The Department of Multicultural Affairs is seeking an Assistant Director for Retention & Belonging who will report directly to the Associate Director for Multicultural Affairs. Specifically, this role: designs, delivers and evaluates programs, initiatives, and strategies on topics surrounding diversity, inclusion, equity, and authentic dialogue on retention and belonging. This individual will primarily oversee the overall operations of our retention efforts and initiatives and develop institution strategies around student belonging and inclusive excellence. This individual will also be responsible for innovative strategies that cultivates inclusive excellence and belonging for students at Hopkins.
Specific Duties & Responsibilities:
Strategies Around Student Belonging
Advise individual students on issues related to students' identities and campus experience, helping to address challenges and biases that might inhibit student development and their ability to participate equally and fully in the university community
Support university departments and student support services in their review of policies, procedures, and protocols with a diversity, equity, and belonging lens to reduce unintentional bias
Identify institutional policies, procedures, and/or barriers that may lead to or contribute to attrition and propose changes through the appropriate channels
Develop institutional strategies to support university departments and student support services in creating spaces and a workplace culture that support a sense of belonging for students
Research best practices and peer institutions on an on-going basis to evaluate current retention programs and belonging strategies and to identify areas of need and growth
Retention & Mentoring Initiatives
Direct specific recurring retention initiatives and success-centered workshops and trainings, i.e. Mentoring Assistance Peer Program & Black Male Initiatives
Mentor and meet with students to assess their needs, and refer them to applicable Hopkins services; Facilitates timely referrals with appropriate campus resources as needed
Hire and supervise a staff of graduate assistants to manage retention initiatives
Recruit and hire mentors for the retention initiatives and programs
Strategize with the graduate assistants to plan, implement, and evaluate retention programs and initiatives
Research best practices and peer institutions on an on-going basis to evaluate current retention and mentoring program offerings and to identify areas of need and growth
Support and represent leadership development trainings, retreats, and events hosted by Homewood Student Affairs offices and departments related to identity development
Create marketing content to address demographics and information around retention and belonging
Complete other tasks and initiatives as assigned
Collaborate and partner with Center for Student Success, Leadership Engagement & Experiential Development, Academic Advising, Student Outreach and Support, & student affinity organizations across Hopkins
Minimum Qualifications (Mandatory):
Master's Degree in Higher Education, Student Personnel Demonstration or another related field required
Three years related working experience in a university setting, planning events and working with multicultural populations required. Additional experience may substitute for required education, to the extent permitted by the JHU equivalency formula*
* JHU Equivalency Formula: 30 undergraduate degree credits (semester hours) or 18 graduate degree credits may substitute for one year of experience. Additional related experience may substitute for the required education on the same basis. For jobs where equivalency is permitted, up to two years of non-related college course work may be applied towards the total minimum education/experience required for the respective job.
** Applicants who do not meet the posted requirements but are completing their final academic semester/quarter will be considered eligible for employment and may be asked to provide additional information confirming their academic completion date.
Special Knowledge, Skills, or Abilities:
Advanced knowledge of principles and practices of belonging, inclusive excellence, student development, identity development, Critical Race Theory, Cultural Community Wealth Model, etc.
Participation on divisional or institutional committees and/or projects related to diversity and inclusion
Demonstrated ability to relate to students, faculty, staff, and the public
Ability to work in a fast-paced, student-oriented, and data driven environment
Demonstrated analytical and critical thinking skills
Demonstrated leadership and collaborative skills
Ability to develop and implement short and long-range plans to meet program needs
Computer skills in Microsoft Office, Excel, Access, Word, and PowerPoint a must
Classified Title: Multicultural Affairs Advisor Working Title: Assistant Director for Retention & Belonging Role/Level/Range: ACRP/04/MD Starting Salary Range: Commensurate with experience Employee group: Full Time Schedule: M-F, 8:30am -5:00pm Exempt Status: Exempt Location: Homewood Campus Department name: Multicultural Affairs Personnel area: University Administration
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