The Associate Director of Multicultural Affairs & Students of Color Outreach reports directly to the Associate Dean of Multicultural Affairs (MA). Primary responsibilities include: oversight and coordination of Students of Color (SOC) @ Columbia programs and resources, and preparation of relevant trainings for students and other constituents. The AD will demonstrate a strong knowledge base of campus climate concerns within the undergraduate SOC community and is responsible to provide a comprehensive range of advocacy, education, information, and referrals for SOC and student groups. The AD will provide individual support to students in their social, leadership, and identity development. Additionally, the AD will oversee the Intercultural Resource Center (IRC) facility and coordinate its social justice programming, including the Intercultural House (ICH) residential program. Broadly, the AD will support campus bias response, specifically through developing community programming; and will contribute to office-wide diversity and inclusion trainings and curricula development.
Oversee, facilitate, and assess MAâ€™s programming and outreach focused on racial justice, anti-racism practices, SOC experiences and community building, and issues impacting Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Asian & Pacific Islander, Arab & Middle Eastern, and Mixed Heritage people. Apply identity development, intersectionality and/or social justice framework/ theories to all programs, trainings, and retreats. Coordinate student outreach and programming with student coordinators and other MA associate directors.
With the Associate Dean of MA, Dean of USL, and relevant partners, lead advocacy efforts to address campus climate issues impacting SOC. Oversee the Student of Color Advisory Board within MA. Through the Student of Color Resource Team, develop recommendations, in partnership with relevant offices, to improve campus experiences for SOC.
Manage social justice and intercultural programming, campus education, and resources of the IRC. Provide opportunities for undergrads in the IRC and across campus to engage in relevant dialogues. Assess the scope of outreach, programming, and learning outcomes of the IRC. Develop, direct, assess and manage the ICH, a social justice special interest community residential program in the IRC. Provide relevant trainings, workshops, and developmental conversations for the ICH residents. Supervise student staff who provide leadership and support the residents in collaboration with Residential Life. Align Resident Adviser selection and training with Residential Life Special Interest Community program. Oversee IRC operations. Create an atmosphere of mutual respect, inclusivity, and responsibility among staff, residents, and visitors. Document student conduct concerns and follow-up as appropriate. Oversee decisions about disciplinary violations and keep accurate records of conflicts, student interactions, and disciplinary conferences in accordance with the Clery Act, federal reporting standards. Know and communicate all school-specific and University rules and regulations in relation to residential living.
Provide individual support (including referral) to students in their social, leadership, and identity development. With the Associate Dean, provide advocacy and support for students on campus issues and bias incidents. Assist the Associate Dean with the development and implementation of campus education projects following campus incidents.
Advise heritage months and cultural organizations; develop strong advisory relationships with advisees. Apply student and leadership development theories to inform advisement practices. Inform students of University policies and procedures, train students in event planning and management, and assist with critical decision-making. Provide support for organizations with budgets, contracts, and evening/ weekend event coverage and advisement when needed. Facilitate inter-organization communication and collaboration. Initiate and plan community building programs and meetings for constituencies represented in assigned advisement portfolio.
Contribute to the development, writing, facilitation, and assessment of original diversity education curricula for general Multicultural Affairs by-request workshops and trainings. Develop and execute related train-the-trainer programs. Collaborate with the Manager of Diversity Education to coordinate broad campus education, including by-request trainings and anti-racism workshops.
Serve on cross-functional work teams within the Undergraduate Student Life unit, which is comprised of the Multicultural Affairs, Residential Life, and Student Engagement.
Assist with programs and services that further the missions of Multicultural Affairs, Undergraduate Student Life, Columbia College, and Columbia Engineering.
Perform other related duties as assigned.
As a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Council of Ivy Group Presidents (Ivy League), it is imperative that members of the Columbia University community, in all matters related to the intercollegiate athletics program, exhibit the highest professional standards and ethical behavior with regard to adherence to NCAA, Conference, University, and Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and Physical Education rules and regulations.
Bachelor's degree required.
3 years of professional experience in student affairs is required.
Strong knowledge of multicultural and social justice theories, intersectionality, and specific issues impacting student of color communities such as anti-Black racism, model minority myth, colorism, and tribal sovereignty is essential.
Excellent intercultural communication and facilitation skills.
Strong background in working with diverse populations, including students of color, LGBTQ students, international students, first-generation college students, and/or cultural organization; as well as a substantive understanding of intersectionality as it relates to the intersections of social identities (such as gender identity, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, ability, and socio-economic status).
*Frequent evening and weekend hours necessary.*
**Applications submitted without a resume and cover letter will not be considered**
Masters in Student Personnel Administration or related field preferred.
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