Director, Office for Social Justice and Diversity
Montclair State is New Jersey's second largest university. It offers the advantages of a large university - a broad undergraduate curriculum with a global focus, a wide variety of superior graduate programs through the doctoral level, and a diverse faculty and student body - combined with a small college's attention to students.
Posting Date July 16, 2018
Position Title Director, Office for Social Justice and Diversity
Vacancy # V-1506
Department Student Development and Campus Life
Division Student Development and Campus Life
The Montclair State University Office for Social Justice and Diversity is a new and powerful student space on campus acting as a leading voice of unity, advocacy, action, and support. It is the intention of the center to co-create educational programs and advocacy opportunities collaboratively with students about social justice issues. The Director will engage in open discourse about diversity topics, develop advocacy campaigns, and actively support the student community to use their collective voices for social change.
The Director will supervise the management of the office and provide leadership to 2 full-time staff, 4 graduate assistants, and 20 volunteer peer leaders. The Office for Social Justice and Diversity houses the LGBTQ Center, Women's Center, Multicultural Center, and the Center for Faith and Spirituality. The Director reports to the Associate Dean of Students and Deputy Title IX Coordinator. The Director will:
- Manage a portfolio of special interest groups and co-curricular programs to foster inclusion, engage the community, promote self-exploration, and encourage open discourse on race, power, and privilege in an increasingly diverse residential and commuter population. The portfolio consists of multicultural, LGBTQ, Faith and Spirituality, Interpersonal Violence and Prevention, and Women's issues.
- Engage and build relationships with campus student leaders to raise the profile of the new Office for Social Justice and Diversity as a leading voice in combating social inequality. The Director will collaborate with campus partners to create educational events on issues of race, diversity, privilege, identity, and all forms of oppression by promoting advocacy to influence change.
- Create a networking program for students of color to explore topics of diversity and inclusion in a safe and welcoming environment through speaker events, group discussions, or other venues.
- Develop programmatic efforts supporting the LGBTQ community to connect on gender and sexuality, identity, and advocacy.
- Coordinate events focused on faith and spirituality and women's issues to engage in dialogue around relevant topics.
- Lead events and campaigns to promote non-violence and violence prevention initiatives; develops programs around interpersonal violence and victim services to address violence against women, oppressed groups, etc.
- Co-Direct the bystander intervention program to support active student engagement in the prevention of interpersonal violence or other harmful situation.
- Develop relationships with 20 multicultural student organizations to drive social impact through activism and create opportunities for connection.
- Provide training and educational opportunities to the campus community via speakers and peer leaders on topics specific to diversity, inclusion, and unique populations e.g., Safe Space, working with students in transition, cross cultural competency, unconscious bias, micro-aggressions, and supporting difference.
- Manage and direct campus programming theme days, weeks, and months, such as but not limited to, *September, Ally Week *October, Coming Out Week, Diversity Week *November, Transgender Visibility, HIV/AIDS Awareness, and Interfaith Week *February, Social Justice Week and Black History Month collaboration *March, Women's Herstory Week collaboration *April, Sexual Assault Awareness Month/Take Back the Night Event
- Assists the campus community with advocacy, crisis intervention, and referral services for students in need of resources. Advises leadership on issues, such as but not limited to, faith expression, identity, diversity, social justice issues, and multiculturalism.
- Recruit peer leaders as social justice leaders to organize action, initiatives, and NJ community collaborations.
- Analyze outcomes to evaluate engagement, event attendance, and populations of interest. Evaluate qualitative and quantitative data for continuous improvement. The Director will provide fiscal oversight for operational budgets.
- Collaborates with staff, and faculty academic areas such as the Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies department and the College of the Arts to sponsor joint programs and advocacy activities.
- Assist the Associate Dean of Students and Dean of Students team with ad hoc projects.
- Additional duties as assigned
Qualifications & Requirements
Required Professional Experience
- A Master's degree in higher education or a related field
- 6+ years of relevant full-time progressive experience Post-Master's in higher education or related field;
- Proven ability to drive programs supporting topics of diversity, inclusion, and social justice;
- Strong work ethic, self-starter, personal initiative to progress;
- Proven ability to prioritize tasks effectively and adapt to changing or conflicting priorities;
- Demonstrated experience managing high performing teams and collaborating with leadership diplomatically;
- Candidate must have a willingness to work some evenings and weekends
Preferred Skills and Competencies
- Knowledge and experience applying best practices on behalf of underrepresented causes and/or communities;
- Demonstrated in-depth understanding of the University environment and higher education leadership;
- Experience developing and delivering social justice programs, presentations, and/or educational opportunities;
- Demonstrated leadership and effectiveness in promoting respect and appreciation for diversity and inclusion;
- Excellent oral and written communication, including experience conducting presentations to large audiences;
- Strong technical knowledge, understanding of budgets, and grant writing experience.
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Building on a distinguished 105-year history, Montclair State University is proud to be a leading institution of higher education in New Jersey. The university's six colleges and schools serve more than 19,000 undergraduate and graduate students in 300 majors, minors, concentrations and certificate programs. Situated on a beautiful, 250-acre suburban campus just 14 miles from New York City, Montclair State combines the instructional and research resources of a large public university in a dynamic, sophisticated, and diverse academic environment.
Montclair State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action institution with a strong commitment to diversity. Additional information can be found on the MSU website at www.montclair.edu.
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