The Director of Multicultural Affairs will plan, coordinate, and implement a broad range of student-centered activities, mentorship initiatives, and programs to promote multicultural education and development for our students. The Director will seek to create awareness, understanding and sensitivity to groups who currently and historically have been marginalized because of race, gender, class, and other classifications. This position will manage, advise, and mentor the Griffins Achieving Progress ("GAP") program and the Black Student Union, and other multicultural student organizations and initiatives, as needed. The Director will be a member of the Division of Student Affairs and will play an integral role in the division's commitment to student development, success and retention. The position reports to the Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs.
Expectations and Responsibilities
Plan, coordinate and implement a broad range of student-centered activities and programs to support and promote multicultural education, inclusion, and advocacy for students, and, as possible, to support such efforts for the entire community.
Manage, advise, and mentor the Griffins Achieving Progress ("GAP) program and Black Student Union, and other multicultural student organizations, as needed.
Serve as a multicultural specialist and student development generalist in a team-oriented setting within the Center for Leadership and Community Engagement as we serve all students, student organizations, and our underrepresented students in particular.
Work collaboratively with the Student Success Office, International Student Services, Student Affairs Departments, and many other university departments and entities in promoting student development, success, and retention.
Collaborate with outside agencies that have a focus on diversity and inclusion.
Train and supervise a graduate assistant in a higher education master's program and various other student leaders and student workers who enact the mission of the office.
Advise students and faculty/staff on issues involving diversity and inclusion.
Collaborate closely with the Student Success Office to assist first-generation and underrepresented students in their transition to, persistence, and graduation from Fontbonne.
Serve as an active member of the Student Affairs Division, the Student Affairs Leadership Team, LACE Center, and other campus committees, as needed, and manage the routine administrative duties of one's office and other university obligations.
Participate in appropriate professional development opportunities and engage in professional organizations.
Provide consultation, information, mentoring, referrals and mediation to students when needed.
Assist in assessment and evaluation of department programs.
Perform all other related duties as assigned.
Master's degree required, preferably in student personnel service or related field, and experience (2-3 years at least) in areas of diversity, inclusion and multicultural affairs. In place of Master's degree, bachelor's degree and significant amount of experience in related areas.
Experience in activities, multicultural programming, leadership programming and training, and advising students.
Experience working with students of color and other underrepresented students.
A positive attitude and culturally appropriate sense of humor.
Cultural norms and tendencies within diverse groups
Issues relating to diversity and inclusion
Techniques for mediations involving intercultural conflicts
Understanding of college student development
Issues related to the university experiences of under-represented groups
Knowledge of contemporary discourses, issues, research and best practices for equity and diversity.
Required Skills or Abilities
Demonstrated success in building consensus between and among individuals and groups with diverse interests
Demonstrated interpersonal skills and ability to communicate positively and articulately in a variety of settings
Ability to design and implement community-specific and needs-based programming
Demonstrated flexibility, time management, initiative, organizational skills and multi-tasking on a daily basis
Ability to maintain professional boundaries with students and serve as an exceptional mentor/role model
Willingness to work occasional evenings and weekend hours.
While you will receive periodic acknowledgment of your application via email, Fontbonne University will not be able to respond to all inquiries. If it is determined that your skills and experience match the position requirements, you will be contacted to discuss the opportunity further. If you do not hear from us, we encourage you to revisit our website at www.fontbonne.edu for the status of the position and future opportunities. Once the position is closed, all applicants will receive notification.
Fontbonne University is a private, Catholic, liberal arts university located in St. Louis that offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in a values-based, student-centered environment. Sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, Fontbonne University fosters excellence, integrity, respect, diversity, community, justice, service, faith and Catholic identity. The university serves nearly 1,400 culturally diverse students and strives to make private education more affordable and accessible.
As an Equal Opportunity Employer, Fontbonne University treats every person with respect and dignity, regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age or disability. Fontbonne University maintains a strong commitment to diversity and strives to increase the number of faculty, staff and students from all backgrounds. We welcome candidates with a demonstrated commitment to and success working in diverse communities dedicated to inclusion and equity. To learn more, visit www.fontbonne.edu.
Fontbonne University is located in Clayton, Missouri, a beautiful suburb in the heart of the St. Louis metropolitan area, just a mile from historic Forest Park and minutes from wonderful attractions such as the Delmar Loop entertainment district, the Gateway Arch, Grand Center Arts District, the Saint Louis Zoo and Busch Stadium. St. Louis is home to 10 Fortune 500 companies and offers a wide array of cultural, entertainment and social attractions. Boasting one of the highest standards of living among American cities of one million or more, as well as below-average housing costs, living options
Fontbonne University is a Catholic coeducational institution of higher education offering liberal arts and professional programs. More than 2,000 students annually benefit from the University?s high-quality academic programs offered in a values-based, student-centered environment. Founded in 1923 and still sponsored today by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, Fontbonne is located in a beautiful suburb in the heart of the St. Louis metropolitan area. The University embraces diversity and inclusion, and encourages open communication and personal concern. Other interesting facts include: Faculty: 279 (full and part-time); 75% of full-time faculty hold a Ph.D. or the highest degree in their field. Student/faculty ratio: 11:1; Academic programs: 44 majors; 26 minors; 19 graduate programs.