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Director of First-Generation Student Initiatives

Moravian University
Job Location:
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Student Affairs and Services

SUPERVISION RECEIVED: Vice President and Dean for Equity & Inclusion


POSITION SUMMARY: Moravian University, the nation's sixth oldest college institution, and a master's comprehensive university, seeks an energetic, talented, and collaborative leader to become its next Director of First-Generation Student Initiatives to directly support students who are the first in their families to attend college.

A key aspect of the current multi-year strategic plan includes "Together Toward Equity",which focuses on diversity, equity, and inclusion. These values are also weaved throughout each of the other areas of the plan.

The Director will be a part of the Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion whose mission is to support historically underrepresented and marginalized students, faculty, and staff and to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout the institution. The Director will work closely with faculty and staff colleagues in support of first-generation students.

Reporting to the Vice President and Dean for Equity and Inclusion, the Director will collaborate with faculty, staff, academic departments, and administrative offices to deliver high-impact programming to improve and support first generation student experiences as they transition to campus and navigate their way to graduation.

The successful candidate will demonstrate an ability to forge meaningful and sustained interpersonal connections with students and possess exceptional intercultural communication skills. We seek a courageous and inclusive leader to coordinate our first-generation student initiatives who is student-centered, approachable, and equity-minded. An essential component of the role will be working cross-departmentally to build and maintain active relationships with Student Life, Student Success, Enrollment, and Institutional Advancement.


  • Develop a case-management plan for monitoring and tracking first-generation students based on a cohort model - especially students in their first-year on campus.
  • Provide leadership and advocacy toward outcomes that support outstanding academic and social, collegiate experiences for first generation students.
  • Collaborate with a range of offices and divisions in support of first-generation students including, but not limited to, the Counseling Center, Career and Civic Engagement, Spirituality and Inclusion, Student Life, Enrollment, Student Success.
  • Develop, implement, promote, and assess initiatives for first-generation student success and engagement, including, but not limited to, lectures, onboarding resources, and mentoring.
  • Provide assistance and program coordination for the Alpha chapter of Alpha Alpha Alpha, the national honor society for first-generation college students.
  • Work with campus partners to create programming that helps transition new students into Moravian University during the summer and early fall.
  • Deliver workshops and programs to first-generation students on issues related to their transition and journey through college.
  • Collaborate with other faculty, staff, academic departments, and administrative offices to promote leadership opportunities to first-generation students (e.g. undergraduate research, student leadership, student employment, athletics and recreation, etc).
  • Work with Institutional Advancement to cultivate relationships with first-generation alumni.
  • Coordinate outreach and support for first-generation families.


  • A Bachelor's degree and five years of relevant experience with increasing complexity and leadership responsibilities in a physical, in-person college or university setting;
  • The gravitas and political acumen to effectively engage a diverse audience to articulate the place and role of First-Generation initiatives in advancing diversity, equity, inclusion, and community;
  • Clear evidence of leadership in diversity, equity, and inclusion and a record of working collaboratively with a wide range of constituencies (staff, students, faculty, families, administrators, etc.) with diplomacy, empathy, and tact;
  • Expressed sensitivity to and demonstrated understanding of the needs of a diverse student body;
  • Strong knowledge of current and emerging practices in student success initiatives, particularly relating to first generation and low-income students;
  • A record of success in developing strategic partnerships, collaborating with academic units, and demonstration of high-impact programming and relationships with students;
  • Demonstrated strong leadership and strategic management skills and ability to work and lead people;
  • Experience in data collection and data analysis, as well as demonstrating competency in assessment and evaluation of student service activities in an educational setting to improve services to students.


  • Fluency in Spanish;
  • A Master's degree in an academic area or in higher education/leadership.

TO APPLY: Qualified candidates should attach their cover letter and resume to the online application by clicking "Apply Now". Please attach documents as a PDF file.

Link to our DEI Action Plan:

Deep respect for others is fundamental to the Moravian University community. Moravian University does not discriminate against any person based on actual or perceived race, color, sex, religion, ancestry, genetic information, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, familial status, marital status, age, veteran status, disability, use of guide or support animals and/or mechanical aids, or any other basis protected by applicable federal, state, or local laws. In compliance with the requirements of Title IX, Moravian University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its educational program and activity, including employment.

Concerns regarding all forms of discrimination, including sexual harassment and/or sex discrimination in employment:

Leah M. Naso

Title IX Coordinator/Compliance Officer

210 Colonial Hall

Moravian University

1200 Main St.

Bethlehem, Pennsylvania 18018

(610) 861-1529

Concerns regarding gender and equity in athletics:

Rebecca May

Assistant Athletic Director

148 Johnston Hall

Moravian University

1200 Main St.

Bethlehem, Pennsylvania 18018

(610) 625-7791

Concerns regarding the application of Title IX:

U.S. Department of Education

Office of Civil Rights

100 Penn Square East, Suite 515

Philadelphia, PA 19107-3323

(215) 656-8541

Report sexual harassment/sex discrimination online anytime (can be anonymous) at Grievance procedures can be found in the institutional Equal Opportunity, Harassment, and Non-Discrimination Policy at

Please visit to review benefits offered at Moravian University.*

WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those encountered while performing the essential functions of this job.

The individual is routinely exposed to indoor conditions, minimum outdoor weather and temperature extremes, and moderate noise level.

Pursuant to the ADA, Moravian University will provide reasonable services and accommodation(s) to employees with qualified disabilities in order to perform the essential functions of their employment, except when doing so would be unduly disruptive and/or result in undue hardship to the University. Accommodations are determined on a case-by-case basis through documentation review and an interactive interview process that includes the employee's supervisor. Requests for accommodation or questions about this process should be directed to Human Resources at or 610.861.1527. View the standard physical demands for positions at Moravian University. If this position requires additional or different demands, a Human Resources team member will notify you.

The specific statements shown in each section of this description are not intended to be all-inclusive. They represent typical elements and criteria necessary to successfully perform the job.

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Moravian University offers students a private education they will not find anywhere else: personal attention and preparation for life with a record of success longer than our nation's history. Located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and offering undergraduate and graduate degrees that blend liberal arts with professional programs, Moravian University has been preparing students for reflective lives, fulfilling careers, and transformative leadership in a world of change since 1742. Moravian University is a member of The New American Colleges and Universities (NAC&U), a national consortium of selective, small to mid-size independent colleges and universities dedicated to the purposeful integration of liberal education, professional studies, and civic engagement. Visit to learn more about how the Moravian University focus on education for all prepares its students for life-long success.
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