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As a unit in Student Life, the Office of Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs (MESA) uses the lens of race and ethnicity to engage the campus community and transform the student experience to build inclusive spaces and equitable opportunities for all. We strive to achieve our vision of a diverse and vibrant campus community where all members are embraced, nurtured, and free to achieve their definition of success. MESA is grounded in theory, engages both the individual and collective, promotes cross-collaboration, builds intercultural and leadership skills, and empowers students to address social justice issues. Our department exists to reduce barriers and perceived obstacles for students’ academic and social lives by offering advocacy, adjustment support, educational and enrichment programs.
Associate Director provides organizational, strategic, and administrative leadership of MESA for all internal operations and processes within the unit. Associate Director provides oversight and supervision for the 4 program managers, who work to deliver on programs and services within four core areas. Core areas of work include: Programs & Outreach, Student Engagement, Leadership for Social Change, and Social Justice Education. This role works to ensure synergy among staff efforts, efficiencies in resources, and provide the appropriate challenge and support of staff in successfully implementing all programs and initiatives in MESA’s portfolio. This position also works closely with the Director to manage the approximately $400K budget of the unit.
Assist the Director in providing leadership to address current and future needs of the student and campus communities as it relates to the mission of MESA and Student Life.
Participate in the strategic and long-range planning for the unit, and co-develop a robust programmatic portfolio that reflects the unit’s vision.
Maintain partnerships with key constituencies, communities and partners within and across the institution. Assist the Director in building relationships with new partners to grow MESA’s portfolio.
Assist in the development of a unit culture that is student-centered, utilizing a self-authorship philosophy to guide and collaborate with students and organizations in a way that respects shared governance, accountability and unit sponsorship philosophies.
Identify and address larger diversity and inclusion issues on campus that impact the lives of students and the larger campus community.
Co-develop a unit culture and staff that reflect best practices and standards as established by Student Life, the institution, external student affairs professional organizations and an inclusive excellence framework.
Help create and sustain a positive, inclusive and healthy work environment in which staff feel engaged and empowered.
Assist in the consultative support of faculty, staff and unit partners on student issues, diversity and inclusion work.
Lead and/or participate on campus wide committees/teams like but not exclusively/or limited to Bias Response Team, MLK Symposium, Mentorship Consortium, etc.; Specific involvement will be determined and in consultation with Director. Involvement is intended to enhance our ability to better serve our student communities and issues around diversity, equity, inclusion on campus.
Serve in place of the Director as needed.
Supervision and Direct Service (30%)
Supervise the 4 permanent program managers.
Work in conjunction with direct supervisees to develop and execute their work plans to align with unit goals & mission.
Work with staff to clearly define their roles and work in collaboration with one another in areas of intersection; including establishing agreed upon learning outcomes and measures of success.
Appropriately balance, challenge, and support professional staff in order to advance their skills and potential via implementation of activities and/or connecting to opportunities that promote their learning and growth as leaders in the field.
Respond to the needs, concerns and questions from communities and individuals MESA serves through advising, counseling, consulting, and connecting them to campus/community resources.
Provide crisis intervention, conflict resolution, and referral services to students of all identities utilizing a culturally competent framework.
Exercise functional supervision, when necessary, on projects/work beyond direct reporting lines where appropriate/as needed.
Indirectly supervise graduate intern(s) and student staff when needed. Make recommendations on hiring, negotiate work schedules and assignments.
Programmatic/ Assessment (25%)
Ensure that unit programs, initiatives and support efforts exemplify unit and divisional values and meet student educational outcomes, particularly those of Student Life and existing MESA specific learning outcomes.
Work with SL Research office to analyze information and learning outcomes data that promote the impact of MESA and create avenues for sharing this impact within Student Life and beyond.
Collaborate with units and organizations across the campus in order to deliver a spectrum of educational programs and experiences for students.
Enhance existing assessment and evaluation efforts of all programmatic initiatives and activities to better demonstrate the impact of MESA’s work. Modify programs as needed based data and trends in diversity and social justice education, in consultation with staff and students who are most impacted by any possible change.
Implement and fine tune processes for tracking student participation and engagement with our unit to better understand student trends and explore areas of growth for our unit.
Jump in to support and cover in programming efforts where needed in the short term, particularly when we are short staffed as determined and in consult with Director to ensure a consistency of quality and delivery of support for our student facing programs and initiatives.
Assist Director in the preparation of the overall departmental budget of approximately $400,000 annually. Develop and monitor processes for staff to track day-to-day expenses of the programmatic budgets and all unit expenses.
Recommend and implement systems for the unit to manage internal operations, policies, and processes with efficiency, consistency, and clarity that aligns and consistent with our goals and mission.
Increase visibility, awareness and education about unit’s mission and programs through marketing and communication efforts.
Review, revise and recommend policies to ensure efficacy at the unit, divisional and campus levels.
Attend to issues of risk management and other University compliance issues as it relates policies and procedures within the unit
Assist in the preparation of annual and periodic reports as needed to demonstrate MESA’s work and impact.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Master’s degree in a related field (Student Affairs, Higher Education, Sociology, Psychology, Social Work, etc.)
5 years of professional experience at college or university in multicultural affairs (or similar/equivalent identity- specific) unit/work
2 years supervising professional staff
7 years of professional experience at college or university in multicultural affairs (or similar/equivalent identity- specific) unit/work.
4 years supervising professional staff.
Demonstrated understanding and significant experience working within diverse student communities and student organizations in advisory capacity and/or via programmatic development alongside student populations.
Extensive curriculum development and facilitation experience in topics like diversity, social justice, intercultural competence, and allyhood development, etc.
Experience leading culture change in organizations and management of staff through change/transitions.
Flexible work schedule required for occasional weekend and evening programs.
Demonstrated knowledge and competency in student development, identity development, social justice pedagogy, and intercultural issues as it relates to working in cultural/racial/ethnic communities.
Direct experience, understanding and engagement with issues impacting diverse populations and those who have experience oppression, specifically in areas of race/ethnicity.
Demonstrated ability to work effectively with individuals and groups from a variety of identities (both personal and social identities), cultures, backgrounds, ideologies with a commitment toward equity.
Strong administrative, managerial, and organizational skills.
Ability to manage multiple priorities and handle additional responsibilities where needed.
Strong interpersonal skills in working others, as well as excellent written and verbal communication skills.
Strong supervision experience of professional staff.
Demonstrated commitment to social justice and ability to articulate a social justice philosophy and framework.
Proven leadership experience and the ability to work collaboratively and motivate others toward shared goals.
Ability to relate well with and understanding of today’s college students to ensure a positive impact of work to address student community needs and concerns.
Demonstrated experience in impacting and contributing to shaping of positive organizational culture and values.
Strong commitment to student-centered and developmentally appropriate approaches and strategies in working with students. Ability to navigate ambiguity and complexities associated with working in a large and decentralized campus environment.
The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.
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