Assistant Director, LGBTQ Student Center

Coral Gables, Florida
May 17, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
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General Description:
The Assistant Director of the LGBTQ Student Center serves as an essential member of the Student Life team and has direct reporting responsibility to the Director of the LGBTQ Student Center. The LGBTQ Student Center fosters inclusion and support of students, faculty, staff and alumni inclusive of all genders, orientations, and expressions. The center focuses on education and outreach, programming, intergroup engagement, empowerment, and advocacy for increased visibility in the university community. The Department serves as an integral part of the Division of Student Affairs and works closely with the Student Center Complex, Department of Student Activities and Student Organizations and the Department of Orientation and Commuter Student Involvement. The Department collaborates and partners with the Multicultural Student Affairs and University-wide centers run out of the various schools and colleges.

Primary duties and responsibilities:
Summary of Role
• Serves as the primary administrator responsible for the management and oversight of center’s programming and educational initiatives.
• Responsible for the advisement and management of the Center’s programming board and student organizations sponsored by the LGBTQ Student Center.
• Responsible for the advisement and management of several of the advocacy programs, educational initiatives, and leadership conferences/symposiums sponsored by the LGBTQ Student Center.
• Assists the Director with oversight and implementation of strategic planning initiatives regarding engagement, belonging, education and LGBTQ+ identity development.
• Performs additional responsibilities as assigned by the Director..

Nature of Responsibilities
• Manages the day-to-day operations and provides support and assistance with the direct and indirect advisement of student leadership and LGBTQ+ identity-based organizations, advocacy groups, programming boards and action committees affiliated with the LGBTQ Student Center.
• Coordinates the departmental calendar of programs and events.
• Develops and implements University-wide awareness programs to educate the campus community about LGBTQ+ identities and student leadership opportunities on campus and within the community.
• Collaborates with Multicultural Student Affairs, the academic schools and colleges and administrative units to develop innovative initiatives that further develop partnerships with community advocacy agencies. This partnership includes the execution and assessment of the Diversity Equity and Education Program (DEEP). Works with the Director to create additional avenues to augment education, inclusion and belonging on campus.
• Manages the day-to-day operations of student employees who execute programming and educational initiatives. Responsible for training, hiring, and evaluation of student employees.
• Works with Media Relations, Community Relations, and University Communications to manage the University’s public relations and develop proactive strategies to address issues of LGBTQ+ inclusion, locally and nationally.
• Utilizes social media platforms to promote and connect students to the community and services provided by LGBTQ Student Center.
• Produces publications as needed to promote programs and services for the LGBTQ Student Center.
• Establishes and coordinates ways to celebrate and reward student resilience and leadership through recognition. Responsible for the design and publishing of a weekly community e-newsletter called the Pride Press, to ensure students are informed about various LGBTQ+ activities and services through listserv notices, OrgSync, postings in the office and direct communication with student organizations.
• Oversees the planning, recruitment, and selection of students representing the University of Miami at the National LGBTQ Taskforce’s Creating Change conference and the Florida Collegiate Pride Coalition’s conference.
• Design, plan, and coordinate the signature events including LGBTQ+ History Month, the Mentorship Program, Miami Beach Pride, Campus Pride Month, and Lavender Celebration. Communicate regularly with stakeholders and constituents; manage student learning outcomes, and assessment.
• Design, plan and coordinate the IBIS Ally Training Network: an intensive and interactive educational training of campus allies in collaboration with the Director.
• Design, plan, and coordinate educational and visibility events, including the Food for Thought Lunch Series, Ace Awareness Week, Bisexual and Pansexual Awareness Week, Transgender Awareness Week, and World AIDS Day.
• Assists in the coordination of SpectrUM’s annual events: Coming Out Week, DragOUT, and Pride Awareness Week.
• Serves as the advisor to the Rainbow Roundtable Programming Board.
• Collaborates with designated campus liaisons to execute inclusive programming. Current campus liaisons are in Housing and Residence Life and the Toppel Career Center.
• In consultation with the Director, evaluates effectiveness and objectives for campus engagement activities and events through the development and implementation of assessment instruments.

People Management
• Recruits, trains, supervises and evaluates student employees in the office. Sets developmental goals and plans with student employees each semester to maximize performance.
• Assists with student employee training initiatives in conjunction with the Director and provides daily supervision.
• Oversight of the center’s OrgSync portal and communicates regularly and effectively with affiliated community agencies and student groups.
• Recruits, trains, supervises and evaluates graduate students and practicum students in the office (as available). Sets developmental goals and plans with student employees each semester to maximize performance.
• Assists with the provision of programs, services and advising for students living in gender inclusive housing. Students living in the community make a contractual commitment to living a life centered on the fundamental concepts of gender equity and diversity.

Financial Responsibility
• Serves as budget signatory and provide oversight for budgets for student groups and the Rainbow Roundtable. Assists the Director in ensuring that all students groups and office programs comply with all institutional policies and procedures, including ensuring that they operate within the parameters of funds allocated.
• Engages in the research and development of grant proposals. Assists the Director in the preparation, follow-up and implementation of any proposals specifically as it relates to reconciling financial obligations.
• Engages in fundraising activities and donor cultivation to support departmental programs and services under the advisement of the Director.

• Contributes ideas and viewpoints to the Director on operational and strategic plans for the department, campus/community programs and events as well as collaborative partnerships.
• Makes daily independent decisions to ensure department objectives are met and that University policies and procedures are followed.

Education Requirements:
• Bachelor’s Degree required. Master’s Degree in higher education or related field preferred.
• Knowledge on gender and sexuality identity and development.

Work Experience Requirements:
• At least one year work related experience required.
• Understanding and knowledge of the concepts of college student development, LGBT identity development and intersections of identity.
• Demonstrated commitment to social justice and diversity education.
• Experience working with college students and student organizations in a programmatic and advisory capacity.
• Experience creating, implementing, and expanding programmatic offerings.
• Experience using social media and technology as a training, communication and team building tool desired.
• Demonstrated ability to build and maintain collaborative relationships on a college campus.
• Experience with developing and implementing goals, learning outcomes and assessment programs.
• Demonstrated ability to create and deliver presentations to a variety of audiences. Apply online. Position #: P100028291.

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