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University of Massachusetts Amherst Assistant Director Student Success/Diversity in Amherst, Massachusetts

Assistant Director Student Success/Diversity

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Work type:Staff Full Time

Location:UMass Amherst

Department:CNS Advising Center


Categories:Administrative/Office Support

About UMass Amherst

UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth's flagship campus, is a nationally ranked public research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, and offers a rich cultural environment in a bucolic setting close to major urban centers. In addition, the University is part of the Five Colleges (including Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College), which adds to the intellectual energy of the region.

Job Summary

Under the direction of the Director of Student Success and Diversity in the College of Natural Sciences (CNS), develops, organizes and implements diversity initiatives designed to promote an inclusive campus environment. These activities and initiatives will include: recruiting talented students, coordinating and executing programs that foster a welcoming environment in the college, serving as an advocate and campus liaison for students from traditionally marginalized groups in the sciences, evaluating programmatic and operational effectiveness and implementing changes as necessary to improve participant experiences. This position aligns with the College’s strategic planning goals and academic success.

About CNS: CNS is the largest academic unit on the UMass Amherst campus, includes 13 departments and two schools, serves over 7,000 undergraduate students and nearly 1,000 graduate students, and has a presence in 18 buildings on Campus.

Essential Functions

Examples of duties:


  • Leads recruitment efforts to increase equity, inclusion and diversity of undergraduate students within the college.

  • Collaborates with key offices on campus in the recruitment of students from diverse backgrounds including students transferring from community colleges.

  • Builds community partnerships with community colleges and attends college fair events to promote opportunities at UMass.

  • Manages and implements initiatives as assigned, which may include development of reports and other deliverables.

  • Establishes partnerships with minority-serving institutions across the country.

  • Serves as Retention Officer for traditionally marginalized groups in the sciences.

  • Participates in the planning and development of programs to recruit students into specific discipline areas.

Student Retention and Success:

  • Collaborates with current staff of the CNS Advising Office Staff to promote an inclusive and welcoming environment for all students.

  • Forms relationships with university partners engaged in student success initiatives.

  • Provides leadership and support to underserved groups on campus to promote equity, inclusion and diversity especially in specific sub-disciplines of science.

  • Recommends strategies to improve the retention of underrepresented individuals, first generation and female students in STEM disciplines.

Undergraduate Research

  • Coordinates undergraduate research opportunities related to Lee-Science Impact Program (

  • Promotes graduate school opportunities in STEM disciplines.

  • Attends conferences (e.g., SACNAS, ABRCAMS) for student recruitment.

Other Functions

  • Work collaboratively and effectively to promote teamwork, diversity, equity and inclusiveness.

  • Work in partnership with colleagues within the CNS community and across the campus to support the Dean’s strategic priorities.

  • Perform other duties as assigned in support of the mission and goals of the College of Natural Sciences.

Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)

  • Bachelor's degree in a Science, Engineering, Mathematics, Computing, or related field.

  • 1-year experience in higher education.

  • Experience working with individuals from diverse populations.

  • Demonstrated track record of developing and executing programs to recruit and retain undergraduates, especially from diverse groups within science.

  • Strong team orientation and ability to collaborate with internal and external partners.

  • Experience with assessment methodologies and data analysis.

  • Ability and willingness to travel.

  • Excellent verbal, counseling, and written communication skills, including strong presentation skills incorporating current technology.

Preferred Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)

  • Master's degree in a Science, Engineering, Mathematics, Computing, or related field.

  • 3-years experience in higher education working with individuals from diverse populations.

Work Schedule

Required to work some nights and some weekends.

Salary Information

Professional Staff Union Level 26

PSU Salary Ranges

Special Instructions to Applicants

Submit a letter of application, resume, contact information for three professional references, and a Statement of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (see below). Apply by October 25, 2019 in order to ensure priority consideration. Search may remain open until a suitable candidate pool has been identified.

As part of a commitment to their own multicultural community, CNS seeks an individual with a demonstrated commitment to diversity and one who will understand and embrace university initiatives and aspirations. In addition to application materials above, candidates will need to submit a Statement of Contribution to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. The Diversity Statement should identify past experiences and future goals. These contributions may result from lived experiences, scholarships, and/or mentoring, teaching, and outreach activities. (

UMass Amherst is committed to a policy of equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, or genetic information in employment, admission to and participation in academic programs, activities, and services, and the selection of vendors who provide services or products to the University. To fulfill that policy, UMass Amherst is further committed to a program of affirmative action to eliminate or mitigate artificial barriers and to increase opportunities for the recruitment and advancement of qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans. It is the policy of the UMass Amherst to comply with the applicable federal and state statutes, rules, and regulations concerning equal opportunity and affirmative action.

Advertised:Oct 4 2019Eastern Daylight Time

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