Canisius Employment Opportunities

Associate Dean for Opportunity Programs

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Work type: Full-time Staff
Location: Buffalo
Categories: Administrative/Professional

Associate Dean for Opportunity Programs

Reporting to the Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Associate Dean for Opportunity Programs and is responsible for developing and overseeing campus wide programs, services, and initiatives that promote diversity, inclusion, equity, and social justice while cultivating and communicating this mission as an essential element of Canisius College.


  • Serve as director of the Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP) at Canisius College
    • Provide leadership and financial management to the program to meet the program's goals of recruiting, retaining, and graduating students through the program
    • Oversee program activities and meet reporting and grant writing requirements in compliance with regulations and guidelines of the New York State Education Department (NYSED)
  • Serve as director of the Academic Talent Search program
  • Provide oversight and support for the ALANA Student Center
  • Collaborate with, and provide support for, the Urban Leadership Learning Community (ULLC)
  • Chair the College’s Racial Diversity Team
  • Provide guidance and support to students of color and marginalized students
  • Promote inclusivity by providing educational programs that foster awareness and commitment to institutional diversity among all stakeholders
  • Set metrics and collect, analyze, recommend and disseminate institutional data to measure the progress of diversity initiatives and programs, including leading campus climate studies when appropriate
  • Serve as a resource for recruiting and retaining faculty and staff of color
  • Advance innovative learning strategies for social justice education in the curriculum and develop programming to improve cultural competence for students, faculty, and staff
  • Work with campus leaders to ensure diversity and equity issues are an integral characteristic of institutional initiatives and strategic planning
  • Work in partnership with Enrollment Management to provide support and outreach for underrepresented prospects, applicants, and their families
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Master's degree required, preferably in higher education administration or student affairs, or related area of higher education
  • Minimum of 10 years professional experience in higher education to include diversity and inclusion programming, opportunity programs, academic support services, or other student services and support
  • Experience supervising professional staff and/or graduate assistants
  • Significant experience in grant and budget management
  • Experience working with economically and academically disadvantaged and marginalized students
  • Ability to interact and work effectively with a broad range of internal and external constituencies
  • Excellent communication skills

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Direct working knowledge of institutional policies and best practices regarding higher education opportunity program(s)
  • Knowledge of school and community-based organizations that serve families with students eligible for opportunity programs

The Office of Human Resources at Canisius College utilizes an online recruitment management system.

Individuals who need reasonable accommodations under the ADA in order to participate in the search process should contact the office of human resources at (716) 888-2240.

To apply, go to Review of applications will begin October 5th and continue until the position is filled.  Please include your cover letter, resume and the names and contact information for three references with your application.

Canisius College, a Catholic and Jesuit University, has as its foundation the fundamental values of academic excellence, leadership, faith and social justice.  Canisius is committed to educating and preparing men and women to become leaders in their professions and their communities, and in service to humanity.  The college is an equal opportunity employer committed to recruiting, supporting, and fostering a diverse community of outstanding faculty, staff and students.          

Compensation and Benefits:

This is a full-time, 12-month position. Benefits are available the first of the month after the full-time employee’s date of hire and include – health, dental and vision insurance, life and long term disability insurance, and retirement plan enrollment is available to full-time employees with contribution from College after one year. Tuition benefits are also available for full-time employees and their qualified dependents.

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