Coordinator, Cultural Diversity Programs

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Coordinator, Cultural Diversity Programs

Student Experience

Temporary full-time from November 1, 2021 to May 31, 2024

Hiring #: 2021-0519

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The department of Student Experience is committed to supporting all students at the University of Guelph.  Student Experience houses many specialized supports for students identifying as First Nations, Métis, Inuit, Black, racialized, people of colour, members of the LGBTQ2IA+ community, and members of various cultural, international, religious, and spiritual communities.  We encourage applications from members of these communities in order to accurately represent our student population and to contribute to the diversity of thought, approach, and practice in supporting students within the department.

Reporting to the Cultural Diversity Advisor, the Coordinator, Cultural Diversity Programs is a strategically important position for the University of Guelph that directly contributes to the development and the persistence of Black, racialized, and ethnically diverse learners. The Cultural Diversity Office provides advising, mentoring, student advocacy, social, cultural, and transition programs.

The Coordinator supports the orientation, transition, and retention of racially and ethnically diverse students through pre-arrival, orientation, early intervention, transition, and retention programming.  This work involves designing, implementing, and assessing events, presentations, workshops, and programming initiatives both in-person and online. 

Through mentorship opportunities, advisement, and coaching, the Coordinator supports the persistence and success of students from racially and ethnically diverse backgrounds.   The position designs, oversees, and assesses mentorship opportunities, both individually and in groups, to support student transition, with a particular emphasis on the first year experience.

The Coordinator liaises regularly with individuals and groups both on and off-campus to develop collaborative programs to support transition, persistence, and success programs for racialized and ethnically diverse students, including programs to maintain and strengthen identity and cultural awareness.

The incumbent recruits, hires, trains, supervises, and assesses a team of approximately 6 student staff and supports the Cultural Diversity Office in the supervision of approximately 5 Peer Helpers. 

The Coordinator represents the department at a range of institutional events, meetings, and programs, and contributes to the strategic direction and day-to-day operations of a variety of areas within the Cultural Diversity Office, including participation in the development and implementation of actions plans and associated budgets for the unit, including annual budgeting and forecasting processes.

To be successful in this role, the incumbent is required to have:

  • An Undergraduate degree in social science, social justice, race relations, community development, higher education, social work, or related field, coupled with a minimum of two (2) years of progressive experience working with racialized (Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour) and ethnic minority communities.
  • Strong understanding and practical experience applying anti-oppression and anti-racist principles in programs and services.
  • Working knowledge of identity, intersectionality, oppression, discrimination, anti-Black racism, white supremacy, colonialism, racism, and shadism, informed by both lived experience and practical experience working with racialized and ethnic minority communities.
  • Understanding of the complexity of student identity and education experiences, particularly the experiences of Black students in higher education.
  • Experience communicating with and supporting students who may be distressed, distraught, or in crisis.
  • Skilled in providing peer-to-peer support, including mental well-being support, with the ability to comfortably train and support others in these approaches.
  • Experience in needs assessment, program design, learning outcome development, program coordination and evaluation.
  • Experience in devising strategies and programs to support retention in a community.
  • Practical experience in the supervision and training of student staff and/or volunteers.
  • Strong interpersonal and intercultural skills, with evidence of successfully building and strengthening relationships and partnerships.
  • A strong aptitude in written, verbal, and non-verbal communication.
  • Intermediate level Microsoft 365, including MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint is required.

This appointment is regularly performed on-campus but will be initially fulfilled both remotely (off-campus) and on-campus until the University resumes its regular operations.

Classification               P03
Professional/Managerial Salary Bands

At the University of Guelph, fostering a culture of inclusion is an institutional imperative. The University invites and encourages applications from all qualified individuals, including from groups that are traditionally underrepresented in employment, who may contribute to further diversification of our Institution.

Posting Date: 2021 10 06
Closing Date: 2021 10 20