Director, Diversity & Inclusion and Student Affairs


Director, Diversity & Inclusion and Student Affairs

Department: Antonin Scalia Law School

Web Announcement:

Director, Diversity & Inclusion and Student Affairs

The George Mason University, Antonin Scalia Law School invites applications for the ­­­­­Director, Diversity & Inclusion and Student Affairs position. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason’s academic and culturally inclusive environment.

About the Position:

This is a new position designed to support and promote, through multiple avenues, students’ overall experience at the law school and their academic success. This position will support students throughout the law school – from orientation to graduation. While responsibilities include projects and initiatives designed to benefit the entire student population, the role has critical responsibilities focused on students from underrepresented groups in the legal profession. Key qualifications for this position include a passion for working with students, and for promoting and supporting diversity and inclusion efforts. This position reports to the Assistant Dean of Student Affairs.

Responsibilities:

Diversity and Inclusion

  • Serve as the primary point of contact (providing support, advising, and resource information) for JD, LLM and JM students on issues concerning diversity and inclusion;
  • Support and engage law school student organizations serving underrepresented student populations, including assisting with event planning, educational and community programming, and organizational issues;
  • Develop, manage, and evaluate the law school programming (including speaker series, recognition events, etc.), oversee the law school’s diversity & inclusion certificate program, and make curricular recommendations to increase awareness and demonstrate the importance of diversity and inclusion, both during law school and generally in the legal profession;
  • Oversee and manage law school’s diversity and inclusion budget and ensure compliance with University policies. Annually assess use of funds and develop budget requests to further short and long-term diversity and inclusion initiatives at the law school;
  • Serve on the Dean’s DEI Advisory Board and collaborate with faculty and senior administrators on diversity and inclusion matters. Create short and long-term strategic plans in relation to the law school’s diversity and inclusion efforts and assess effectiveness of such plans;
  • Collaborate with and promote programming and services of existing GMU resources, including the Center for Culture, Equity, and Empowerment, Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Multicultural Education, LGBTQ+ Resources Center, Office of Disability Services, Center for the Advancement of Well-Being, Student Health Services, Counseling and Psychological Services, Student Support and Advocacy Center;
  • Coordinate student / alumni mentor programs and facilitate other connections between students with similar backgrounds / experiences; and
  • Maintain diversity and inclusion resources available on the law school’s website.

Student Affairs

  • Assist Assistant Dean of Student Affairs with student matters as needed and provide individual academic counseling to JD students;
  • Assist students with formation (or re-formation) of student organizations, including providing advice on organizational documents and leadership transitions;
  • Develop and oversee first-year JD mentorship program. Hire, train, establish goals and objectives for, and supervise approximately 20 student wage and non-student wage workers;
  • With the Assistant Dean of Student Affairs, annually assess and develop department’s budget to identify areas requiring investment to meet short and long-term priorities of the department;
  • Work collaboratively with other law school offices to plan and supervise first-year JD student orientation and JD transfer orientation, law school graduation, and annual awards/recognition programs;
  • Partner with the university’s Disability Services office and the law school’s Records Office on management and implementation of in-class and exam accommodations at the law school. Assess existing procedures annually and provide strategic plan on how to improve implementation at the law school and better serve accommodated students; and
  • Develop and implement initiatives regarding student health and well-being (involving university, community, and law school resources) and student education funding opportunities (including university and law school programs), and management of the law school’s outside scholarship and writing competition databases.

Required Qualifications:

  • JD, LLM, or a graduate degree in an area related to student affairs/student administration or diversity studies;
  • A minimum of two years relevant experience related to higher education or law school administration or other comparable and demonstrable work experience;
  • Commitment to promoting and supporting goals related to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI);
  • Experience working with individuals from diverse and traditionally underrepresented backgrounds;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, organizational skills, and the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously;
  • Strong critical thinking skills, sound decision making, and objectivity; and
  • Ability to work occasional evening and weekend hours.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience building and/or supporting initiatives that promote diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging; and
  • Experience with academic or other student advising.

Salary: Commensurate with education and experience.

Location: Arlington, VA

Mason Ad Statement:
Great Careers Begin at Mason!

George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in both academics and research. Mason holds a top U.S. News and World Report “Up and Coming” spot for national universities and is recognized for its global appeal and excellence in higher education.

Mason is currently the largest and most diverse university in Virginia with students and faculty from all 50 states and over 135 countries studying in over 200 degree programs at campuses in Arlington, Fairfax and Prince William, as well as at learning locations across the commonwealth. Rooted in Mason’s diversity is a campus culture that is both rewarding and exciting, work that is meaningful, and opportunities to both collaborate and create.

If you are interested in joining the Mason family take a look at our current opportunities and catch some Mason spirit at jobs.gmu.edu/!

George Mason University, Where Innovation is Tradition.

New hires starting after August 15, 2021, must have received at least one COVID-19 vaccination by their start date, be fully vaccinated within 45 days of their start date, and submit documentary proof unless they have an approved medical or religious exemption by their start date. For updated George Mason University COVID-19 vaccination requirements, please visit George Mason University Vaccination Requirements.

Special Instructions to Applicants:
For full consideration, applicants must apply at https://jobs.gmu.edu/; complete and submit the online application; and upload a cover letter, resume, and a list of three professional references with contact information.

Equity Statement:
George Mason University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, committed to promoting inclusion and equity in its community. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability or veteran status, or any characteristic protected by law.


George Mason University is an equal opportunity employer encouraging diversity.

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