Director, Office of Multi-Ethnic Programs (11 months/yr)

Seattle Pacific University
Seattle, WA

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Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
Category:: Staff
Department:: Multi-Ethnic Programs
Locations:: Seattle, WA
Posted:: Apr 14, 2022
Closes:: Open Until Filled
Type:: Exempt
Ref. No.:: 150682
Position ID:: 145387

About Seattle Pacific University:

Founded in 1891, Seattle Pacific University has a long and distinguished history in Christian higher education. Located just minutes from downtown Seattle, SPU seeks to be a premier Christian University fully committed to engaging the culture and changing the world by graduating people of competence and character, becoming people of wisdom, and modeling grace-filled community. Seattle Pacific University seeks applicants committed to its Christian mission.

Diversity Statement

As part of our mission of cultural engagement, SPU is committed to building an excellent and diverse staff and faculty. Diversity is an ethos that is inseparable from our Christian faith. At SPU, we recognize diversity as a basic feature of God's creation and a core theme of the gospel. At the heart of our mission-centered commitment to becoming a more diverse community is a desire to represent the breadth of God's kingdom more fully.

We strive to become a workplace of choice and to recruit, develop, and retain faculty and staff who can embrace, value, and engage differences with humility and care. We invite you to join us on our journey by starting a career at SPU! Learn more about SPU's commitment to diversity and opportunities for our employees to deepen their capacity to serve our increasingly diverse student body.

Seattle Pacific University provides reasonable accommodation to applicants. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any portion of the application or hiring process please contact the Human Resources Department at (206)281-2809, or email [email protected]. Notification must be given at least five (5) working days before the accommodation is needed.

Job Description:

General Summary: In partnership with the Dean, the Director will collaborate with the Director of Residence Life and Director of Student Involvement and Leadership to coordinate and administer SPU's co-curricular educational programs and activities that focus on student learning, engagement, vocational decision-making, wellness, leadership and community building. The Director of Multi-Ethnic Programs provides leadership, advocacy, and consultation to develop services, programs, and practices that support the academic, social, and cultural adjustment and success of students from diverse backgrounds and identities (BIPOC, first-generation college students, undocumented/DACA, LGBTQIA+ etc.) and that facilitate the exploration of identity development and diversity, equity, and inclusion awareness, knowledge, and skills for all SPU undergraduate students, staff, and faculty.

  • Collaborates with the Dean of Students for Community Life, Director of Residence Life, Student Formation and Community Engagement members, UMin directors, and the Athletic Director in the coordination and administration of the University's co-curricular educational programs and activities.
  • Oversees and administers strategic direction and leadership for Multi-Ethnic Programs, including departmental vision, DEI research and implementation of best practices, cross-departmental DEI consultation and collaboration, donor and alum relations, education and training, student leadership development, and holistic student support.
  • Hires, trains, supervises, and evaluates Multi-Ethnic Programs staff including, the MEP Coordinator, the MEP Advisor, and any graduate or undergraduate student leaders.
  • Leads the Ames Scholarship and Leadership Program. Recruit and train Ames Fellows and Early Connections leaders. Manage administrative assignments, including budget management, assessment, and regular report generation.
  • Leads Early Connections Orientation and ongoing EC program. Implement robust academic and socioemotional monitoring for 150+ first-year students. Utilize an intrusive model of advising including crisis intervention, institutional and community resourcing, and expanded faculty partnership. Offers ongoing support and appropriate referrals regarding students' academic, spiritual, social, personal, and financial concerns.
  • Builds and maintains strong, warm, and effective professional relationships that mobilize essential relational bridges and increase overall project success.
  • Serves as member of the Advisory Council for Diversity and Reconciliation led by the Vice Provost for Inclusive Excellence. Provide strategic recommendations for campus diversity initiatives. Review grant proposals and make funding recommendations for academic and co-curricular departments.
  • Participates on the Student Support Team and on other committees as agreed upon with supervisor. May be asked to serve as a support for students involved in University processes.
  • Educates, facilitates, and trains on complex systemic issues to community stakeholders at various levels. Topics include: community engagement and belonging, microaggressions, first generation college student experience, undocumented/DACA advocacy, universal design, gender and leadership, identity development and expression, conflict resolution and mediation, cultural humility, BIPOC wellness and restorative practices, international and global engagement, etc.
  • Consults, advocates, and mediates with staff and faculty on matters relating to diversity and inclusion to make thoughtful and strategic decisions regarding best practices. In collaboration with other departments in the Office of Student Life, The John Perkins Center, University Ministries, the Office of Inclusive Excellence, and academic departments, assists with programming for the SPU and local communities.
  • Utilizes qualitative and quantitative assessment and data to increase constituent diversity and engagement in extracurricular learning and leading programs, monitor academic success, and contribute to institutional persistence and retention.
  • Advises Associated Students of Seattle Pacific (ASSP) Vice President for Intercultural Affairs and other student leaders of intercultural clubs and organizations. Meets regularly with the ASSP VPIA and Catalyst Coordinator to support student-led efforts regarding education, programming, and support around issues of equity and inclusion.
  • Collaborates with others in Student Formation and Community Engagement to identify, develop, and mentor students from diverse backgrounds and identities. Collaborates with others in SFCE to develop ongoing training for student leaders that reflects equity and leadership and service.
  • Participates in panels, information events, and other activities for prospective students organized by Undergraduate Admissions.
  • Serves as a campus advocate for students, faculty, and staff. Serves on the Student Support Team and on other committees as agreed upon with supervisor. May be asked to serve as a support for students involved in University processes.


  • Master's degree in student development or related field, or Bachelor's degree and equivalent experience.
  • Two to five years of related experience required. Five or more years related experience in higher education, a plus.
  • Previous experience working with students from diverse and intersectional identities in an advising, organizing, supportive role, especially at the college level. Understanding of student developmental theory.
  • Strong foundation in education and support around aspects of equity and inclusion, including an understanding of racial identity developmental theory.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills including the ability to communicate effectively in a cross cultural context across multiple stakeholders (including students, their families, and university faculty and staff).
  • Previous experience with supervising professional staff, student organization advising, or the equivalent.
  • Previous experience with supervising professional staff, event planning and/or student organization advising.
  • A commitment to the goals and purposes of Christian higher education.
  • A commitment for student work that occasionally requires evening and weekend responsibilities (for example- Orientation weekend, possible overnight conference engagement, and other opportunities that may arise once or twice a month. In these situations, schedule flexibility is provided).
  • Strong administrative/organizational skills, familiarity with Microsoft Office suite, including Word, Outlook, Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Preferred familiarity with desktop publishing software, Banner (Ellucian), Canvas, or other higher education systems (training available as needed).

Additional Information:

Position will remain open until filled. This is an 11 month per year position, typically with July off.

Salary: $64,500 - $67,000 DOE

This is a full time position with excellent benefits. SPU pays the employee premium for medical, dental, and vision insurance. SPU makes contributions to an employee HSA account and to a retirement account after one year of eligibility in the plan. Tuition discount program available for the employee and qualified immediate family members.

Application Instructions:

Please submit a cover letter and resume along with the online application.

Please note: All SPU employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and to submit documentary proof of vaccination unless an exception applies. For more information, see SPU's Vaccination Requirements FAQs webpage.

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