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Position opening at the University of Iowa

The University of Iowa’s Chief Diversity Office is seeking a qualified candidate for their Center for Diversity & Enrichment (CDE). The position of Educational Support Services Specialist (working title Multicultural Specialist) will focus on ensuring the university’s diversity goals are met by providing counseling, advising, and programming to the diverse population of students served by the Center for Diversity & Enrichment (CDE), with a focus on the LGBTQ-identified student population. This position will assist with outreach and retention programs supported or sponsored by CDE, as well as work with CDE staff and other university staff and faculty to develop, promote, present, and assess new activities and programs or propose modifications to increase student retention, graduation, and success. This position reports to the Director, Center for Diversity & Enrichment.

There is an expectation that the person in this position maintain effective, civil, and respectful working relationships with the University of Iowa campus community and uphold a high standard of cultural competency and respect for difference that represents the Center for Diversity & Enrichment’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

The University enrolls more than 30,000 students, has 1,700 tenured and tenure track faculty, and more than 22,000 full time equivalent employees. The University has a long history of LGBTQ inclusiveness:

  • The University was the first state university to officially recognize a gay student organization (1970)
  • The University has offered benefits to same-sex and opposite sex domestic partners since the 1990’s and added same-sex spousal benefits since gay marriage became legal in the state in 2009;
  • The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Staff & Faculty Association (founded in 1990) has been offering opportunities for university employees to build community and supporting the interests of the LGBTQ campus community since 1990;
  • The University has offered the Safe Zone Project since the early 1990’s;
  • The University was the first major public university to add an optional questions on sexual orientation, and a transgender choice under gender, as part of its undergraduate application.
  • The University becomes one of the first universities in the nation to ask students for their preferred names and pronouns of reference, and to offer a third gender option. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M8y5KQi7B1M)
  • For more LGBTQ milestones at the University of Iowa visit https://now.uiowa.edu/2016/11/timeline-lgbtq-milestones-university-iowa

This Big Ten Conference university is located in Iowa City, a vibrant college community that provides affordable housing, quality K-12 education, and an active cultural community, all located within the scenic rolling hills of Iowa. Frequently named to several “Best Small Cities” lists, this community is a warm and welcoming place for visitors and newcomers alike.

For a complete job description, visit our web site: http://diversity.uiowa.edu/employment-opportunities.  To apply for this position, visit our website at http://jobs.uiowa.edu/ and search for Requisition #70619.  All applications must be completed online via this website; however, if you need an accommodation in order to apply for this position, please contact Sharon Beck by phone  at (319) 335-2430 or send an email to sharon-beck@uiowa.edu .

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