Associate Director of Diversity and College Access

  • University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point, Diversity and College Access
  • Stevens Point, WI, USA
  • Jul 21, 2022
Full time Advising/Counseling/Support Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, & Multicultural Affairs Student Affairs

Job Description


Department: Diversity and College Access/Division of Student Affairs 

The primary mission of Diversity and College Access (DCA) department is to improve the retention and graduation rates for African American, Asian American and Pacific Islander/Southeast Asians, Hispanic/Latinx, Indigenous/Native American and LGBTQ+ students. DCA connects these underserved student populations to on and off campus resources and supports pre-college programs for low-income, first generation and academically at-risk high school students. 

University Description:  

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Position Summary:  

The Assistant Director for the department of Diversity and College Access (DCA) assists with strategic planning and manages the implementation of strategic initiatives within the unit of operation, oversight of the Centers’ budget, and supervises full-time staff in student success centers (Multicultural Resource Center, Native American Resource Center, and Queer Resource Center) to promote college access, matriculation, academic transition, retention, and graduation of historically underrepresented/ underserved student populations (i.e., African American/Black, , Hispanic/Latinx, Indigenous/Native American, Asian American and Pacific Islander/Southeast Asians and LGBTQ+). The Assistant Director will lead the LEAD bridge program, English for College precollege program, and serves as the retention coordinator for DCA. This position will also assist the Director in providing leadership for programs, services, and assessment to support successful college transition, retention, and graduation of historically underrepresented/underserved students.  

Job Responsibilities: 

  • Work closely with Director to advance college strategic priorities for improved student access and retention of historically underrepresented/underserved student populations. 

  • Assist the Director in providing leadership for programs, services, and best practices supporting the successful college transition, retention, and graduation of historically underrepresented underserved student populations.  

  • Lead the strategic plan for the LEAD bridge program with a focus on access, matriculation, and retention of first-year students. The LEAD bridge program is designed to provide a supportive community that promotes student success focusing on leadership, empowerment, and discovery which also include helping students transition from high school to college, and preparing them for a successful first-year college experience in collaboration with other University partners.   

  • Lead the strategic plan for English for College (EFC) summer camp (June) in collaboration with DCA’s centers staff. EFC is a precollege English immersion summer program for economically-disadvantaged, non-native English speakers entering grades nine through twelve from Wisconsin high schools funded by DPI. The primary purpose of this academic summer program is to increase aspirations and preparedness for post-secondary education. 

  • Lead in the assignment and monitor the student caseloads for the center’s staff, which include the Multicultural Resource Center, Native American Resource Center, Queer Resource Center, and the Noel Compass Scholar Coordinator. The staff work collaboratively with the Academic and Career Advising Center (ACAC) staff in providing a holistic approach to advising. The DCA’s Center staff serves as a Success Coach, providing one-on-one and group support coaching focused on high impact practices (HIP) for students engagement activities, building a sense of belonging and resiliency, and providing connections to campus and community resources for students to promote personal, social, and academic success leading to improve the retention and graduation rates for African American, Asian American and Pacific Islander/Southeast Asians, Hispanic/Latinx, Indigenous/Native American and LGBTQ+ students. The assistant director will also have a small caseload of students. 

  • Exercises supervisory authority, including hiring, transferring, suspending, promoting, managing conduct and performance, discharging, assigning, rewarding, disciplining, and/or approving hours worked of at least 3.0 full-time equivalent (FTE) employees. 

  • Coordinate DCA’s staff training and onboarding. 

  • Assist the Director in budget planning, tracking, and reconciliation with responsibilities in maintaining designated program budget.  

  • Assist with community outreach by collaborating with internal and external stakeholders to advocate for diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) 

  • Work closely with the University College’s Director of Student Retention on the retention and graduation of DCA’s student populations. 

  • Other retention coordination:   

  • Manage support and retention services for at-risks DCA students (early alert, academic probation, and academic dismissal). 

  • Oversee and teach Jump Start Bridge Program (EDU 108) offered to students who are not in good standing to help increase their Grade Point Average and learn new college techniques for the following semester 

  • Serve on the early alert committee to meet with at risk students  

  • Coordinate a Welcome Week event, Admitted Students’ Day, ViewPoint Days, and STAR events for new students in conjunction with Admissions and other campus partners.   

  • Oversee and support retention programming, initiatives, and inclusion efforts with the Queer, Multicultural, and Native American Resource Centers, and campus wide initiatives 

  • Other administrative responsibilities:  

  • Attend Diversity and College Access staff meetings  

  • Serve on the Retention Steering Committee   

  • Serve as a representative for EAB Navigate team. Utilize EAB Navigate to monitor students’ academic progress, maintain record of student contacts/engagement, and export reports. 

  • Serve on the Student Affairs Assessment Team  

  • Serve as an advisor and provide support to a multicultural student organization through advisement, leadership development, and guidance with event planning and coordination. 

  • The standard work hours for the Assistant Director position include evening and occasional weekend hours. 

  • Perform other duties as assigned 

Preferred and Required Qualifications

Required Qualifications:  

  • Bachelor’s degree in education, counseling, social work, student personnel or related field 

  • Minimum of two years in supervisory experience of professional full-time staff 

  • Minimum of three years of experience in advising first-generation, economically disadvantaged, historically underrepresented/underserved student populations in post-secondary education 

  • Demonstrated advocacy and commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion 

  • Demonstrated experience in developing and facilitating programs/workshops 

  • Demonstrated experience or evidence of effective interpersonal communication skills that demonstrate the ability to work with and build rapport with students, university partners, and stakeholders 

Preferred Qualifications:  

  • Master’s degree in education, counseling, social work, student personnel or related field 

  • Demonstrated experience with identifying priorities, strategic goals, and action plans to enhance student progress to degree completion for underrepresented/underserved student populations 

  • Demonstrated experience coordinating, implementing, and evaluating college access, early-bridge program, and/or retention programs 

  • Demonstrated ability to manage conflict and/or solve complex problems 

  • Knowledge and understanding of intersectional identities   

  • Demonstrated computer skills in working with student record keeping databases (i.e., Peoplesoft, Navigate or similar system), data analysis skills, and MS Office programs. 

Application Details

Interested applicants must go to: Faculty and Academic Position View - Human Resources | UWSP and follow instructions. Required materials include: Resume/CV, cover letter, minimum of three references. Finalists will require transcripts.


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