Swarthmore College is a highly selective liberal arts college located in the suburbs of Philadelphia, whose mission combines academic rigor with social responsibility. Swarthmore has a strong institutional commitment to inclusive excellence and nondiscrimination in its educational program and employment practices and encourages candidates who will further advance the goal of fostering a diverse and inclusive community. As one of the nation’s finest institutions of higher learning, Swarthmore College is global in outlook and draws students from around the nation and world. The 425‐acre campus is a designated arboretum, complete with gardens, rolling lawns, a creek, wooded hills, and hiking trails in the Crum Woods.
The Intercultural Center (IC) at Swarthmore College provides programs and services that support the personal and intellectual development of Asian American, Latinx, Multiracial, Native American, LGBTQ+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer), low-income, international, and first-generation college students. In addition, the IC promotes systemic change towards a multicultural perspective across the institution, and fosters community-building and collaboration among diverse groups both within and outside of the college. We believe support of LGBTQ+ students and communities must be done in a multicultural, social justice context, honoring the many identities of students.
Swarthmore College seeks a creative, team player to support the Gender and Sexuality Initiatives through the Intercultural Center. This person will work with student leaders, staff, and faculty to plan, organize, promote, supervise, and help evaluate programs, events, and activities to meet the needs of student. Working closely with the Associate Dean of Inclusive Excellence and the Intercultural Center leadership team, the Gender and Sexuality Initiatives Fellow is responsible for developing affirming and educational programs that foster and atmosphere that supports LGBTQ+ communities at Swarthmore College. The Gender and Sexuality Fellow advises students and student organizations, and builds relationships across campus constituencies, and works closely with the Black Cultural Center (BCC), the Interfaith Center, International Student Center, Title IX Office, and other relevant college offices to support the academic wellness, holistic support on campus integration of LGBTQ+ students, faculty, staff, and allies.
• Maintain a schedule of 20 hours per week for the 2021-2022 academic year.
• Provide advising, training, and educational support to LGBTQ+ students and student organizations.
• Develop strategies to encourage cross collaboration of LGBTQ+ student groups to build a culture of “togetherness” within LGBTQ+ student organizations and among the broader student organizations.
• Advise the IC interns assigned to gender and sexuality programming.
• Develop and lead LGBTQ+ educational trainings for students, faculty, and staff.
• Support the KAMP mentorship program for students, staff, and alumni.
• Collaborate with the Associate Dean to support the LGBTQ+ Employee Resource Group.
• Possess a willingness to work in collaboration with students, faculty and staff.
• Develop credible working relationships with a diverse set of stakeholders.
• Integrate curricular and assistantship responsibilities by discussing and applying current issues in higher education and student affairs.
• Be flexible, and maintain a positive attitude.
• Support the mission of the Swarthmore College.
• Working with the Associate Dean and IC staff to coordinate for large-scale programs, such as National Coming Out Days, Pride Month, Trans Day of Remembers, Trans Day of Visibility, and Lavender Celebration.
• Assistance in administrative tasks of the Center as they may arise.
• Bachelor's degree
• Experience working with and/or within diverse audiences and communities
• Strong written and oral communication skills
• Experience coordinating and implementing co-curricular programs for students.
• Demonstrated experience with digital communications and managing social media platforms
• Demonstrated commitment to personal and departmental development, professionalism, multicultural education, creativity, collaboration, and initiative
• Strong attention to detail; strong organizational skills; ability to handle multiple tasks, often under deadlines; ability to work as a team member to build strong working relationships within the greater Dean's division, across campus and in the broader community; ability to write clearly and concisely.
• Must be able to work some evening and weekends as needed.
Swarthmore College actively seeks and welcomes applications from candidates with exceptional qualifications, particularly those with demonstrable commitments to a more inclusive society and world. Swarthmore College is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.