CLOSED - Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Coordinator

Location: Hickory, North Carolina

The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) is seeking to fill the full-time position of DEI Coordinator to support its initiatives and those of the Office of Multicultural Affairs. This position will serve as the coordinating liaison for both offices to support the overall goals, events, activities and administrative tasks associated. The ideal candidate will have an enthusiastic, high-energy and outgoing personality with the ability to engage students/employees and create an environment of inclusivity and equitable opportunity for all.

Essential Accountabilities

  • Assist with the development and implementation of monthly cultural awareness programs to celebrate our diversity and create an environment for learning, inclusiveness and representation. Programs will include informal, academic and co-curricular experiences both onsite and off campus.
  • Coordinate and manage planned activities and events by ensuring all logistical components are secured to include but not limited to registrations, reservations, securing equipment/products/event space, travel arrangements, partnerships with other internal and external stakeholders such as the conference and events team, information technology, security, volunteers, etc.
  • Coordinate and manage event registrations for various groups and individuals (i.e., summits, conferences and student leadership explorations).
  • Foster an environment of collaboration and partnerships with various internal student groups, departments, leaders, local community resources and other interested parties.
  • Partner with the Marketing and Communications team to create, coordinate, promote and manage all communication mediums for the DEI division and multicultural affairs department to include flyers, videos, informational resources, promotional products, social media platforms, etc.
  • Utilize, manage and increase visibility and engagement on social media platforms to extend our reach through the means of Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, LinkedIn, YouTube and other applicable platforms.
  • Serve as an advocate and staff advisor for organizations that may include, but not limited to Black Student Alliance (BSA), Latin Hispanic Student Alliance (LHSA), African Student Union (ASU) and Gay Straight Alliance Network (GSA) by supporting university DEI initiatives across campuses.
  • Facilitate, participate and/or lead student engagement experiences as required.
  • Actively research and stay abreast of other initiatives that will support DEI and multicultural affairs while staying abreast of current affairs and rising global issues that may impact our students, programs and goals for diversity, equity and inclusion.
  • Assist with data entry, tracking, reporting and updating diversity metrics as needed.
  • Assist with administrative tasks as needed to include ordering supplies, drafting correspondence and documents, scheduling meetings, preparing documents, etc.
  • Perform other duties as assigned and a willingness to assist as needed.

Required Skills/Abilities

  • Proficient in the utilization and understanding of social media platforms, prepared communications and live interactions.
  • Ability to successfully design, edit and produce short videos, create marketing/promotional materials and draft formal communications for distribution to internal and external stakeholders.
  • Ability to quickly build strong relationships and strong partnerships with all populations and backgrounds regardless of race, ethnicity, gender or sexual identity, mental or physical ability, religious or political beliefs, socioeconomic status, age or any additional known or unknown differences.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects at one time with varying deadlines.
  • Possess a high-level of professionalism, energy, creativity and innovation.

Education and Experience

  • A minimum of a bachelor’s degree required; masters is preferred. Degrees in related field of study is preferred.
  • Proficient in Microsoft 365, Google Suites, Social Media platforms and media design required.
  • Demonstrated excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated experience with creating engaging communications through documents, videography/photography and outreach.
  • Experience working in a similar role and/or higher education is preferred.

Physical Requirements

  • Prolonged periods of sitting at a desk and working on a computer.
  • Must be able to lift up to 40 pounds at times. 
  • Ability to attend and participate in events and activities, with or without accommodations.
  • Ability to travel with students, faculty and staff to off-campus events.

Work Schedule

  • Standard office hours Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Subject to change based on university need, scheduled courses and university growth
  • Ability to work evening and/or weekends as required to support scheduled events and activities.

Behavioral Expectations

  • Maintain high integrity, confidentiality and ethical standards.
  • Maintain a healthy and safe environment.
  • Maintain and contribute to a professional, respectful, courteous, diverse, equitable and inclusive environment
  • Treat other individuals with dignity, respect and kindness.
  • Adhere to all university policies, procedures, standards, values, and comply with all federal, state and local laws.

Supervisory Responsibilities

  • None

Position Classification: Staff, Non-exempt
Department: Multicultural Affairs
Reports: Vice President of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Position requirements in the role description outlined above indicate the minimum level of knowledge, skills and/or abilities deemed necessary to perform the job competently. Role descriptions are an overview of the duties, responsibilities and requirements of the position and are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list for the position. Employees may be required to perform other job-related assignments as requested and acquire new skills and responsibilities. Lenoir-Rhyne University reserves the right to modify, add, remove or waive the responsibilities, duties and skills required of the position.



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