Position Summary: The Director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) provides leadership in the development, implementation, and evaluation of programs, strategies, and services necessary for developing and maintaining an equitable and inclusive campus community. This position reports to the Assistant Vice President of Student Development.
Essential Functions: The director promotes an equitable educational experience by fostering and equipping campus constituencies, with a focus on students, to be inclusive through campus programming and on- and off-campus collaborations. The director oversees multicultural competency development for students, leadership training and support services for minoritized students (primarily students of color, undocumented students, and LGBTQ students), and programming focused on improving the climate for a diverse campus community. The director assists in the recruitment and retention of a diverse student body. The director is a member of the Student Development Divisional Leadership Team and contributes to the implementation of divisional goals and programs.
Major Functions: Departmental Leadership (40%) • Hire, train, supervise, and evaluate OMA staff, including full-time, graduate, and undergraduate staff. • Conduct assessment and evaluation of departmental programs. • Manage departmental budget. • Maintain the OMA spaces on campus (OMA Lounge 322, OMA Lounge 390, OMA Office, and OMA Food Pantry), including oversight for related programming and policies. • Build relationships and collaborate with campus and community partners to support departmental initiatives.
University Collaboration toward Equity and Inclusion (20%) • Participate in divisional and university committees as needed. • Regular meetings with the Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion and collaboration with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. • Provide diversity and social justice consultations as needed.
Campus Programming (15%) • Sponsor/co-sponsor campus events focusing on social justice and improving the climate for a diverse campus community. • Implement regular campus programming, including the annual MLK Celebration; Isang Bagsak, the annual Cesar Chavez celebration; the annual Staff and Faculty of Color Retreat; campus dialogues and trainings; and beginning- and end-of-year celebrations. • Supervise professional and student staff in the development and implementation of these programs.
Student Recruitment, Retention, and Support (15%) • Administer donated emergency funding to assist students of color and LGBTQ students with extenuating circumstances to continue their studies. • Provide outreach, mentoring and one on one support to undocumented students; support in navigating institutional systems, community resources, financial barriers, etc. • Meet with students to address issues related to campus climate, personal development, financial planning, and academic and career decision-making. • Attend and present at admissions events as needed. • Collaborate with Undergraduate Admission to coordinate campus visits for high school student groups.
Training and Facilitation (10%) • Develop and facilitate diversity and social justice workshops for students, staff, and faculty. • Present at regularly scheduled Human Resource new staff orientations.
Marginal Functions • Participate in divisional and university committees as needed. • Develop relationships with alumni of color, undocumented alumni, and LGBTQ alumni. • Ensure regular maintenance of departmental website. • Other duties as assigned.
Minimum Qualifications: • Bachelor’s degree in higher education and 5 years of progressive experience in student affairs with skills in multicultural affairs, diversity training, or a related field required OR an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to perform the essential functions of the job as listed above. • A demonstrated commitment to equity, inclusion, and social justice in keeping with the University's mission, vision and values. Multicultural competency and demonstrated ability in fostering an inclusive climate for students, staff and faculty. • Effective communication, interpersonal and team-building skills. • Ability to work effectively one-on-one with students. • An understanding of and appreciation for student development and services in a Jesuit institution of higher education. • Strong oral and written communication skills. • Knowledge of and experience with assessment. • This position requires a criminal history background check.
Preferred Qualifications: • Master’s degree in higher education or related field plus seven years of progressive experience in student affairs; diversity, equity and inclusion; and student leadership development. • Knowledge of innovative best practices in campus programming, marketing, and using technology to communicate with students. • Demonstrated leadership and supervisory experience. • Excellent verbal, written and organizational skills; capability to multi-task; demonstrated ability to manage budgets, develop and implement assessment; and strategic planning methods and reporting functions.
About Seattle University
Founded in 1891, Seattle University is one of 28 Jesuit Catholic universities in the U.S. At Seattle University, we are dedicated to educating the whole person, to professional formation, and to empowering leaders for a just and humane world. Our faculty is positively engaged in contributing to the university’s vision to be the premier independent university of the Pacific Northwest in academic quality, Jesuit Catholic inspiration, and service to society.
Seattle University, located near downtown Seattle, Washington enrolls approximately 7,700 undergraduate and graduate students in eight colleges and schools and provides a total educational experience encompassing the classroom, campus and community to develop competence, character and leadership.