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Director, Multicultural Student Services *Updated

University of Wisconsin - Stout
Menomonie, WI
Start date
Feb 9, 2024
Closing date
Mar 10, 2024

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The Director of Multicultural Student Services will provide overall leadership and administrative responsibility for the Multicultural Student Services (MSS) office at UW-Stout. Their responsibilities include leading the development and execution of strategic initiatives, managing the unit's budget, and supervising a team of five staff to foster student success and sense of belonging for historically underrepresented students. The director plays a vital role in ensuring the implementation and delivery of student services that contribute to the retention, persistence, and graduation of underrepresented students. Additionally, the director will serve as an advocate for student development, ensuring that students are aware of and effectively utilizing campus services. This position will actively promote leadership opportunities for both students and MSS staff while guiding the development of multicultural education programs. This position will report to the Executive Director of Student Inclusion and Belonging.

UW Official Title: Multicultural Initiatives Director (B) AE121


Minimum / Required
  • One of the following:
    • Master's degree with a minimum of 3 years of progressive administrative experience in multicultural affairs or the management of programs serving marginalized and historically underrepresented populations, or
    • Bachelor's degree with 5 or more years of such experience.
  • Experience in the supervision and evaluation of professional staff.
  • Demonstrated professional experience working with and supporting diverse populations, identities, and backgrounds with significant contact with historically underrepresented/underserved populations.
  • Evidence of significant programmatic experience such as but not limited to planning, event management, program evaluation.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of social justice, intersectionality, and marginalized identities.
Highly Desired
  • Focused work that demonstrates knowledge of effective retention initiatives for underrepresented racial and ethnic minority students.
  • Proven experience in building and collaborating with internal and external partners/stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated assessment and evaluation experience from development through analysis.
  • Budget management experience.
  • Experience initiating and managing fundraising and/or grant opportunities.
  • Evidence of successful problem solving and conflict resolution skills.
  • Proven computer skills in working with record keeping databases (i.e. Peoplesoft, Navigate or similar system) and data analysis skills.
  • Provides leadership and direction to the Multicultural Student Services (MSS) office.
  • Directs strategic planning initiatives and establishes unit objectives to ensure appropriate use of resources.
  • Develops short- and long-range goals for MSS, and work with staff to develop and reach goals.
  • Develops operating policies and procedures to comply with regulations, institutional policies, and unit objectives.
  • Recruits, hires, trains, and supervises staff, graduate assistants, and/or student workers.
  • Develops and implements the unit personnel resource allocation plan including hiring, training, supervision, and resolution of non-routine personal issues.
  • Provides leadership for programs and services supporting the successful college transition, retention, and graduation of historically underrepresented students.
  • Serves as the unit liaison by collaborating with internal and external stakeholders to advocate for multicultural students and providing organizational information.
  • Develops positive relationships and collaborates with other campus agencies in the development and/or support of programs and services which retain, empower, and promote the success of underrepresented racial and ethnic minority students.
  • Collaborates with offices within an intersectionality and social justice framework that promotes inclusive excellence and an equitable environment for underrepresented students.
  • Upon admittance, works with the MSS team in helping underrepresented students matriculate to the university.
  • Works to advance college priorities for improved student access and retention of historically underrepresented students (Stoutward Bound, Multicultural Living Community, retention outreach initiatives, etc).
  • Provides direct service to MSS students as an advisor, mentor, and advocate.
  • Serves as an advocate for multicultural students and empowers student voices and ensures systems are in place to share accomplishments and implement positive change as well as address challenges faced by multicultural students.
  • Nurtures leadership opportunities for underrepresented students.
  • Develops and oversees multiple MSS budgets; ensures budgetary accountability and compliance.
  • Provides oversight to external funding initiatives including foundation funds.
  • As appropriate, facilitates grant writing and administration to augment budget and services maintains database and analysis systems that support accountability reporting.
  • Oversees, monitors, and evaluates programs delivered and sponsored by MSS.
  • Assures compliance with institutional, system, and local/state/federal laws, policies and practices related to UW System initiatives, scholarship funds and federal grant programs (Lawton Grant and Advance Opportunity Grant).
  • Advises MSS affinity groups (directly and indirectly).
  • Serves as a member of the Chancellor Coalition Committee, Bias Incident Response Team, and other committees.
  • Serves as multicultural/disadvantaged coordinator as established by the UW System.
  • Other duties as assigned.
  • This position will require occasional evening and weekend work.

UW-Stout's Multicultural Student Services (MSS) office is committed to creating an inclusive campus community. MSS provides academic, career and personal support for students. MSS fosters opportunities for growth and development in connecting with others who value diversity and inclusion, as well as facilitating opportunities for network development. MSS prioritizes students' academic success through advising, mentoring, tutoring and facilitation of workshop opportunities. MSS helps students learn how to successfully invest in themselves and their education providing opportunities for financial literacy development. MSS also seeks to increase intercultural development of our students, to embrace and celebrate cultural differences and be their best selves. MSS is committed to supporting the professional development of its staff and in creating an environment that fosters individual and team learning and growth.

The MSS staff demonstrates the values of equity, diversity, and inclusivity, and has a commitment to collaboration, trust, respect, excellence, and accountability. MSS is a collaborative and professional work environment, in which we work respectfully and in partnership with UW-Stout employees, students and community members. Candidates who have experience working collaboratively with diverse individuals and/or groups and who can contribute to fostering an inclusive environment are encouraged to identify their experience in these areas.


*Initial screening of applications will begin on January 2, 2024. Applications submitted after that date may be reviewed until the position is filled.

To apply, click on the APPLY button or go to:

Required application materials:
1. Cover letter (* See below)
2. Curriculum vitae or resume
3. Names and contact information for a minimum of three (3) professional references

*Please use your cover letter to speak to each of the Minimum/Required Qualifications for this position as listed above. For each required qualification, describe your relevant experience, using specific examples from your work history to illustrate how your experience satisfies the requirement.

Applicants must complete all required fields and attach all required documents prior to submitting the online application.

Note: Once you have attached your materials and submitted your application you will not be able to go into the system and change them.

Before starting the online application process, we recommend you preview the frequently asked questions (FAQs) available at:

It is the policy of UW-Stout to provide reasonable accommodation to qualified applicants with disabilities. If you need assistance, or accommodation in applying because of a disability, please contact us using the information below. Employment opportunities will not be denied because of the need to make reasonable accommodation for a qualified individual's disability.

For questions regarding this position or recruitment, please contact:
Search Chair: Rickie Ann Legleitner

If you need assistance with the online application process or if you submitted your application prior to uploading all of the required application materials, please contact:
Search Coordinator: Simon Brown


University of Wisconsin-Stout, Wisconsin's only Polytechnic University, offers an unmatched career-focused education that combines applied learning, theory and research with real-world experience that prepares tomorrow's leaders to drive the future of business and industry. At UW-Stout, our students think and do from day one, and we are proud to produce lifelong learners, ethical leaders and responsible citizens who succeed in a global society.

UW-Stout is recognized nationwide for its operational excellence. We were the first and remain the only full four-year public higher education institution in the nation to receive the Malcolm Baldrige Award, and we are dedicated to a process-improvement model that leverages the power of data and the value of our people. We believe in critical thinking and fact-informed decision making. We pursue sustainability in form and function and collaborate across campus and with our partners to solve problems in industry and society. And providing an equitable, diverse and inclusive environment for our faculty, staff and students to live, learn and work is a top priority.

We offer 45+ undergraduate degrees, 20+ graduate degrees and 30+ professional certificates in Art, Design & Graphics; Business & Management; Education; Human & Social Sciences; Information Technology & Communications; and Science, Engineering & Math. Our first-class digital infrastructure and learning environments provide our nearly 7,000 students with every avenue to explore and personalize their success. And we invest in people who share our vision to advance our position as Wisconsin's only Polytechnic University and as a regional, national and international leader in higher education.

Be a part of the future at UW-Stout. Learn more at

University of Wisconsin-Stout is located in Menomonie, Wisconsin, a community an hour east of Minneapolis-St. Paul. A pillar of Wisconsin's Chippewa Valley and recognized as one of the best small towns in America, Menomonie provides an idyllic combination of natural beauty, outdoor recreation, boutiques and arts and culture with access to a metropolitan area. For more information about the UW-Stout community and region visit:


The salary range for this position is $65,000-$70,000, commensurate with qualifications and experience. The UW System provides an excellent benefits package including participation in the Wisconsin State retirement plan, demonstrating our commitment to the diverse needs of our employees.

Benefit Details:

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All qualified candidates meeting application requirements will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against. As an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer, UW-Stout welcomes applications from individuals from diverse groups; veterans, individuals with disabilities and from historically excluded populations. UW-Stout provides equal opportunity to all persons and is committed to inclusive excellence. At UW-Stout we value our differences and welcome diverse perspectives as we continually commit to developing an inclusive and equitable environment for all employees and students.

Employment is contingent upon the final candidate's completing a criminal background check and being cleared to work by the Human Resources Office. Employment is also contingent upon the final candidate passing reference checks and an essential job function test, as applicable. The reference check process includes asking the final candidate and most recent supervisor(s) questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment. Final candidates with previous employment within the UW System and State of WI agencies will be subject to additional reference checks.

Official transcripts required at time of hire.

Must be authorized to work in the United States. Sponsorship is not available for this position. A successful applicant will be responsible for ensuring eligibility for employment in the United States on or before the effective date of the appointment and maintain work authorization throughout the employment term. If you have questions regarding this, please contact our Human Resources office, Phone: 715.232.2149.

In response to a public records request, the University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in their online application, except that the identity of the successful final candidate will be released. See Wis. Stat. sec. 19.36(7) .

UW-Stout is committed to providing safety and security of all members of our community in accordance with the Clery Act. For campus safety information and crime statistics visit:

Job Family: Supervisory


Find Your Calling at UW-Stout

The University of Wisconsin-Stout is a career-focused polytechnic university emphasizing applied learning. UW-Stout is known for the annual career success of its graduates, with 97 percent employed or continuing their education upon graduation.

At UW-Stout, you will join a vibrant community of passionate educators and support staff who impact our students' lives and our society at large. We call ourselves Stout Proud, and we are looking for talented individuals to join our team.

With over 1,400 employees, UW-Stout offers a wide range of positions for faculty, both tenure-track and adjunct, as well as for administrators, managers, professional and support staff. We offer exceptional benefits and a rewarding academic environment.

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