Location: Worcester, MA Category: Staff and Administrators Posted On: Tue Apr 20 2021 Job Description:
Reporting to the Director, the Associate Director of Multicultural and First Generation Student Support (MFGSS) will work as part of a team to develop and execute curricular and co-curricular initiatives for students of color, first generation students, and LGBTQIAA+ students as they work toward their academic, leadership, and career goals. MFGSS develops and implements comprehensive program of activities and support to promote the academic and social success of historically underrepresented communities at Clark University. Through mentoring, training, and community spaces, MFGSS advocates, empowers students to find their voice, and provides holistic resources as they actualize their potential. As part of the engagement team within Student Affairs, MFGSS partners and supports students' identity and leadership development, connections, and belonging on campus.
MFGSS services include two pre-orientation programs, the ACE (Advancing Clark Excellence) Summer Institute and Connections@Clark; one-on-one student advising, and student success workshops and additional programming. MFGSS offers staff led affinity groups such as Sisters in Stride (for woman-identified students of color), FOCUS (for man-identified students of color), and QTSOC (Queer/Trans Students of Color) for students who want to explore the intersections among gender, sexual orientation, and racial identities, as well as student led affinity groups such as the Latinx Affinity Space and the First Gen Affinity Space. Through these programs and initiatives, MFGSS seeks to develop socially conscious, empowered leaders who embody Clark's Mission to Challenge Convention and Change the World.
The Associate Director will:
Lead Connections at Clark (an identity-conscious leadership pre-Orientation program for students of color), expanding the program and providing a touch-point community for students throughout their undergraduate career
Manage & facilitate one or more of affinity groups (such as Sisters in Stride, FOCUS and Queer/Trans Students of Color) and related identity-development initiatives
Coordinate MFGSS outreach, honoring, and celebration regarding identity activities such as First Gen Day, Day of Trans Remembrance, National Coming Out Day
Partner with various university departments, faculty, staff, and alumni to connect BIPOC and first-generation students to programs, services, workshops, and resources, including but not limited to academic advising, career readiness, wellness, study-abroad, and undergraduate research
Develop, support, collaborate, and facilitate workshops regarding student success, academic support, identity-development, leadership, community and belonging
Provide academic, professional and social support to underrepresented students through 1:1 and small group advising
Connect and partner with MOSAIC student collective (identity-based student clubs at Clark) with regards to programming, needs, and heritage months
Assist in the marketing and promotion of departmental, institutional, and community resources through various mediums, including website, e-newsletter, social media, etc.
Track and assess the impact of office programs and initiatives to student retention and success
Supporting growing initiatives and programming to engage and support LGBTQIAA+ students
Provide intentional and continued support for multicultural, first generation, and LGBTQIA+ students at Clark, developing new connection points to support students
Other duties as assigned
A master's degree in education, student affairs, counseling or a related field, is required; one year of post-graduate professional experience, preferred.
Demonstrate ability to create and maintain inclusive, supportive programs & accessible resources for underrepresented students
Knowledge of equity-centered identity-conscious support programs, and previous experience developing curriculum, resources, and trainings that center the intersectional needs of students of color and first generation college students and LGBTQ population
Experience facilitating conversations around power, privilege, oppression, and identity
Demonstrate success multi-tasking and working effectively in a busy, multifaceted office environment
Background in retention theories, assessment, and/or higher education access with an applied working knowledge of privilege and anti-oppressive frameworks.
Demonstrate ability to build effective relationships with students, campus partners, faculty, and the community.
Ability to communicate effectively across cultures and within a team.
Creativity and resourcefulness in completing tasks and advancing the work of the office.
Adaptability and the ability to proactively solve problems quickly and efficiently, both as a team and autonomously.
Willingness to maintain a flexible schedule to accommodate pre-planned evening or weekend programs as needed.
Comfort with technology including MS Office, EMS Event Management System, Adobe Photoshop, and social media.
This is a Full-time position with excellent benefits, which include employee and family tuition benefits, 4 weeks' vacation, generous retirement plan, free use of campus fitness center and many more.
Clark University currently requires all employees and students to be vaccinated against COVID-19 no later than July 15. Exemptions will be made for medical or disability reasons or religious beliefs, and could be made, at the sole discretion of the University, for other well-documented reasons.
Clark University embraces equal opportunity and affirmative action as core values: we believe that cultivating an environment that embraces and promotes diversity is fundamental to the success of our students, our employees and our community. This commitment applies to every aspect of education, services, and employment policies and practices at Clark. Our commitment to diversity informs our efforts in recruitment, hiring and retention. All positions at Clark share in the responsibility for building a community that values diversity and the uniqueness of others by exhibiting integrity and respect in interacting with all members of the Clark community to create an atmosphere of fairness and belonging. We strongly encourage members from historically underrepresented communities, inclusive of all women, to apply.
Founded in 1887, Clark University is a liberal arts-based research university committed toscholarship and inquiry that addresses social and human imperatives on a global basis. It is the place where Robert Goddard invented the modern rocket, where Sigmund Freud delivered his only lectures in the United States, and where current students stake their claim to the Clark motto, “Challenge Convention, Change Our World,” which is the rallying cry that inspires our community every day. Located in Worcester, Massachusetts, Clark University educates its undergraduate and graduate students to be imaginative and contributing citizens of the world, and to advance the frontiers of knowledge and understanding through rigorous scholarship and creative effort. The University’s engages students in such areas as biology, chemistry, economics, geography, psychology, urban education, management, environmental science and policy, Holocaust and genocide studies, and international development and social change. Clark University’s pioneering model of higher education, LEEP (Liberation Education and Effective Practice) compels undergraduate students to thrive in authentic world and workplace settings, and prepares them for lives and careers of consequence.