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Assistant Director

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Position Title Assistant Director
Department Center for Diversity & Inclusion
Location Main Campus (Houghton, MI)
Position Type Staff
Full-time/ Part-time Full-time
Full-Time Equivalent (1.0=100%) 1.0
Appointment Term 12 Month
Pay Type Salary Basis
Salary or Hourly Rate Commensurate with education and experience.
Position Duration Dependent on External Funding? No
Title of Position Supervisor Director, Center for Diversity and Inclusion

Position Summary Information

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Job Description Summary

The Assistant Director is responsible for the management, support, and execution of programs, which enrich students’ educational, social, and cultural experiences. Provides services and support needed by underrepresented students and the campus community. The successful Assistant Director will work with a wide variety of constituents on and off campus to support and assess the needs of students.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities (other duties may be assigned)

1. Coordinate, plan, and execute the campus Social Justice Lecture Series.
2. Coordinate, plan, and execute the Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Week events.
3. Coordinate the MiCUP Summer Research Program, a 7 week residential research program for community college students.
4. Lead the effort in providing oversight and management for the heritage month programs and events (Black History Month, Hispanic History Month, Native American History Month, etc.).
5. Recruit and accompany students to the Annual GEM Graduate Consortium
6. Assist with Cultural Competency Training curriculum development, training and assessment.
7. Advise and provide leadership and programmatic support for at least one underrepresented student group directly and assist and support indirectly other underserved student groups.
8. Assume leadership for the Center for Diversity and Inclusions assessment initiatives
9. Develop unique programs or communication strategies to promote diversity and assess the outcomes of those initiatives with a particular focus on their impact as related to recruitment with specific attention on retention
10. Assist the Office of Admissions and the Graduate School in the recruitment and retention of underrepresented students (i.e. women, students of color, and Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer/Questioning communities).
11. Manage and coordinate the Center’s social media presence.
12. Assist with ExSEL’s mid-year academic outreach for students who are experiencing academic difficulty.
13. Lead efforts to offer educational opportunities for majority and minority students on campus through lectures, workshops, programming, and one-on-one conversations.
14. Support individual students around issues of diversity awareness and work collaboratively with colleagues in Student Affairs and others to weave diversity education and training into the fabric of existing and new programs.
15. Plan and manage budgets related to diversity initiatives and obtain funds for programs, activities and initiatives.
16. Assist in the development of policies and procedures, newsletters, brochures, web pages, etc. that can be used to promote diversity at Michigan Tech.
17. Research best practices in diversity initiatives and use those findings to make informed decisions.
18. Work irregular hours due to the nature of the position.
19. Serve and represent the Center for Diversity and Inclusion in university and non-university committees/task forces.
20. Perform other duties as assigned by the director.
21. Provide leadership to foster a culture of safety; promote safety through actions, communication, and training.
22. Commit to learning about continuous improvement strategies and applying them to everyday work. Actively engage in University continuous improvement initiatives.

Required Education (minimum requirements)

• Master’s degree in education, higher education administration, student development or a related field.

Required Experience (minimum requirements)

• Three years of experience in Student Affairs or comparable work experience.
• Strong organizational and planning skills, including a strong attention to detail, prioritization, and time management.
• Demonstrated experiences developing and managing recruitment and/or retention-based programs for students.
• Demonstrated evidence of work experience with a culturally diverse student body and staff with a commitment to fostering diversity, access, inclusion and equity.
• Demonstrated understanding of the developmental needs of students of color and LGBTQIA+ students.

Desirable Education and/or Experience

• Master’s degree in Social Justice Education.
• Demonstrated experience working with diverse students and providing support and services to undergraduate and/or graduate students who are from traditionally marginalized groups.
• Demonstrated knowledge of issues related to first generation low income students.
• Demonstrated ability to use judgment when dealing with confidential information.
• Experience working with postsecondary students and coordinating Student Affairs related activities and programs.
• Experience in college admissions, alumni outreach, and/or advising students or student groups.
• Proactive and creative approach to problem solving and experience providing crisis intervention and referrals to appropriate campus and community resources.
• Demonstrated ability to foster a collegial and collaborative work environment through effective outreach and partnerships across identity groups, and administrative levels (i.e., peers, faculty, and administration).
• Experience with online outreach and current technology (i.e. social networking sites, blogs, chat rooms, etc.).
• Experience with academic success programming and intervention, and assessment of educational outcomes.
• Experience working effectively with administrative and academic sides of a University.
• Demonstrated teaching skills and/or mentoring skills.
• Experience in educational programs directed at student development in higher education.
• Experience with web-based applications.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities (minimum requirements)

• Demonstrated ability to creatively plan, organize, and execute events.
• Proven competence in managing multiple tasks and competing priorities.
• Superior organization ability, interpersonal skills, and facility in oral and written communication
• Demonstrated teambuilding and networking skills.
• Demonstrated understanding of student development theory and a commitment to student success.
• Demonstrated ability to function effectively in stressful work environments.
• Demonstrated capability in leading and managing a student-motivated staff.
• Demonstrated ability to build relationships with faculty, students, parents, staff, and counselors.
• Demonstrated experience to work independently and collaboratively.
• Demonstrated willingness to work evening and weekend hours.
• Ability to legally operate a motor vehicle. Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively across cultural boundaries and work harmoniously with diverse groups of students, faculty, and staff.
• Demonstrated commitment to a culture of safety by having established safety as a key professional value and essential component of daily practice.

Desirable Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities

• Demonstrated success with designing and providing programs to retain students.
• Demonstrated understanding of and commitment to the comprehensive mission, vision, and strategic plan.
• Demonstrated knowledge and expertise in working with STEM students.
• Experience in advising student groups and/or organizations.
• Experience being a goal-oriented, charismatic, self-disciplined, willing risk-taker with a genuine interest in the success of all students.
• Demonstrated knowledge of the latest in computing and technology for the student affairs area.
• Enthusiasm and dedication to inspire staff, volunteers and donors.

Language, Mathematical, and/or Reasoning Skills
Work Environment and/or Physical Demands

Work Environment and/or Physical Demands:

The work environment characteristics and physical demands described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.

The work environment is that of a typical office and/or classroom setting.
The noise level in the work environment is usually low to moderate.

Required Training and Other Conditions of Employment

Every employee at Michigan Technological University will receive the following 3 required trainings; additional training may be required by the department.

Required University Training:
• Employee Safety Overview
• Anti-Harassment, Discrimination, Retaliation Training
• Annual Data Security Training

Background Check:
Offers of employment are contingent upon and not considered finalized until the required background check has been performed and the results received and assessed.

Posting Detail Information

Posting Number 18060
Posting Type Internal & External Posting
Internal Posting Date 02/14/2018
External Posting Date 02/14/2018
Open Until Filled Yes
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