Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is seeking an Executive Director Intercultural Engagement & Programs for the Division of Student Affairs. This position reports to the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, the Executive Director of Intercultural Engagement & Programs works with the Division of Student Affairs Executive Leadership Team to provide leadership, strategic direction and oversight for the Division of Student Affair’s diversity, equity and inclusion-focused initiatives to create and foster a diverse, equitable and inclusive organization and student community. This position provides supervision to the Cultural Center Collaborative which consists of the Paul Robeson Cultural Center, the Center for Latino Arts and Culture, the Center for Social Justice Education & LGBT Communities, and the Asian American Cultural Center. The Cultural Center Collaborative is committed to supporting the needs of students by creating a welcoming and holistic learning environment for all members of the community, inclusive of all identities and allies. The Cultural Centers facilitate interactive learning, promote self-awareness, foster leadership development, encourage dialogue, and challenge traditional notions of diversity and inclusion while working with undergraduate and graduate students, staff, faculty, and alumni. The Executive Director collaborates with university partners to identify inequities and barriers in access for students and identify short and long-term sustainable solutions. This role creates opportunities for the sharing of promising and best practices and professional development within the division of Student Affairs.
Among the key duties of this position are the following:
Provides the day-to-day leadership of the Cultural Center Collaborative in operations and administration
Manages the programming budget shared amongst the four cultural centers for joint functions, signature programs, key initiatives, and day-to-day operational costs.
Coordinates the facilitation of joint Collaborative functions such as staff meetings, biweekly Directors’ meetings, staff retreats.
Facilitates the process of the cultural centers having a cohesive presence at large-scale, signature university-wide events such as University Open House, Rutgers Day, and New Student Orientation.
Consults with and meets regularly with the cultural center Directors to ensure that all centers are working in alignment with each other and with the Division of Student Affairs.
Serves as an advocate for students and staff ensuring that diversity, inclusion, and equity efforts by Student Affairs are effective and evaluated appropriately.
Serves as member of the Student Affairs Executive Leadership Team; Assist the Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs in the guidance, management, and organization of Student Affair’s diversity and inclusion strategic planning process, implementation, and assessment.
Provides overall coordination of Divisional diversity and inclusion initiatives; Provides direction, guidance and support to cross-functional divisional teams and committees working on diversity and inclusion initiatives such as the divisional Diversity Council, Bias Prevention and Education Committee, Inclusion Campaign Committee, and other ad hoc committees.
Assist the Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs and the Executive Leadership Team in responding to emerging issues, ideas, and challenges and developing communications in response to incidents of bias.
Identify key levels for change and establish a sustainable infrastructure around current and future diversity and inclusion initiatives.
Works with divisional leadership and staff to coordinate diversity and inclusion training and development needs aimed to raise awareness and develop best practices.
Develops relationships with key university stakeholders to promote the awareness of resources available to historically underrepresented communities.
Minimum Education and Experience:
Master’s degree in education, student affairs, social work or a related field preferred.
A minimum of five years of professional experience in cultural center management and/or five years of progressively responsible professional experience in student affairs, higher education administration, or community organizations related to diversity, social justice and inclusion in the college/university environment
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Demonstrated commitment and success in advancing diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives in serving historically underrepresented and under-served student populations
Demonstrated understanding of complexity of intersectional identities that include, but are not limited to, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, citizenship status, religion, disability, age and socioeconomic status
Ability to seek professional development to further their skills, intercultural competency, and sensitivity in interactions with diverse constituencies across various communities
Knowledge and/or demonstrated interest in best practices, emerging trends, and innovations relevant to diversity and inclusion issues in higher education
Experience in hiring, managing and supervising professional/paraprofessional and graduate/undergraduate staff
Proven ability to initiate and oversee initiatives and programs in diversity, equity and inclusion. Strong experience in program development, implementation, and evaluation
Ability to work effectively with individuals of diverse backgrounds with varying levels of needs and leverage strengths of diversity to engage all students and staff around diversity and inclusion
Demonstrated ability to work effectively with a broad range of students, faculty, staff, senior administrators, and community leaders. Experience in building successful collaborative relationships across unit/dept boundaries.
Experience in financial and human resource management
Strong administrative and organizational skills including supervision, budget management, operational management and project management
Ability to work independently, think critically, engage in creative problem solving, work collaboratively in teams, and effectively manage multiple responsibilities
Ability to exercise sound judgment and discretion, transparent decision-making, and demonstrate a high level of personal and professional integrity
Ability to work in complex, political situations. Keen sense of organizational acumen: understanding of campus culture, processes, procedures, and how decisions are made.
Demonstrated ability to establish, maintain, and adjust priorities as circumstances warrant
Must possess demonstrable skills in basic computer literacy (Microsoft Office programs).
As this individual will supervise the four cultural centers it is preferable for a candidate to have five years of direct professional experience working at a cultural center in a university setting, including having responsibilities relevant to facilities and operational management.
Knowledge of various on and off campus resources as points of referrals for students.
Possess a level of cultural competency that reflects, at minimum, an understanding and/or sensitivity of the needs/issues faced by various student constituencies at Rutgers University.
Ability to demonstrate student-centered approaches to their responsibilities with a track record of innovation and resourcefulness in addressing student needs.
Knowledge of research findings, theories, and best practices in diversity education, as well as identity, student development, and student learning theories.
Knowledge in higher education administration policies, and practices with particular emphasis on student service delivery, student leadership development, policy advocacy, and multicultural student development.
Demonstrated knowledge and experience in establishing and implementing short- and long-term program goals and objectives and administering enrichment programs/projects
Experience in hiring, training, and supervising staff. Familiarity with university human resources policies and practices.
Knowledge of university anti-discrimination policies and practices, including formal and informal complaint and dispute resolution procedures, resources for dispute resolution, and work with campus administrators to address and resolve incidents of hate and bias (particularly those that directly involve communities of color).
Knowledge of university policies and business practices, risk management, and stewardship of university resources.
Knowledge of student and personnel privacy laws and policies such as FERPA, HIPPA, etc.
Demonstrated experience in understanding of one's culture, as well as one's privileged and subordinated identities.
Possess interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively across campus, at all levels.
Experience in mediating, managing, and resolving conflicts; facilitating group work; and training students and staff.
Regular use of MicroSoft Office Applications including Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, and Access.
Other possible software used is Adobe Creative Suite 5 including Acrobat, Illustrator, and Photoshop.
Familiar with communicating through social media, website design/maintenance and tools for online information exchange (web calendars, reservations, file sharing tools, email distribution lists, etc.).
Physical Demands and Work Environment:
Due to the nature of work of Student Affairs, this individual will be required to work some weeknights and weekends as needed.
Posting Number: 19ST4024
Location: College Ave (RU-New Brunswick)
Internal Number: 99405
About Rutgers University
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is a leading national public research university and the state's preeminent, comprehensive public institution of higher education. Rutgers is dedicated to teaching that meets the highest standards of excellence; to conducting research that breaks new ground; and to turning knowledge into solutions for local, national, and global communities. As it was at our founding in 1766, the heart of our mission is preparing students to become productive members of society and good citizens of the world. Rutgers teaches across the full educational spectrum: preschool to precollege; undergraduate to graduate and postdoctoral; and continuing education for professional and personal advancement. Rutgers is New Jersey's land-grant institution and one of the nation's foremost research universities, and as such, we educate, make discoveries, serve as an engine of economic growth, and generate ideas for improving people's lives.