Student & Campus Life (SCL) inspires transformation in all Cornell students on their journey of individual, academic, and personal evolution. Our division is comprised of leading student affairs experts who support our campus on pressing student life matters including public service, health, wellness, social justice, residential living, food services, sports, recreation, career services, and student activities and organizations including sorority and fraternity life. Our nearly 4,000 staff and student employees who make up SCL embrace the opportunity to represent the division and strive for excellence as we shape the Cornell student experience, one interaction at a time.
The resource centers, advising units, and affinity groups that comprise the Dean of Students Office focus on identity development, student support, and advocacy, create opportunities for students to explore the intersectionality of identity development. As a unit in Student and Campus Life, we work to promote a cohesive campus community that brings people together across lines of difference and allows all students to benefit from the educational and cultural value of various identities.
The Diversity and Inclusion portfolio works to develop and implement an equity-minded and intersectional programming model that engages our students in new and innovative ways. As a unit within the Dean of Students Office, we share a dedication to transformational learning in the co-curricular guiding students towards greater resiliency and engagement across the campus. We are a growing portfolio recently adding staff members to support the Kessler Presidential Scholars program (KPS), First-Generation and Low-Income Student Support (FGLI), and UnDACAmented Student Support, deepening our holistic commitment to marginalized and underserved student communities and the multiple identities they hold.
In efforts to better serve its diverse student populations, the Division of Student and Campus Life (SCL) and the Office of the Dean of Students (DOS) is seeking an Associate Director for Student Empowerment and Undocumented/DACA Student Support. Reporting to the Associate Dean of Students for Student Empowerment and Director of First-Generation and Low-Income Student Support, the Associate Director will serve as the primary point of contact for Undocumented/DACA students and students from mixed-status families, oversee the Cornell Committee Supporting Undocumented Students (CCSUS) working groups, and provide co-curricular support and programming around the Undocumented/DACA student experience The Associate Director will assist with food insecurity initiatives, including coordination of the Swipe Out Hunger Program and Guest Meal Passes. The Associate Director will also assist the Director of First-Genration and Low-Income Student Support with aspects of the Kessler Presidental Scholars program. The Associate Director will be instrumental in implementing educational programs and workshops to raise awareness and collaborate with campus partners to help mitigate the challenges that Undocumented/DACA students may face in their transition to and navigation of Cornell.
If you are a team oriented, student-centered, highly collaborative professional looking to empower and positively impact the college experience of Undocumented/DACA, first-generation, and/or low-income students, we would love to have you join our team. We need an intentional, caring, innovative, equity-minded, and passionate professional to help students achieve their personal, professional, and academic goals.
Key Success Factors:
Knowledge & Experience - we will rely on this role to obtain and continuously learn knowledge of Undocumented/DACA student trends, resources, and student development. One should be able to foster a supportive and student-centered environment to empower and equip students with skills and strategies to engage in self-advocacy, as well as understanding this student population at the intersection of multiple identities.
Program & Event Management - this role requires strong program planning and event management skills to implement and support various programs and workshops for Undocumented/DACA students and to assist with food insecurity initiatives.
Strategy & Implementation - we will rely on this position to create and implement a comprehensive program to provide Undocumented/DACA students with resources, support, referral, and advocacy. This includes advising and collaborating with the DREAM Team and other campus partners to advance shared goals. One should be collaborative and responsive to managing multiple relationships and projects, adapting to new priorities, and being nimble and responsive as projects and needs change.
Team Player - ability to work part of a dynamic and flexible team in a fast-paced professional office and to interact collaboratively with diverse audiences. One should be willing and able to effectively affect change from within systems: ability to build relationships and maintain trust, to assess and balance the needs of various stakeholders, and to identify and advocate for achievable solutions.
Bachelor's degree and 3 to 5 years of experience, or equivalent combination of experience and education.
Experience working with or supporting Undocumented/DACA students or students from mixed-status families in some capacity.
Multicultural competency and experience advising diverse groups of students.
Strong understanding of student issues, trends, language, and ability to proactively respond to a wide array of issues or emerging student needs.
Ability to take initiative, follow directives, work independently, and contribute to a diverse team environment.
Ability to advise students, showing good judgment about when to make referrals, set boundaries, and equip students with skills and strategies to engage in self-advocacy.
Ability to design and implement creative programs to support the academic, interpersonal, and professional success of Undocumented/DACA students and students from mixed-status families.
Master's degree in college student personnel, student affairs, counseling, or related field
2-4 years experience working with Undocumented/DACA students in some capacity
Direct support of diverse student populations
Experience working in a higher education setting
This position is not eligible for visa sponsorship.
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