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Rochester Institute of Technology Director of Multicultural Center for Academic Success in Rochester, New York


Position Title:

Director of Multicultural Center for Academic Success


Multicultural Center for Academic Success

Job Responsibilities:

Reporting to the Assistant Vice President for Academic Access & Success, the Director of the Multicultural Center for Academic Success works cross-divisionally and collaboratively with all campus constituents to enhance campus climate while implementing data-driven programs and initiatives focused on elimination of student achievement gaps as measured by RIT’s Strategic Plan ( , Greatness Through Difference (2018-2025) and the RIT Action Plan for Race and Ethnicity ( (2021).

The Director is responsible for overseeing the organizational development and support services of the Center. Managing programmatic initiatives aimed at enhancing the personal, professional and academic development of a diverse student population. The Director will lead broad-based retention programs and services that provide academic and transitional support to enhance student learning and promote student success, including leading and assisting Center staff in the development and implementation of university services, activities, programs and projects relevant to the Center’s mission and vision.

Administrative Responsibilities:

  • Provides leadership and oversight for the Multicultural Center for Academic Success which includes the Destler/Johnson Rochester City Scholars Program, MCAS Scholars, DDI Summer Experience, MCAS Advocates and MCAS Affiliates Program.

  • Supervises and oversees development of Center staff.

  • Works collaboratively with all units in the division, and other academic and administrative units at RIT.

  • Identifies, develops and submits grants that support the programmatic mission of the Center.

  • Directs the collection and analysis of data to support assessment initiatives and program evaluation with specific attention to implementing data-driven diversity, equity, and student interventions focused on helping the university close graduation achievement gaps.

  • Provides updated reports on Center goals, student success, and program effectiveness.

  • Maintains appropriate financial oversight of the Center’s budget.

  • Presents to stakeholders, collaborative partners, advisory groups, parents, and community members as appropriate.

Program and Curriculum Development:

  • Assists in the development of the Destler/Johnson Rochester City Scholars Program, MCAS Summer Experience, MCAS Advocates, DDI Tutoring, Unity House collaboration, and MCAS Scholars academic programs.

  • Assists in the delivery and continuous development of a structured academic support program during the academic year.

  • Maintains a strong understanding of relevant theory, strategies, and research aimed at the academic support and success of students from underrepresented populations.

  • Cultivates philanthropic relationships in support of the Center through work with RIT’s Division of University Advancement.

  • Oversees financial student support and assistance initiatives for DDI Affiliated students.

  • Supports divisional programs that build community, fosters pluralism, and enhances the needs of diverse populations such as oversight of the MOSAIC Center, the DDI Family Meetings and the DDI Celebration of Excellence.

Service to students:

  • Responsible to serve as an advising coach for the Destler/Johnson Rochester City Scholars Program and monitor academic progress.

  • Oversees MCAS planning and execution of the DDI Summer Experience in collaboration with the Higher Education Opportunity Program.

  • Outreach and meet regularly with students to discuss needs, monitor academic progress, and assist with the resolution of academic and personal challenges.

  • Serve as a mentor and advocate to MCAS students.

  • Assess student needs for services and make referrals to appropriate campus and community agencies.

  • Works collaboratively with campus members and relevant offices to develop and implement programs and resources focused on retaining students as well as eliminating achievement gaps.

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Requisition Number:



Diversity and Inclusion

Required Application Documents:

Cover Letter, Curriculum Vitae or Resume, Statement of Diversity Contribution

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Additional Details:

The hiring process for this position may require a criminal background check and/or motor vehicle records check. Any verbal or written offer made is contingent on satisfactory results, as determined by Human Resources. RIT does not discriminate. RIT promotes and values diversity, pluralism and inclusion in the work place. RIT provides equal opportunity to all qualified individuals and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, age, marital status, sex, gender, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, veteran status or disability in its hiring, admissions, educational programs and activities. RIT provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities under the Rehabilitation Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the New York Human Rights Law, or similar applicable law. If you need reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, and you wish to discuss potential accommodations related to your application for employment at RIT, please contact the Human Resources office at 585-475-2424 or email your request to . COVID 19: Please familiarize yourself with the requirements of the RIT Safety Plan ( . Information on the responsibility for each employee can be found on the RIT Ready website ( . As per the RIT Employee COVID-19 Vaccination Policy ( , all university employees must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 prior to their start date, or have an approved medical/disability or religious accommodation (see below). Individuals are considered fully vaccinated 1) two weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose vaccine series; or 2) two weeks after a single-dose vaccine. Proof of your COVID-19 vaccination including the type of vaccine and the date(s) received must be provided to me as soon as possible and in any case no later than 2 weeks prior to your start date. All university employees are required to obtain a COVID-19 booster vaccination dose by February 28, 2022 or within 14 days of becoming eligible for the booster, whichever is later. Eligibility based on your specific vaccination can be found in the RIT Employee COVID-19 Vaccination Policy. If you are eligible for the booster vaccination, proof of your COVID-19 booster vaccination dose must be provided to RIT no later than February 28, 2022, or your start date, or within 14 days of becoming eligible for the booster, whichever is later.

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Required Qualifications:

Required Minimum Qualifications:

Successful candidate must have a Master’s Degree plus 5-7 years of management experience working with first generation, low income, and underrepresented students in an academic setting or equivalent. We seek an experienced communicator with proven ability to correspond with a variety of stakeholders effectively.

Competencies Required:

  • Management experience, including staff supervision, and resource management experience.

  • Financial Management of Budget responsibilities.

  • Demonstrated ability for improving learning outcomes for historically underrepresented groups.

Specialized Skills:

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills

  • Requires the ability to implement, manage, and evaluate effective programming

  • Experience in a higher education setting with budget, data and personnel management

  • Demonstrated sensitivity to the needs of disadvantaged students

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Fundraising and experience establishing and strengthening relationships with private and public sectors.

Department/College Description:

The Division of Diversity & Inclusion works collaboratively with academic and administrative units to provide a holistic range of services that enhance access and success for historically underrepresented students, faculty and staff, support education and scholarship, and ensure a welcoming, inclusive, vibrant and accessible environment for everyone.

Building a community centered on trust, the Multicultural Center for Academic Success (MCAS) will strengthen the academic success of RIT’s AALANA (African, Latin, and Native American) student population.



What do we believe at RIT?:

Rochester Institute of Technology is a diverse and collaborative community of engaged, socially conscious, and intellectually curious minds. Through creativity and innovation, and an intentional blending of technology, the arts and design, we provide exceptional individuals with a wide range of academic opportunities, including a leading research program and an internationally recognized education for deaf and hard-of-hearing students. We are dedicated to building a diverse community, one where employees feel a sense of belonging, and are valued for their contributions and the perspectives they bring.

As a member of the RIT community, you'll receive a comprehensive employee benefits package ( that offers multiple options and access to additional employment advantages. You can tailor your benefit elections to meet your needs (affordable medical/dental/vision benefits; paid vacation/sick time/retirement saving plan with exceptional employer match; and tuition assistance for you and your family, to name a few).

Work Location:

Hybrid — Remote/On-campus

Commitment To Safety:

COVID 19: Please familiarize yourself with the requirements of the RIT Safety Plan ( . Information on the responsibility for each employee can be found on the RIT Ready website ( . As per the RIT Employee COVID-19 Vaccination Policy ( , all university employees must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 or have an approved medical/disability or religious accommodation