• Full Time
  • Brookings
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Website South Dakota State University

The Division of Student Affairs is offering an exciting career opportunity as Director of Multicultural Affairs. We are looking for a people-centered and innovative professional to join us in leading student success efforts for diverse student populations.  The Director of Multicultural Affairs provides support to minority students and GLBTQ+ students; multicultural programming and cultural awareness training for the university; assists with the recruitment and retention of minority and GLBTQ+ students; and advises cultural student organizations. Additionally, the position provides leadership and oversight to student disability services, providing accommodations to students with documented disabilities at the University to promote student success. The National Student Exchange program is operated under the leadership of the position, facilitating student study experiences by housing students at SDSU or coordinating SDSU students studying at another institution in the US for a specified time period. This is a 12 month, full-time, benefit-eligible position. This position is supervised by the Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management. 

SDSU is especially interested in candidates that can contribute to and/or coordinate course offerings that address the experiences of underrepresented minorities in organizations.  Women, minorities, veterans, and people with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply.

Must be authorized to work in the U.S.  Sponsorship is not available for this position. 


Develop, supervise, evaluate, and train all Multicultural Affairs staff. Ensure each staff member develops their skills and competencies to the maximum extent possible and contributes effectively to the achievement of Department, Division and University goals and objectives.
Provide support to domestic minority and GLBTQ+ students, which includes advisement, educational programming, retention, and leadership opportunities.
Lead assessment efforts for Multicultural Affairs programs and services. Ensure the programs are effectively serving students and promoting student success.
Coordinate all functions of National Student Exchange program.
Develop collaborative partnerships with departments across the University within and outside of Student Affairs and with the Board of Regents system to enhance relationships and showcase the Office of Multicultural Affairs as a strong partner.
Enhance the office environment with a focus on people-centered leadership, an openness to new ideas, and high service expectations.
Identify and implement opportunities for staff training and professional development.
Assist with recruitment initiatives targeted toward underrepresented students.
Administer the Multicultural Affairs budget.
Participate actively in University committee work and campus events.
Participate in state, regional and national professional associations in order to remain connected to best practices in recruitment and marketing.
Ensure compliance with federal, state, Board of Regents, and University policies and procedures.


Master’s Degree in any field plus related experience or Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration, Sociology, Education, or a closely related field completed by first day of employment.
Minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience serving diverse student populations.
Minimum of five years previous full-time staff supervisory experience.
Ability to communicate effectively with diverse audiences.
Excellent oral and written communication skills.
Demonstrated organizational and time management skills.
Strong interpersonal skills.
Demonstrated ability to plan, implement, and evaluate educational programs.
Valid driver’s license, or ability to obtain one within 30 days of hire, and willingness to travel.


Demonstrated experience developing and implementing strategies to improve student success of underserved populations.
Demonstrated experience in program assessment.
Development of collaborative partnerships for programming and services both internal and external to the organization.
Ability to organize and prioritize projects and initiatives in order to maximize resources and create efficiencies.
Strong commitment to staff development and customer service.


Mid- to upper $60’s commensurate with qualifications.


South Dakota State University offers a wide range of benefits including medical, dental, and flexible benefits, retirement plans, compensation packages, paid holidays, and vacation leave.  Employees also have access to internal and state-sponsored training as well as reduced tuition for state-supported courses at all State of South Dakota academic institutions.


South Dakota State University is the state’s largest, most comprehensive higher education institution.  According to Forbes, SDSU is the #2 best employer in SD.  As South Dakota’s Morrill Act land-grant university, SDSU had a fall 2018 enrollment of 12,107 students.  There are ongoing efforts to bring a greater global perspective to the campus to increase diversity.  The work of the university is carried out on a resident campus in Brookings, at sites in Sioux Falls, Pierre, Rapid City, and through Extension offices and Agricultural Experiment Station research sites across the state.

From its roots as a land grant university established in Brookings, South Dakota in 1881, SDSU today is a vibrant, complex Carnegie Research University – High Intensity institution. It competes in Division I Athletics, is a member of the Missouri Valley Football Conference and participates in the Summit League for most other sports.

With exceptional alumni, community, and Foundation support for student scholarships as well as all aspects of campus life, SDSU is the center of life in Brookings.  Brookings, a community of approximately 24,000, is located in eastern South Dakota along Interstate 29, just one hour north of the state’s largest city – Sioux Falls. Brookings is a safe, family-friendly, vibrant, thriving community with many amenities you would find in a much larger city but with a small-town feel. Residents enjoy the tree-lined streets, leisurely pace of living, a short commute time and a variety of career opportunities in a growing job market. Division I South Dakota State University creates a youthful and energetic atmosphere and provides residents with a multitude of athletic, cultural, educational, and recreational activities.

The top-ranked Brookings School District offers small classroom sizes and highly qualified, experienced teachers. The city boasts an abundance of attractions and activities such as the Children’s Museum of S.D., Dakota Nature Park, S.D. Art Museum, McCrory Gardens, S.D. Ag Heritage Museum, Outdoor Adventure Center of S.D., Downtown at Sundown, and the Brookings Summer Arts Festival.  Brookings is consistently ranked as a top place to live. Recent accolades include: #1 Best Place to Live in S.D., #25 Best City for Entrepreneurs, #2 Best School District in S.D., Top 10 Best Small Towns in America, Safest College Town in America, and the Top 25 Safest Cities in America. Learn more about Brookings by visiting https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IT8OnH5eIgQ&feature=youtu.be.


Position is open until filled with full consideration given to applications received by August 31, 2020.


SDSU accepts applications through an on-line employment site.  To apply, visit:  https://yourfuture.sdbor.edu, search by the position title, view the job announcement, and click on “apply for this job.”  This system will guide you through the electronic application form. This employment site will also require the attachment of a cover letter, which should specifically address how the candidate meets the qualifications as outlined in the advertisement, resume, and a reference page with the contact information for three professional references.  Email applications will not be accepted.  Please contact SDSU Human Resources at (605) 688-4128 if you require assistance with this process. 

Any offer of employment is contingent on the university’s verification of credentials and other information required by law and/or university policies, including but not limited to, a criminal background check.  

South Dakota State University is a tobacco free environment.  

It is the policy of the University to maintain a drug-free environment and to thereby establish, promote, and maintain a safe and healthy working and learning environment for employees and students.  This position is subject to South Dakota State University’s Drug and Alcohol Testing Policy 4:14. 

For questions on the position, contact Kas Williams, Chief Diversity Officer at 605-688-5585 or Kas.Williams@sdstate.edu.

South Dakota State University is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity and the diversity of its faculty, staff, and students.  Women, minorities, veterans, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.  Arrangements for accommodations required by disabilities can be made by emailing HR@sdstate.edu. SDSU prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, citizenship, ancestry, gender, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran’s status or any other protected class in the offering of all educational programs and employment opportunities.  Individuals with concerns regarding discrimination should contact:  Equal Opportunity Officer/Title IX Coordinator, Human Resources, Morrill Hall 100, SDSU, Brookings, SD  57007.  Phone:  (605) 688-4128.