Director, FIRST Resource Center – Student Diversity and Inclusion – (20001423)
The FIRST Resource Center was founded in September 2018 to create a community of support and to develop a network of resources for Tufts university’s first generation, low-income, and undocumented populations. FIRST welcomes any student who self identifies with the first-generation college student experience. By strengthening the bonds between our community members and bridging the gap between Tufts’ resources and first-generation students, FIRST aims to ensure that first gen student are empowered in, and prepared to reach their full social, professional, and academic potentials.
The FIRST Center works to provide the necessary financial knowledge, information about Tufts, and access to opportunities and resources for students to be successful during their time at the university. The FIRST Center believes it is imperative that first-gen students are provided an inclusive space that is sensitive to their intersecting identities and where their shared experiences can be validated. The FIRST center celebrates the first- gen identity and passionately advocates for the trailblazers among us who are the first in their families to attend an elite, private institution like Tufts.
The FIRST Center is within the division for Diversity and Inclusion and works closely and collaboratively with the other identity based cultural centers to holistically support students, staff and faculty.
Reporting to the Associate Dean of Diversity and Inclusion, the Director of the FIRST Center serves as a campus resource, creates a community of support and develops a network of resources for first generation, low-income, and undocumented populations. The Director provides support for undergraduate students, as well as graduate students and parents, and leads a variety of student and academic programs. The Director manages and oversees the FIRST center in all aspects and is responsible for the strategic planning, administration, and leadership of the center, including establishing its mission and vision.
The Director supervises the FIRST Resource Center staff, manages budgets and oversees all aspects of the Pre-Orientation program, BEAST (Building Engagement and Access for Students at Tufts) including the Peer Leader program. The Director will manage all financial supports for low income students; this will include coordinating emergency responses and funds for unexpected hardship, as well as financial resources related to food insecurity, health and wellness, and academic success.
The Director works collaboratively with internal and external organizations, departments, and offices: provide consulting, expertise, and support on racial equity and social justice issues on University committees and for relevant offices, addressing policy and procedure, as well as programming and educational needs; as needed, work with external organizations on community issues related to race, identity, and social justice; develop and facilitate workshops for members of the community
The Director will support student development through programming, education, and leadership training: facilitate and/or plan programs, workshops, and events for all members of the Tufts community; provide resources for individual students and student groups and Faculty and Staff in navigating issues related to race and identity; oversee all functions, trainings etc regarding first generation, low income, and students with undocumented status.
The Director will pursue ongoing professional development: attend relevant trainings and conferences; engage in current theoretical and empirical research related to race, identity, social justice, and/or higher education. The Director will work closely with students and student organizations to build leadership skills, plan events, develop relevant programming and initiatives, and address and respond to student concerns and crises. In addition the Director will complete all other duties as assigned (including, but not limited to): serve as a representative of the Division of Student Affairs on committees and in various programs.
Master’s degree in Education, Higher Education Administration, or related field.
3 to 5 years of experience advising and/or mentoring undergraduate students in a higher education setting or post-secondary setting.
Experience supporting, leading, and developing faculty and staff in a higher education setting.
Ability to work independently, as well as in a consensus-based team environment, with a proven ability to establish strong partnerships with colleagues.
Demonstrated commitment to issues of diversity in a university setting, particularly working with students who are first-generation college goers and/or low-income.
Superb written and oral communication skills.
Experience with educational program management.
Experience working in other areas of university student services such as student affairs, multicultural affairs, bridge programs, and retention programs.
Experience working in a busy, high traffic office environment.
An employee in this position must complete all appropriate background checks at the time of hire, promotion, or transfer.
Equal Opportunity Employer – minority/females/veterans/disability/sexual orientation/gender identity.