Location: Ithaca, New York
Associate Dean of Students and Director of Black Student Empowerment
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 resource centers, empowerment units, and affinity groups within the Office of the Dean of Students support the holistic development of the student experience by creating engagement opportunities, support services, and initiatives focused on student equity, belonging, and inclusion. Through transformational learning in the co-curricular experience, we strive to foster a greater sense of belonging, empowerment, and emotional intelligence, and help students thrive. The area 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 Associate Dean of Students and Director of Black Student Empowerment is a member of the senior staff of the Office of the Dean of Students (DOS) and reports directly to the Senior Associate Dean of Students for Diversity & Inclusion. This role advocates and provides vision, leadership, and coordination for Black-identified strategic priorities and initiatives within the Division of Student and Campus Life on Cornell University's campus of 24,000 students. They advise several student organizations and implement intercultural and intersectional longitudinal co-curricular programs open to all students. Additionally, this role serves as a network of support for Black students who live on-campus, especially those who reside in the Ujamaa Residential College. In collaboration with staff and partners across campus, the Associate Dean of Students helps identify and mitigate the challenges that Black students and students from underserved communities may face in their transition to and navigation of Cornell. As a leader in the D & I unit of the Dean of Student's Office, this position regularly participates in collaborative programming and training efforts, particularly in campus-wide efforts promoting student mental health and well-being. This position also serves as an Administrator On-Call and responds to crisis-related situations after-hours as needed.
- Creativity and competency in student-centered program design and implementation focused on students' identity development and exploration, leadership development, and an increased sense of belonging.
- Knowledge and drive to continue learning student trends, specifically related to supporting Black student success and student development.
- Collaborative and responsive to managing multiple relationships and projects in a fast-paced professional office, flexibly adapting to new priorities, anticipating needs, and being nimble and responsive as projects and needs change.
- Ability to build relationships and maintain trust, to assess and balance the needs of various stakeholders, and to identify and advocate for achievable solutions.
- A commitment to working collaboratively in a student-centered environment committed to the important values of shared governance, with enthusiasm for supporting a student body that is broadly diverse with regard to gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, and (dis)ability, among other factors.
- Master's degree and three (3) - five (5) years of professional experience in College Student Development, Student Affairs Administration, Higher Education, Diversity Education, Social Justice Education, Social Work, Counseling, or closely related field; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
- Applied knowledge of student development theory and student affairs trends related to advocating and supporting Black students and other marginalized communities.
- Demonstrated understanding of the Black student experience.
- Multicultural competency and experience working with and/or advising diverse student organizations
- Experience building collaborative partnerships with faculty, administrators, students, parents/families, community partners, and alumni.
- Exceptional interpersonal, communication, planning, reasoning, organizational, and project management skills, with an ability to multi-task in a fast-paced, high-volume environment.
- Ability to serve on-call and respond to crisis situations according to organizational protocol, including evening and weekend work as required.
- Advance degree in a relevant discipline and five (5) - seven (7) years of progress work experience in higher education, or related fields.
- Demonstrated experience working with Black communities.
- Experience managing multiple budgets, including stewarding gift funds.
- Experience working in higher education and/or with college students.
- Experience creating programming or engaging in outreach on topics of intersecting identities, identity formation, mental health, cultural nuances, and/or empowerment.
This position is an in-person role but can work remotely for (3) months to support relocation needs. Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.
University Job Title:
Coord Program III
Pay Rate Type:
$71,756.00 - $87,702.00
Remote Option Availability:
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.