Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains in Western North Carolina, UNC Asheville is the designated public liberal arts campus in the University of North Carolina system. UNC Asheville is nationally known for the quality of our student-centered teaching, mentoring of undergraduates in research, interdisciplinary learning, and striving to be an inclusive campus community. UNC Asheville is committed to promoting diversity and a work environment that encourages knowledge of, respect for, and the ability to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds. Staff members are encouraged to take an active role to engage in the institution's efforts in promoting diversity and inclusion throughout the workplace. The successful candidate is expected to foster an inclusive work culture where uniqueness of beliefs, backgrounds, talents, capabilities and ways of living are respected and welcomed. Women, traditionally under-represented minorities, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
Classification Title : Director of Multicultural Student Affairs
Department : Multicultural Affairs
Full-Time/Part-Time : Full-Time
Months per Year : 12 Months
Reporting to the Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, the Director of Multicultural Student Affairs will provide oversight and leadership for all multicultural student programs. The Director will manage the Intercultural Center in partnership with Highsmith Union; and serve as an integral part of the Division of Student Affairs and units directly charged with enhancing student life experiences outside of the classroom.
The requires significant responsibility for the development and implementation of transformative student learning experiences, innovative strategies to increase minority student retention, and programs and services that enhance the overall success of multicultural students.
The Director of Multicultural Student Affairs will bring leadership, vision, integrity and a team-oriented philosophy to the diversity and inclusion efforts, which directly impacts the University's ability to successfully serve students. The Director is a leading thinker for the University on matters of equity, diversity and inclusion. The employee in this position will work in collaboration with the Director of Institutional Equity and others on campus related to diversity and inclusion efforts. While this position will be very student-centric, the Director will help lead effective strategies that champion the importance and value of a diverse and inclusive educational environment which benefits the entire community. The Director will serve as a proponent for underrepresented and international students by providing orientation programming, services, and advocacy. The Director's primary focus is on supporting the enrollment, retention, and graduation of underrepresented and international students; advising aﬃliated student clubs and organizations; and designing and facilitating trainings and workshops. The professional in this position also raises awareness for the entire UNC Asheville community about multicultural and social justice issues through the coordinator and implementation of events, workshops, and trainings.
The Director of Multicultural Student Affairs reports to the Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs.
Minimum Education/Experience/Skill :
This position requires possession of a Master's degree in College Student Affairs, Higher Education Administration, or a closely related field. At least 2 years' experience in higher education settings working in a capacity that advances diversity and inclusion.
Preferred Education/Experience/Skill :
It is preferred that the successful candidate for this position has 4-6 years of relevant experience in higher education.
Demonstrated commitment to inclusiveness, equity and multicultural issues as well as a demonstrated knowledge and ability to work effectively with individuals and groups with a variety of identities, cultures, backgrounds, and ideologies in a global environment.
The successful candidate will also demonstrate an extensive understanding of, and engagement with, issues that affect multicultural students, particularly related to increasing access to higher education, retention in higher education and contemporary issues.
The successful candidate will be able to clearly articulate the importance of diversity and inclusion in higher education.
Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work with a wide variety of constituents. Ability to build rapport with students.
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UNC Asheville is committed to equality and diversity of experiences for our students, applicants and employees. Qualified individuals are encouraged to apply regardless of socio-economic status, gender expression, gender and sexual identity, culture, and ideological beliefs. UNC Asheville is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and will not discriminate against applicants and employees on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, political affiliation, protected veteran status, genetic information, and any other legally protected status with respect to all terms, conditions, and privileges of university-sponsored activities, employment, and the use of university facilities.
About The University of North Carolina at Asheville
As the only dedicated liberal arts institution in the University of North Carolina system, UNC Asheville kindles learning by offering students an intellectually rigorous education that builds critical thinking and workforce skills to last a lifetime. Small class size, award-winning faculty and a nationally acclaimed undergraduate research program foster innovation as well as recognition.The cornerstone of a liberal arts education is the ability to explore the connections between many different subjects as well as the options available. So learning here expands well beyond the classroom walls. Focusing on undergraduate studies, we help students dig into learning, whether they participate in faculty-mentored research projects, undertake career-related internships, study abroad, or join service projects aimed at improving the quality of life at home and around the world. We encourage everyone to seek challenges, seize opportunities and become a doer as well as a thinker.At UNC Asheville, we’ve created an environment for exploring the world as well as more than 30 different majors. About 3,900 undergraduate students and about 330 full- and part-time faculty bring the campus alive with ...a genuine hunger to understand and contribute to the human experience. Amid the culturally rich setting of Asheville, North Carolina, in the Blue Ridge Mountains, it’s all designed to spark a lifelong quest to know more — a fire that will grow brighter in the future.