Assistant Director for Multicultural Programs
The Center for Multicultural Student Services (CMSS) within the Division of Student Affairs at James Madison University invites applications for the position of Assistant Director for Multicultural Programs. This position resides within the Division of Student Affairs.
Duties & Responsibilities:
The Assistant Director plays a critical role on a team focused on strengthening advocacy and support for multicultural, multiethnic students and marginalized communities on campus. This position leads the continual development of diverse and intersectional programming that supports and carries out the mission, goals and diversity initiatives for the department and university. In situations not specifically addressed by policies and procedures, decision-making is in alignment with the highest professional and ethical standards aligning with student affairs mission and values.
The Assistant Director will lead and oversee all aspects of the Diversity Education Empowerment Program (D.E.E.P. Impact). Responsibilities for the program include hosting monthly campus dialogues, quarterly cultural series events, responding to outreach requests and collaborating with other campus and community partners, designing and presenting inclusive programing for students based on current and relevant topics such as social justice and inclusion, intersectionality, and racial equity.
The Assistant Director will assist with and collaborate on annual departmental programs and initiatives such as the MLK week of events, student travel to multicultural conferences, and travel sponsored by the department such as Experiential Learning trips.
The Assistant Director serves as a faculty liaison connected to teaching and curriculum development for an academic course. The Assistant Director will co-teach a 3-credit HRD 123 course: Developing Multicultural Competency for Effective Facilitation, in partnership with the College of Education. This course provides the training, leadership development and facilitation skills in the areas of diversity, inclusion and equity for the DEEP student facilitators. The Assistant Director leads content development and strategy to create curricular discussion and engagement that will enhance the co-curricular opportunities provided by the DEEP staff to the campus community.
The Assistant Director has direct supervision and responsibility for the recruitment, hiring and selection process of up to ten paid undergraduate D.E.E.P. student facilitators along with one Graduate Assistant and volunteer student staff throughout the academic year. Supervision includes weekly staff meetings, training, coaching and mentoring along with the submission of timesheets. Additionally, this individual manages budget and other resources according to university and State policies.
Develop goals and learning outcomes for DEEP Impact and all other programming and complete both evaluation and assessment of each. Manages assessment for the Diversity Education Empowerment Program (D.E.E.P. Impact) which includes completing annual reports, creating learning outcomes and effective program strategy based on best practice and assessment data. The Assistant Director should evaluate and determine which co-curricular programs are relevant and impactful to student diversity and sense of belonging.
Develops and facilitates DEI trainings and presentations in alignment with the department, division and university mission, vision, and values in various aspects of diversity, equity and inclusion. The AD will serve as the departmental liaison to the campus community for DEI training and development which includes providing at least 2-3 opportunities a semester, content development and delivery, and provides consultation to campus constituents. Participates and represents the department in admissions recruitment initiatives for prospective students such as overnight at Madison and transition student events such as orientation.
- A master’s degree in college student personnel administration or relevant field
- Knowledge of issues relating to historically underrepresented and marginalized communities
- Excellent written, verbal, interpersonal, supervisory and organizational skills, along with the ability to work effectively with diverse groups of people
- Experience with student development and group facilitation
- 3-5 years’ experience working with diverse populations in a collegiate setting
- Teaching experience and training in diversity education in the areas of diversity, social justice, identity development, psychology, gender/queer studies, or other related areas
- Experience with workshop facilitation and advising student organizations
- The ability to coordinate large-scale events such as conferences
- Knowledge of assessment as it relates to student learning and development
- Experience budgeting and organizing group travel logistics
James Madison University is committed to creating and supporting a diverse and inclusive work and educational community that is free of all forms of discrimination. This institution does not tolerate discrimination or harassment on the basis of age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, national origin, parental status, political affiliation, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or veteran status. We promote access, inclusion and diversity for all students, faculty, staff, constituents and programs, believing that these qualities are foundational components of an outstanding education in keeping with our mission. The university is interested in candidates whose experience and qualifications support an ongoing commitment to this core quality. Anyone having questions concerning discrimination should contact the Office for Equal Opportunity: (540) 568-6991.