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Program Manager, Multicultural Resource Center

Student Services


The Program Manager supports students by managing programming efforts that help students reach their full academic potential and contribute to the development of inclusive campus communities. The Program Manager directs the daily operations of the Multicultural Resource Center (MRC). The MRC is centrally located on campus and is an ideal place for students to learn, study, relax between classes, and visit with friends. Throughout the year, the MRC coordinates and sponsors a wide variety of programs and events, with the goal to provide programs that enhance leadership skills, enrich the academic experience, explore social and cultural issues, and celebrate cultural traditions.

The Program Manager also advises and supports student organizations and advisory groups affiliated with the MRC and supports the Assistant Dean with departmental initiatives for the Office for Inclusive Community. This is accomplished by identifying and responding to community needs relative to inclusion, developing proactive programs and appropriate interventions that contribute to the retention and success of students from underrepresented and marginalized backgrounds, and coordinating events and programs that address issues such as race, class, gender identity, and sexual orientation. Promoting community diversity and inclusion, with a strong understanding of experiences of students from historically underrepresented and marginalized groups at small liberal arts institutions, is a crucial function of this position.

This is a full time, exempt position with an annual salary range of $40,927 - $44,000. Reed College offers an excellent benefits package including comprehensive medical and dental insurance, 403(b) retirement plan with 10% employer contribution, retiree medical plan, college tuition assistance for employees’ children, paid holidays, paid vacation and many other campus amenities, such as membership to the campus fitness center for employee and spouse and access to onsite daycare provided by Growing Seeds.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES

  • Oversee daily operations of the Multicultural Resource Center, including hiring, training, and supervising a team of six student interns
  • Serve as staff advisor and mentor to Black and African Students at Reed (BASR) and related student organizations
  • Advise and support culturally-specific student organizations and other student groups affiliated with the MRC, with a particular focus on supporting Black and African Students at Reed, Latinx Student Union, Asian and Pacific Islander Student Union, American Indians at Reed, Low SES/First Gen Student Group, and Trans and Gender Non-Conforming Peer Group
  • Coordinate campus-wide events and activities related to the mission of the MRC. Annual programs include weekly Tuesday Talks dialogues, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Engagement & Learning, and Black History Month. Duties may include arranging speakers and performers, negotiating contracts, and managing event logistics
  • Aid in student retention through individual student mentoring, counseling and advising, referral services, and maintenance of effective internal support systems.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES

  • The Program Coordinator must be well versed in current issues that affect students individually and as a collective, including race, class, gender identity, sexuality, religion, national origin, disability, etc.
  • Extensive knowledge of multicultural issues specifically relating to a liberal arts college setting
  • Experience working with Black, African, and/or African American communities.
  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of effective problem solving, conflict resolution, facilitation, mediation, and negotiation.
  • Skill in project management and in event planning and coordination.
  • Ability to relate well to college-age students while demonstrating both maturity and leadership.

QUALIFICATIONS

Bachelor’s Degree in a relevant field (counseling, social work, cultural studies, higher education administration or related area) plus two or more years of experience in a higher education or nonprofit setting, providing services to students and program support, or any combination of experience and education which provides the applicant with the desired skills, knowledge and ability required to perform the job.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

Prior experience working in a cultural center, multicultural affairs office, or other diversity and inclusion program preferred. Master’s degree in education, counseling, social work or related field preferred.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

Click below to apply. A resume and cover letter are required for submission. In your cover letter please address the following:

  • Of which accomplishment in your recent professional experience are you most proud?
  • As all members of Reed's comunity are expected to contribute to a diverse and inclusive campus, describe in what ways your skills and experiences might perpare you to work with a diverse group of students, colleagues and community members?

Application review is in progress. Applications will be considered as they are submitted. This position will remain open until filled.

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Reed College values cultural diversity and intellectual pluralism as critical components of academic excellence. We welcome applications from members of historically underrepresented minority groups, persons with disabilities, persons who have served in the military and others who would bring additional dimensions of experience to our community.