Director of Multicultural Student Affairs

Search #2021-009 

The University

Located in Delaware, Ohio, just 30 minutes north of the Columbus metropolitan area and founded in 1842, Ohio Wesleyan University is an increasingly diverse, highly selective, residential liberal arts college enrolling approximately 1,500 students from across the nation and around the world.  OWU is committed to providing our students with a variety of perspectives, mentors, and role models by seeking and supporting an academically and culturally diverse faculty.  OWU offers more than 90 undergraduate majors and through Ohio Wesleyan’s signature OWU Connection program, students integrate knowledge across disciplines, build a diverse and global perspective, and apply their knowledge in real-world settings. Ohio Wesleyan is featured in the book “Colleges That Change Lives” and included in the U.S. News & World Report and Princeton Review “best colleges” lists. Learn more at owu.edu.

Position Overview

The Office of Multicultural Student Affairs focuses on supporting the needs and experiences of underrepresented students within the campus community.  The Director of Multicultural Student Affairs is responsible for providing leadership in planning, coordinating, executing, and assessing programs and services that support the success of all students, with a particular emphasis on students who identify as persons of color, LGBTQ+, first-generation, and low-income.  The Director also plays a crucial role in helping the institution address barriers to student success from a solutions-focused perspective.  Reporting to the Vice President for Student Engagement and Success, the Director’s primary focus is on evaluating and addressing the needs of underrepresented students and the larger campus community to further their understanding and appreciation of equity, diversity, and inclusion and their development of multicultural competencies.  The Director is also responsible for providing leadership for programming efforts and resource allocations to campus cultural centers (Multicultural Center, Spectrum Resource Center, and Women’s Resource Center) and related living communities, including “The Cave,” the House of Black Culture and the LA CASA Small Living Unit.  The Director must develop and maintain effective partnerships with key offices and individuals, including the Chief Diversity Officer, Academic Affairs, Alumni Relations and Advancement, Admissions, International and Off-Campus Programs Office, Chaplain’s Office, faculty, and all Student Engagement and Success colleagues.

Key Responsibilities

  • Evaluate the developmental and support needs of students served by the office. Plan, conduct, and assess programs and services aimed at addressing such needs.
  • In partnership with campus colleagues, provide leadership for campus efforts that support the success and persistence of underrepresented students.
  • Oversee the formation and sustainability of student organizations focused on racial and social identities and other multicultural issues. Serve as an advisor to select organizations, and be a resource for advisors who work with other organizations.
  • Provide educational opportunities and consultations to help further understanding and appreciation of diversity and the development of multicultural competencies.
  • Provide leadership for programming efforts and resource allocations to cultural campus centers and related living communities; supervise student interns who work in such center.
  • Advocate for the needs of underrepresented students among internal and external constituencies as appropriate.
  • Establish short and long term goals and objectives for the office that support the larger goals for the division and institution.
  • Using available resources, establish and follow a budget that supports the objectives of the office
  • Provide reports to campus constituents regarding the office’s goals/objectives and the needs and experiences of students the office serves.
  • Play a leadership role in managing the institution’s campus climate response protocol.
  • Maintain a social media presence that encourages engagement in the office’s programs and services. Ensure the office’s website pages remain current and effective at communicating the office’s mission and opportunities.
  • Initiate and participate in opportunities to engage with colleagues in academic affairs to further enhance campus goals related to equity, diversity, and inclusion.
  • Participate in alumni relations and fundraising activities in collaboration with Advancement personnel.
  • Participate in admissions efforts in collaboration with Enrollment Management personnel.
  • Serve on relevant university committees as assigned, including the university’s Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee.
  • Maintain active professional engagement in the field.

Required Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in College Student Personnel, Higher Education, Counseling, Cultural Studies, or related field preferred; a strong combination of Bachelor’s degree with directly-relevant professional experience will be considered.
  • A minimum of 3 years of related professional experience.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • The ability to work collaboratively and cooperatively with colleagues.
  • Ability to work non-traditional hours to support evening and weekend programming needs.

Completed Applications Will Include

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • The names, titles, and contact information for three professional references                                                                                                               

Application materials must be submitted through email to: jobs@owu.edu

Application review will begin immediately and will continue until position is filled. 


Ohio Wesleyan University promotes and celebrates an inclusive environment free from constraints in areas of culture, race, sex, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, age, religion, family relationship, or economic barriers. Applications by members of all underrepresented groups are encouraged as OWU is an equal opportunity institution and has a strong commitment to supporting diversity, equity and inclusion. Read OWU’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Policy Statement to find out more.