Director for Restorative Practices

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Date Posted: 09/12/2022
Type/Department:Administrator in Student Affairs
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Hampshire College

Department:  C.A.P.E.S. – Division of Student Life                             

Job Title: Director for Restorative Practices

Position Type: Full Time

Schedule: 35 Hours a week

Pay Range/ Status: $61,000 - $66,000 / Exempt

Location: Hampshire College Campus in Amherst, MA

Reports to: Associate Sr. Director for Community Advocacy and Restorative Practices

Anticipated Start Date: October 31, 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 and restorative practices 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 director for restorative practices is a full-time, 12-month professional staff member in community advocacy, prevention education, and safety (C.A.P.E.S.) within the division of student life. The director reports to the associate senior director for community advocacy and restorative practices. The director for restorative practices is a key member in the division of student affairs, who is contributing toward creating an environment where students are able to work diligently to support its community and pursue excellence; eager to learn, be open to new information and are prepared to be out of their comfort zone to enable learning and growth. The director will manage projects and initiatives that utilize restorative practices and values in arenas critical to student development, for instance but not limited to student conduct, conflict resolution whereby they can repair relationships and learn about themselves and others, communication skills, and inter-group dialogues.

The director will also work collaboratively with student affairs departments, particularly the office of residence life and student engagement and those that make up the C.A.P.E.S. area, and other campus constituents to build a community that will be open and honest with one another and act with integrity and civility at all times, treating one another with respect, care and kindness as we work through conflicts and seek justice and understanding within and beyond the campus community. The director will also collaborate extensively with the assistant dean for restorative practices and antiracism in the division of justice, equity and antiracism (JEA) to ensure a consistent implementation of restorative practice-centered offerings throughout the College. Centered in both restorative and transformative justice, this will aid in creating a campus culture that is more actively anti-racist, inclusive and equitable.

The director for restorative practices is a student development practitioner who cares deeply about forming strong relationships and engaging in meaningful experiences with students, open to new and challenging experiences directed towards professional growth. This position needs to be highly visible, maintain strong connections and work successfully with students, faculty, staff, parents and external constituents. This is a new position and candidates must have extensive experience in restorative practices, experience in program design, and project management and feel comfortable working in an evolving organizational framework with shifting responsibilities. The director will be responsible for designing and managing student facing programming, policies, and procedures, as well as taking a lead role in reframing work throughout the division of student life in a restorative/transformative paradigm in conjunction with the associate senior director.

The director collaborates extensively with other college staff and faculty, particularly the assistant dean for restorative practices, to meet the divisional goals primarily as they pertain to working with and supporting students from historically marginalized and excluded backgrounds.

The director contributes to campus-wide educational initiatives, for instance the ENGAGE Day of Learning, New and Transfer Student Orientation, Community Orientation, and Community Education Day that advance the College’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.  Participates as a committed member of the student life team in college and division 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 nights and weekends required.

REQUIRED SKILLS:

  • Demonstrated knowledge and skills working in a diverse campus or community environment. The ability to apply a compassionate, empathetic and professional approach to enforcement of college policies and procedures in a campus community. Be a symbol of calm, sympathy and authority in crisis, chaotic and emergency situations.
  • Demonstrated a high level of mental agility and common sense to read situations, adjust conversations, expectations and attitudes as needed. Effective negotiation skills including the following practices but not limited to active listening, remaining calm, expressing empathy, treating individual with respect and remaining non-judgmental.
  • Directly related educational background and relevant work experience
  • Demonstrated success in higher education program management and leadership, particularly regarding campus safety operations.
  • 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.
  • Demonstrates skill in understanding of cultural differences.
  • Employs anti-racist practices and principles to accomplish work.
  • Ability to serve as an advocate for individuals of all ethnicities, genders, ages and backgrounds.
  • Ability to flex communication style to multiple cultural environments.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, 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.
  • 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.
  • Ability to analyze data, interpret results and make recommendations.
  • 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.
  • 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:

  • Four-year college degree or equivalent
  • Minimum of three 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.

BENEFITS:

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 immediately and will continue until the position is filled. 

Hampshire College is an equal opportunity institution, committed to diversity and inclusion in education and employment.