Assistant Director 2-Office of Social Justice, Inclusion & Conflict Resolution



Assistant Director of the Office of Social Justice, Inclusion and Conflict Resolution (SJICR)

Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Reports to: Director, Office of Social Justice, Inclusion and Conflict Resolution (SJICR)

Rowan recognizes that diversity, equity and access are educational, economic, and civic imperatives and that diversity is essential to achieving academic excellence. The new Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is the home for the Title IX Office, the Office of Social Justice, Inclusion and Conflict Resolution, Faculty Center, Achieving Success through Collaboration, Engagement, and Determination (ASCEND) and Creating Higher Aspiration and Motivation Project (CHAMP) student support programs.

Vision of the Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI)

The Division of DEI will facilitate Rowan’s efforts to be the leading university committed to addressing persistent issues related to diversity, equity and inclusion that result in positive outcomes for students, faculty, and staff.

Mission of the Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI)

The Division of DEI at Rowan University leads and supports initiatives that promote diversity, equity and inclusion by:

  • Developing and sustaining meaningful partnerships with internal and external constituents that result in a more diverse and inclusive community;
  • Utilizing data to inform continuous improvement efforts and innovation; and
  • Implementing university-wide culturally responsive and relevant programming that result in equitable educational opportunities for students and an affirming culture and climate.


Mission of the Office of Social Justice, Inclusion & Conflict Resolution (SJICR)

The Office of Social Justice, Inclusion, and Conflict Resolution is committed to establishing transformative educational experiences. Through culturally sustaining practices, we aim to cultivate leadership, identity development, and global citizenship by empowering our community at Rowan and beyond.

SJICR strives to create a collaborative environment where staff are valued and supported holistically.

The Assistant Director of SJICR, will provide leadership and monitoring of the Dr. Harley E. Flack Student Mentoring Program as Leadership & Training programs; serve on the leadership team with the Director and Assistant Directors of SJICR; and assist with the development, implementation, and evaluation of programs to promote a campus climate that is inclusive and supportive of a diverse student population.

Functional Areas of Responsibility:

  • The Office of Social Justice, Inclusion & Conflict Resolution
  • Initiatives to promote an inclusive campus culture


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Office of Social Justice, Inclusion & Conflict Resolution

  • In collaboration with the leadership team, provide anti-racist, equity minded leadership in the Office of Social Justice, Inclusion & Conflict Resolution to develop and assess programs that will assist students with identity development, leadership, and global citizenship.
  • Providing ongoing support and advising of student organizations affiliated with the department.
  • Develop & Coordinate Social Justice training programs for student leaders in key areas of campus life.
  • Provide vision, coordination, and oversight of the annual Social Justice Leadership Retreat & Student Presidents’ Council.
  • Collaborate with the Office of Orientation and Leadership Programs to align leadership programs with Bronze, Silver, and Gold Leadership Certifications.
  • Establish and maintain collaborative university-wide academic, social and personal measures, learning opportunities, and citizenship development support required to ensure persistence and graduation of Harley E. Flack mentoring program participants.
  • Lead in the selection, hiring, and training of student peer mentors and graduate coordinators.
  • Develop and maintain the mentor’s training guide and supplementary materials.
  • Stay abreast of research regarding best practices for the development, assessment and institutionalization of successful mentoring and leadership programs to support a diverse student population.
  • Oversee semester and annual evaluation of leadership & mentoring programs, monitor program progress and achievements, develop and monitor learning outcomes, maintain statistical data, and monitor student mentor/mentee grades.
  • Maintain and update Harley E. Flack & leadership program marketing materials for annual recruitment and on-going activities, maintain and update mentoring program’s website, develop and implement strategies for ensuring students participate in mentoring and university-wide events, and formulate and deliver program recruitment presentations.


Inclusive Campus Culture Initiatives

  • Build campus wide partnerships that support student engagement in experiential education initiatives which promote identity development, leadership, and global citizenship through the lens of social justice.
  • Support strategies to promote recruitment, retention, and graduation of underrepresented and underserved students.
  • Promote an understanding of the supports and systems that are most effective in helping students that are underrepresented, underserved, or who experience systemic and culturally based forms of bias and prejudice to succeed in higher education.


General/Overarching

  • Provide assistance with promoting civic engagement, college coping skills, and academic and social integration.
  • Serve on a variety of campus committees as assigned.
  • Work evenings, weekends and other times as required.
  • Complete other duties as assigned.


Required Education:

Master's Degree in Student Personnel, Counseling, Higher Education Administration/Student Affairs, Public Administration, or a related discipline.

Required Experience:

(3) Three years of related and progressively responsible experience in work related to diversity, social justice and inclusion in the college/university environment; direct experience planning and coordinating programs serving populations of students that are underrepresented, underserved, or who experience systemic and culturally based forms of bias and prejudice; experience with mentoring programs and fundraising or with grant writing preferred.

Qualifications:

A clear record of accomplished collaborative involvement with the campus, the community, office staff and management is desired. Ability to maintain appropriate professional confidentiality. Ability to work in a stressful environment and with great attention to detail.

Core Competencies:

Strong analytical, and organization skills; excellent interpersonal, cultural/intercultural, social justice theory & practices, and community relations skills; excellent supervision, presentation, teaching, and training skills; strong budgeting and financial planning/analysis skills; strong problem solving and conflict resolution skills.

Skills and Abilities:

Communication Skills

Ability to communicate effectively and interact tactfully with all levels of university students, staff, faculty, and trustees; read, analyze, and interpret documents, budgets and contracts; and respond effectively to the most sensitive inquiries or complaints.

Reasoning Skills

Ability to define problems, collect and analyze data, conduct assessment of needs and program effectiveness, and apply data and analysis skills to the formulation of proposals and solutions.

Technology

Proficient in use of technology to carry out electronic communication and develop both printed and electronic documents using computers and the Internet. Experience with Windows or Macintosh system software, Microsoft Office (Excel, Microsoft Word, Power Point, Access), Outlook and other email software, Canva, and Banner (preferred) as well as fluency in social media (Instagram & Facebook). Understanding of relational database systems and ability to oversee maintenance of technology assets.

Rowan University EEO Statement

Rowan University celebrates diversity and is committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ethnicity, race, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, national origin, (dis)ability status, military status, and other NJ protected classes. Rowan University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its educational programs and activities, including employment as required by Title IX. Rowan is committed to providing access, equal opportunity, and reasonable accommodation for individuals with (dis)abilities. To request reasonable accommodation, contact Christy Mroz, Administrative Assistant, OEE@rowan.edu, 856-256-5494. Rowan strongly encourages applicants from underrepresented groups to apply.

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