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CMEI Assistant Director, First-Generation Initiatives

Employer
Metropolitan State University of Denver
Location
Colorado, United States
Salary
Salary Not Specified
Posted date
Sep 13, 2021

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Position Type
Administrative, Student Affairs, Academic Advising & Academic Support Services, Disabled Student Services, Minority & Multicultural Affairs, Other Student Affairs, Student Activities & Services
Employment Type
Full Time
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Posting Number A01739 Position Title CMEI Assistant Director, First-Generation Initiatives Position Number E00975 Salary for Announcement
The salary range is $45,300 –$58,000.
The salary of the finalist(s) selected for this role will be set based on a variety of factors, including but not limited to, internal equity, experience, education, specialty and training.
The above salary range represents the University’s good faith and reasonable estimate of the range of possible compensation at the time of posting. MSU Denver offers a full benefits package.

Pay Grade
15 Employee Category Professional staff Department Center for Multicultural Engagement and Inclusion EClass Code Full Time Professional Staff Position Summary
As an integral member of the Center for Multicultural Engagement and Inclusion ( CMEI ) team, the Assistant Director of First-Generation Initiatives Program will lead the creation and development of a comprehensive strategic initiatives to address the needs of the majority of MSU Denver t students who are the first in their families to attend college. The Assistant Director is charged with embedding equity and inclusion in student engagement to positively impact academic outcomes of first-generation students. As such, first-generation students have a unique college journey and the Assistant Director is responsible for implementing policies, needs assessments, and programs, educating the campus community, and collaborating with the Center for Equity and Student Achievement ( CESA ) and campus departments to support first-generation students. Furthermore, our first-generation students hold many diverse identities. Accordingly, the Assistant Director will be familiar with and incorporate culturally competent services that honor, affirm, and explore students’ intersecting identities, such as but not limited to race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, income status, and citizenship, in working to build community, and cultivate leadership among MSU Denver’s first-generation students. As such, the position is expected to deliver culturally competent, accessible, and inclusive support of the MSU Denver first-generation student population. This position reports to the CMEI Associate Director, Equity and Racial Justice Programs within the division of Student Engagement and Wellness.

Metropolitan State University of Denver is a unique, access-oriented campus community that values diversity, equity, and inclusion in all its forms. We are a designated Hispanic Serving Institution located in downtown Denver. Our student population consists of over 56% first- generation students and over 45% students of color.

Within the Division of Student Affairs, we strive to create an equitable learning and working environment in concert with individuals who consistently demonstrate commitment to equity and inclusion. We value the diverse identities and perspectives of our students, faculty, and staff and recognize that in order to achieve a just and equitable society, diversity must go beyond simple representation. Rather, it requires critical inquiry and dialogue and a commitment to action. We strive to provide a foundation for all community members to achieve personal and professional success.

Metropolitan State University of Denver is an equal opportunity employer.
IND208 Duties/Responsibilities
35% – Campus Education
  • Work with institutional partners and colleagues to develop trainings, educational programs and workshops, and bring visibility to first-generation student needs and experiences.
  • Raise awareness of first-generation students’ assets and needs for the University community through programs such as First-generation celebratory events and related programs.
  • Develop and implement first-generation program design with faculty and academic affairs that focuses on both academic success skills as well as leadership development within the program.
  • Create and maintain on and off campus relationships (include but not limited to Colorado Gear-Up, INSPIRE, Denver Scholarship Foundation, TRiO, Immigrant Services, Admissions, the Gender Institute for Teaching and Advocacy, Orientation, Financial Aid, College to Career Hub, etc.) to highlight and program around first-generation needs.
  • Incorporate an intersectional approach to first-generation student identity that recognizes students’ multiple identities along with their first-generation identity.

25% – Program Implementation and Development
  • Provide overall strategic direction and design of the first-generation program representing the aspirations and current state of the program to internal and external campus partners.
  • Partner closely with relevant University departments to shape first-generation initiatives and to support effective referrals for first-generation students across the University.
  • Identify, develop, and maintain key metrics that represent the success of the first-generation program.
  • Maintain a strong understanding of first-generation needs, current trends, first-generation issues and policies to inform the campus community.
  • Evaluate and assess the needs and experiences of MSU Denver first-generation students and support the development and integration of relevant services so that students can readily access appropriate resources and support services.
  • Oversee the development of first-generation program websites, promotional materials, forms, documents, and publications to accommodate the needs of the students and campus community. Develop and share publication materials for first-generation students via electronic newsletters, Met Media platforms, and/or social media outreach.

15% – Equity Programming and Recruitment
  • Collaborate with institutional colleagues and other campus offices on programs to support the holistic development of all MSU Denver students .
  • Utilize existing campus events such as Heritage/History Months, identity-based specialty graduations, and Veteran’s Day Celebration to support and promote the intersections of first-generation students .
  • Consult with Admissions and New Student Orientation on first-generation strategies and activities of first-generation needs.
  • Assist and collaborate with MSU Denver orientation sessions which serves as a recruitment tool for incoming first-year students with the support of first-generation staff .

10% – Supervision and Operations
  • Provide excellent supervision for the CMEI undergraduate student staff who support first-generation program operations and create conditions that empower historically underrepresented student populations at MSU Denver (i.e. Black, African/African American, Asian, Pacific Islander, Latinx, Native American, and Indigenous students).
  • Recruit, hire, train, evaluate, and hold student employees accountable to performance expectations.
  • Monitor allocated budget and expenses. Responsible for advocating for equity and justice in development and deployment of fiscal strategies impacting multicultural engagement and inclusion.

10% – Program Assessment and Evaluation
  • Regularly communicates (and reports) on first-generation student participation, retention, graduation, GPA, Satisfactory Academic Program ( SAP ), etc; does so with disaggregated information on relevant first-generation student demographic characteristics including race and ethnicity.
  • Develop and disseminates evaluations on workshop effectiveness, program learning outcomes, and overall program outcomes.
  • Conduct assessment(s) to capture student feedback.
  • Research best practices of other first-generation offices, first-year, leadership, and mentoring programs.
  • Assist with program improvement through utilizing student feedback to inform programmatic changes (potential areas of improvement: policy implementation, program expansion, etc.).

5% – Other relevant duties as assigned
  • Actively participates in committees and working groups related to equity and student engagement and supports the development and implementation of equity and diversity education and training on campus.
  • Lead and/or contribute to special projects and/or initiatives, as requested that relate to equitable student engagement.
  • Participate in training and relevant professional development activities to support professional and/or departmental growth. Works to operationalize and/or integrate learning from these trainings into the work unit and work processes.
  • Is an innovator, a disrupter, and a change agent for racial equity and student engagement. Strives to recognize inequities in the work and in oneself and commits to address them. Seeks out opportunities to take calculated risks in support of a more engaged and equitably supported student community at MSU Denver.
  • Other duties as assigned.
Required Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • At least 3 years previous experience in one or more of the following: advising, student recruitment/retention, or a related student services area.
  • Experience with planning and implementing programs aimed at the retention and graduation of historically underrepresented students.
  • Experience collecting and analyzing quantitative and qualitative data.

Important Note: Successful applicants will ensure their resumes clearly demonstrate that their work experience describes how they meet all required qualifications. Preferred Qualifications
  • Master’s degree in Higher Education or closely related field.
  • Knowledge of student development theory and practice.
  • Experience supporting students from diverse backgrounds, including low-income students, students with disabilities, students of color, LGBTQ students, and first-generation students.
  • Experience with Ellucian Banner, Cognos, Degree Works or similar student information systems.
  • Experience conducting program evaluation to assess for improvement or goal completion.
  • Experience planning and facilitating trainings, workshops, and/or teaching.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and collaboratively in a fast-paced environment.
Work Hours
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM Posting date 09/13/2021 Closing date Closing Instructions Open Until Filled To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by 11:59pm (MT) 10/04/2021 Special Instructions to Applicants
IMPORTANT : In order to be considered as an applicant you must apply via the online application system, www.msudenverjobs.com .

References refers to a list of three professional references and their contact information.

Official transcripts will be required of the candidate selected for hire.

The health and safety of students, faculty, staff and our prospective teammates are our highest priority and as an institution, we are required to have proof of vaccination on file for all employees.

MSU Denver is requiring all employees to provide proof of being fully vaccinated for Covid-19, or to submit an exemption and be subject to following the Covid-19 safety protocols. As an employee of MSU Denver, an exemption or lack of proof of vaccination will require you to submit to weekly Covid-19 testing starting the week of August 23, 2021.
Additionally, all institutions on campus are requiring that masks be worn indoors regardless of your vaccinations status. Talent Team Representative Sophia Montano Talent Team Representative E-mail smontan7@msudenver.edu Benefits
MSU Denver is pleased to offer our current and potential employees a wide array of benefit options. To learn more, please visit the following link:

Employee Benefits Offerings

Diversity Statement
Metropolitan State University of Denver is a unique, access-oriented campus community that values diversity, equity, and inclusion in all its forms. Our student population consists of nearly 50% first generation students and over 45% students of color. We are a designated Hispanic Serving Institution located in downtown Denver.

We create an equitable learning and working environment in concert with individuals who consistently demonstrate commitment to equity and inclusion. We greatly value the diverse identities and perspectives of our students, faculty, and staff and recognize that in order to achieve a just and equitable society, diversity must go beyond simple representation. It requires critical inquiry and dialogue and a commitment to action. We strive to provide a culture of belonging for all community members to achieve personal and professional success.
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