Working to support and sustain a campus culture in which all students—including American ethnic minority students, first generation students, international students, LBGTQIA students, and majority students—will thrive is a key focus of the AVP.
Colorado College (CC) is an independent, coeducational, liberal arts and sciences college of bold ideas located in the beautiful city of Colorado Springs on the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains at the foot of Pikes Peak. Known for its “Block Plan,” Colorado College educates its students one course at a time through a highly engaged and immersive learning process.
Colorado College promotes personal interactions, in and outside of the classroom, that build intercultural competency and expose students to diverse social environments where dialogue about new ideas and complex issues is fostered. Creating a campus culture that is truly creative and innovative and that values different backgrounds, experiences, ideas, and opinions is central to the institutional mission and strategic priorities of the College. Today the College is transforming quickly to realize its goals of becoming a truly global learning center. Growing numbers of first-generation students, LGBTIA students, international students (six percent), and US students of color (24 percent) are advancing their education at CC. The Assistant Vice President/Director of the Butler Center will be a pivotal leader and catalyst supporting the success of all 2,000 students in this increasingly diverse and dynamic learning community.
Reporting to the Vice President for Student Life/Dean of Students and working collaboratively with partners in the academic dean’s office, the Assistant Vice President/Director of the Butler Center (AVP) will provide vision and leadership designed to advance and support issues of diversity, inclusion, and equity for the campus community. The inaugural AVP will collaborate with campus constituencies to coordinate effective co-curricular educational opportunities and avenues to address issues of inclusion and difference as they relate to race, ethnicity, culture, class, sex, gender, religion, sexual identity, nationality, and other dimensions of identity; contribute to Bridge Programs supporting the successful college transition of first-year students; partner with human resources and academic deans to design and implement opportunities focused on building a culturally confident and competent staff and faculty; and shape and deliver student-directed programming in coordination with student leaders and other campus colleagues. Additionally, the AVP will be a member of the Division of Student Life leadership team and will be a visible champion with regards to supporting student engagement and success, developing student-centered policies, and upholding the College’s core value of diversity. The AVP will develop and lead a staff of four, complemented by student interns, and manage a growing operational budget.
A master’s degree and a progressive portfolio of academic preparation and professional experience in the area of diversity and equity education as well as advocacy on behalf of multicultural populations in a higher education or community-based organization are required. Evidence of successful programming designed to build cultural competencies; documented constructive experience engaging varied constituencies on issues of race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexual identity, and religion; demonstrated critical thinking, creativity, and self-direction; outstanding organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills; ability to manage change through a highly collaborative and collegial process; and an understanding and appreciation for a liberal arts approach to higher education will also be important considerations in the selection of the AVP/Director of the Butler Center.
Review of applications begins on March 14, 2014 and will continue until the position is filled. Online applications, including a position-specific cover letter and resume, are being accepted via the SJG website at www.spelmanandjohnson.com under the Open Positions link. Nominations for this position may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are unable to submit materials electronically, please call SJG at 413-529-2895.
SJG – The Spelman & Johnson Group
Colorado College–AVP/Director of the Butler Center
Valerie Szymkowicz, Senior Associate
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