Associate Senior Director for Community Advocacy & Restorative Practices
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Department: Community Advocacy, Prevention & Education, and Safety (C.A.P.E.S.) – Division of SA
Job Title: Associate Senior Director for Community Advocacy & Restorative Practices
Position Type: Full Time
Schedule: 35 Hours a week
Pay Range/ Status: $72,000 - $77,000 / Exempt
Location: Hampshire College Campus in Amherst, MA
Reports to: Senior Director for C.A.P.E.S.
Anticipated Start Date: August 10, 2022
Hampshire College, an independent, innovative liberal arts institution and member of the Five College consortium, is located on a beautiful rural campus in Amherst, Massachusetts. We provide residential undergraduate education to nearly 600 students. Each department at Hampshire College contributes to the collaborative culture of the organization and plays an important role in the success of the College. The mission of student life is to create and support opportunities and experiences that promote a diverse community. Through collaboration, we aim to build a community that guides themselves under principles of active listening; frequent reflection and evaluation, respect for others, even in disagreement; constant intellectual and emotional growth; integrity; justice; and safety for all members of the Hampshire community. As part of the community advocacy team, you will be instrumental in the department achieving its mission and goals, particularly regarding the spiritual needs of our student population!
DESCRIPTION OF RESPONSIBILITIES:
The associate senior director of community advocacy and restorative practices is a full time, 12-month professional staff member responsible for the administrative and budgetary management of the office of community advocacy and the office of restorative practices and supervision of the assistant directors of community advocacy and director of restorative practices. The associate senior director reports to the senior director of student affairs for community advocacy, prevention & education, and safety (C.A.P.E.S.). The associate senior director leads the community advocacy team to proactively ensure historically excluded student populations have a voice, space, and place where they feel listened to, included and advocated for. The matter of diversity, equity and inclusion is evolving and fluid as are the needs of historically excluded student populations hence, the associate senior director needs to be open-minded, enjoy learning, and be ready to adapt and evolve the office accordingly to successfully support students.
The associate senior director will focus on the development, implementation, and assessment of a comprehensive program encompassing all identity centers (Lebrón-Wiggins Pran Cultural Center, Center for Feminisms, Spiritual Life, and the Queer Community Alliance Center) as well as the office of restorative practices. This will be done in conjunction with the other departments that make up the C.A.P.E.S. area including prevention & education, and campus safety and wellbeing. Under the associate senior director’s leadership and strategic guidance, the office of community advocacy will coordinate programs, support, facilitation, advocacy, and programming for S.O.U.R.C.E. (students of underrepresented cultures and ethnicities) groups, first generation students, and low-income students to provide intersectional programming, leadership development, and educational resources. This position will collaborate across divisions and with student affairs staff overseeing identity-based housing, international student services, and others to lead, develop and integrate community building initiatives that support the academic success and wellness of affinity groups to include but not limited to BIPOC, LGBTQ+, and Students Experience Ableism
In addition, community advocacy and restorative practices will promote the wellbeing of the entire campus community, foster connections across social identities and ideas, engage in passionate and compassionate dialogue and restorative practices, support and provide resources for the holistic development of students with the goal of actualizing student initiatives, and encouraging understanding and mutual respect as Hampshire College actively works toward fully realizing its anti-racist values.
The associate senior director of community advocacy and restorative practices is a student development practitioner who cares deeply about forming strong relationships and engaging in meaningful experiences with students, and is open to new and challenging experiences directed towards professional growth. This position needs to be highly visible and work successfully with students, faculty, staff, parents and external constituents. The associate senior director must have experience in program design and management and feel comfortable working in an evolving, fast-paced, organizational framework with shifting responsibilities.
The staff member contributes to campus-wide educational initiatives, such as the ENGAGE Day of Learning, New and Transfer Student Orientation, Community Orientation, and Community Education Days that advances the College’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. Participates as a committed member of the student life team in college and divisional committee work, projects, meetings, retreats and overall community development: assists in the coordination and facilitation of academic courses, co-curricular activities and services for students. Availability to work evenings and weekends is required.
- Passionate about working in an organization that values and promotes diversity, equity, inclusion and anti-racism.
- Experience working directly with people from diverse racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds.
- Strengthens Hampshire College’s climate for diversity, equity & inclusion.
- Demonstrates skill in understanding of cultural differences.
- Promotes diversity, equity and inclusion activities.
- Employs anti-racist practices and principles to accomplish work.
- Incorporates an anti-racist and anti-oppressive lens into regular practice.
- Ability to serve as an advocate for individuals of all ethnicities, genders, ages and backgrounds.
- Understands the specific experiences of historically marginalized racial groups in the U.S., particularly Black, Indigenous, and Latinx groups.
- Ability to flex communication style to multiple cultural environments.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills, and ability to present to diverse audiences, specifically racially, ethnically, and socioeconomically diverse communities.
- Ability to cultivate and develop inclusive and equitable working relationships with students, faculty, staff and community members.
- Supports and enhances a sense of belonging and success of students from traditionally marginalized populations.
- Demonstrates an understanding of diversity, equity, inclusion and anti-oppression concepts and issues, especially as they apply to BIPOC and identity-based students
- Teaches using equitable and inclusive pedagogy.
- Strong knowledge of diversity, equity, inclusion, anti-racism, anti-oppression and social justice.
- Experience incorporating the perspectives of multiple communities, including communities of color.
- An understanding of the concepts of institutional and structural racism and their impact on underserved and underrepresented communities.
- Knowledge of high impact strategies that promote persistence and degree completion, and reduce time to completion, particularly for underrepresented students
- Understanding of Student Development Theory, knowledge of higher education trends and best practices, administration and governance
- Ability to function independently and complete projects with limited supervision
- Excellent interpersonal and team building skills.
- Ability to analyze data, interpret results and make recommendations.
- Ability to develop and maintain positive, professional relationships.
- Highly organized and able to prioritize in a fast-paced, team- oriented environment.
- Ability to manage ambiguity as well as collaborative decision-making structures
- Experience presenting to groups
- Strong supervisory, problem-solving and collaborative skills
- Ability to pay close attention to detail for budget tracking
- Familiarity with computer programs: Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe Creative Suite, Information management (Colleague), social media applications, student activities platforms, etc.
REQUIRED CERTIFICATION, EDUCATION, AND EXPERIENCE:
- Advanced degree (e.g., MA, MS, JD, PhD)
- Minimum of five years job-related experience
Alternatives to formal education and paid work experience may be considered as equivalent qualifications to include military service/training, volunteering, activism, and other non-traditional programs and experiences related to the position.
Hampshire College offers an excellent benefits program for eligible employees such as medical, dental, vision, life insurance, generous retirement plan contributions, flexible leave plans, and many other fringe benefits. For information on Hampshire College, including more information on employee benefits and our company culture, visit our website at www.hampshire.edu.
WHO SHOULD APPLY:
Hampshire College is an equal opportunity employer and deeply committed to a community of excellence, equity, diversity, and inclusion. We are particularly committed to revealing and combating the social and institutional structures that support racism and white supremacy in all phases of employment and college life. We believe that the educational and employment environment is enhanced when diverse groups of people with diverse ideas come together to work and grow. We encourage applications from women, underrepresented minorities, persons with disabilities, sexual minority groups, veterans, and other candidates who will contribute to the diversification and enrichment of ideas and perspectives. Hampshire College is committed to removing barriers to employment faced by equity-seeking groups and encourages (but does not require) members of these groups to self-identify in their application materials. Applicants whose work incorporates a global perspective and a demonstrated commitment to issues of diversity in the work environment are particularly encouraged to apply.
HOW TO APPLY:
Please submit your cover letter, resume and names/phone numbers of three professional references via our website at https://jobs.hampshire.edu/
Review of applications will begin on July 7, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled.
Hampshire College is an equal opportunity institution, committed to diversity and inclusion in education and employment.