IHP Assistant Director of Multicultural Programming & Inclusion (STAFF)

This position is a part-time 20 hours/week opportunity.

The Institution:

MGH Institute of Health Professions in Boston is an innovative and interprofessional graduate school with post-baccalaureate, direct entry-level master's and doctorate, and post-professional programs in Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Physician Assistant Studies, Speech-Language Pathology, Health Professions Education, and a PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences. The only degree-granting affiliate of Partners HealthCare System, the MGH Institute offers its more than 1,500 students unparalleled opportunities to learn and work alongside expert practitioners in a variety of hospital, clinical, community, and educational settings. The school, which has graduated more than 6,500 students since its 1977 founding by Massachusetts General Hospital, is fully accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). Several programs are highly ranked by U.S. News & World Report and the school has been named for the past eight years as a Great College to Work for by The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Major Responsibilities:

The Assistant Director of Multicultural Programming and Inclusion provides programmatic support to the Office of Student and Alumni Services (OSAS). Through expertise and experience in diversity and inclusion initiatives, s/he will help assess and grow current offerings and introduce innovative new approaches to inclusive community-building and student development. By leading creative programs and demonstrating authentic commitment to student success, s/he will coordinate engagement efforts with and for students, including underrepresented students as well as international students and first-generation graduate school students.

The Assistant Director will collaborate with OSAS colleagues to design, plan, facilitate, and evaluate inclusive student engagement initiatives intentionally related to all primary and secondary dimensions of diversity (race, sex/gender identity and expression, socio-economics, age, sexual orientation, ability, faith, and others found in the Institute's Non-Discrimination Policy and beyond). With the Dean of Student and Alumni Services, s/he will develop and carry out strategies and tactics designed to foster an inclusive educational community with and for an increasingly diverse student body, faculty, staff, and alumni network.

The Assistant Director will play an active role within OSAS and across campus by working with individual students, various student organizations, and others to promote the Institute's core values of respect and dignity through active and passive programming on and off campus. S/he will use social media, workshops, campus activities, and other means to engage and support IHP students. Initiatives and events led jointly by the Assistant Director, OSAS colleagues, and IHP students, will enhance OSAS's efforts to link meaningful extracurricular opportunities with well-rounded career preparation for health care leaders-including awareness of global health needs and health disparities found locally-and long-term alumni affinity for the Institute.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Multicultural Programming and Student Engagement (95%)
    • Develop, coordinate, lead, and formally assess OSAS programs and services focused on diversity and inclusion for a campus environment where all students are safe, affirmed, and supported
    • Assist the Dean and others in the development and execution of a comprehensive approach to diversity-related programs and services specifically designed for graduate students (and alumni) in health care
    • Provide creative avenues for students and student organizations to explore, promote, and support activism, advocacy, leadership, and awareness of social justice (in their chosen field of health care and beyond)
    • Assist in the collaborative development and implementation of inclusive orientation programming and materials to welcome and support incoming students, with particular focus on the needs and contributions of students of color and students from underrepresented groups
    • Serve as an OSAS-based advisor to approximately four student organizations dedicated to inclusion and social action (multicultural, LGBTQ, racial justice including affinity groups, and others); collaborate with the Dean and faculty advisors to guide and assist students' planning, development, and implementation of programs and activities
    • Mentor students to support their personal growth toward multicultural competence as health care leaders of tomorrow
    • Promote awareness of global health issues with and for graduate students
    • Stay current on national trends and opportunities for diversity and inclusion programming in higher education
    • Develop and track metrics to measure and assess the effectiveness of OSAS's diversity and inclusion programming
    • Frequent night and weekend work, including some travel within Greater Boston required (see Working Conditions below)
  • Other (5%):
    • Serve on committees and special projects within OSAS and across the IHP as needed
    • Perform other duties and responsibilities as assigned

    Supervisory Responsibility:

    • Direct supervision currently not applicable
    • Project-based leadership frequently required and encouraged, particularly with student leaders
    • Potential for added supervision responsibilities in the future

    Fiscal / Budget Responsibility:
    • Assists in planning and managing expenditures from OSAS budget and cost centers
    • Assists in annual budget planning processes, setting priorities and advocating appropriately for student and staff needs
    • Demonstrates responsible use of Institute funds; manages and shares resources proactively

    Working Conditions:
    • Innovative, results-oriented work environment requiring interaction and collaboration with students, alumni, internal colleagues and many other offices and committees
    • Somewhat frequent travel required in and around Greater Boston to attend, facilitate, or lead events, conferences, and trainings related to diversity and inclusion with and for IHP students or alumni
    • This position requires frequent evenings and weekend work including but not limited to leading events (on and off campus) and other activities to engage and support students and promote an inclusive campus climate for all.


    Education & Experience Qualifications:
    • Bachelor's degree required; master's degree strongly preferred
    • Two or more years of relevant experience in multicultural, diversity, inclusion, or similar program management or administrative experience in a higher education setting needed; related experience in a health care setting desirable

    Skills / Abilities / Competencies:

    • Significant experience in diversity, inclusion, or multicultural programming in a higher education setting
    • Proven record of creating and delivering innovative programming
    • Advanced multicultural competency and comfort level working with diverse populations, to include primary and secondary dimensions of diversity
    • Experience working with student organizations focused on student-led approaches to multicultural diversity, social action, or closely related topics in a collegiate setting
    • Vast working knowledge of current and historical theories, practices, and trends related to diversity and inclusion
    • Experience in cultivating professional working relationships with students, faculty, and staff
    • Demonstrated ability to organize and manage multiple projects and priorities with a high degree of professionalism, attention to detail, and follow through as well as flexibility, collegiality, and humor
    • Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to listen and interact effectively with individuals and large groups
    • Ability and desire to thrive while working independently and collaboratively
    • Active support for the mission, vision, and values of MGH Institute, including but not limited to inclusive excellence, respect and dignity for all, a culture of continuous improvement, and a commitment to collaborative, inter-professional approaches to education and health care
    • Understanding of academic culture and eagerness to participate enthusiastically in the life of a fast-paced graduate school
    • Desire to be a supportive member of the OSAS team where creativity, flexibility, and collegiality are valued
    • Excellent organizational, time management, and writing skills
    • Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Word) and Internet browsers
    Preferred Experience:
    • Experience in diversity, inclusion, or multicultural programming specifically with graduate school students or in a setting related to health care professionals
    • Experience supporting or mentoring students in multicultural or leadership-development programs
    • Demonstrated abilities in group facilitation, problem-solving, and consensus building

    EEO Statement

    The MGH Institute of Health Professions is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to enhancing the diversity of its faculty and staff. We welcome nominations and applications from individuals who would bring diversity of experience, thought and practice to the Institute's research, teaching and clinical missions. Applications from protected veterans and individuals with disabilities are strongly encouraged.

    Primary Location: MA-Charlestown-MGH IHP
    Work Locations: MGH IHP 36 First Avenue Charlestown 02129
    Job: Professional/Managerial
    Organization: Massachusetts General Hospital(MGH)
    Schedule: Part-time
    Standard Hours: 20
    Shift: Day Job
    Employee Status: Regular
    Recruiting Department: IHP OSAS
    Job Posting: Jul 27, 2017


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