To advance the college's mission, vision, principles, values and strategic initiatives through continuous improvement decisions.
GENERAL JOB SUMMARY:
This position will be a key part of the implementation of a new strategic initiative focused on designing and implementing targeted programs, services and supports for black, indigenous and students of color (BIPOC). Equity in Student Success Coach will engage, support and mentor students with a primary emphasis on race equity. Not all students enter college with equal backing and support. Equity in Student Success Coach will seek to identify barriers to student access and achievement, particularly economic, organizational and equity challenges. The ideal individual will collaborate among a team of employees to foster greater equity in outcomes through mentoring, student advocacy and outreach and educational programming for students. Must be willing to work occasional evening and weekend hours.
UNIVERSAL CORE COMPETENCIES:
Advocate for Continual Improvement- empowering each other to identify opportunities for excellence.
Collaborate with Mutual Accountability- working together with a willingness to take ownership and account for our actions.
Champion Service- anticipating needs and create a welcoming, diverse, and inclusive environment.
Perseverance- commitment to excellence even in the face of adversity or delay in achieving success.
Lead- regardless of title, through positive influence.
Design, implement, plan and support, educational enrichment and retention initiatives for BIPOC students.
Advocate for and teach students to navigate college policy, procedure, and problem-solving.
Advise student organizations focused on race and race equity and provide them developmental assistance.
Design and deliver educational activities and programs that support department, division, and college student learning outcomes.
Support, attend and participate in diversity initiatives on campus and in the community.
Develop and maintain effective positive relationships with various campus and community organizations.
Collaborate with employees engaged in equity and inclusion work from other divisions of the college. Perform other related work duties as assigned.
You are able and willing to provide outstanding customer service and serve as a positive representative of the department and the student services division with the goal of improving student equity.
You demonstrate knowledge of race equity concepts, cultural competence and racial identity development principles as they relate to your work.
You are committed to understanding diversity within and among equity-seeking populations and work to build engagement strategies that welcome a diverse group of perspectives and values.
You understand how to engage, support and mentor students with an emphasis on race equity.
You express yourself clearly and effectively thorough oral and written communications with attention to audience-awareness.
You are a self-motivated individual with excellent time-management and organizational skills.
You possess a working knowledge of personal computer and have the ability to learn database software related to working with student data, institutional data, and communication.
You aspire to work with people of all backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences, as well as cultivate an environment that values differences.
The statements contained herein reflect general details as necessary to describe the essential job duties/responsibilities and performance expectations of the job, which should not be considered an all-inclusive listing of work requirements. Individuals may perform other duties as assigned.
Position involves working in an office setting. Occasional (10-33%) standing, pushing, pulling and grasping. Frequent (34-66%) reaching and viewing a computer and other types of close visual work. Constant (67-100%) sitting, walking, repetitive motion, talking and hearing.
Bachelor's degree required. No particular major or degree program is preferred, however, a strong intellectual training in an area focused on race, inequity, bias, etc. is required.
Demonstrated success in supporting equity seeking populations: program development, client advocacy, training and awareness, etc.
Demonstrated knowledge, experience, and competence in engaging and supporting BIPOC students. Excellent written and verbal communication skills and strong interpersonal skills also required.
A demonstrated ability to work as a member of a team is also required. Basic computer skills in word processing, data base management, mainframe usage and Internet usage also required.
PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS, LICENSES, CERTIFICATIONS, OR REGISTRATIONS:
Master's degree preferred. Experience in a postsecondary educational setting, college student development, counseling, advising, or related experience.
Demonstrated competence working with BIPOC populations, organizations, and programs. Understanding of the community college mission, history and challenges in achieving equity.
Kirkwood Community College shall not engage in nor allow unlawful discrimination against any employee or applicant for employment. This includes all employment practices, hiring practices, and unwelcome harassment of applicants or employees based on race, color, national origin, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, genetic information or actual or potential parental, family, marital status or veteran status. If you have questions or complaints related to compliance with the policy, please contact the Vice President of Human Resources at Kirkwood Community College, 313 Kirkwood Hall, 6301 Kirkwood Blvd., SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404, Telephone: 319-398-5572, Email: [email protected] or the Director of the Office for Civil Rights U.S. Department of Education, Citigroup Center, 500 W. Madison St., Suite 1475, Chicago, IL 60661-7204, Telephone: 312-730-1560, Fax: 312-730-1576, Email: [email protected]
At Kirkwood Community College, we are focused on success. Whether you are a prospective student or parent, an employer or simply someone who cares about the growth and vitality of eastern Iowa—you have an energetic, committed partner with us at Kirkwood. Since the mid-1960s our graduates have worked, raised families and prospered in this area. More than 70,000 of these grads have applied their academic degrees to work in a host of fields. Tens of thousands more have enjoyed life-enriching experiences through our Continuing Education programs. As our college has grown, so have the tools and facilities to meet the changing needs of our Creative Corridor. A key part of that growth in service is our network of regional centers. Kirkwood employees have long set the standard for innovative talent, visionary spirit and overall excellence in their work. Being part of Kirkwood means being part of a deep commitment to the success of every student, every day.