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The College of Education has an outstanding opportunity for a Director, Sisterhood Initiative. The Sisterhood Initiative (SI) at the University of Washington Seattle aims to increase enrollment, retention, and graduation rates for women of color. Funded by the community and inspired by the success of the Brotherhood Initiative, we seek a founding Director to launch and establish the SI. The SI Director will co-create and implement research-driven offerings that holistically support and empower women of color in higher education. While students from all disciplines are welcome, the SI will emphasize supporting women of color pursuing careers where they are historically underrepresented. The SI will provide multiple pathways for success through a cohort-based approach to engage students in the full academic and social setting of the university.
As the first director of the Sisterhood Initiative, the Director will have a tremendous opportunity to chart the strategic direction for the SI and develop its program mission, approach, and research agenda. This position requires a high degree of “big picture” thinking, cross-campus collaboration, and ability to work effectively across diverse cultural contexts. Within the College of Education community, the SI Director will be supported by the dean, associate deans, and select faculty, and bolstered by a community of external supporters and donors. This position will report to the Associate Dean for Research and Outreach.
The primary goals of the SI are to:
Increase enrollment, persistence, and graduation rates for women of color at the University of Washington by developing a cohort-based support system to holistically promote the academic, personal, and leadership development of women of color.
Conduct interdisciplinary research about factors that promote the success for women of color, to improve outcomes, contribute to the literature, and inform practice on supporting underrepresented women of color within higher education.
Duties & Responsibilities:
The Sisterhood Initiative Director will be responsible for developing the research, programmatic infrastructure, and strategic direction for the SI, as well as lead its development, administration, and implementation. In support of this effort, the Director will:
Development of SI Offerings & Partnerships
•Identify and research the needs of underserved women of color who will participate in the SI. •Provide oversight of SI programmatic functions by architecting and implementing cohort recruitment and admissions processes, student academic supports, programming, leadership development, and other related activities. •Lead decision-making support for all facets of SI project development, including recommending program changes and operational enhancements over time. •In collaboration with the SI Steering Committee, design and implement curriculum for the Sisterhood Initiative cohort offerings. •Collaborate with faculty, staff, outside organizations, donors and colleges to pursue and enhance the goals of SI by building partnerships and identifying beneficial enhancing opportunities for SI students. •Collaborate with Brotherhood Initiative staff and leadership on the development, implementation, and research of the Sisterhood Initiative where appropriate.
Research and Assessment
•Manage research program administration.
•Develop and implement a research-practice agenda for the SI.
•Create and manage systems for tracking, coordinating, and facilitating research activities, data and data collection, analytic processes, design work, literature retrieval and review, writing, and project outcomes.
•Develop and implement an on-going assessment process for the offerings which incorporates student and campus practitioner feedback.
•Participate in and assist with the authoring and preparation of manuscripts, reports, and grant development related to the project.
•Make programmatic design and implementation recommendations based upon research & assessment findings.
Strategic Operations & Communications
•In partnership with College of Education stakeholders, build a Steering Committee of practitioners on campus and volunteers to support and advance the visioning and implementation of SI priorities and project goals.
•Utilize research and assessment findings to lead a strategic planning process.
•Work collaboratively with the Steering Committee to develop an Annual Report and other related documents for internal and external stakeholders.
•Work with the Steering Committee to develop a fundraising strategy and represent SI to external organizations and constituents.
•Address internal and external audiences about the SI and collaboration opportunities, including the Sisterhood Initiative Founding Donors and other community stakeholders and volunteers.
•In partnership with the Advancement Office, build a fundraising strategy and cadence of communications and/or engagement opportunities for current and prospective supporters.
Other duties as assigned.
As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For a complete description of our benefits for this position, please visit our website, click here.
•PhD degree in Education, Psychology, Sociology, Ethnic Studies, or related field, to include two years of progressively responsible and relevant experience.
•Outstanding verbal, written, reading, communication, and cultural competency skills.
•Excellent interpersonal and relationship-building skills to establish and maintain collaborative, productive relationships with a diverse group of stakeholders.
•Demonstrated experience in project management.
•Demonstrated experience working on issues of postsecondary access and retention.
•Knowledge of issues impacting students of color, students from low-income and first-generation backgrounds, girls and women.
•Demonstrated ability to serve as an effective advocate for student success.
•Ability to maintain attention to detail while remaining flexible in working with multiple faculty, graduate students, senior administrators and university officials.
•Demonstrated initiative in resolving complex problems.
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration. Desired:
• At least 2 years of experience conducting assessment and evaluation, including qualitative and/or quantitative, and/or mixed-methods projects.
•Knowledge of and experience with both academic and student services environments.
•Experience with survey design and survey software including Qualtrics.
The application process for UW positions may include completion of a variety of online assessments to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process. These assessments may include Workforce Authorization, Cover Letter and/or others. Any assessments that you need to complete will appear on your screen as soon as you select “Apply to this position”. Once you begin an assessment, it must be completed at that time; if you do not complete the assessment you will be prompted to do so the next time you access your “My Jobs” page. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your "My Jobs" page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until all required assessments have been completed.
Priority consideration will be given to applications received by June 22, 2021.
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