Assistant Director of Intercultural Engagement & Leadership

Grinnell, Poweshiek County / Oakland Acres, Poweshiek County
Feb 28, 2014
Grinnell College, a highly selective residential liberal arts college, is seeking an Assistant Director for Intercultural Engagement & Leadership in the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. The Assistant Director will be expected to work closely with the Director of Intercultural Strategic Analysis & Engagement; Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion; student diversity organizations and other key partners. The Assistant Director will engage and advise students in planning and executing campus programs; cultivating student leadership; and ultimately building coalitions around a shared and progressive diversity agenda for the entire campus. The Assistant Director is expected to be student-centered, collaborative, and intentional in his/her/zer role as an educator. He/she/zi supervises student staff and manages 15 student organizations with a direct membership of 300+ students. The Assistant Director serves all students to shape a campus community rooted in inclusive excellence as defined by the AAC&U. The Assistant Director is expected to have specific knowledge about issues of race, gender identity and expression, ethnicity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic class and transnational diversity. Knowledge of dis/ability as diversity; religious and linguistic diversity; and first generation college student identities, as these inform a 21st century liberal arts education, is highly desirable. An experiential understanding of how personal identity politics intersect with other axes of difference, is key. Skills: • Learning outcomes based leadership development for minority and first generation students • Applying student-development concepts and theories • Providing, promoting and facilitating student programing • Encouraging student initiatives in diversity programing for the entire campus • Using community resources to expand diversity education at Grinnell College • Cultivating relationships with external constituencies; for example, between alumnae and current students; between Posse Foundation staff, mentors and scholars • Understanding Title IX as it applies to educational equity and its expanded Federal reach since 2011 • Managing and maintaining student organizations’ funds Other skills: Excellent written, verbal, interpersonal, organizational, and time-management skills; ability to work independently, as a member of the diversity team, and with a highly selective student population within a rigorous academic setting. Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree with three years of experience required or a master’s degree preferred in higher education administration, college student affairs (with emphasis on social justice and/or diversity), counseling or other diversity related areas. Experience: Live-in and professional experience at a small, residential college or university; knowledge of and appreciation for the Grinnell College tradition of student self-governance, are highly desirable. Application Process: Visit to submit a cover letter, a resume, and a list of three references with contact information (including one undergraduate student or former student). Deadline: March 31, 2014. About Grinnell College: Founded in 1846, Grinnell College is a highly selective, residential, nonsectarian liberal arts and sciences college of 1,600 students with a long history of curricular innovation and thoughtful progressivism. It awarded its first B.A. to a woman in 1857 and to an African American in 1871, established the first major in political science in 1883, and pioneered an individually advised curriculum in 1970 that allows students to tailor their own education in collaboration with their faculty advisers. Fiske Guide to Colleges has called Grinnell “a powerhouse on the national scene.” Grinnell’s curriculum offers instruction in three academic divisions (humanities, sciences, and social studies) and a B.A. in 25 fields. The academic environment is rigorous and collaborative, combining hands-on, inquiry-based learning; small, discussion-based classes; and exceptionally close student mentoring. It strives to develop analytical and imaginative thinkers who are prepared to be leaders and world citizens. Grinnell’s faculty is composed of active scholars whose primary mission is to teach. The student-faculty ratio is 9:1. Virtually all of the 161 full-time faculty members hold a Ph.D. or other terminal degree — many from such institutions as Columbia, Harvard, Oxford, Princeton, Stanford, and Yale. Many have also received Rhodes scholarships and Mellon, Fulbright, Danforth, Guggenheim, or other prestigious fellowships. Grinnell’s students are diverse and welcoming: 10 percent are from Iowa, another 11 percent hail from more than 50 countries, and more than 20 percent are U.S. students of color. Grinnell admits academically qualified students regardless of their financial circumstances; it also meets 100 percent of domestic students’ institutionally determined need. The result is a student body that is multicultural, socioeconomically diverse, and smart: mid-50-percent SAT scores were 610-710 math and 600-720 verbal; 88 percent of these students were in the top 25 percent of their high school class. Grinnell’s facilities are outstanding. The College has recently completed a 10-year, 12-building expansion program on its picturesque 120-acre campus, resulting in a new arts center, science center, campus center, residence halls, athletic and recreation complex, and more. Architecture ranges from academic gothic to spectacular contemporary; many new buildings are LEED-certified; deferred maintenance is virtually nonexistent. The College is in Grinnell, Iowa, a small, progressive town with close ties to both the College and to its prairie surroundings. A 365-acre environmental research area near campus supports a wide variety of study and recreational opportunities in several native and restored ecosystems. About Grinnell, IA: The town of Grinnell provides an appealing setting for living and learning, and was recently named one of the “Coolest Small Towns” in America by Budget Travel magazine. An active local foods movement, well-preserved architectural gems, an excellent regional medical center, well-supported day-care and pre-school programs, the Galaxy teen center, good schools, vibrant community arts organizations, downtown coffee shops and cinema, and distinctive shops and restaurants reflect a strong local commitment to a high quality of life. Abundant local parks, nearby prairie preserves and woodlands, idyllic country roads, and a six-mile bicycle path from town to the lake and trail system of Rock Creek State Park provide opportunities for enjoyable outdoor recreation. It is less than an hour's drive to Des Moines and about an hour to Iowa City, a vibrant community with a renowned state university, well-developed arts scene, and outstanding teaching hospital. The urban amenities of Minneapolis-St. Paul, St. Louis, Kansas City, and Chicago are all accessible within a four- to five-hour drive. Grinnell College is committed to establishing and maintaining a safe and nondiscriminatory educational environment for all College community members. It is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination in matters of admission, employment, and housing, and in access to and participation in its education programs, services, and activities. The College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, veteran status, religion, physical or mental disability, creed, or any other protected class.