The University of Georgia, a land-grant and sea-grant university with state-wide commitments and responsibilities, is the state’s oldest, most comprehensive, and most diversified flagship institution of higher education. UGA was founded in 1785 by the Georgia General Assembly as the first state-chartered university in the country. The University of Georgia is currently ranked among the top 20 public universities in U.S. News & World Report and is recognized as a very high research activity and community engaged institution by the Carnegie Foundation.
UGA’s main campus is located in Athens, Georgia, 70 miles northeast of Atlanta. It has campuses in Griffin and Tifton, and programs in Gwinnett and Atlanta. UGA employs approximately 2,000 full-time instructional faculty and more than 7,000 full-time staff. The University’s enrollment exceeds 38,500 students, including over 29,500 undergraduates and over 9,000 graduate and professional students. Academic programs reside in 17 schools and colleges, as well as a medical partnership with Augusta University housed on the UGA Health Sciences Campus in Athens. For more information about the University of Georgia, please refer to https://www.uga.edu/.
UGA Student Affairs comprises 18 campus departments that inspire students to engage meaningfully, grow intellectually, and build character so they will create thriving communities. For more information, see studentaffairs.uga.edu.
Multicultural Services and Programs works to create an inclusive campus environment by supporting the development and affirming the overall experiences of all UGA students. This department plays a critical role in student support and advisement, campus educational efforts, community building, fostering dialogue, and ongoing initiatives to ensure that all students have the fullest opportunity to flourish and succeed. For more information on Multicultural Services and Programs, see msp.uga.edu.
The Assistant Director for Programming for Multicultural Services and Programs (MSP) reports to the Director of Multicultural Services and Programs and is responsible for providing leadership with regard to planning, advising, developing and implementing of a variety of programs and services that promote diversity, equity, inclusion, multicultural awareness, intercultural engagement, and honors intersections of identity. Additionally, the Assistant Director leads the assessment efforts of the office while working closely with student organizations within MSP to ensure proper programming and administrative functioning.
The Assistant Director for Programming will be responsible for coordinating with a high level of autonomy the Rite of Sankofa, Native Heritage Month, and Black History Month along with independently advising seven student organizations housed in MSP. This position will have budgetary responsibility for departmental and student organization budgets totaling approximately $90,000 and also negotiates contracts for review and processing per Student Affairs Contract Guidelines.
The Assistant Director for Programming will directly co-supervise with the Assistant Director for Education and Outreach three graduate assistants along with potential interns and practicum students. This position will also be responsible for leading staff retreats and training related to professional development for MSP employees and student assistants. The Assistant Director for Programming will represent the department in the absence of the Director and will have autonomy and authority to make independent decisions regarding programs and services in their portfolio and partner with other university departments, student organizations, and outside entities. Decisions regarding office policies and procedures will be, at times, tasked to this position to develop for review by the Director. The position will also be responsible for responding to student issues, concerns, or crisis either independently or with other MSP staff members.
Programming and Student Organization Advising: 40%
Develop and establish programming that advances diversity, equity, and inclusion. Directly advise with a high level of autonomy ABK Honors, Black Affairs Council (BAC), Black Educational Support Team (BEST), Black Male Leadership Society, Black Theatrical Ensemble (BTE), NAACP, and Pamoja totaling over 300 students. Ensure student organization understanding and compliance with all University policies, financial procedures, and departmental operating policies. Coordinate the Rite of Sankofa ceremony, Native Heritage Month, and Black History Month, and the Men of Color Leadership Summit. Work with student organization leaders to enhance existing peer mentoring programs and create additional initiatives to meet the needs of first year students with minoritized identities at the University.
Budgets and Finance: 20%
Oversee and reconcile the Rite of Sankofa budget and provide oversight for graduate assistants in administering budgets of the respective student organizations, understanding and communicating University policy to student leaders, training students on procedures related to accessing funds or revenue generation, assisting in the budget development process, helping students prepare for allocations hearings, and approving spending.
Supervision and Training: 15%
Recruit, select, train, supervise, and evaluate three graduate assistants along with potential graduate interns and practicum students. Lead staff retreats and training related to professional development for MSP employees and student assistants. In the absence of the Director, supervise the operations of MSP in coordination with the Assistant Director for Education and Outreach.
Marketing and Technology: 10%
Provide quality marketing for programs and services offered through MSP by managing the social media presence and website for the office and working with the Director of Student Affairs Communications & Marketing Initiatives. Serve as the technical lead for MSP online programing.
Perform needs assessments, evaluates and analyzes MSP’s effectiveness, develops recommendations and initiates appropriate action to ensure implementation. Assist in development of MSP strategic plan and annual reports.
Collaboration and University Service: 5%
Serve on committees, task forces, and work groups seeking to shape and implement the Division’s plans with regard to diversity and inclusion. Represent MSP and the Division of Student Affairs at various programs geared toward recruitment of multicultural students. Forge and maintain new partnerships on campus and in the community with particular emphasis on intersections of identity as well as Latinx, Asian, Multiracial, and Native interests. Collaborate with departments within Student Affairs, Instruction, Office of Institutional Diversity, UGA Alumni Association, Public Service & Outreach, and other offices to support institutional diversity and inclusion efforts. Serve on various local, state, regional, and national committees. Perform other duties as assigned.
Requires at least a baccalaureate degree in the field.
Master's degree AND two (2) years of relevant experience OR Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field AND four (4) years of relevant experience OR Eight (8) years of experience in a relevant field.
Minimum of 3-5 years of experience in supervision, assessment, budget management, student advising, and program development.
Background in diversity, equity, and inclusion education, multiculturalism, ally development, and service-oriented initiatives.
Strong organizational and budget-management skills needed. Excellent written and oral communication skills.
Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies:
Ability to navigate a large, complex public land-grant university and work with diverse campus constituencies to achieve shared outcomes for students.
Demonstrate the highest degree of integrity and ability to maintain confidence as appropriate.
Display strong interpersonal skills, be politically savvy, and sensitive to engage effectively with a broad range of stakeholders and build consensus.
Demonstrate excellent administrative and organizational skills including supervision, budget management, student learning, and program development.
Demonstrate ability to work effectively within a team and with individuals and groups with a variety of identities, cultures, and backgrounds.
Understanding of and engagement with issues that affect underrepresented student populations and their academic and personal success.
Strong interpersonal, management and creative problem-solving skills.
Willingness to work nights and weekends as required.
Special Instructions to Applicants
Applicant screening will begin immediately and continue until position is filled. Candidates are encouraged to submit their materials by June 14, 2021. The application packet should include a cover letter detailing how the applicant’s credentials and experience meet the needs, responsibilities, and qualifications stated above; a current resume/CV; and contact information for three references (who will not be contacted without further correspondence with the applicant). All applicants must apply online. Please see the job posting at: https://www.ugajobsearch.com/postings/199761
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The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, genetic information, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or protected veteran status.
Internal Number: S06163P
About University of Georgia
Chartered by the state of Georgia in 1785, the University of Georgia is the birthplace of public higher education in America — launching our nation’s great tradition of world- class education for all. One of America’s “Public Ivies” and a top 10 best value in public higher education, the University of Georgia tackles some of the world’s grand challenges
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As Georgia’s flagship institution, the university is recognized for its commitment to student excellence, particularly through an emphasis on rigorous learning experiences both inside and outside the classroom, hands-on research, and leadership opportunities. These experiences contribute to the university’s exceptional retention, graduation and career-placement rates. Our students have earned more than 50 Rhodes, Marshall, Truman and other prestigious national academic scholarships over just the past decade. With its comprehensive reach, the university’s 17 colleges and schools enroll 36,000 students and have produced 315,000 alumni living worldwide. UGA employs approximately 1,800 full-time instru...ctional faculty and more than 7,600 full-time staff.
The University of Georgia is actively engaged in a comprehensive campaign, Commit to Georgia, which includes a priority of removing barriers and opening doors for students.
Located in the Classic City of Athens, approximately an hour northeast of Atlanta, the university thrives in a community that promotes the benefits of a culture-rich college town with a strong economic center. The campus is home to more than 600 registered student and service organizations. Please see: uga.edu