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St. John's University

Location: JamaicaNY 11439 Document ID: AD335-0BIV Posted on: 2019-09-2009/20/2019 Job Type: Full-time

Job Schedule:Full-time

Assistant Director of Cultural and Identity Based Services

St. John's established in 1870, has three New York City campuses; a graduate center in Hauppauge, NY; international locations in Rome, Italy; Limerick, Ireland; and Paris, France; and study abroad locations around the world. The Princeton Review and other top rankings consistently recognize the University's outstanding academics, diverse student body, dynamic internship and volunteer opportunities, focus on student life, and diverse study abroad offerings. St. John's University offers more than 100 undergraduate and graduate programs in its six colleges and schools, with a growing number of programs offered online. The University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and 12 other major academic and professional associations.

A dedication to diversity, equity and inclusion is at the heart of our mission. As a Catholic and Vincentian university, St. John's is committed to institutionalizing practices of inclusive excellence to ensure that we welcome and celebrate the intrinsic worth of all members of our community. We will become an even stronger university as we enhance equity at every level of our institution. As noted in our Vision Statement, our graduates will excel in the competencies and values required for leadership and service in a rapidly evolving world.

Assistant Director of Cultural and Identity Based Services

Department: Multicultural Affairs

Reporting Division: Office of Equity & Inclusion

Campus: Queens

OMA Mission:
The Office of Multicultural Affairs strives to foster a culturally pluralistic living and learning environment in which all differences and similarities are recognized, understood, and appreciated. The Office of Multicultural Affairs also strives to foster global citizenship and facilitate the self-actualizing growth and development of all students. In alignment with the mission of St. John's University, and through campus and community partnerships, we will provide education, identity and cultural-based programming, social justice training's, inclusive services, resources, and a safe space to identify, address, and meet the needs of our students.

Primary Function:
Reporting to Executive Director for Multicultural Affairs, and under the mission of OMA, the Assistant Director for Culture and Identity Based Student Services will oversee initiatives associated cultural and identity-based services, including the Intergroup Dialogue Program, Affinity Groups, and Heritage Months. Further, the Assistant Director will collaborate with team members and campus partners to address student needs ensuring that programs and services are intentional, collaborative, inclusive, and effective in order to enhance the student experience and campus climate. The Assistant Director will execute this role by providing resources, services, and support aimed at addressing student persistence, retention, and connectedness, regardless of identity.

  • Assist the Executive Director with daily operations and functions of the Office of Multicultural Affairs, and the Inclusivity Resource Center, including identifying and addressing gaps.
  • Assist in the strategic planning, program development, and implementation of assessment measures geared toward program effectiveness and student success.
  • Oversee the day-to-day operations of the Intergroup Dialogue Program: developing a dialogue series and managing the recruitment, development, and training of all student leaders.
  • Oversee, plan and execute cultural and heritage month events sponsored by the office.
  • Directs the day to day operations of affinity group programming: developing curriculum, facilitating safe space discussions, observing facilitators and managing the meeting schedule for all identity-based discussion groups.
  • Assist in the coordination of the Caribbean Writers Series.
  • Assist in the co-facilitation of cultural, identity, and/or equity-based campus climate dialogues, as needed.
  • Uphold university policies and procedures pertaining to calendar clearance, contracts, budgets, facilities maintenance, marketing, and public safety into all event relevant programs.
  • Manage program budgets, database profiles, reports, and files for select office-related programs and participants.
  • Supervise, train, and evaluate assigned graduate assistant(s), when applicable.
  • Support DEI initiatives and training's when necessary, in addition to performing other duties as needed.

  • Master's degree required and a minimum of two years progressive administrative experience in cross-cultural programming;
  • student supervision experience;
  • demonstrated knowledge of multicultural student leadership development;
  • strong knowledge of identity development theory;
  • strong understanding and appreciation of diverse social identity groups;
  • strong understanding of cultural competency and current global social justice issues;
  • strong cultural sensitivity;
  • and excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Available to work nights and weekends, as needed.

Additional Skills:
Project management, grant writing, student supervision, and strong workshop presentation and/or facilitation skills.

St. John's offers a competitive compensation program which is commensurate with your qualifications, experience, and contingent upon the departmental budget. We also offer an extremely comprehensive benefits program to meet the diverse needs of our workforce. Along with exceptional benefits such as medical, dental, life insurance, long term disability insurance, tuition remission, generous 403(b) employer contribution, employee assistance program, and liberal paid time off policies, faculty and staff can also enjoy St. John's performing arts, libraries, bookstores, dining facilities, campus recreation and sporting events.

Any offer of employment is subject to receipt by St. John's University of satisfactory references, verification of employment and education.

St. John's University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from women and minorities. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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