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Associate Director for Multicultural Access & Retention

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Work type: Administrative, Full-Time
Location: Marion, IN
Categories: Student Development/Residence Life

Job Title: Associate Director for Multicultural Access & Retention

Reporting Relationship: Executive Director of the Intercultural & Global Office

Unit: IWU-Marion

Department: Global Engagement-IWU Marion

Campus Location: Barnes Student Center

Summary of Position:    The Associate Director for Multicultural Access & Retention is responsible for IWU-Marion's multicultural scholarship programs, which include curricular and co-curricular support initiatives designed to facilitate the successful retention, academic success, and timely graduation of our multicultural student population. The Associate Director will be fully responsible for serving as the chief advocate for such programs and their students; developing and continuously refining the curricula for these programs; planning, implementing, and assessing academic, leadership, and student success programming initiatives; recruiting new students into the programs, and promoting them to the campus community to ensure strong visibility. This position is charged with supervising Affinity groups, assisting the creation and development of pre-orientation programs, counseling, spiritual formation and mentoring programs for underrepresented student populations.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Oversees and coordinates the Multicultural Endowed student leaders & M.E.L.A. (Multiethnic Leadership Academy); supervises interviews, application process and selection of student scholars, designs curriculum, provide bi-weekly, co-curricular programming, leadership activities, CQ, leadership development, mentoring and Spiritual Formation, as well as, connects student scholars with community engagement opportunities (Churches, non-profit organizations, etc.) 
  • Serves as LLS (Luther Lee Scholars) program co-leader and coordinating liaison to the JWHC (John Wesley Honors College) and attends weekly JWHC colloquium meetings for the sake of the IGO/JWHC collaborative partnership in the Luther Lee Scholars program 
  • Partners and assists the JWHC to plan and coordinate LLS recruitment: e.g., joint interview day, application review and selection process 
  • Coordinates (in collaboration with JWHC staff) co-curricular programming for Luther Lee Scholars, special events, retreats, and banquet 
  • Supervises, recruits and trains all Affinity Group Leaders and faculty advisors/mentors. Organizes selection process of student applications and participation requirements. Supports with programming of bi-monthly meetings, monthly Tapestry meetings, leadership activities and all campus community initiatives (e.g. monthly Heritage Month celebrations) 
  • Partners with Admissions/Marketing to communicate purpose to prospective students 
  • Supervise and coordinate PIE Week (Pre-college Immersion Experience) for Luther Lee Scholars in collaboration with the JWHC. An intensive training preparing students to engage in diversity, equity, inclusion and intersectionality 
  • Establish and cultivate community partnerships and provide support for Vocational Visioning through connection to opportunities for internships and career development that endorse and build local student engagement, mentorships and job shadowing opportunities 
  • Be available to positively represent the university & IGO during designated campus visit days and/or New Student Orientation & by facilitating conferences, workshops, seminars, courses and other training events 
  • Manage program budgets and ensure that all related financial policies and procedures are being implemented 
  • Collaborate and support events such as Passport to Culture, Love Revolution, and other co-curricular, multicultural programs and events as designated by the Executive Director of Inclusive Excellence 
  • Co-lead and collaborate Reality 101 Committee; working with community leaders, departments, faculty, staff and student leaders to organize, program and execute yearly "Reality 101" community/campus wide event 
  • Serve on the IWU committees as designated by the Executive Director of Inclusive Excellence, and other planning endeavors to promote diverse student enrollment and retention, (e.g. RISER, MEC, SALT, NSO)
  • Review bias incident cases and participates in the redemptive correctional process with the Campus Equity Response Team as an advocate for students of diverse intersectionality (CERT) 
  • Training - i.e. facilitates training opportunities in cultural responsiveness, spiritual formation, inclusive pedagogy for other departments such as; Faculty colloquium for belonging, admission, etc.
  • Directs promotional materials to educate, advocate, and raise awareness related to diversity, equity, and justice on the IWU-Marion campus. Available for consultation for creating an inclusive climate for admissions guests and IGO Multicultural Visit Days 
  • Consults with students, student-led groups/organizations, faculty, and staff on matters related to intercultural awareness and diversity pertaining to international students, TCKs, people of color, or other diverse intersectionality 
  • Fulfill all other duties as assigned by the Executive Director of the Intercultural & Global Office 

Qualifications: According to Indiana Wesleyan University employment policy all employees must possess a strong Christian commitment and adhere to the standards outlined in the IWU Community Lifestyle Statement.


  • Bachelor's Degree required; Master's Degree preferred in intercultural studies, education administration, community development, counseling, or related field required.
  • Bachelor's Degree accepted with minimum of three (3) years' experience in field
    Must possess a strong Christian commitment and adhere to the standards outlined in the IWU Community Lifestyle Statement


  • Minimum of two (2) years' of experience working with individuals from diverse cultural backgrounds
  • Minimum of one (1 year living in and working in another non-US country/culture
  • Must be able to counsel both individuals and groups in multicultural settings and in issues that arise in diversity and inclusion
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with individuals from diverse communities and cultures, intersections and identities
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple administrative tasks effectively and efficiently, and able to delegate responsibilities to others
  • Minimum of three (3) years' working in higher education

Required Skills

  • Knowledgeable and experienced in the fields of international, multicultural and intercultural student education
  • Knowledgeable and experienced in the areas of community engagement
  • Well organized and able to effectively manage multiple tasks at one time
  • Personable, hospitable, and strong people skills
  • Strong interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills
  • Fluency in English; Multilingual preferred
  • Experienced working with diverse student groups
  • Experience in leading debrief groups and facilitating discussion
  • Experienced working with collegians and/or in a university culture
  • Proficient computer skills (Microsoft Office Suite) and data management skills
  • Works well as a part of a team and values collaboration and consensus
  • Maintains a strong work ethic and is able to set and accomplish personal and professional goals


As a religious educational institution operating under the auspices of The Wesleyan Church, Indiana Wesleyan University is permitted and reserves the right to prefer employees on the basis of religion (42 U.S.C., Sections 2000e-1 and 2000e-2).

The above job description is meant to describe the general nature and level of work being performed; it is not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required for the position. Employees will be required to follow other job-related instructions and to perform other job-related duties requested by their supervisor in compliance with Federal and State Laws.



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