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 Subject : Program Specialist/Coordinator - UConn, Rainbow Center.. 03/09/2020 12:48:03 PM 
Kelsey O'Neil
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Job description
Program Specialist

Search #: 494390
Work type: Full-time
Location: Storrs Campus
Categories: Student Programs and Services

The Rainbow Center at the University of Connecticut seeks a Rainbow Center Coordinator. The Rainbow Center Coordinator will serve as a leader in the program development efforts in the Rainbow Center. Reporting to the Director of the Rainbow Center, this position is charged with planning, organizing, and administering programs designed to provide awareness and understanding of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual (LGBTQIA+), and allied community, social support for student constituents, and assistance in achieving their professional, educational, and personal goals.

The Rainbow Center serves the University of Connecticut’s diverse community of gender identities, gender expressions, and romantic and sexual orientations by fostering student personal growth, leadership development, community engagement; and providing resources, services, education, training, and advocacy. The Rainbow Center provides resources to enhance the University's diversity commitment through its recruitment and retention efforts, teaching, service, and outreach to the LGBTQIA+ community on campus and beyond. Central to all its programming, the Rainbow Center provides a supportive environment for students, faculty, and staff that encourages academic excellence, personal development, community engagement, and professional leadership.

Provides advocacy and support for LGBTQ students' concerns; provide information, referral, and appropriate counsel to individuals seeking support
Collaborates with other cultural centers and University offices/departments to identify ways to develop new collaborative programs and initiatives
Responsible for the implementation, and evaluation of programs and support services for students
Supervises and evaluates the Graduate Assistant and the undergraduate student staff
Promotes the cultural center's services and programs and works with the center staff responsible for specific marketing activity
Oversees all aspects of the student leadership team, including peer educators, student programmers, and group facilitators
Oversees the peer-to-peer mentoring program for first year and new transfer students
Coordinates programming for annual observances and Rainbow Center signature programs including but not limited to: National Coming Out Day/Coming Out Week, LGBTQ History Month, Celebrate Bisexuality Day, Transgender Visibility Week, International Transgender Day of Remembrance/Visibility, Asexual Awareness Week, World Aids Day, Ally Week, etc.
Advises the LGBTQIA+ student organization, the Queer Collective
Serves as instructor of record for UNIV 1820 LGBTQIA+ Identity, Representation, and Visibility
Represents the Rainbow Center at meetings with other University offices or external groups as needed
Assists the Director with Lavender Graduation and helps to facilitate the annual campus-wide awards process
Works with the Director to design and facilitate workshops, trainings, and other educational activities for the campus community
Assists the Director with the coordination of meetings and programs for the LGBTQIA+ Faculty and Staff Association
Be available to fulfill work responsibilities outside of established work hours and perform other duties as assigned

Bachelor's degree in a related field and 2 to 4 years of related professional experience, which includes administrative and program planning within an LGBTQ or multicultural center in a university setting
Proven ability to work effectively with the diverse LGBTQ community in a higher education setting
Proven ability of effective curriculum and training design and facilitation
Comprehensive understanding of the LGBTQ student population and proven ability to apply theories of identity and student development to carry out the mission of the Rainbow Center
Proven ability to evaluate, problem-solve and troubleshoot to resolve difficult situations
Excellent written, verbal, supervisory, organizational, cross-cultural and interpersonal skills
Experience with group facilitation
Master's degree in Higher Education, Student Affairs, Counseling, Social Work, Gender and Sexuality Studies, or related field and 1 to 2 years of related experience teaching experience
Training in diversity education, social justice, cultural competence or other related fields
Knowledge of assessment/evaluation related to student learning and development
Experience with supervision and evaluation of student staff.
This is a full-time 12-month position. Salary will be commensurate with the successful candidate's qualifications and experience. A comprehensive benefits package is included.

Please apply online at, Staff Positions, Search #494390 to upload a resume, cover letter, and contact information for three (3) professional references.
Employment of the successful candidate is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check.

This job posting is scheduled to be removed at 11:55 p.m. Eastern time on March 19, 2020.

All employees are subject to adherence to the State Code of Ethics which may be found at

The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting a multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty and staff. The diversity of students, faculty and staff continues to increase, as does the number of honors students, valedictorians and salutatorians who consistently make UConn their top choice. More than 100 research centers and institutes serve the University’s teaching, research, diversity, and outreach missions, leading to UConn’s ranking as one of the nation’s top research universities. UConn’s faculty and staff are the critical link to fostering and expanding our vibrant, multicultural and diverse University community. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, UConn encourages applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities and members of traditionally underrepresented populations.
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