Assistant Director for Inclusion & Community, University Center
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*Do not apply through Indeed.com or use easy apply through Indeed.com*.Assistant Director for Inclusion & Community, University Center
The University of Montana invites applications for an Assistant Director for Inclusion & Community for the University Center. The Assistant Director for Inclusion & Community will support, empower, and engage students and will implement programming that creates and sustains an inclusive and supportive campus climate for all students at the University of Montana. In addition to supporting the programs and initiatives of the Branch Center, the assistant director will support and guide student groups and organizations in the Branch Center as well as other identity and advocacy-based student groups.
This position is a student-centered leader who models inclusion, community, and belonging as fundamental to fulfilling the university mission toward inclusive prosperity. This individual will be an expert resource for University of Montana students as we work to foster an inclusive and welcoming UM community. This position embodies UM’s commitment to placing all students’ success at the center of everything we do.
In addition to providing daily support and advocacy to students and student groups, this individual is responsible for the growth and activation of the Branch Center itself, as a space for all students and student groups to use, build community, and strengthen as a central space for inclusion and belonging on campus.
This role serves as a liaison for and between student groups with a focus on building community. The role is committed to problem solving and conflict resolution, and requires considerable interpersonal skill to mediate connections among those with differing viewpoints, goals and priorities. Daily interactions with members of the campus community or the general public could range from being moderately structured to unstructured drop-ins with purposes including to influence or motivate others, to obtain information, or to navigate situations and provide resources and referral information.
Reporting to the University Center Associate Director for Student Life, the individual in this position operates under general supervision expressed in terms of program goals and objectives, priorities, and deadlines. In communication and consultation as needed, the Assistant Director will provide interpretation and establish methods to perform overall program or project objectives and management of available resources.
The Assistant Director for Inclusion and Community hires, onboards, trains, and supervises professional staff member(s), graduate assistant(s), and student employees with substantial independence and decision-making authority regarding performance, pay, and employment relationship matters.
- Enhances the student experience, with emphasis on underrepresented and historically marginalized or minoritized groups, by advising and assisting student organizations in developing sustainable cross-cultural and intersectional activities, and on-going programs and initiatives
- Promotes the Branch Center as a central space on campus for inclusion and belonging, and conducts outreach to student organizations about available resources and opportunities for collaboration
- Encourages increased historical and cultural awareness of students, faculty, staff, and the local community by initiating, planning, and coordinating annual events and programs
- Plans and organizes assigned heritage and history month programs, including cultural entertainment and educational programs open to campus and community members
- Develops and facilitates equity and justice oriented educational programs for students
- Work with campus partners to contribute to a vibrant first year experience
- In collaboration with University Center Marketing, manage the marketing activities for Branch Center programs and events, including social media, graphic design, and website
- Oversees the budget for the Branch Center programming unit and allocates funds for programs and initiatives
- Collects and compiles assessment and program evaluation on multicultural activities and programs to ensure learning outcomes are met, consistency in practices, inclusiveness in planning, and equity in services
- In coordination with UC staff, enhances the multicultural and intersectional experience and opportunities of students by managing the physical space of the Branch Center
- Establishes the viability of the Branch Center and its programs by effectively supervising staff, advising student groups housed in the Branch Center, and serving as an advocate on behalf of students
- Develops and maintain effective working relationships with community support organizations and leaders from underrepresented communities by networking and developing new relationships
- Makes recommendations on policies and procedures to increase inclusion on campus
- Contribute to a work environment that encourages knowledge of, respect for, and development of skills to engage with those of other cultures and backgrounds and maintains an ongoing working knowledge of the meaning of the terms in the LGBTQ community and other historically marginalized or minoritized groups
- Remains competent and current though self-directed professional reading, developing professional contacts with colleagues, attending professional development courses, and attending training and/or courses as required by supervisor
- Provides an active and visible presence on campus, particularly in support of LGBTQ and BIPOC students and student groups whose focus is on identity, inclusion, and belonging; will require evening and weekend time commitments, but a flexible work schedule will be determined with the Supervisor to accommodate a healthy life-work balance
- Supports the overall success of the Branch Center and multicultural and intersectional programs by performing all other duties as assigned
The University of Montana is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and has a strong institutional commitment to the principle of diversity in all areas. In that spirit, we are particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of qualified people who would assist the University in demonstrating its five priorities for action: Place student success at the center of all we do; drive excellence and innovation in teaching, learning, and research; embody the principle of “mission first, people always"; partner with place; and proudly tell the UM story.Position Details
- Position is full-time, 1.0 FTE, MUS Contract and includes a comprehensive and competitive benefits package including Insurance package, mandatory retirement plan, partial tuition waiver, and wellness program.
- Salary for this position is $52,000 to $55,000 per year commensurate with qualifications.
- Bachelor’s degree
- Demonstrated experience with student leadership programming, organizational development, initiating, event planning, executing, and assessing student programs and services, and measuring student outcomes
- Demonstrated interpersonal skills working with students and student groups on sensitive matters and those involving conflict
- Demonstrated ability to effectively advocate for students while maintaining a collaborative and supportive relationship with colleagues and the institution
- Demonstrated administrative skills (Budget oversight, following policies and protocols etc.)
- Expertise in and an appreciation for evidence-based and research-informed theory and best practices regarding diversity, equity, and inclusion, and strategies for removing barriers to inclusive learning environments
- Demonstrated ability to build a network of partners and supporters
- Team-oriented and open to ideas and input from colleagues; ability to develop and maintain productive, collegial working relationships with faculty, administrators, staff, students, and alums
- A sense of informed empathy and superb listening skills
- Demonstrated conflict resolution skills
- Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects/tasks with thorough attention to detail; ability to set and attain goals while working both collaboratively and independently on various projects
- Excellent oral and written communication skills; and strong presentation skills; with the ability to communicate effectively with all levels of internal and external stakeholders
- The ability to maintain confidentiality and exercise independent judgement
- Master’s degree in Public Administration, Organizational Leadership, Students Affairs, College Student Personnel Administration, or a related field
- Experience working effectively with students, staff, faculty, and senior administration within a higher education setting to advance institutional commitment to and inclusion and belonging related to, undergraduate retention, academic support services, faculty and staff diversity, and campus climate issues
- Experience providing diversity, identity, or inclusivity training(s)
- Demonstrated ability to gather, track and analyze data to inform decision-making and continuous improvement
- Demonstrated ability to create innovative training materials to engage students and the broader UM community in the process of creating a more diverse and inclusive campus
The University of Montana is a flagship, R1 research institution with approximately 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students. It is located in Missoula, a culturally vibrant community of about 75,000, surrounded by mountains where three rivers converge. Abundant recreational opportunities in surrounding state and national forests and nearby Glacier National Park and Yellowstone National Park complement a thriving intellectual atmosphere. The University of Montana offers eligible employees a generous benefits package that positively separates UM from other local employers and offers many programs and policies to support work-life balance for its employees.
The University Center enriches campus life by providing student-focused opportunities, programs, services, and space.
The Branch Center is a dedicated community space located in the University Center to support student inclusion and build community
To learn more about the University of Montana, Missoula, and the State of Montana, please visit the links below.
- University of Montana
- Video: Mission First, People Always
- City of Missoula
- The State of Montana
Criminal Background Investigation is required prior to Offer of Employment.
In accordance with university policy, finalists for this position will be subject to criminal background investigations.
Reasonable accommodations are provided in the hiring process for persons with disabilities. For example, this material is available in alternative format upon request. As an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, we encourage applications from minorities, veterans, and women. Qualified candidates may request veterans’ or disabilities preference in accordance with state law.
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Testing Individual hiring departments at UM may elect to administer pre-employment tests, which are relevant to essential job functions.
Employment Eligibility. All New Employees must be eligible and show employment eligibility verification by the first date of employment at UM, as legally required (e.g., Form I-9).
Must be eligible to work in the United State upon hire. Sponsorship is not available for this position.
How to Apply
Priority Application Date: Sunday, March 10, 2024 by 11:59 PM (Mountain Time)
Complete applications received by this date will be guaranteed consideration. To receive full consideration, candidates are required to submit all of the following materials.
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- Letter of Interest – addressing the stated required skills for the position
- Detailed resume listing education and describing work experience
- Three (3) professional references - Names and contact information
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