Amherst College invites applications for the position of Director, Women's and Gender Center. The Director, Women's and Gender Center is a 3-year term, full-time position, job group and level PT-3. Given Amherst's distinction as one of the most diverse liberal arts colleges in the country, the successful candidate will demonstrate the ways in which they bring value to and will work towards supporting a broadly diverse community.
The Director works primarily to support women students at Amherst College, while also serving as a resource for the entire campus community on topics related to gender, gender identity, and gender equity. The Women's and Gender Center works intentionally to serve women, femme-identified students, survivors of sexual violence, and nonbinary, gender fluid, and genderqueer students, centering the experiences of women of color and the intersections of race, class, ability, etc.
Reporting to the Associate Dean of Students for Diversity & Inclusion, the Director oversees staffing, day-to-day operations, and programming of the Women's and Gender Center and supports the overall mission of the Resource Centers Team and Student Affairs Division. The Center serves as an important resource to the campus community in building and supporting gender-focused initiatives and student engagement. The Director works in collaboration with the Multicultural Resource Center, Queer Resource Center, Center for Diversity & Student Leadership, Center for International Student Engagement, among other campus partners through educational, social, and cultural programming that centers and affirms women, femmes, transgender and nonbinary identities, and the work of gender equity on campus. In addition, the Director serves as a programming and advising resource for gender-based student organizations.
Summary of Principal Duties and Responsibilities:
Management and Operational:
- Management of the day-to-day operations of the Women's and Gender Center
- Serve as a core member of the Resource Centers Leadership Team
- Provide functional supervision of the Administrative Assistant for the Resource Centers
- Engage in strategic planning and assessment of the Center
- Gather data and prepare annual reports
- Budget planning and monitoring of expenditures
- Consistently evaluate operational efficiencies and opportunities to streamline processes
- Evaluate resource allocations and make recommendations for necessary systems of support
- Manage Center website and other forms of social media
- Supervise a team of 6-10 student staff
- Recruit, hire, onboard, and train student staff
- Guide student staff through the development of programs
- Manage student staff professional development
- Manage student staff scheduling
- Manage student staff hiring
- Manage summer intern selection
Leadership and Student Support:
- Program Development, Facilitation, and Evaluation
- Develop academic and co-curricular educational programming, as a Center and in partnership with other campus organizations, to build community, provide education, and create skills-building opportunities to synthesize social, academic, personal, political, and career development-related learning and maximize the Amherst experience
- Generate assessment protocols to evaluate social and resource-based programs
- Create and facilitate campus programs, workshops, and trainings that support the mission of the WGC
- Create a plan for ongoing engagement of women, femmes, nonbinary and trans students
- Promote faculty, staff, alumni, and community involvement through intellectual, social, and cultural programs that focus on gender, gender equity, and inclusion
- Serve on various committees across the College (including but not limited to the Sexual Respect Task Force, Title IX Review Committee, Care Team, etc.)
- Collaborate at the divisional and institutional level to develop and create programming, workshops, trainings, and other opportunities related to infusing and expanding intersectional and interdisciplinary commitments to inclusive excellence.
- As a member of the Resource Centers Team work to co-create, develop, and implement programs, resources, and services that highlight the intersections of identity and community
- Co-develop the Resource Center's Social Justice Leadership program for first-year orientation
- Implement, in collaboration with campus partners, policies directly connected to women and trans and nonbinary identities, as well as those directly related to gender and equity.
- Student Support
- Meet with and counsel students through challenges.
- Work collaboratively with Case Management to create systems of support for students in crisis.
- Provide leadership and organizational development education to student organizations engaged in work related to the mission of the WGC.
- Assist in the promotion and integration of engagement, mentorship, and leadership programs in collaboration with campus partners.
- Co-lead the Trans Peer Mentorship Program with the Queer Resource Center Director.
- Marketing and Communications
- Maintain and add to the website to include more dynamic and all-encompassing resources for the community.
- Manage the creation of promotional materials.
- Maintain audience and social media accounts.
- Engage in communications to further anchor global realities across the College.
- Master's degree or foreign equivalent.
- Minimum of 4-5 years related experience.
- Excellent written and verbal communication, presentation, interpersonal, time management, and organizational skills.
- Commitment to a student-centered approach and building relationships with historically and presently marginalized students.
- Experience facilitating diversity trainings and workshop presentations.
- Able to work a flexible schedule including evenings and weekends as needed.
- Knowledge of issues and topics affecting women on college campuses and experience in addressing those issues.
- Knowledge of issues and topics related to gender and gender identity, masculinity, femininity, and trans and nonbinary identities on college campuses and experience addressing those issues
- Experience in developing, leading, and administering programs focused on gender and gender equity, intersectionality, and gender-related needs of all students.
- Commitment to a student-centered approach and building relationships with students of all genders.
- Master's degree in women's and gender studies, sociology, higher education, social justice education, or a social science field of relevance to gender, gender identity, equity, etc.
Interested candidates are asked to submit a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information (email and/or telephone numbers) for three professional references. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.
ABOUT AMHERST COLLEGE
Amherst College, one of the premier liberal arts colleges in the nation, is located in Amherst, Massachusetts, a town of approximately 35,000 residents in the western part of the state. The college's community is composed of about 1,800 students from 48 states, plus Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and 54 countries around the world, and about 1,000 staff and faculty. The college's scenic 1,000-acre campus includes a 500-acre wildlife sanctuary and the Book & Plow Farm ; three museums: Emily Dickinson Museum , Beneski Museum of Natural History and Mead Art Museum ; and multiple educational and cultural venues and resources through the Five College Consortium. The town of Amherst offers an amazing variety of coffee shops, restaurants and entertainment, and a very active outdoor life. Our vibrant campus, diverse community and beautiful surrounding, makes Amherst College and the Town of Amherst the perfect place to work, learn and live!