Director of Intercultural Affairs

Hobart and William Smith Colleges

Director of Intercultural Affairs
Hobart William Smith Colleges

Location: Geneva, NY
Open Date: Apr 01, 2024

The Director of Intercultural Affairs (the Director) serves as an advocate for the interests of underrepresented and underserved identities on the campus. Leveraging their expertise, and partnerships with stakeholders across campus, the Director engages with students one-on-one and serves as a key resource for students and campus cultural, affinity, and social justice clubs, with a focus on students who represent or have a particular interest in minoritized identities and persons of color.

Reporting to the Vice President of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, the Director manages the Alger Adams Intercultural Center, (“The AIC”), which serves as a “home away from home” for minoritized and underrepresented students, and in particular, students of color. As a physical focal point for the support and celebration of historically underrepresented or underresourced identities, the AIC, under the guidance of the Director, is a strategic institutional resource which additionally serves as a welcoming “front door” and resource to the Geneva community. Key internal stakeholders and collaborators include but are not limited to the First Generation Initiative (FGI), the Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP), the Posse Scholars program, International Student Success (ISS), the LGBTQ-Resource Center, the STEM Scholars program, the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning, the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL), Alumni and Alumnae Relations, the Hobart and William Smith Academic Deans Offices, and the Salisbury Center for Career Services.

As a member of the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (ODEI), the Director serves to unlock the benefits of a multicultural campus community, facilitating cross-connections across lines of identity between individual students and student organizations, while amplifying and promoting the benefits of a diverse campus community to all community members.

This is a full-time, on-site position, whose primary responsibilities, in addition to student mentoring and student employee guidance and supervision, include program development, event management and promotion, fiscal and budget management, and oversight of the assets and the physical venue of the Adams Intercultural Center. A key component of the role is the ability to build relationships with and among students and in particular student leaders, to collaborate effectively with staff and faculty across the campus, and to serve as a welcoming point of contact for community partners.

Developing and executing signature AIC events, such as the AIC graduation dinner, the graduation farewell brunch, and the Alger Adams Scholars recognition program are core responsibilities, as well as scaffolding and proactively promoting significant cultural celebrations such as Black History Month, Hispanic Heritage Month, and Women’s History Month. The Director is a primary point of contact for the Afro Latino Alumni Association (ALAA), as well as local community organizations with aligned missions, such as the NAACP, and the Martin Luther King Day Celebration Committee.

Working hours are flexible. Availability to support evening programming is required.


Student interaction and support:

  • Provide mentorship and support to AIC-affiliated students, through office hours, scheduled meetings and informal engagement.
  • Responsively support students while demonstrating an awareness of and sensitivity to unique social, cultural, and economic circumstances
  • Develop and deploy strategies designed to help students expand their connections, connect to campus resources, develop their leadership, and enhance their competence in navigating across lines of identity and difference.
  • Recruit, onboard, train, and supervise 8 to 12 graduate and undergrad student staff.

Program Engagement:

  • Lead the creation and implementation of AIC-sponsored programs and events
  • Serve as a partner and site manager for AIC events sponsored by student organizations, and campus and community partners, including cultural events, presentations, conversations, panels and other educational programs.
  • Champion the mission, the history and the visibility of the AIC utilizing social media and cultural programming
  • In collaboration with the VP for DEI, assess and respond to the social and co-curricular needs of the AIC’s student constituency with appropriate programing and resources.
  • Build and sustain relationships with AIC-affiliated students, alumni, and local community members.
  • Participate in a variety of campus committees and initiatives, serving as a visible ambassador and student advocate

Other Responsibilities:

  • Represent the AIC and ODEI at campus and community committees, programs, and events.
  • Serve as a liaison and connection to and among minoritized identity-serving student organizations, academic programs, and other campus and community departments.
  • Co-develop and co-deliver ODEI programs, and events.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the Colleges’ educational philosophy and mission.
  • Performs other related duties as required.

Other Information:

The salary range for this position is $70,000 – $99,000.

This position description is not all-inclusive, as other tasks or responsibilities may be assigned. Perform the requirements as a Campus Security Authority pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act (20 U.S.C. §1092 (f) (Clery Act).


  • Master’s degree, from an accredited institution of higher education.
  • Proven ability to work within a complex, highly interdependent and collaborative institutional culture.
  • A proven record of ability to build trusted collaborative relationships with students, faculty, staff, administrators, and community partners.
  • Demonstrated cultural competencies and sensitivity to the concerns and needs of diverse student, faculty, staff, and administrator populations.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Established subject matter knowledge and skill in navigating and helping others navigate matters of differences of race, gender, sexual orientation, sexual expression, physical ability, neurodiversity, socioeconomic class, age, and first language.
  • Demonstrated computer proficiency including Excel, Word, and PowerPoint.


  • A terminal degree in a relevant discipline from an accredited institution of higher education.
  • Experience working in a supervisory capacity, particularly in the recruitment, selection, and management of student workers.
  • Experience developing and managing budgets, evaluating proposals, and developing responses to RFPs strongly preferred
  • First-hand knowledge of the residential liberal arts college.
  • Three or more years of full-time experience in higher education working with diverse populations of students.

Application Instructions

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Hobart and William Smith Colleges are committed to providing a non-discriminatory and harassment-free educational, living and working environment for all members of the HWS community, including students, faculty, staff, volunteers, and visitors. HWS prohibits discrimination and harassment in their programs and activities on the basis of age, color, disability, domestic violence victim status, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other status protected under the law. Discrimination on the basis of sex includes sexual harassment, sexual violence, sexual assault, and other forms of sexual misconduct including stalking and intimate partner violence, and gender-based harassment that does not involve conduct of a sexual nature.


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