Multicultural Initiatives Specialist
Position Is Open Until Filled

Code: 19658 Posted: 04/25/2023

The University of Wisconsin-Parkside is a dynamic learning community grounded in academic excellence and focused on student success, diversity, inclusion and community engagement. One of 13 four-year institutions within the University of Wisconsin System, Parkside provides an educational value to our students that’s unparalleled. An affordable, high-quality education is an investment in one’s future, and we believe the cost of an education should not prevent any student from achieving his or her educational and professional goals. The university is the proud recipient of the 2022 AASCU Excellence & Innovation Award for Student Success and College Completion from The American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), a testament to years of strategic efforts.

UW-Parkside is a great place to start or enhance your career. The campus is nestled in 700 acres of woodland and prairie and two miles west of Lake Michigan in Kenosha, WI. At Parkside we offer competitive pay and benefits, as well as an engaging and supportive work environment. Parkside is a community that’s easy to call home. Find out why.

Position Title: Multicultural Initiatives Specialist

Employment Type: Full time, Salaried, Non-Instructional Academic Staff

Reports To: The Multicultural Initiatives Specialist will report to Associate Director of Multicultural Initiatives.

Full Time Pay Range: Starting at $42,500 annually, commensurate with experience

The Multicultural Initiatives Specialist is responsible providing student support and programming for historically underrepresented multicultural/disadvantaged students. Provides assistance to the campus in areas of access, retention and persistence to graduation of multicultural/disadvantaged students of various backgrounds. Assists department in creating an atmosphere of belonging, academic excellence, leadership, and professional development for students through retention initiatives. This position coordinates programs for ongoing and new initiatives and works collaboratively with other offices to support the successful college transition, retention, and graduation of underrepresented multicultural/disadvantaged students. This position reports to the Associate Director of Multicultural Initiatives.

Essential Job Functions
  • Create, develop, implement and evaluate programs/initiatives targeting academics, retention, leadership and career development meeting the needs of underrepresented multicultural/disadvantaged students.
  • Collaborate with various offices/organizations such as: Student Engagement & Connection, Housing and Residence Life, Admissions, Advising and Career Center, Success Coaches, Student Support Services, First Year Initiatives/Orientation, identity-based student organizations, Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, etc.
  • Coordinate and assist with socio/cultural programs to promote belonging, diversity, cultural awareness, and inclusion within the campus community.
  • Gather information critical to designing, implementing, and evaluating programs/services pertinent to recruitment, retention, and academia to support the educational enrichment and retention of underrepresented multicultural/disadvantaged students.
  • Provide leadership for department programs such as the Always Reaching Upward (ARU) Mentorship Program or MOSAIC (Motivating our Students to Advocate for an Inclusive Campus) peer-to-peer education program on equity/diversity/inclusion topics.
  • Engage with students, serve as an advocate, refer to resources, and provide student interventions as needed. Maintain complete and accurate records of interactions/contacts with students.
  • Assists in the recruitment, hiring, training, supervision and evaluation of OMSA student staff.
  • Work with the Associate Director on preparing, administering, and managing department and program budgets.
  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • At least 1 year of experience in student services, student programming, student development, or related field.

The ideal candidate will have had experience with a strong focus on developing and/or managing programs that support underrepresented multicultural/disadvantaged students (can include graduate work), as well as experience working with and understanding equity, diversity, and inclusion and intersecting identities.

*Bi-lingual and minority candidates are encouraged to apply.

Salary and Benefits

Commensurate with qualifications and experience.

The University of Wisconsin System provides a liberal benefits package, including participation in a state pension plan. 

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Application Process

Applications must be submitted electronically through our employment portal. If you need additional assistance you may contact Human Resources at (262) 595-2204. Hours 8:00am-4:30pm Monday-Friday.

STEP 1: Please select the applicable link below:

External Applicants: (NOT currently employed by the University of Wisconsin System)

Internal Applicants: (Currently employed by the University of Wisconsin System)

STEP 2: Submit application materials

Please be sure to complete all required fields and include all required documents before submitting your application. Once submitted, you will not be able to edit or attach any application materials. Files must be complete to be considered. All materials must be added at one time, once submitted you may not edit/add to profile. Please include the following documents:

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • The names and email addresses of three (3) professional references

Review of Applications

Applications received by 5/14/2023 will be given full consideration. Position is open until filled. 

You must select "SUBMIT". Selecting "Save" will not forward your application materials to the search committee. 

Please be sure to complete all required fields and include all required documents before submitting your application. Once submitted, you will not be able to edit or attach any application materials.

In instances where the Review Committee is unable to ascertain from a candidates application materials whether she/he meets all of the required qualifications, or if all of the application materials are not submitted, they will be evaluated as not meeting such qualifications and may be excluded from further consideration.


Human Resources
Available Until: 07/26/2023

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