626 Thurston (6-2-6) opened in September, 2011, along with the Office of Academic Diversity Initiatives (OADI), as part of Cornell University's overarching diversity initiative -Toward New Destinations (TND).
Student Development Diversity Initiatives (SDDI) is the counterpart to OADI. SDDI builds equity by developing social and cultural capital and contributes to the social and cultural identity development of students through peer to peer mentorship, experiential learning experiences, and organizational leadership and involvement opportunities. Meanwhile, OADI supports the academic development of students.
Along with SDDI, 6-2-6 serves as the home for the LGBT Resource Center and the Asian and Asian American Resource Center (A3C). As an entirety, all three programs housed within 6-2-6 are committed to fostering a welcoming and inclusive environment by supporting the social and cultural identity development of students through advocacy, organizational advising, leadership development, and community engagement.
Cornell University's Division of Student and Campus Life is seeking an Assistant Director for Student Development Diversity Initiatives. The Student Development Diversity Initiatives (SDDI) Assistant Director is responsible for providing support to students as they develop and explore their social and cultural identities. They are responsible for empowering, educating and supporting students to carry out the work they are most passionate about, and strive towards equity for all students on campus. The position is dedicated towards ensuring proper financial and event management for student organizations, student-led conferences and other events, and will support, give visibility to, and provide a platform for more than 150 student organizations by advising key programs and organizations, promoting peer to peer mentorship, and much more. The Assistant Director reports to the Assistant Dean of SDDI and should anticipate supporting student groups and individuals during non-traditional business hours, including evenings and weekends
This position is a 12-month, full time, 2 year renewable fixed-term position.
Bachelor's Degree Required. Master's degree preferred in Higher Education, Social Work, Public Administration, Organizational Management, or similar field required.
2-3 years' experience with student populations preferred.
Understanding of critical race theory and intersectional social and cultural identity development
Experience effecting change from within systems: ability to build relationships and maintain trust, to assess and balance the needs of various stakeholders, and to identify and advocate for achievable solutions
Competency in working with individuals and groups with a wide array of identity and life experiences, including gender, sexuality, class, race/ethnicity, disability, culture, and religion
Ability to take initiative, work and think independently, and willingness to contribute to a team-oriented work environment
Strong oral, written, evaluation, and presentation skills: ability to convey complex concepts and to communicate with students, faculty, staff and community members in a manner that promotes dialogue and understanding
Ability to foster a supportive and student-centered environment
Ability to advise students individually and in collective groups – through student organizations – showing good judgment about when to make referrals, set boundaries, and equip students with skills and strategies to engage in self-advocacy
Ability to identify and proactively respond to problems or emerging student needs
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