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Assistant Director for the Office of Multicultural Affairs (Asian & Pacific Islander) (Adjunct)

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Position type: EAP - 12-Month Adjunct AP (Administrative Professional)
Location: Allendale, Michigan
Categories: Enrollment Development & Educational Outreach


The position provides student support and leadership to mitigate and eliminate barriers to educational success for students of color at GVSU with a specific focus on initiatives supporting Asian and Pacific Islander students.  This position will cultivate an inclusive, affirming, and equitable environment in the Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA).


  1. Provide student support and leadership within the Office of Multicultural Affairs and collaborate with campus partners to further divisional and university goals.
  2. Develop, plan, execute, assess, and provide overall leadership for retention programs aimed at Asian and Pacific Islander students such as Asian Student Orientation, Asian Student Achievement Program, Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month celebration, and Asian Student Graduation.
  3. Oversee programs and initiatives that positively impact the recruitment and retention of diverse students with a focus on Asian and Pacific Islander students, including serving on committees devoted to advocacy, policy creation, and process revision and the university level. 
  4. Recruit and retain students from specific populations; provide support, advocacy, and referrals to students by creating one-on-one meeting plans, developing goals, and engaging in non-academic advising as needed.
  5. Track and assess program effectiveness, year-end reporting, and assist with goal setting and strategic planning for the office.
  6. Co-supervise and provide leadership to student employees and graduate assistants.
  7. Support Office of Multicultural Affairs communication efforts by maintaining the center’s website, social media, and creating marketing materials.
  8. Locate, design, and implement fundraising initiatives in conjunction with community and campus partners to benefit the populations this position serves.
  9. Lead and serve as a university-wide resource for the Asian Student Union and other Asian and Pacific Islander student supports.  Serve as a liaison to the Asian Faculty Staff Association.
  10. Perform other duties as required/assigned by leadership.


  • Bachelor’s degree in related field.
  • A minimum of three to five (3-5) years related experience and/or training or equivalent combination.
  • Prior experience managing and supervising teams and/or projects.
  • Experience managing websites and social media platforms.
  • Excellent written, verbal, presentation, interpersonal communication, and organizational skills.
  • Understanding of and commitment to issues of diversity, gender equity, and social justice.
  • A high degree of confidentiality, discretion, judgment, collaboration, and the ability to build strong relationships.


  • Master’s degree in higher education, student affairs, social work, or related field.
  • Experience related to retention in higher education.
  • Familiarity with and/or experience building intersectional support structures for students of color.
  • Experience in higher education working with Asian and Pacific Islander students.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects independently and working toward shared team goals.
  • Experience developing, administering, and evaluating student programming and events.
  • Experience developing and delivering diversity, equity, and inclusion education, workshops, and training.
  • Budget, grant writing implementation, and assessment experience.

Salary: $35,568

Job Type: Part-time (29 hours per week) during normal business hours. 

Department/Division: Office of Multicultural Affairs/Enrollment Development

Campus: Allendale Campus

How To Apply: Apply online at and select "Apply now".  Please include a cover letter and resume. The online application will allow you to attach these documents electronically. On the application, you will be required to provide names, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses for three professional references. Applicants selected for interviews will be required to submit official transcripts prior to the interview. If you need assistance, please call Human Resources at 616-331-2215.

Application Deadline: Open until filled. This post may be closed at any time at the discretion of the university.

The University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution, consistent with its obligations as a federal contractor. It encourages diversity and provides equal opportunity in education, employment, all of its programs, and the use of its facilities. It is committed to protecting the constitutional and statutory civil rights of persons connected with the University. Members of the University community, including students, employees, faculty, staff, administrators, Board members, consultants, vendors, others engaged to do business with the University, candidates for employment or admissions, and visitors or guests have the right to be free from acts of harassment and discrimination, including sexual misconduct, as defined by this policy. In accordance with applicable federal and state law and this policy, acts of discrimination or harassment by members of the campus community 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. This includes inappropriate limitation of, access to, or participation in educational, employment, athletic, social, cultural, or other university programs and activities. The University will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities. Limitations are lawful if they are: directly related to a legitimate university purpose, required by law, or lawfully required by a grant or contract between the university and the state or federal government. For the purposes of this policy, sex-/gender-based harassment includes sexual misconduct, sexual assault, interpersonal or relationship violence, and stalking. See 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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