Assistant Director LGBTQ Life

Rochester, NY


The Assistant Director reports to the Director of LGBTQ Life (Director) in the Paul J. Burgett Intercultural Center (BIC). The Assistant Director serves as a representative of the BIC and the work to help support the diverse Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) student population. The Assistant Director assists the Director in being an advocate for and consultant on the issues and concerns of the LGBTQ student community. The Assistant Director has a presence in and assists in serving the needs of undergraduate, graduate, and post-doctoral LGBTQ students at the schools of arts & sciences, business, education, engineering, music, nursing, and medicine & dentistry. The Assistant Director assists the Director in educational workshops, discussion group support, and all other aspects of supporting a vibrant and affirming LGBTQ experience on our campus. The Assistant Director also serves as the primary point person for LGBTQ events and programming, making independent decisions to arrange event logistics, programming, and coordination with colleagues across campus. The Assistant Director utilizes a diversity, equity, and inclusive lens as they have our intercultural, intersectional, and identity-based programming needs in mind.


Program & Event Planning

  • Utilizes a diversity, equity, and inclusion lens in all programs and interactions with different stakeholders.

  • Serves as primary point person for all assigned events, making

  • independent decisions to arrange event logistics and programming for LGBTQ assigned events

  • Creates and implements unique LGBTQ programming to meet the needs of our LGBTQ students

  • Coordinates LGBTQ events and programs

  • Provides administrative support for recruiting discussion group leaders and LGBTQ Leadership Lecture Committee Members.

  • Manages in-person and virtual event communications and online

  • registration forms in different databases.

  • Creates and monitors communication timelines based on varying event schedules. Draft, build, test and send event emails (invitations, reminders, day before/of and follow ups).

  • Assists colleagues with other virtual and hybrid events needs as possible.

Leadership and advocacy for the student LGBTQ community; generating innovative ways to provide service and increase support

  • Collaborates with students and campus colleagues in all university schools to assist the Director in addressing issues of LGBTQ diversity, campus climate, culture, and inclusion

  • Serves as a consultant and liaison to the LGBTQ student community and the Director regarding LGBTQ issues

  • In collaboration with the Director, serves as an advisor, role model,

  • mentor, student advocate, and educator to undergraduate and graduate LGBTQ students

  • Maintains a regular presence in all UR schools

  • Promotes integration and alignment with the College Competencies and University’s Meliora Vision & Values


  • Utilizes a diversity, equity, and inclusion lens in all educational endeavors and interactions with different stakeholders.

  • Plans, coordinates, and assesses programs and activities that meet Medallion Leadership Program criteria such as Safe Zone and other related events in conjunction with the Director, student organizations, other University departments, and community partners.

  • Coordinates Intercultural and LGBTQ trainings on a variety of diversity, equity, and inclusion topics

  • Assists in the development of policies and procedures, newsletters, brochures, web pages, etc. that can be used to promote inclusion and equity

Administrative Duties

  • Responsible for building, managing, and tracking all expenses and revenues to fit within the event budget.

  • Represents the BIC to the public and works to increase awareness of the organization

  • Completes research, best practices, and benchmarking projects as assigned.

  • Ensures staffing for and attends all signature LGBTQ events and programs

  • Ensures staffing for all non-signature LGBTQ events and programs

  • Serves as an active member of the LGBTQ Advocacy Committee, College Diversity Roundtable, and other committees as deemed appropriate.

Other duties as assigned


  • A bachelor's degree is required.

  • Master’s degree preferred.

  • A minimum of 2 years in advising and program management and execution or an equivalent combination of education and experience required.


  • Must be able to take initiative and function independently – many times being the sole person in the office, must be able to pay close attention to detail and prioritizes multiple projects.

  • Ability to express ideas clearly (written, verbal, and non-verbal), adjusting language and/or terminology to meet the needs of diverse audiences.

  • Must be able to demonstrate proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite/Google Docs, Canva, and openness to learning new systems.

  • Enthusiasm for engaging with others in the promotion and/or awareness of intercultural competencies, intersectional identities, LGBTQ issues, and international communities.

  • As this is a fast-paced environment with different ebbs and flows during the semester, this Assistant Director must be able to take initiative and function independently.

  • Must have superior attention to detail, but also the ability to understand and appreciate big-picture program development.

  • Exceptional project management and time management skills with the ability to handle high pressure, last-minute, urgent requests.

  • Exceptional interpersonal and communications (oral and written) skills are necessities, as well as the ability to manage a high volume of projects with competing deadlines.

  • Possess well-developed leadership ability, strong organizational skills, and self-motivation.

  • Innovative problem solver possesses a “can-do” attitude, self-starter and take initiative with new projects.

  • Strong editorial skills. Needs to be able to both write and edit effectively and efficiently.

  • Strong interpersonal skills; excellent internal and external customer service.

  • Demonstrates strong critical thinking skills and solution-orientation approach to challenges.

  • Ability to keep a calm exterior in the face of high-pressure situations.

  • Comfortable working within limited budgets while managing, building, and tracking them.

  • Need to lift 10+ pounds, to move boxes and supplies, be able to quickly travel between locations on campus on foot and willingness to be outside in various weather conditions.

  • Position requires evening and weekend work to staff/run events appropriately.

  • Valid driver’s license required.

The University of Rochester is committed to fostering, cultivating, and preserving a culture of equity, diversity, and inclusion to advance the University’s mission to Learn, Discover, Heal, Create – and Make the World Ever Better. In support of our values and those of our society, the University is committed to not discriminating on the basis of age, color, disability, ethnicity, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, military/veteran status, national origin, race, religion/creed, sex, sexual orientation, citizenship status, or any other status protected by law. This commitment extends to the administration of our policies, admissions, employment, access, and recruitment of candidates from underrepresented populations, veterans, and persons with disabilities consistent with these values and government contractor Affirmative Action obligations.

How To Apply


All applicants must apply online.

EOE Minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/Disabled

Pay Range

Pay Range: $20.38 - $28.56 Hourly

The referenced pay range represents the minimum and maximum compensation for this job. Individual annual salaries/hourly rates will be set within the job’s compensation range, and will be determined by considering factors including, but not limited to, market data, education, experience, qualifications, expertise of the individual, and internal equity considerations.

Location: The College
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Opening: Full Time 40 hours Grade 052 Burgett Intercultural Center
Schedule: 8:30 AM-5 PM; OCC WKNDS