The Assistant Director of Equity and Student Leadership Programs is charged with embedding equity and inclusion in student engagement to positively impact academic outcomes of students. This involves implementing evidenced-based strategies to cultivate socially just leadership and deploying multicultural engagement theories and strategies into student leadership opportunities offered to MSU Denver’s diverse student population. As such, the position is expected to deliver culturally competent and inclusive support of the student population. This key leadership position works across the University with faculty, staff, and key student affairs and academic departments to establish strong and intentional partnerships focused on developing student leaders and leadership opportunities from an equity and inclusion lens. This position reports to the Associate Director of Student Organizations and Leadership Programs within the Center for Multicultural Engagement and Inclusion (CMEI).
60% – Oversight of Leadership Programming •Responsible for the overall administrative, budgetary, and personnel needs of the CMEI’s student leadership programming. Ensures that this programming centers racial equity, cultural identity, and operationalizes social justice. •Responsible for oversight and management of CMEI leadership programs including Equity Peer Leaders, Urban Leadership Program, and CMEI’s collaborations on student leadership conferences, summits and civic engagement initiatives •Collaborates with colleagues in CMEI, the Center for Equity and Student Achievement, Student Affairs, and Office of Diversity and Inclusion as well as with academic Deans, department chairs, and faculty to ensure integration of academic co-curricular leadership programming across the university. •With the support of Associate Director and other colleagues, intentionally works with relevant student organizations, the fraternity and sorority community, and Student Government Assembly (SGA) to cultivate and develop leadership skills among students holding formal leadership positions.
20% – Supervision and Operations •Provides excellent supervision for the CMEI undergraduate student staff who support program operations and create conditions that empower historically underrepresented student populations at MSU Denver (i.e. Black, African/African American, Asian, Pacific Islander, Latinx, Native American, and Indigenous students). •Recruits, hires, trains, evaluates, and holds employees accountable to performance expectations. •Monitors allocated budget and expenses. Responsible for advocating for equity and justice in development and deployment of fiscal strategies impacting multicultural engagement and inclusion.
10% – Assessment and Reporting •Tracks student participation, assesses student learning, and manages data for all relevant program areas, and in other areas related to student engagement, as requested. •Regularly communicates (and reports) on student participation and outcomes; does so with disaggregated information on relevant student demographic characteristics including race and ethnicity.
10% Related Other Duties •Actively participates in committees and working groups related to equity and student engagement and supports the development and implementation of equity and diversity education and training on campus. •Leads and/or contributes to special projects and/or initiatives, as requested that relate to equitable student engagement. •Participates in training and relevant professional development activities to support professional and/or departmental growth. Works to operationalize and/or integrate learning from these trainings into the work unit and work processes. •Is an innovator, a disrupter, and a change agent for racial equity and student engagement. Strives to recognize inequities in the work and in oneself and commits to address them. Seeks out opportunities to take calculated risks in support of a more engaged and equitably supported student community at MSU Denver.
•Bachelor’s Degree •Experience working with underrepresented students specifically, low-income, first-generation, and racially/ethnically diverse •Experience working with students in an educational setting. •Sound knowledge of and understanding of contemporary equity-minded leadership development and identity development theories. Direct experience translating this knowledge to practice with college students. •Excellent written and verbal communication skills Important Note: Successful applicants will ensure their resumes clearly demonstrate that their work experience describes how they meet all required qualifications.
•Earned Master’s Degree in higher education administration, student affairs, education leadership, counseling, social work, or a related field •Demonstrated experience contributing positively to campus-wide equity and social justice outcomes and initiatives •Professional experience working to advise or otherwise support student engagement, leadership development, multicultural affairs, or student retention and success programming. •Experience developing and reporting on student learning outcomes •Experience conducting program evaluation for improvement
Internal Number: A01655
About Metropolitan State University of Denver
Metropolitan State University of Denver is a unique, access-oriented campus community that values diversity, equity, and inclusion in all its forms. We are a designated Hispanic Serving Institution located in downtown Denver. Our student population consists of over 55% first generation students and over 45% students of color.