Associate Director of Multicultural Affairs and Community Outreach
November 29, 2017
New York, New York
Advertised Summary Job Description: The Associate Director of Multicultural Affairs and Community Outreach reports directly to the Associate Dean of Multicultural Affairs within Columbia College's Undergraduate Student Life (USL) area. Primary responsibilities include oversight and coordination of first-generation and low income student programs and resources; development of diversity trainings and workshops for students and staff; and support to students in their personal development. With the Associate Dean of Multicultural Affairs, the AD will oversee OMA's student and administrative advisory structures focused on first-generation and low income student support and resource. The incumbent also supports the coordination and assessment of the outreach and educational plan for the Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA).
-Oversee, manage, facilitate, and assess programming and outreach focused on first-generation college students, low income students, and emerging communities. Apply the framework that guides OMA's efforts on intragroup relations, identity development, and social justice education. Implement programs, including dialogues, trainings, and community building initiatives.
-With the Associate Dean of Multicultural Affairs and relevant partners, lead efforts to address issues impacting undergraduate first-generation and low income students. Oversee the First-Generation Student Advisory Board (part of the Multicultural Affairs Advisory Council) and develop recommendations on behalf of students.
-Develop, coordinate, execute, and assess an overarching affinity outreach and diversity education plan with the Education and Outreach Team within OMA. Support implementation, leadership, advisement and/or facilitation of key programs including campus trainings and education programs, peer facilitation programs, constituency caucuses, and mentoring programs.
-Facilitate dialogue-based spaces focusing on social identity, power and privilege, and community issues. Develop and write tailored curricula informed by the needs of participants in diversity education initiatives. Create, facilitate, and assess train-the-trainer workshops and facilitator trainings for students and staff.
-Advise identity-based awareness months and student organizations; develop strong advisory relationships with advisees. Apply student and leadership development theories to inform advisement practices. Inform students of University policies and procedures, train students in event planning and management, and assist with critical decision-making. Provide support for organizations with budgets, contracts, and evening/ weekend event coverage and advisement when needed. Facilitate inter-organization communication and collaboration. Initiate and plan community building programs and meetings for constituencies represented in assigned advisement portfolio.
-Provide individual support to students in their social, leadership, and identity development and provide advocacy and support with the Associate Dean for individuals and student groups including advising and referral, as appropriate, on campus diversity issues and bias incidents.
-Serve on cross-functional Undergraduate Student Life (USL) and campus work teams. Assist with programs and services that further the missions of OMA and USL. Maintain relationships and effectively collaborate with University partners on campus initiatives.
-Other related duties as assigned.
General Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor's degree or equivalent required. Minimum of 3 to 5 years of relevant experience required.
Additional Specific Minimum Qualifications: Strong knowledge social justice theories, student development theory, leadership development theory, and community building required. Excellent intercultural communication and facilitation skills as well as experience working with diverse student populations required.
*Frequent evening and weekend hours necessary.*
**Applications submitted without a resume and cover letter will not be considered**
Preferred Qualifications: Masters in Student Personnel Administration or related field preferred. Experience working in an urban setting preferred.
The ideal candidate will have significant experience in facilitating intergroup dialogues and writing training curricula. They will have a strong background in working with cultural organizations, first-generation college students, low income students, international students, students of color, LGBTQA students, and diverse populations; as well as a substantive understanding of diversity as it relates to the intersections of multiple identities (such as gender identity, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, ability, and socio-economic status).
As a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Council of Ivy Group Presidents (Ivy League), it is imperative that members of the Columbia University community, in all matters related to the intercollegiate athletics program, exhibit the highest professional standards and ethical behavior with regard to adherence to NCAA, Conference, University, and Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and Physical Education rules and regulations.
Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.
Internal Number: 126_166077
About Columbia University
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