Champlain College — Director of Student Development and Belonging

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“Student Affairs, Diversity & Inclusion (SADI) is committed to creating an inclusive community and holistic student experience that promotes lifelong learning, personal and professional development, respect for others, as well as individual and collective well-being.” (Mission, Division of Student Affairs, Diversity and Inclusion) The Director of Student Development and Belonging will carry out this mission by: (1) facilitating students’ personal and social development through co-curricular learning about identity, culture, equity, and social justice and by creating opportunities for students in unserved and underserved communities (LGBTQ+, womxn, students of color, first generation, etc.) to grow as proud and engaged members of their community(ies); (2) facilitating students’ sense of belonging by providing opportunities for them to interact and communicate across difference, to connect with interests and activities that bring them meaning, and to foster affinity and fellowship.

Operationally, the Director of Student Development and Belonging will manage the day-to-day operations of the Women’s and Gender Center (WGC) and provide leadership and program oversight for the Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI), which includes the Student Support Resources department. Open to and actively welcoming of all students, the WGC primarily serves LGBQ+, trans and non-binary, and/or womxn students and the ODI primarily serves students of color, first generation college students, and diversity peer educators. These departments provide culturally affirming social and educational programs, facilitate student diversity learning and intercultural engagement, and equip students with tools to be active bystanders, caring community members, and advocates for themselves and others. Under the ODI umbrella, Student Support Resources encompasses case management, transition programs, emergency funding, and food insecurity services for historically underserved and underrepresented students (primarily students of color, first generation college students, high-financial need students, commuter students, and single parent students).

To create a more inclusive student experience, the WGC and ODI are actively evolving their work so that programs, services, and educational offerings will incorporate various points of entry in order to engage all students. The director will lead this ongoing evolution to extend the departments’ impact, while sustaining the work that centers unserved and underserved students. The director will also partner with the Assistant Vice President to develop and implement co-curricular student diversity learning initiatives.

The director will be an experienced student inclusivity professional who enjoys working with students to create and facilitate meaningful educational experiences while also developing and implementing sustainable programming. The director, working with the Assistant Vice President will develop and leverage the experience and talent of professional and student staff, volunteers, and campus partners associated with the departments of oversight. In this role, the director will also serve as a member of the Bias Response Team and actively partner with the Title IX Case Management Team on related prevention and education programming.

Key Accountabilities

Leadership and Direction

  • Provides direction and oversight to the Office of Diversity and Inclusion (including Student Support Resources) and manages the day-to-day operations of the Women’s and Gender Center: proactively seeks to identify the developing needs of respective student communities; establishes priorities and strategies; and, shepherds resources responsibly.
  • Directs an overall staff that includes an Associate Director (direct report), a Student Resources Coordinator, a Program Coordinator, an AmeriCorps VISTA (direct report), and 8-10 student staff (direct and indirect reports).
  • Prepares and manages program budgets, reports, and office records. Communicates progress, trends, and pertinent data via reports and presentations to Assistant Vice President and other relevant internal and external audiences.
  • Partners with the Assistant Vice President to design, implement, and evaluate a co-curricular student diversity learning plan with contributors and partners in the Division of Student Affairs, Diversity and Inclusion and across the College.
  • Serves as an active and engaged member of the Bias Response Team assisting with the response to addressing community and student needs in a timely and consistent manner.
  • Advises the Assistant Vice President and other College leadership on best practices and strategies to enhance a sense of belonging for all students.
  • Represents the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Student Support Resources, the Women’s and Gender Center, and the Division of Student Affairs on divisional and institutional committees regarding a broad range of issues.
  • Serves as a partner and backup for the Assistant Vice President for items such as the Chosen Name Process and Bias Response, among others, as needed.

Program Management and Facilitation

  • Designs, implements, and facilitates sustainable programming for areas of oversight that contribute to student development, including co-curricular learning about identity, culture, equity, and social justice and opportunities for students in unserved and underserved communities (LGBTQ+, womxn, students of color, first generation, etc.) to grow as proud and engaged members of their community(ies).
  • Designs, implements, and facilitates sustainable programming for areas of oversight that contribute to student belonging, including opportunities for students to interact and communicate across difference, connect with interests and activities that bring them meaning, and build affinity and fellowship.
  • Works with students and colleagues to develop allyship, accompliceship, and advocacy skills.
  • Collaborates with campus partners and academic departments on initiatives that strengthen the mission of the centers and departments of oversight.
  • Partners with the Title IX Coordinator and Title IX Case Management team in order to provide relevant prevention and education programming.
  • Assists with the Division of Student Affairs, Diversity and Inclusion’s  faculty and staff learning efforts, where needed.

Position Requirements

Skills & Knowledge

  • Demonstrated commitment to personal and departmental integrity, creativity, collaboration, initiative, and professionalism.
  • Excellent listening and interpersonal skills, and ability to work in a team setting.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of needs of under-represented and/or marginalized students.
  • Solid foundation in student development theory, identity development theory, and its application to professional practice in student affairs and counseling.
  • Strong program development, organizational, and problem-solving skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to foster positive and productive relationships with all campus constituencies, including institutional leaders, faculty, staff, alumni, students, and parents and families.
  • Demonstrated cultural competence; proven effectiveness in serving the needs of a diverse undergraduate student population
  • Ability to balance competing demands under pressure.
  • Demonstrated success in utilizing data for planning and evaluation of programs and services.
  • Success in collaborating with colleagues in developing comprehensive and integrated efforts to support students.
  • Ability to balance service as a student advocate and upholding the College’s policies and direction.

Experience

  • At least five to seven years of student diversity programming, development, support and advising experience working with students from underserved and marginalized populations.
  • At least five to seven years of full-time experience working in a higher education or residential setting.
  • Experience supervising professional and student staff, preferred.

Education

  • Master’s in education, higher education, social work, counseling, related field preferred.

To apply, go to https://champlain.wd5.myworkdayjobs.com/en-US/Champlain-Employment-Opportunities/job/Skiff-Hall–Annex/Director-of-Student-Development-and-Belonging_R-007394-1 

Application materials must include a resume/CV and a letter of interest (Cover Letter) specifically addressing the desired qualifications.

Additional Information for Champlain College Burlington Candidates:
The successful completion of a criminal background check is required as a condition of employment.

Champlain College does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, place of birth, ancestry, religion, age, sexual orientation, sex, gender identity, veteran or military service status, HIV-positive status, qualified disability, or on the basis of any other status protected by law, and does not discriminate in the administration of its education and admission policies, scholarship and loan programs, employment practices or co-curricular and other College-administered programs. Champlain College will make reasonable accommodations for otherwise qualified students, applicants for admission or employment, or employees. Please contact the People Center at 802.651.5800 with questions concerning the hiring process or future employment at Champlain College, or if auxiliary aids or services are needed to apply for employment at Champlain College.

Champlain College is committed to fostering an inclusive and diverse community. Recognizing that diversity is both a reflection of our world and a source of rich education, Champlain strives to be diverse and inclusive in ways that reflect the world in which we live and work. All members of the Champlain community are valued as individuals.

The College seeks candidates who, through their work and life experiences, service to the community, teaching or research can contribute to the diversity, inclusivity and academic excellence of Champlain College. Please include information about how you would contribute to these efforts and help to further this goal in your letter of interest/cover letter.

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