Staff Position

Director of Multicultural Life

Position Details

Job ID # 16-865
Department Student Development
Reports To Dean of Student Development

Position Summary

The Director of Multicultural Life provides leadership to various multicultural programs on campus and the University’s Act Six scholarship program. As a member of the Student Development Management Team, this position helps the department shape the student experience through engaging co-curricular programs and experiences. The director serves as a mentor to Act Six scholars and underrepresented student populations, and as a facilitator for meaningful, thoughtful programming related to multiculturalism and diversity. This is a full-time (1.0 FTE) twelve-month position.

Essential Functions

  1. Act Six scholarship and leadership program
    • Develop, implement, and facilitate a leadership development program that maximizes growth in scholars and fosters their engagement in the Seattle-Tacoma area.
    • Provide holistic support and care for each Act Six scholar, displaying awareness of specific needs focused upon academic success and community engagement.
    • Monthly one-on-one meetings with each scholar for the purpose of mentoring, encouragement and accountability in individualized leadership plans.
    • Develop and facilitate initiatives to nurture identity development and spiritual formation, and healthy team dynamics within the cadres.
    • Attend weekly Act Six student meetings and related cadre meetings.
    • Attend and participate in the annual Act Six Expedition.
    • Serve as primary liaison between University and Northwest Leadership Foundation.
    • Coordinate and organize the scholarship competition and selection process.
    • Serve as chair of Act Six Committee.
  2. Multicultural education program
    • Develop a multicultural education program consistent with the mission, vision and core themes of Northwest University and the philosophy of the Office of Student Development.
    • Create meaningful student programs, conversations, trainings or experiences related to multiculturalism and diversity.
    • Advise various student clubs and organizations associated with multicultural programs and specific cultural identities.
    • Foster an atmosphere of improvement related to recruitment, persistence, and graduation rates of underrepresented student populations.
    • Collaborate with faculty and staff to support the needs and interests of underrepresented students and first-generation students.
    • Support initiatives within Student Development to educate and enrich the Northwest University community, and uphold the highest standards in sustaining an inclusive and Christ-like environment on campus.
    • Work closely with departments such as: Admissions, Financial Aid, The Wellness Center, Career Development, and Academic Success and Advising.
    • Assess programs and campus climate to improve efficiency and maximize effectiveness.
  3. Departmental responsibilities
    • Serve as voting member of the Student Development Management Team and attend weekly meetings.
    • Continue to develop, improve and implement the department’s philosophy, learning outcomes, policies, and assessment strategies.
    • Represent the department at various committee assignments and faculty council.
    • Attend monthly department meetings and required trainings.
    • Collaborate with professional colleagues or student staff from within the Office of Student Development.
    • Provide counsel to the Dean of Student Development on matters related to the student experience and co-curricular programs.
    • Provide presence and support on campus in emergency or crisis situations.
  4. Serve as role model and mentor to the student population
    • Provide opportunities for students to build healthy relationships.
    • Attend chapel regularly.
    • Participate regularly in campus-wide events.
    • Encourage communication between administration and students, demonstrate support for the mission and vision of Northwest University.
  5. Other duties as assigned by Dean of Student Development, Provost or President 

Education/Experience/Skills

  1. Master’s Degree required in Student Development or a related field.
  2. Minimum of 3-5 years’ experience working in Student Development, Social Services, Education, or related field.
  3. Ability to communicate clearly—in person and in writing.
  4. Experience in strategic program development and evaluation.
  5. A proven track record of working effectively with diverse populations in groups and individually, as well as with a collaborative work team.
  6. Demonstrated experience in mentoring student leaders.
  7. Advanced knowledge and understanding of multicultural issues as they relate to a university setting, urban environments, and the Pacific Northwest.
  8. High level of initiative, planning and organizational skills.
  9. Demonstrated commitment to maintaining a safe work environment free of harassment, violence, and unlawful discrimination.

Lifestyle Standards

Recognize, understand, and agree to live by the moral and ethical standards of Northwest University as outlined in the Assemblies of God Statement of Faith, the Northwest University Community Affirmation statement, and the Northwest University Statement of Principles.

Application Procedure

Please submit your resume, a letter of interest describing your qualifications, and a completed application form to the Human Resources office. Applications are available online (www.northwestu.edu/jobs), or in the Human Resources Office of Northwest University.

You may submit your package by mail, scan and email, or fax.

Northwest University
Attn: Human Resources
PO Box 579
Kirkland, WA 98083-0579
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Fax: (425) 739-0695

Inquiries regarding staff positions may be made to:

Human Resources Office
Northwest University
5520 108th Ave NE, Kirkland, WA 98033
(425) 889-5749
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Northwest University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, age, or disability in admissions and access to, employment, or treatment in its programs or activities. Northwest University is an "At Will" employer.


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