Join a vibrant campus community whose excellence is reflected in its diversity and student success. West Chester University, a member of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, invites applications for the position of Director of the Dowdy Multicultural Center. This is a full-time position within the Division of Student Affairs, awarded as one of the "Most Promising Places to Work in Student Affairs" by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education for the second year in a row.
WCU serves approximately 17,000 students at the undergraduate and graduate levels, 23% identify as Hispanic/Latino, Black, Asian, and Native American Indian nations, and 24% are Pell grant eligible. The University has more than 180 international students from 40-plus countries. With approximately 30% designated as the first in their family to complete a bachelor's degree, WCU is among the first to earn "First Forward Designation" by NASPA and The Suder Foundation.
Under the supervision of the Assistant Vice President for Student Development, the Director of the Dowdy Multicultural Center provides leadership, management, vision, and oversight for a broad and inclusive programming model that enhances the academic, social, professional, and personal development of all students, while focusing specific attention on the support of WCU’s underrepresented minorities from enrollment through graduation. The Director actively contributes to the University strategic efforts to affect a positive campus climate and promote the engagement, persistence, and retention of underrepresented students.
Leadership, strategic planning and department supervision, including but not limited to: supervising full time, graduate, and undergraduate staff; oversight of the department programming model; development of initiatives in support of the divisional curriculum and the co-curricular transcript; provide strategic planning leadership and direct departmental goal setting; serve as main point of contact to alumni, corporate and community partners and those interested in supporting multicultural students
Policy development and compliance, including but not limited to compliance with applicable legal, environmental policies and/or mandates from governing bodies; ensure programs, practices, and policies are socially just, equitable, and inclusive; minimize risk to self, students, other university constituents
Assessment and reporting, including but not limited to periodic review of programming initiatives and outcomes-based assessment; track all program data; manage and guide the utilization of assessment, evaluate and research reports and studies; create and submit reports as appropriate
Miscellaneous responsibilities: including but not limited to serving as a Student Policy and Process Advisor; preparation and oversight of the departmental operating budget and stewardship of the Lawrence A. Dowdy Endowment fund; serving on appropriate University and divisional committees
Master’s degree in higher education, student affairs, counseling education, or closely-related discipline
At least six years of professional experience in appropriate levels and areas of specialization
Demonstrated ability to supervise and train staff
Experience working within a culturally diverse university community
Doctorate degree in higher education, leadership or counseling education, or closely related field
Evidence of supervision of multiple full-time professionals, graduate assistants, and student employees
Evidence of experience with collaborating with academic affairs departments and other campus partners
Excellent oral and written communication and presentation skills
Experience with duties such as budgeting, strategic planning, and assessment of learning
Experience using technology to further the department's mission
WCU is a community of educators dedicated to developing graduates who succeed personally and professionally and contribute to the common good.
West Chester University serves approximately 17,000 students at the undergraduate and graduate levels, 23% identify as Hispanic/Latino, Black, Asian, and Native American Indian nations, and 24% are eligible for Pell grants. With approximately 30% designated as the first in their family to complete a bachelor's degree, WCU is among the first to earn "First Forward Designation" by NASPA and The Suder Foundation.
Meeting community needs while placing students on a lifelong path of active citizenship is integral to our mission. The Carnegie Foundation (2010-2026) for Community Engagement recognized WCU for public service coursework and co-curricular programs. Preparing students to be global citizens is a critical component of our mission and goals. Currently, the University has more than 180 international students from 40-plus countries.
We are committed to leadership in extending equal opportunities to all individuals regardless of race, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, and veteran status.
Starting salary is commensurate with experience. The University offers an excellent benefits package including tuition fee waivers for self and dependents.
Apply by the online application at http://agency.governmentjobs.com/wcupa/default.cfm. Electronic application allows for cover letter and resume attachments (both required). References with contact information will be required before an interview. Review of applications will begin immediately. Applicants must successfully complete the interview process to be considered as a finalist.
Start date is negotiable.
Developing and sustaining a diverse faculty and staff advances WCU's educational mission and strategic Plan for Excellence. West Chester University is an AA/EOE employer. Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
All employment offers are subject to and contingent upon satisfactory completion of all pre-employment criminal background and consumer reporting checks.
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About West Chester University of Pennsylvania
West Chester University (WCU) of Pennsylvania is among the top regional comprehensive public universities in the nation, serving more than 17,500 students at the undergraduate and graduate levels with a national reputation for excellence, value, and student success. Founded in 1871 as an institute for teacher preparation, West Chester offers more than 118 undergraduate and 103 graduate programs in more than 50 fields of study. In addition to the main campus in West Chester, the University offers programs through its graduate center, the Philadelphia campus, and online. Five colleges and two schools comprise the University: Colleges of Arts and Humanities, Business and Public Management, Education and Social Work, Health Sciences, and the Sciences and Mathematics, as well as the School of Music, and the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies. Located in Chester County (25 miles from downtown Philadelphia) the area combines the best of enjoyable daily living with easy access to the full spectrum of country and city attractions. We are a community of educators dedicated to developing graduates who succeed personally and professionally and contribute to the common good.