University of Wisconsin-River Falls Department of Athletics
Associate Student Service Specialist working title Coordinator for Diversity, Inclusion & Student-Athlete Success
The University of Wisconsin River Falls, a member of the University of Wisconsin System, is located in scenic west central Wisconsin, 30 miles from the multi-cultural, multi-ethnic cities of Minneapolis and St Paul. Year-round arts, cultural and recreational events are easily accessible from River Falls. UWRF's 6,100 undergraduate and graduate students pursue degrees in four colleges: Arts and Sciences, Education and Professional Studies; Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences; and Business and Economics.
The University provides an excellent environment for learning, emphasizing the importance of faculty-student interaction in classrooms, laboratories, academic advising, and co-curricular activities. A favorable student-faculty ratio affords opportunity for meaningful interchange between faculty and students. Strong interests in teaching, research and community service are highly valued. More information about UWRF can be found at: http://www.uwrf.edu/workhere/.
The Coordinator for Diversity, Inclusion and Student-Athlete Success position is a two-year appointment. This position, which is funded through the NCAA Division III Ethnic Minority and Women’s Internship Grant Program, will serve in a leadership position to assist in the development of programming to promote success and retention of student-athletes, with a particular focus on underrepresented groups. The successful candidate will also foster greater integration between athletics and other on campus departments for issues related to diversity and inclusion. This appointment will work August 1 to May 31 each year. Salary: $23,660/year with benefits, $3,000 professional development stipend in addition to required NCAA orientation.
Specific Duties and Responsibilities:
Coordinator for Diversity, Inclusion & Student-Athlete Success:
Develop and coordinate student-athlete development programs and initiatives, which will emphasize academic excellence, foster an inclusive and respectful culture, leadership development and the overall student-athlete well-being.
Develop and coordinate programs that support University and Department diversity and inclusion initiatives and other transformational culture building services. May include diversity dialogues, action learning experiences, student-athlete and staff events and activities, diversity round tables, mentoring programs, cultural interventions and coaching services.
Benchmark best practice programs related to diversity, culture, and inclusion.
Serve as a co-advisor with the Assistant Athletics Director to the UWRF Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.
Serve as a liaison with departments both on-campus and external agencies, as it relates to academics and/or personal issues that directly impact student-athlete welfare & development.
Refer student-athletes in need to the appropriate department/agencies to ensure that proper support is given. In conjunction with the Assistant Athletics Director, identify and monitor at-risk student-athletes, while facilitating and/or coordinating the appropriate academic support needs.
Serve as an integral part of the athletic administration team and contribute to the department's continued endeavors of increasing athletic integration across campus, while providing a supportive academic experience.
Assist in the implementation of a comprehensive NCAA compliance program with the Assistant Athletics Director with special attention given to NCAA and WIAC eligibility standards for student-athletes.
Assist student-athletes transition into the college environment, while ensuring student-athlete development needs are addressed and met throughout their career at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.
Perform other duties as assigned related to the operation of the Falcon Athletics program.
Minimum of two years related experience (may be as a graduate assistant) working in college athletics or experience in designing and/or implementing diversity and inclusion initiatives
Strong leadership skills as they relate to building relationships
Strong written and verbal communication skills
Ability to communicate and organize with student-athletes within the rules and regulations of UWRF, WIAC and NCAA DIII
The successful candidate must be an ethnic minority and/or a female as per the NCAA Division III Ethnic Minority and Women’s Internship Grant guidelines. For the purposes of the grant, racial ethnic minorities are described pursuant to the Federal guidelines of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).
Letter of interest specifying qualifications and experience (cover letter)
Provide the names, addresses, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses of three references who can specifically comment on your abilities, experience and professional preparation (references).
Inquiries should be addressed to: Kellen Wells-Mangold Department of Athletics email@example.com
Deadline to Apply: Applications will be accepted until the vacancy has filled; preference will be given to candidates who submit materials prior to August 21, 2017. A criminal background check will be completed on final candidates.
The University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful candidate will be released. See Wis. Stat. sec. 19.36(7).
UW-River Falls does not offer H-1B or other work authorization visa sponsorship for this position. Candidates must be legally authorized to work in the United States at the time of hire and maintain work authorization throughout the employment term. If you have questions regarding this, please contact Human Resources at 715-425-3926.
UW-River Falls Diversity Statement: We declare that diversity and inclusivity are core values. We dedicate ourselves to build a culture grounded in principles of equity, social justice, and excellence. We fundamentally affirm and embrace the multiple identities, values, belief systems, and cultural practices of all individuals and communities. We will address fundamental issues of bias, discrimination, and exclusion.
The University is committed to creating an educational community which enhances student awareness and appreciation of diverse ethnicities and cultures and identities which actively supports tolerance, civility and respect for the rights and sensibilities of each person without regard to economic status, ethnic background, political views, sexual orientation, or other personal characteristics or beliefs. Awareness of and sensitivity to diverse ethnic and cultural heritages are especially sought in applicants.
UWRF is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer subject to all state and federal regulations pertaining to non-discrimination based upon sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, race, color, national origin, religion, disability, marital status, age, arrest and/or conviction record, veteran status, and membership in the national guard, state defense force, or any other reserve component of the military forces of the United States or the State of Wisconsin. All persons, especially women, persons of color, people with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Employment is subject to federal laws that require verification of your identity and legal right to work in the United States as required by the Immigration Reform and Control Act.
For a copy of the UWRF campus safety information, see http:www.uwrf.edu/Police/CampusRecordsCrimes.cfm or call University Police at (715) 425-3133 for a paper copy. This material includes crime statistics (Annual Security Report) and information on crime prevention, sexual assault, and drug/alcohol issues.