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Assistant Vice President for Social Justice Centers and Director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs

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Position type: EAP - Executive, Administrative, Professional
Location: Allendale
Categories: Enrollment Development & Educational Outreach

Summary

This position will be responsible for overseeing the social justice centers as well as providing oversight of the Office of Multicultural Affairs.

AVP PRIMARY DUTIES

  • Hire, train, develop, supervise and evaluate center leadership to achieve the vision, mission and goals of the Office of Multicultural Affairs, the Milton E. Ford LGBT Resource Center, the Center for Women and Gender Equity, and the Military and Veteran Resource Center.
  • Work with the leadership of each center to oversee the overall creation, coordination and implementation of programs and services (on all campuses), that support students’ academic, social, cultural and professional development regarding race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, and people living at the intersections of multiple identities.
  • Raise campus awareness and provide education and advocacy regarding all of the students the centers’ serve to further racial justice, gender justice, LGBTQIA justice and military awareness and inclusion on campus.
  • Steward the coordinated care approach by working with leadership in the Enrollment Development Division and across the University to make sure no student is left behind.
  • Provide leadership of fiscal management for Social Justice Centers and work with development on fundraising efforts, and engage in grant writing as appropriate.
  • Develop and implement policies and procedures and assist with the marketing and communications of all Social Justice Centers including publications, websites and social media.
  • Perform as a team member among relevant divisional and cross-divisional teams. Serve on various committees to create inclusive and proactive campus policies, improve campus climate and coordinate institutional responses to bias.
  • Act as a strong collaborative campus partner and serve the larger University by attending campus events and participating in campus-wide projects and committees.
  • Engage with the local community as a representative of the GVSU Social justice Centers.
  • Help facilitate assessment, evaluation and strategic planning for Social Justice Centers.
  • Develop relationships and communicate Social Justice Center activities with internal constituents (e.g. students, faculty, and staff) as well as external constituents (e.g. alumni, donors, community members, agencies, businesses, foundations, etc.).
  • Engage in professional development and maintain a strong presence at the local, regional and national level to enhance the work of the GVSU Social Justice Centers.
  • Serve on the EMT (the Division of Enrollment Development and Educational Outreach) leadership team.
  • Connect with community broadly by leading and serving on boards.
  • Special projects as assigned.
  • Performs other duties as required/assigned by manager.

DIRECTOR OF THE OFFICE OF MULTICULTRAL AFFAIRS PRIMARY DUTIES

  • Lead all operations of the Office of Multicultural Affairs including strategic planning and visioning for the future.
  • Raise campus awareness and provide education and advocacy regarding racial equity issues to create an inclusive campus climate and equitable outcomes.
  • Outreach to academic units to enhance student learning by creating opportunities for theory to practice for students, with specific outreach to area and global studies.
  • Provide information, advocacy, and referral for students and families regarding personal and academic issues; create mechanisms to enhance retention; and manage crisis as they arise.
  • Work with offices/units across the University through coordinated care to support the success of all students – to include specific collaboration with, Kauffman Interfaith, Veterans Affairs, TRIO, Disability Support Resources, etc.
  • Oversee robust retention efforts that elevate affinity needs and close success gaps through the Laker Connections programs: Black Excellence, Laker Familia, Asian Student Achievement Program, and Mno’chigewin Native Student Support Initiative.
  • Provide campus-wide education through cultural heritage programming that addresses various aspects of racial equity to include:  Black History Month, Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month, Hispanic Heritage Month, Native American Heritage Month and Cesar Chavez Celebration, as examples.
  • Assist in recruitment efforts through pipeline initiatives.
  • Engage in grant writing and fundraising to further the efforts of the Center for Racial Justice.
  • Develop and implement policies and procedures and assist with the marketing and communications of the Office of Multicultural Affairs including publications, websites and social media.
  • Engage with the local community and create partnerships with the Office of Multicultural Affairs.
  • Facilitate assessment, evaluation and annual reporting for the Office of Multicultural Affairs.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES REQUIRED/PREFERRED

  • Doctorate preferred and Master’s degree and three to five years of experience in higher education or a related field are required.
  • Six years of leadership experience required.
  • Demonstrated understanding of social justice to include knowledge about racial justice, gender justice, military students and LGBTQIA issues in higher education.
  • Experience in working collaboratively with a wide range of constituencies including students, faculty, staff and community members.
  • Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Experience with community engagement preferred.
  • Grant writing and fundraising experience preferred.
  • Evaluation and assessment skills preferred.
  • Demonstrated experience in developing and implementing retention efforts and addressing climate issues.
  • Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills. 

WORKING CONDITIONS

Normal office environment.  Some travel may be required.

Physical Demands: 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 (A.D.A.) and is not an exhaustive list of the duties performed for this position. Additional duties are performed by the individual currently holding this position and additional duties may be assigned.

SALARY $100,000 to 110,000, commensurate with experience

DEPARTMENT/DIVISION Enrollment Development and Educational Outreach

CAMPUS Allendale

HOW TO APPLY Please attach the following: a cover letter/CV, resume, three (3) professional references including names, titles, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses. Applicants selected for interviews will be required to submit official transcripts prior to the interview. If you have questions or need assistance, call Human Resources at 616-331-2215.

APPLICATION DEADLINE Consideration of applications will begin July 18, 2022 and posting will be closed at any time at the discretion of the University.

Grand Valley State University has a COVID-19 Vaccine policy that requires all faculty, staff and students to be vaccinated. New hires will be expected to adhere to the policy unless they are eligible for allowable exemptions or postponement. We will require proper documentation upon hire. Up-to-date information can be found on our Lakers Together website.

Grand Valley State University does not discriminate against students, faculty or staff in any of its employment practices or in its educational programs or activities. 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, 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, veteran or active duty military status or weight. In addition, Grand Valley is required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 to ensure that none of its education programs and activities discriminate on the basis of sex/gender. Sex includes sex stereotypes, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, and pregnancy or parenting status. The Office for Title IX and Institutional Equity serves as a resource for the GVSU community and assists individuals who may have been impacted by discrimination or harassment in connecting with resources, imposes measures that protect or support access to programs and activities, and oversees the university’s grievance process for allegations of discrimination and harassment. Inquiries regarding the application of Title IX may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, 4015 Zumberge Hall, titleix@gvsu.edu, (616) 331-9530.

The University will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities. See www.gvsu.edu/affirmative/. TDD Callers: Call Michigan Relay Center at 711 (in State) or 1-800-833-7833 (out of State)

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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