Assistant Dean of Students for Student Development Diversity Initiatives
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Are you an impact player, who is committed to increasing cross-cultural dialogue and student success in Higher Education? We are seeking a dynamic, energetic, team-oriented individual to join our team as the

Assistant Dean of Students for Student Development Diversity Initiatives

The Center for Intercultural Dialogue is home to several identity-based program areas (Asian, Asian American Center, LGBT Resource Center, Alumni Student Mentoring Program, Student Development Diversity Initiatives), and supports student growth and development through community-building, advising student organizations, planning events and activities, and collaborating with numerous campus partners. A major component of the Center’s mission is to outreach to and engage Cornell University’s increasingly diverse campus in cross-cultural programming that supports the inclusion of all its members.

Community-building, working on “within group and between group differences”, identifying student leaders, and contributing to a healthy and positive campus climate are the hallmarks of this new position.

Key Deliverables:
In this role you will work with a team of colleagues within The Center for Intercultural Dialogue and across Campus to break down barriers of difference, create a more welcoming community of respect, and improve the climate for student success on the campus. Specific responsibilities include


Advising ALANA Intercultural Programming Board, and MCFAB (Minority Concert Finance Advisory BOARD). ALANA is the umbrella intercultural student organization that seeks to provide the Cornell community with the cultural, educational, and service-oriented programs that encourage diversity and multiculturalism. This by-line funded organization oversees a $100,000+ budget that is distributed to student groups.

Developing and supporting S.W.A.G. (Scholars Working Ambitiously To Graduate). This program supports African American/Black men in building community and positive relationships with other campus members, for the purposes of adjustment to college, retention, academic success, and n overall satisfactory college experience

Overseeing Student Development Diversity Initiatives (SDDI) which advises and supports diverse student organizations, and Minority Finance Commission

Collaborating with Office of Sorority and Fraternity Affairs to strengthen diversity initiatives between communities

Liaison to identity-based Program House Residence House Directors

Liaison to Office of Academic Diversity Initiatives (OADI)

Working with students in their communities to focus on “within and between” group differences

Working with Center and community partners to build an inclusive campus climate for all students

Collaborating with other offices to support low income, first generation, and Pre-freshman Summer Program students

Counseling and advising individual students

Member of the Center’s staff team, including Cornell Responds, the community-based response to bias

Supporting crisis managers and the office of the Dean of Students during student crises, emergencies and public events

Rewards and Benefits

What’s in it for you?

  • World class, Cornell supported, professional/educational opportunities
  • Competitive compensation, generous time-off and great benefits for individuals & families
  • Cornell Career/Life Balance opportunities such as: Onsite Daycare, Employee Degree Program, Adoption Assistance, Onsite Dining, Employee Wellness…and more. To learn more about
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Bachelor’s degree or equivalent; 2-3 years’ experience working in student affairs or related area of student services

Experience promoting diversity/cultural competencies within a student community.

Experience with event management, program planning and implementation, advisement of student organizations, program development, managing budgets

Demonstrated effectiveness in building campus partnerships both internally and externally

Strong understanding of academic community environment, cross-cultural competence and demonstrated experience advising students.

Highly motivated, flexible, adaptable and service-oriented, with strong collaborative skills for team work and consensus building.

Must be able to support a diverse population of students and to collaborate effectively in maintaining and growing relationships with campus partners (including staff and faculty) to provide student services.

Excellent interpersonal skills, oral and communication skills, and strong presentation skills are required. Ability to work independently and cooperatively with others.

Strong organizational skills are essential. Ability to set priorities and multi-task.

Ability to learn and innovate as needs of university and higher education evolve.

Preferred Qualifications:
Master of Arts or Science degree in College Student Personnel, Higher Education Administration, Counseling, Social Work, or a related field, or at least four years of experience working in student affairs, or a related area of student services.

Knowledge of retention strategies for underrepresented men (Black, Latino, Native American)

Knowledge of Greek life

Advising, counseling, student advocacy; group counseling skills a plus

An in-depth knowledge of, and experience implementing, programs to increase diversity and inclusion, and cultural competencies of undergraduate students

Background check may be required


Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.

Cornell University is an innovative Ivy League university and a great place to work. Our inclusive community of scholars, students and staff impart an uncommon sense of larger purpose and contribute creative ideas to further the university's mission of teaching, discovery and engagement. Located in Ithaca, NY, Cornell's far-flung global presence includes the medical college's campuses on the Upper East Side of Manhattan and Doha, Qatar, as well as the new CornellNYC Tech campus to be built on Roosevelt Island in the heart of New York City.

Diversity and inclusion have been and continue to be a part of our heritage. Cornell University is a recognized EEO/AA employer and educator.

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