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Director, Center for Diversity and Student Leadership

Amherst College
Amherst, MA 01002
  • Job Code
    126256381


Amherst College invites applications for the position of Director, Center for Diversity and Student Leadership. The Director, Center for Diversity and Student Leadership Engagement is a 3-year term, full-time position, job group and level PT-3. Given Amherst's distinction as one of the most diverse liberal arts colleges in the country, the successful candidate will demonstrate the ways in which they bring value to and will work towards supporting a broadly diverse community.

The Director upholds the mission of the CDSL to provide education, support, and advocacy to and on behalf of first-generation, low- income, transfer, and veteran students. Reporting to the Associate Dean of Students for Diversity & Inclusion, the Director oversees staffing, day-to-day operations, and programming of the Center for Diversity & Student Leadership (CDSL)--soon to be renamed--and supports the overall mission of the Resource Centers Team (RCT) and the Student Affairs Division.

The Center serves as an important resource to the campus community in building and supporting identity-focused initiatives and student engagement for our first-generation/low-income (FLI) and non-traditional student populations. The Director works in collaboration with the RCT-the Multicultural Resource Center, Queer Resource Center, Center for International Student Engagement, and the Women's & Gender Center. As well as with other campus partners including the Office of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion, Dean of the Faculty-Loeb Center, and Advancement through educational, social, and cultural programming that centers and affirms the various communities the Center serves.

In addition, the Director serves as an advising resource for college access (Questbridge, etc.) and affinity-based groups.

Summary of Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

Management and Operational:
  • Manage the day-to-day operations of the Center for Diversity & Leadership.
  • Serve as a core member of the Resource Centers Leadership Team.
  • Provide functional supervision to the Administrative Assistant for the Resource Centers.
  • Engage in strategic planning and assessment of the Center.
  • Budget planning and monitoring of expenditures.
  • Gathers data and prepares annual reports.
  • Consistently evaluate operational efficiencies and opportunities to streamline processes.
  • Evaluate resource allocations and make recommendations for necessary systems of support.
  • Supervise a team of 6-10 student staff
    • Recruit, hire, onboard, and train student staff
    • Guide student staff through the development of programs
    • Manage student staff professional development
    • Manage student staff scheduling
    • Manage student staff hiring
    • Manage summer intern selection

Leadership & Student Support:

Develops and coordinates initiatives, programs, and support services aimed at facilitating first-generation, low-income, and our non-traditional student populations (transfers' and veterans') transition to Amherst College, including but not limited to:
  • Develop and deliver programming and support services and early acclimation programs for transfer students, first-generation, low-income students, and veterans throughout the academic year to ensure that students' academic, social, cultural, and transitional needs are met.
  • Collaborate with the campus partners including but not limited to the cultural resource centers, academic center (writing and quantitative), Loeb Center, Financial Aid, Counseling and Admissions to coordinate workshops and programs to help students who are part of these communities' access and maximize the Amherst experience.
  • Serve as a liaison and collaborator to the Director of New Student Programs for Spring Transfer Student Orientation.
  • Work directly with the Dean of Faculty's Office to supervise student staff and oversee all co-curricular programming for the Summer Bridge Program.
  • Serve as a liaison in collaboration with the program director of the Meikeljohn Fellows Program to provide resources and support services for first-generation and low-income students.
  • Promote faculty, staff, alumni, and community involvement through intellectual, social, and identity-based programs.
  • Co-create in collaboration with Alumni & Parent Programs, the Annual FirstGen Trailblazers Tent Dinner for Commencement.
  • Work directly with Admissions to support the recruitment and retention of transfer students.
  • Serve as a resource liaison for Faculty within the Intensive Advising Program.
  • Implement, in collaboration with campus partners, policies directly connected to supporting first-generation, low-income, transfer, and veteran students.
  • Generate assessment protocols to evaluate social and resource-based programs
  • Create and facilitate campus programs, workshops, and trainings that support the mission of the CDSL.
  • As a member of the Resource Centers Team work to co-create, develop, and implement programs, resources, and services that highlight the intersections of identity and community.
  • Co-develop the Resource Center's Social Justice Leadership program for first-year orientation.

Student Support:
  • Assist in the promotion and integration of engagement, mentorship, and leadership programs in collaboration with campus partners.
    • Co-lead in collaboration with the Loeb Center the Meikeljohn Fellows Peer Mentorship Program
  • Meet with and counsel students through challenges.
  • Work collaboratively with Case Management to create systems of support for FLI and non-traditional students in crisis.
  • Provide leadership and organizational development education to student organizations engaged in work related to the mission of the CDSL.
  • Serve as a programming resource and advisor to college access and affinity-based student groups.

Marketing and Communications:
  • Maintain and add to website to include more dynamic and all-encompassing resources for FLI and non-traditional students.
  • Manage the creation of promotional materials.
    • Maintain audience and social media accounts.



QUALIFICATIONS

Required:
  • Master's degree
  • 4-5 years of progressive experience working with first-generation, low-income, and non-traditional students in higher education, and/or social justice initiatives
  • Experience in cross-cultural program development and implementation, advising, and/or student service.
  • Experience in the design, delivery, and evaluation of student programs.
  • Demonstrated strong project management, organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills.
  • Program development, implementation, and evaluation experience
  • Strong leadership skills
  • Cross-cultural awareness and competence and effective communication, both verbally and written

Preferred:
  • Master's degree in Higher Education Administration, Social Justice education, sociology, or a related area


APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

Interested candidates are asked to submit a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information (email and/or telephone numbers) for three professional references. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.
ABOUT AMHERST COLLEGE
Amherst College, one of the premier liberal arts colleges in the nation, is located in Amherst, Massachusetts, a town of approximately 35,000 residents in the western part of the state. The college's community is composed of about 1,800 students from 48 states, plus Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and 54 countries around the world, and about 1,000 staff and faculty. The college's scenic 1,000-acre campus includes a 500-acre wildlife sanctuary and the Book & Plow Farm ; three museums: Emily Dickinson Museum , Beneski Museum of Natural History and Mead Art Museum ; and multiple educational and cultural venues and resources through the Five College Consortium. The town of Amherst offers an amazing variety of coffee shops, restaurants and entertainment, and a very active outdoor life. Our vibrant campus, diverse community and beautiful surrounding, makes Amherst College and the Town of Amherst the perfect place to work, learn and live!



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Posted: 2020-11-20 Expires: 2020-12-21

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