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Colleges Hiring ‘LGBTQ Administrators’ In Dramatic Numbers

Mitchell Gunter Freelance Writer
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College and universities across the country are hiring administrators in record numbers — all to deal specifically with LGBTQ issues.

Syracuse University, for instance, posted a job listing online in November for the “Director of the LGBT Resource Center,” to support “LGBTQQIA” students and “people with marginalized genders and sexualities.” Some responsibilities listed for the position include “Educational Outreach” and “Collaboration and Advocacy.”

Qualifications listed for Syracuse’s would-be director include extensive knowledge of “social justice, and LGBTQQIA identities, cultures, experiences and development theories,” as well as a “Strong commitment to social justice and understanding of intersectional identities and experiences.”

The successful candidate would earn between $54,089 and $163,784 per year and oversee a $320,000 budget.

Applicants for the “Associate Director of LGBT Services” at University of California Santa Barbara in June would serve “as a resource for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, questioning and ally members of the University community.”

Additionally, the associate director would meet with students to assist them in resolving “emotional, academic, interpersonal, and crisis-level issues related to their identity, perceived identity, or conflict resulting from hate or bias,” and earn $51,181 – $61,449 per year.

Likewise, in November, the University of Pennsylvania posted a job listing for an “Associate Director at Penn’s LGBT Center,” in order to “round out our professional staff.” According to the position’s description, the associate director would be responsible for “overseeing the day-to-day operations of the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LGBT) Center.”

Other duties include “supervising staff,” “assisting the director in resource design and dissemination,” and “running signature programs,” including “SafeZone training,” a campus program designed to “raise visibility about the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning (LGBTQ) population.”

In July, Murray State University advertised a position for an “LGBT Coordinator” to “coordinate educational programming and services for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) students, as well as allies,” in addition to educating “the University community on issues that LGBT individuals confront.”

The University of North Florida also posted an “LGBT Coordinator” position in May for the school’s LGBT Resource Center. A “thorough understanding of LGBT topics, diversity, and intersectionality,” is required for interested applicants.”

The coordinator would be primarily responsible for creating, “greater awareness and education around LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) matters.”

Administrators at the University of South Carolina advertised a position for an “Assistant Director for LGBT Education” in October to “support, empower and promote the success of all students.”

The assistant director would primarily accomplish this through “educating the campus community on the issues, challenges and concerns of all sexual identities,” and “developing and implementing programs and initiatives to sustain an inclusive campus community.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Division of Student Life solicited applications for an “Assistant Dean/Director of the LGBT Campus Center” in July in order to “meet the educational, social, and community needs of LGBTQ+ students.”

In order to meet the school’s needs, the director would operate “through an intersectional, social justice framework.”