The Division of Student and Campus Life (SCL) serves all Cornell students (undergraduate, graduate, and professional), and strives to promote an educational environment where every student can thrive in pursuit of their academic and personal goals. In support of this mission, the division employs over 1,200 staff and an additional 3,000 student and temporary employees, making it the second largest employer on the Ithaca campus.
In efforts to better serve its diverse student population, the Division of Student and Campus Life (SCL) and the Office of the Dean of Students at Cornell are seeking an Assistant Director for Undocumented/DACA Student Support to engage and support undocumented students, students from mixed-status families, and their allies at Cornell University. The Coordinator is responsible for assisting in the planning, development, implementation, and assessment of programs and services offered by the University that serve our undocumented student population. The position will serve as a point of contact and support, advocacy, programming assistance, and referral for students. The Assistant Director will be responsible for creating a communal academic and social space for Cornell undocumented student members and their allies. The position should anticipate supporting undergraduate, graduate and professional students and student groups during non-traditional business hours including evenings and weekends.
The Assistant Director for Undocumented/DACA Student Support will focus on and develop the following areas:
Design, coordinate, manage, and assess educational programs supporting undocumented students
Develop and implement programs and workshops that build upon the strengths of undocumented students with learning outcomes related to academic and student success.
Collaborate with others to help resolve program issues and concerns, interpret policies, and mediate complex and sensitive issues
Coordinate special projects and initiatives related to educational equity, retention, and graduation of undocumented students
Develop and maintain support mechanisms and programming for undocumented students that support community building.
Student/Student Group Advising
Develop and maintain support mechanisms and resources for community members and allies including building networks that reach all community members
In close collaboration with the Public Service Center support efforts of Cornell's DREAM Team. Coordinate duties such as logistical support, budgetary and fiscal management, weekly meetings and program attendance
Refer students to campus-wide support services. Follow up and track utilization to ensure interventions are being applied
Engage with colleagues including faculty, academic staff, the Colleges, Financial Aid, Housing, and others to advocate on behalf of students
Stay abreast of campus/community/national issues and provide professional support to students in a proactive and evolving manner
Help monitor logistics for joint initiatives and cross-cultural programs/events for the Cornell community along with other D&I related units and student support structures
Develop content for and facilitate discussion groups; in addition, provide training to students to facilitate discussion groups
When appropriate, offer advising, supportive counseling, and mental health referrals to students in need
Education and Outreach
Coordinate and deliver specific training and workshops for student leaders, staff and faculty who have an impact on the students' campus climate
Prepare presentations and tours for classes, outreach programs, and others as requested
Coordinate educational outreach efforts to student groups, residence halls, athletics, and fraternities/sororities as well as other key constituencies as requested
Develop and maintain contact with nonprofit agencies and legislative offices that work with undocumented students
Represent the Dean of Students Office and Student and Campus Life on university committees and at university meetings and events as appropriate
Oversee programming promotion and outreach through the web and social media, in-person presentations, and attendance at campus events and activities as appropriate
Oversee programming promotion and outreach through the web and social media including updating the 626 Thurston Avenue webpage regularly, in-person presentations, and attendance at campus events and activities as appropriate.
Work closely with the Dean of Students staff to help facilitate relationships with internal and external units that promote diversity efforts.
Provide reports and evaluate events, activities, and incidents on an on-going basis
Coordinate and prepare marketing and media publications; assist with marketing and media design through social media, print, web/email, and oversee distribution
Contribute to development of funding proposals for internal and external audiences
Bachelor's Degree Required. Master's degree preferred in Higher Education or similar field
2-3 years' experience with undocumented student populations strongly preferred
General knowledge of DACA laws and the effect on students in higher education
Understanding of related issues, trends, and needs, especially pertaining to college students
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
Experience in working with individuals and groups with a wide array of identity and life experiences, including gender, sexuality, class, race/ethnicity, disability, culture, religion, sexual violence, etc.
Strong oral, written, 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
Experience developing, planning, and implementing workshops or other programming aimed at supporting students, including undocumented students
Ability to design and implement creative programs to support the academic, interpersonal, and career success of undocumented students
This position is a 12-month (time off is scheduled based on department needs), full time, 2 year renewable term position. Extendable for up to an additional 3 year term for a total of 5 years.
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