic of civic responsibility, social justice, and inclusive leadership and service.

Hamline University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Hamline University does not discriminate on the basis of race; color; religion; creed; sex; sexual orientation; gender identity; gender expression; national origin; marital status; familial status; status with regard to public assistance; membership or activity in a local human rights commission; disability; age; protected veteran status; or any other status protected by applicable law in its education or employment programs or activities. The University will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities.


The Director provides philosophical, visionary, administrative, budgetary and programmatic leadership for the Hedgeman Center for Student Diversity Initiatives and Programs, provides assistance in helping the university community develop student development experiences and opportunities that help prepare students to contribute, prosper and succeed in a diverse and changing world.

The Director of the Hedgeman Center is responsible for creating programs, initiatives, services, partnerships and collaborations that assist, support and empower students regarding issues of multiculturalism, diversity and community with particular attention to students of color, first-generation college students and other diverse student populations.

The Director provides assistance and leadership in programming related to university diversity and inclusion efforts, including building strategic linkages to university curricular and co-curricular diversity initiatives, processes and opportunities for members of the Hamline University community.



  • Select, supervise, train, and evaluate professional staff (as necessary) and student staff.

Student Programming and Support

  • Meet with and advise individual students in their transition to the university, as well as those experiencing academic, social, cultural or other forms of difficulties and those who are referred or seeking assistance.

  • Develop and coordinate the planning process for initiatives and services that support the matriculation, engagement, success and retention of students of color and first-generation college students, particularly in the areas of mentoring, belonging and navigating the university community, issues, opportunities, resources and experiences, including:

  • Quartering programming for Student Transition and Empowerment Program Series (STEPS)

  • The annual Hedgeman Center Student Empowerment Retreat

  • Student Identity Circles

  • Student-to-Student Mentoring Program/activities

  • The annual Hedgeman Honors and Awards recognition event

Student Organization Advising

  • Advise the Multicultural Alliance, and coordinate and/or offer direct advising, assistance and support to individual Hedgeman Center student organizations, especially in relation to organizational dynamics, diversity and identity issues, programming and support networks. These organizations include the Asian Pacific American Coalition (APAC), Black Student Collective (BSC), FUSION, Hamline African Student Association (HASA), Indigenous Peoples Society (HIPS), Hamline Unidos (Unidos) and others.

  • Work in concert with student organizations to develop, coordinate and implement traditional heritage and cultural events, including Hispanic Heritage Month, African Heritage Month, Hmong Month, Native American Awareness Week, Black History Month, Asian Heritage Month and other similar events.

Campus Wide Diversity Programming

  • Coordinate the Multicultural Mosaic Pathway pre-orientation program.

  • Develop, coordinate and collaborate on diversity initiatives for the campus by implementing activities, programs and training opportunities that help students learn about diversity issues, communities, topics and cultures, including Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration, Social Justice Symposium, student diversity training sessions, and other opportunities.

  • Develop, coordinate and/or collaborate on programs that increase student awareness, education, participation and leadership in campus and community diversity initiatives and issues.

  • Serve as a resource and consultant for student organizations, university departments and other entities interested in increasing awareness and education on diversity issues.

Committee Work

  • Serve on University - and division-wide committees that address issues related to student success, student development, diversity education and that support and/or address issues related to experiences of students of color and international students, including the Diversity Initiatives Steering Committee, First Generation Student Engagement Committee, First Year Student Advisory Committee, Early Alerts, and others standing and ad hoc committees.

Administration and Budget Management

  • Lead and oversee the department’s strategic planning process in concert with Student Affairs, and the university.

  • Oversee the financial management of the departmental budget.

  • Develop and revise publications and websites for the department.

  • Collaborates with other university departments regarding the development and enforcement of policies related to student diversity, equity and inclusion.

  • Facilitate the development of learning outcomes and assessment for programs and services of the office.

  • Represent and advocate for the department within the university administrative and governance structure and promote an environment that is responsive to student needs.

Additional Responsibilities

  • Ensure office compliance with applicable laws, including, but not limited to, Title IX, HEOA and FERPA; exercises best practices within regards to the maintenance of confidential student information.

  • Serve on university committees as needed.

  • All other duties as requested.


This position reports to the: Associate Vice President of Student Affairs/Associate Dean of Students.

This position may supervise 1 employee.

This position supervises 3-5 student workers.


  • Skills and abilities to provide philosophical, visionary, administrative, budgetary and programmatic leadership for the Hedgeman Center.

  • Ability to develop and coordinate the planning process for initiatives and services that support the matriculation, engagement, success and retention of students of color and first-generation college students.

  • Ability to recruit, select, train, supervise and evaluate the ongoing performance of department staff/student workers.

  • Strong collaboration skills.

  • Outstanding organization, planning skills, and excellent presentation and communication skills.

  • Experience and sensitivity working with students from diverse multicultural backgrounds.


  • Master’s degree from an accredited college or university.

  • Three (3) years professional experience in a leadership or supervisory role.

  • Three (3) years professional experience advising, supporting, developing programming and implementing events aimed at helping students of color and first-generation college students' transition, navigate and experience success in college.

  • Ability to work evenings and weekends.


  • Three (3) years professional experience in roles with increasingly higher levels of responsibility within a higher education institution.

  • Three (3) years professional experience developing events and programming related to diversity.

  • Three (3) years professional experience in a budget management role.


Must perform the following essential functions with or without a reasonable accommodation:

  • Must be able to work on a computer for extended periods of time.

  • Ability to travel to on and off campus locations.


  • This is a full time exempt (.92 FTE) position, 11 months a year.

  • Evening and weekend work required.


Hamline University will not tolerate discrimination, harassment, or retaliation based on race; color; religion; creed; sex; sexual orientation; gender expression; gender identity; national origin; marital status; familial status; status with regard to public assistance; service with a local human rights commission; disability; age; or protected veteran status in its employment and educational opportunities.

All questions marked ‘Required’ need to be answered in order to submit the application. It is important that your application show all of the relevant education and experience you possess. Applications may be rejected if incomplete. If rejected, you must reapply for the position in order to be considered. A resume or curriculum vitae, a cover letter outlining your qualifications for and interest in the position, contact information for 3 current, professional references, as well as copies of transcripts (if required) must be uploaded with each application .

Since 1854, Hamline has set the standard for excellence in education, and we continue to do so today with the help of driven individuals who are dedicated to Hamline’s tradition of doing all the good we can in all the ways we can. Our community of students, faculty, and staff take seriously the ideals of the university—scholarship, leadership, and fellowship—and work together to enact positive change locally, nationally, and globally. Join us and see how you can take the lead here at Hamline.

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