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Director, Center for Gender and Sexuality

Company: University of Michigan-Flint
Location: Flint
Posted on: March 20, 2020

Job Description:

Job SummaryThe University of Michigan-Flint is seeking a visionary leader responsible for the overall administration and management of the Center for Gender and Sexuality (CGS). Situated within the Division of Student Affairs and reporting to the Vice Chancellor, the Director guides the Center's strategic direction while mobilizing CGS resources to promote education, equity, inclusion, and success. By adopting a purposeful, intersectional approach, the Director will maintain active affiliations with local and national organizations in support of strengthening LGBTQIA+ communities and advocating around gender and LGBTQIA+ identities. The Director also has a special responsibility for creating a welcoming campus environment and sense of belonging for women and LGBTQIA+ students and allies, while facilitating growth, development, and advancement through support, advocacy, and appropriate institutional intervention. Although women and LGBTQIA+ students and allies are the Center's primary constituencies, it serves the entire campus community. The Director serves as a Campus Security Authority (CSA) under the Clery Act and a Responsible Employee under university policies. Responsibilities*Administration & Supervision

  • Oversee the day-to-day operation of the Center for Gender and Sexuality (CGS), including strategic planning, staff supervision, education and training, assessment and evaluation, and gender-related programs, events and activities.
  • Provide leadership and vision toward realizing the Center's mission to include partnering across campus, and within the community, to support, advocate, and educate around gender and LGBTQIA+ identities.
  • Continue the integration of two former centers (Ellen Bommarito LGBTQ Center and Women's Educational Center) that serves and supports a spectrum of issues and experiences related to gender and sexuality, and aligns with the mission, vision and core values of the University of Michigan-Flint and the Division of Student Affairs.
  • Oversee the CGS budget to ensure financial and other resources are used effectively and appropriately.
  • Maintain an active partnership with University Advancement to both nurture existing donor accounts and identify additional funding sources in support of advancing the mission of CGS.
  • Oversee unit grant management, including Critical Difference grants to help address student financial crises. Pursue local and national grants in consultation with the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs.
  • Guide UM-Flint's gender-related and LGBTQIA+ initiatives through the strategic deployment of CGS resources.
  • Serve as a member of the Student Affairs Leadership Team.
  • Perform other duties as assigned. Advocacy and Student Engagement
    • Promote an environment within the Center that welcomes, listens to, and supports students through an inclusive approach that highlights intersectionality and the complexity of lived experience.
    • Develop and maintain a support and referral structure for students to include university services, and resources, academic support and opportunities, and community connections designed to ensure student health and well-being, belonging and success.
    • Engage with university leadership on policies, practices, and appropriate training to ensure the campus serves the needs of LGBTQIA+ students and the campus community.
    • Serve as primary point of contact for gender and LGBTQIA+ related concerns and facilitate reporting, as appropriate, through the university's reporting system.
    • Oversee the Center's programming calendar, publicity campaigns, events and services.
    • In collaboration with university and community partners, plan and implement programs that feature culture, gender, and LGBTQIA+ diversity and generational differences within the campus community.
    • Provide co-curricular experiences and resources for students that are grounded in contemporary practices for identity, leadership, and community development.
    • Seek opportunities for students to connect to the public world, including policymaking and implementation in areas connected to gender and sexuality in higher education.Communication & Collaboration
      • Collaborate across divisions and disciplines on matters that pertain to student inclusion and gender and sexuality.
      • Partner, collaborate and co-sponsor initiatives with the Provost's Office, the Women's and Gender Studies Program, the Campus Diversity Officer, student organizations, and others, as appropriate.
      • Provide leadership for NASPA's Culture of Respect Collective and other efforts and institutional initiatives connected to sexual violence prevention and education.
      • Support and contribute to campus diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives in cooperation with the university's overarching DEI Committee structure.
      • Foster excellent communication and rapport with administrative offices, academic departments, campus units, faculty, staff and students.
      • Foster relationships with external partners to the mutual benefit of UM-Flint students and the surrounding community.
      • Communicate quarterly with the CGS Advisory Board regarding the overarching work and vision of CGS.
      • Serve as ex-officio on the Advisory Board and collaborate with the chair to set the schedule and agenda. Assessment & Evaluation
        • Recommend modifications to programs or services, based upon evaluation of larger demographic and cultural trends, or particular departmental programs based on constituent (or student) needs.
        • Develop and implement a comprehensive departmental assessment plan that includes key performance indicators and cohort tracking, in cooperation with the Division of Student Affairs Assessment Committee and broader institutional efforts.
        • Prepare annual and periodic reports; provide other data and information to the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs upon request. formation to the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs upon request.Required Qualifications*
          • Master's degree in a related area
          • 5 years of relevant professional experience, including 3 years of supervisory and administrative experience
          • Advanced understanding of and knowledge about issues impacting women and LGBTQIA+ students and communities
          • Demonstrated competency in relevant theory, current research and best practices
          • Demonstrated ability to develop and implement student-centered programming focused on gender and sexuality
          • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain positive working relationships, both internally and external to the university
          • Strong interpersonal skills, including emotional intelligence and diplomacy
          • Excellent written and spoken communication skillsDesired Qualifications*
            • Terminal degree in a related field
            • 7+ years of increasingly responsible relevant experience, preferably in higher education
            • Administrative experience in higher education, preferably in Student Affairs
            • Expertise in women, gender, and sexuality theory and practice within the context of higher education
            • Experience managing and collaborating on diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives, preferably in a university setting
            • Demonstrated experience in program review, assessment and evaluationBackground ScreeningThe University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks. Background checks are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.Application DeadlineFor best consideration, you are encouraged to apply by March 18, 2020.Application DeadlineJob openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. The review and selection process may begin as early as the eighth day after posting. This opening may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.U-M EEO/AA StatementThe University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

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