Associate Director of Gender and Sexuality Initiatives

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Work type: Limited Term Full Time
Location: Swarthmore
Categories: Administration, Management, Staff

Swarthmore College is a highly selective liberal arts college located in the suburbs of Philadelphia, whose mission combines academic rigor with social responsibility. Swarthmore has a strong institutional commitment to inclusive excellence and nondiscrimination in its educational program and employment practices and encourages candidates who will further advance the goal of fostering a diverse and inclusive community. As one of the nation’s finest institutions of higher learning, Swarthmore College is global in outlook and draws students from around the nation and world. The 425‐acre campus is a designated arboretum, complete with gardens, rolling lawns, a creek, wooded hills, and hiking trails in the Crum Woods. 

Working closely with the Intercultural Center leadership team and the Women's Resource Center team, the Associate Director is responsible for developing affirming and educational programs that foster an atmosphere that supports lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and women students and communities at Swarthmore College.  The Associate Director works as a part of the Intercultural Center Team to advise students and student organizations, and builds relationships across campus constituencies.  This role coordinates and develops programming for the Women’s Resource Center (WRC), collaborates with the Women’s Resource Center Associates and works closely with the Black Cultural Center (BCC), the Interfaith Center, International Student Services, the Health and Wellness Center, Title IX Office, and other relevant college offices to support the academic wellness, holistic support and campus integration of LGBTQ+ and women students, faculty, staff, and allies.  The Associate Director/Program Manager also assumes responsibility for identifying and accessing on and off-campus community resources available to LGBTQ+ and women students that will help them address the specific barriers they experience to succeeding in a collegiate environment.

Minimum Qualifications

  •  Bachelor’s degree required
  • Previous experience working with LGBTQ+ and women communities and developing collaborative educational initiatives. 
  • Understanding the needs and concerns of LGBTQ+ and women college students and multiple intersections of identities across sex, gender, race, ethnicity, class, among others, is essential. 
  • Able to demonstrate initiative
  • Have excellent verbal and nonverbal communication skills
  • Navigate relationships with students, staff and faculty, and demonstrate a high level of multicultural competency. 
  • Must have experience working effectively and sensitively with vulnerable and structurally oppressed populations, especially LGBTQ+ people (particularly trans, non-binary, bisexual/pansexual, asexual, and/or aromantic people), women and with populations that tend to lack structural power as they intersect with LGBTQ+ populations — such as youth/students, people of color, low-income, first generation college students, people with disabilities, immigrant/undocumented, etc. Self-awareness and awareness about power dynamics and building trusting and supportive spaces is critical.
  • Must be an enthusiastic, energetic, and organized self-starter who is capable of working independently and in a team environment
  • Prepared to work in a fast-paced environment where processes and needs are changing and developing regularly.
  • Excellent interpersonal, communications, collaboration, and customer service skills

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree
  • Due to the nature of the work, post-bachelor's work experience is desired.
  • Previous experience with programming, event planning and /or training is preferred.


This is a full-time position scheduled 35 hours per week. This offers a competitive benefits package and paid time off.  Click here to view employee testimonials and learn about what it’s like to be a part of the Swarthmore community.

Swarthmore College actively seeks and welcomes applications from candidates with exceptional qualifications, particularly those with demonstrable commitments to a more inclusive society and world. Swarthmore College is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. 

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