The Diversity and Inclusion portfolio is casting a new vision to develop and implement an intersectional programming model that engages our students in new and innovative ways. As a unit within the Dean of Students office we share a dedication to student identity development, student support, and advocacy. We are a growing portfolio recently adding staff members to support undocumented/DACA and military veteran students as well as recruiting for multiple Director and Assistant Director positions, deepening our holistic commitment to marginalized and underserved student communities and the multiple identities they hold.
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 Associate Dean for Student Empowerment and Director of First-Generation and Low-Income Student Support to engage and support First-generation and/or low-income students. Reporting to the Senior Associate Dean of Students for Diversity and Equity in the Dean of Students Office of the Division of Student & Campus Life, the Associate Dean for Student Empowerment will provide leadership to staff members supporting DACA, undocumented/unDACAmented, and undergraduate military veteran students and underrepresented identity-based student organizations. The Associate Dean will provide leadership to create an academic and social community for Cornell students who identify with the first-generation college and/or low-income student experience. Additionally, the Associate Dean will serve resource and advocate for first-generation and low-income student issues. Additionally, the position will support university efforts and initiatives to retain first-generation and low-income students.
The Associate Dean of Students will focus on and develop the following areas:
Student Empowerment Leadership
Oversee the Assistant Dean of Student Development Diversity Initiatives, Assistant Director of DACA/Undocumented Student Support and Undergraduate military veterans Advocate in the delivery of strategic and multi-faceted approaches to empowerment programming that provides support to students
Work with campus partners to increase the general awareness and understanding of the issues and needs of the various identity groups within the empowerment portfolio.
Support staff in the development and implementation of workshops, forums, educational and cultural experiences for historically marginalized populations.
The Associate Dean provides this leadership with attention to emerging first-generation, low-income, and undocumented/DACA and undergraduate military veteran issues and Student Affairs best practices
Develop collaborations with internal partners to coordinate campus resources, influence and establish policies to support the navigation, success and retention of Cornell FGLI students
DevelopandmaintainsupportmechanismsandresourcesforFGLI students,including networks that reach isolated community members.
Design, coordinate, manage, and assess and educational programs supporting FGLI students
Foster relationships between FGLI students and alumni and/or campus partners
Collaborate with others to help resolve program issues and concerns, interpret policies, and mediate complex and sensitive issues
Lead, create and contribute to development of business practices and organizational change to improve processes and workflow
Develop and maintain support mechanisms and programming for FGLI students that support community building
Workcloselywiththe Senior Associate DeanofStudentstohelpfacilitaterelationshipswithinternalandexternal units that promote diversity efforts.
Education and Outreach
Plan,prepare,implement,and/orcoordinateanddeliveroutreachefforts (e.g., FGLIissues and awareness workshops, Orientation, Welcome Weekend events, and student leader trainings and workshops, outreach programs as requested)
Representthe Dean of Students Diversity and Equity portfolio, Office of the Dean of Students, and the Division of Student and Campus Life onuniversitycommittees and at university meetings and events as appropriate.
Overseeprogrammingpromotionandoutreachthroughthewebandsocialmedia,in-person presentations, and attendance at campus events and activities as appropriate.
Provide reports and evaluate events on an on-going basis for key stakeholders
Coordinateandpreparemarketingandmediapublications;marketingandmediadesignand management with social media, print, web/email, and distribution.
Contribute to development of funding proposals for internal and external audiences.
Master's Degree in higher education, student affairs, or related field
3-5 years of experience in student success programs, diversity education, student development, cross-cultural communication, human relations, counseling or related field.
Strong communication skills to clearly and effectively communicate information to internal and external audiences, client groups, and all levels of management
Experience working with students from low-income, traditionally underserved, and traditionally disadvantaged backgrounds
Demonstrated knowledge around class, identity and intersectionality
Ability to foster a supportive and student-centered environment
Ability to advise students, showing good judgment about when to make referrals, set boundaries, and equip students with skills and strategies to engage in self-advocacy.
Ability to design and implement creative programs to support the academic, interpersonal, and career success of first-generation, low-income,
Working knowledge of DACA status, undocumented, and undergraduate military veteran student issues and concerns.
Stay abreast of campus/community/national first-generation/low-income issues
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