Department: UL - Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Multicultural Education (ODIME)
Assistant Director for First Generation Students
The George Mason University Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Multicultural Education (ODIME) seeks an Assistant Director to support university initiatives/efforts to recruit and retain first generation students. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason's academic and culturally inclusive environment.
About the Department: As an integral component of University Life at George Mason University, ODIME engages the campus community in the exploration of diversity, identity development, and cultural competency. With student support and advocacy as a primary focal area of our work, ODIME offers a myriad of services and resources to assist our diverse student body with success at and beyond Mason.
The Assistant Director will be a strong student advocate that will champion the needs of first generation students, which includes maintaining current knowledge of the needs of specialized student cohorts (i.e., students holding DACA status or other citizenship statuses, low income, transfers, out of state students, etc.). Duties include:
Assisting with university-wide initiatives for all first-generation students, including developing and planning activities for newly created LLC (learning living community), orientation activities, and other co-curriculum engagement opportunities;
Support students who are first generation college students (the first in their family or first in their family in the U.S. to attend college), students holding DACA status (students who have received Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals documentation), or other citizenship statuses, as well as others who are traditionally underrepresented in higher education;
Assist with the daily operations of the Student Transition Empowerment Program (STEP);
Assist with the supervision of all student staff affiliated with STEP, including mentors, the logistics team, and faculty and staff volunteers;
Advise/establish affiliated student organizations that support first generation students;
Co-coordinate the planning, implementation, and evaluation of UndocuAlly workshops, and provide direct support services to students;
Serve as a resource for first generation students to support, track, and navigate their curricular and co-curricular collegiate experiences;
Implement programs/services to support access, retention, and student success;
Advise and advocate on behalf of underrepresented and marginalized identity groups as a member of the ODIME staff;
Collaborate with University Life and academic colleagues on programs that enhance/support institutional diversity, to include cultural competency and awareness workshops;
Represent the department and/or division on University-wide committees;
Perform administrative duties and manage assigned budget(s);
Participate in the ongoing progressive development of the department, to include departmental and division-wide strategic planning; and
Perform additional responsibilities as assigned.
Earned master's degree in higher education, counseling, education, or a related field;
Two years of full-time work experience;
Ability and willingness to work evenings and weekends as required; and
Ability to design and implement creative programs to support the academic, interpersonal, and career success of first generation, DACA status, and other citizenship status student backgrounds.
Experience working with students who have DACA or other citizenship statuses, and first generation college students;
Supervision of undergraduate student staff and/or graduate students;
Prior experience providing support services in a collegiate environment;
Strong interpersonal communication, community-building, organizational, and time management skills;
Ability to serve as a student advocate; and
Experience working with diverse student populations.
Salary: $47,500 (non-negotiable), accompanied by a comprehensive benefits package, relocation assistance, and opportunities for professional development.
Criminal Background Check: Standard Background Check
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Special Instructions to Applicants:
For full consideration, applicants must apply for position number FA63Bz at http://jobs.gmu.edu/; complete and submit the online application; and upload a (1) cover letter that describes your interest in the position and includes specific examples of your work related to the stated responsibilities and qualifications, (2) resume/CV, (3) a list of three professional references with contact information that should include a former direct supervisor, and (4) responses to all questions in the ‘Posting Specific Questions’ of this application.
George Mason University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, committed to promoting inclusion and equity in its community. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.
George Mason University is Virginia's largest public university located in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. With strong undergraduate and graduate degree programs in engineering, information technology, public policy, economics, visual and performing arts, life sciences and biotechnology, Mason prepares its alumni to succeed in the workforce and meet the needs of the region and the world.