Greetings

Thank you for your interest in Student Employment with the Department of Multicultural Life (DML). We offer students the opportunity to apply for several positions through a centralized process. You will be able to rank and apply for all the positions that interest you. The Department of Multicultural Life, through the Lealtad-Suzuki Center, the Cultural House, the Gender and Sexuality Resource Center (GSRC), the Emerging Scholars Program, the Students Success Program and other initiatives, believes that campus diversity can lead to intentional educational opportunities both in and out of the classroom. Macalester strives to encourage and maintain an optimal learning environment that honors multiple perspectives and works toward equity and social justice, and the DML provides leadership to the campus community to help address these efforts.

Our Mission

The mission of the DML is to provide transformative leadership in creating a Macalester community that is equitable, inclusive, and socially just for everyone.

The goals of the DML are:

  • To foster and promote a welcoming and pluralistic environment that is inclusive of the entire college community,
  • To Identify, assess, and promote social justice for the campus community,
  • To  integrate and affirm the peoples, discourses, thoughts, and experiences of marginalized people into the fabric of the  Macalester community,
  • To create partnerships with academic and administrative departments to infuse anti-oppression education throughout all aspects of campus life.

Areas of Student Employment

Student employees are an integral part to the work of the DML in actualizing our mission and goals. The DML has 8 areas of student employment:

  1. LSC Program Assistant
  2. LSC Office Assistant/ISP Liaison
  3. LSC Education Coordinator
  4. C-House Manager
  5. GSRC Program Assistant
  6. DML Marketing and Social Media Assistant
  7. DML Student Success Research Assistant
  8. Scholar Mentors & Program Assistant in the Emerging Scholars Program

The DML requires every student staff member to engage fully in department-wide initiatives. For more information about the work and programs of the DML, please review our website at www.macalester.edu/multiculturallife.

In addition, there are 10 student spaces available to live in the Cultural House. There is a place in the application for you to mark your level of interest in living in the Cultural House. All students selected to work in the DML will be expected to move-in and be present at our mandatory training on, Sunday, August 25, 2019, no later than 3:00pm. C-House Manager along with DML Marketing and Social Media Assistants will be required to move-in Thursday, August 22, 2019 for more targeted training.

Apply to work in the DML

Please read carefully all of the instructions that follow before applying to the chosen positions on the links provided for each status and position below. Be sure to complete both applications: the online DML application and JobX application. Please note that JobX (Macalester’s Student Employment Website) applications will only be available later in the semester. A notification from our office will be sent to applicants when the date is set. However, the DML online application is due within the selected timeline below.

Please ensure you apply for a minimum of two positions. These options provide the DML with flexibility to more equally distribute staff based on skills and interest in positions.

Questions?

651-696-6243
benwahoud@macalester.edu

Selection Timeline & Important Dates to Remember

  • Friday, January 18, 2019 | DML online applications available online
  • Thursday, January 31, 2019 | Applications for returning DML student staff due, with individual interviews beginning the week of February 4
  • Thursday, February 14, 2019 | Applications for new student applicants for all DML Student Staff positions due, with individual interviews beginning Thursday, February 23, 2019
  • Monday, March 4, 2019 | Position offers will begin with responses due Wednesday, March 6, 2019 by the end of the day
  • Thursday, March 28, 2019, 4:30–6:00 pm | Spring Orientation for selected student staff
  • Thursday, August 22, 2019 | DML Marketing and Social Media Assistants, C-House Manager will be expected to be on campus
  • Sunday, August 25, 2019: DML Student Staff Training begins

Eligibility & Expectations

In order to be an effective addition to the Department of Multicultural Life, student applicants should meet the following eligibility requirements and expectations:

Eligibility

      • Be in good academic standing with the college.
      • Be actively involved in the Macalester community.
      • Have experience and/or interest in multicultural education and social justice work.
      • Not be committed to being an RA, or an ISP Mentor.

All of the positions within the Department of Multicultural Life offer excellent opportunities to develop skills in leadership, facilitation, program planning, event coordination, and time management.

Expectations

      • Strong oral and written communication skills
      • Ability to work both autonomously and collaboratively with a staff team
      • Demonstrate leadership and initiative
      • Willingness to learn and accept new challenges
      • Demonstrate project management skills
      • Responsible, dependable and self-motivated
      • Maintain ongoing communication with supervisors through regular contact (i.e. email, phone, in person)
      • Act as an ambassador for the Department of Multicultural Life both on and off campus
      • Be a good steward of the Cultural House.

DML Available Positions for 2019-20

 1. LSC Program Assistants | 8–10 hours/week

Students in this position will assist in the development of programs and workshops to increase the multicultural awareness, knowledge, and skills of Macalester students and to create an inclusive campus community. Students in this position will also provide outreach and collaboration with other departments, residence life staff, and student organizations.

Qualifications for LSC Program Assistants

      • Knowledge of the mission and programs of the DML (LSC, C-House, GSRC, Student Success)
      • Experience with facilitation, program planning, and event coordination
      • Knowledge of Macalester College policies, resources, and services
      • Experience with receptionist duties (i.e., answering calls, filing, scheduling appointments, etc.)
      • Experience working on or leading a collaborative team
      • Proficiency in Microsoft Office software

Job Responsibilities for LSC Program Assistants

      • Create and facilitate programming (i.e. SPEAK!, Trenzas)
      • Promote student awareness and participation in DML programs and services.
      • Staff DML office hours and perform front desk functions (schedule appointments and administrative duties).
      • Update and maintain departmental resources.
      • Work in collaboration with DML Marketing and Social Media Assistants, C-House, GSRC, and Student Success Research Assistants, ESP Scholar Mentors, Cultural Organizations, and community groups to provide students opportunities to engage in dialogue and conversation across cultural differences.
      • Build partnerships with Cultural Orgs leaders to enhance, create and execute programming centered on multiple social identities and issues
      • Participate in Department of Multicultural Life events
      • Attend and participate in weekly LSC Student Employee meetings
      • Other duties as assigned.

2. LSC Office Assistant/ISP Liaison | 6–8 hours/week

Students in this position will assist with office duties that support the DML’s work of increasing the multicultural awareness, knowledge, and skills of Macalester students in creating an inclusive campus community. Students in this position will also provide outreach and collaboration with other departments with a special focus on the International Students Program (ISP), residence life staff, and student organizations.

Qualifications for LSC Office Assistant/ISP Liaison

      • Experience with receptionist duties (i.e., answering calls, filing, scheduling appointments, etc.)
      • Knowledge of the mission and programs of the DML (LSC, C-House, GSRC, Student Success)
      • Experience with program planning, and event coordination
      • Knowledge of Macalester College policies, resources, and services
      • Proficiency in Microsoft Office software
      • Able to multitask and manage ambiguity

Job Responsibilities for LSC Office Assistant/ISP Liaison

      • Promote student awareness and participation in DML programs and services
      • Staff DML office hours and perform front desk functions (schedule appointments and administrative duties)
      • Update and maintain departmental resources
      • Work in collaboration with DML Marketing and Social Media Assistants, C-House Manager, GSRC Assistants, Student Success Research Assistants, ESP Scholar Mentors, Cultural Organizations, and community groups to provide support and ongoing communication
      • Participate in Department of Multicultural Life events
      • Attend and participate in weekly LSC Student Employee meetings.
      • Other duties as assigned.

3. LSC Education Coordinator | 8-10 hours/week

Students in this position will assist with scheduling meetings for educational efforts, create PowerPoint presentations and handouts for presentations, research information regarding social justice, facilitate programming throughout the year, assess and evaluate educational efforts in the DML.

Qualifications for LSC Education Coordinator

      • Experience with research, program facilitation and evaluation
      • Knowledge of the mission and programs of the DML (LSC, C-House, GSRC, Student Success)
      • Experience with program planning, and event coordination
      • Knowledge of Macalester College policies, resources, and services
      • Proficiency in Microsoft Office software
      • Able to multitask and manage ambiguity

Job Responsibilities for LSC Education Coordinator

      • Promote student awareness and participation in DML programs and services
      • Provide support and ongoing communication regarding the Allies Project workshop series and the Power, Oppression, and Privilege (POP) Project which is a workshop designed to facilitate a dialogue with all first-year Macalester students on issues of identity and social justice topics that impact their lived experiences
      • Build partnerships with Cultural Orgs leaders to enhance, create and execute programming centered on multiple social identities and issues
      • Participate in Department of Multicultural Life events
      • Attend and participate in weekly LSC Student Employee meetings
      • Other duties as assigned.

4. C-House Manager | 8–10 hours/week

The C-House Manager, in conjunction with the Assistant Director,  is responsible for the implementation of C-House signature events (C-House Block Party, Poetry Slam, Arts Open House and In the Kitchen With). This position is also responsible, in conjunction with the RA, for the management of C-House as a private space for residents and as a Macalester community space for centering the voices/experiences of indigenous students and students of color.

Job Responsibilities for C-House Manager

      • Provide leadership in the program planning of C-House Signature Events
      • Manage C-House space for resident and public use: org office, kitchen, multipurpose room
      • Report directly to the Assistant Director of the LSC
      • Attend and participate in weekly LSC Student Employee meetings
      • Update and maintain department resources
      • Work in collaboration with DML Student staff, Cultural Organizations, and community groups to provide students opportunities to engage in dialogue and conversation across cultural differences
      • Participate in Department of Multicultural Life events
      • Other duties as assigned.

5. Gender & Sexuality Resource Center (GSRC) Program Assistant | 8–10 hours/week

The GSRC Program Assistant is responsible for the development, planning and implementation of GSRC programming. In addition, the GSRC Program Assistant is responsible for the marketing and social media of GSRC events. The GSRC Program Assistant reports to the Assistant Director of the Lealtad-Suzuki Center.

Job Responsibilities for Gender & Sexuality Resource Center Program (GSRC) Assistant

      • Manage the GSRC space; maintaining cleanliness, and considering ways to make space feel more engaging
      • Create, facilitate, and collaborate on programming around LGBTQIA identities
      • Attend and participate in weekly LSC Student Employee meetings
      • Provide leadership in the marketing and program planning of the various GSRC programs and events
      • Update and maintain departmental resources
      • Work in collaboration with DML Student staff, student organizations, and community groups to provide students opportunities to engage in dialogue and conversation across cultural differences
      • Participate in Department of Multicultural Life events
      • Other duties as assigned

6. DML Marketing and Social Media Assistant | 8 hours/week

The DML Marketing and Social Media Assistants play a central role in the marketing of the department.  They are responsible for creating and disseminating marketing materials for all of the department’s events and regular publications.

Qualifications for DML Marketing and Social Media Assistant

      • Knowledge of, or willingness to learn publication software (e.g.  Microsoft Publisher, Microsoft Word, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe In-Design, Adobe Acrobat).
      • Experience with creating and disseminating advertisements on the Macalester campus.
      • Knowledge of Macalester College policies, resources, and services.
      • Able to participate and be present at DML events.
      • Ability/Interest in creatively taking people’s ideas and goals and representing them in legible and attractive publications.

Job Responsibilities for DML Marketing and Social Media Assistant

      • Create marketing materials (events calendar, social media, flyers, table tents, banners, Mac Daily, emails to collaborators and interest groups)
      • Work collaboratively with the LSC, C-House, GSRC, and Student Success Research Assistants to ensure that DML programs are properly represented and advertised on campus
      • Hold office hours in the Lealtad-Suzuki Center during the day
      • Participate in DML programs and events.
      • Meet weekly with the DML Student staff and with your supervisor
      • Serve as an ambassador for the Department of Multicultural Life both on and off campus
      • Other duties as assigned

7. DML Student Success Research Assistant | 7-9 hours/week

The Student Success Program Assistant will work directly with the Program Coordinator for Student Success and the Associate Dean for College Access, Retention and Success to develop and implement programming designed to support the Emerging Scholars Program, and the following communities: first-generation college students, students from mixed-status families, indigenous students and students of color, and low-income students. Students in this position will participate in the design, administration, and oversight of focus groups, and will assist with the analysis of data gathered during focus group sessions. In addition to this, Research Assistants will work with ESP Mentors and the second Research Assistant to compile information on various resources on campus to effectively provide equitable access to pathways to success for students from underrepresented communities.

Qualifications for DML Student Success Research Assistant

      • Effective written and verbal communication skills
      • Excellent event planning and coordination skills
      • Experience with research, program facilitation, and evaluation
      • Ability to deconstruct and summarize jargon using accessible language
      • Cultural awareness and sensitivity
      • Experience leading a team
      • Strong facilitation skills
      • Proficiency in Microsoft Office software and Google Drive storage services
      • Ability to work independently, accurately and to problem solve technical and methodological issues that arise during the course of the research and program development
      • Well-founded organization and interpersonal skills
      • Knowledge of the mission and programs of the DML.

Job Responsibilities for DML Student Success Research Assistant

      • Work both independently and as part of a team with fellow Research Assistant
      • Co-lead bi-weekly ESP student staff meetings
      • Coordinate monthly off-campus field trips
      • Curate informational guides on campus resources
      • Serve as a resource to Mentors
      • Assist in the development of focus group schedules; contact potential subjects to introduce and explain focus group objectives and protocol, and arrange meeting times
      • Maintain accurate records of focus group findings
      • Provide ready access to all data for the Assistant Dean of College Access
      • Assist with analyzing focus group findings to inform the direction of the work of ESP Mentors
      • Work in collaboration with LSC Program Assistants, GSRC Program Assistants, Marketing and Social Media Assistants, ESP Scholar Mentor, and other departments on campus for programming as needed.

8. DML Emerging Scholars Program Mentor & Program Assistant | 5-7 hours/week

As a part of the Emerging Scholars Program (ESP), Scholar Mentors assist historically underrepresented students with leading a successful curricular and extracurricular life at Macalester. Special emphasis is placed on the intellectual project, social adjustment, identity development, and finding meaning and purpose in life. Students in this position will bring this objective to life through individual and small group interactions, reflection circles, group meetings, and monthly colloquiums. On a fundamental level, scholar mentors will provide guidance, motivation, emotional support (with appropriate limitations), and role modeling; along with assisting/guiding scholars through career exploration, goal-setting, drawing meaning and eliciting one’s purpose from collegiate experiences, developing contacts, and identifying resources.

Qualifications for DML Emerging Scholars Program Mentor & Program Assistant

      • Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
      • Excellent leadership skills
      • Decision-making skills
      • Organizational and time-management skills
      • A moderate understanding of, or the willingness to learn about, Macalester policies, resources, and services
      • Ability to synthesize research to create programming
      • Knowledge of effective learning strategies for a multitude of learning styles
      • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
      • Creativity in assessing and meeting the needs of ESP scholars, both personal and academic
      • Cultural awareness and sensitivity
      • Ability to formulate innovative engagement strategies
      • Willingness to provide emotional, social, and practical support within limits
      • Knowledge of one’s boundaries and ability to set limits with others
      • A genuine desire to help their peers succeed

      Job Responsibilities for DML Emerging Scholars Program Mentor & Program Assistant

          • Develop materials for bi-weekly Mentor-only meetings
          • Facilitate bi-weekly Mentor-only meetings
          • Convert Student Success Research Assistant findings to ESP programming
          • Assist with organizing large group events
          • Attend and participate in weekly ESP student employee meetings.
          • Develop and maintain relationships with, and provide assistance and support for, ESP Scholars
          • Attend monthly colloquiums
          • Facilitate monthly reflection circles and group meetings
          • Recognize role as a mandated reporter and report any problematic issues.
          • Serve as a resource for students new to the College
          • Help facilitate and encourage attendance to FGTC programs
          • Serve as a positive role model
          • Work both independently and as part of a team with fellow Mentors and Student Success Research Assistants
          • Work in collaboration with the other DML student-staff to provide students opportunities to engage in dialogue and conversation across cultural differences.
          • Other duties as assigned.