Under the direction of the Associate Dean of Students, the Assistant Director of Inclusion Programs will serve in a two year, full time position and is responsible for supporting the development of a comprehensive diversity, equity and inclusion plan and providing student centered engagement opportunities through club support services and the implementation of co-curricular programs designed to enhance the growth and development of all students. The Assistant Director will provide a variety of cultural, social and educational programs and experiences for all students to engage with the campus and community. The Assistant Director will provide oversight for student affinity groups, and support event management, with the goal of increasing student engagement and creating a strong sense of belonging, equity, well-being, global citizenship and school spirit. The Assistant Director will foster cultural awareness and aid in the promotion of a safe, supportive, and inclusive campus that celebrates and respects diversity. The Assistant Director will work directly with students and student organizations as they explore their identities related to race, ethnicity, gender identity, gender expression, sexuality, religion, and other aspects of their personhood.
Candidates should demonstrate responsiveness toward and understanding of diverse student backgrounds, especially with regard to socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, culture, ability/disability, sexual orientation, and gender identity and have a willingness to facilitate the university’s mission to develop global citizens.
Necessary duties include but are not limited to:
Departmental Program Development and Planning
Assists the Associate Dean of Students in the development of diversity, equity and inclusion with the planning, development, implementation, facilitation and assessment of programs and activities, diversity education and inclusion trainings, workshops, program series, intercultural dialogues, partnerships for the student body as well as for student organizations, promote cultural inclusion and sensitivity.
Recruits, hires, trains, supervises and supports the Student Events Assistants and Diversity Peer Educators in the implementation and marketing of social, cultural, and educational programming for all students to maximize involvement and interaction with the campus and community, with the goal of increasing student engagement, activism, advocacy, leadership and global citizenship.
Assist with the orientation, retention, advising, and support for students of color and other minoritized groups as well as collaborate with other student support offices to create strong cultural competencies.
Student Event Planning and Management
Advises and supports affinity group events regarding event planning and logistics, utilizing best and sustainable practices in processes, procedures, and policies; and ensures quality service and support for student-led events.
Works with the Office of the Dean of Students, Risk Management and student organizations in reviewing external event contracts and assessing risks associated with organization events; implements event risk reduction strategies; and contributes to the creation and implementation of policy and procedural initiatives to ensure safe practices in risk management and responsible decision making.
Student Organization/Club Management
Maintains knowledge of and communicates University policies and procedures to student organization/ student leaders and advisors; oversees the student affinity group registration process; and ensures that all registration and membership eligibility requirements are met.
Works closely and maintains contact with student organization advisors on a regular basis; develops and implements training for advisors.
Manages the hiring and training of Student Activities paraprofessional staff; and supervises and mentors the staff with the goal of increasing their personal and professional growth.
Oversees the design and implementation of Student Activities manuals and guidelines, including the Student Organization Manual; and updates all policies and procedures and the Student Activities website and University portal.
Updates the student organization participation data each semester and maintains the database of student organizations members/activities; assesses overall student participation in organizations and clubs; and administers student surveys to assess student engagement and interest.
Assists in researching, analyzing, compiling, and generating reports and statistical information based on program assessment. Prepare proposals, manuals, forms and other documentation as required.
Keeps the campus community informed of all events, programs, and activities through print, visual and social media; ensures the timely distribution of information for the campus community and updates the campus wide events calendar. Responsible for developing and updating content for Student Activities on the University portal, website and other media.
Works with the Associate Dean of Students to promote increased campus awareness of University goals and priorities related to diversity and inclusion and mission.
Collaborates and supports ongoing partnerships with faculty and staff to improve student engagement.
Maintains budget to include procurement and processing payments.
Collaborates with Student Affairs staff in providing resource support for student affinity groups.
Master’s degree in Higher Education, Student Personnel/Student Affairs, or related field
Experience working in collegiate student life, diversity/ multicultural areas and creating and facilitating student development programs, trainings and workshops.
Demonstrated personal and professional commitment to diversity and inclusion; solid understanding of and appreciation for cultural, ethnic, and individual differences.
Demonstrated effectiveness in working collaboratively with college students, colleagues, and community constituents as a collaborator, educator, supervisor and advisor.
Experience managing student staff and student organizations.
Possess strong organizational and project management skills and ability to multitask in a fast paced environment. Ability to coordinate, delegate, and track projects to completion while handling interruptions, multiple deadlines and shifting priorities.
Strong interpersonal skills and practice of cultural humility in interactions with others.
Demonstrated knowledge of group dynamics and needs with proven track record of facilitating constructive intergroup dialogue, success in managing conflict and guiding mutual understanding.
Strong oral, written and interpersonal communication skills including effective public speaking, effectively listen to all points of view, facilitate difficult dialogues, ability to solve problems and build consensus.
Possesses leadership qualities such as: vision, pro-activeness, being a self-starter, positivity and creativity.
Knowledge and application of student development theories, models and practices.
Demonstrated experience with personnel management and budget management.
Excellent time management skills.
Commitment to mutual respect, service orientation, diversity, and institutional excellence and high professional standards.
Ability to establish and maintain positive relationships within the University and the community.
A self-starter, personable, detail-oriented and goal-oriented
High proficiency in personal computer systems utilizing databases, word processing, graphics, spreadsheets, to include MS Word, MS Excel, MS Outlook and other Microsoft applications. Working knowledge of marketing, social media, and website practices.
Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Soka University of America offers a competitive benefits package. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.
Employment is contingent upon the completion of a successful background check.
Soka University requires all employees and students to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. If hired, you are required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 as a condition of your employment at Soka University, except in instances where you have a qualifying medical condition or sincerely held religious belief that is contrary to receiving the vaccine. You will be required to provide your vaccination record on your first day of employment.
To apply, send a letter of interest, resume, and three professional references.
Soka University is a private, non-profit, four-year liberal arts college and graduate school located on 103-acres in south Orange County, California in the City of Aliso Viejo. Soka University is nationally ranked in the Top 25 National Liberal Arts Colleges and Top 15 Best Value Colleges by US News & World Report's "Best Colleges 2019." SUA offers an 8:1 student/faculty ratio (average class size 12) and study abroad is included in tuition so that every undergraduate spends a semester living and learning another culture. Proudly founded upon the Buddhist principles of peace, human rights and the sanctity of life, SUA offers a non-sectarian curriculum that is open to top students of all nationalities and beliefs. About 60% of our students come from the US and 40% have come from more than 45 other countries.