Director, Multicultural Resource Center
Amherst College invites applications for the Director, Multicultural Resource Center position. The Director, Multicultural Resource Center is a full time, year-round position, job group and level PT-3. Amherst College has profoundly transformed its student body in terms of socioeconomic status, ethnicity, and nationality, among other areas. Today, nearly one-quarter of Amherst's students are Pell Grant recipients; 45 percent of our studentsidentify as domestic students of color. Our expectation is that the successful candidate will excel at working in a community that is broadly diverse with regard to race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender, nationality, sexual orientation, and religion.
Reporting to the Associate Dean of Diversity & Inclusion, the Director oversees staffing, budget, day-to-day operations, and programming of the Multicultural Resource Center (MRC) and, supports the overall mission of the Resource Centers Team and Office of Student Affairs division. The Center serves as an important resource to the campus community in building and supporting identity development and community engagement. The Director works in collaboration with the Resource Centers Team (RCT)-the Center for Diversity & Student Leadership, Queer Resource Center, Center for International Student Engagement, and the Women's & Gender Center, as well as with other campus partners including the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Dean of the Faculty, Alumni &Parent Programs, Advancement, etc. through educational, social, and cultural programming that centers and affirms the various communities the Center serves. The Director upholds the mission of the MRC to provide education, support, community, and advocacy to and on behalf of those who identify as people of color and works to create and offer immersive opportunities for co-curricular learning and leadership development. Rooted in the framework of intersectionality, the MRC serves as a space where the Amherst community can participate in conversations that expand our collective understanding of racialized experiences. In addition, the Director serves as a programming resource for identity-based groups on campus.
Summary of Principal Duties and Responsibilities:
- Management - Management of the day-to-day operations of the Multicultural Resource Center, serve as a core member of the Resource Centers Leadership Team, provide functional supervision of the Administrative Assistant for the Resource Centers, engage in strategic planning and assessment of the Multicultural Resource Center, hire, train and supervise student employees and summer undergraduate intern, gather data and prepare annual reports, budget planning and monitoring of expenditures, manage Center website and other forms of social media
- Program Planning - Develop academic and co-curricular educational programming, as a Center and in partnership with other campus organizations, to build community, provide education, and create skills-building opportunities to synthesize social, academic, personal, political, and career development-related learning and maximize the Amherst experience, provides leadership and organizational development education to student organizations engaged in work related to the mission of the MRC, create and facilitate campus programs, workshops, and trainings that support the mission of the MRC, promote faculty, staff, alumni, and community involvement through intellectual, social, and cultural programs, communication strategies, developmental advising for traditionally underrepresented students and student groups, collaborate at the divisional and institutional level to develop and create multicultural programming
- Collaboration - Serve as a resource to and work collaboratively with campus offices and five-college campuses, co-develop the Resource Center's Team Social Justice Leadership program for first-year orientation, work to co-create, develop, and implement programs, resources, and services that highlight the intersections of identity and community, serve as a member of the Presidential Task Force on Diversity & Inclusion, serve on campus-wide committees and working groups, participate in collaborations with diverse academic, administrative, and off-campus stakeholders that support the mission of the MRC specifically, and diversity and inclusion, generally
- Master's degree
- 3-4 years of experience working with college student population
- Experience in cross-cultural program development and implementation, advising, and/or student service.
- Experience in the design, delivery, and evaluation of student programs including leadership development.
- Demonstrated strong project management, organizational, communication and interpersonal skills.
- Master's degree in Higher Education Administration, Counseling, Leadership or a related area preferred
Interestedcandidates are asked to submit a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information (email and/or telephone numbers) for three professional references. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.
ABOUT AMHERST COLLEGE
Amherst College, one of the premier liberal arts colleges in the nation, is located in Amherst, Massachusetts, a town of approximately 35,000 residents in the western part of the state. The college's community is composed of about1,800 students from 48 states, plus Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and 54 countries around the world, and about 1,000 staff and faculty. The college's scenic 1,000-acre campus includes a 500-acre wildlife sanctuary and the Book & Plow Farm ; three museums: Emily Dickinson Museum , Beneski Museum of Natural History and Mead Art Museum ; and multiple educational and cultural venues and resources through the Five College Consortium. The town of Amherst offers an amazing variety of coffee shops, restaurants and entertainment, and a very active outdoor life. Our vibrant campus, diverse community and beautiful surrounding, makes Amherst College and the Town of Amherst the perfect place to work, learn and live!