Location: Ithaca, New York
Assistant Director for the Office of Spirituality & Meaning-Making
Cornell University embraces diversity and seeks candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports students, faculty and staff of all identities and backgrounds. We strongly encourage individuals from underrepresented and/or marginalized identities to apply.
Student and Campus Life (SCL) inspires transformation in all Cornell students on their journey of individual, academic, and personal evolution. Our division is comprised of leading student affairs experts who support our campus on pressing student life matters including public service, health, wellness, social justice, residential living, food services, sports, recreation, career services, and student activities and organizations including sorority and fraternity life. We provide support and services to roughly 25,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students on multiple campuses in the U.S. and abroad.
The Office of the Dean of Students (DOS) cultivates the holistic growth and development of students through advocacy, empowerment, and education. We enhance the student experience by offering comprehensive support and resources, providing co-curricular opportunities, and fostering a sense of belonging.
The Diversity & Inclusion (D & I) portfolio supports the holistic development of the student experience by creating engagement opportunities, support services, and initiatives focused on belonging, equity, and inclusion. The D & I portfolio is comprised of identity-based centers and offices that support and empower students from historically marginalized backgrounds while also providing all Cornell community members with opportunities to deepen their understanding of racial justice and equity, expand their allyship skills, engage in dialogue across differences, and be a part of the movement for positive social change.
The Office of Spirituality & Meaning-Making (OSMM) is a unit within the Office of the Dean of Students, within the Division of Student and Campus Life. OSMM supports the spiritual and ethical lives of Cornell students, both religious and nonreligious, by inviting students to make meaning of themselves and the world, to learn about different traditions and worldviews through interfaith engagement, and to explore the intersectionality of student identity development. OSMM supports over 30 religious, spiritual, and secular student organizations, and partners with the multifaith community of advisors and affiliates who comprise Cornell United Religious Work (CURW).
The Assistant Director is responsible for providing support to students along with developing and implementing programs, projects, and outreach on campus for OSMM. This position is student-centered, team-oriented, collaborative, and plays a vital role in developing interfaith programming on campus. The Assistant Director supervises the interfaith intern program and student communications interns, advises the student Interfaith Council, and coordinates social media and other communication efforts. This position is dedicated to serving and fostering a community of support and advocacy that honors the academic and co-curricular schedules of our students and that connects the work of OSMM to campuswide efforts around wellness, diversity, equity, and inclusion.
This position is designated as a 2-year renewable term position extendable for up to an additional 3-year term for a total maximum of 5 years. The position should anticipate supporting student groups during non-traditional business hours including evenings and weekends. This position is located in Ithaca, New York and is fully on-site. There will likely be flexibility for remote work during off-peak periods, dependent on business need. Please submit both a resume and cover letter in your application to be considered for this position.
- Commitment to cultivating supportive, inclusive, and student-centered spaces for religious, spiritual, and nonreligious students, where students feel welcomed and affirmed in their full authentic selves, students learn to appreciate diverse and intersecting identities, and students feel able to engage and learn from others who have had life experiences and hold social identities that are similar and different from their own.
- Strong program planning and event management skills to implement, assess, and support various programs and workshops for students from diverse backgrounds, including the capacity to adapt to new priorities and manage multiple relationships and projects.
- Capable of fostering student leadership development through advising, training, guidance, and reflection opportunities for various student organizational leaders and student staff to achieve their goals and missions and meet their job expectations. Maintains a supportive and student-centered environment that empowers and equips students with skills and strategies to engage in self-advocacy, coalition building, and governance.
- Ability to work as part of a dynamic and flexible team in a fast-paced professional office and to interact collaboratively with diverse audiences to effectively affect change from within systems, build relationships, maintain trust, and identify and advocate for achievable solutions.
- Bachelor's degree and 2-4 years of experience, or equivalent combination of experience and education.
- Interfaith experience working with diverse religious, spiritual, and nonreligious communities.
- Understanding of religious, spiritual, ethical, and worldview identity issues, trends, and needs, especially pertaining to college students and nonreligious students.
- Multicultural competency and experience advising diverse groups of students.
- Strong oral, written, and presentation skills: ability to convey complex concepts and to communicate with students, faculty, staff, and community members in a manner that promotes dialogue and understanding.
- Ability to supervise and advise students, showing good judgment about when to make referrals, set boundaries, and equip students with skills and strategies to engage in self-advocacy.
- Master's degree preferred in Student Affairs, Higher Education, Social Work, Ministry, Diversity Education, Social Justice Education, or similar field.
- 2-3 years of interfaith experience, including experience with Buddhist, Muslim, Jewish, Hindu, and/or nonreligious groups.
- 2-3 years of experience supporting student spiritual life and meaning-making in a higher education setting.
- Experience advising or working closely with students from diverse and/or historically marginalized populations.
University Job Title:
Coord Program I
Pay Rate Type:
$55,343.00 - $64,317.00
Remote Option Availability:
Number of Openings:
Job Titles and Pay Ranges:
Noted pay ranges reflect the potential pay opportunity for each job profile. The hiring rate of pay for the successful candidate will be determined considering the following criteria:
Prior relevant work or industry experience
Education level to the extent education is relevant to the position
Unique applicable skills
Academic Discipline (faculty pay ranges reflects 9-month annual salary)
Online Submission Guidelines:
Applicants that do not have internet access are encouraged to visit your local library, or local Department of Labor. You may also visit the office of Workforce Recruitment and Retention Monday - Friday between the hours of 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. to use a dedicated workstation to complete an online application.
Notice to Applicants:
Diversity and Inclusion are a part of Cornell University's heritage. We are a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities. We also recognize a lawful preference in employment practices for Native Americans living on or near Indian reservations. Cornell University is an innovative Ivy League university and a great place to work. Our inclusive community of scholars, students, and staff impart an uncommon sense of larger purpose, and contribute creative ideas to further the university's mission of teaching, discovery, and engagement.