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The University of Washington Tacoma is a growing, urban-serving university that is deeply invested in its local communities. As one of three campuses of a world-class university, UW Tacoma is dedicated to interdisciplinary and innovative teaching and scholarship and to engaging the community in mutually beneficial partnerships. UW Tacoma's commitment to diversity is central to an environment where students, staff, faculty and South Sound residents find abundant opportunities for intellectual, personal and professional growth.
The UW Tacoma-Center for Equity & Inclusion (CEI) has an outstanding opportunity for a Student Retention & Community Development Specialist (SRCD). A successful candidate will enjoy working with staff, faculty, students, and community organizations in supporting historically marginalized populations of students with the goal of helping them succeed and thrive in their college experience. They will work well collaboratively within various teams to support the mission, vision, and values of UWT, while also working independently as a self-started and using critical thinking and follow-through skills.
JOB DUTIES: Under the direction of the Director for the Center for Equity & Inclusion, the Student Retention & Community Development Specialist is responsible for developing, maintaining, and assessing a comprehensive array of retention and advocacy programs appropriate for the University of Washington Tacoma campus. Such programs are to include RISE (Race, Identity, and Social Engagement) Scholars and the Social Justice Summer internship program. The desired outcomes of these programs are student success, retention, completion of degrees and their development as engaged citizens and leaders. The position is charged with developing and implementing cohort-based programs and initiatives using a learning community model designed to achieve this outcome through managing a portfolio that includes the following:
Develop and lead high impact cohort-based programs that provide students with opportunities for academic success, career development, identity development, and leadership development. These programs will enable students to explore their personal, social, and future professional identities, to apply their foundational (community-based) and acquired (classroom) knowledge across curricular and co-curricular contexts, and to cultivate mentoring and coaching relationships with faculty, professional staff, and local community members.
Work closely with the Equity and Inclusion team to enhance opportunities for all students to explore issues of equity and diversity and to increase student success and retention at UW Tacoma, in alignment with the UW Tacoma mission, vision, and goals.
Supervise and mentor student employees with special attention to their personal and professional development.
In partnership with the CEI team, Student Transitions and Success, First Gen Fellows, Pack Advisors, the Teaching and Learning Center, Undergraduate Education and other faculty and staff who lead Student Success initiatives at UWT, implement innovative program offerings such as welcome programs, alumni-student interfaces, history/heritage month events, identity-based leadership development programs, and year-end celebrations.
Support student-driven programs and training initiatives that foster learning and engagement about social justice-focused issues related to race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, religion and other intersecting social identities with the goal of fostering inclusiveness within and across affinity-based student groups and preparing students to lead and thrive in an increasingly diverse and interdependent global society.
Work closely with established boards, committees, and others to garner input and receive feedback on the priority, focus, and effectiveness of CEI programs and services.
Coordinate CEI collaborations with affinity-based registered student organizations to promote cross-cultural learning, identity development, and social justice on campus.
Participate in campus committees, working groups, and boards relevant to the work of the SRCDS and the CEI.
Work closely with the CEI Director to cultivate and maintain working relationships with internal and external agencies and constituencies for the purpose of expanding pathways and resources for students from historically underrepresented communities and to support the delivery of community and service learning opportunities for all students.
Lead assessment and evaluation activities within the Student Retention and Community Development Specialist’s portfolio and will provide support for ongoing assessment efforts within the Center for Equity & Inclusion.
Maintain a detailed program budget and spending plan that covers estimated costs of the program and tracks expenditures in a timely manner.
Prepare manuals, reports, grant proposals and other documents to further program goals and document efforts and achievements, as requested by the CEI Director and the Vice Chancellor for Equity & Inclusion (VCEI).
Maintain a flexible work schedule in alignment with office priorities, including regular office hours and occasional evening and weekend work.
Other duties as assigned.
Bachelor's degree in Education, Psychology, Sociology, Social Justice, or a related field.
3 years of direct experience working with college access and student success programs, such as TRiO, retention projects, leadership development initiatives, service-learning initiatives, mentoring programs, etc.
Demonstrated experience in developing and implementing programs that promote student learning about identity and difference within the context of a multicultural society.
Experience in providing leadership development and advising support to identity-based student organizations.
Experience working with students of color, LGBT-identified students, and other historically marginalized student communities.
Knowledge of diversity theories and practices, and needs assessment and evaluation in higher education.
Excellent interpersonal, analytical and problem-solving skills with strong oral and written communication skills.
Successful experience in a work setting that requires teamwork and cooperative working relationships.
Strong demonstrated proficiency in use of technology to support CEI administrative functions as well as promote learning and engagement in and outside of the classroom (such as MS suite)
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.
Master's Degree in Higher Education, Student Affairs, Social Justice Education, Counseling or a related field OR five years of experience including demonstrated success developing and implementing learning community programs in a higher education setting.
Demonstrated success with supervising students and volunteers.
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Founded in 1861, the University of Washington is one of the oldest public institutions in the west coast and one of the preeminent research universities in the world. The University of Washington is a multi-campus university comprised of three different campuses: Seattle, Tacoma, and Bothell. The Seattle campus is made up of sixteen schools and colleges that serve students ranging from an undergraduate level to a doctoral level. The university is home to world-class libraries, arts, music, drama, and sports, as well as the highest quality medical care in Washington State and a world-class academic medical center. The teaching and research of the University’s many professional schools provide undergraduate and graduate students the education necessary toward achieving an excellence that will serve the state, the region, and the nation. As part of a large and diverse community, the University of Washington serves more students than any other institution in the Northwest.