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Adjunct AP Social Justice Educator/Coordinator - Inclusion and Equity

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Work type: EAP - 12-Month Adjunct AP (Administrative Professional)
Location: Allendale
Categories: Inclusion & Equity

This is an adjunct position that receives Adjunct EAP benefits. It is set for two years, with contract renewal dependent on funding.

Housed within the Division of Inclusion and Equity at Grand Valley State University (GVSU), the Social Justice Education Office seeks a dynamic, visionary, and collaborative leader to serve as its Social Justice Educator/Coordinator. Located in the Greater Grand Rapids area, Grand Valley State University offers high quality programs and state-of-the-art facilities and attracts more than 25,000 students from across the country and around the world.

The mission of the Division of Inclusion and Equity is to advance GVSU's social justice framework for equity and inclusion. The division coordinates sustainable and strategic institutional efforts to engage all members of the community while also intentionally supporting and advocating for historically underrepresented communities. The division's work furthers the university's liberal education and student-centered mission.

In the spirit of this mission, the Social Justice Education Office seeks a Social Justice Educator/Coordinator who will support the coordination of training and education for students, faculty, and staff. The successful candidate will report to the Director of Social Justice Education.

Candidates from or with experience with diverse and underrepresented communities are highly encouraged to apply.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Coordinate existing social justice educational resources and programming on campus and facilitate meaningful dissemination of educational opportunities university-wide.
  • Demonstrate the ability to work effectively with individuals and groups from a variety of identities, cultures, backgrounds and ideologies as well as personal and social orientations in a compassionate, culturally responsive manner.
  • Develop and implement social justice education programs, including, but not limited to, major annual events, intergroup dialogue training, and both intersectional and culturally specific opportunities.
  • Participate in the design and implementation of short and long-term strategic planning related to social justice education.
  • Plan intentional and visible social justice awareness campaigns with opportunities for large scale student, faculty, and/or staff involvement.
  • Provide leadership in communication on social justice education initiatives (written materials, social media, articles, marketing efforts, etc. to the campus community on behalf of the Social Justice Education Office); participate in the design and implementation of Social Justice Education service announcements, blog, website and brochures.
  • Work collaboratively with Human Resources, the Pew Faculty Teaching and Learning Center, the social justice centers, and other campus partners to provide meaningful educational opportunities university-wide.
  • Assist in the curation of social justice educational resources i.e. books, videos, articles, etc. to be housed on the social justice education website.
  • Facilitate relationships across the institution which foster social justice, improve campus climate and enhance the involvement and success for people of color, members of the LGBTQIA community, women, people with disabilities, religious minorities, and other marginalized and historically underrepresented groups.
  • Create, coordinate, and implement intersectional programming for specific student populations including, but not limited to, fraternity & sorority life, athletics, communities of color, LGBTQA+ students, faith-based communities, student veterans, student organization leaders, and more.                                                                                           
  • Monitor and evaluate programmatic and operational effectiveness of all social justice education programs through data collection and assessment for all workshops and special events to monitor impact on the campus community.
  • Maintain a budget designated for social justice education initiatives.
  • Participate in campus-wide projects and committees as assigned.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in related field and at least 3 years of job related experience or equivalent combination of related education and experience.
  • Experience working with and understanding underrepresented and diverse populations.
  • Expertise/knowledge in creating a variety of programs and events including diversity, equity, and inclusion education and/or training for multiple groups of constituents.
  • Skill in organizing resources and establishing priorities. Ability to manage multiple tasks concurrently and make independent decisions in keeping with the level of the position.
  • Excellent organizational skills with particular attention to detail.
  • Effective interpersonal as well as verbal and written communication skills, including public speaking, negotiating and conflict resolution, and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.
  • Ability to develop and facilitate training sessions, create and develop program publications, and manage website content.
  • Experience in social justice education.
  • Experience in program development and assessment.
  • Exceptional communication skills, strong organizational abilities, and demonstrated ability to engage diverse campus &/or community constituents.
  • Strong public speaking and innovative presentation skills.
  • Demonstrated commitment to intersectional social justice.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree and 5 years of job related experience in a higher education setting.
  • Evaluation and assessment experience preferred.
  • Ability to utilize qualitative or quantitative techniques for population level assessment and program evaluation.
  • Experience in building collaborative campus community relationships and university-wide programs.
  • Experience with Intergroup Dialogue facilitation

Additional Information

Some after hours and weekend work is necessary. The Program Assistant reports to the Director of Social Justice Education

Salary: $35,000 - $45,000

Department/Division:  Inclusion and Equity

Campus: Allendale

Application Deadline Date: Open until filled

How To Apply: Apply online at and click “Apply now”.  Please submit a cover letter and resume.  On the application, you will be required to provide names, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses for three professional references. The online application system will allow you to attach these documents electronically. If you have questions or need assistance, please phone Human Resources at 616-331-2215.

Grand Valley State University is guided by values for inclusiveness and community which are integral to our mission to educate students to shape their lives, their professions, and their societies, and to enrich the community through excellent teaching, active scholarship, and public service. The University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution. It encourages diversity and provides equal opportunity in education, employment, all of its programs, and the use of its facilities. Members of the University community, including candidates for employment or admissions, and visitors or guests have the right to be free from acts of harassment and discrimination, including sexual misconduct, which are prohibited if they discriminate or harass on the basis of age, color, disability, familial status, height, marital status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex/gender (including gender identity and expression), sexual orientation, veteran or active duty military status or weight. The University will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities. See [Include the following for job advertisements:] TDD Callers: Call Michigan Relay Center 1-800-649-3777.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Must have the physical stamina to work long hours and/or more than 5 days per week. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The information contained in this job description is for compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act as amended by the ADA Amendment Act (2008), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and other applicable federal and state laws that prohibit discrimination on the basis of disability. GVSU will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.

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