The Director of Office of Multicultural Student Affairs (OMSA) is a key campus leader in the efforts to foster a more inclusive, welcoming, and equitable community. Under general direction, the Director serves as a resource and advocate for underrepresented students – especially for students whose ethnic, racial, gender identity, and sexual orientation identities play a primary role in their university experience.
Characteristic duties and responsibilities include: envisioning the next era of excellence and innovation for OMSA and working with students, faculty, staff, senior administrators, alumni and other stakeholders to establish support and capacity to implement this vision; partnering with academic and administrative units to implement initiatives that enhance student development, multicultural education, and global engagement; collaborating with student organizations and with other internal and external constituencies to provide activities, trainings, and intellectual exchanges that engage diverse perspectives and identities, promotes cultural competence, enriches campus climate and fosters a culture of mutual respect and inclusion.
For this position, UNH is seeking a visionary leader who understands the challenges of historically underrepresented and/or first generation college students, and who can help our campus meet our goal of fostering a campus climate that is broadly supportive of the success of students from underrepresented groups. Through an inter-sectional framework, the Director will create and promote an inclusive culture for student success while serving as a role model for students, providing the inspiration, vision, mentoring and direction needed to assist students in achieving their personal, academic, and professional goals.
This position reports to Senior Vice Provost and Dean of Students.
Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration, Social Justice, Sociology or a related field, plus 5-7 years or more post Master’s degree experience, in addition to closely related work experience with a demonstrated commitment to social justice and equity initiatives.
Proven track record of advancing diversity, equity and inclusion in higher education.
Experience in creating academic and cultural programs and services for multicultural, LGBTQIA+, and otherwise diverse student populations in a university setting.
3 years or more of experience in project management, planning, implementation and assessment of programs.
Expert knowledge of equity, historic and contemporary social disparities, multicultural education theoretical models and effective co-curricular educational practices, including the relationship between these and globalization.
Highly cultivated cultural competency, coupled with superior intercultural communications skills and demonstrated ability to effectively relate to and support diverse, underrepresented and/or under-served populations.
Strong understanding/expertise in working with issues faced by underrepresented students.
Familiarity with predominantly white institutions and surrounding communities and the experiences of historically underrepresented populations within these.
Strong interpersonal skills, diplomacy, political savvy, and sensitivity to engage effectively with all constituencies, build consensus for change and thrive in a complex and decentralized environment.
Demonstrated ability to respond effectively to challenging student and community issues including skills to lead difficult conversations and dialogues across differences.
Proven ability to build alliances with and to partner with stakeholders, as well as experience working in a shared governance organization to ensure greater cross-department integration and improve student success.
Excellent budget development and fiscal management skills.
Experience using assessment strategies to evaluate effectiveness of programs and services being offered by Office of Multicultural Student Affairs.
Demonstrated ability to lead, organize and manage concurrent priorities and projects.
Willingness to work evenings and weekends as needed.
Terminal degree in Higher Education Administration, Social Justice, Sociology or related field, in addition to related work experience with a demonstrated commitment to social justice and equity initiatives.
Experience in the development, creation and production of promotional materials and social media efforts for the office, events and programs.
Demonstrated teaching, meeting facilitation, and public speaking ability.
Grant writing experience
Demonstrated involvement with local, state, regional and national associations and communities relevant to the role along with strong marketing and presentation skills/expertise in outreach to campus and community partners.
The University System of New Hampshire is an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access/Affirmative Action employer.
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