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Director of Belonging

Fort Lewis College

Fort Lewis College, Durango Colorado,US

The Director will provide leadership in college-wide strategies that enhance community building and student belonging. This position develops and implements innovative programs and services that promote student engagement, sense of belonging, increase student retention, student leadership development, and advance the educational value of the co-curricular experience. The Director supervises new student orientation, advises student government, and provides high-level direction for the institution's identity-based communities. This role requires a strong commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, coupled with excellent leadership and collaboration skills.

Job Description:

Provide guidance, support, and high-level leadership to the college’s identity-based communities, including the Student Involvement Center, Environmental Center, Native American Center, El Centro de Muchos Colores, Gender & Sexuality Resource Center, and the Black Student Resource Center.

Provide leadership and direction for Student and Family Orientation programs, ensuring that they effectively support building community and a strong sense of belonging.
Develop and coordinate delivery of training programs and workshops for the campus community to enhance cultural competency and promote inclusive practices.
Lead collaborative efforts to develop and implement a comprehensive events calendar with intentional programs that align with institutional values.
Mentor student and professional staff members on career-related skills, interpersonal communication, leadership, and other aspects of personal and professional development
Recruit staff from across campus to serve on planning committees for celebratory days and heritage months
Lead assessment strategies for the unit, utilizing data to assess student belonging, student satisfaction, and student learning.
Assist with the planning and implementation of several annual campus-wide events including Welcome Week, Orientation, Commencement, etc.
Serve as advisor to Associated Students of Fort Lewis College (student government), provides advisory support to the Financial Allocation Board, and Chair the Institutional Fee Review Board
Execute contract negotiations, goal setting, and assessment of campus contracts, including the Durango Transit and Skyhub
Maintains knowledge and awareness of digital accessibility including the American with Disabilities Act and Section 508
Produces and remediates digitally accessible materials in accordance with Fort Lewis College standards
Perform other duties as assigned

The s alary range for this position is $70,000 to $75,000, plus a comprehensive benefits package .

Application Process
A complete application packet includes:

Cover letter addressing interest and qualifications for the position.

Re sume

Names and contact information for three current, professional references .

Application materials received by May 13, 2024, will receive full consideration.

The position will remain open until filled.

Required Education, Specialized Skills, and Experience:

Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university
Demonstrated experience hiring, supervising, and evaluating students and full-time employees
A minimum of two years of experience as a mid-level administrator in Higher Education
A demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and student success, as well as working with broadly diverse communities.
Demonstrated commitment to assessment and evaluation with a focus on continuous improvement

Preferred Education, Specialized Skills and Experience:

Master’s degree from an accredited college or university
Skills, knowledge, and experience specifically focused on the needs of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC), LGBTQIA2S+ students, and first-generation students on a college campus
Experience leading cultural competency workshops and trainings
High-level knowledge of principles and procedures for student development
Experience working with student government and Robert’s Rules of Order
Demonstrated skill in the management of complex budgets
Demonstrated strong interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills
Experience using Microsoft Office products, such as Microsoft Teams, Outlook, and Excel
Ability to communicate in more than one language that is common to our student body (English, Spanish, Navajo, etc.)

About Fort Lewis College:

On a sage-brushed mesa overlooking downtown Durango and the La Plata Mountains, Fort Lewis College is Southwest Colorado’s premier public undergraduate research institution. With more than half of the 3,300 students identifying as people of color, FLC’s academic programming and campus life thrive on nurturing safe, diverse spaces for intellectual exploration and helping people achieve their career goals. A Native American-serving, Non-Tribal Institution, FLC is committed to promoting economic development in neighboring tribal communities and connecting students with the education they need to be the change in the world they want to see. Degree programs span the arts, business, education, health sciences, humanities, and social and natural sciences. Coursework builds on the natural, cultural, and historical resources found around the Four Corners region. Students work closely with faculty on research projects with real-world implications. Like the mountain town it resides in, FLC promotes a culture of work-life balance for students, faculty, and staff. Skyhawks enjoy unparalleled access to a healthy outdoor lifestyle thanks to 300 days of sunshine a year and more than 300 miles of hiking and biking trails in and around Durango

Notice to Prospective Employees:
The Fort Lewis College is required by the Clery Act of 1990 to notify prospective employees, current employees, students and applicants where to access our Campus Security Report. The report is updated and published annually in accordance with the Higher Education Amendments of 1998, Federal Student Right-to-Know, the Federal Drug-free Schools and Campuses Act of 1989. This report contains information about:

Fort Lewis College's alcohol and other drug policy
Sexual assault policy
Campus security policies
Campus/community resources
The Colorado Riot Offense Statute restriction on enrollment
Where to find registered sex offender information
Crime statistics for the previous three calendar years
Reporting crimes

The Campus Security Report can be accessed in two ways:
By going to the internet website at: Fort Lewis College Student Affairs Office will also provide a paper copy of the annual security report upon request. You can reach them at (970) 247-7331.

Equal Opportunity
Fort Lewis College does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, color, religion, national origin, sex*, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, family or domestic status, political beliefs, veteran status, pregnancy, or genetic information. Accordingly, equal opportunity for employment shall be extended to all persons. The College shall promote equal opportunity, equal treatment, and affirmative action efforts to increase the diversity of students, faculty, and staff. The College is dedicated to building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty and staff committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment. To file a report, get resources, read policies, or make an appointment, See

Discrimination Questions?

Office of Compliance and Community Standards
David Pirrone, Director of Compliance
192 Education Business Hall
1000 Rim Drive
Durango, Colorado 81301
(970) 247-7182

Questions about Title IX sex discrimination?
Office of the Title IX Coordinator
Kate Suazo, Assistant Director of Compliance and Title IX Coordinator
230 Skyhawk Station
1000 Rim Drive
Durango, Colorado 81301
(970) 247-6729

Information about Fort Lewis College’s alcohol and drug policy, sexual assault policy, campus security policies, campus crime statistics, fire safety procedures and fire statistics, and campus/community resources can be found in the Annual Security and Fire Safety Report. Hard copies are available upon request.

* Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and Part 106 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex, including in admission and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and CFR 106 to Fort Lewis College may be directed to FLC's Title IX Coordinator and/or to the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights of the Department of Education.

ADAA Accommodations
Any person with a disability as defined by the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) may be provided a reasonable accommodation upon request to enable the person to complete an employment assessment. To request an accommodation, please contact Kristin Polens by phone 970-247-7459 or email at least five business days before the assessment date to allow us to evaluate your request and prepare for the accommodation. You may be asked to provide additional information, including medical documentation, regarding functional limitations and type of accommodation needed. Please ensure that you have this information available well in advance of the assessment date.

Salary Range: $70000 - $75000

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