Canisius Employment Opportunities

Assistant Dean of Students & Director of the Multicultural Student Center

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Work type: Full-time Staff
Location: Buffalo
Categories: Student Affairs

Assistant Dean of Students
Director of the Multicultural Student Center

The Assistant Dean/Director reports to the Vice President for Student Affairs and oversees the Multicultural Student Center (MSC), while also supervising the Center for International Education (CIE), headed by a director and a team of paraprofessionals.  In addition, the Assistant Dean collaborates with the Associate Dean of Diversity and Inclusion and the Division of Enrollment Management, as appropriate and in consultation with the Vice President. The Assistant Dean will work within a framework that promotes inclusive excellence and an equitable environment for underrepresented students.

The Multicultural Student Center is committed to inclusive excellence and the academic and personal success of undergraduate and graduate students from diverse backgrounds.  The Center’s focus is providing support to all underrepresented student populations, including but not limited to African American, Latinx American, Asian American and Native American (ALANA).  This includes creating tangible opportunities for all underrepresented students who may not be eligible for campus State/Federal or scholarship programs like HEOP/MLK and ULLC.  The Assistant Dean works in collaboration with the college community to assist students with academic, financial, and personal life matters.  In addition, the Assistant Dean serves in a consulting role to members of the college, alumni and the broader Buffalo community.

In keeping with the College’s Catholic and Jesuit mission and identity in pursuit of cura personalis, the Assistant Dean facilitates strategic direction, operational and budgetary overview, and guidance for staff and students served in both MSC and CIE. 

Additional Responsibilities:

  • Help to increase campus awareness of multiculturalism, diversity, and underrepresented student populations, particularly when associated with first-generation college students
  • In partnership with campus constituencies and stakeholders, formalize processes for mentoring, supporting, and advocating for students from historically underrepresented groups through meaningful and developmental interactions
  • Develop workshops, trainings, and other opportunities to foster inclusive learning and living environments on campus
  • Direct strategic planning initiatives and establish objectives that maximize the use of MSC resources including budgeting and staffing
  • Nurture the leadership development of underrepresented students and serve as a secondary advisor to cultural student clubs and organizations, such as the Afro American Society, Latin American Students and Friends, Global Horizons, etc.
  • Engage in assessment activities by developing, monitoring, and evaluating programs for effectiveness
  • Be inventive in providing awareness of annual ALANA heritage months, with student involvement, including the annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration
  • Coordinate award committees, and assist in raising funding for endowed scholarships through alumni networks and off campus entities as appropriate
  • Serve as a guide on multicultural student issues for faculty, staff, alumni and members of the broader community
  • Serve as a liaison to undergraduate and graduate admissions counselors to support targeted enrollment strategies for underrepresented students
  • Provide training for enrollment management team, including an annual training session for campus tour guides, on supporting underrepresented students
  • Collaborate with enrollment management on campus events to provide opportunities for prospective students to interact with current students
  • Coordinate an orientation session for all new students of color
  • Represent MSC at all open houses, accepted student days, and new student orientation events
  • Work in partnership with the Associate Dean for Diversity & Inclusion to support the campus climate on race strategic plan
  • Represent the college at appropriate local, regional and national conferences
  • Serve on select committees such as the Bias Response Team and the Cura Personalis team as determined by the Vice President for Student Affairs and other duties as assigned


  • Master’s degree required. Relevant experience in Student Affairs, Counseling, Education or related fields.  Appreciation of both the liberal arts and Jesuit core values essential
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience as an administrator in higher education or a related field, with a proven record of accomplishment working with African American, Latinx, Asian American, and Native American (ALANA) student populations
  • Passionate and discerning in building relationships with a wide range of constituencies.
  • Budget/management skills
  • Evidence of supervising professional and support staff
  • Flexibility for evening and weekend hours as involvement dictates
  • Collegiate writing skills, communication skills, and computer competency
  • Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications.

The Office of Human Resources at Canisius College utilizes an online recruitment management system.

Individuals who need reasonable accommodations under the ADA in order to participate in the search process should contact the Office of Human Resources at (716) 888-2240.

To apply, go to Review of applications begins immediately and will continue until the position is filled.  Please include your cover letter and resume with your application. 

Canisius College, a Catholic and Jesuit University, has as its foundation the fundamental values of academic excellence, leadership, faith and social justice.  Canisius is committed to educating and preparing men and women to become leaders in their professions and their communities, and in service to humanity.  The college is an equal opportunity employer committed to recruiting, supporting, and fostering a diverse community of outstanding faculty, staff and students.                

Compensation and Benefits:

This is a full-time, 12-month, exempt position. Benefits are available the first of the month after the full-time employee’s date of hire and include – health, dental and vision insurance, life and long term disability insurance, and retirement plan enrollment is available to full-time employees with contribution from College after one year. Paid holidays, vacation, personal leave and sick leave.  Tuition benefits are also available for full-time employees and their qualified dependents.

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