This position is an in-person role but can work remotely for (3) months to support relocation needs.
Cornell University embraces diversity and seeks candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports students, faculty and staff of all identities and backgrounds. We strongly encourage individuals from underrepresented and/or marginalized identities to apply.
The Diversity & Inclusion (D & I) portfolio supports the holistic development of the student experience by creating engagement opportunities, support services, and initiatives focused on belonging, equity, and inclusion. The D & I portfolio is comprised of identity-based centers and offices that support and empower students from historically marginalized backgrounds while also providing all Cornell community members with opportunities to deepen their understanding of racial justice and equity, expand their allyship skills, engage in dialogue across differences, and be a part of the movement for positive social change.
The Associate Dean of Students and Director of Latinx Student Empowerment is a member of the senior staff of the Office of the Dean of Students (DOS) and reports directly to the Senior Associate Dean of Students for Diversity & Inclusion portfolio. This role advocates and provides vision, leadership, and coordination for Latinx-identified strategic priorities and initiatives within the Division of Student and Campus Life on Cornell University’s campus of 24,000 students. They advise several student organizations and implement intercultural and intersectional longitudinal co-curricular programs open to all students. Additionally, this role serves as a network of support for Latinx students who live on-campus, especially those who reside in the Latino Living Center (LLC). In collaboration with staff and partners across campus, the Associate Dean of Students helps identify and mitigate the challenges that Latinx students and students from underserved communities may face in their transition to and navigation of Cornell. As a leader in the D & I portfolio of the Dean of Student’s Office, this position regularly participates in collaborative programming and training efforts, particularly in campus-wide efforts promoting student mental health and well-being. This position also serves as an Administrator On-Call and responds to crisis-related situations after-hours as needed.
Creativity and competency in student-centered program design and implementation focused on students’ identity development and exploration, leadership development, and an increased sense of belonging.
Knowledge and drive to continue learning student trends, specifically related to supporting Latinx student success and student development.
Collaborative and responsive to managing multiple relationships and projects in a fast-paced professional office, flexibly adapting to new priorities, anticipating needs, and being nimble and responsive as projects and needs change.
Ability to build relationships and maintain trust, to assess and balance the needs of various stakeholders, and to identify and advocate for achievable solutions.
A commitment to working collaboratively in a student-centered environment committed to the important values of shared governance, with enthusiasm for supporting a student body that is broadly diverse with regard to gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, and (dis)ability, among other factors.
Master’s degree and three (3) - five (5) years of professional experience in College Student Development, Student Affairs Administration, Higher Education, Diversity Education, Social Justice Education, Social Work, Counseling, or closely related field; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Applied knowledge of student development theory and student affairs trends related to advocating and supporting Latinx students and other marginalized communities.
Demonstrated understanding of the Latinx student experience.
Multicultural competency and experience working with and/or advising diverse student organizations
Experience building collaborative partnerships with faculty, administrators, students, parents/families, community partners, and alumni.
Exceptional interpersonal, communication, planning, reasoning, organizational, and project management skills, with an ability to multi-task in a fast-paced, high-volume environment.
Ability to serve on-call and respond to crisis situations according to organizational protocol, including evening and weekend work as required.
Advance degree in a relevant discipline and five (5) - seven (7) years of progress work experience in higher education, or related fields.
Demonstrated experience working with Latinx communities.
Experience managing multiple budgets, including stewarding gift funds.
Experience working in higher education and/or with college students.
Experience creating programming or engaging in outreach on topics of intersecting identities, identity formation, mental health, cultural nuances, and/or empowerment.
Student and 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. We provide support and services to roughly 25,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students on multiple campuses in the U.S. and abroad.
The Office of the Dean of Students (DOS) cultivates the holistic growth and development of students through advocacy, empowerment, and education. We enhance the student experience by offering comprehensive support and resources, providing co-curricular opportunities, and fostering a sense of belonging.
The Diversity & Inclusion (D & I) portfolio supports the holistic development of the student experience by creating engagement opportunities, support services, and initiatives focused on belonging, equity, and inclusion. The D & I portfolio is comprised of identity-base...d centers and offices that support and empower students from historically marginalized backgrounds while also providing all Cornell community members with opportunities to deepen their understanding of racial justice and equity, expand their allyship skills, engage in dialogue across differences, and be a part of the movement for positive social change.