: Staff and AdministratorsDepartment:
: 2910 (MCFG-Multicultural & First Gen.)Locations:
: Worcester, MAPosted:
: Apr 14, 2022Closes:
: Open Until FilledType:
: Full-time - ExemptPosition ID:
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.
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
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.
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Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Salary will be commensurate with skills and experience.
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