Assistant Director for First Generation Students

Fairfax, VA
Mar 23, 2017
Jul 13, 2017
Full Time

Job Category : Admin or Professional Faculty

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Salary : Competitive salary, comprehensive benefits package, relocation assistance, and opportunities for professional development.

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Assistant Director for First Generation Students

The George Mason University Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Multicultural Education (ODIME) invites applications for an Assistant Director for First Generation Students. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason’s academic and culturally inclusive environment.

About the Department: As an integral component of University Life at George Mason University, ODIME engages the campus community in the exploration of diversity, identity development, and cultural competency. With student support and advocacy as a primary focal area of our work, ODIME offers a myriad of services and resources to assist our diverse student body with success at and beyond Mason.

Responsibilities: ODIME seeks an Assistant Director to support the university’s initiatives/efforts to recruit and retain first generation students. This position will be a strong student advocate that will champion the needs of first generation students, which includes maintaining current knowledge of the needs of specialized student cohorts (i.e., undocumented, low income, transfers, out-of-state students, etc.). Duties include: * Assisting with university-wide initiatives for all first generation students, including orientation activities, support groups, and other cocurricular engagement opportunities; * Supporting an ongoing strategic plan that focuses on the development and growth of the university’s first generation student population; * Assist with the daily operations of the Student Transition Empowerment Program (STEP); * Assist with the supervision of all student staff affiliated with STEP, including mentors, the logistics team, and faculty/staff volunteers; * Advise/establish affiliated student organizations that support first generation students; * Oversee the planning, implementation, and evaluation of UndocuAlly workshops, and provide direct support services to students; * Serve as a resource for first generation students to support, track, and navigate their curricular and cocurricular collegiate experiences; * Implement programs/services to support access, retention, and student success; * Advise and advocate on behalf of underrepresented and marginalized identity groups as a member of the ODIME staff; * Collaborate with University Life and academic colleagues on programs that enhance/support institutional diversity, to include cultural competency and awareness workshops; * Represent the department and/or division on university-wide committees; * Perform administrative duties and manage assigned budget(s); * Participate in the ongoing progressive development of the department, to include departmental and division-wide strategic planning; and * Perform additional responsibilities as assigned.

Required Qualifications: * An earned master’s degree in higher education, counseling, education, or a related field; * Experience working with undocumented students; * Flexibility to work evenings and weekends as required; * Strong interpersonal communication, community building, organizational, and time management skills; * The ability to design and implement creative programs to support the academic, interpersonal, and career success of students; * Prior experience providing support services in a collegiate environment; * Ability to serve as a student advocate; and * Experience working with diverse student populations.

Special Instructions : For full consideration, applicants must apply for position number FA63Bz at; complete and submit the online application; and upload a cover letter stating interest and relevant experience, resume/CV, and a list of three professional references with contact information. Applications submitted by April 24, 2017, will receive priority consideration. Positions will remain open until filled. Questions about a position or the application process may be directed to

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