Director, Student Center for Inclusion & Culture / LGBTQA Center: Drexel University

Posted June 29th, 2016 at 9:57 am.

Drexel University was founded in Philadelphia in 1891 to provide educational opportunities for women and men of all backgrounds. Now, as a comprehensive research university with over 26,000 students across its 15 colleges and schools, Drexel’s strength in co-operative education, experiential learning, and translational research provides its students and faculty with excellent opportunities for career success. Known for innovation and dramatic growth, Drexel has earned top rankings from U.S. News & World Report, appearing among its Top 100 National Universities for the past seven years and on its Best Colleges list for the past 11 years.

Position Overview:

The Director of the Student Center for Inclusion & Culture / LGBTQA Center will lead and inspire both students and professional staff of Student Life to create and maintain an engaged and vibrant university environment that promotes intercultural understanding, interaction and dialogue. Work to provide a variety of intentional settings where students can learn from each other by examining their preconceptions and prejudices, challenging themselves and each other to reach new levels of understanding and insight. Develop and build a network of resources in the University and local community to support and further the vision of the office. Identify the need for, envision, develop, and implement systems, policies, and programs that will ensure an engaged, informed and equitable learning environment for all students. Serve as a campus leader and resource for multicultural education, engagement and advocacy for students.

Qualifications:

Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration/ Student Personnel/Counseling for Student Affairs or related field, and five years of progressively responsible experience in multicultural programs, diversity education or intercultural affairs required. Demonstrated ability to work effectively with individuals and groups from a variety of identities, cultures and backgrounds required. Proven record of creating strong working relationships, advising students and student organizations, developing programs, and coordinating and facilitating workshop required. Understanding of student development, social justice and organizational development in student affairs preferred. Exceptional oral and written communication, interpersonal and counseling skills and proven ability to interact effectively with students, parents, faculty, alumni, and constituents of the University including but not limited to deans and other high level officials. Demonstrated ability in strategic planning: setting a vision for an organization, creating buy-in, and implementing vision. Skill in management, decision-making and policy development. Strong interpersonal, organizational and managerial skills, including budgeting/fiscal required. Position requires creativity, resourcefulness, initiative, and a high degree of motivation.

Essential Functions:

  • Set vision for and engage students and division in examination, integration and education regarding multiculturalism, cross cultural communication, interfaith dialogs and social justice
  • Lead efforts to build collaborative partnerships with Student Life, colleagues across the University and students on issues related to multicultural programs, services, and activities for students
  • Serve as an advocate and liaison for underrepresented students and within the University
  • Work in close association with the University’s overall recruitment effort to enhance and support initiatives to recruit and retain underrepresented students
  • Serve on University committees and task forces and respond to and coordinate issues involving Student Life
  • Provide leadership and coordination for all aspects of Religious & Spiritual life communities on and near campus
  • Collaborate with academic partners to provide holistic student development and engagement opportunities for first generation, under-represented minority students

MULTICULTURAL EDUCATION, ENGAGEMENT and ADVOCACY:

  • Develop and implement a variety of multicultural, spiritual and religious, social and educational programs and that increase student engagement and promote an inclusive and interdependent, socially just community
  • Identify resources and lead multicultural education and social justice opportunities for members of Student Life
  • Collaborate to provide services and programs which enhance and support the success of students from historically underrepresented groups and promote increased awareness, understanding and appreciation of ethnic, racial, cultural and spiritual identity for all students
  • Act as a resource and advocate for diverse students regarding their academic, social, financial, career and personal inquiries
  • Develop strategies for outreach efforts to effectively target and serve multicultural needs of Center City campus students
  • Work collaboratively with student organizations and advisors to promote development of multicultural competence
  • Contribute to the University Learning Priorities and advance the Strategic Plans of Student Life and the University Strategic Plan.

SUPERVISION and MANAGEMENT:

  • Work with senior leadership in Student Life to identify shared vision for incorporating Social Justice, Spiritual & Religious, and multicultural education into divisional and departmental policies, practices and programs
  • Oversee the establishment and management of the future Intercultural Center (Spiritual & Religious Life, Student Center for Inclusion & Culture and LGBTQA Student Center)
  • Monitor and authorize departmental expenditures and manage and resolve any budgetary issues that arise
  • Prepare and revise annual budget and quarterly and annual reports
  • Develop and implement a comprehensive assessment plan to evaluate and analyze the effectiveness of the current programs, identify and implement new programs and services
  • Hire, train, and supervise student staff
  • As a one-person office, implement systems to manage all administrative and reporting requests in a timely, consistent manner
  • Promote programs thoroughly using a variety of strategies and University methods
  • Serve as critical partner in future activities at the Intercultural Center

ADDITIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Serve as a member of the Student Life Leadership Team
  • Collaborate with all EMSS retention departments in support of strategic initiatives
  • Participate in Division-wide efforts including: Welcome Week Programs, New Student Days and Commencement
  • Participate in University and Student Life functions and committees
  • Research, develop and prepare recurring and ad hoc reports Enrollment Management and Student Success administration
  • Actively participate in local, regional and national professional organizations
  • Assume other responsibilities as assigned by supervisor

Supplementary Posting Information:

Drexel University’s mission is to serve students and society through comprehensive integrated academic offerings enhanced by technology, co-operative education, and clinical practice in an urban setting, with global outreach embracing research, scholarly activities, and community initiatives.

Drexel University offers an attractive benefits package including tuition remission, a generous retirement package with matching funds (up to 11 percent) and an opportunity to join a talented team of professionals directly helping the University achieve its record growth and quality reputation.

Drexel University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, welcomes individuals from diverse backgrounds and perspectives, and believes that an inclusive and respectful environment enriches the University community and the educational and employment experience of its members. The University prohibits discrimination against individuals on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, disability, age, status as a veteran or special disabled veteran, gender identity or expression, genetic information, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions and any other prohibited characteristic. Please visit our website to view all University Policies and Workplace Postings.

Background investigations are required for all new hires as a condition of employment, after the job offer is made. Employment may not begin until the University accepts the results of the background investigation.

For more information about Drexel University, please visit www.drexel.edu

Filed under: Executive Level by Margie DuBrow

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