Director Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence

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    Director Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence

    The Office of the Vice President for Equity and Diversity (OED) is seeking a highly qualified, motivated and creative leader to serve as the Director of the Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence (MCAE). Reporting to the Assistant Vice President for Equity and Diversity (OED), the Director must be committed to creating a strong and supportive campus environment for multicultural students. The Director provides visionary leadership and management oversight for all MCAE programs and services. The Director must have a thorough understanding of equity, diversity, student development, community, retention, and issues/conditions that impact multicultural, first-generation, under-resourced, and other underrepresented students in higher education in theory and in practice. The Director of the MCAE is a highly visible and engaged role. The Director educates and consults with campus and community constituents about the needs and issues of multicultural, first generation, under-resourced, and other underrepresented students. The Director fosters a supportive University community and educates and provides resources for all members of the University community about issues related to the experiences and perceptions of underrepresented students. In collaboration with the Office for Undergraduate Education, Office for Student Affairs, and collegiate units, the Director works to realize the Universitys commitment toward making the entire University more welcoming and supportive of all students. As a member of the OED leadership team, the Director will be expected to work collaboratively with the OED Central Office and the directors of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action; Business and Community Economic Development; Conflict Resolution; Disability Resource Center; Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Ally Programs Office; Office for Diversity in Graduate Education; the Womens Center; and Community Outreach Retention and Engagement to further the vision and goals of OED and the University. The Director will also work collaboratively with University of Minnesota Twin Cities collegiate and student affairs units, admissions, and consultatively with other areas of the campus in addressing issues of climate and retention of underrepresented and marginalized students. This position is critical to OEDs efforts to support the implementation of the Universitys Equity and Diversity Vision Framework, which involves ambitious cultural transformation. University of Minnesota is one of the most comprehensive public universities in the United States and is the state land-grant university, with a strong tradition of education and public service. It is also the state's primary research university, with faculty of national and international reputation. Founded in 1851, the University of Minnesota has five campusesin the Twin Cities, Duluth, Morris, Crookston, and Rochesterand also includes extension offices and research and outreach centers throughout the state. Duties and Responsibilities

    Provide executive leadership and oversight for all aspects of the center including budget, supervision of direct reports, mentoring, coaching, and evaluation of staff members, team building, and communication.

    Continue to move MCAE forward in examining and strengthening its role in the Universitys and OEDs strategic management process.

    Establish an MCAE culture that values ongoing assessment, evaluation, and improvement in MCAE programs and services.

    Lead and advocate on behalf of diverse, underrepresented, and under-resourced students to raise awareness concerning issues, and build on that awareness to eliminate barriers to access, retention, success and graduation of these populations.

    Align MCAEs capacity, programs, and services with identified student needs and work with staff to create new initiatives, programs, and activities to facilitate culturally responsive support for

  • students academic and scholarly excellence, community and civic engagement, and their leadership and campus outreach.

    Advance MCAEs academic initiatives by working with University faculty to further develop courses with multicultural content such as those in Student Excellence in Academics and Multiculturalism (SEAM), and the Graduate/Professional School Preparation course.

    Work with the MCAE Team Leaders to develop the annual budget for the unit. Work with the OED Director of Communication to outline a comprehensive communication

    plan/strategy for MCAE. Serve as a critical member of the Leadership Team in the Office of the Vice President for Equity

    and Diversity to create and sustain a campus environment that values and actively supports an inclusive and diverse University community.

    Establish a campus stakeholders group for improved coordination and collaboration of programs and services.

    Establish an external partners group to provide ongoing input about MCAE programs and student services.

    Reimagine and act upon an external relations plan that includes visiting sites where students in MCAE programs (e.g., President Diverse Faculty Mentoring Program, Multicultural Family Literacy Program, etc.) are engaged.

    Represent OED and MCAE at events and programs on campus, particularly those being held by multicultural student organizations.

    Present best practices of MCAE and the University locally, regionally, Big 10 Conference-wide and nationally.

    Seek and secure external sources of funding to support the mission of MCAE. Essential Qualifications

    Bachelors Degree Ten years of full-time experience working with multicultural, first-generation, under-resourced

    and other underrepresented students in an educational setting Demonstrated expertise in designing and implementing educational programs for students of

    color and first generation students Demonstrated understanding of student identity development in a higher education context Knowledge and advocacy experience relative to concerns and issues of students of color and the

    intersections of race, ability, gender, sexual orientation, gender identification, socioeconomic status, country of origin, First Nations, and first generation status

    Demonstrated executive presence, professionalism, integrity, and discretion Ability to take initiative, work independently, and work collaboratively with good judgment

    about when to seek direction and counsel from others Ability to effectively manage numerous projects with consistent accuracy, follow-through, and

    timely completion Demonstrated ability to relate effectively to students and work cooperatively with faculty, senior

    administrators, staff, and external partners Demonstrated experience managing a large diverse staff Demonstrated experience in, and an ongoing commitment to, working effectively with and

    across diverse communities: including people of color, underrepresented groups and new immigrant populations; American Indians; people with both visible and invisible disabilities; women; people of various gender and sexual identities and expressions; and first-generation students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds.

    Excellent verbal and written communication skills

    Preferred Qualifications Masters, Ph.D. or comparable terminal degree Seven years of full-time experience working on a college or university campus Ability to encourage creativity and innovation Demonstrated planning and organizational development skills Administrative experience in higher education Successful experience seeking and securing external funding Experience in analyzing policy issues and advocating for policy change


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