Assistant Director of Multicultural Engineering Program

Assistant Director of Multicultural Engineering Program

The Penn State College of Engineering seeks an innovative leader for the position of Assistant Director of the Multicultural Engineering Programs (MEP). The Assistant Director will report directly to the MEP Director in the College of Engineering.The Assistant Director will be a strategic member of the Center for Engineering Outreach and Inclusion (CEOI) team and collaborate with the Directors and Assistant Directors of the Women in Engineering Program, Student Research and Graduate Equity, Student Transitions and Pre-College Programs, as well as, academic departments and College of Engineering student support teams (advising, career services, and global programs). The MEP Assistant Director will play a critical role in the management, development and implementation of academic support programming, leadership programming, and career development initiatives to increase the retention and graduation of underrepresented racial minority groups, including graduate and undergraduate students, in the College of Engineering as well as help to build the capacity of all students as allies in a welcoming community. The Assistant Director will support all aspects of student engagement from project design, budget management, marketing development, student leadership development, program assessment, research and identification of emerging issues related to diversity, equity and inclusion, as well as benchmarking to national standards. The Assistant Director will aid in the coordination of efforts to increase awareness of internal and external scholarship funding opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students and support precollege recruitment and outreach for prospective engineering students as a part of ensuring access and affordability in public higher education. The Assistant Director will serve as the college liaison to multiple stakeholders such as students, internal and external higher education colleagues, corporate partners, and alumni. The MEP Assistant Director will identify and facilitate internal and external program funding, initiate requests through grant proposals and aid in the development of funding partnerships with corporate sponsors and donors. The Assistant Director will assist in development of MEP marketing materials and monitor MEP social media platforms in collaboration with the College of Engineering communications team.

The Assistant Director will support the Director in strategic planning and implementation of College of Engineering initiatives aimed at 1) attracting more underrepresented students into engineering academics, and 2) helping underrepresented students enter the pipeline towards successful careers in the engineering workforce. The MEP Assistant Director will aid in the selection of Clark Scholars Program recipients, design co-curricular activities, and engage intentionally with Clark Scholars. The Assistant Director will initiate and implement academic success strategies, including coordination of the Academic Excellence Center (AEC) and engagement of facilitators within the First-Year in Science and Engineering (FISE) facilitated study groups. The Assistant Director will support the promotion, coordination, execution, and assessment of staple programming elements within the Multicultural Engineering Program such as the Engineering Summer Bridge Program, the Multicultural Engineering Program Orientation (MEPO), and the Multicultural Engineering Program Nights (MEP Nights). The Assistant Director will implement and enhance year-long professional and leadership development programming, including recruitment, selection and training of MEP Envoys and MEP Mentors. The Assistant Director will also help provide guidance, oversight and support of the Diversity Roundtable, helping to create activities to develop allies to equity and inclusion. Occasional weekend and evening hours, as well as travel are required throughout the academic year to facilitate outreach and retention programs.

The successful candidate will exhibit: a strong orientation towards the values of equity and inclusion within the student body, skill in engaging faculty, staff, and students in outreach, an inclusive climate, and equity issues, a strong desire to consult national organizations and scholarly literature on climate inclusion and diversity, skill at managing people and events, an engaging personal history of understanding issues of inclusion and diversity, and ability to collect and analyze data for decision-making and organizing programs.

This position typically requires a Master's degree or higher in higher education, social science, or a STEM-related discipline plus three years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. The successful candidate must have demonstrated success developing data-informed programming. The candidate must be innovative, collaborative and the have leadership potential to contribute effectively to the College of Engineering mission. This position requires excellent communication skills (verbal and written), and the ability to present ideas, concepts, and instructions in a clear manner. The ability to effectively build interpersonal relationships with students, faculty, staff and additional program stakeholders such as parents, corporate sponsors, and alumni is essential. The candidate must demonstrate the capacity to support an inclusive learning and working environment that accommodates the modern complexities of identity. This includes a demonstrated respect for differences in culture, age, gender, race, ethnicity, physical ability, sexual orientation, and religious affiliation. Essential strengths include but are not limited to project management and coordination, public speaking and communication proficiency, high energy and creativity, capacity to collaborate effectively across multiple work units, problem solving, knowledge of survey tools, experience in technology applications to support student success, and exceptional judgement.

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