The Multicultural Education Coordinator and Advisor position provides advocacy and leadership for student-focused programs related to the University of Minnesota Crookston’s diversity, equity, and inclusion strategic priority. An essential aspect of this position is the development of strong relationships with students as a means of promoting increased critical consciousness and enhanced cultural competence. The Multicultural Education Coordinator and Advisor will develop intentional and theory-informed programmatic learning outcomes envisioned to build a sense of belonging and community at UMN Crookston. A central goal is to increase the recruitment and retention of students of color, first-generation college students, students from low- and middle-income families, and LGBTQ students.
The Multicultural Education Coordinator and Advisor will motivate and empower students to develop academic, cultural, and identity-based activities by students while also supporting cocurricular activities, especially as related to first-year seminar courses that include equity and inclusion student learning outomes. The Multicultural Education Coordinator and Advisor also serves as an academic advisor, supporting the mission of the University of Minnesota Crookston by assisting students in pursuing personal, academic, and career goals, especially as related to course selection and planning, educational goals, and graduation requirements. Advisors work with students to develop course plans that support their career choices and degree requirements; recommend and/or approve exceptions to registration and other related academic policies and procedures; assist students through their college transition and academic milestones; contribute to student development by providing support through academic difficulties caused by learning, psychological and/or physical challenges, etc. Within the academic advising unit, the Multicultural Education Coordinator and Advisor provides internal leadership for advising practices that equitable, just, and inclusive.
- Serve as the student affairs advisor for multiple identity-based clubs and organizations.
- Support students in planning, implementing, and evaluating cocurricular programs that promote critical consciousness, cultural competence, and a sense of belonging for all students.
- For a select number of programs directly related to first-year experience courses, provide leadership for the planning, implementing, and evaluating cocurricular programs that promote critical consciousness, cultural competence, and a sense of belonging for all students.
- Serve in a consultative capacity working with faculty, academic advisors, student affairs educators, and enrollment management professionals to ground educational practices related to equity and inclusion in developmental theory and best practices in higher education.
- Facilitate the development of a space that welcomes all students, faculty, and student affairs educators who are interested in centering the voices and experiences of students from the communities that have been historically underrepresented or not well-served within higher education.
- Acknowledge the specific and particular realities of communities of color, LGBTQ individuals, and other minoritized communities within Northwest Minnesota while also connecting communities to local and regional experience in order to foster a greater sense of belonging.
- Generate mutual solidarity among historically underrepresented populations including but not limited to various racial and ethnic groups, first-generation college students, students from rural and agrarian communities, students from low-income families, LGBTQ students, students with disabilities, and religious minorities.
- Manage a modest programming budget, supervise student employees, and support university efforts to pursue and secure external funding for programs.
- Recognizes, affirms, and helps students to draw upon cultural, communal, and identity-based ways of knowing, being, and doing to achieve educational outcomes.
- Applies a thorough knowledge of curricular options, requirements, policies, and academic planning skills to assist a caseload of 75-150 on-campus and/or online students in making registration choices that promote degree satisfaction and attainment while optimizing collegiate engagement experiences.
- Monitors student progress in order to proactively and, when necessary, intrusively intervene, advocate, and recommend resources and solutions to academic difficulties and barriers student experience in policies and processes.
- Demonstrates self-awareness of one's own cultural beliefs, perspectives, and privileges as a part of meeting the needs of all students in a fair, caring, and non-discriminatory manner.
- In collaboration with faculty mentors, coach on-campus and online students through major and career decision-making processes to assist students in degree completion.
- Creates and utilizes a network of relationships with faculty, and student affairs educators to effectively deliver advising and support services.
- Applies strong interpersonal techniques including active listening, empathetic responses, and questioning through in-person and virtual interactions to develop trusting relationships with students in order to promote their sense of belonging to campus.
- Demonstrates a strong commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion by creating and establishing practices that are appropriate for students' individual needs and identities.
- Critically applies various student development theories and advising practices to assess readiness and then appropriately challenge and support students with diverse assets, needs, backgrounds, and talents to make informed decisions about personal, academic, and career goals.
- Reviews student records and progress to certify degree completion and determine academic standing related to satisfactory progress policies and guidelines.
APPLICATION PROCESS: Review of application materials will begin April 15, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled. Visit https://www.myu.umn.edu/employment for complete instructions on how to apply electronically. The University of Minnesota is an equal opportunity educator and employer. Women and members of minority groups are encouraged to apply.
POSITION: Twelve-month, full-time, annual renewable position based on funding and performance starting July 1, 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter. Budgeted salary range is $40,000 to $50,000 plus benefits. Benefits package includes retirement, medical, dental, disability and life insurance. Complete benefits package can be viewed as the following web page: http://www1.umn.edu/ohr/eb/ uplan/summary.htm.
John Hoffman at 218-281-8341
Masters degree in student affairs, counseling, or a closely related area; one year of full-time or two years of part-time professional work experience in multicultural services, academic advising, student affairs, or a closely related field; and demonstrated self-awareness, cultural competence, and achievement in working with diverse student populations. Final job offer is contingent upon a completed background check, receipt of official college transcripts and authorization to work in the United States.
Three years of full-time professional work experience in academic advising, student affairs, or a closely related field; experience working in a one-stop or similar multifunctional student success center; demonstrated commitment to the land-grant mission of the University of Minnesota Crookston, especially as related to access and student success; excellent interpersonal and communication skills; proven ability to work collaboratively with faculty, student affairs educators, and students; and proficiency in a second language, preferably Spanish.