Director of Multicultural Student Services
Job no: 496591
Position type: full-time
Location: Lewisburg, PA
Categories: Student Affairs
Multicultural Student Services (MSS) is a key office within Bucknell's Student Affairs Division and is a core component of the University's Diversity & Inclusion offices. With a primary focus on engaging students from diverse populations and an emphasis on Bucknell's domestic students of color, MSS offers programs, resources and guidance that facilitates the transition to college for multicultural students and supports their progress through graduation. Focusing on advocacy, community building, leadership, identity development, and service learning, MSS builds connections to campus resources and provides guidance and support as needed. MSS provides cross-cultural learning opportunities for the Division of Student Affairs and the broader campus community, and fosters a campus culture that recognizes, appreciates and shares a mutual understanding of and respect for all cultures.
The Director provides dynamic leadership, vision and direction for Multicultural Student Services and reports to the Associate Dean of Students for Diversity and Inclusion. As an integral part of the Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Team, the Director works closely and collaboratively with the other Directors from Diversity and Inclusion, including International Student Services, LGBTQ Resources, Religious and Spiritual Life and the Women's Resource Center. The Director addresses the needs and enhances the educational experiences of multicultural students across campus, in addition to providing engagement for the broader campus community through education, training, and programming. More specifically, the Director provides guidance and support to multicultural students and student groups; makes referrals to appropriate resources and offices; develops and/or implements educational, cultural, and developmental programs focusing on diversity and intercultural fluency; and serves as an advocate for students from groups that have been historically underrepresented in higher education. The Director is responsible for promoting an environment which affirms equity, intercultural exploration and community development.
*Oversee the Together Everyone Achieves More (TEAM) peer mentoring program and its pre-orientation program component, RAMP-Up! The Director will recruit, select and train peer mentors; coordinate meetings; and plan fall and spring programs including retreats.
*Lead and participate in the Civil Rights Spring Break Trip, including directing fundraising initiatives for the trip, recruiting student participants and coordinating logistics.
*Direct and implement intentional campus-wide programs that support the mission of the MSS office, including programming designed to raise awareness and develop cultural fluency, support growth in leadership and community development, and foster personal and collective agency.
*Coordinate the Brawley Fund with responsibility for the securing applications, screening proposals, making awards and follow-up reporting processes.
*Serve as a primary source of contact for students from racially minoritized backgrounds, with a focus on advising, mentoring and connecting students to resources that will assist with their academic, social and personal well-being.
*Develop and facilitate equity and inclusion professional development opportunities within Student Affairs, in consultation with the Associate Dean of Students for Diversity and Inclusion, and contribute to campus-wide diversity-related professional development.
*Offer programming and leadership opportunities that support students from Bucknell's racially minoritized backgrounds.
*Advise and support Bucknell's many cultural clubs and organizations.
*Collaborate with Residential Education on programming initiatives for affinity housing, including the 7th Street House, a residence for the Study of the African Diaspora and La Casa, a living learning community for the celebration of Latinx cultures.
*Collaborate with Admission to assist in programming related to recruiting students from racially underrepresented populations as well as serve as contact for partner programs like Bauer Scholars, Yes Prep and Mastery Charter School.
*Collaborate with the Associate Dean of Students for Diversity and Inclusion and other campus partners to address issues relevant to the retention of students from minoritized populations.
*Assist with the implementation of Bucknell's Diversity Plan and strategic initiatives.
*Assess MSS programs and initiatives to ensure work aligns with strategic vision of the department and the Division of Student Affairs.
*Manage the budget of the MSS office and TEAM, including University allocation and direct Alumni donations.
* As designated, supervise professional, administrative and student staff.
Student Affairs Divisional Responsibilities -
*Serve on departmental, divisional and university committees.
*Attend and actively participate in divisional staff meetings and retreats.
*Maintain a high degree of visibility and availability to students, faculty and staff.
*Perform other duties as assigned.
*Master's degree in higher education, student affairs or related field
*Five years of full-time relevant experience working with a diverse student population in a higher education setting
*Demonstrated ability to advise and mentor students
*Experience planning and implementing programming to engage students from diverse populations
*Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
*Strong commitment to student growth and development
*Ability to work collaboratively across cultures and styles at all levels of the organization
*Ability to cultivate and maintain strong relationships, and build consensus and support
*Sensitivity to issues related to socioeconomic class, gender identity and expression, sexuality, race and ethnicity, privilege and power relationships, religious identity, and transitions to adulthood
This position requires evening and weekend availability.
*Experience with budget management
*Significant knowledge of special populations of college students and demonstrated knowledge of and sensitivity to first generation, underrepresented, and marginalized student populations
For more information about Multicultural Student Services at Bucknell University, please click here.
Founded in 1846 and located along the banks of the Susquehanna River in historic Lewisburg, Pa., Bucknell University is an undergraduate-focused institution that stands uniquely at the intersection of top-ranked liberal arts, engineering and management programs. Our students choose from more than 50 majors and 60 minors in the arts, engineering, humanities, management, and natural and social sciences, as well as extensive global study, service-learning and research opportunities. Bucknell’s 3,600 undergraduate and 100 graduate students enjoy a low 9:1 student-faculty ratio and exceptional opportunities to collaborate with faculty mentors.
Bucknell’s beautiful 450-acre campus includes first-rate facilities and is home to more than 90 percent of its students. Residential life is vibrant with about 150 student-run organizations, 27 NCAA Division I athletic teams, a robust arts culture, and a strong student commitment to community and global service work.
Bucknell is committed to fostering an environment that embraces diversity, equity and inclusion, and we seek candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports the growth and development of a diverse campus community. The University provides equal opportunity without regard to race, color, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, religion, national or ethnic origin, marital status, veteran status or disability in admissions, employment and in all of its educational programs and activities. We encourage individuals from historically underrepresented groups to apply.
Located in central Pennsylvania, Lewisburg features a variety of restaurants, beautiful Victorian homes, the restored art deco Campus Theatre (owned by the University), charming shops and boutiques, and the Barnes and Noble at Bucknell University Bookstore. About 33,000 residents live in the region.
The city of Williamsport is about a 30-minute drive from campus, and Penn State University’s main campus is about an hour away, as is Harrisburg, Pennsylvania’s state capital. Bucknell is about three hours from New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, D.C.
The cost of living here is low compared to that of major U.S. cities and suburbs. Bucknell’s surroundings yield fresh produce, cultural activities and events, and many opportunities for outdoor activity on the Susquehanna River and in the nearby state parks and forests. The Lewisburg Area School District receives excellent reviews for its schools at all grade levels. Lewisburg Area High School is consistently ranked among the top 50 high schools in Pennsylvania for SAT scores and statewide exams.
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