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POSITION: Director of the Diversity Center

Department: Student Life

FLSA: Exempt, Full-time, 12 month position.

Reports to: Vice President for Student Affairs & Dean of Students (VPSA)

Position Summary:

The Director of the Diversity Center is responsible for the operations of The Diversity Center and plays a critical role in developing programming, awareness, and outreach efforts for students of all backgrounds, faiths, and orientations. The Diversity Center seeks to broaden awareness of diversity and social justice issues as well as provide support regarding multiple areas of diversity, which includes but is not limited to, international, multicultural, and gender/sexual orientation.

Essential Functions:

  1. Supervise the operations of The Diversity Center, including the Westminster Fellow for Intercultural Engagement and student workers.
  2. Develop, evaluate and direct multicultural education programs and events that promote a diverse campus and engage students in developmental learning experiences. Provide leadership in developing collaborative efforts to plan campus-wide cultural events and diversity celebrations including, but not limited to: Hispanic Heritage Week, Native American Heritage Week, Kwanzaa Celebration, Black History Month, Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, Chinese New Year, LGBT Pride Week, DisABILITY Awareness Week, etc.
  3. Supervise the logistical functioning of the Remley Women’s Center, as well as develop, evaluate and direct gender education programs, in conjunction with the Executive Director of the Wellness Center and Remley faculty advisor.
  4. Develop programs and services designed to increase the recruitment, retention, matriculation, and ultimate graduation of students designated as under-represented.
  5. Establish and maintain ongoing efforts to evaluate the quality of campus life for students of color and recommend appropriate solutions to address campus life issues and improve the overall quality of services and programs for traditionally underrepresented and international students.
  6. Serve as an advisor and/or mentor to the various clubs and organizations representing underrepresented populations: Black Student Association, African Union, Alliance, International Club, etc.
  7. Develop, facilitate, and maintain the Bagby/Pasley-Taylor and the Project Connect mentor programs, undergraduate mentoring programs for students of color, in conjunction with the Westminster Fellow for Intercultural Engagement.
  8. Work closely with Enrollment Management and Admissions to provide a seamless transition to college for students of color and diverse backgrounds.
  9. Counsel, advise, and consult with students, faculty, staff and alumni individually and collectively to embrace the importance of building an inclusive, appreciative, and welcoming environment.
  10. As a member of the Emerson Center on Leadership collaborative team, the Director will collaborate with other Student Life staff, including Residential & Greek Life, Spiritual Life, The Wellness Center, Athletics, Career Development, on the promotion of diversity and multicultural issues.
  11. Perform all other duties as assigned.

Advising International Students

  1. Serve as the Primary Designated School Official (PDSO) as a signature authority; issue legal documents, specifically I-20’s (Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant (F-1) Student Visa); adjudicate or file petitions such as program extensions, work authorizations, etc.; write letters of good standing for visa, driver’s license, and other applications; and update & maintain SEVIS (Student Exchange & Visitor Information System) records for F-1 students.
  2. Counsel and advise international students on immigration, cross-cultural adjustment, and personal issues related to their stay in the United States.
  3. Ensure that Westminster offers programs and services relevant to international students by program planning, working with international students individually and as a group, and collaborating with the VP and Dean of Students, VP and Dean of Faculty, Enrollment Services, and faculty. Specifically, special programming for international students as related to compliance of the F-1 student visa program is required as necessary in fulfilling responsibilities as the Primary Designated School Official.
  4. Assist international students in their interactions with official US agencies and government officials (Social Security Administration, US Citizenship & Immigration Services, Immigration & Customs Enforcement, etc.).
  5. Aid in and assist in the development of orientation and on-going programming for international students as it relates to immigration matters and cultural adjustment, including a one-hour course on cultural adjustment (TNS 100) offered each semester.
  6. Coordinate student support programs, including programming for international students over College breaks and holidays
  7. Serve as the primary advocate for international students, and the primary point-of-contact for issues related to international students, including Student Response Team (SRT) efforts.

Job Requirements:

  • Education: Bachelor’s degree; Earned Master’s Degree in Higher Education, Education, Student Affairs, International Studies, International Education or similar area preferred.
  • Citizen or Permanent Resident of the United States (Required to perform duties of DSO)
  • Experience: 1-2 years’ experience in multicultural education, international student services, or student development preferred. Previous experience in student organizational advisement is a plus. Demonstrated experience and/or training with F visa regulations and procedures preferred.
  • Skills: Organizational and programming skills, effective communication skills (interpersonal, presentation and writing), innovative leadership skills and strong cultural sensitivity. Ability to self-motivate and work independently. Capacity to be a strong Student Life team member and ability to communicate and collaborate with students, faculty, staff, alumni and other constituents of the College. Ability to handle sensitive and/or confidential information. Ability to communicate and relate well with students from other cultures.
  • On-campus apartment or house may be available.

Other Responsibilities:
In the event that a typical programmatic offering for your area is in the format of an academic credit-bearing class that you would need to teach, you may teach a maximum of two hours (if individual classes) or 1 3-hour class per academic year without supervisor approval. Those 2-3 hours would be part of the job duties and not eligible for additional compensation, however, any approved hours taught beyond the 2-3 hours permitted would be eligible for additional compensation. If the opportunity arises to teach classes outside the Student Life program or department, those classes/hours must be approved in advance by the supervisor and would be eligible for additional compensation.

Supervisory Responsibilities:
Student employees or interns

Equipment to be Used:
Must be able to use the computer network system which includes Microsoft Office and other software packages. Must be able to operate typical office equipment such as copy machine, telephone, and fax machine.

Typical Physical Demands:
Requires sitting, standing, bending and reaching. Requires manual dexterity sufficient to operate standard office machines such as computers, fax machine, calculators, the telephone, and office equipment. Requires normal range of hearing and vision. May also require activities such as setting up tables and chairs or other work related to preparing facilities.

Working Conditions:
Climate controlled building with private office at most times. This person will also be outside, in other buildings, and a variety of work situations. This position may/will require weekend and evening work.

How To Apply:
Please send your application, cover letter, and resume with a list of three professional references to:lisa.reffett@westminster-mo.edu or Westminster College, Attn: Lisa Reffett, Director of HR/Compensation, 501 Westminster Avenue, Fulton MO 65251. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. EOE

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