Associate Dean of Students, Director of the LGBT Resource Center
Location: Ithaca, New York
Internal Number: WDR-00028092
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In efforts to better serve its increasingly diverse student populations, the Division of Student and Campus Life (SCL) and the Office of the Dean of Students (DOS) is seeking an Associate Dean of Students, Director of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Resource Center Reporting to the Senior Associate Dean for Diversity & Equity. The Associate Dean and Director will lead initiatives to support LGBTQ+ identified students, advise several student organizations, implement intercultural and intersectional longitudinal co-curricular programs, and serve as a leadership team member for the Diversity & Inclusion portfolio. This position is vital to tie together the identity-specific support within Student and Campus Life and enhance our efforts in support of student empowerment, belonging and inclusion. This position will also serve as a campus Victim Advocate and On-Call Crisis Manager.
If you are a team oriented, student-centered, highly collaborative professional looking to empower and positively impact the college experience of LGBTQ+ students and other minitorized student populations, we would love to have you join our team. We need an intentional, caring, innovative, equity-minded and passionate professional to help students achieve their personal, professional and academic goals.
Important Applicant Notice: This position should anticipate supporting student groups during non-traditional business hours including evenings and weekends. Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.
Drive to obtain and continuously learn knowledge of student trends, specifically related to supporting LGBTQ+ student success and student development. One should be able to foster a supportive and student-centered environment to empower and equip students from historically marginalized backgrounds with skills and strategies to engage in self-advocacy and student empowerment.
Strong program planning and event management skills to implement and support various programs and workshops to engage and foster a strong sense of belonging among students from diverse backgrounds.
Desire and experience to create and implement a comprehensive empowerment program to provide LGBTQ+ students with resources, support, referral and advocacy. This includes advising and collaborating with student organizations and other campus partners to advance shared goals. One should be collaborative and responsive to managing multiple relationships and projects, adapting to new priorities, and being nimble and responsive as initiatives and needs change.
An understanding of techniques and relevant resources to assist students who have experienced trauma or a crisis.
An ability to work part of a dynamic and flexible team in a fast-paced professional office and to interact collaboratively with diverse audiences. One should be willing and able to effectively affect change from within systems: ability to build relationships and maintain trust, to assess and balance the needs of various stakeholders, and to identify and advocate for achievable solutions.
Master's degree preferred in College Student Development, Student Affairs Administration, Higher Education, Diversity Education, Social Justice Education, Social Work, Counseling or a related field
3-5 years' experience advising students, supervising professional staff and/or functional areas and managing and evaluating multiple programs and evaluating programs, or equivalent combination of education and experience
Multicultural competency and experience working with and/or advising diverse student organizations
Strong understanding of LGBTQ+ student success including issues, trends, language, and ability to proactively respond to a wide array of issues or emerging student needs
Ability to take initiative, follow directives, work independently, respond to crisis and contribute to a diverse team environment
Ability to advise students, showing good judgment about when to make referrals, set boundaries, and equip students with skills and strategies to engage in self-advocacy
5-7 years of experience in higher education, or related fields
Experience supervising professional staff, graduate interns, and student leaders.
Experience managing multiple budgets, including stewarding gift funds.
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