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Multicultural Affairs Admin Intern - 10 Mo.

Phillips Exeter Academy
New Hampshire, United States
Salary Not Specified
Start date
Jul 30, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Professional Fields, Social Work & Human Services, Administrative, Academic Affairs, International Programs, Student Affairs, Disabled Student Services, Minority & Multicultural Affairs, Other Student Affairs
Employment Type
Full Time
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LOCATION: Office of Multicultural Affairs

REPORTS TO: Dean of Multicultural Affairs

STATUS/HOURS: Full-time, 10 months/year, evening and weekend on call hours as required by dorm duties.

**2-year term appointment**

FLSA: Non-Exempt

Position Purpose

Provides a broad range of support services and programming to adults and students who frequent the Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA), particularly those with marginalized and/or intersecting identities related to race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, class, ability, and first-generation status. The intern will support the mission of the Office by assisting in helping to organize and execute OMA sponsored activities, aiding in formatting and editing the Office newsletter, and directly supervising student proctors who work in the office.

Key Accountabilities

Student Support and Programming

  • Assists with 3-day International Student Orientation (ISO) and performs dorm duties.
  • Maintains social media pages for the Office. Keeps up to date on the type of social media that PEA students are using, and adds other forms of social media as needed.
  • Assists the Office in planning activities for various Heritage and History Months, for example: Black History Month, Hispanic Heritage Month, Women’s History Month, etc.
  • Assists with events put on by OMA sponsored groups (for example the Asian Student Mixer or International Tea) as the need arises.


  • Remains competent and current through self-directed professional reading, developing professional contacts with colleagues, attending trainings, courses, or conferences, as needed or required.
  • Directly through work in OMA, the intern will contribute to a learning, living, and working environment that encourages knowledge of, respect for, and the development of skills to engage with those of different backgrounds.
  • Lives in a dorm as a member of the residential faculty, provides dormitory service, and may coach a sport(s) and/or lead other extracurricular activities.
  • Assists with chaperoning duties for OMA sponsored events, either on- or off- campus.

Degree of Independent Action Performed

Intern is expected to work with a high degree of independence and autonomy and exercise a high level of initiative, influence, and judgment in decisions impacting staff and department operations.

Expected to escalate issues that require immediate attention, which are often crisis situations, to OMA or designee.

Direct/Indirect Reports

Student Proctors

Internal and External Contacts

Frequent contact with students, Dean of Students office, PEA administrative and academic offices, faculty, coaches, and staff. External contacts may include parents, outside organizations, visitors, and local community neighbors.

Position Requirements


  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • Experience in fields such as Student Development, Counseling, Social and Behavior Sciences, and Liberal Arts desirable but not required.


  • 2 years’ experience/volunteerism in diversity, equity, or inclusion leadership, internship, or activities. Work in secondary, boarding school or with adolescents preferred.
  • Demonstrated experience working with or mentoring diverse, underrepresented, marginalized, and/or first-generation student populations. Sound judgement, awareness, and sensitivity o the interests and concerns of these populations.
  • Demonstrated experience in collaboratively working with students, faculty, and administrators and other campus offices to support and expand cultural competence.
  • Experience with and understanding of contemporary adolescent/student development issues, trends, and best practices.
  • Proven experience in supporting programs, services, and activities to support the academic and social enrichment of students.
  • Facility with the utilization of technology, marketing, or social media to promote objectives preferred.
  • Must possess a record of service that identifies concern for the safety and well-being of others.
  • Language proficiency in Spanish helpful, but not required.

Skills & Knowledge

  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to develop and maintain collegial relationships with Academy administrators, students, and faculty.
  • Respect for diversity of identities and experiences, an orientation toward equity and inclusion, and cultural competency in all aspects of Academy life.
  • Ability and willingness to travel (by car, air, train, or bus) domestically and internationally as needed.
  • Proven strong presentation skills and presence.
  • Excellent communication (written and verbal) skills.
  • Excellent analytical and problem solving skills.
  • A strict adherence to confidential policies.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team. Ability to handle multiple priorities and deadlines simultaneously.
  • Proficiency in MS Office.
  • Willingness and ability to learn additional applications as needed.
  • High degree of organizational skills with the ability to be flexible and multi-task with accuracy.
  • Ability to follow verbal and written directions and maintain a professional demeanor and restraint, even during stressful situations.

Physical Requirements

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

  1. Ability to sit in a normal seated position for extended periods of time.
  2. Reaching by extending hand(s) or arm(s) in any direction.
  3. Finger dexterity required to manipulate objects with fingers rather than with whole hand(s) or arm(s), for example using a keyboard.
  4. Communication skills using the spoken or written word.
  5. Ability to see with normal parameters.
  6. Ability to use a visual display terminal with continuous wrist movement on a keyboard.
  7. Ability to hear within normal range.
  8. Ability to lift and transport up to 10lbs without assistance.

Additional Requirements

  1. Successfully complete a criminal background check (reviewed every 5 years)
  2. Clean driving record (reviewed annually)
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