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Director (Social Change and Intercultural Engagement)

Southern Methodist University
Texas, United States
Commensurate with experience
Posted date
Jun 26, 2018

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Position Type
Administrative, Student Affairs, Other Student Affairs
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time
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SMU’s division of Student Affairs, is seeking a Director of the Office of Social Change and Intercultural Engagement. This position oversees the daily operations and provides strategic leadership for the office. The Director supports existing and develops new initiatives supporting community engagement, multicultural student support, diversity, inclusion, and social justice education. Additionally, the Director works collaboratively with other campus departments and offices to support underrepresented students and social justice efforts, develop and deliver diversity and social justice education curriculum, and implement experiential community engagement programs. The Director is responsible for the operational management and supervision of the department and staff members.

Essential Functions:
  • Management and Development: Provide leadership, vision, and strategic management for comprehensive multicultural student support, diversity, and social justice education, and community engagement programming including working with and integrating initiatives from the University's Cultural Intelligence Initiative (CIQ@SMU). Oversee regular program evaluation, assessment and reporting. 
  • Partnerships: Provides training, development, and consultation to other campus entities (schools, departments, student groups) regarding diversity, inclusion, community engagement, and social justice. Assists the Office of Undergraduate Admission in outreach and recruitment initiatives. Works in collaboration with other Student Affairs, Academic Affairs, DEA, and other departments.
  • Supervision: Supervise, train, and develop full-time staff members. Collaborate with the Assistant Director of Residence Life and Student Housing in the supervision of one shared Residential Community Director of the SMU Service House.
  • Chairs the Bias Education and Response Team: Coordinates responses to individuals and groups who experience, witness, and/or report incidents of bias. Works with campus partners to facilitate larger institutional responses when needed.
  • Administration: Provide administrative oversight for the office including: budget management, website maintenance, assessment of program and learning outcomes, and daily operational functions.
  • Unit Contributions: Represent the office on the Student Development Leadership team, as well as university committees. Support the implementation and realization of the goals and learning domains in the Student Affairs strategic plan.
  • Other duties as assigned.
  Qualifications   Education and Experience:

Master’s degree is required.

Field of study for degree in Higher Education, Student Affairs, or Student Development or related degree is preferred.

Five years work experience in diversity, equity, inclusion, and/or community engagement/service learning, is required.

Work experience in a college or university is required.

Program management experience is required.

Experience supervising full-time professional staff is required.

Experience with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel and PowerPoint) is required.

Experience conducting effective presentations is required. 

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Candidate must have outstanding written and verbal communication skills with the ability to build relationships with a wide range of constituencies.

Must have excellent interpersonal skills. Must be able to work collaboratively with students, faculty, staff and campus partners.

Candidate must demonstrate strong presentation skills with the ability to present clear and accurate information to small and large groups.

Must be able to make daily decisions on unit operations, including budget management.

Must be able to problem solve and handle disputes between students, staff, parents, and/or others.

Candidate must have well developed organizational skills that include effective planning, time 
management and the ability to handle multiple tasks/projects.

Must be self-directed, setting goals and determine how to accomplish results.

Candidate must be proficient in Microsoft Office.

Candidate must be willing and able to attend programs, meetings, retreats, and other evening/weekend programs that are required.


Candidate must be willing and able to travel occasionally.

Must be able to handle sensitive information with complete confidentiality and professionalism. 

Physical/Environmental Demands:

This position must be able to sit for long periods of time and handle objects (dexterity).

Deadline to Apply:

Deadline to Apply:  July 10, 2018


SMU will not discriminate in any program or activity on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation, or gender identity and expression. The Executive Director for Access and Equity/Title IX Coordinator is designated to handle inquiries regarding nondiscrimination policies and may be reached at the Perkins Administration Building, Room 204, 6425 Boaz Lane, Dallas, TX 75205, 214-768-3601,

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