Assistant or Associate Director of Multi-Ethnic Student Program

University of Minnesota, Morris in Minnesota

Deadline July 07, 2014
Date Posted June 6, 2014
Type Administrative
Salary Commensurate with experience
Employment Type Full-time

About the Campus:

The University of Minnesota, Morris is a residential public liberal arts college serving 1900 students. As one of five campuses of the University of Minnesota, the Morris campus is located 160 miles west of Minneapolis in the rural community of Morris, MN. Morris is consistently ranked by U.S. News & World Report as a Top 10 Best Public Liberal Arts College. The student body is talented, diverse and engaged. The Morris student body is one of the most ethnically diverse in the University of Minnesota system with 24% U.S. students of color (of which 16% are American Indian students) and an additional 9% international students. The University of Minnesota, Morris is committed to educating a talented and diverse student body, building a respectful and inclusive campus culture, and preparing interculturally competent graduates for leadership in a global community.


About the Position

The Multi-Ethnic Student Program, in the Office of Equity, Diversity and Intercultural Programs (EDI), offers a well-developed, comprehensive program dedicated to creating a strong, supportive campus environment for U.S. students of color and American Indian students; and supporting the development of intercultural competence for all students. The position is 12-month, 100% time professional and administrative appointment reporting to the Assistant to the Chancellor for Equity and Diversity/Director of Equity, Diversity and Intercultural Programs and will be hired as an Assistant Director or as an Associate Director commensurate with the successful candidates credentials.  


Position Responsibilities

Work with Director to provide leadership around American Indian Initiatives: Provide leadership for research based assessment of and collaboration with campus programs to support the recruitment, retention and graduation of talented students of color, with a specific focus on American Indian students; Coordinate outreach to American Indian communities; Lead assessment and research efforts focused on best practices in building success for American Indian students in higher education.


Partner with campus programs to provide seamless student services and experiences: Work with campus and community partners on strategic initiatives to further UMMs success in the engagement, persistence, retention, and graduation of students of color and American Indian students; Support students academic success and excellence; Coordinate cultural events and activities.


Serve as a catalyst and key collaborator in campus efforts to build an inclusive, contemporary multicultural community: Work with others to lead and advance institutional planning in multicultural affairs; Model and promote respect and effective partnerships in advancing Morris efforts to build an inclusive, respectful campus community; Partner with student leaders, faculty and staff in presenting programming that fosters community, supports the development of intercultural competence by all members of the campus, and prepares graduates for leadership in a global community. 


Additional responsibilities for Associate Director candidates

In addition to the above, the Associate Director will:

  • Be responsible for the daily operations of the Multi-Ethnic Student Program, including supervision and professional development of department staff.
  • Work closely with EDI Director to develop and implement a Multi-Ethnic Student Program strategic plan, including planning and making recommendations on budget allocations, assessment, and program review.
  • Assume leadership for new programs and initiatives as directed by the EDI Director.


Essential knowledge, skills and abilities Assistant or Associate Director

A bachelor's degree and at least three years of experience working with students of color in an educational setting.  Demonstrated success in working effectively with students of color in a higher education setting and in advancing diversity, equity, intercultural competence, and community. An understanding of higher education academic and administrative policies and procedures.


Preferred knowledge, skills and abilities Associate Director

A master's degree in Higher Education, Counseling or other appropriate field and three to five years or more of higher education experience working with student of color organizations, providing leadership opportunities to students of color, and programming. Knowledge of and experience with American Indian student issues in higher education, especially as they relate to American Indian students in the upper Midwest. Demonstrated skills in and commitment to student development; a commitment to and record of success in building a diverse, inclusive campus community; a record of collaboration with students, faculty, staff, and campus and community programs; and a commitment to the value of a liberal arts education.  Demonstrated success as a self-starter; ability to manage multiple projects and priorities simultaneously; and strong interpersonal, presentation, facilitation, and organizational skills.

Application Instructions:

The position is available Summer 2014; start date is negotiable.  Applications will be accepted until July 7, 2014. To apply, please submit current resume/curriculum vitae, a cover letter/letter of intent, and contact information for three references electronically through the University of Minnesota Online Employment System: The requisition number is 188931.


The University of Minnesota Morris values diversity in its students, faculty, and staff. Morris is especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute to the diversity of our community through their teaching, research, and/or service because we believe that diversity enriches the  University experience for all students, faculty, staff, and guests.

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