Coordinator for Multicultural Initiatives

Description of Job

The Coordinator for Multicultural Initiatives is a vital role on the Office of Student Inclusion and Involvement Leadership Team. Under the leadership of the Associate Director of Student Life, this role is primarily responsible for the leadership and coordination of student multicultural initiatives; focusing on community, advocacy, retention and empowerment of students from underrepresented backgrounds at Edgewood College.  

The purpose of the Coordinator for Multicultural Initiatives position is to work in partnership with the OSII Coordinator for Student Engagement, to coordinate and promote a diverse variety of campus events and student leadership opportunities to promote student learning, growth and development outside of the classroom. The PCMI assists in developing, promoting, and assessing current and new activities and programs designed to create a welcoming, inclusive, and equitable learning and working environment at Edgewood College and in the greater community.  

The Office of Student Inclusion and Involvement (OSII) serves as a primary source from social, leadership, co-curricular, and multicultural campus opportunities for all Edgewood College students. We cultivate a variety of opportunities for campus engagement that create a well-rounded student experience and works to enhance the academic mission of Edgewood College. Our goal is to create a community that recognizes challenges and transforms their individual attitudes towards difference, while learning to celebrate the rich contributions of all cultures, and graduate prepared to lead in a global society. 

Additional job functions will include constituency-based support, advocacy, and outreach to underrepresented students and attending OSII sponsored major events and programs. 

This is a 12-month position; evening and weekend hours are required, depending on programs and events. 


Multicultural Initiatives 

  • In collaboration with Student Life staff, oversee and partner with cross-campus committees to plan heritage month initiatives for: First Generation Celebration Week, Latinx Heritage Month, Pride Week, Indigenous Peoples Heritage Month, Black History Month, Women’s Heritage Month, and Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. 
  • Partner with departments and offices across the College to create official Heritage Month calendars that encompass events/program from across the campus. 
  • Partner with Admissions Office to offer informational sessions to prospective students regarding OSII programs and initiatives 
  • Support Orientation through facilitating diversity, equity, and inclusion trainings and conversations around identity development for Orientation Leadership Team, Resident Assistants, and incoming transfer students. 

Multicultural Leadership Education and Development (LEAD) Academy 

  • Facilitate Program Introduction in August 
    • Coordinate and facilitate holistic support opportunities for LEAD Scholars through leadership development workshops and twice monthly cohort meetings
      • Coordinate small group settings to provide tutoring and guidance in academic skills and performance (test-taking, reading comprehension, writing skills, and other related skills). 
        • Coordinate community service project in partnership with Bonner Program Director 

      Student Leadership Development

      • Advise Student Senate 
      • Attend regular meetings 
      • Offer guidance on Senate initiatives 

      Student Advocacy and Support 

      • Actively build relationships/mentorships with students, including spending time in the office, the Student Resource Center, various student spaces and attending student events. 


      • Attend all OSII Leadership Team meetings and retreats. 
      • Complete End of Year Report focusing on student organizations and campus heritage programming. 

      Institutional Mission 

      • Serve as member College committees as needed 
      • Participate in Commencement, College Assemblies, Admissions functions and other College activities as needed 
      • Actively support Mission of Edgewood College and the Division of Student Development 

      Job Qualifications

      Necessary Education or Work Experience

      • Master’s degree (preferred) or bachelor’s degree and related combination of experience in student affairs, higher education, counseling, or other related fields focused on college student development 
      • Experience planning and facilitating large-scale programming 
      • Two years of professional experience, graduate work included, in college student affairs or related field 
      • Demonstrated experience working with underrepresented students, specifically students of color, first generation, low-income, undocumented, and LGBTQ+ students 

          Required Knowledge and Skills

          • Demonstrate competency skills in the areas of Student Involvement including event planning, diversity and inclusion, leadership development, orientation, and student development theory  
          • Strong organizational ability, interpersonal skills, and high aptitude in oral and written communications 
          • Supervision of student staff and/or advising of student leaders  
          • Ability to work within a dynamic environment and a proven competence in managing multiple tasks and competing priorities 
          • Proactive and creative approach to problem solving and experience providing crisis intervention and referrals to appropriate campus and community resources 
          • Ability to gather, track and interpret data as it relates to programming and events to better assess the impact on students served and make recommendations for improvement 
          • Familiarity with and ability to uphold FERPA regulations when working with students and confidential records 

          Other Qualifications

          Edgewood College, an Equal Opportunity Employer, is committed to academic excellence through diversity in its faculty, staff, and students. Candidates must demonstrate multicultural competence — the awareness, knowledge, and skills needed to work with others who are culturally different from self in meaningful, relevant, and productive ways. Applicants from traditionally underrepresented populations including women and racial and ethnic minorities are especially encouraged to apply. The selected candidate must actively support the mission of the College by working with faculty, staff and students to share in our core values — truth, compassion, justice, partnership, and community.

          To apply: Send a cover letter, resume, and references to:

          Edgewood College
          Human Resources - CDMI
          1000 Edgewood College Drive
          Madison, WI 53711
          Equal Opportunity Employer