Roger Williams University, located on the coast of Bristol, RI, is a forward-thinking private university with 45 undergraduate majors and more than a dozen graduate programs spanning the liberal arts and the professions, where students become community-minded citizens through project-based, experiential learning. With small classes, direct access to faculty and boundless opportunities for real-world projects, RWU students develop the ability to think critically while simultaneously building the practical skills that today's employers demand. In the five years since launching its signature Affordable Excellence initiative, the University has established itself as a leader in American higher education by confronting the most pressing issues facing students and families - increasing costs that limit access to college, rising debt and the job readiness of graduates. In addition to its 4,000 undergraduates and 300 graduate students, RWU is home to a thriving School of Continuing Studies based in Providence as well as Rhode Island's only law school.
Roger Williams University is committed to creating and supporting an intellectual community devoted to teaching and learning and providing the opportunity for personal and intellectual growth for students, faculty and staff. The University credits much of its growth and success to the hard work and dedication of its employees.
Under the supervision of the Director of Institutional Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, the Assistant Director, Multicultural Student Initiatives will have primary responsibility for designing and implementing access and success activities for students of color, low income students and 1st generation college students, based on national best practices.
The Assistant Director will partner with the Director and other diversity staff across campus in creating structures and processes that support the achievement of RWU's diversity, equity, inclusion, and retention and student success goals.
Serve as the primary coordinator of Success and Affinity initiatives for students, including the Intercultural Leadership Ambassador program, SOAR (Strive,Overcome, Achieve, Rise) and student identity based spaces and organizations. Programs will include a faculty and student mentoring component.
Direct success programs and opportunities designed to support and empower underrepresented students.
Lead affinity based initiatives designed to support a welcoming climate and help retain underrepresented students.
Establish positive and supportive relationships with underrepresented students and people across campus who support them.
Initiatives and Training
Engage in the development and implementation of access, success and equity programs and initiatives.
Assist the Director and Chief Diversity Officer with the coordination and implementation of initiatives, programs and practices that support institutional strategies to foster diversity, equity and inclusion and collaborate with critical partners in Student Life, the Center for Student Academic Success, Enrollment Management & Marketing.
Participate in division and University-wide initiatives, programs and committee as appropriate.
Assist with, and develop, marketing and publicity strategies for the Intercultural Leadership Ambassador program, SOAR, and any other access and success initiatives and programs for underserved students (1st generation, students of color, low income, etc.).
Support the recruitment of underrepresented students by staffing open houses and accepted student days and partnering with admissions in their outreach and pre-college program efforts.
Supervise work study students, interns or volunteers focused on access and success.
Perform administrative duties (non-clerical) to support efforts.
Master's Degree in related field.
At least two years of direct, full-time experience designing and implementing access and success programs for underrepresented students (including mentoring, identity development, pre-college and summer programs).
Knowledge and Understanding of the factors supporting the success of underrepresented students (i.e. students of color, low-income students, 1st generation, etc.).
Demonstrated knowledge and experience working with underserved and marginalized students.
Demonstrated experience working and communicating effectively with diverse populations and creating inclusive and equitable communities.
Strong leadership and organizational skills.
Established record of building positive relationships.
Ability to think creatively, multi-task and work well both independently and collaboratively.
Excellent written and oral communication skills.
Intermediate knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite.
Available to work evenings and weekends and travel locally and regionally.
As an institution committed to strengthening society through engaged teaching and learning as well as building the university that the world needs now, Roger Williams University values inclusion, seeks to reflect the diversity of the region and create access to higher education and career success.
The University seeks candidates who, through their work and life experiences, service to the community, and teaching or research, can contribute to our diversity, inclusivity, and equity goals.
Roger Williams University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and committed to a diverse workforce. All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or any other basis protected by applicable state and federal law.
For information on our Non-discrimination and Title IX policy, visit: rwu.edu/NDT9
Please attach a resume, cover letter, and list of three (3) professional references. In your cover letter/letter of interest, in addition to listing how your qualifications meet the requirements of the position, please include information about how you would be able to contribute to RWU's diversity, inclusivity, and equity goals.