General Summary of Position:
The Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) is the hub for intercultural advancement, diversity, community development, and inclusion efforts on the campus of University of Massachusetts Lowell. The office serves as a resource on topics related to diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI). OMA promotes student development and leadership; enhances student success and retention; and facilitates a respectful, diverse, and inclusive campus. OMA provides educational programs, student group advising, direct student support, advocacy, and resources for successful navigation of campus and community life. Programs and services encourage identity exploration, community building, as well as cultural competency development. This office collaborates across units to establish meaningful campus and community involvement in building and supporting an inclusive culture and environment, as well as providing training and outreach to target populations.
The Assistant Director will assist in advancing the mission, goals, and strategies of OMA such as increasing the access, retention, and success of diverse students. Responsibilities include program development & execution of multicultural cohort experiences under the umbrella of Rising 360, which includes the support of international, LGBTQ+, students of color, first generation, transfers, and other diverse students. This position consecutively leads on the intercultural programs and student support services in advancement of the university’s international student initiatives. The Assistant Director will also help in the promotion of OMA student engagement, mentorship, and community building programs and will work closely with division and campus partners to develop a comprehensive infrastructure that effectively supports the growth and advancement of UMass Lowell students. The Assistant Director will assist in the continued enhancement of a University culture that welcomes and celebrates all students through the infusion of diversity and inclusion throughout the college experience.
Minimum Qualifications (Required):
- Bachelor’s degree required. Masters preferred.
- Minimum of 4-5 years relevant experience (preferably in higher education) developing & executing successful cultural programs, events, initiatives, and engagement opportunities within a multicultural setting
- Hold a multidimensional view of the complexities and issues that affect diverse students and their academic and personal success
- Demonstrated success in delivering high-impact programs supporting diverse students
- Demonstrated experience advising & supporting international and diverse students especially in areas related to identity, academic pathways, persistence & retention, sense-of-belonging, etc.
- Ability to establish program priorities, monitor progress toward achieving program goals, and conducts assessment to evaluate program effectiveness
- Demonstrated ability to work effectively within a team and with individuals and groups of various identities, cultures, and backgrounds
- Excellent interpersonal, organizational, and communication skills to provide direction in promoting and maintaining collaborative relationships with campus and external constituencies
- Successfully manage multiple deadlines and competing priorities within a fast-paced environment
- Ability to hold sensitive information, navigate complex situations and advocate holistically for students
Given the nature and responsibilities of the position, only U.S. persons (any individual who is a citizen of the United States, a permanent resident alien of the United States, or a protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C.1324b(a)(3)) will be considered for this position.
- Experience in intercultural, diversity, equity & inclusion training, and facilitation highly desired
- Experience working to improve campus climate, equity and access for students/faculty/staff, and increasing workforce diversity
- Student caseload management experience highly desired
Special Instructions to Applicants:
Only Internal Professional (SEIU 888 Professional Union) Bargaining candidates will be considered during the first 10 business days of the posting. All other candidates will be considered after that period.
This is a SEIU 888 Professional Union position, Grade P16.
Initial review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. However, the position may close when an adequate number of qualified applications is received.
Please include a resume and cover letter with your application. Names and contact information of three references will be required during the application process.