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Dean for Intercultural Life

George Fox University - Staff and Administrator
Newberg, OR
Closing date
May 17, 2024

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George Fox University is in search of a Dean for Intercultural Life who will serve as part of the Student Life leadership team and provide strategic vision and direction for student intercultural programming, with a particular emphasis on ethnically diverse and underrepresented students.

About the Job:

The Dean for Intercultural Life is pivotal in fostering an inclusive and supportive environment within the Christ-centered values framework at the university. This position entails leading a team to coordinate events promoting intercultural identity, collaborating with key stakeholders to support various student demographics, and cultivating partnerships to ensure all students thrive. With a mission-driven focus, the Dean will develop and implement strategies for supporting students of color, first-generation college students, commuters, and veterans, while upholding the institution's commitment to diversity and inclusion. The ideal candidate will demonstrate compassionate leadership, effective communication, and a dedication to serving as a Christian role model while maintaining a working knowledge of best practices in the areas of student belonging and inclusive excellence within a Christ-centered context.

Job responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
  • With understanding, integrity, and care - supervise a team of professional staff and interns responsible for the coordination and implementation of various events that advance intercultural identity across campus. (45%)
  • As a compassionate, engaged, and effective leader - cultivate collaborative relationships with on-campus and community partners. (20%)
  • As a dedicated, humble, and trustworthy leader - develop, implement, and operationalize a Christ-centered George Fox missional vision and strategy for the care and support of student populations that include, but are not limited to students of color, first generation college students, commuters, and veterans. (35%)
  • Communicating effectively and courteously with others, including employees, students, and the public, in a spirit of teamwork, respect and customer service.
  • By actions, words, and lifestyle, be a Christian role model to students, whether through casual contact or in a formal supervisory role.
  • Demonstrating awareness, respect, and appreciation for diversity of culture, background, race, sex, political views, expressions of faith, etc. and works well with a variety of people.
  • Other duties as assigned.
  • *See the full job description attached for more information!

A day in the life of this position:

The Dean for Intercultural Life conducts one-on-one and group meetings with three (3) supervisees: the First Generation Student Success Coordinator, Coordinator of Multicultural Programs, and Associate Dean of Students/Director of Commuter Life. Additionally, the Dean supervises IRC Interns and Mosaic Scholars to provide support and work collaboratively to develop and implement DEI rich student facing programming, events, and intern/Mosaic Scholar retreats. This role works with the Associate VP for Inclusive Excellence, and interdepartmentally to create DEI informed programming and training for students and student leaders. The Dean for Intercultural Life also serves on hiring and planning committees as needed.

We're looking for candidates who have:
  • A Master's Degree required in Higher Education, Student Development or other related field.
  • Strong computer skills and excellent organizational skills.
  • The ability to manage a number of different tasks concurrently.
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills and ability to build networks.
  • An evangelical Christian commitment and lifestyle consistent with the institution's goals, including signed agreement with GFU Statement of Faith and Community Lifestyle Statement and being in living agreement with the same.
  • A commitment to an inclusive environment that values diversity, engages global concerns and connects culturally.
  • A personal commitment to Jesus Christ and express their Christian testimony in a church. In addition, employees agree to live in agreement with the Community Lifestyle Statement and affirm the theological commitments expressed in the Statement of Faith.

Preference will be given to those who have the following attributes:
  • A Masters Degree in Higher Education, Student Development or other related field.
  • Spanish language proficiency.

Job information:
  • Hours Per Week: 40 hours
  • Primary Work Location: Newberg Campus
  • Working Conditions: Physical requirements are those of a normal office environment.
  • Supervisor: Vice President for Student Life and Athletics

George Fox University has been transforming student's lives for over 125 years. We are a Christ-centered community that prepares students spiritually, academically, and professionally to think with clarity, act with integrity, and serve with passion. Our vision is to be the Christian university of choice known for empowering students to achieve exceptional life outcomes. We put students first, with Christ at the center of our work, embracing change in order to improve. We are looking for enthusiastic candidates to join us in creating transformational experiences for our students.

Being a part of our community means a commitment to faith and to a lifestyle that is consistent with the university's mission as described in the Statement of Faith and Community Lifestyle Statement on our website.

As a Christ-centered community, George Fox University is an institution that values diversity as an essential dimension of God's design for human communities. In seeking to become a more inclusive community, we especially encourage applications from women and candidates from racial and ethnic backgrounds that are underrepresented in our community.

What is most appealing about working at George Fox University?

  • Faith-friendly: Our culture is unique for higher education. At George Fox you can pursue academic excellence while integrating scriptures, praying with staff members and students at work, and helping to make an impact on the world in a way that promotes Christian values.
  • Unapologetically Christian: As a university, we have an enduring commitment to Christ, his kingdom and the truth of God's Word.
  • Live out your calling: You are able to use your God-given talents and abilities while having a profound influence on students as they deepen their relationship with Jesus Christ.
  • Equip students for kingdom work: You can be a part of helping students discover their callings, at which they will be able to glorify the kingdom of God just as they have seen you do.

For your personal well-being we offer:
  • A strong Christian vision and mission-led organization with opportunities for your growth and contributions.
  • Wonderful Christian peers and a vibrant student population.
  • A beautiful and peaceful campus environment with areas to walk and coffee shops and restaurants close by.
  • Free Fitness Center membership.
  • Free parking.
  • Rich employee benefit package.

Application Procedures - kindly apply only through this website

When completing the online application, please upload the following as Word or .pdf documents in the section marked Letter of Interest and Curriculum Vitae or Resume :

  • Letter of Interest
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV) or Resume
  • Other supporting materials may be requested at a later stage of the review process.

Interested applicants are encouraged to apply immediately as review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

We invite you to Be Known at Oregon's largest private and nationally recognized Christian University!

**This position is subject to close at any time, regardless of the date on the posting.
**Have questions or need assistance with our application process? Contact

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The university is an equal-opportunity employer. Every employee has the right to work in surroundings free from all forms of unlawful discrimination. It is our policy to make decisions about applicants and employees without regard to sex, age, race, color, marital status, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other status to the extent prohibited by applicable local, state, or federal law. This prohibition applies not only to the recruiting and hiring process but to all facets of the employment relationship, including promotion, pay, training, classification, performance reviews, discipline, and termination.

George Fox is owned by the Northwest Yearly Meeting of Friends Church and its mission is distinctly Christian. Employees are required to agree with and abide by the university's faith statement and its statement of community responsibilities. Within the context of this agreement and commitment, employment opportunities are otherwise available to all persons on the basis of their experience and skills.

In the recruiting process, the university may make special effort to solicit applicants from underrepresented groups. This is done as an affirmative step to increase the representation of these populations in the university's workforce to better match their availability in the labor market. Hiring decisions are based on the applicants' qualifications as they relate to the needs of the position.

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