Assistant/Associate Dean of Students/Director of Multicultural Student Affairs
Basic Functions: Implement effective student transition and persistence programs to support a diverse student population. Address matters of individual student and population/cohort persistence at Denison in partnership with the Dean of Students team. Contribute at the institutional level to strategic priorities related to student success. Cultivate a vision for the Center of Cross-Cultural Engagement that resonates with our campus population and implement strategies to achieve that vision in partnership with campus constituencies.
Essential Job Functions: Student Persistence and Retention at Denison * Demonstrate capacity to connect well with individuals across racial, ethnic, cultural, religious, gender, sexual orientation, ability and other identities. * Develop rapport and enter into relationship with students to provide one-on-one support to students who utilize the center and seek guidance from the director. Engage proactively with students, offer mentorship and success coaching. * Partner effectively with the Academic Resource Center to ensure a positive referral process and when available serve as an academic coach for students on academic warning. * Support select students returning to campus from a prior withdrawn or inactive status. * Coordinate with the First Year Office on transition and ongoing orientation programs. Manage the Paving the Way: Each One, Reach One Pre-Orientation program offered to assist traditionally underrepresented student populations in transitioning to the academic, cultural and social climate at Denison University. Supervise the Paving the Way mentoring program throughout the year. * Support the work of the Dean of Students in response to student matters as needed, including leadership on the Student Care and Behavior Intervention team. * Provide training and ongoing education to students, faculty and staff on persistence issues that impact cohorts of students. * Support the work of peer mentors, program/workshop facilitators, and student leaders/assistants. * Work effectively with a culturally diverse population of students. * Maintain high visibility and engagement with the student body and campus community at university events. * Exhibit an understanding of the current best practices in the field of student development and an awareness of emerging issues in higher education including: social justice, cultural competency, retention and persistence, at-risk student factors, community building, and student learning. * Employ appreciative advising and positive psychology in communication and interactions with students, colleagues and other constituencies. * Participate with the professional on-call rotations for the University. Manage crisis situations; provide on call response and report concerns. Facilitate some conduct and other educational meetings with students; encourage conflict resolution through various means and counsel and refer students as appropriate. * Serve as a procedural advisor for students moving through social conduct and academic integrity systems and as an advisor for students following a reported incident of bias. * Collaborate with and provide support to multi-cultural student groups such as: Black Student Union, La Fuerza Latina, Asian American Association, Deaf Culture Awareness Club, Sustained Dialogue Campus Network, Outlook (LGBTQ support group), fraternity and sorority life recognized organizations and others. Institutional Wide Contributions and Strategic Initiatives * Work collaboratively across the college on major projects, chair committees and working groups, serve on task force and committees such as: Black Studies Committee, Admissions Multicultural Scholarship and Recruitment Committee, and the Black Alumni Association Scholarship Committee. Act as the student development liaison with the Black Caucus. * Actively participate as a member of the Great Lakes Colleges Association Committee on Institutional Commitment to Educational Equity. * Work with the Dean of Students and Institutional Advancement on grants and funding opportunities. Annually solicit and steward endowed and spendable gifts for the Posse Foundation, Inc. and Student Hardship Funds/Microgrants. * Collect, analyze and disseminate data on historically underrepresented students, including longitudinal retention studies. * Offer training and development programs on cultural competence to units within the college, in partnership with Human Resources, Center for Teaching & Learning, and the Provost office. * Facilitate the coordination of programs involving offices sharing responsibility for multi-cultural student affairs. * Sustain strong collegial relationships with department chairs and faculty in all divisions. Community Based Organizations Support * Serve on the Denison/Columbus Alliance advisory group and engage with educators in Columbus and I Know I Can organization staff. * Support the POSSE program (Boston/Chicago) at Denison.. * Serve as an institutional liaison to the Chicago Scholars program and other emerging mentoring programs for Denison students. * Build strong, collaborative relationships with campus partners, students, faculty/staff and families; and communicate regularly with these partners. Professional Presence & Office Management * Serve as a credible voice on campus while promoting community values and educating students about the importance of diversity, equity and inclusion. * Provide guidance to staff on federal, state and local regulations that may affect the center. * Manage a unit operating budget. * Lead the multi-cultural student affairs program by exhibiting a daily commitment to student learning and success. * Manage the office processes efficiently and competently, with attention to details and timely response to communications from constituents. * Respond to the strategic plan of the institution by organizing work in a way that achieves expected outcomes. * Supervise staff as assigned by the Dean of Students. Provide effective guidance to other professional, support, and student staff. * Provide formative oversight and support to paraprofessional staff. * Evaluate and assess programs, services and curricula to match the mission of the college, vision of the office and learning objectives. * Employ exceptional interpersonal skills and exercise a high degree of diplomacy and discretion. * Possess excellent presentation skills and communication skills. * Perform other duties as assigned.
Minimum Qualifications: An earned Master's degree in College Student Personnel, Higher Education Administration or other related advanced degree. Minimum of three years' professional experience in Higher Education/Student Affairs with some key responsibilities centering on multi-cultural student affairs. Experience supervising staff. Ability to accommodate extended work hours, including evening and weekend work hours. Must have a current, valid driver's license and must be insurable under Denison's liability insurance policy.
Preferred Qualifications: * Commitment to inclusion and desire to work with diverse groups of people. * Substantive knowledge of identity development in the college years. * Thorough understanding of Millennials and Generation Z, and a passion for working closely with college students. * Experience serving underrepresented students. * Ability to assess program effectiveness. * Strong desire to build relationships with students, colleagues, and college partners. * Integrity, sound judgment, and the ability to make difficult decisions. * Demonstrated problem-solving abilities, especially in situations requiring quick action and resolution. * Competent in fulfilling administrative duties and managing systems. * Relational leader with exceptional interpersonal skills, clarity of thought and professional poise. * Ability to manage multiple projects and initiatives at once; ability to take direction and initiative; ability to delegate effectively to teammates. * Collaboratively focused professional with demonstrated capacity as a fair and respectful leader, and proven ability to provide effective guidance to others. * Communicate effectively orally and in writing, including the ability to engage in one-on-one and in public forum. * Demonstrated experience in student development/student affairs organizations. * Proven success in prior higher education leadership roles. * Background in working with small teams to accomplish tasks and meet stated goals and objectives. * A propensity for innovation. * Computer skills (word processing and database management). * An understanding and appreciation for the liberal arts and residential colleges.