Assistant Director, Center for Trans and Queer Advocacy (SUA ) - Division of Student Affairs - West Chester

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: Full-Time


: Education - Excluding Post Secondary

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Position Summary

Join a vibrant campus community whose excellence is reflected in its diversity and student success. West Chester University of Pennsylvania's Division of Student Affairs, recognized by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education as one of only 20 institutions nationwide as a "Most Promising Places to Work" for 2019, invites applications for the position of Assistant Director of the Center for Trans and Queer Advocacy.
The Center for Trans and Queer Advocacy (CTQA) is a resource for lesbian, gay, bisexual, non-binary, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, asexual, and ally members of the West Chester University community. Reporting to the Senior Director for the CTQA, the Assistant Director works collaboratively with the CTQA staff to support the mission and function of the Center. The Assistant Director provides extensive programming, outreach, and education on campus; supports students, staff, faculty, alumni and community members who access the space; supports/advises student organizations; supervises student employees and volunteers; provides resources and outreach and assists with administration and oversight of the Center. The Assistant Director is part of the Division of Student Affairs and is one of several diversity and inclusion practitioners on campus (i.e., within and outside of Student Affairs). The Assistant Director may be asked to stand in for the Director at some meetings.
The primary responsibilities of the Assistant Director are:
Program Development
The Assistant Director is responsible for all aspects of the CTQA's programming from inception through delivery. This includes, but is not limited to: taking care of all details for each event, developing publicity and program materials, evaluation of programs, programmatic need assessments and strategic planning. This includes working collaboratively to develop the programming for the year, working with colleagues across campus and community partners on joint programmatic initiatives, and developing a marketing strategy to increase visibility.
Peer Education Program & Student Leadership Training and Development
The Assistant Director will oversee all aspects of the peer education program including recruitment, selection, supervision, training, project oversight and evaluation of the Peer Educators (student employees). The Assistant Director also supervises the Graduate Assistant and possible intern(s). In addition, the Assistant Director takes the lead in developing ongoing training content for the CTQA student staff. The Assistant Director offers support and possible advisement to all LGBTQIA+ and CTQA affiliated groups. The Assistant Director works with student leaders on programming and program advisement. This includes cosponsored and annual events. The Assistant Director provides leadership development through organized meetings, workshops, trainings, etc.
Outreach & Resource Development
The Assistant Director collaborates with the Graduate Assistant around outreach. The Assistant Director maintains outreach to students and campus community via in-person meetings and the Center's social media sites. In addition, with support from the Administrative Assistant, the Assistant Director will provide oversight of the development and updating of the office web site and other online resources. The Assistant Director oversees resource development for programs, trainings and general use and production of office publications.
Educational Training and Development
The Assistant Director takes the lead in creating, promoting and facilitating educational opportunities for the campus community and beyond. Through a variety of presentations, workshops and trainings, the CTQA staff works to provide critical education about trans and queer identities and experiences and how community members can work towards being stronger advocates.
Office Oversight and Administration
Collaborating with the CTQA staff, the Assistant Director is responsible for creating a welcoming atmosphere for those who visit the Center, advises people on resources, program opportunities and ways to get connected/involved. The Assistant Director may also serve on various Division of Student Affairs or WCU committees as a representative for the Center for Trans and Queer Advocacy. Lastly, the Assistant Director also handles additional duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications
  • Master's degree with at least 3 years of related experience
  • Strong knowledge and understanding of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, non-binary, queer, questioning, intersex, asexual content and demonstrated experience working with people with marginalized genders and sexualities
  • Direct involvement with providing services to the LGBTQIA+ community, including program planning, facilitation of workshops, advocacy, and assessment of student learning/outcomes
  • Demonstrated experience in the creation and implementation of successful, innovative, educational programming and trainings
  • Experience with the outcomes/goals of social justice work, advising organizations (preferably student organizations), and the ability to manage multiple priorities
  • Previous supervision experience, preferably with students
  • Previous experience with leadership development
  • Experience developing, presenting and facilitating LGBTQIA+ presentations, workshops and trainings and/or social justice related
  • Preferred Qualifications
  • Master's degree in higher education administration, college student personnel, sexuality and gender studies, social work, counseling, or other related field
  • 4 or more years of related professional experience
  • Professional experience working with multicultural and social justice education, including experience in the areas (not limited to) race, ethnicity, nationality, class, disability, religion, sexuality, and gender
  • Demonstrated ability and strong interpersonal skills to work in a multicultural, social justice-oriented office with individuals and groups with a wide array of backgrounds, identities, life experiences and varying needs and communication styles
  • Considerable experience with public speaking, leading training sessions, and presenting to diverse audiences
  • Previous experience and skill providing interpersonal advising and group facilitation
  • Ability to take initiative, problem solve and work independently with good judgment about when to seek direction
  • Ability to juggle many different projects simultaneously, with consistent accuracy, follow-through, and timely completion of projects
  • Ability to consistently work some evenings and weekends for programming or educational opportunities outside of regular business hours
  • Understanding of social media/web design, online outreach and current technology
  • Special Instructions

    Starting salary is $48,118. Excellent benefits package including tuition fee waiver for self and dependents. Applicants must successfully complete interview process to be considered a finalist.
    Candidates should apply online at . Application materials must include a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references (required). Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.
    Developing and sustaining a diverse faculty and staff advances WCU's educational mission and strategic plan, Building on Excellence. West Chester University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. The filling of this position is contingent upon available funding.
    All offers of employment are subject to and contingent upon satisfactory completion of all pre-employment criminal background checks.

    State College and University Professional Association (SCUPA) Employees Benefits available to permanent, full time employee or permanent, part time employee who is scheduled to work every pay period for at least 50% of full time.

    HEALTH CARE COVERAGE through the Pennsylvania Employees Benefit Trust Fund (PEBTF)

    MEDICAL COVERAGE effective with date of hire or upon enrollment

    SCUPAemployees may choose between the Preferred Provider Organization (PPO) plan, a Health Maintenance Organization (HMO) plan available in their service area, or the Consumer Driven Health Plan (CDHP). Newly hired employees pay 5.0% of coverage cost until they begin optional participation in the Get Healthy wellness plan, which will reduce contributions to 2.0% with non-participants paying 5.0% of coverage cost. Employees hired on August 1, 2003 and after pay an additional buy plan cost for PPO plan. New hires that elect to cover dependents pay full cost for covering dependents the first six months of employment.

    PPO Plan from Highmark Blue Shield includes office visits for in-network at $15 copayment for the primary care physician, $25 copayment for specialists, and services at 100% with no annual deductible or coinsurance; deductible and coinsurance applied to out-of-network providers.

    HMO Most covered services paid in full if care is coordinated by primary care physician; care not coordinated by primary care physician is not covered. Copayments are $15 for the primary care physician and $25 for specialists.

    CDHP Most covered services paid in full if care is provided in-network after meeting a $1,500 (single)/$3,000 family deductible. The PEBTF contributes $1,000 (single)/$2,000 (family) per year into a Health Reimbursement Account (HRA) therefore, the out-of-pocket maximum in network is $500 for single or $1,000 for family annually.

    SUPPLEMENTAL BENEFITS PROGRAM has a 6 month waiting period

    Prescription drug coverage

    Vision coverage

    Dental coverage

    Hearing Aid coverage


    Pay for select medical and child care expenses on a pre-tax basis through payroll deductions. The Medical Reimbursement Account includes a debit card for immediate access.


    Term life policy provided by the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education for permanent AFSCME employees is based on one-time salary up to a maximum of $50,000


    Income protection equal to 60% of gross annual base salary to a maximum of $5,000 monthly benefit with an option for a 90-day or 180-day benefit elimination period.


    Optional Life and Accidental Death & Dismemberment (AD&D) insurance for eligible AFSCME employees and their family, with premium contributions made through payroll deduction. Maximum employee coverage is five times annual salary up to $500,000.


    Defined Benefit Plan* - State Employees' Retirement System (SERS)

    Retirement income is based on a fixed formula that considers your years of service, age, and final average salary. The retirement benefit amount for vested participants is guaranteed and not affected by the investment earnings of the plan. Participants are 100% vested after 10 years of service (5 years if enrolled prior to January 1st, 2011). Visit the SERS website for more information.


    Defined Contribution Plan - Alternative Retirement Plan (ARP)

    Retirement income from the ARP plan is determined by your account balance at the time of retirement, which is comprised of your employee contributions (5% of salary), the State System contributions (9.29% of salary) and any investment earnings based on the performance of the investments you choose. Participants are 100% vested from date of enrollment. Employees may enroll in any of the three available vendors, Fidelity, TIAA-CREF or VALIC.

    *The Public School Employees' Retirement System (PSERS) is a defined benefit plan for Pennsylvania's public school employees. If you are a current member of PSERS, the State System is able to continue your enrollment in PSERS or you may elect SERS and opt for multiple service which combines service in both SERS and PSERS to receive a single retirement benefit, or you may enroll in the ARP plan.


    Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education AFSCME employees have the option to contribute additional pre-tax funds for retirement. You can choose either or both a 403(b) plan (Tax Sheltered Annuity) and/or the 457 plan (Deferred Compensation). Roth 457 after-tax pay option is also available.


    The State Employee Assistance Program (SEAP) is a confidential program which provides a wide range of no-cost services to address a broad range of problems. This program is administered by the Commonwealth's Office of Administration who has contracted with United Behavioral Health (UBH) to provide SEAP services. Employees and family members are entitled to up to three (3) counseling sessions at no charge. SEAP's phone number is 1-800-###-####.


    The employee is entitled to total waiver at any PASSHE university of undergraduate credits not to exceed 128 undergraduate credits or 60 graduate credits.

    The employee's spouse/domestic partner and/or dependents (to age 25) are entitled to total waiver at the university where the employee is employed or 50% waiver at other PASSHE universities up to the first undergraduate degree.


    Paid leave is earned based on a percentage of regular hours paid bi-weekly and the SCUPA employee's years of service. Newly hired employees are entitled to 10.4 days in the first year of service.


    Paid leave is earned at 6% of regular hours paid bi-weekly which equates to 15.6 days annually.


    12-month employees earn 5 days per year.

    9-month employees earn 4 days per year.

    This summary highlights the Employee Health Program, Supplemental Benefits Program, and leave entitlements for Pennsylvania State System employees covered by the State College and University Professional Association (SCUPA) collective bargaining agreement. The benefits described are available to most employees; however, certain eligibility requirements must be met.

    This summary is provided for general purposes only. Legal Plan Documents and the SCUPA collective bargaining agreement will govern any discrepancies that may arise. For additional information concerning health and supplemental benefits, contact the Pennsylvania Employees' Benefit Trust Fund (PEBTF) at (717) ###-#### or toll-free at (800)###-####, or at Benefits, benefit levels, and eligibility rules are subject to change.

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