Post Date: 07/29/2019
Close Date: 08/19/2019
University Mission: Concordia University is a Christian university preparing leaders for the transformation of society.
Position Title: Director of Multicultural Student Engagement
Department: Student Affairs
Reports To: Assistant Vice President, Student Engagement
FLSA Status: Exempt
Position Number: SS0044
Salary Grade: Grade 5. Hiring range $56,000 – $63,000
Primary Work Location: Holman Campus onsite, Portland OR
Work Schedule: 8:30a-4:30p Monday through Friday with occasional evening and weekend work required
Employee Classification: 03 – Staff, Exempt, Full-time
EEO Classification: 25 - 9099
Last Updated: July 2019
The primary purpose of the Director of Multicultural Student Development is to promote academic and personal growth of all students, to work with the campus community to create an institution and community climate of inclusive diversity and social justice, to advocate for access and equity in higher education and to offer programs that educate the campus. In accordance with the mission and philosophy of Concordia University, this position will play a pivotal role in creating a campus environment that is welcoming, safe and supportive for the underrepresented students at the college.
Concordia University is a private, Christian university. Concordia University reserves the right to give preference in employment based on religion in order to further the Lutheran objectives of the University and the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
1. Program and Education Development:
• Collaborate, design, implement, and assess educational programs around diversity, inclusion, and social justice with offices, departments, and individuals across campus.
• Provide support, planning, and organization for the mentoring of student of diverse backgrounds.
• Promote academic and personal growth for students, faculty, and staff while promoting a climate of inclusion through advocacy and on-demand or ad-hoc workshops, presentations, activity facilitation, and educational programming which are rooted in a deep understanding of power, privilege, intersectionality, and social justice.
• Provide ongoing programs to sensitize the campus community regarding racial, LGBT, and intercultural issues. In addition they will develop initiatives focused on the needs of underrepresented students.
• Work with Title IX coordinator(s)/Equity Advisors to provide discrimination prevention education for the campus community and meet associated compliance requirements.
• Develop, facilitate, and maintain, an undergraduate mentoring program for students designated as under-represented.
• Develop appropriate information channels to inform minority student populations regarding scholarship, tutorial, entertainment, employment, and other developmental opportunities.
• Serve as a primary contact for our students of color and support these students as they progress through their coursework. Support will include orientation, advocacy, mentorship and the accessing of resources.
• Serve as a leader of workshops, trainings, and other educational activities on subjects including but not limited to intercultural competency, cross racial/cross cultural appointment, multicultural ministry, racial, ethnic and tribal justice and equity, and community dialogue and change processes.
• Recruit, train, promote and coordinate opportunities for student volunteers.
• Assist in oversight of the dissemination of resources, activities, and amenities to students through social media, email, electronic bulletin boards, departmental calendar, etc 40%
2. Campus Community Support
• Serve as:
• A resource person and consultant for university faculty, staff, and students in the area of diversity and intercultural awareness. Provide training for classroom inclusion.
• A liaison/advocate for minority students with the university community.
• Advisor to multicultural student organizations and clubs
• Provide support on university Diversity Advisory Committee.
• Collaborate and support:
• With the recruitment and retention of students of color
• Those departments who focus on recruitment, retention, and the success of underrepresented students (e.g., Admissions, Financial Aid, Undergraduate Studies, University Counseling, Educational Support Services, and Career Planning & Placement
• With the Department of International Student Services in the College of Arts and Sciences in meeting the goals of the position.
• Provide leadership to foster specific student support programs for ethnic minority and international students.
• Facilitate university programming weeks and such celebrations as Martin Luther King Day, Diversity Week, Black History Month, and Hispanic Heritage Month. 20
• Supervise department personnel, including Multicultural Administrative Assistant, Multicultural Global Ambassadors and Student Coordinators, to insure that programs and services support the campus-wide strategy and the mission of the department.
• Provide support and guidance to university recognized under-represented student organizations. 10
4. Budget and Operations
• Manage and initiate fundraising efforts when opportunities arise in the areas of grant management, major gifts and corporate and foundation relations.
• Develop the annual Multicultural Affairs budget in consultation with the AVP for Student Engagement in preparation for submission to the university Budget Office.
• Manage and develop the record-keeping practices for the department and for maintaining confidential files.
• Prepare and approve all job requisitions prior to submission to the office of Student Affairs and coordinate all personnel actions with Human Resources. 10
• Assess current student programs and populations regarding diversity and intercultural issues and use results to develop new initiatives.
• Develop and maintain an ongoing assessment and evaluation of the quality of minority student life, and take appropriate action to insure a high degree of quality in programs and services
• Assess outcomes of all student intercultural and diversity issues with a particular focus on their impact on recruitment and retention. 5
6. Serve on university committees and special projects as necessary. 5
7. Represent the university in local and national communities. 5
8. Perform other duties as assigned. 5
Work Contacts: Direct reports, students, faculty and administrative staff via email, telephone and in-person communications.
Scope of Work: Assists in the supervision of students and staff as budgetary resourcing permits. Provides advice and consultation to students in order to achieve their academic potential. Work requires knowledge of institution policies and practices. Analyzes and recommends best course of action in individual cases. Works with confidential and time-sensitive information pertaining to students. Utilizes best practices and research to inform and develop new programs and retention strategies.
Working Conditions: Office and student activity center environment
Minimum Physical Requirements
• Able to tolerate prolonged positioning at a computer terminal and repetitive typing.
• Able to effectively set-up events.
• Able to walk indoors and outdoors in order to move from one campus building to another.
• Able to effectively participate in two way conversations in person, on the phone and via written communications.
• Able to lift and carry 25 lbs. on an occasional basis.
Minimum Education and Experience Requirements
• Master’s degree required in Student Affairs Administration, Higher Education, Cultural Anthropology, or related field
• Five years’ experience working with persons from diverse backgrounds, particularly marginalized groups
• Possess a broad experience in the development of educational, cultural, and social programs designed to improve the quality of the educational and social experiences of college age students in general and historically underrepresented students in particular
• Experience building relationships and working with organizations serving underrepresented communities
• Demonstrated excellence in written and oral communication skills
• Proven ability to collaborate and work successfully with multiple constituents to deliver and improve programs and initiatives
Minimum Requirements (Knowledge, Skills and Abilities)
• Exhibit a maturing relationship with Jesus Christ
• Self-starter, service-oriented, positive demeanor in the work place
• Able to balance a multitude of tasks in a dynamic environment, set priorities, and meet deadlines
• Enjoys working independently and collaboratively and demonstrates a history of success working both independently and as part of a team
• Able to effectively articulate an understanding of the issues and dynamics of difference
• Possess a strong commitment to enhancing multicultural understanding on campus;
• Able to handle confidential information with tact, discretion, and excellent judgement.
• Able to comply with FERPA regulations, policies, and procedures.
• Able to effectively utilize existing technological resources throughout the course of duties including but not limited to MS office, administrative software and databases, electronic filing systems, and software applications.
• Able to drive in varying weather and traffic conditions.
Post offer, Pre-Employment Screening Requirements
Successfully pass a criminal background check
Attitude and demeanor of all Concordia University employees: As part of a work environment that highly values Christian education, educational excellence and service to students, all members of the community will:
• Publicly support the mission of Concordia University.
• Communicate effectively with warmth, sensitivity, and understanding as s/he deals with administrative colleagues, teachers, students, parents, faculty, college personnel and program associates.
• Work as a team member in a professional environment.
• Possess a “service attitude” (willingness to be flexible to meet the needs of the department).
• Have a professional physical appearance (appropriate clothing, personal hygiene, etc.).