George Mason University invites qualified applicants for their next Director for the First-Gen+ Center. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason's academic and culturally inclusive environment.
About the Department:
The First-Gen+ Center serves as an accessible starting point for students (and their families) to understand and connect with relevant university resources. The unit prioritizes data to better understand the student experience and proactively works toward improving the campus environment to serve students who identify as first-generation, undocumented, TPS, and/or with limited income. The Center enhances the student experience through services, programs, policy awareness, and educating the campus community.
Mission The First-Gen+ Center supports students who are historically underrepresented in higher education and their allies while specifically centering college students who identify as first-generation, who identify as undocumented, have refugee status, and those who have families with limited income.
Excellence in the establishment of equitable, accessible, and sustainable practices that support the first-generation community.
About the Position:
The Director of the First-Gen+ Center promotes a campus community that engages in issues of diversity, inclusion, and wellbeing. This mid-level student affairs professional fosters an institutional culture that promotes events and offerings that are inclusive, social consciousness, and advocates for the needs of historically underrepresented populations, particularly for students who are first generation, undocumented, have Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals (DACA), have Temporary Protected Status (TPS), are refugees, and/or have limited income (First-Gen+).
This position collaborates with institutional and community stakeholders to advance information building, policy, advocacy, and success for these populations. This position provides leadership on intersectional outreach, contemporary educational best practices, and student-focused advocacy. This role also provides a structure for the development of education and preparedness for units, colleges, and schools to successfully support and facilitate growth for First-Gen+ populations towards their educational outcomes, identity development, engagement on campus, and overall personal enrichment.
This position has supervisory responsibilities; responsible for staff performance and accountable for conducting staff performance reviews for three (3) full-time Assistant Directors within the department.
Master's degree in counseling, higher education, or related field; or equivalent combination of related education and experience;
Experience working with diverse student populations;
Experience managing budgets;
Knowledge of issues, challenges, and opportunities facing institutions of higher education with regard to enrollment, equity, diversity, and student success;
Skill in effective written and verbal communication; and
Demonstrated ability to use basic technology to facilitate required work and ability to navigate the university systems.
Ability to motivate, and serve as a strong advocate and coalition builder particularly with a range of diverse communities including students, faculty, external vendors, and donors;
Ability to navigate competing priorities and solve complex problems;
Ability to leverage faculty collaborations;
Knowledge and experience of assessment strategies appropriate for student affairs;
Ability to collect, analyze, interpret, and report data;
Knowledge of cultural, socio‐economic, political, and environmental issues affecting matriculation, retention, and success of traditionally marginalized college students;
Experience with performance and goal assessment and reporting;
Advanced experience in multicultural competencies, and advocating for traditionally marginalized students;
Experience working with and/or leading large, complex, interdisciplinary working groups; and
Experience building and enhancing collaborative relationships in support of departmental, division, and/or institutional goals.
Salary: Commensurate with education and experience.
Location: Fairfax, VA
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George Mason University is a public, comprehensive, research university established by the Commonwealth of Virginia located in Northern Virginia, outside of Washington, D.C. Mason was initially founded as a branch of the University of Virginia in 1949, and became an independent institution in 1972. George Mason University is an innovative and inclusive academic community committed to creating a more just, free, and prosperous world. George Mason University has 37,000 students from all 50 states and 130 countries and a residential population of more than 6,000 students. Mason is a vibrant and dynamic community of scholars. 80% of our students are employed within six months of graduation. Nearly two-thirds of the 140,000 Mason alumni live and work in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area.Mason is a young university that, in just a short time, has made impressive strides in size, stature and influence. Today, as Virginia’s largest public research university, we are setting the benchmark for a bold, progressive education that serves the needs of our students and communities. To that end, we have 10 schools and colleges devoted to a variety of study. Mission.We prepare Mason stu...dents for the demands of work, social responsibility, and life in an ever-changing global society. University Life's mission statement is core to our work. We support every student at Mason, from orientation through graduation.George Mason: Patriotism Personified. George Mason, for whom our university is named, was one of the greatest of the founding fathers of the United States. Mason drafted the Virginia Declaration of Rights, which became a model for the first 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution, known as the Bill of Rights.We Are in Virginia. But We Serve the World.Mason is committed to creating a more just, free and prosperous world. 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You can intern with National Geographic or the Justice Department, visit the numerous museums with your Art History classmates, take a selfie in front of Lincoln Memorial, catch a Nationals baseball game, kayak along the Potomac, or check out the many neighborhoods where you’ll discover lots of great shopping, places to eat, art galleries, music venues, and much more. You can attend events and hear nationally recognized speakers. You’ll run out of time before you run out of things to do.There’s more to explore. Students participate in a field trip to the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., organized by the Office of International Programs and Services. In just a short drive, you can be hiking in the Shenandoah Mountains or walking the boardwalk in either Ocean City, Maryland, or Virginia Beach, Virginia.Our closest airports are Dulles International Airport and Ronald Reagan National Airport, and Mason is easily accessible by public transportation. Free shuttle buses help you get to the nearest Metro station in Vienna, Virginia, just a short distance from our Fairfax Campus. The Arlington Campus is within walking distance of the Virginia Square-GMU stop on the Orange Line.Enriching Work Environment.We will invest in recruiting, retaining, and developing talented and diverse faculty and academic and professional staff. We will create a vibrant campus life in which all members can grow and thrive.Diversity.Diversity is one of our core values; everyone is welcome here. Mason was recently named the most diverse university in Virginia by U.S. News & World Report.We bring together a multitude of people and ideas in everything that we do. Our culture of inclusion, our multidisciplinary approach, and our global perspective makes us more effective educators and scholars.While at Mason, you’ll be making your own decisions and forming your own view of the world. Engaging with diverse groups of individuals, including students, faculty, and staff, will enrich this experience. You will learn from them, and they will learn from you.We have a variety of communities here, and you're sure to find a group of people who are like you. The great thing is you'll also be embraced by communities of people who are not like you. At Mason, you'll be in a place where the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.Interacting with people from a variety of backgrounds will:•Widen your outlook of the world,•Show you how to work and collaborate with people of differing views,•Expose you to new perspectives from people with disparate life experiences, and•Give you the social skills to interact with all kinds of people.Diversity also enhances learning and creative thinking by prompting the study of new material and the awareness of fresh viewpoints. The power of many perspectives will boost your capacity to explore original ideas and solutions. Seeing issues in a new way heightens your creativity and problem-solving abilities.Another benefit: As our nation becomes more diverse, students who learn in a diverse environment will be more competitive in an increasingly global economy. You’ll enhance your critical thinking skills and improve your ability to develop nuanced solutions to real-world problems.Campus-Wide Accessibility.Accessibility @ mason provide information regarding the physical access of all campuses and online accessibility of programs and services. Information for disability related services and resources available to all employee, students, and visitors the entire university include physical access to buildings, parking policies, and emergency evacuation procedures.Accessible.We are an open and welcoming community. We partner with public and private organizations in our region and around the world. We proactively engage with our community. 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