Philadelphia University

Pt-time Student Engagement Associate for Diversity & Social Justice

Posted on November 16, 2015

Student Engagement Associate for Diversity & Social Justice

Position Description
As an active member of the Office of Student Engagement staff, the Student Engagement Associate for Diversity & Social Justice is responsible for the development and coordination of programs and services designed to educate the campus community. The Associate plans programs promoting underrepresented populations and coordinates related intercultural programming designed to enhance understanding and celebration of diverse cultures and identities. This position offers a practical learning opportunity in a supportive environment in areas such as: student organizational advisement, social justice, diversity, campus programming, research, and assessment. Past Associates have taken advantage of campus opportunities to present workshops to faculty, staff and students as well as coordinate sessions
for local conferences focused on student leadership and student affairs professionals.
This opportunity requires 25 hours per week some of which include evening and weekend responsibilities. Hours are to be agreed upon between the Associate & Associate Director of Student Engagement.

Preferred Qualifications & Essential Skills
 Must have a Bachelor’s degree. Master’s degree preferred.
 Ability to maintain effective working relationships with university staff, faculty, and students
 Effective customer relations and communication skills
 Ability to work with a diverse student and administrative customer base
 Dependability, punctuality, honesty, and integrity
 Ability to prioritize work, manage time and multi-task appropriately
 Must dress appropriately
 Ability to work nights and weekends as required

Position Length & Compensation
 Tuesday, 1/5/16– Thursday, 5/12/16
 The compensation is $4,000. Other benefits include complementary parking as well as access to the Gutman Library and Gallagher Fitness Center.

Responsibilities
Research
 Support the continued development of the Office of Student Engagement Diversity & Social Justice Division by:
o reviewing campus wide research on student demographics (race, ethnicity, culture, etc.) and using data to inform program development and ideas for community cohesion.
o developing and or implementing a theoretical framework for diversity and social justice initiatives
o developing a catalog of trainings/programs (e.g. Social Justice 101, Cultural Sensitivity, etc.) for faculty, staff, and students
o create and share divisional reports on diversity and social justice best practices in higher education

Advisement & Liaison
 Supervise undergraduate Programming Coordinator(s) (focus- social justice and diversity events)
 Serve as a liaison between the Office of Student Engagement and other institutional-wide diversity initiatives.
 Liaison with community organizations, local councils, faith based institutions, etc.
 Advise Gay Straight Alliance, Latin American Student Organization, and Black Student Union
 Serve as a Student Engagement Liaison to assigned student organizations in which you will supply on-going support for student groups and faculty/staff advisors on behalf of the department
 Form an ever growing network of Diversity & Social Justice practitioners on the local and national level.
 Counsel students on areas of personal and professional development

Programming
 Coordination, planning and execution of programming and/or gallery exhibits creating awareness of social justice issues and celebrating theme months/weeks
 Participate on Gender Resource Committee
 Chair campus-wide Unity Week Committee
 Chair the OSE Diversity & Social Justice Council which includes students, faculty, and staff.
 Complement and support spiritual development programming as needed
 Utilize various assessment tools to evaluate training, campus-wide programs, student experiences, and other programmatic initiatives

Application Process
Interested applicants should send a cover letter, resume, and 2 references to Heather Horowitz, Associate Director of Student Engagement at horowitzh@philau.edu by 12pm on Friday, 12/4.

Student Engagement Diversity & Social Justice Statement
Honoring Philadelphia University’s mission to prepare students for successful career paths in an ever evolving global marketplace, the Office of Student Engagement acknowledges the importance of Diversity and Social Justice education in contributing to that success. Hence, the Office of Student Engagement commits to provide programming that empowers students to become inclusive, global citizens. Students will:
 Explore individual differences (e.g. life experiences, learning & working styles, personality types, physical ability, etc.) and social differences (e.g. race, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, religion, culture, political views, etc.).
 Reflect on personal beliefs, the value of differences, and the impact their beliefs and experiences have on and within their local and global communities coupled with a willingness to evolve.
 Act to bring awareness to and/or address issues of social injustice within their local and global communities.

Other Notes
The Office of Student Engagement oversees areas including programming, campus traditions, diversity, leadership, student organizations, Greek life, service learning, first year programs, commuter life, orientation, spiritual development and campus center operations. Staff members are proud members of multiple professional organizations and conferences such as the Delaware Valley Student Affairs Conference, IMPACT National Service Conference, American College Personnel Association (ACPA), Association of College Unions International (ACUI), National
Association for Campus Activities (NACA), and National Orientation Directors Association (NODA),] Philadelphia University is located in the East Falls section of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The University is on a scenic 100-acre campus located in beautiful Fairmount Park (the largest urban park in the country). Center City Philadelphia, with shopping, museums, restaurants and attractions, is a 15-minute drive from the University and is accessible by car and public transit. Philadelphia University is primarily residential and serves a largely traditional age student
population. While most of our new students come  from Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Delaware and the Maryland/D.C. area, our overall student population represents 38 states and 42 countries. Philadelphia University is committed to providing an experiential education and is recognized as a leader in the architecture, design, engineering, business, textiles, and health and sciences fields. Philadelphia University’s curriculum encompasses a solid liberal studies foundation with professional education.


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