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Job Description Summary
The Women's Center director will develop strategic vision, set priorities, and provide administrative leadership to its staff and operations, oversee educational programs, and manage resources and services. The Center is focused on being an integral part of students' lived experience, their development, and their connections to campus. In addition, the Center also seeks to elevate the employment experience of faculty and staff. The Director serves on the team of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion to foster strategic alignment across partner ODI units and to provide thought leadership on women's and gender equity issues. Finally, the director collaborates with campus partners to expand institutional capacity around diversity and inclusion on the Reynolda campus for students, faculty, and staff, particularly as relates to women's and gender equity.
Develop strategic vision, identify needs, set priorities, and design/supervise and assess initiatives for students, faculty and staff on the Reynolda campus that support women and promote gender equity
Serve as a core member of the VP for Diversity and Inclusion/CDO's diversity and inclusion team; advance CDO's priorities through Center work, committee involvement, and special projects, as well as strategic alignment and collaboration with partner ODI units
Provide thought leadership around women's and gender equity concerns for senior leaders and campus partners; collaborate with stakeholders and teams to enhance inclusive practices, programming, and policies
Foster relationships and opportunities to increase campus members' awareness of, and ability to respond to, women's concerns and experiences in culturally appropriate and meaningful ways that affirms the diversity of identities women hold
Cultivate curricular and co-curricular connections and strategic alignment with academic departments, including the Department of Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies as well as majors in the STEM fields
Collaborate with campus partners to identify, develop, implement, and assess co-sponsored programs and long-term initiatives
Constituency Support, Engagement, and Development
Provide a range of support and advocacy for women and those who seek to support women, including formal and informal coaching and mentoring
Cultivate and mentor women leaders across the Reynolda Campus through 1:1 engagement, leadership development programming, scaffolding progressive leadership opportunities, and sponsoring women for leadership roles
Oversee a range of educational programming and engagement opportunities for students, faculty, and staff that support women and promote gender equity such as trainings, professional and leadership development, theme programming, discussion groups, social media campaigns, and peer education
Foster and create support networks for women, identity development spaces, and opportunities for reflection and meaning-making for students, faculty, and staff
Mentor and support growth of student organizations and their programming that demonstrate alignment with the Women's Center, serving as advisor as appropriate; mentor individual students through independent engagement and advocacy projects that demonstrate alignment with the Women's Center as appropriate
Contribute to, collaborate with, and support activation of employee resource groups as appropriate
Oversee annual communications plan and regular constituency communications, including weekly Women's Center listservs, social media engagement, website maintenance, affinity group listservs, and executive reports
Raise the visibility of the Women's Center across students' lifetime experience with Wake Forest by collaborating with Admissions, Alumni Engagement, External Relations, Mentoring Resource Center, and professional schools
Plan and manage the departmental budget; conduct overall operations for the Women's Center, including regular planning and assessment
Supervise and develop Women's Center professional and student staff
Provide direction to and support for Women's Center staff in identifying student needs and developing, implementing, and assessing student-facing programs
Build connections to related work in Winston-Salem and consider community engagement opportunities in needs assessments and planning
Contribute to active networks of women's centers for mutual learning and exchange of better practices; engage with regional and national networks supporting women's advancement in higher education
Seek internal and external fundraising opportunities to advance the mission of Women's Center
** Cover letter required for all positions and optional for facilities, campus services, and hospitality positions unless otherwise specified.
Additional Job Description
Required education, knowledge, skills, and abilities
Master's degree in higher education administration, student personnel, counseling, women and gender studies, American Ethnic Studies, law, or related area of study and three years of related post-graduate professional work experience in higher education settings
Preferred education, knowledge, skills, and abilities
Doctorate In higher education administration, student personnel, counseling, women and gender studies, American Ethnic Studies, or Law
Strong relationship building skills working with individuals from diverse cultures
A thought leader with influence in the areas of gender, equity, and inclusion, assessment of equity efforts and cultural competence education
Ability to effectively resolve conflict and manage crisis and emergency situations and ability to foster a cooperative environment
Sensitivity to awareness of the needs of diverse student populations with an emphasis on those from underrepresented groups
Ability to promote collaboration, teamwork, and involve stakeholders in the decision-making process
Experience with facilitating employee/employer conflicts
Knowledge of college student development
Demonstrated experience in budget management
Experienced supervisory skills
Proven knowledge of strategic planning and vision development
Experience advising and consulting with students, faculty, and staff
Demonstrated experience in assessment and evaluation
Proven commitment to diversity, equal opportunity and the academic, intellectual, and social development of all students
Supervision and leadership for the Women's Center staff
Responsible for the development and management of departmental budget
*Review of applications will begin April 1, 2019*
Time Type Requirement
Full time Note to Applicant:
This position profile identifies the key responsibilities and expectations for performance. It cannot encompass all specific job tasks that an employee may be required to perform. Employees are required to follow any other job-related instructions and perform job-related duties as may be reasonably assigned by his/her supervisor.
In order to provide a safe and productive learning and living community, Wake Forest University conducts background investigations and drug screens for all final staff candidates being considered for employment.
Wake Forest seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce, and encourages qualified candidates across all group demographics to apply.
Offering the personal attention of a small liberal arts college, coupled with the breadth and global relevancy of a leading research institution, Wake Forest claims the distinction of being the nation's premier collegiate university. Wake Forest is consistently ranked among the top 30 universities in the nation. Our mission is to educate the whole person, graduating students who seek purpose-filled lives while building a community dedicated to serving humanity in the spirit of our motto, Pro Humanitate.