Director of Multicultural Services & Programs
Open Until Filled: Yes
Job Summary: The Director of Multicultural Services and Programs is a key campus leader in efforts to foster a more inclusive, welcoming, and equitable community for students at UGA. The Director provides vision, strategic leadership, and overall supervision for Multicultural Services and Programs in support of the University's academic mission and the strategic priorities of Student Affairs and UGA. The Director also serves as a visible resource for the UGA community and champion for students, in particular, students from minoritized populations. Multicultural Services and Programs works to create an inclusive campus environment by supporting the development and affirming the overall experiences of all UGA students. With five full-time staff members, four graduate assistants, along with student employees, Multicultural Services and Programs has a critical role in student support and advisement, campus educational efforts, community building, fostering dialogue, and ongoing initiatives to ensure that all students have the fullest opportunity to flourish and succeed. For more information on Multicultural Services and Programs, see msp.uga.edu. For this role, UGA Student Affairs seeks a thoughtful, energetic, and collaborative partner who can artfully and effectively bring together students, faculty, staff, senior administrators, alumni, and other stakeholders to best meet the identified needs of students. The Director reports to the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and serves as a member of the Student Affairs Leadership Team. UGA Student Affairs comprises 18 campus departments that inspire students to engage meaningfully, grow intellectually, and build character so they will create thriving communities. For more information, see studentaffairs.uga.edu. Duties/Responsibilities * Create and advance the vision, mission, and direction with a clear strategy for success by providing departmental leadership, management, and oversight for Multicultural Services and Programs. * Supervise, train, and evaluate MSP staff, which includes five full-time staff members, four graduate assistants, along with student employees. Provide a learning environment that fosters the personal and professional development of both staff and students. * Ensure high quality advisement for 13 multicultural student organizations by providing support and direction on program development, leadership, marketing, university policies and procedures, and budgeting. * Serve as a primary point of contact, resource, mentor, and champion for students, particularly those from minoritized populations, providing direct support and connections with campus and community resources. * Lead efforts to provide dynamic learning activities, programs, and dialogues that engage diverse perspectives and foster shared understanding, in collaboration with students, student organizations, and campus and community stakeholders. * Assess students' needs and actively respond by providing programs and services to address those needs while advancing the mission of Multicultural Services and Programs and Student Affairs. Work creatively with others to anticipate and provide constructive responses to challenging student and community issues. * Provide vision and direction to advance the role of The Intersection programming space as a campus hub for student dialogue, community building, and multicultural education. * Work primarily with students and student organizations and with other internal and external constituents to provide annual events, cultural heritage months' celebrations, and campus-wide programming that engage diverse perspectives and identities, enrich campus climate, and foster a culture of mutual respect and inclusion. * Serve as a visible campus resource and partner for faculty, staff, administrators, and other stakeholders, providing expertise and counsel. * Develop, oversee, and reconcile departmental operating, programming, and foundation budgets. Provide oversight of student organization budgets. Ensure staff and students comply with University policy and procedures. * Pursue additional private philanthropic support for Multicultural Services and Programs. Work in conjunction with Student Affairs Development to cultivate, engage, and steward donors, families, and alumni. * Serve as a member of the Student Affairs Leadership Team and actively participate in University and Student Affairs initiatives and decision-making. * Engage in service to the University community through participation in various committees, and develop and maintain strong collaborative working relationships with institutional and community colleagues. * Lead planning and assessment efforts for the department to determine the effectiveness of programs and services offered in order to create a more consistently welcoming and inclusive campus climate for people of different backgrounds, experiences, and social identities. * Complete other duties as assigned. The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or protected veteran status. Persons needing accommodations or assistance with the accessibility of materials related to this search are encouraged to contact Central HR (firstname.lastname@example.org). Please do not contact the department or search committee with such requests.
Minimum Qualifications: * Completion of a master's degree in higher education, student affairs administration, counseling, adult education, or related field of study. * At least five years' post-master's progressive experience in student life, multicultural education, or a related field. * Willingess to work nights and weekends as required.
Preferred Qualifications: * Completion of a doctorate degree in higher education, student affairs administration, counseling, adult education, or related field of study. * Eight or more years of progressive experience in student life, multicultural education, and/or in a related field with a successful track record in strategic program development, supervision, program management, and a commitment to diversity and inclusion. * Demonstrated passion for working with minoritized students and helping them to flourish in a campus environment. * Track record of advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives in higher education. * Proven experience in leading people and teams with a variety of identities, cultures, and backgrounds. * Excellent administrative and organizational skills including supervision, budget management, student advising, student learning, and program development. * Strong interpersonal skills, political savvy, and sensitivity to engage effectively with a broad range of stakeholders and build consensus. * Proven ability to build alliances with and to partner with stakeholders to promote inclusive student success. * Demonstrated ability to respond effectively to challenging student and community issues including skills to lead difficult conversations and dialogues across difference. * Highest degree of integrity and ability to maintain confidence as appropriate. * Excellent written and oral communication skills. * Ability to navigate a large, complex public land-grant university and work with diverse campus constituencies around potentially controversial issues.
Faculty Rank: Administrative Faculty
Tenure Status: Non-Tenure Track
Employee Percentage: 100
Location of Vacancy: Athens Area