Senior Director of Multicultural Student Affairs

Northwestern University in Illinois

Date Posted June 19, 2014
Type Executive
Salary Not specified
Employment Type Full-time

Job Title: Senior Director of Multicultural Student Affairs

Department: Multicultural Center

Job ID: 23314     

Location: Evanston Campus

Job Summary:

Northwestern University is in search of an experienced, student-centered, culturally competent Student Affairs administrator who will work, in collaboration with students and staff, to reimagine the area of Multicultural Student Affairs as Senior Director of Multicultural Student Affairs.  The role of Senior Director of Multicultural Student Affairs reports to the Executive Director for Campus Inclusion and Community and will serve as a catalyst for the development and implementation of educational, social, and leadership programs promoting self- awareness, intercultural development and social justice.


The Senior Director of Multicultural Student Affairs has overall leadership and management responsibility for the programs, services, facilities and staff of Multicultural Student Affairs (MSA) and its four existing units: African American Student Affairs (AASA), Asian/Asian American Student Affairs (A/AASA), and Hispanic/Latino Student Affairs (H/LSA) and the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Resource Center. The Senior Director serves as a resource and advocate for underrepresented students - especially for students whose ethnic and gender and sexual orientation identities play a primary role in their university experience, and will support the learning of all university students at Northwestern in these areas.


Successful candidates for the Senior Director of MSA will have demonstrated competency in developing learning outcomes, implementing high impact practices, creating data driven programs and initiatives and collaborating within their units and across the university. Additionally, candidates will be well versed in student development theory with an emphasis on multicultural identity development, organizational development, academic integration strategies, and espouse a student centered approach to their work.


Candidates will exhibit curiosity, maturity, dynamism, a sense of humor, strategic thinking and experience programming for a broad constituent base. Lastly, candidates will possess a dedication to the support of student success and the student learning experience.


The Senior Director reports to the Executive Director for Campus Inclusion and Community, and serves as a member of the Student Engagement Leadership Team in the Division of Student Affairs and serves as a key contributor on matters of intersectionality, equity and access, and leadership development. The Senior Director will be responsible for (a) helping to create and sustain a sophisticated and exciting new vision for the office, (b) designing and implementing impactful programming that serves the primary constituencies as well as the larger campus community, and (c) manage the administrative functions of Multicultural Student Affairs, including budgetary oversight, supervision of student staff, oversight of department facilities, and university-wide community service. Some evening and weekend hours will be required.


Specific Responsibilities:

  • Provides leadership for and effective management of Multicultural Student Affairs and its four units by:
  • Contributes to the vision, mission, goals of the division to guide program development and service delivery for students;
  • Assesses student needs/ interests and designing programs, services and partnerships to address those needs within MSA and/or across the division of Student Affairs;
  • Evaluates program performance with emphasis on continuous improvement; defining key learning outcomes;
  • Prepares and oversee MSA and unit budgets;  
  • Allocates resources in accordance with strategic and operational objectives;
  • Responsible for the overall supervision and management of five professional staff, two administrative staff, five Graduate Assistants, and student staff;
  • Advocates for underrepresented students, inclusiveness and community building by:
  • Designs and sponsors programs and events that engage communities of difference in ways that enhance student learning and advance multicultural understanding;
  • Collaborates with other university programs, offices and services on matters pertaining to student inclusiveness and diversity;
  • Creates a framework, in collaboration with staff and students, that supports the work and the constituency of each of the units within MSA while providing opportunities for cross-cultural engagement, learning and community building;
  • Engages in outreach activities with underrepresented student groups and organizations;
  • Meets with students to build relationships and to acquire an accurate understanding of student experiences, concerns, and needs;  
  • Communicates with constituent groups and key stakeholders about the needs of students, the work of MSA and issues related to inclusion and diversity;
  • Represents Multicultural Student Affairs and its units to the broader university community and engage faculty and staff with our underrepresented students;  


  • Serves as an advocate for the needs and concerns of underrepresented students;  
  • Represents MSA at Division of Student Affairs and University meetings and events as appropriate;
  • As an educator, define student learning objectives and outcomes related to inclusiveness and cultural competence by:
  • Collaborates with Student Affairs colleagues and others in defining and promulgating student learning outcomes;
  • Provides leadership in advancing the assessment of student learning outcomes for Multicultural Student Affairs and the Division of Student Affairs;
  • Aligns MSA unit objectives with Division of Student Affairs, Campus Community and Inclusion and institutional priorities;
  • Performs other duties as required or assigned.


Minimum Qualifications:


  • A master's degree required, doctorate preferred, in higher education’s administration, gender studies, student affairs, counseling, education or the equivalent combination of education, training and experience from which comparable skills can be acquired;
  • Five to seven years of senior level administrative experience building and advancing institutional diversity and inclusion initiatives for students, staff or faculty;
  • Experience in managing, developing and coaching professional staff and students;
  • Experience working with faculty and staff members;
  • Assessment and program evaluation skills and experience;
  • Knowledge of local, state, and federal regulations which govern underrepresented and international student populations.


Preferred Qualifications:


  • Demonstrated effectiveness in change management, particularly as it relates to diversity and inclusion initiatives;
  • Exceptional leadership, organizational, written and verbal communication skills;
  • Ability to work with diverse campus constituencies around potentially controversial issues;
  • Demonstrated collaborative team building, a reputation as a positive team player with a sense of humor and a commitment to collaboration and integrity;
  • Demonstrated involvement with local, state, regional and national associations and communities relevant to the role;
  • Demonstrated commitment to ongoing professional development;
  • Strong understanding of the educational environment at highly selective institutions.


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As per Northwestern University policy, this position requires a criminal background check.  Successful applicants will need to submit to a criminal background check prior to employment.


Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes including veterans and individuals with disabilities.



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