Gustavus Adolphus College is one of the nation's leading private liberal arts colleges serving over 2,200 students. The College aspires to be a community of persons from diverse backgrounds who respect and affirm the dignity of all people. Known for its strong science, writing, music, athletics, study-away, and service-learning programs, Gustavus is located on a scenic 340-acre hill in St. Peter, Minnesota only one hour southwest of the Twin Cities.
The Assistant Director provides a welcoming environment for the various student identities at Gustavus and assists the College in meeting its goal of being a community from diverse backgrounds who respect and affirm the dignity of all people. The primary objective of this position is to perform the following responsibilities while exercising discretion and independent judgement.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Student Leadership and Organizational Development
Guide, support, and serve as the lead adviser to the Diversity Leadership Council, an umbrella organization for 15+ diverse student groups on campus.
Assist the Director with oversight, coordination, evaluation and improvement of the Center's Peer Mentor Programs (e.g., G.A.I.N). This includes: recruiting program participants (prospective students and student mentors); scheduling regular activities; supporting mentor/mentee relationships; conducting quantitative and qualitative assessments to monitor program efficiency and effectiveness; and providing feedback, assistance, and direction for students.
Education and Programming
Assist the Director with program planning, development, implementation/coordination and assessment that encourages persistence towards graduation, intercultural sensitivity and cultural competency.
When appropriate, in partnership with the CIE Director, engage, advise, and/or provide training to campus stakeholders (leadership, faculty, staff and students) in efforts to foster and maintain a just and supportive Gustavus environment for all individuals and identities.
Invest in on-going training and professional development; develop professional relationships with colleagues at institutions and organizations within the region and across the country by participating in applicable meetings, workshops, institutes, and conferences in state, regional and national professional associations.
In the absence of the CIE Director, provide leadership and visibility on behalf of the Center, through Multicultural Programming and the various DEI endeavors, including the President's Council for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, as well as other relevant committees.
Provide leadership and implement best practices to create a welcoming environment for racially and other underrepresented students, to orient them to the culture of the College, and to assist them to adjust to, and thrive in, college life.
Meet with students individually to provide resource referrals, care and support.
Provide supervision and direction for the CIE student employees.
Support the daily operation of the CIE, including overseeing and managing on-site activities.
Participate in appropriate divisional and College-wide committees, programs and planning activities.
Occasional travel (at times with campus student groups) to networking opportunities and/or trainings.
Other duties as assigned