Multicultural Student Life Coordinator - Multicultural Student Life

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville, TN

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Multicultural Student Life Coordinator

The Division of Student Life at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK) invites applications and nominations for the position of Multicultural Student Life Coordinator.

The University: As the state’s public flagship, land-grant university, the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK) is entrusted to deliver world-class education, life-changing research and community support to the state, national and global communities. As the landscape of higher education shifts and presents individuals and institutions with new opportunities, UTK is committed to meet these challenges creatively. Nestled in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains and beautiful East Tennessee, UTK is an institution of more than 30,000 students, committed to excellence in learning, scholarship and engagement. UTK strives to provide accessible, affordable and inclusive community to the residents of Tennessee, across the nation and around the world.

The Division:

The Division of Student Life builds and supports an inclusive community that provides opportunities to lead, serve and engage as Volunteers and citizens.  Comprised of more than 400 staff members who serve our students through 19 departments and functions, we strive to create a welcoming community rich with diverse experiences. Staff are actively engaged in the lives of our students, living and learning with them in our residence halls, student union, and other campus environments. The Division seeks candidates willing to engage, challenge, and support our students through intentional programs and services. We seek colleagues who are committed to teamwork and have a palpable passion for working with and serving all students. We believe Vol is a Verb and seek candidates who have the ability to provide expertise, energy, and strategy as the division seeks to build an inclusive excellence infrastructure. 

The Role:

The Division of Student Life seeks a student-centered leader who can work closely with multiple student organizations to coordinate programs and services that impact student engagement and success. The coordinator is responsible for advising student organizations and assisting students in the planning, production, and assessment of programs. This position also provides direct supervision to a graduate assistant.

Reporting to the assistant director of Multicultural Student Life, the coordinator is an integral part of the Multicultural Student Life Team. Due to the nature of this position, the coordinator will assist the assistant director in advising and providing guidance to a number of other student organizations associated with the department, in the planning, production, marketing, and assessment of programs and activities; host weekly and in some cases bi-weekly meetings with student organizations and student organization leaders. Additionally, the coordinator will organize annual conferences and cultural celebrations; develop initiatives focused on supporting and expanding programs and services for under-represented student populations; collaborate with faculty, professional staff, and students to develop and deliver cultural programs and services to various majors, classes, organizations, and departments; negotiate contractual terms with agents.

Also, the coordinator is responsible for managing student organization member recruitment/selection process including: development of the application, interview questions, rating candidates, etc.; develop and conduct initial and on-going student organization member trainings in the areas of leadership development, program planning, marketing, communication/public speaking skills, etc.; assist in the training of graduate assistants and practicum/internship students. To align with the culture of assessment within the division of student life, the coordinator will assess learning outcomes of events, programs, and services by utilizing technology such as Campus Labs; compile program/event statistics each semester for the annual report.

Required Education:

•Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college/university

Required Experience:

•1 year of professional experience in higher education

•Master’s degree may substitute for 2 year of professional experience

•2 years of graduate assistant work counts as 1 year of professional experience

Preferred Education:

•Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration, College Student Personnel, or a related field.

Preferred Experience:

•Direct experience working with underrepresented and marginalized student populations; Experience advising student organizations; Experience developing & delivering programs in a college setting; Experience teaching courses; Experience leading and facilitating workshops and trainings.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:

•Knowledge of identity development and the impact of intersections of identities as it relates to college students

•Ability to develop innovative programming for underrepresented and marginalized student populations

•Knowledge of issues related to diverse campus community; ability to develop programming that will support university recruitment and retention goals

•Ability to manage multiple assignments concurrently

•Strong verbal and written communication skills

•Strong interpersonal skills

•Ability to work independently

•Ability to work in fast-paced environment.

Application Process: For full consideration, applicants must electronically submit a letter of interest, resume, and the names, addresses and phone numbers of three references. All materials for the position should be submitted through the University of Tennessee Human Resources application system, which can be found here. A review of all applications will begin in immediately. The priority application deadline is two weeks after posting, but a review of applications will continue until the position is filled. It is anticipated that the successful candidate will begin this role August 2021.

All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and admissions without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, or covered veteran status.

Eligibility and other terms and conditions of employment benefits at The University of Tennessee are governed by laws and regulations of the State of Tennessee, and this non-discrimination statement is intended to be consistent with those laws and regulations.

In accordance with the requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 7964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 7 972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 7 990, The University of Tennessee affirmatively states that it does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, or disability in its education programs and activities, and this policy extends to employment by the University.

Inquiries and charges of violation of Title VI (race, color, and national origin), Title IX (sex), Section 504 (disability), ADA (disability), Age Discrimination in Employment Act (age), sexual orientation, or veteran status should be directed to the Office of Equity and Diversity (OED), 7 840 Melrose Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37996-3560, telephone (865) 974-2498. Requests for accommodation of a disability should be directed to the ADA Coordinator at the Office of Equity and Diversity.

Job: Student Services
Primary Location: US-Tennessee-knoxville
Organization: Multicultural Student Life
Schedule: Full-time
Job Posting: Jun 29, 2021, 2:58:02 PM


Working at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Founded in 1794, the University of Tennessee is one of the nation’s oldest and most storied public universities. Based in Knoxville, Tennessee’s flagship land-grant institution includes the statewide Institute of Agriculture and the Space Institute in Tullahoma. The university embodies excellence in teaching, discovery, scholarship, research, creative activity, outreach, and engagement. Known as the Volunteers, we lead with a spirit of selflessness, empathy, and courage, and strive to be champions for diversity, equity, and inclusion

UT Knoxville is a Research 1 university with 11 academic colleges and more than 900 programs of study. With an enrollment of more than 30,000 students, our academic programs are repeatedly ranked top in their class. The university co-manages Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the country’s most prominent national lab, driving innovation in advanced manufacturing and materials, national security, and more. We are closely connected with our communities through outreach and extension efforts across Tennessee and through partnerships with non-profits, corporations, and industries—regionally, nationally, and around the globe.

The city of Knoxville is nestled in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. The modern, thriving community is surrounded by gorgeous lakes and hundreds of miles of walking, hiking, and biking trails. Situated along the banks of the Tennessee River, our beautiful features an eclectic music scene, internationally recognized festivals, unique restaurants, and a robust offering of diverse cultural activities. Knoxville is located within a day’s drive of Atlanta, Nashville, Asheville, Charlotte, Louisville, Cincinnati, Memphis, Chicago, and Washington D.C.

Knoxville and the surrounding counties have a population of more than 850,000 people. The region houses many leading corporations and organizations, including Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Pilot/Flying J, the Tennessee Valley Authority, and Regal Cinemas, along with HGTV, Food Network, and other networks owned by Discovery Inc.

As a member of the UT family, you will be surrounded by top-notch faculty, staff, and students from around the world. You will be part of a diverse campus community that is passionate about changing the world and cheering for the Vols on game day.

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