|Type of Position||Regular: A position which is considered essential for the effective long-term operation of the university. Persons appointed to this position will receive the privileges and benefits associated with regular employment status.|
The University of Iowa's Chief Diversity Office is seeking a qualified candidate for their Center for Diversity & Enrichment (CDE). The position of Educational Support Services Specialist (working title Multicultural Specialist) will focus on ensuring the university's diversity goals are met by providing counseling, advising, and programming to the diverse population of students served by the Center for Diversity & Enrichment (CDE), with a focus on the LGBTQ-identified student population. This position will assist with outreach and retention programs supported or sponsored by CDE, as well as work with CDE staff and other university staff and faculty to develop, promote, present, and assess new activities and programs or propose modifications to increase student retention, graduation, and success. This position reports to the Director, Center for Diversity & Enrichment.
The University has a long history of LGBTQ inclusiveness:
- The University was the first state university to officially recognize a gay student organization (1970)
- The University has offered benefits to same-sex and opposite sex domestic partners since the 1990's and added same-sex spousal benefits since gay marriage became legal in the state in 2009;
- The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Staff & Faculty Association (founded in 1990) has been offering opportunities for university employees to build community and supporting the interests of the LGBTQ campus community since 1990;
- The University has offered the Safe Zone Project since the early 1990's;
- The University was the first major public university to add an optional questions on sexual orientation, and a transgender choice under gender, as part of its undergraduate application.
- Beginning with the Fall 2016 semester, UI began offering students the ability to specify a preferred first name as well as their pronouns. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M8y5KQi7B1M)
The responsibilities for this Multicultural Specialist position will include, but are not limited to:
- Design, coordinate, and present informational and educational outreach programs and workshops to student populations on campus, with a focus on LGBTQ-identified students;
- Educate the campus and community on the needs of LGBTQ-identified students to ensure educational development and success;
- Act as a liaison for LGBTQ-identified students to other university offices and community resources, providing resources as needed;
- Monitor the academic, career, and personal goals/needs of a student and provide individual guidance and assistance;
- Manage a student case load, including documentation of meetings with student;
- Compile and prepare reports based on unit goals;
- Plan, organize, and coordinate projects and events, collaborating with others, to meet program needs;
There is an expectation that the person in this position will maintain effective, civil, and respectful working relationships with the University of Iowa campus community and uphold a high standard of cultural competency and respect for difference that represents the Center for Diversity & Enrichment's commitment to diversity and inclusion.
This position will require occasional evening and weekend travel and events.
For a full job description, please visit http://diversity.uiowa.edu/employment-opportunities
Note to Applicant:
The qualifications for this job posting are described as competencies or behaviors needed to be able to perform the duties of the position at a defined proficiency level/standard. The proficiency level required for each qualification indicated are working. For a complete definition of the proficiency levels, click on the proficiency level above.
Please note regarding references: Five professional references will be requested and required at a later step in the recruitment process.
A bachelor's degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
- Experience (typically one to three years) in at least two of the following:
- working directly with LGBTQ-identified students in an educational setting;
- developing and delivering programs for LGBTQ-identified students in a higher education setting;
- providing student services to LGBTQ-identified prospective or current college students;
- knowledge of topics and/or concerns in the higher education setting for LGBTQ-identified students.
Clearly demonstrates a working proficiency in each of the following:
- working effectively with a variety of individuals and groups in a constructive and civil manner while appreciating the unique contribution of individuals (i.e. individuals from varied cultures, race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, and veteran status);
- communication techniques (verbal and written) and relationship building skills that enable one to establish and build healthy working relationships and partnerships with a variety of individuals and groups in a constructive and collaborative manner;
- counseling students to help their emotional, physical, occupational, and social development;
- communicating with students regarding their academic performance objectives and providing feedback to improve performance;
- understanding of issues related to the decision-making process; ability to analyze situations fully and accurately, and reach productive decisions;
- developing, coordinating, and delivering educational/instructional programs;
- maintaining confidential records and information.
- A master's degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience;
- Previous successful experience in working with, counseling, or advising, college/university students with disabilities, U.S. ethnic minority, first generation, military/veteran, and/or low-income students in an educational setting;
- Experience working in a student support setting;
- Experience using technology for preparing presentations, recording student contact notes, managing a case list of students;
- Experience with assessment and evaluation methods;
- Knowledge of policies, procedures, regulations, and programming pertaining to college/university admissions, scholarships, financial aid, student services, alumni affairs, university relations and media, campus facilities, university community, advising and academic/collegiate degree programs.