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Program Coordinator for Signature Events and Student Support

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Position OverviewThis position serves The Center for Sexuality and Gender Diversity and works as part of a team to enact the four pillars of: Advocacy, Connection, Education, and Wellness.

This position is responsible for the development, implementation, and assessment of programs, events, and student engagement initiatives for Queer and Trans (QT) students, prospective students, and alumni.

The position serves as an advisor and resource to students, staff, and faculty, at the intersections of identity, at the University of Kansas. They are an educator and advocate for social justice, diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging for all at the University of Kansas.

The Coordinator collaborates with other student facing offices across the institution, with a high level of engagement with the Division of Student Affairs and the Division of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging, to create a more welcoming campus for Queer and Trans students, faculty, and staff at the intersections of identity.

The Coordinator is the primary supervisor and co-supervisor of the SGD graduate assistant and 3-5 SGD Student Ambassadors (hourly student employees) alongside the Safe Zone Programming Coordinator and Director.
Interested applicants must be willing to work flexible hours, including some weeknights and weekends.

Interested applicants must be willing to work flexible hours, including some weeknights and weekends.

Job Description50% Program, Events, and Education Development, Implementation, and Assessment
  • Collaborate with other university units and departments to develop, implement, and assess broad ranging programs, events, and activities that uplift and celebrate, as well as advocate on behalf of QT(BIPOC) students, faculty, and staff at the University of campus.
  • Create, lead, implement, and assess monthly docket of annually occurring signature programs including, but not limited to, OUTober, National Coming Out Day, Trans Day of visibility, Gaypril, Kansas Drag Show, Lavender Graduation, Be You @ KU, and Pride attendance. Signature events will be shared with additional Program Coordinator staff.
  • Co-Create, develop, implement, and assess engaging programs and events for QT student leaders. Includes delegation to MBGLTACC, service learning programs, and may include retreats, workshops, and lecture series as a part of the growing KU QUEST program.
  • Design and/or supervise the creation of promotional materials, press releases, and other publications related to programming, events, and other student engagement initiatives that center QT(BIPOC) students.
  • Develop and/or supervise the implementation of campus-wide LGBTQIA celebratory events including, but not limited to, LGBTQIA History Month, National Coming Out Day, Transgender /Liberation Awareness Week, Ace/Asexual/Aromantic Awareness Week, Gaypril/Pride Month, World AIDS Day, and Pride Awards.
  • Assist, as needed, with SGD training programs and campus presentations.
  • Assist the director in recruitment and retention efforts for QT students, including but not limited to, attending and assisting with admission visits, orientation, QT college fairs and engagement with high school administrators.

20% Supervising/Advising
  • Serve as primary supervisor to SGD Graduate Assistant (pending funding) and the SGD Student Ambassadors.
  • Lead the hiring and supervision of all student employees.
  • Serve as a connection point to QT student organizations (OSTEM, OutLAWs, Sunflower Pride Coalition, Gaymers, etc.) and work with campus partners (SILC) to best support QT student leaders and organizations. Responsibility will be shared with additional Program Coordinator and Graduate Assistant staff.
  • Advise QT student organizations as needed. Responsibility will be shared with additional Program Coordinator and Graduate Assistant staff.
  • Develop, coordinate, implement, and assess support groups for students, staff, and faculty as needed. Examples include, but are not limited to: Queer Students of Color, Trans Students, ASPEC students, Graduate students, etc. Responsibility will be shared with additional Program Coordinator and Graduate Assistant staff.
  • Provide resources and guidance for students, staff, and faculty as needed.
20% Management
  • Maintain and/or delegate maintenance of the physical Center. This includes, but is not limited to, scheduling the student staff, communicating hours of operation, keeping resources stocked, organization, and overall cleanliness of The Center.
  • Work with the director to prepare content and update the SGD website.
  • Maintain an archive of programs offered by SGD, including assessment data and strategies to improve our reach, goals, and objectives.
  • Coordinate and prepare marketing and media publications; marketing and media design and management with social media, print, web/email, and distribution for programs, events, and other student engagement activities.
10% Additional Responsibilities
  • Assist the SGD team in long-range planning of the Center for Sexuality and Gender Diversity.
  • Work closely SGD team to help facilitate relationships with internal and external agencies that promote diversity efforts as it relates to events and program management, as well as partnering across the state, region, and beyond on large-scale programs.
  • Collaborate and develop partnerships with internal and external agencies by establishing relationships with the intention of partnership for pre-collegiate outreach, recruitment, retention, and graduation of QT students.
Position Requirements
  1. This position requires working on-site.
  2. Some evening and weekend work hours required.
Required Qualifications
    Master's degree in Higher Education/Student Personnel, Social Justice Education, Counseling, Social Welfare or a related field; OR a Bachelor's degree plus *three years of related experience.
*Three years of related experience to include experience in the following areas:
  • Gender and sexuality diversity issues, intersectionality, and social justice based theoretical frameworks.
  • Demonstrated experience and success in developing events and presenting programs, workshops, and/or educational materials.
  • Demonstrated experience and success in building sustainable campus partnerships and collaboration.

Preferred Qualifications
  1. Minimum two years of full-time experience working with college students through advising, program delivery, educational training, and resource development.
  2. Experience supervising undergraduate and graduate staff.
  3. Exceptional leadership, organization, and problem-solving skills.
  4. Budget management and public relations experience.
  5. Knowledge of policies and procedures of a large university.
  6. Comfortable and well experienced with utilizing social media.
  7. Strong written and oral communication skills.
  8. Experience and knowledge in computers and Microsoft Office suite.
Additional Candidate InstructionsA complete online application includes:
  1. Cover letter addressing how you meet the required and preferred qualifications.
  2. Resume.
  3. Contact information for three professional references (including at least one previous or current supervisor).
Application review begins Monday, June 13, 2022 and continues until a pool of qualified applicants is identified. Contact Information to ApplicantsAsh Wilson
[email protected] Advertised Salary RangeMinimum $41,500 Work Schedule40 hour per week, Monday- Friday, 8am- 5pm with some evening and weekend work required. Application Review Begins13-Jun-2022 Anticipated Start Date18-Jul-2022


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