Essential Functions: The Advisor for Student Engagement will support the vision, mission, and commitments of the Office of Multicultural Student Engagement (OMSE). The individual Works in conjunction with the Assistant Director to assist in achieving the long-term strategic planning of the office. The individual coordinates outreach and awareness initiatives that promote academic success for LGBTQ+, first generation, historically marginalized students and others. This position reports to the Assistant Director of the Office of Multicultural Student Engagement. Collaborate in the creation of programs and services with departments and colleges to provide support services to aid in retention and graduation.Develop, organize, and facilitate on-campus programming and educational workshops focused on cultivating learning and engagement opportunities around identity development, intersectionality, and other areas that increase awareness on diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice. In collaboration with OMSE staff, assist in the development and execution of educational programs for cultural heritage months and identity-based celebrations. Facilitate the advising and mentoring of LGBTQ+, underrepresented, and first-generation students with the goal of facilitating their full participation in the academic life at WSU. Collaborate and assist with existing orientation and first-year programs with the goal of helping students become actively engaged within the Wayne State University campus community.Communicate with faculty and academic staff about students' (LGBTQ+, first-generation, and historically marginalized students) regarding academic progress to identify areas of strengths and needs to provide individualized services, resources, and opportunities to enhance their academic engagement and success. Assist with programming and advising support to student organizations serving underrepresented, first generation, and historically marginalized populations. In collaboration with OMSE staff, assist in the development of appropriate information channels to inform LGBTQ+ and underrepresented students of personal and academic development opportunities. Serve as the office lead on LGBTQ+ Allyship training and facilitate ongoing development and assessment of related trainings and educational programs. Serve as the office lead for annual Rainbow Graduation and Homecoming ceremony as well as assist with other graduation celebration events coordinated out of OMSE.
Qualifications: Bachelor's degree required for Academic Advisor I. Master's degree required for Academic Advisor II, from an accredited college or university preferably in Student Affairs, Higher Education, Counseling, Women's Gender and/or Sexuality studies or related field. Minimum of two years of job-related experience. Demonstrated experience working with programs that serve LGBTQ+ and diverse student populations with special attention and outreach to under-represented or historically marginalized students(e.g., low-income, first-generation, and other historically excluded populations). Knowledge of and experience with multicultural and multi-ethnic dynamics within a university setting and the academic and social pressures experienced by students at a major research University including students from the LGBTQ+ community. A leadership role in diversity, multicultural education advising, or student affairs program in a college or universityFive or more years of full-time progressively responsible experience in university retention and advising programs and activities in the areas of academic, social, and transitional support. Experience serving in coordinator positions in higher education student services programs, demonstrating strong multitasking skills and ability to work with teams of people. Communication Skills: Oral and written skills to communicate in a diverse environment at all levels, with tact and diplomacy, in order to achieve program and campus goals. Strong public speaking and presentation skills. Program Skills: Knowledge of best practices, assessment, and research and evaluating programs and services that support success of students from historically underrepresented or marginalized populations. Ability to conduct program assessment and assessment of student learning outcomes. Technical Knowledge: Knowledge of skill and learning development models, including multicultural student development theory, advising theory, and factors affecting the college success for diverse populations. Ability to apply this knowledge when developing/modifying policies and practices. Interpersonal Skills: Excellent interpersonal skills, especially those in the areas of collaboration, conflict resolution, problem solving, and decision making. Organizational Skills: Excellent organizational and time management skills with demonstrated ability to plan, coordinate, prioritize, and effectively execute multiple initiatives, programs, and events, and meet established deadlines.
Founded in 1868, Wayne State University is a nationally recognized metropolitan research institution offering more than 400 academic programs through 13 schools and colleges to nearly 32,000 students. Wayne State?s main campus in Midtown Detroit comprises 100 buildings over nearly 200 acres; its five extension centers offer higher education to people throughout Southeast Michigan. Wayne State is dedicated to preparing students to excel by combining the academic excellence of a major research university with the practical experience of an institution that by its history, location and diversity represents a microcosm of the world we live in. Reflecting its location and the excellent international reputation of its graduate schools, particularly in the sciences, Wayne State boasts the most diverse student body among Michigan?s public universities. Its students represent 49 U.S. states and more than 60 countries.