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Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Assistant Director of Intercultural Engagement for Women and Gender Services (WXGS)
The Assistant Director of Intercultural Engagement for Women and Gender Services (WXGS) is part of a team of professionals that focuses on Women and Gender Services, LBGTQ+ Services and Multicultural Programs. The Assistant Director provides support, advising, and co-curricular leadership and inclusion programs for and regarding students of diverse marginalized gender identities as it relates to women, women identifying students, student activities, clubs, and organizations. WXGS provides space and creates opportunities that center the unique intersectional experience of all women and women identifying/women coded individuals.
The Assistant Director will collaborate closely with campus partners in areas of community building, social justice, equity, and inclusion education, advocacy, and student leadership development, and will assist in advancing a community in which all undergraduate and graduate students supported by WXGS thrive personally and intellectually.
In collaboration with the Assistant Dean for LBGTQ+, Women, and Gender Services the Assistant Director works with MIT communities to strengthen the ongoing visibility and diversity of student-run programs, particularly advising students and student groups. The Assistant Director also provides advocacy, vision, leadership, and coordination to advance several initiatives for women and women identifying students that are designed to foster a stronger climate and sense of community, particularly as they relate to minoritized/underserved populations within a rigorous STEM Institution with an increasingly diverse student body.
Principal Duties and Responsibilities
- Create programs, resources, workshops, and maintain a welcoming and affirming space that includes BIPoC women, international women, trans women, queer women, students who identify all or part of the time as women. These genders can be, but are not limited to, ones such as non-binary women, demigirls, genderfluid, bigender, pangender, and demiflux
- Advise and support women related student organizations and groups by providing logistical support, advising, and assistance with events and initiatives, as needed
- Develop key WXGS signature programming, women’s conference, and resources
- Coordinate collaborative efforts with the Graduate Assistants/Interns of SPXCE Intercultural Center, the Assistant Director of LBGTQ+ Services, and the Assistant Director of OMP; help monitor logistics for joint initiatives and cross-cultural programs/events for the MIT community
- Share responsibility with SPXCE staff and students for the coordination of activities and events as needed
- Develop and implement a women’s mentorship program, a yearlong mentorship program for undergraduate and graduate students matched with faculty, staff, and alumnx
- When appropriate, offer advising, supportive counseling, and mental health referrals to students in need
Education and Outreach
- Coordinate women and gender specific training and workshops for student leaders
- Develop and maintain both WXGS and the Cheney Room virtual presence
- Create and oversee the development of a monthly WXGS newsletter
- Promote WXGS events
- With the Assistant Dean, help coordinate WXGS educational outreach efforts that support students
- Develop and maintain support mechanisms and resources for WXGS community members and allies
- Represent DSL and SPXCE at relevant internal and appropriate external venues
Program and Event Management
- Primary oversight of physical Cheney Room space, a newly renovated center for women and women identified students, including staffing and student access, maintenance and facility requests, and scheduling of events
- Conduct general office administration, including ordering office supplies; technical support; developing and managing relationships with external vendors; ordering office equipment and furniture including computers, copiers, and printers
- Coordinate meetings, plan and implement events and programs for WXGS
- Support and aid various women and gender clubs and groups
- Collaborate with the Assistant Dean of LBGTQ+, Women, and Gender Services to develop, oversee, and maintain the budget for the Cheney Room
- Manage and track daily finances, review monthly
Other Duties as Assigned
- Bachelor’s degree in Higher Education or related field required
- Master’s degree in Higher Education or related field preferred
Some evening/night/weekend work will be required.
- Minimum 2 years of academic administration, student services, or related work experience required
- Experience working with BIPoC women, trans women, queer women, women identify students as well as non-binary and gender diverse populations
- Demonstrated understanding of identities, issues, and research impacting the continuously evolving landscape of women and gender in higher education. Familiarity with racial justice frameworks and intersectional approaches to social justice work, especially in highly selective STEM environments
- Experience affecting 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
- Competency working with individuals and groups with a wide array of identity and life experiences, including gender, sexuality, class, race/ethnicity, disability, culture, religion, etc.
- Experience providing interactive workshops and trainings in areas of women and gender affirmation and diverse identity development
- Nuanced understanding of gender and intersectionality
- Strong oral and written communication skills: ability to convey complex concepts and to communicate with students, faculty, staff and community members in a manner that promotes dialogue and understanding; adapts communication to diverse audiences; protects private and confidential information
- Strong advising, presentation, meeting design, and facilitation skills, with experience designing, delivering, and evaluating diversity and inclusion learning programs/resources
- Experience and familiarity managing organizational social media accounts, website development, and using graphic design to create physical and digital publications that appeal to students.
- Ability to foster a supportive and student-centered environment, and to maintain a balanced perspective in the face of resistance, indifference, or hostility
- Ability to build relationships, assess and balance the needs of various stakeholders
- Ability to advise students, showing good judgment about when to make referrals, set boundaries, and equip students with skills and strategies to engage in self-advocacy
- Organizational skills, including ability to prioritize, to respond to changing needs and circumstances, and to carry out multiple assignments in a timely fashion
- Ability to identify and proactively respond to problems or emerging student needs
- Ability to balance the needs of students with office and institutional objectives
Interested candidates may apply online at https://hr.mit.edu/careers. Please reference job number 22103.
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