Southern Methodist University — Program Advisor (Coordinator for Intercultural Engagement)

Salary Range:
Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications

About SMU
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Now in its second century of achievement, SMU is increasingly recognized for the ways it supports students, faculty and alumni as they become ethical leaders in their professions and communities. On the most beautiful college campus in the country, SMU Mustangs are energized by unbridled opportunities – from teaching, learning and research to creativity, performance and athletic endeavor.

About the Position:
The Program Advisor/Coordinator for Intercultural Engagement supports the leadership development, advocacy, and activism of traditionally underrepresented student populations through oversight of the advisement to culturally based student organizations advised by the Office of Social Change and Intercultural Engagement. This Coordinator provides support and development to the organizations under each umbrella and their leaders. The Coordinator will also be responsible for oversight of Cultural Heritage Months (including Latino Heritage Month, Asian Heritage Month, and Black History Month), student trainings, and other programs and events relating to concepts of social change within the vision of the office and Division of Student Affairs helping to support the education of the general campus community on multicultural initiatives.

Essential Functions:

Leadership Development: Provide leadership development and support to student leaders and culturally based student organizations. Provide advising for culturally based student organizations.

Programming: Coordinate campus wide programs, which may include, but is not limited to the Cultural Heritage Months, Dream Week (commemorating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.), and other programs.

Student Development: Advise and connect students to support resources as needed. Serve as point of contact for walk-in inquiries for students seeking support or looking to connect to multicultural programs on campus. Create and maintain resources based on student needs.

Teamwork: Serve as an engaged member of the Social Change and Intercultural Engagement team, assisting in the implementation of programs and initiatives as well as attending staff meetings, retreats and professional development opportunities. Support the implementation and realization of the goals and learning domains in the Student Affairs strategic plan.

Unit Contributions: Represent the office, unit, and division through other diversity and community engagement-based work, as well as serve on university committees as requested. Support the implementation and realization of the goals and learning domains in the student affairs strategic plan.

Other duties as assigned.


Education and Experience:

  • Master’s degree is required. Master’s degree in Higher Education, Student Affairs or a related field is preferred.
  • A minimum of two years’ experience in higher education working with diverse populations is required. (Graduate Assistantships will suffice)
  • Experience in program development and student leadership development programs is strongly preferred.
  • Experience problem-solving complex issues affecting college student identity development is strongly preferred.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel and PowerPoint) is strongly preferred.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Candidate must have outstanding written and verbal communication skills with the ability to build relationships with a wide range of constituencies.
  • Must have excellent interpersonal skills. Must be able to work collaboratively with students, faculty, staff and campus partners.
  • Must have strong organizational, planning and time management skills.
  • Candidate must have well developed project management skills which include the ability to handle multiple and competing projects.
  • Must have excellent customer service orientation.
  • Candidate must have strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Must be attentive to details including appropriate handling of procurement card and purchasing responsibilities.
  • Candidate must be willing and able to occasionally work evenings and weekend hours as required.
  • Must be willing and able to occasionally travel.

Physical and Environmental Demands:

  • Sit for long periods of time
  • Stand

Deadline to Apply:
Priority consideration may be given to submissions received by: April 1, 2022.

Deadline to apply: April 8, 2022

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