Assistant Director, Student Development Diversity Initiatives
September 15, 2018
Ithaca, New York
Student & Campus Life (SCL) inspires transformation in all Cornell students on their journey of individual, academic and personal evolution. Our division is comprised of leading student affairs experts who support our campus on pressing student life matters including public service, health, wellness, social justice, residential living, food services, sports, recreation, career services, and student activities and organizations including sorority and fraternity life. Our nearly 4,000 staff and student employees who make up SCL embrace the opportunity to represent the division and strive for excellence as we shape the Cornell student experience, one interaction at a time.
The Center for Intercultural Dialogue is home to several identity-based program areas (Asian/ Asian American Center, LGBT Resource Center, Alumni Student Mentoring Program, Student Development Diversity Initiatives), and supports student growth and development, through community-building, advising student organizations, planning events and activities, and collaborating with numerous campus partners. A major component of the Center's mission is to outreach to and engage Cornell University's increasingly diverse campus in cross-cultural programming that supports the inclusion of all its members.
The Diversity and Inclusion portfolio is casting a new vision to develop and implement an intersectional programming model that engages our students in new and innovative ways. Reporting to the Associate Dean for Student Empowerment in the Diversity and Inclusion portfolio in the Dean of Students Office of the Division of Student & Campus Life. As a unit within the Diversity and Inclusion portfolio we share a dedication to student identity development, student support, and advocacy. We are a growing portfolio recently adding staff members to support undocumented/DACA and military veteran students as well as recruiting for multiple Director and Assistant Director positions, deepening our holistic commitment to marginalized and underserved student communities and the multiple identities they hold.
Student Development Diversity Initiatives (SDDI) supports student leaders and student organizations with missions that serve first-generation, low-income and/or students of color. The two assistant directors provide leadership to support student leadership development, training, and education for student groups. The assistant director will advise several student organizations, help in the coordination of student run large-scale community programs and support intercultural and intersectional longitudinal leadership development. The staff in SDDI also provide individual support to student leaders in social, leadership, and identity development. The incumbent will focus on and develop the following areas:
Work collaboratively with campus partners to strengthen co-curricular support for underrepresented minority groups
Assist with the planning, implementation, and assessment of a longitudinal programming model for student leaders
Assist with first-generation and or low-income student support initiatives
Additionally, the assistant director assists students with various aspects of programming including event booking processes, financial details, logistical event preparations, and marketing, attending student organization meetings when necessary to assist with developing short and long-term organizational and individual goals to achieve organization's desired outcomes or intentions. The Assistant Director reports to the Associate Dean of Students for Student Empowerment. The hopeful candidate should anticipate supporting student groups and individuals during non-traditional business hours, including evenings and weekends. This position is a 12-month, full time and is designated as a 2-year renewable term position extendable for up to an additional 3-year term for a total maximum of 5 years.
Bachelor's Degree Required. Master's degree preferred in College Student Development, Student Affairs Administration, Higher Education, Diversity Education, Social Justice Education Social Work or a related field
Experience advising or working closely with Latinx or students from the African Diaspora
2-3 years' experience with college student populations preferred
Understanding of student development theory, including gender, race, and sexual identity development, related issues, trends and needs as it pertains to college students
Ability to advise students, showing good judgment about when to make referrals, set boundaries, and equip students with skills and strategies to engage in self-advocacy
Competency in working with individuals and groups with a wide array of identity and life experiences, including gender, sexuality, class, race/ethnicity, disability, culture, and religion
Ability to identify and proactively respond to problems or emerging student needs
Experience effecting change from within systems: ability to build relationships and maintain trust, to assess and balance the needs of various stakeholders, and to identify and advocate for achievable solutions
Ability to take initiative, work and think independently, and willingness to contribute to a team-oriented work environment
Strong oral, written, evaluation, and presentation skills: ability to convey complex concepts and to communicate with students, faculty, staff and community members in a manner that promotes dialogue and understanding
Ability to foster a supportive and student-centered environment
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