Assistant Director, Multicultural Student Affairs

  • Northwestern University
  • Evanston, IL, United States
  • Jan 31, 2018
Full time Education Management

Job Description

The mission of Multicultural Student Affairs (MSA): MSA enriches the cultural experience of Northwestern through leadership and education programming; providing opportunities for community engagement and identity expression; and assisting students in navigating the University.

The Assistant Director (AD) will manage, develop, and assess programs and activities focusing on identity engagement and leadership skill development offered by Multicultural Student Affairs, one of three areas within Campus Inclusion & Community. Additionally, the AD be asked to drawn on their experience and expertise in Black or African-American college student development theory, research, and best practices to collaboratively design intercultural and intersectional programs and initiatives that support Black or African-American students and the various marginalized populations MSA serves.

Please Note: Evening and/or weekend hours may be required.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Develop, manage, resource, and asses programs and activities focusing on outcomes related to identity engagement, leadership, and education. Utilize assessment data to inform and improve initiatives. Manage the annual budget and other resources for programming efforts.
  • Serve as an educator, advocate, and thought-leader on the unique needs, experiences, and challenges faced by Black and African-American college students. Integrate this expertise into the development of intercultural and intersectional programming in MSA. Recommend strategies and initiatives to Campus Inclusion & Community, the Division of Student Affairs, and the university community at large.
  • Serve as the adviser of For Members Only (FMO). FMO is Northwestern’s Black student alliance. Assist FMO with programming initiatives, leadership education, and continued personal and organizational growth. Coordinate and organize events for Black History Month, including the annual Harambee celebration.
  • Advise students on successfully navigating the university by connecting them with appropriate campus and community resources.
  • Train, supervise, and evaluate a Graduate Assistant to support programs and activities.
  • Assist in serving as departmental liaison to Northwestern University Black Alumni Association (NUBAA) in conjunction with the Director of MSA. Foster purposeful partnerships and serve on various committees within the division of Student Affairs and across the university, including academic entities, to create interdisciplinary efforts in support of student success and social justice.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • A master's degree in College Student Development, Higher Education Administration, or a related field.
  • A minimum of two years full-time experience at college/university in student affairs or a related field.
  • Experience developing, executing, and assessing educational programming for college students.
  • Experience advising college students, individually and as members of student organizations, with an emphasis on identity development and leadership skills.
  • Commitment to continued personal and professional development.

Minimum Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities.)

  • Strong familiarity with multiple theories and models of leadership.
  • Strong familiarity with theory and best practices related to the positive identity development of Black or African American college students.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, as well as general interpersonal skills.
  • Must work well as part of a team and independently.
  • Ability to collaboratively partner with a multitude of stakeholders.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Strong understanding of best practices for the assessment of student learning outcomes.
  • Strong presentation/facilitation skills.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office 2013 and Box.com collaborative tools.

As per Northwestern University policy, this position requires a criminal background check.  Successful applicants will need to submit to a criminal background check prior to employment.

Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.