Assistant Director

Location
Fairfax, VA
Salary
Commensurate with education and experience.
Posted
Jun 25, 2020
Closes
Sep 30, 2020
Ref
FAC8016
Industry
Education
Hours
Full Time
Assistant Director, Student Access and Equity (SAE) team

George Mason University's Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Multicultural Education and LGBTQ+ Resources is looking for enthusiastic and energetic candidates to fill Assistant Director positions, as part of the Student Access and Equity (SAE) team. The SAE team supports campus and student engagement for students who are historically underrepresented in higher education and their allies. This area is one of three areas within the Diversity, Inclusion and Multicultural Education and LGBTQ+ Resources department in University Life. The SAE team is hiring two (2) Assistant Directors who will enhance the collegiate experience of first generation students at Mason through programmatic and personal support. The two Assistant Directors will also, as a part of the SAE team, provide general support for undocumented, DACAmented, and students with Temporary Protected Status (TPS), including coordinating work with the broader department's multicultural and student-centered initiatives and programs.

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.

Position Summary: Below summarizes the duties for each of the two (2) Assistant Director positions, while also providing common position responsibilities across the Student Access and Equity team.

Assistant Director - Student Transition and Empowerment Program: * Coordinate the summer Student Transition Empowerment Program (STEP) and serve as primary point of contact for students and parents/guardians/care takers of participants. Responsibilities include, but not limited to, recruitment, selection, and hiring of summer staff; coordination of student application process and selection; serving as primary liaison to Housing & Residence Life; completing roommate and mentor assignments; reserving space for programmatic activities; and additional logistical support as needed; * Program development to increase academic rigor of the program to include, confirming speakers, workshops, and materials, as well as confirming summer courses for the participants, communication with professors and administrators teaching the courses; * Maintain ongoing knowledge of information relevant to the campus regarding first generation college students, including, but is not limited to: ** Prepare and maintain reporting, information sheets, and presentations for University Life Advisory Board meetings; ** Benchmark of services and programs on a national level; ** Identify trends in literature for best practices in the success of first generation students; ** Maintain a historic record of changes regarding STEP, including programmatic changes and rationale. * Monitor academic and personal progress of participants in STEP throughout their matriculation at the University. Responsibilities include, but not limited to, utilizing Patriot Web to check grades each semester for all enrolled STEP participants; meeting with students individually who are facing academic and/or personal challenges; collaborating with units within and outside of University Life to resolve student issues; * Supervisory responsibilities include, but not limited to, recruiting, hiring, coaching, and guiding professional development; holding weekly or bi-weekly one-on-one meetings; setting and assessing professional goals; accountability for, along with evaluation of, professional conduct and job responsibilities. This role supervises a host of graduate and undergraduate staff: ** During the summer STEP program, supervise one (1) Student Program Coordinator, two (2) Graduate Assistants, and (6) STEP Mentors. Note: Mentors continue past the summer for one academic year following the summer program; ** During the academic year, supervise one (1) Student Support Coordinator and six (6) STEP Mentors throughout the academic year. * Management of the Student Transition Empowerment Program Fund. This includes, convening and selecting committee members as needed (fall, spring, and summer selection), outreach to advertise scholarships to students, management of scholarship applications and selection, submission of paperwork and direct student support meetings for recipients. This also includes ongoing monitoring the service requirements for recipients, including service opportunities. Aligned with this is the management and awareness of funding available and needed for the scholarships/awards to continue as a relevant source; * Engage in a programming portfolio that includes the following: ** STEP Welcome Back Fall Reunion (August) ** STEP Study Halls (one per semester) ** STEP Graduation Ceremony (May) ** STEP Student Speakers for the Golf Classic Fundraiser (Spring) * Lead outreach and recruitment across the state of Virginia for STEP programs, services, and scholarship through presence at admissions events, including Spotlight Days, as well as social media and other electronic or mail outreach and materials.

Assistant Director - First Generation Programs and Initiatives: * Coordinate The First Generation Learning Living Community (The First, LLC), in collaboration with Housing & Residence Life and Supervisor. The LLC currently is a mixed-level LLC and includes both upperclass students and first year students. Responsibilities include, but not limited to: ** Collaboration with Housing & Residence Life professional and student staff on the planning and implementation of LLC programs; ** Lead the recruitment, application review, and selection of student participants; ** Attendance to all LLC related meetings, trainings, and workshops; ** Confirm housing assignments and selection of LLC Resident Assistant; ** Assessment and evaluation of LLC participant experiences and programs; ** Point of contact for LLC students of concern. * Supervisory responsibilities include, but not limited to, recruiting, hiring, coaching, and guiding professional development; holding weekly or bi-weekly one-on-one meetings; setting and assessing professional goals; accountability for, along with evaluation of, professional conduct and job responsibilities. This role supervises a host of graduate and undergraduate staff: ** Supervise one (1) Student Support Coordinator to assist with first generation programming portfolio and initiatives; ** Supervise and support one (1) Resident Assistant assigned to the LLC; ** Supervise 10-12 First Generation Student Mentors. * Maintain ongoing knowledge of information relevant to the campus regarding first generation college students, including but is not limited to: ** Prepare and maintain reporting, information sheets, and presentations for University Life regarding the needs of first generation students; ** Benchmarking of services and programs on a national level; ** Identifying trends in literature for best practices in the success of first generation students. * Support the advancement of first generation student programs campus-wide through participation with the First Generation Working Group and in the development of two initiatives that are in their early stages of development: (1) First Generation Alumni Network and (2) First Generation Peer Mentoring Program. * Engage in a programming portfolio that includes the following: ** First Gen Welcome Reception (September) ** First Gen Living Learning Community programming (2-3 programs per semester) ** First Gen Faculty/Staff Mixers (one per semester) ** First Gen Study Halls (one per semester) ** First Gen Graduate Student Reception (Spring semester) * Lead outreach and engagement efforts for first generation students for the broader Mason campus, including all locations (Arlington. Mason Korea, and Science and Technology campuses), and all levels of study for undergraduate and graduate students with some attention to faculty and staff who are first generation. This may include particular attention to: ** Management of social media presence for first generation students and maintenance of the weekly First Gen Newsletter; ** Academic departments that host a larger number of first generation students and serve as a resource to those departments for programs and initiatives or onsite office hours; ** Attendance to Spotlight Days for admitted students to advertise all programs from the department connected to first generation students, including STEP and First Gen LLC; ** Serve as additional support advisor and liaison for all students who attend Mason and have completed the Early Identification Program (EIP).

Common expectations across both Assistant Director positions and SAE team: * Teach one or more sections of the courses as the primary instructor (University 100 - Fall Courses and/or Spring Courses). This is a course requirement for both the STEP and The First LLC students; * Support, advise, and liaise with affiliated student organizations and groups who serve first generation college students, such as: ** First Gen Mason ** First Gen Peer Mentors ** First Gen Living Learning Community ** Early Identification Program Mentors * Provide direct advising and support to first generation college students, including meeting with students individually to assess support needs and collaborating with units within and outside of University Life to resolve student issues, including referrals to campus or community-based services: Early Identification Program, Financial Aid, Admissions Office, Office of the Registrar, Counseling and Psychological Services, and Academic departments; * As a member of the department, direct support for students from other underrepresented identities in higher education, included but not limited to, students who are first generation, racial and ethnic heritage identities who constitute a minority, and gender and sexual orientations, represented in the multicultural and intersecting identities college students possess. Preparation to support these students include training required of all staff within the department, examples are: ** Working with Students with Disabilities ** Working with International Students ** Safe Zone Training ** UndocuAlly Training * Develop annual program outcomes, evaluations, and annual reporting for above stated programs, including relevant national, local, and campus-wide trends and needs for identified student populations. Alignment with learning and programming outcomes for the department as well as evaluations of those outcomes on a regular basis; * Manage the budget for programs included in the above portfolios and staffing, to include purchasing of programming supplies, monitoring of work hours for supervised staff, as well as responsible management of funds. Included in budget management is seeking opportunities for external funding outside of the department from University Life, George Mason University opportunities, as well as those beyond the institution to expand and support work as relevant and approved by supervisor; * Provide general support to team-level work with multicultural students while also being available as a resource for first generation students (campus-wide) and undocumented, DACA, and TPS students to support success in their curricular and co-curricular collegiate experiences; * Serve on the department's professional staff team. Attend staff meetings, small team meetings, large area meetings, and other meetings as assigned. Attend departmental signature events. Gain and maintain overall knowledge of department, University Life, and George Mason University; * Serve on University Life and University-wide committees, to include search committees, as assigned/approved by Supervisor; * Other duties as assigned by Supervisor and/or Director.

Required Qualifications: * Master's degree in counseling, higher education, or related field at the time of hire; * Direct work with first generation college students in a college setting or experience with first generation students in a related, educational setting; * The ability to engage diverse communities in problem solving strategies, interpersonal and/or group conflict resolution skills; * A commitment to student leadership development and learning through programming; * The ability to apply qualitative and quantitative assessment protocol.

Preferred Qualifications: * Two or more years of experience with first generation programs or summer bridge related programs.

"For full consideration, applicants must apply at https://jobs.gmu.edu/ ; complete and submit the online application; and upload a cover letter, resume, and a list of three professional references with contact information."

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Mason is currently the largest and most diverse university in Virginia with students and faculty from all 50 states and over 135 countries studying in over 200 degree programs at campuses in Arlington, Fairfax and Prince William, as well as at learning locations across the commonwealth. Rooted in Mason's diversity is a campus culture that is both rewarding and exciting, work that is meaningful, and opportunities to both collaborate and create.

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