Associate Director for Student Engagement for Racial Justice

Fairfax, VA
Commensurate with education and experience.
Sep 17, 2021
Dec 05, 2021
Full Time
Associate Director for Student Engagement for Racial Justice

The George Mason University, Center for Culture, Equity, and Empowerment invites applications for an Associate Director for Student Engagement for Racial Justice. 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 Center:

The Center for Culture, Equity, and Empowerment leverages programs and services focused on advocacy and direct student support to strengthen equity and inclusion at George Mason University. Our advising fosters opportunities for identity development, cross-cultural engagement, and inclusive learning communities, affirming the indivisible aspects of all our identities.

Our three areas: Student Access and Equity (SAE), Student Engagement for Racial Justice (SERJ), and LGBTQ+ Resources, serve as resources to those in the Mason Community who seek to meaningfully engage and interact with people with different identities and intersections to co-create an equitable campus environment.

About the Student Engagement for Racial Justice (SERJ) Team:

The Student Engagement for Racial Justice (SERJ) team supports campus and student engagement for students who are historically underrepresented in higher education and their allies. Through the use of an intersectional lens, the team creates programs that advance the use of equitable practices in the university setting while providing personal identity and leadership development for all students on Mason's campus. The SERJ team is one of three teams within the Center for Culture Equity and Empowerment that support students at the Engagement, Enrichment, and LGBTQ Resource areas. Adjacent to this team is also a strong connection with a team based on Education as well as the Women & Gender Studies department that serves both academic and programmatic areas.

About Coalition Building and Diversity Education (CBDE):

CBDE collectively and collaboratively works with campus and community partners to support and enhance the understanding of interpersonal identities to respond to systemic inequities, through engagement, advocacy, and education. We work to promote a climate of safety, equity, inclusion, and respect in which all students can succeed and thrive at Mason.

About the Position:

The Associate Director for Student Engagement for Racial Justice promotes a campus community that engages in issues of diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism. This mid-level student affairs professional works with collaborative partners and stakeholders to support the comprehensive needs of historically underrepresented populations, particularly within the racial and ethnic identity spectrum.

As an Associate Director, this position actively engages with assessment that measures the effectiveness in removing barriers to addressing issues of social justice, inclusion and well-being, fosters an institutional culture that promotes initiatives, services, and offerings that are inclusive, socially conscious and advocates for the needs of historically underrepresented populations. This role is key to the maximize opportunities for awareness and support for students, faculty, and staff through providing leadership on intersectional outreach, contemporary educational best practices, and student-focused advocacy. This position is a catalyst in programs that enrich the student experience by helping students acquire life skills and promotes learning in an inclusive environment. This position develops and implements strategic initiatives to expand services to the larger community of color, increased collaboration with other University Life units, faculty members, and community partners. This position also includes supervision of staff members, as well as serving as an active and engaged member of the professional staff leadership team.

This is an administrative faculty leadership position within a critical and dynamic unit in University Life. Mason is a large public research university that is continuing to grow and change. The nature of the work requires an understanding that specific duties and roles may evolve and change as needs arise. Areas of Focus include Identity Development, Global and Multicultural Inclusion, and Social Responsibility.


  • Manage Student Engagement for Racial Justice Budget (Direct Expenditure Account);
  • Provide leadership for meeting the needs of the office in the absence of the Director;
  • Support the vision and mission of the university, the Division of University Life (UL) and the department;
  • Participate in the ongoing progressive development of the department, to include departmental and division-wide strategic planning;
  • Proactively identify issues, concerns, policies and opportunities for improvement for the unit, division and institution and convey this information to the unit Director and Assistant Vice President;
  • Contribute to the ongoing development of the department, with an emphasis on optimizing the office's reach and positive impact on the entire Mason student body and larger Mason community;
  • Advise and advocate on behalf of underrepresented and marginalized identity groups as a member of the professional staff leadership team;
  • Supervise three full-time Assistant Directors and graduate students for Student Engagement for Racial Justice, graduate assistants, practicum students, and interns;
  • Ensure that departmental efforts and priorities are in alignment with approved strategic goals, and place emphasis on meeting the needs of students;
  • Collaborate with campus wide stakeholders on programs that enhance/support institutional diversity, to include cultural competency and awareness workshops;
  • Represent the department and/or division on University-wide committees;
  • Determine and implement appropriate methodologies for measuring effectiveness and efficiency in the Associate Director's areas of responsibility;
  • Leverage contemporary research and best practices regarding racially underrepresented groups, including interventions that lead to the success of students and ways to overcome barriers;
  • Provide, participate and/or oversee delivery of training, development and/or educational workshops and programs;
  • Serve as Instructor for UNIV 100 and UNIV 150 courses;
  • Ensure effective coordination and implementation of department wide programs, such as Heritage Month programs;
  • Ensure appropriate messaging and presence at university wide initiatives including but not limited to New Student Orientation and Preamble;
  • Advise and advocate on behalf of underrepresented and marginalized identity groups as a member of the professional staff leadership team;
  • Provide leadership and appropriate support when societal and/or campus incidents/issues arise where department has the ability to leverage its expertise to determine how to best support students and the larger university community.

Required Qualifications:

  • An earned Master's degree in Higher Education, Counseling, Education, or a related field that will serve to enhance the stature and academic visibility of diversity and multicultural education, or related experience;
  • 3-5 years of professional experience;
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with very diverse constituents throughout the university community;
  • Knowledge of major academic and diversity-related issues facing universities from a theoretical and practical perspective;
  • Experience with performance and goal assessment and reporting (a minimum of three years is strongly desired);
  • The flexibility to work evenings and weekends as needed;
  • 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 of color;
  • A minimum of four years of higher education support services experience;
  • Experience working with diverse student populations;
  • Minimum of two years of experience regularly supervising professional staff;
  • Demonstrated experience in the areas of diversity or social justice;
  • Two years of experience in advising, counseling, program development, social justice or multicultural education;
  • Proven competence with the use of basic technology to facilitate required work, navigate the university systems, and communicate effectively;
  • Program and budget development and management experience;
  • Demonstrated leadership experience in an educational setting with demonstrated ability to serve as an effective advocate for student success (a minimum of two years of experience is strongly desired);

Preferred Qualifications

  • Program planning and management experience is strongly desired;
  • Ability and desire to serve as a strong advocate and coalition builder particularly with a range of diverse communities including students, faculty and external vendors;
  • Solid administrative skills, including budgeting and public relations;
  • Experience with assessment best practices;
  • Identify and leverage various funding resources;
  • Knowledge of major academic and diversity-related issues facing universities from a theoretical and practical perspective;
  • Ability to motivate, and serve as a strong advocate and coalition builder particularly with a range of diverse communities including students, faculty, and external vendors;
  • Knowledge and experience of assessment strategies appropriate for student affairs.

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

Great Careers Begin at Mason!

George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in both academics and research. Mason holds a top U.S. News and World Report "Up and Coming" spot for national universities and is recognized for its global appeal and excellence in higher education.

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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