Assistant Director of Intercultural Affairs

  • Washington College
  • Chestertown, MD, USA
  • Oct 04, 2018
Full time Education

Job Description

Washington College is seeking qualified applicants for the Assistant Director of Intercultural Affairs position. The primary responsibility of the Assistant Director of Intercultural Affairs is to plan and implement programs that enhance the experiences of historically underrepresented student populations and provide opportunities for all students to engage with one another across lines of cultural difference. The Assistant Director will report to the Assistant Dean of Students/Director of Intercultural Affairs and will work collaboratively on developing a variety of initiatives designed to increase awareness, education, and competency across campus related to diversity, equity, and inclusion. In consultation with the Assistant Dean of Students/Director of Intercultural Affairs, the Assistant Director will provide leadership for the Washington Scholar program. This scholarship program, which is embedded into the Office of Intercultural Affairs, is designed to enhance the experience of high achieving and high financial need students.

Essential Functions for the Office:

  1. Develop programming and outreach opportunities to support and enhance the experiences of historically underrepresented students
  2. Design, plan, implement, and assess diversity and inclusion programs for the College community
  3. Identify relevant speakers, events, and performers for campus events aligned with the mission of the Office  
  4. Responsible for select administrative functions of the office such as correspondence, reports, budgets, data and file archiving, and management of spaces
  5. Support student success initiatives and provide individualized attention for students of color, first generation college students, LGBTQIA+ students, religious affiliation, low socioeconomic status, international students and other social/cultural identity populations that emerge
  6. Serve as liaison/advisor to culturally-focused student organizations, including, but not limited to EROS (LGBTQIA+), Hillel House/Hillel (Jewish), BSU (Black), TANGO (Transgender), LASA (Latinx), and other groups that emerge from student interest
  7. Ensure that students who are served by the Office are informed of and encouraged to utilize campus resources, services, organizations, and other supports
  8. Create promotional materials and manage the social media and website presence for the Office
  9. Collaborate with Student Affairs and other partners to develop cultural and global education opportunities
  10. Assist in the training, education, and supervision of Intercultural Ambassadors (student leadership positions)
  11. Design, execute, and assesse programs, in partnership with the Assistant Dean of Students/Director for Intercultural Affairs, to increase campus community understanding of issues regarding diversity, equity, and inclusion
  12. Serve as the liaison and manage relationships with internal stakeholders: Admissions, Financial Aid, Student Affairs, Academic Support Services, Counseling and Psychological Services, Faculty, and Career Services
  13. Serves as a representative on the appropriate campus and community committees and task forces
  14. Other duties as assigned

Washington Scholar Program responsibilities:

  1. Provide leadership to the Washington Scholars Program through coordination of on-campus support services for scholars and planning and executing year-round programming for scholars
  2. Hold regular office hours and meet individually and in scholar cohorts on a regular basis to provide information and assistance supporting successful school completion and post-secondary entry
  3. Convene the Washington Scholars Advisory Group meetings and enforce the program community standards as necessary
  4. Coordinate off-campus social/cultural/educational excursions and a senior celebration for graduating scholars
  5. Recruit and train Washington Scholar Program mentors and peer-mentors
  6. Organize on-campus programming and development opportunities for the sum of a scholar’s time at Washington College including, but not limited to the areas of: leadership development, career awareness, community service, and academic excellence
  7. Coordinate the mentoring program for Washington Scholars, including but not limited to recruitment of campus community members to serve as volunteers, working with the Assistant Dean/Director of Intercultural Affairs on the matching students and mentors, providing training for mentors, serving as a resources for mentors, providing data for the annual assessment of mentoring program and relationship
  8. Maintain communication with Washington Scholar Program Enrollment Management colleagues as it pertains to recruitment of incoming cohorts and the spring overnight visit for incoming cohorts; Support recruitment of and programming for prospective Washington Scholars students including campus-visits, admitted student overnight and selection into program; Serve as primary liaison to Admissions supporting relationships with external stakeholders: Community Organizations, High Schools, etc.
  9. Collaborate regularly with colleagues in Admissions, Financial Aid, Student Affairs, Academic Support Services, Counseling and Psychological Services, Faculty, and Career Services regarding programming opportunities for Washington Scholars
  10. Coordinate all scholar assessments to determine the extent of academic, personal, and career counseling needs, sharing data and findings with the Assistant Dean of Students/Director of Intercultural Affairs regularly for shared action planning and resolution
  11. Provide budget management to the Washington Scholars Program and assist when needed with fiscal responsibility of account within the Office of Intercultural Affairs
  12. Prepare formative and summative program evaluations and annual reports regarding student learning outcomes and satisfaction of the program; Prepare and submit progress and performance reports for President’s Office, Provost’s Office, Board of Visitors and Governors, Advancement, Alumni relations, granting agencies, and others as needed
  13. Serves as an advocate for scholars on issues related to diversity, equity, and inclusion

Education, Experience, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  1. Master’s degree in higher education administration, student affairs, counseling or related field.
  2. At least three years’ experience managing and implementing educational programs for high achieving and high financial need students or an equivalent combination of education and experience (e.g. a combination of working in student life in higher education and working with underserved individuals between the ages of 17 and 25)
  3. Experience building relationships with individuals from historically underrepresented and underserved racial and ethnic populations, as well as other historically marginalized populations within the United States, international students, and first generation college students
    1. Demonstrated knowledge and sensitivity to the needs of disadvantaged students
    2. Knowledge of issues affecting the academic potential of low income, at-risk, first generation college-bound youth
    3. Ability to handle crisis and conflicts in culturally informed and ethical manner
  4. Ability to establish and maintain positive working relationships with students, faculty, staff, and others vested in the community and culture of the college
  5. Strong analytical, organizational, planning, and interpersonal skills
  6. Strong written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills
    1. Ability to express effectively both in written and oral communications
    2. Ability to effectively present information in one-on-one and small group situations
    3. Experience providing mentoring and group facilitation
  7. Proficiency in MSOffice applications, email, and social media applications required

To Apply:

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and contact information of three professional references through our online portal by clicking here. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Washington College is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to a diverse cultural environment and encourages applications from women, minorities, disabled persons, and veterans.

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