Director of Multicultural Students Services

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Work type: Staff
Location: Big Rapids, MI 49307
Categories: Administrative

Position Title: Director of Multicultural Students Services  
Location: Big Rapids (Main Campus)  
Advertised Salary: $64,000-$74,000 Salary commensurate with education, experiences and other requirements. Comprehensive benefit package (health care, vacation, etc.)  
FLSA: Exempt  
Temporary/Continuing:  Continuing  
Part-Time/Full-Time: Full-Time  
At Will/Just Cause: At Will  
Summary of Position:

The Director will directly oversee/supervise the activities of the Office of Multicultural Student Services (OMSS) and the Coordinator of the LGBTQ+ Resource Center; working closely with students, administrators, faculty, and staff across the institution to assist to promote a welcoming and inclusive campus environment.  The Director and their staff serve as a crucial resource and champion across the University to support the personal development and academic success of students of color, LGBTQ+ students and other historically marginalized students. For our current enrollment by race and ethnicity please visit page 67 of our Fact Book at  

The Director will lead in the development of programs, services, and strategic initiatives that focus on increasing access, persistence, retention, and success of historically underrepresented students. The Director actively contributes to division initiatives, programs, and prioritizes, serves on the Vice President of Student Affairs Administrative Council and the Dean of Student Life Leadership Team; reporting directly to the Dean of Student Life. Anticipated start date July 1, 2021.

Position Type: Staff  
Required Education: Master’s Degree from an accredited college or university or Bachelor's degree with at least 8 years of related experience. Required understanding of student learning and development theories.  
Required Work Experience: Qualified applications must possess progressively responsible work-experience and a minimum of five years of full-time experience working in roles with significant contact with and supporting underrepresented individuals (8 or more years for candidates whose highest degree earned is a Bachelor's degree).  
Required Licenses and Certifications:    
Additional Education/Experiences to be Considered: Preference will be given to applicants with a master's degree those with higher education work experience, those who have experience supervising full-time employees, those with grant oversight/management experience and those who have advised a Divine 9/National Pan-Hellenic Council or Greek Organization.   
Duties/Responsibilities: Responsible for promoting a welcoming and inclusive campus environment while advocating for traditionally underrepresented students by providing innovative programming and services to support academic success, multicultural education, identity exploration, and leadership development.

Direct, oversee, and coordinate programs and services of the Office of Multicultural Student Services. focusing on student engagement in co-curricular activities and academic support that facilitate student success.

Supervise OMSS Team including Administrative Assistant, Assistant Director, Coordinator of the LGBTQ+ Center, Americorp College Completion Coach, and Pre-College Coordinator (GearUp).

Lead OMSS Team in delivering programs and services that seek to respond to the needs of students and the community in ways that are aligned with the University’s Core Values of Opportunity, Diversity, Excellence, Collaboration, Ethical Community, and Learning.

Assist in increasing access, retention, and success of historically underrepresented students.

Create, facilitate, and participate in trainings, workshops, and other program that educate the campus community regarding diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Mentor and coach individuals and small groups of students.

Administer initiatives to monitor and report on academic success, persistence, retention, and completion.

Advise and support diverse student organizations.

Responsible for department budget management.

Oversee, direct, and coordinate various grants, such as the Gear Up Grant, MLK Visiting Professor Program and the MLK Future Faculty Fellowship program.

Carry out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with University policies and applicable laws.

Responsible for maintaining confidentiality of designated information and for performing all duties in compliance with University, federal and state regulations.

Work cooperatively with University departments to help achieve a better understanding of and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Attend monthly All Student Life Meetings. Serve on Committees within Student Affairs and the University.

Comply with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). Serve as a Campus Security Authority as defined by Clery and adhere to required reporting as defined by Title IX, and Campus Policy.

Perform additional related duties as required.
Skills and Abilities: Ability to plan, organize, and make sound judgment and decisions, and communicate effectively both orally and in writing.

Ability to successfully interact with a diverse University population and community, both on and off campus.
Required Documents:
  • Resume
  • Unofficial Transcript 1
  • Cover Letter 
Optional Documents:    
Special Instructions to Applicants: Management Business Solutions is assisting Ferris State University in this search, for inquiries please email: or call (616) 456-5627.

Transcript 1 (REQUIRED): Applicants must attach a copy of unofficial transcript of a Master’s Degree from an accredited college or university or Bachelor's degree with at least 8 years of related experience.

Transcript must include: Institution name, applicant name, date degree attained, degree awarded. Finalist will be required to submit an official transcript.

Required: Three names of references and the contact information for each.
Initial Application Review Date:
June 9, 2021  
Posting Close Date:
EEO Statement: Ferris State University, an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, is committed to enhancing equity, inclusion, and diversity within its community. Ferris offers employment opportunities to qualified candidates seeking careers in a student-focused environment that values opportunity, collaboration, diversity and educational excellence.  Learn more about the Ferris Mission and community at The University actively seeks applications from women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, veterans, and other underrepresented groups. For more information on the University’s Policy on Non-Discrimination, visit: Ferris Non-Discrimination Statement.  

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