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Director of Center for Student Diversity

Mount St. Mary’s is eager to begin an enhancement of its Center for Student Diversity to better serve our increasing number of underrepresented students and to better educate the general student body on the importance of diversity in preparation for the global world. To that end, the Mount is searching for an enthusiastic and dynamic individual who is looking to grow professionally while guiding this initiative forward.

General Position Description

The Director reports to the Dean of Students and is a crucial resource for the development of students of color and other underrepresented populations on campus. The name “Student Diversity” places a focus on dialogue among peoples of diverse backgrounds. It implies not only event programming, but also a commitment to actively enhancing diversity and intercultural understanding among the entire University community. The Director is responsible for the daily operations of the Center for Student Diversity.

General Responsibilities

  • Develop and promote co-curricular initiatives and programs to enhance racial and cultural understanding.
  • Promote the integration and participation of students of color and other underrepresented populations into campus life.
  • Establish programs and services to recruit, assist, retain, empower and promote the success of students of color and other underrepresented populations on campus.
  • Collaborate with the Office of Admissions, the faculty, and the greater campus community to enhance development opportunities and to respond to recruitment and retention issues for students of color and other underrepresented populations.
  • Facilitate activities, programs, and campus-wide dialogue to promote an appreciation of diversity.
  • Oversee an assistant director as well as student assistants.
  • Build partnerships with the local community to enhance the appreciation of diversity.
  • Prepare, present and oversee annual budgets related to the office.
  • Maintain and conduct adequate and accurate assessments of office productivity and effectiveness.
  • Develop appropriate communication to keep students informed of scholarship, internship or other educational opportunities.
  • Create, implement and evaluate marketing plans for the office.
  • Enhance educational initiatives and cross-cultural training during New Student Orientation, Student Government Training and Resident Assistant training, etc.
  • Maintain accurate records of students, staff, administrators and faculty participating in Diversity initiatives and programs.
  • Serve on various campus committees and councils to represent the interest of the Division of Student Affairs.
  • Respond to individual student and campus crises.
  • Assume responsibility for other special projects as assigned by the Dean of Students or his/her designee.

Currently, The Center for Student Diversity supports the following student organizations:

1. PEACE –Peer Educators & Advocates for Campus Equality

PEACE is the Center’s premiere student leadership group. These diversity peer educators are trained to facilitate monthly Courageous Conversations and lead cultural training's for Mount students. They are the Center’s ambassadors at Admissions events and lead Unity, the Center’s Mountward Bound summer orientation program.

2. Asian Culture Club

The Asian Culture Club seeks to promote the unity, culture, and heritage of Asian students which participates in the wider efforts to encourage and promote multicultural awareness.

3. Allies

Allies is currently inactive. However, the group was created to provide a safe and supportive environment for LGBT+ students and their allies.

4. Black Student Union

The BSU works to provide community for students who identity as black or members of the African diaspora. The student-led group unites regularly to empower, motivate, and educate their fellow peers.

5. Caribbean Culture Club

Also known as Tri-C, the Caribbean Culture Club is a student-led group created to honor and celebrate the heritage of students from various parts of the Caribbean.

6. Pan Africa

Pan Africa is a student-led club dedicated honoring and celebrating the culture of the African diaspora.

7. The VOICE- Visionaries of an Inclusive Campus Environment

The VOICE is a newly formed student-led advocacy group. The students work to advocate for historically marginalized groups.

8. Student Organization of Latinos

Student Organization of Latinos, also known as SOL, is a student-led group dedicated to honoring, and celebrating Latino culture and heritage.

Minimum Qualifications

The successful candidate should possess a master’s degree in a relevant field and have a proven record of success in higher education diversity leadership and/or administration. Strong computer skills, written and oral skills, and an ability to multitask is required. Experience in experiential training and facilitation is preferred. The position requires a demonstrated commitment to the Catholic, liberal arts mission of the University.

Salary

This is a full-time position with full benefits and annual, holiday and sick leave. Salary is contingent upon experience.

Applicants are requested to submit a resume and cover letter which in part addresses the contribution the candidate can make to a Catholic liberal arts institution. Information is to be sent to:

Mount St. Mary’s University
Department of Human Resources
Director of the Center for Student Diversity search
16300 Old Emmitsburg Rd.
Emmitsburg, MD 21727

Or email resume materials to: resume@msmary.edu.

Mount St. Mary's is a dynamic, Catholic, liberal arts university with over 2,000 undergraduate and graduate students. As a Catholic university, Mount St. Mary’s graduates ethical leaders who are inspired by a passion for learning and lead lives of significance in service to God and others. The university has a strong institutional commitment to excellence through diversity in its educational programs and employment practices; we actively seek and welcome applications from candidates with exceptional qualifications, particularly those with demonstrable commitments to a more inclusive society and world. EOE.

Mount St. Mary's University does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, sex, religion, differently abling condition or national origin. Mount St. Mary's hires only U.S. citizens and lawfully authorized aliens.

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