Western Carolina University

Western Carolina University

Associate Director of Intercultural Affairs - #000417

United States

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Posting Number EHRA716P

Quick Link for Internal Postings https: // jobs.wcu.edu/postings/24123 Classification Title Associate Director Working Title Associate Director of Intercultural Affairs - #000417 Department Intercultural Affairs Anticipated Hiring Range About WCU

Western Carolina University has been named to the 2022 “America's Best Employers by State” list by Forbes, ranking 14 out of the top 100 employers in North Carolina. Forbes has also ranked Western Carolina University in the Top 100 of America's Best Midsize Employers for 2023. Western Carolina University is the UNC system's westernmost campus and has been consistently ranked as one of the top 15 public regional institutions in the South. WCU's main campus is nestled in a beautiful valley of the Blue Ridge Mountains, 50 miles west of Asheville. WCU is located just 25 miles from the entrance to the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, one of the nation's most spectacular and most visited national parks. The entire region is known for its excellent quality of life and access to outdoor activities. Employees of WCU are provided a comprehensive benefits package as well as other resources, policies and programs to ensure a happy and healthy work/life balance. Benefit eligible employees have access to dental, vision and health insurance plans – eligibility begins on the first of the month following date of hire. Retirement plan contributions begin on the eligibility date following election and include employer contributions for either a defined contribution or a defined benefit plan. Optional disability plans are also available. Eligible employees have access to tuition waivers for up to three courses per academic year; employee may enroll at any of the constituent UNC System campuses. Also offered are free group exercise classes multiple times per week, a discounted membership to the campus recreation center, free vaccine and booster shots offered on campus, pretax flexible spending accounts, 12 paid holidays and 24 hours of paid community service leave each year. Paid vacation and sick leave accrual begin after first month of employment. Paid parental leave after 12 months of continuous service. WCU offers an abundance of training and development programs, certifications, workshops and conferences – many of which are offered free of charge.

Position Summary

The primary location of this position is the main Cullowhee, NC campus.

Assists in advancing the mission and vision of ICA through targeted projects,

initiatives and committees. Develops, plans, implements and evaluates activities and programs focused on educating and supporting students regarding cultural awareness, gender equity, social justice, and other issues impacting underrepresented populations. Oversees and evaluates Project C.A.R.E., mentoring/retention programs for students based on research, student/institutional need, and available resources. Recruits, trains and evaluates individuals serving as mentors for department-sponsored programs and initiatives. Provides peer counseling, orientation-type programs and other support services for students of diverse cultures, gender and sexual orientation.

Develops and implements assessment efforts for the department. Serves as a student affairs generalist collaborating with other student affairs professional staff in the development and implementation of programs and services to meet student needs. Creates and provides a non-threatening environment for students to seek assistance and referral with personal growth opportunities (i.e. self-improvement, life- skill development, etc…) and/or concerns (i.e. sexual harassment, racial discrimination, gender bias, and/or other bias). Collaborates with faculty and staff in academic units on matters of mutual concern (i.e. cultural awareness, gender equity, social justice, and other issues impacting underrepresented populations). Develops and implements leadership training opportunities for students as assigned.

Serves on divisional and campus-wide committees as assigned. Participates in Orientation/Open House and other University recruitment activities as appropriate/necessary. Attend meetings and make presentations to various groups. Commits to working with students and staff to create an inclusive community that encourages formal and informal learning and active involvement. Completes other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

Masters Degree in college student affairs, higher education, counseling, women's

studies, or related field. 1-3 years professional work experience. Strong oral and written communication skills. Strong organizational and planning skills.

Preferred Qualifications

Knowledge of current trends and issues pertaining to diversity in post- secondary education. Ability to work with diverse groups. Ability to multi- task and work cooperatively with others in a fast-paced, changing environment. Experience with conflict resolution, leadership development and sensitivity to gender and diversity issues. Willing to work evenings and weekends as necessary.

Strong theoretical and practical understanding of cultural, identity, student, and organizational development theories. Strong coordination and evaluation skills. Demonstrated ability to work independently with minimal day-to-day supervision, with ability to set priorities, deadlines, and to juggle multiple tasks while ensuring projects are completed with excellent attention to detail required. Experience working with students of diverse populations, planning and executing campus wide programming/workshops in the realm of identity and diversity preferred.

Position Type Permanent Full-Time Number of Hours Per Week 40 Number of Months Per Year 12

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Open Date 05/05/2023

Close Date Open Until Filled Yes Special Instructions to Applicants

To be considered, you must apply online. Hard copy materials will not be accepted.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until a candidate has been successfully identified. Applicants must attach 1) a cover letter addressing qualifications as related to the job requirements, 2) a current resume, 3) a list of four recent (within past five years) professional references (which include name, title, email, phone, and relationship).

Please contact Evelyn Rucker at [email protected] for questions regarding the position.


Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks.

Western Carolina University uses E-Verify to confirm employment eligibility of all newly hired employees. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, please visit www. dhs.gov/E-Verify. Proper documentation of identity and employability are required at the time of employment.

Credential Verification

All new employees are required to have listed credentials/degrees verified within 30 days of employment. All new employees who will be teaching are required to provide official transcripts within 30 days of employment. Transcripts should be provided for the highest earned degree and/or the degree which is being used to satisfy credential/qualification requirements.


Western Carolina University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race; color; religion; sex; sexual orientation; gender identity or expression; national origin; age; disability; genetic information; political affiliation; National Guard or veteran status, consistent with applicable federal, state and local laws, regulations, and policies, and the policies of The University of North Carolina. Additionally, the University promotes the realization of equal employment opportunity for minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and veterans through its affirmative action program. Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations in the application and interview process please call (828) 227-7218 or email at [email protected].

University Safety

The Western Carolina University Annual Safety Report is available online at University Annual Safety Report or in hard-copy by request at the office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, 227 HFR Administration Building, Cullowhee, NC 28723 (828-227-7147) or the Office of University Police, 111 Camp Annex, Cullowhee, NC 28723 (828-227-7301). The report, required of all universities participating in Title IV student financial aid programs, discusses crime statistics, procedures for reporting suspicious or criminal activity, security, police authority, crime prevention strategies, university policies on substance abuse and sexual offenses, workplace violence and fire safety.

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Required Documents

  • Cover Letter/Letter of Application
  • Resume
  • List of references
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    Associate Director of Intercultural Affairs - #000417


    Western Carolina University


    United States


    May 25, 2023

    Application deadline

    June 11, 2023

    Job type



    Education,Social Science

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