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Assistant Director - Programming and Belonging

Clark University
Worcester, MA
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Job Details

Category:: Staff and Administrators
Department:: 2910 (MCFG-Multicultural & First Gen.)
Locations:: Worcester, MA
Posted:: Apr 14, 2022
Closes:: Open Until Filled
Type:: Full-time - Exempt
Position ID:: 145358

About Clark University:

Founded in 1887, Clark was one of the first all-graduate institutions in the United States. Today the University is a highly-ranked, student-centered institution educating approximately 2,350 undergraduate and 1,150 graduate students to be imaginative and contributing citizens of the world and to advance the frontiers of knowledge and understanding through rigorous scholarship and creative effort. This commitment to scholarship and inquiry reflects the University's commitment to "challenge convention and change our world" and to address issues of critical importance to society. It is also reflected by Clark's many national and international distinctions, including recognition for its diversity and inclusion efforts, innovation, community engagement and impact, as a top green campus, and for having a distinguished geography and international development program. Clark has also been included in the groundbreaking Colleges that Change Lives guide since it was first published in 1996.

Clark is located in Worcester, Massachusetts, a dynamic, diverse city "on the rise." The second largest city in New England, Worcester is home to 11 institutions of higher learning and is increasingly recognized for its growing healthcare and biotechnology communities, its thriving cultural scene, and as a vibrant food hub.

Job Description:

Reporting to the Director, the Assistant Director of Multicultural and First Generation Student Support (MFGSS) for Programming and Belonging will work as part of a team to develop and execute curricular and co-curricular initiatives for students of color, first generation college students, and LGBTQIAA+ students as they work toward their academic, leadership, and career goals. MFGSS develops and implements comprehensive program of activities and support to promote the academic and social success of historically underrepresented communities at Clark University. Through mentoring, training, and community spaces, MFGSS advocates, empowers students to find their voice, and provides holistic resources as they actualize their potential. As part of the engagement team within Student Affairs, MFGSS partners and supports students' identity and leadership development, connections, and belonging on campus.

MFGSS services include two pre-orientation programs, the ACE (Advancing Clark Excellence) Summer Institute and [email protected]; one-on-one student advising, and student success workshops and additional programming. MFGSS offers staff led affinity groups such as Sisters in Stride (for woman-identified students of color), FOCUS (for man-identified students of color), and QTSOC (Queer/Trans Students of Color) for students who want to explore the intersections among gender, sexual orientation, and racial identities, as well as student led affinity groups such as the Latinx Affinity Space and the First Gen Affinity Space. Through these programs and initiatives, MFGSS seeks to develop socially conscious, empowered leaders who embody Clark's Mission to Challenge Convention and Change the World. MFGSS is expanding services to lead programmatic efforts for first generation, LGBTQIA+, and BIPOC students, including celebration months, awareness days and weeks, and identity-specific traditions on campus.

The Assistant Director will:

  • Lead Connections at Clark (an identity-conscious leadership pre-Orientation program for students of color), expanding the program and providing a touch-point community for students throughout their undergraduate career
  • Facilitate and support one or more of the affinity groups (such as Sisters in Stride, FOCUS and Queer/Trans Students of Color) and related identity-development initiatives
  • Partner with various university departments, faculty, staff, and alumni to connect BIPOC and first-generation students to programs, services, workshops, and resources, including but not limited to academic advising, career readiness, wellness, study-abroad, and undergraduate research
  • Work in partnership with the assistant director of programming and first generation student support in the development and facilitation of workshops for the academic year
  • Provide academic, professional and social support to students through 1:1 and small group advising
  • Assist in the marketing and promotion of departmental, institutional, and community resources through various mediums, including website, e-newsletter, social media, etc.
  • Other duties as assigned


Clark University currently requires all employees and students to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Exemptions will be made for medical or disability reasons or religious beliefs, and could be made, at the sole discretion of the University, for other well-documented reasons.


  • A master's degree in education, student affairs, counseling or a related field, is preferred.
  • Demonstrate ability to create and maintain inclusive, supportive programs & accessible resources for underrepresented students
  • Knowledge of equity-centered identity-conscious support programs, and previous experience creating and facilitating programs that center the intersectional needs of students of color and first generation college students and LGBTQ population
  • Experience facilitating conversations around power, privilege, oppression, and identity
  • Demonstrate success multi-tasking and working effectively in a busy, multifaceted office environment
  • Demonstrate ability to build effective, culturally aware, relationships with students, campus partners, faculty, and the community
  • Ability to communicate effectively across cultures and within a team
  • Creativity and resourcefulness in completing tasks and advancing the work of the office
  • Adaptability and the ability to proactively solve problems quickly and efficiently, both as a team and autonomously
  • Willingness to maintain a flexible schedule to accommodate pre-planned evening or weekend programs as needed
  • Comfort with technology including MS Office, EMS Event Management System, Adobe Photoshop, and social media

Additional Information:

Clark University embraces equal opportunity and affirmative action as core values: we believe that cultivating an environment that embraces and promotes diversity is fundamental to the success of our students, our employees and our community. This commitment applies to every aspect of education, services, and employment policies and practices at Clark. Our commitment to diversity informs our efforts in recruitment, hiring and retention. All positions at Clark share in the responsibility for building a community that values diversity and the uniqueness of others by exhibiting integrity and respect in interacting with all members of the Clark community to create an atmosphere of fairness and belonging. We strongly encourage members from historically underrepresented communities, inclusive of all women, to apply.

Clark University offers a generous benefit package for full and, if applicable, part-time employees that include; paid time off, generous retirement plan, group health and dental insurance, life insurance, and tuition, along with use of many campus amenities. For a complete list of benefits for eligible employees visit here.

Application Instructions:

To be considered for this position, you must submit your credentials online. Create a Clark University Careers Account by clicking on the APPLY NOW button below. You will be able to upload the following documents, which are required for consideration:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter

See the FAQ for using our online system. Please contact us if you need assistance applying through this website.

Already have a Clark University Careers Account? Login to your account to add documents or update your account.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Salary will be commensurate with skills and experience.

Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States for any employer.


Working at Clark University

A relentless force for positive change

Founded in 1887, Clark University is a liberal arts-based research university committed to scholarship and inquiry that addresses social and human imperatives on a global basis. It is the place where Robert Goddard invented the modern rocket, where Sigmund Freud delivered his only lectures in the United States, and where current students stake their claim to the Clark motto, “Challenge Convention. Change Our World,” which is the rallying cry that inspires our community every day.

Located in the heart of New England — Worcester, Massachusetts — Clark University educates its approximately 2,200 undergraduate and 1,100 graduate students to be imaginative and contributing citizens of the world, and to advance the frontiers of knowledge and understanding through rigorous scholarship and creative effort.

A university on the cutting edge of higher education

Clark is a world-class research university that is small by design, giving students the rare opportunity to contribute to pioneering research projects and to benefit from hands-on experience, close collaboration with peers, and the individual mentorship of faculty.

LEEP (Liberal Education and Effective Practice) is Clark’s pioneering model of higher education,  compelling students to thrive in authentic world and workplace settings, and preparing them for lives and careers of consequence. Clark is the only university to make the development of “capacities of effective practice” an explicit learning requirement for its undergraduates. Critical to success in today’s world, these capacities include imagination, self-directedness, resilience, and the ability to manage diversity and uncertainty. A Clark education reflects a belief in the enduring value of liberal education, as well as the University’s efforts to more deeply attune students’ learning experiences to the profound changes underway in our economy, our society, and our democracy.

The Clark graduate experience reflects the importance of “engaged scholarship” — an innovative educational approach that connects students to the people and organizations intimately familiar with (and working to address) the issues they are passionate about, and that places a premium on effecting measurable outcomes.

Committed to research that advance knowledge and impacts society

The Clark University faculty is composed of world-renowned researchers who foster a culture of excellence in the next generation. At Clark, faculty and students are given the freedom and flexibility to pursue projects that transcend traditional disciplinary boundaries.

The University’s focused areas of research excellence are backed by strong Ph.D. and master’s degree programs that engage graduate students from around the world in such areas as biology, chemistry, economics, geography, psychology, urban education, management, environmental science and policy, Holocaust and genocide studies, and international development and social change. Clark faculty, students, and staff continually develop new ways of thinking and acting that have a positive impact on the lives — and livelihoods — of people throughout the world.

Clark's research profile is enhanced by the presence of a variety of research institutes and centers that build on a foundation of interdisciplinary scholarship: the Mosakowski Institute for Public Enterprise, the George Perkins Marsh Institute, the Higgins School of Humanities, the Jacob Hiatt Center for Urban Education and the Strassler Family Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies.

Redefining our place in the world by immersing our community in it

Clark has redefined what it means to be a university in today’s interconnected world, forging robust partnerships with universities, educators, researchers, and business and community leaders at home and abroad, enabling its faculty and students to conduct in-depth research, work collaboratively to take on global concerns, and make a tangible difference. This diverse community of educators, researchers, and scholars challenge and inspire each other with their perspectives, insights, and determination. They are creative thinkers eager to defy conventional wisdom, devise inventive solutions to complex problems, and roll up their sleeves to get things done.

Clark itself plays a critical role in the health and well-being of its urban community, known as Main South, through the University Park Partnership — a national model for neighborhood revitalization. Working in tandem with the city of Worcester, Clark has been a change agent in the areas of housing and physical rehabilitation, education, economic development and social and recreational opportunities for residents. The University Park Campus School, which Clark operates in collaboration with the Worcester Public Schools, boasts an estimable record of high achievement and was recognized by President Barack Obama for its record of academic success.

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