Multicultural Student Services (MSS) Advisor
The Multicultural Student Services (MSS) office is seeking a team member that is committed to student success and development to be a part of our dynamic and diverse team. The MSS Advisor position is responsible for providing services to support the retention and graduation of African American/Black, Native American/indigenous, Asian American/Hmong, Hispanic/Latinx, bi-racial and multiethnic students. This position coordinates and develops programs for ongoing and new initiatives and works collaboratively with other offices to support the successful college transition, retention, and graduation of underrepresented minority students. This position will report to the MSS Director.
UW Official Title: Retention Specialist AE107
- Bachelor’s degree
- Demonstrated experience developing and facilitating programs/workshops
- Strong advocate and demonstrated commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) with proven ability to work with underrepresented/underserved populations
- Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively
- Strong experience working with and supporting African American/Black, Native American/Indigenous, Asian American/Hmong, and/or Hispanic/Latinx populations
- Experience with professional advising in higher education
- Demonstrated ability to manage conflicts and/or solve complex problems
- Proven skills in working with student record-keeping database (i.e. PeopleSoft, Navigate or similar systems) and Microsoft Office Suite
- Demonstrated ability to coordinate and assess retention programs
- Advise Multicultural Student Services (MSS) students in areas such as academics, graduate education, career counseling, financial literacy, etc. including maintaining a caseload of students.
- Collaborate with faculty and staff to facilitate support services and make appropriate referrals.
- Coordinate leadership and career initiatives and programs to include MSS Leadership Retreat, Multicultural Leadership Award Ceremony, networking event, career development series, etc.
- Utilize EAB Navigate to monitor students’ academic progress (early alert, early and high support retention initiative, etc.), schedule advising appointments, and track student contacts.
- Coordinate academic, financial literacy, personal and cultural enrichment activities.
- Facilitate opportunities to enhance multicultural understanding of students and serve as an ally within an inclusive campus environment.
- Create leadership opportunities to enhance intercultural development and provide a supportive multicultural community for students.
- Promote student involvement in university activities and student organizations.
- Provide support to multicultural student organization(s) through advisement, leadership development, and guidance with event planning and coordination.
- Outreach to and meet with underrepresented minority students to assist and guide their college transition, develop a plan for academic success, connect them to appropriate services meeting their needs, and work collaboratively across campus to seek resources to support students.
- Occasional evening and/or weekend work is expected.
- Other duties as assigned.
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.
An innovative leader within the University of Wisconsin System, the University of Wisconsin-Stout offers an unparalleled career-focused education that integrates applied learning, theory and research and real-world experiences to prepare our students for the future. At UW-Stout, our students think and do from day one, and we’re 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 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 47 undergraduate, 21 masters and 3 advanced programs and more than 30 certificate options 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 8,000 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 https://www.uwstout.edu/about-us.
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: https://www.uwstout.edu/about-us/our-community
Minimum annual starting salary $42,000; commensurate with qualifications and experience. The UW System provides an excellent benefits package including participation in the Wisconsin State retirement plan.
- Benefit Details: https://www.wisconsin.edu/ohrwd/benefits/download/quickguidefasl.pdf
- Health & Retirement Contributions Estimator | Employee Benefits (wisconsin.edu)
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 team. Employment is also contingent upon the final candidate passing a reference check process. The reference check process includes asking the final candidate and most recent supervisor 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: https://www.uwstout.edu/life-stout/police-and-parking/clery-information
Applicants will need to 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.
Required application materials:
- Cover letter*
- Curriculum vitae or resume
- Names and contact information for a minimum of three (3) professional references
*Please use your cover letter to also 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.
To ensure consideration complete applications must be submitted online by February 15, 2023. Applications submitted after this date may be reviewed until the position is filled.
Before starting the online application process, we recommend you preview the frequently asked questions (FAQs) available at: https://kb.uwss.wisconsin.edu/21900
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: Angie Ruppe
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: Dana Isaacson
Job Family: Staff