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Assistant Director for Academic Outreach & Student Development

University of Maryland, College Park
College Park, Maryland (US)
mid $80s to low $90s and commensurate with experience
Date posted
Feb 1, 2024

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Position Type
Administrative, Academic Affairs, Student Affairs
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

University of Maryland, College Park

Position Title: Assistant Director for Academic Outreach & Student Development

Position Number: #102382



Founded in 1856, University of Maryland, College Park is the state’s flagship institution. Our 1,250-acre College Park campus is just minutes away from Washington, D.C., and the nexus of the nation’s legislative, executive, and judicial centers of power. This unique proximity to business and technology leaders, federal departments and agencies, and a myriad of research entities, embassies, think tanks, cultural centers, and non-profit organizations is simply unparalleled. Synergistic opportunities for our faculty and students abound and are virtually limitless in the nation’s capital and surrounding areas. The University is committed to attracting and retaining outstanding and diverse faculty and staff that will enhance our stature of preeminence in our three missions of teaching, scholarship, and full engagement in our community, the state of Maryland, and in the world.



The Office of Diversity & Inclusion (ODI) provides expertise and leadership at the University of Maryland around equity, diversity, ADA/504 compliance, and inclusion work. The following units are within ODI: ADA/504 Compliance, Bias Incidents & Support Services, Diversity Training & Education, LGBTQ+ Equity Center, Nyumburu Cultural Center, Office of Civil Rights & Sexual Misconduct, Office of Multi-ethnic Student Education (OMSE), and TerrapinSTRONG.




The Office of Multi-ethnic Student Education (OMSE) offers a variety of services and programs to enhance the learning experience and promote the academic success of undergraduate students. OMSE collaborates with several other campus offices and college programs to provide unique collegial opportunities for our diverse population. Our office is an academic support unit that offers a variety of services and programs to enhance the academic experience of undergraduate students of various underrepresented ethnic backgrounds at the University of Maryland. The mission of OMSE is to serve undergraduate multi-ethnic students to increase rates of matriculation, retention, graduation, and overall GPA.




The assistant director for academic outreach and student development will take a leadership role in the multi-faceted student development and outreach programs in the Office of Multi-ethnic Student Education, UMD. This position leads and oversees the Academic Tutorial Services program, Sister to Sister program and Serving Learning Certificate in OMSE. The assistant director for academic outreach and student development leads and executes annual events for OMSE in collaboration with others. This position serves on the OMSE leadership team and assists with creating and implementing programming to increase the matriculation, retention, and academic success and graduation of multi-ethnic students. The assistant director for academic outreach and student development assists you with establishing and implementing short and long-range academic/advising strategies to exceed target goals for area of responsibility in collaboration with the director of OMSE. This position serves as a resource for staff and student employees in the absence of the director and/or other senior staff members as needed. The position also coordinates university and external group requests for campus tours and staff and student panel presentations by special request or referral from Conferences & Visitor Services and/or Admission Office; and serves as representative on university’s committees and at campus, regional, and national events, as requested. This position reports directly to the director.




  • Bachelor’s degree in higher education, student personnel, cultural studies, sociology, or related field.
  • Minimum of six years’ experience managing programs in a higher education, preferably within the field of multicultural education, academic affairs or student affairs which includes two years of experience working with a wide range of racial/ethnic groups as well as other underrepresented populations. Minimum of three years of supervisory experience. Proven track record in envisioning, creating, and implementing new programs.





  • Knowledge of culturally competent practices and inclusive support services for students from various underrepresented and marginalized communities. Knowledge and experience developing marketing, promotional, and public relations materials for university diversity initiatives Strong skills around the development, oversight, and facilitation of informal education, such as trainings, workshops, and retreats. Excellent interpersonal, organizational, and communication skills. Ability to interpret policies and laws and make recommendations to key stakeholders. Ability to work with a wide variety of constituencies, including students, faculty, and staff. Ability to transfer knowledge into practice from various theories including organizational behavior, cultural change, leadership development, student development, and intersectional social justice theories. Ability to use good judgment in making decisions. Ability to handle sensitive matters with discretion, tact, and confidentiality.





  • Master’s degree preferred. University experience is preferred. Experience creating/developing and teaching college courses. Experience leading teams, committees, trainings, and task forces. Passion for supporting marginalized and historically underrepresented student populations and community members Advance user of Microsoft Office Suite (i.e., Word, PowerPoint, Excel). Intermediate to Advance user of GSuite and Adobe Acrobat Time and project management skills with the ability to prioritize and work with deadlines. Knowledge of diversity programming and diversity education.







Salary range for this position is mid $80s to low $90s and commensurate with experience. Candidates must be able to provide proof of eligibility to work in the USA. No visa sponsorship is offered for this position. During the interview process, finalist may be provided a prompt to prepare and present using presentation to attendees; finalist may also be asked to meet with various stakeholders.






Interested individuals should submit an online application consisting of a letter of interest, resume, and names with contact information for three (3) references to this secure website:




The best consideration date for this position is February 18, 2024. Applications will continue to be received and reviewed until an appointment is made.




Offers of employment are contingent on completion of a background check. A prior criminal conviction or convictions will not automatically disqualify a finalist from employment in the position.




All applications will be treated in strict confidence. The identity of applicants will be kept confidential and references will not be contacted unless and until individuals reach the finalist stage of the search process and have given consent.




The University of Maryland, College Park, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, creed, marital status, political affiliation, personal appearance, or on the basis of rights secured by the First Amendment, in all aspects of employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.


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