Director, Office of Multicultural Student Affairs

Location
United States, North America
Posted
Mar 12, 2014
Employment Type
Full Time
About The Unit: The University of Chicago, one of the nation's preeminent institutions of higher education, seeks a collaborative campus partner, dynamic intellectual leader and skilled manager to serve as its next Director for the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs and Associate Dean of Students in the University. Reporting directly to the Vice President for Campus Life and Student Services and in close collaboration with other colleagues within Campus and Student Life and within the University, the next OMSA Director will provide a respected and inclusive leadership voice in the ongoing dialogue about the multicultural student experience at the University, serve as a trusted professional partner for the Vice President and other key stakeholders both inside and outside CSL, and bring a nuanced understanding of the complexity surrounding development, identity and matters of inclusion for students of color at the University of Chicago. The Office of Minority Student Affairs (OMSA) reflects the institution's tradition of inclusion and steadfast desire to continuously reflect and build on its progress and place in the world. The University of Chicago is among the first non-historically black universities to tenure an African American faculty member and awarded one of the first PhDs to an African American woman. While the institution's commitment to developing diverse perspectives and integrating diverse voices into its intellectual and community life is as old as its founding, the creation of OMSA can be traced to more recent developments. In 2002, the then-provost commissioned the broadest evaluation in the University's history of its performance on issues related to the recruitment, retention, and quality of life of the University's community of color. The findings stood as both a testament to the progress made over the past two decades in addressing minority issues and an admonishment of the work yet to be done. In response, OMSA was reorganized to advance a student-centered approach to supporting the academic success of multicultural students and building an inclusive campus community. The next director will build on OMSA's areas of strength and lead the Office into its next chapter.

Unit Job Summary: The successful candidate will serve as a key leader for the discussions on diversity at the University, as an advisor and mentor for students of color, and as a resource and educator to faculty and staff. The Director will also play a leadership role in helping to engage the larger campus community in dialogue that results in understanding, respect, and tolerance for diversity and inclusion. In addition to supporting the student of color population, the next OMSA Director will use the office's platform to provide diversity expertise, awareness and education throughout the entire university community. The new Director will develop and strengthen relationships with CSL colleagues, the Office of the Provost, the Office of College Admissions, the Office of Civic Engagement, faculty, alumni/ae, community partners, and all others who support the OMSA mission. The next leader will bring demonstrated experiences in student affairs and a strong understanding of student development, in particular students from underrepresented groups and multicultural backgrounds. The OMSA Director will work in close collaboration with the Dean of Students in the University, the Assistant Vice President for Student Life and Associate Dean in the College, and the Deputy Provost for Research and Minority Issues, as well as many other University colleagues. The Director will oversee a staff of six professionals, in addition to building managers and undergraduate interns and a budget of $860,000, which includes $160,000 in endowment funds. S/he will be a gifted manager who can develop and promote a dedicated and passionate staff and accessible and visible to students. The University of Chicago has retained the services of Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist in conducting this important search. All inquiries, applications and nominations for this opportunity should be directed to the search firm as indicated at the end of this document. Review of applications, nominations and expressions of interest will begin immediately and continue on a confidential basis until an appointment is made. Nominations, applications, and inquiries should be sent in confidence to Ponneh Varho or Jeraul Mackey: UChicagoOMSA@imsearch.com. The University of Chicago does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, or veteran status, and does not discriminate against members of protected classes under the law.

Unit Education: Bachelor's degree required. Advanced degree preferred.

Unit Experience: The next leader will bring demonstrated experiences in student affairs and a strong understanding of student development, in particular students from underrepresented groups and multicultural backgrounds. S/he will be a gifted manager who can develop and promote a dedicated and passionate staff and accessible and visible to students. The maturity, presence, and gravitas to engage effectively with all constituencies, communicate broadly across the University and work across boundaries, cultivate and sustain collegial relationships, and build unity around difficult issues.

Unit Job Function Competencies: Understanding of the challenges of working within a complex, decentralized, and academically rigorous research university environment.