The College of St. Scholastica seeks a student-centered individual to work in The Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI). EDI cultivates a campus-wide community which celebrates diversity, empowers students to grow beyond their personal barriers, strengthens students’ understanding of diversity and social responsibility, and develops students’ leadership skills. The Student Support Specialist provides support to students of color and other historically marginalized student populations through advising, mentoring, coordinating and implementing programming, and assisting in outreach and retention. The position reports to the Associate Director, EDI.
Key Responsibilities: - Provide general advising to students of color and other historically marginalized student populations that is inclusive, engaging, innovative for meaningful overall success; bridge faculty and staff relations with students. - Provide support and oversight to social justice club advisors. Work with Student Activities to ensure social justice clubs are in good standing with student club policies. Attend meetings and events as needed. - Supervise and coordinate programming and services by EDI, i.e. Center for Just Living (CJL) student coordinators. - Develop, implement and coordinate programming and communication plans for students who represent historically marginalized populations; coordinate and manage all office related social media and communication including website. - Manage the CJL spaces and office, the Intercultural Center, and the Jiimaan Abiwinn. - Coordinate staffing of student employees and supervise operations of the CJL spaces. - Assist the Admissions Office in outreach efforts toward potential students from marginalized underrepresented populations as needed. - Provide a full range of retention and outreach services and support services for Black, Indigenous, Students of Color. - Assist with maintaining relationships with community partners, colleagues and stakeholders as needed. - Attend events, work flexible hours, some evenings and weekends will be required. - Provide trainings and workshops on the topic of equity, diversity and inclusion to various departments as needed. - Serve as a member on various campus-wide committees representing the Office of EDI as needed. - Perform other duties as assigned.
Education and Experience: Bachelor’s degree; AND two (2) years of academic operations/programs support experience; OR an equivalent combination of education, training and experience are required. Master’s preferred.
Required Knowledge and Skills: - Knowledge of contemporary equity, inclusion, diversity, and multiculturalism concepts, especially as they apply to higher education. - Knowledge of applicable federal, state and College regulations and policies. - Understanding of demographic and cultural aspects of served populations. - Skill in advancing equity, diversity, inclusion and multiculturalism within an academic environment. - Discernment in serving the needs of a diverse student population, including students of color, other historically marginalized student populations, and international students. - Skill in coordinating and implementing meetings, events, and programming. - Able to organize work, set priorities, meet critical deadlines, and follow up assignments with a minimum of direction. - Uses tact, discretion, initiative and independent judgment within established guidelines. - Able to organize and maintain accurate records and files. - Skill in contributing effectively to the accomplishment of team goals, objectives and activities. - Able to establish and maintain effective work relationships with coworkers, students, members of the College community and the larger community. - Proficient in Microsoft Office products, specifically word, excel, and powerpoint and google suite products.
For more information and to apply, visit www.csshrjobs.com. The College of St. Scholastica is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer committed to creating an educational and work environment that is rich in diversity, inclusive and supportive of all students, faculty and staff. We recruit, employ, train, compensate, and promote without regard to race, religion, creed, color, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, veteran status, or any other basis protected by applicable federal, state or local law. To learn more about how St. Scholastica supports diversity and inclusion throughout the College, visit our Inclusive Excellence page.
About College of St. Scholastica
The College of St. Scholastica (CSS) is a thriving independent private college with its main campus overlooking Lake Superior in Duluth, extended campuses throughout Minnesota and vibrant online programs that attract learners from around the world. Since 1912, The College of St. Scholastica has been preparing students for responsible living and meaningful work by emphasizing the Catholic Benedictine values upon which it was founded: Community, Hospitality, Respect, Stewardship and Love of Learning. At CSS, equity and inclusion are viewed as key ingredients to academic excellence and student success.
Duluth is a beautiful and vibrant city of 86,000 set on the shore of Lake Superior, the largest freshwater lake by surface area in the world. For outdoor enthusiasts, Duluth offers four seasons of first-rate opportunities: beaches, bike paths, jogging trails, ski resorts, cross-country skiing trails, boating and fishing sites, and rinks for skating, curling, and hockey. The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness is an easy drive. Outside magazine has recently named Duluth as the number one “Outside City” in the US. The magazine also named Duluth as a runner-up fo...r the “best adventure hub” in a worldwide survey of destinations for outdoor activities. The College was also pleased to learn that the nonprofit American Institute for Economics ranked Duluth as one of America’s best small metropolitan areas for college students. Similarly, the travel site DreamPlanGo named Duluth in the Top Ten of America’s Most Scenic College Towns. Duluth’s public schools are Minnesota’s most highly ranked, the cost of living is considered reasonable, and the city has more acres of municipal public parks than any other city in the country. The arts scene is booming with galleries, music venues, and a lively theater and dance community.