Associate Director, Racial Justice Initiatives
Contact for questions: Dr. Andria Wisler, Executive Director, firstname.lastname@example.org
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As a part of the country’s oldest Catholic and Jesuit university, the Center for Social Justice (CSJ) animates the University’s Jesuit values and mission through its work in research, teaching, and service. A component of the work includes keeping with Georgetown University’s mission to educate people to be reflective lifelong learners and responsible and active participants in civic life and service to others and consistent with the university’s Catholic and Jesuit identity and its institutional commitment to pursuing justice and the common good. The Center for Social Justice takes a curricular approach to the delivery of co-curricular programs and services. This approach is grounded in recognition of the CSJ team as social justice educators, an expressed and explicit commitment to racial justice and equity, and a continuous assessment of growth outcomes and operational effectiveness.
This position is an outgrowth of the CSJ’s former position “Assistant Director, Student Leadership and Racial Justice Initiatives.” After the demonstrated impact and need for a full-time position responding to racial justice dialogues and the intersection of racial justice and community engagement, CSJ took the opportunity of a restructure to commit an entire position’s portfolio to this work by a colleague at the Associate Director level. This position is responsible for coordinating CSJ-wide integration of racial justice programming – particularly dialogue – for students across CSJ programs and student organizations. A bridge-builder and advocate among individuals and campus units, this position works to connect faculty and staff colleagues, student-facing units, and student organizations to the University’s missional initiative that uplifts racial justice. The Associate Director serves as a member of CSJ’s Engaged Scholarship and Pedagogy team and contributes fully to the life, presence, and community of the Center for Social Justice.
CSJ’s Associate Director, Racial Justice Initiatives, works with students, faculty, staff, senior leadership, relevant Centers and Institutes and diverse DC-based and global partners. This position’s supervisor and manager is CSJ’s Director of Engaged Scholarship and Pedagogy Director. This position works with the entire Center for Social Justice professional team and wider Georgetown community, most notably units such as the Center for Multicultural Equity and Access and the Office of Student Equity and Inclusion in Student Affairs as well as the Center for New Designs in Learning and Scholarship (CNDLS) and Racial Justice Institute. This position supervises one Justice Graduate Intern (Master’s level student) and a team of undergraduate Federal Work Study students.
- Master’s degree very highly preferred. 2-4 years of experience could be exchanged for advanced degree.
- 5-7 years of professional experience
- Higher education experience around social justice, racial justice, community engagement, and/or equity working with diverse constituents
- Capacity to offer respectful, and deliberate representation of a faith-based University to non-University individuals and partners
- Demonstrated commitment to diversity, inclusion, and justice work in career to date and plans to stay current in these commitments
- Superb group facilitation skills
- Strong written and oral communication skills and group facilitation skills
- Clear demonstration of applying an equity lens to day-to-day work and modeling for others how to do so
- Understand the history of racism and the impacts of institutional and structural racism
Preferred Requirements and Qualifications
- Previous experience with or knowledge of Jesuit higher education
- Previous experience with or knowledge of Washington, DC, particularly the context of racial in/justice
CSJ-wide racial justice / anti-racism co-curricular integration and programming
The Associate Director creates a plan for and implements CSJ-wide year-round integration of co-curricular racial justice programming for students, across CSJ staff-run programs and student organizations. The programming enhances the interconnectedness of CSJ’s signature programs, student organizations, engaged scholarship and pedagogy portfolio, campus partners, and community partners with an explicit emphasis on racial justice. The programming includes exploration of racial justice theories, racial identity development, skill development in counteracting institutional racism and white supremacy, and the building of leadership practices and reflection on racial justice for student leaders’ teams and groups. There are approximately 200-250 student leaders in CSJ each semester.
Specifically, CSJ uses the pedagogy of dialogue (as distinct from training or workshops) as a pedagogical force for bringing students together around conversations of race, racism, and racial justice towards motivating action. CSJ asserts that dialogue offers outcomes necessary and different from those of trainings and workshops. This program is currently called “Racial Justice Dialogues” and was formerly called “Start Talking About Race.”
As part of this work, the Associate Director will create CSJ’s inaugural team of undergraduate student leaders who will support the infusion of racial justice and racial equity into student organizations and student-facing programming (outside of the Center for Social Justice) across Georgetown’s undergraduate ecosystem. The position will create the pedagogical arc of a training program for such a student cohort (looking at models such as Sexual Assault Peer Educators (SAPE) in Health Education Services) and be intentional in integrating them in CSJ’s staff-run/signature program portfolio.
As part of this portfolio, this position leads the collaborative planning of the CSJ Fall Student Leadership Retreat, an annual retreat before the start of the fall semester, and involves the student coordinators in CSJ signature programs, Justice Graduate Interns, Advisory Board for Student Organizations board members, Alternative Break Program board members, Center Operations Interns, Social Innovation and Public Service (SIPS) Executive Committee and Van Assistants. The retreat some years is off-campus and/or overnight. The position coordinates the retreat activities in collaboration with CSJ colleagues and returning student leaders beginning in the previous spring semester and through the summer. The retreat advances student leadership development and foundational preparation, including Center-wide logistics, administration, and social and racial justice. Retreat activities serve as a foundation for continued student leadership development across CSJ programs.
Outreach and Accompaniment with Main Campus faculty, staff, and students
A bridge-builder and advocate among individuals and campus units, this position works to connect faculty and staff colleagues, student-facing units, and student organizations to the University’s missional initiative that uplifts racial justice. The role prioritizes relationship development with individuals and campus units, and serves as a consulting/training/facilitating presence on Main campus. This position offers direct engagement with diverse units (ex. academic departments; student organization; athletic teams) who voice a commitment to infusing a racial equity and anti-racism lens into their processes. This position brings CSJ’s signature “Racial Justice Dialogue” pedagogy to those spaces as the first step in taking action towards the building of anti-racist University.
CSJ’s Engaged Scholarship and Pedagogy Team
The Associate Director serves as a member of CSJ’s Engaged Scholarship and Pedagogy team with the Assistant Director, Immersion Programs; and Assistant Director, Mission Integration; as led by the Director of Engaged Scholarship and Pedagogy. The position contributes to the co-creation, co-teaching, and expansion of CSJ’s classroom and curricular footprint, including but not limited to: immersions; community-based learning courses; the CSJ Commons (a virtual and in-person continuing education space on social justice); CSJ’s summer online, asynchronous, 1 credit, pass/fail course UNXD 030 Intersections of Social Justice; and the fall and spring iterations of CSJ’s 1-credit course UNXD 130 Social Action. The position is a member of the team that co-creates and supports CSJ’s summer high school programs. The position supports CSJ’s Teach the Speech co-curricular initiative.
This position collaborates with all CSJ programs around shared CSJ needs and participates in CSJ activities including staff meetings and committees. This position supports CSJ collaborative programming including Education Week, Social Justice, and other Center-wide events.
This position represents CSJ on campus in University-wide activities, such as cross-departmental committees, position searches, and student organization activities. This position represents CSJ off campus in diverse professional settings including conferences and meetings. This position serves the University strategically on committees and working groups, such as those related to Georgetown’s engagement and reconciliation with its past history of slavery.