The University of Washington Tacoma is a growing, urban-serving university that is deeply invested in its local communities. As one of three campuses of a world-class university, UW Tacoma is dedicated to interdisciplinary and innovative teaching and scholarship and to engaging the community in mutually beneficial partnerships. UW Tacoma's commitment to diversity is central to an environment where students, staff, faculty and South Sound residents find abundant opportunities for intellectual, personal and professional growth. The UW Tacoma-Center for Equity & Inclusion has an outstanding opportunity for a Student Retention & Community Development Specialist. Under the direction of the Director for the Center for Equity & Inclusion, the Student Retention & Community Development Specialist is responsible for developing, maintaining, and assessing a comprehensive array of retention and advocacy programs appropriate for the University of Washington Tacoma campus. The desired outcome is student success, retention, and completion of degrees and their development as engaged citizens and leaders. The position is charged with developing and implementing cohort-based programs/initiatives using a learning community model designed to achieve this outcome through a managing a portfolio that includes the following:Develop, launch and manage a high impact cohort-based program that provides students with opportunities for academic success, career development, identity development and leadership development. This program will enable students to explore their personal, social, and future professional identities, to apply their foundational (community-based) and acquired (classroom) knowledge across curricular and co-curricular contexts, and to cultivate mentoring and coaching relationships faculty, professional staff, local community members. The specialist will embed opportunities for students to examine the relevance of social justice focused issues as they participate in undergraduate research, internships, study abroad and community-based learning. Coordinate innovative program initiatives that serve to help students from historically underrepresented populations acquire campus navigation skills and facilitate their transition and success through the creation of community, leadership and identity development. In partnership with the CEI team, Student & Enrollment Services, and other faculty and staff who lead Student Success initiatives at UWT, implement program offerings that might include welcome programs, alumni-student interfaces, history/heritage month events, identity-based leadership development programs and year-end celebrations.Support student-driven programs and training initiatives that foster learning and engagement around social justice-focused issues related to race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, religion and other intersecting social identities with the goal of fostering inclusiveness within and across affinity-based student groups and preparing students to lead and thrive in an increasingly diverse and interdependent global society.Cultivate and maintain working relationships with internal and external agencies and constituencies for the purpose of expanding pathways and resources for students from historically underrepresented communities and to support the delivery of community and service learning opportunities for all students.Conduct personal advising meetings with students to help them develop an integrated academic and social plan to support their well-being and success.Work with established boards, committees, registered students organizations, and others to garner input and receive feedback on the priority, focus, and effectiveness of CEI programs and servicesLead assessment and evaluation activities within the Student Retention and Community Development Specialist's portfolio and will provide support for ongoing assessment efforts within the Center for Equity & Inclusion. Develop and sustain educational resources for students, student organizations, faculty and staff that increase opportunities for education, self-discovery, other-discovery and avenues for exploring difficult issues of identity group membership, injustice, discrimination, and prejudice. Prepare manuals, reports, grant proposals and other documents to further mentoring program goals and document efforts and achievements, as requested by the CEI Director and the Assistant Chancellor for Equity & Inclusion (ACEI). Work closely with the Equity and Inclusion team to enhance opportunities for all students to explore issues of equity and diversity, and to increase student success and retention at UW Tacoma, in alignment with the UW Tacoma mission, vision, and goals. REQUIREMENTS:Bachelor's degree in Education, Psychology, Sociology, Social Justice, or a related field. 3 years of direct experience working with college access and student success programs, such as TRiO, retention projects, leadership development initiatives, service-learning initiatives, mentoring programs, etc. Demonstrated experience in developing and implementing programs that promote student learning about identity and difference within the context of a multicultural society. Experience in providing leadership development and advising support to identity-based student organizations. Experience and interest in working with students of color, LGBT-identified students, and multiple, intersecting identity student issues.Possess sound judgment, maturity, sensitivity to the complexities of identity development, and passion for effecting change in dynamic multicultural environments. Knowledge of diversity theories and practices, and needs assessment and evaluation in higher education. Background in event programming and implementation. Strong oral and written communication skills. Excellent interpersonal, analytical and problem-solving skills. Demonstrated self-starter with excellent critical thinking skills and ability to assess needs, lay out plans and follow through. Ability to work effectively with students, faculty, staff, administrators and local community members. Successful experience in a work setting that requires teamwork and cooperative working relationships.Ability to work autonomously and make independent decisions. Demonstrated success with supervising students and volunteers. Strong demonstrated proficiency in use of technology to support CEI administrative functions as well as promote learning and engagement in and outside of the classroom Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.DESIRED:Master's Degree in Higher Education, Student Affairs, Social Justice Education, Counseling or a related field from an accredited institution of higher education. Demonstrated success developing and implementing learning community programs in a higher education setting. Condition of Employment:Application Process: The application process for UW positions may include completion of a variety of online assessments to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process. These assessments may include Work Authorization, Cover Letter and/or others. Any assessments that you need to complete will appear on your screen as soon as you select "Apply to this position". Once you begin an assessment, it must be completed at that time; if you do not complete the assessment you will be prompted to do so the next time you access your "My Jobs" page. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your "My Jobs" page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until all required assessments have been completed.
Founded in 1861, the University of Washington is one of the oldest public institutions in the west coast and one of the preeminent research universities in the world. The University of Washington is a multi-campus university comprised of three different campuses: Seattle, Tacoma, and Bothell. The Seattle campus is made up of sixteen schools and colleges that serve students ranging from an undergraduate level to a doctoral level. The university is home to world-class libraries, arts, music, drama, and sports, as well as the highest quality medical care in Washington State and a world-class academic medical center. The teaching and research of the University’s many professional schools provide undergraduate and graduate students the education necessary toward achieving an excellence that will serve the state, the region, and the nation. As part of a large and diverse community, the University of Washington serves more students than any other institution in the Northwest.