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Assistant Director Multicultural Affairs

Posting Details

Posting Details

Job # 034361
Department Code 40206-1091
Department Office of Multicultural Affairs
Job Title Assistant Director Multicultural Affairs
Location Syracuse, NY
Pay Range Commensurate with Experience
Salary Grade S5
FLSA Status Exempt

Standard University business hours

8:30am -5:00pm (academic year)
8:00am – 4:30pm (summer)

Hours may vary based on operational needs.

Job Type Full-time
Campus Syracuse, NY
Unionized Position Code Not Applicable
Job Description

The Office of Multicultural Affairs is seeking to hire an Assistant Director to serve as the liaison between OMA and students, including, but not limited to Recognized Student Organizations and the fraternity and sorority community, to meet the needs of students who self-identify as students of color.

The Assistant Director for Multicultural Outreach Initiatives will serve as the lead person for all diversity and inclusion education programming coming out of OMA.


• Bachelor’s degree or Master’s degree in Higher Education, Cultural Foundations of Education or related field or an equivalent combination of education and experience preferred.
• A minimum of three years working specifically with students from multicultural populations (including Native students, Black/African American, Latino/Hispanic, and Asian American Pacific Islander students) is required.

• Knowledge and application of critical race theory and student development theory with regards to multicultural populations is preferred.

Job Specific Qualifications

• Additional requirements include excellent program development and management, supervision of student employees, professional writing and editing skills, proficiency in Microsoft Office and ability to work independently and take initiative to improve existing initiatives and develop new programs and processes.
• Position also requires a high degree of motivation and professionalism, dedication to a high level of service when working with diverse constituencies both on and off campus, as well as pride in managing the details of event planning; proficiency in prioritization and handling multiple responsibilities.
• Understanding of critical race theory
• Presentation skills
• Facilitating courageous conversations
• Team player
• Respect for departmental/institutional practices, policies and procedures.


• Serve as the lead for all diversity and inclusion education programs coming out of OMA
• Develop and implement academic achievement, multicultural competence, social development and civic engagement programs with the goal of creating an unsurpassed student experience for students of color.
• Collaborate with the Assistant Director for Native Student Program (NSP) to plan and facilitate “Connections” seminars/workshops to enhance NSP student experience and academic success.
• Work with the Assistant Director for Native Student Program to plan and implement programs and events for NSP students.
• Establish relationships with the Indigenous students in the Native Students Program to become a respected member of its community
• Serve as the liaison between OMA and the Office of Learning Communities on matters relative to the Multicultural Living Learning Community (MLLC).
• Serve as the liaison between OMA and students, including, but not limited to Recognized Student Organizations and the fraternity and sorority community, to meet the needs of students who self-identify as students of color.
• Supervise the Dimensions Mentoring Program for first-year women of color as well as serve as a member of a team to plan and implement programs and events for Latino/Hispanic Heritage Month (LHHM).
• Provide, in collaboration with OMA staff, individualized support on race and ethnicity issues for self-identified students of color not already served by any OMA programs.
• Develop a curriculum for a diversity and inclusion education programs for students informed by best practices.
• Provide advising and support for identity development, particularly around race and ethnicity, and help foster a community that promotes and supports social justice.
• Supervise an existing mentoring program within the Office of Multicultural Affairs as assigned.
• Function as an advisor to multicultural student organizations on as needed basis.
• Collaborate with a core group of faculty/staff and students to plan and implement a cultural celebratory month.
• Other duties as assigned

Physical Requirements

Not Applicable


Not Applicable

Application Instructions

In addition to completing an online application, please submit a resume and cover letter for consideration.

About Syracuse University

Syracuse University is a private research university of extraordinary academics, distinctive offerings and an undeniable spirit. With a gorgeous campus in the heart of New York State, a global footprint and a history that dates to 1870, we embrace diverse backgrounds and viewpoints.

Our student population includes nearly 15,000 undergraduates and 5,000 graduate students, representing all 50 U.S. states and 123 countries. Our proud commitment to veterans and their families is unrivaled in higher education. Home to 11 schools and colleges, Syracuse University blends the foundational power of the liberal arts with the intense focus of professional programs. We offer undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees in Architecture, Arts and Sciences, Education, Engineering and Computer Science, Sport and Human Dynamics, Information Studies, Law, Management, Citizenship and Public Affairs, Public Communications, and Visual and Performing Arts.

A medium-sized city situated in the geographic center of the state, Syracuse, N.Y., is approximately a four-hour drive from New York City, Boston, Philadelphia, Toronto and Montreal. With a metropolitan population of 700,000, Syracuse is a center for cultural, recreational and artistic events, including the Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse Stage, Symphoria, Destiny Mall, multiple sporting events, and festivals including Jazz Fest and Winterfest. The outdoor enthusiast will enjoy having the Adirondack Mountains, the Finger Lakes, Lake Ontario, and the Thousands Islands Region within easy driving distance of the Syracuse campus.


Syracuse University is an equal-opportunity, affirmative-action institution. The University prohibits discrimination and harassment based on race, color, creed, religion, sex, gender, national origin, citizenship, ethnicity, marital status, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable law to the extent prohibited by law. This nondiscrimination policy covers admissions, employment, and access to and treatment in University programs, services, and activities.

Commitment to Supporting and Hiring Veterans

Syracuse University has a long history of engaging veterans and the military-connected community through its educational programs, community outreach, and employment programs. After World War II, Syracuse University welcomed more than 10,000 returning veterans to our campus, and those veterans literally transformed Syracuse University into the national research institution it is today. The University’s contemporary commitment to veterans builds on this historical legacy, and extends to both class-leading initiatives focused on making an SU degree accessible and affordable to the post-9/11 generation of veterans, and also programs designed to position Syracuse University as the employer of choice for military veterans, members of the Guard and Reserve, and military family members.

Commitment to a Diverse and Inclusive Campus Community

Syracuse University maintains an inclusive learning environment in which students, faculty, administrators, staff, curriculum, social activities, governance, and all other aspects of campus life reflect a diverse, multi-cultural, and international worldview. The University community recognizes and values the many similarities and differences among individuals and groups. At Syracuse, we are committed to preparing students to understand, live among, appreciate, and work in an inherently diverse country and world made up of people with different ethnic and racial backgrounds, military backgrounds, religious beliefs, socio-economic status, cultural traditions, abilities, sexual orientations and gender identities. To do so, we commit ourselves to promoting a community that celebrates and models the principles of diversity and inclusivity.

Job Posting Date 03/07/2018
Application Deadline
Full Consideration By
Job Category Staff
Message to Applicants

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume/CV
  2. Cover Letter
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  1. * How did you first find out about this position?
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  2. * If "other", please describe how you first found out about this position.

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