Assistant Director, Office of Multicultural Student Affairs

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Hyde Park Campus

40659 Center for Identity and Inclusion

About the Unit
The Center for Identity + Inclusion (CI+I) is home to the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs (OMSA), LGBTQ Student Life, and Student Support Services, and reports to the Vice Provost for Academic Leadership, Advancement and Diversity. These areas work individually and collectively to enhance the experiences of students of color and multicultural students; lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer students; and first generation, low income, and undocumented students. We offer a variety of programs and resources at both the undergraduate and graduate/professional levels and work in partnership with the Office of the Provost to advance the University's commitment to building a more inclusive campus and stronger sense of community. All students, faculty, staff, and alumni are invited to join us in these efforts. Please visit our website at to learn more.

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Job Summary:

Reporting to the Director of the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs (OMSA), the Assistant Director develops and implements programs and resources that promote identity development, with an emphasis on workshops/trainings, and serves as a resource, advocate, and advisor for students of color and multicultural students. The Assistant Director supports the Director with short and long-term strategic planning and assists with various projects that align with the mission/vision and strategic priorities of OMSA, the Center for Identity + Inclusion (CI+I), and the Office of the Provost.


Intercultural Programming:

  • Develop collaborative programs that explore identity, with an emphasis on race/ethnicity/culture; address current events as they impact our multicultural communities; and recognize intersectionality.
  • Programs may include: Heritage Series (high-profile speakers); Emerging Minds Project (sustained intergroup dialogue); affinity spaces for graduate/professional students of color; a leadership development series for cultural student organizations; and new opportunities based on feedback from students, faculty, staff, community partners, as well as best practices.
  • Track programming expenses and regularly assess program quality and impact.

  • Develop curriculum and facilitate developmentally appropriate workshops/trainings on building inclusive communities, identity development, and other topics related to diversity and inclusion.
  • Identify learning outcomes for program participants and develop tools to assess student learning and evaluate the overall effectiveness of specific programs.

Advising and Advocacy:
  • Meet with individual students and student organization leaders who would like to brainstorm ideas, ask questions, or raise concerns – and reach out to students to help OMSA maintain strong relationships across the University.
  • Engage students in conversation about various topics, including identity development and exploration, navigating UChicago as a member of one or more marginalized identity groups, and approaches to change as it relates to systemic racism and oppression.
  • Maintain knowledge of campus and community programs and resources, and work with OMSA and CI+I leadership to refer students to campus partners as appropriate.

Community Building:
  • Encourage cross-cultural communication, inter/intra-group interaction, and collaboration among students and student organizations.
  • Cultivate strategic partnerships across campus and serve as a liaison to various University departments.
  • Develop new and improved ways of highlighting programs and resources.
  • Explore digital tools to facilitate identity exploration and understanding.

  • Diversity & Inclusion
  • Partnership & Collaboration
  • Performance & Execution
  • Communications
  • Emotional Intelligence

Additional Requirements

Education, Experience, and Certifications:

  • Bachelor's degree required
  • Master's degree in Student Affairs, Higher Education Administration, Cultural/Ethnic Studies, Educational Policy, Counseling, or other related field preferred

  • At least 3 years of professional experience within multicultural student affairs or student affairs/higher education with a focus on diversity education and/or supporting students of color required
  • Experience supporting and advising students from diverse racial/ethnic backgrounds
  • Experience developing large-scale programs related to identity, with a focus on racial/ethnic communities
  • Experience designing curriculum and facilitating workshops and/or dialogues
  • Experience with program evaluation and assessing student learning
  • Experience cultivating strategic partnerships
  • Preferred: Experience with strategic planning

Technical Knowledge or Skills:
  • Ability to understand the needs of the University of Chicago community and work with students, staff, and faculty in a wide variety of situations
  • An understanding of and commitment to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Excellent written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills and ability to navigate sensitive situations
  • Strong project management, organizational, and analytical skills
  • Must exhibit creativity and flexibility
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office

Working Conditions and Physical Requirements:
  • Ability to work regular evening hours and some weekends required

Required Documents:

All required documents must be submitted to be considered for this position.
  • Resume
  • Cover Letter

NOTE: When applying, all required documents MUST be uploaded under the Resume/CV section of the application.

Benefit Eligibility

Pay Frequency

Pay Range
Depends on Qualification

Scheduled Weekly Hours


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Job No:
Posted: 4/11/2018
Application Due: 6/5/2018
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