Director of Multicultural Affairs and Student Engagement - Mount Wachusett Community College
Mount Wachusett Community College
Location: Gardner, Massachusetts
Internal Number: 168773
Location: Gardner, MA Category: Administrative Posted On: Mon Oct 16 2023 Job Description:
General Statement of Duties:
Reporting directly to the Chief Diversity Executive, the Director of Multicultural Affairs and Student Engagement works to develop, implement and manage the vision for an Office of Multicultural Affairs. The Director will develop and lead co-curricular programs and create inclusive spaces supporting students' retention and holistic development. This will include developing programs which center on racial and ethnic identities, experiences, and histories, with a focus on marginalized and intersecting identities. These programs will provide opportunities for transformational learning, develop students' skills in intercultural communication, community building, conflict resolution, and offer inclusive celebrations.
Work in tandem with the Chief Diversity Executive in order to develop long-range strategic planning and program development for the Office of Multicultural Affairs;
Serve as a resource for students of color and first-generation students and allies on academic, personal, social, and cultural matters;
Create and oversee multicultural programs, workshops, and events that educate and engage students, faculty, and staff on issues related to diversity and inclusion;
Advocate for the needs of minoritized student populations and provide resources and support to ensure their academic success and personal development;
Develop initiatives that promote student leadership and engagement on campus;
Collect and analyze data related to diversity and inclusion efforts to measure progress and identify areas for improvement;
Prepare and provide periodic reports outlining the progress, barriers, and proposed improvements in implementing student facing programs and activities;
Build trusting relationships with students and employees to develop a deep understanding of the college's workforce, culture, diversity, inclusion and retention opportunities;
Advocate for equity minded practices, policies and programs that have impact and are effective;
Manage programming budgets, purchasing, and contracting with vendors;
Serve as a member of the college's Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Team;
Stay abreast of national trends, theories and peer institution efforts; continually seeks professional development opportunities;
Recruit, hire, train, and manage multicultural affairs professionals, ensuring a high level of productivity and accountability;
Demonstrated success in providing culturally responsive services that specifically address the unique needs and challenges students face-specifically students of color due to structural and systemic exclusion;
Strong background in administration, organizational and interpersonal skills;
Computer skills, including familiarity with Microsoft Office Suite, Google Suite Canva and/or Adobe;
Provide in-person support, guidance, resources, and information to students on our campus;
Ability to travel between MWCC campuses for meetings and other work-related events and duties;
Willingness to work flexible hours including weekends.
Bachelor's degree in Higher Education, College Student Personnel, Student Affairs or other related area or equivalent Education, Training and Experience.
Demonstrated leadership experience in multicultural services or identity-based resource centers in higher education.
Strong background in diversity, equity, inclusion, student development, and social justice.
Demonstrated success in providing culturally responsive services that specifically address the unique needs and challenges students face-specifically students of color due to structural and systemic exclusion.
Strong background in administration, organizational and interpersonal skills.
Computer skills, including familiarity with Microsoft Office Suite, Google Suite Canva and/or Adobe.
Ability to travel between MWCC campuses for meetings and other work-related events and duties.
Willingness to work flexible hours including weekends.
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Knowledge of student development and the ability to translate student development theory and social justice theory into practice.
Knowledge of racial equity and anti-racism practices and pedagogy with a goal of elimination of student opportunity gaps and barriers.
Knowledge of or experience with culturally responsive/trauma-informed practices.
Knowledge of student-centered and equity-minded approaches
Ability to identify systemic racism and social inequality and structures that uphold it.
Ability to build rapport with a broad range of people while effectively navigating campus politics.
Ability to look for new and productive ways to make an impact.
Ability to effectively and efficiently handle multiple assignments and priorities.
Ability to readily accept new responsibilities and adapt to changes in procedures.
Ability to handle sensitive or difficult issues with tact and assurance.
Skills needed to work with cross functional departments.
Project management, organizational and analytical skills.
Skills in asset-based approaches and thinking.
Bilingual in English and Spanish
Equivalency Statement Applicants who do not meet the qualifications as stated above are encouraged to put in writing precisely how their background and experience have prepared them with the equivalent combination of education, training and experience required for the responsibilities of this position.
Employee Status: Full Time Funded by SUCESS fund thru 6/30/24 Benefits: Yes Hours per Week: 37.5 Number of Weeks: 52
Mount Wachusett Community College is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ethnicity, gender, disability, religion, age, veteran status, genetic information, gender identity or sexual orientation in its programs and activities as required by Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and other applicable statutes and college policies. The College prohibits sexual harassment, including sexual violence. Inquiries or complaints concerning discrimination, harassment, retaliation or sexual violence shall be referred to the College's Affirmative Action and/or Title IX Coordinator, the Massachusetts Commission against Discrimination, the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission or the United States Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights.
We are an innovative institution for teaching and learning excellence. Students and faculty are at the center of everything we do. If you are looking for the opportunity to come to work every day and help students achieve their dreams, Mount Wachusett Community College is the place for you. Our faculty, staff, and administration forge the direction of the college together - from governance to defining our mission. We understand that for our institution to remain relevant we must continually examine and refine the ways we serve our students. We strive to create an environment where students, faculty and staff feel comfortable and where new ideas and perspectives are encouraged and rewarded. We respect and honor our differences and make them work toward the advantage of all. The college is committed to attracting the best faculty and staff for our students, regardless of race, color, religious creed, age, physical or mental disability, sex, national origin or ancestry, marital status, sexual orientation, genetic information or veteran status. About the College Mount Wachusett Community College is an accredited, public two-year institution serving 29 cities and towns in North Central ...Massachusetts. The picturesque269-acre main campus is located in Gardner, Massachusetts; satellite sites are located in Leominster, Fitchburg, and Devens. The college offers over 45 associate degree and certificate programs, as well as adult basic education and high school equivalency programs, education and training for business and industry, and noncredit professional and personal enrichment programs. MWCC is on the forefront of state and national civic engagement and service learning initiatives and is nationally recognized as a veteran- friendly school. MWCC is in the process of constructing a $42 million science and technology building to support growing STEM programs. The college community enjoys many resources including the East Wing Art Gallery; the 555-seat Theatre at the Mount which hosts a variety of productions annually; the Fitness and Wellness Center, which offers a wide assortment of fitness classes, exercise equipment and an Olympic-size swimming pool; a complete library with access to thousands of on-line publications and data bases, as well as electronic classrooms. In addition, through its membership in the CWMARS regional library system, access is available to all other public and academic libraries in the region. Our Green Commitment In addition, if sustainability is important to you, Mount Wachusett Community College offers the chance to work at one of the greenest colleges in the nation. We are the largest greenhouse gas reducer of any Massachusetts state college, university, or agency, as recognized by the 2011 Leading By Example Award from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. We have also been nationally recognized with a Climate Leadership Award from Second Nature, the supporting organization of the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment, and several other organizations. Our Gardner campus features two 1.65 MW Vestas V82 wind turbines that are propelling us to near-carbon neutrality for campus operations. With the college's biomass and solar technologies incorporated into the mix, coupled with significant efficiency improvements, MWCC generates nearly all of its energy on-site to operate as a near-zero net energy campus. About our benefitsOur full-time faculty and staff enjoy a liberal benefits package, including generous retirement plans, eleven health insurance options, dental care, life insurance and long-term disability insurance. In addition, we offer a tuition remission program which provides education benefits at Massachusetts state colleges, community colleges, and University of Massachusetts Colleges for full-time employees, their spouses and dependent children. Education and lifelong learning are valued here. Additionally, sabbatical opportunities and other professional development opportunities are possible. About the regionMount Wachusett Community College is located a few hours from the stunning beaches of the Cape Cod National Seashore, an hour's drive from the cultural attractions and big city lights of Boston, and forty-minutes from the county seat of Worcester, with museums, a thriving restaurant scene, and excellent amenities. A wide variety of state and national parks, including the Appalachian Trail, the White Mountains, the Berkshires and the Green Mountains are all a day-trip away. The best that New England has to offer is here: quaint villages, bustling cities, and beautiful vistas. The Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Worcester Art Museum and the Fitchburg Art Museum offer incredible collections. There are opportunities for great shopping in area cities, towns, and nearby outlet malls. North Central Massachusetts is home to excellent public, charter and private schools as well as an affordable lifestyle. Hiking, biking, and walking trails are spread throughout the region as well, for those seeking to maintain an active outdoor lifestyle. We hope you will consider applying for one of our open positions, and discover all that Mount Wachusett Community College and the North Central Massachusetts region have to offer.