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Assistant Director, Multicultural Student Affairs (MENA Content Expert)

Northwestern University
Evanston, IL
Closing date
Apr 13, 2024

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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Position Type
Assistant Director
Employment Type
Organization Type
College / University
Department: Campus Inclusion & Community
Salary/Grade: EXS/6

About Multicultural Student Affairs (MSA): Multicultural Student Affairs (MSA) enriches the cultural experience of Northwestern through leadership and education programming; providing opportunities for community engagement and identity expression; and assisting students in navigating the University. Learn more about Multicultural Student Affairs here:

About Student Affairs: By pursuing justice, equity, and belonging, Student Affairs cultivates student programs, services, and skills; disrupts barriers; and partners across Northwestern and neighboring communities to create an inclusive culture in which all students can thrive. Learn more about the Division of Student Affairs here:

Job Summary:

The Assistant Director will manage, develop, and assess programs and activities focusing on intersectional identity development, and leadership efficacy and capacity building offered by Multicultural Student Affairs, one of three areas within Campus Inclusion & Community. Additionally, the Assistant Director will serve as a resource to the university community on the experiences of Middle Eastern and North African/Arab college students utilizing an intersectional framework, student development theory, research, and best practices.

Please note: some evenings and weekends required.

Pay Range: The pay range for the Assistant Director of Multicultural Student Affairs position is $60,000-62,000, depending on experience, skills, and internal equity.

Principal Accountabilities:
  • (20%) Develop, manage, and asses programs and activities focusing on intersectional identity development, and leadership efficacy and capacity building. Utilize assessment data to inform and improve initiatives.
  • (20%) Work with campus partners, especially those within Campus Inclusion & Community to serve as an educator, advocate, and thought-leader on the unique needs, experiences, and challenges faced by MENA/Arab students. This may include but it not limited to serving on committees, working groups, task forces, and trainings.
  • (20%) Design, coordinate, and assess workshops for students along with the rest of the MSA staff, including but not limited to, MENA/Arab Heritage Month, monthly MENA/Arab Community Gatherings, and annual MENA/Arab Congratulatory Celebration.
  • (15%) Train, supervise, and evaluate a Graduate Assistant to support programs and activities.
  • (10%) Advise students on successfully navigating the university by connecting them with appropriate campus and community resources.
  • (5%) Manage an annual budget and other resources for programming efforts.
  • (5%) Foster purposeful partnerships and serve on various committees within the Division of Student Affairs and across the university, including academic entities, to create interdisciplinary efforts in support of student, sense of belonging for marginalized students, and social justice.
  • (5%) Perform other duties as assigned.
Minimum Qualifications:
  • A master's degree in College Student Development, Higher Education Administration, or a related field. Or equivalent experience with collegial student populations, including a bachelor's degree.
  • A minimum of two years full-time experience at college/university in student affairs or a related field.
  • Experience developing, executing, and assessing educational programming for college students.
  • Experience advising college students, individually and as members of student organizations, with an emphasis on identity development and leadership skills.
  • Commitment to continued personal and professional development.
Minimum Competencies:
  • Must work well as part of a team and independently.
  • Strong familiarity with critical social theories and models of leadership.
  • Strong familiarity with current research and cultural informed practices related to the positive identity development of college students a part of the MENA/Arab community.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, as well as general interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to collaboratively partner with a multitude of stakeholders.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Strong understanding of best practices for the assessment of student learning outcomes.
  • Strong presentation/facilitation skills.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Suite collaborative tools.
Preferred Competencies:
  • MENA/Arab college student development expertise
Benefits: At Northwestern, we are proud to provide meaningful, competitive, high-quality health care plans, retirement benefits, tuition discounts and more! Visit us at to learn more.

Work-Life and Wellness: Northwestern offers comprehensive programs and services to help you and your family navigate life's challenges and opportunities, and adopt and maintain healthy lifestyles. We support flexible work arrangements where possible and programs to help you locate and pay for quality, affordable childcare and senior/adult care. Visit us at to learn more.

Professional Growth and Development: Northwestern supports employee career development in all circumstances whether your workspace is on campus or at home. If you're interested in developing your professional potential or continuing your formal education, we offer a variety of tools and resources. Visit us at to learn more.

Northwestern strongly recommends COVID-19 vaccinations and boosters for people who can obtain them as a critical tool for minimizing severe illness. More information can be found on the COVID-19 and Campus Updates webpage.

The Northwestern campus sits on the traditional homelands of the people of the Council of Three Fires, the Ojibwe, Potawatomi, and Odawa as well as the Menominee, Miami and Ho-Chunk nations. We acknowledge and honor the original people of the land upon which Northwestern University stands, and the Native people who remain on this land today.

Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Click for information on EEO is the Law.


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