LGBTQ Center Seeks Graduate Program Assistant

Position: Graduate Student Program Assistant 
Department: The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ) Center
Division: Center for Student Involvement

The Mission of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ) Center at Montclair State University is to create a campus environment inclusive and supportive of sexual orientation, gender identity, and expression through education, advocacy, and support for students, faculty, and staff. We focus on the unique academic, cultural, and social needs of LGBTQ students, and strive to enhance these students' learning and engagement in the academic process. Through our services, the LGBTQ Center presents educational, cultural, and social opportunities for students, faculty, and staff to challenge intolerance and promote acceptance, thus creating an open and affirming environment void of homophobia, heterosexism, and gender bias.

Job Description:
Reporting to the Coordinator of the LGBTQ Center, the Graduate Student Program Assistant will be responsible for: 

  • Co-managing the day-to-day functions of the LGBTQ Center (Data entry, filing, program assessment assistance, overseeing Center program and staffing schedules, email and social media management, preparation for trainings, submitting room requests, etc.) 
  • Providing support, supervision and evaluation of the LGBTQ Center’s student staff and volunteers, and programs 
  • Representing the LGBTQ Center at events and outreach activities both on- and off-campus 
  • Creating and implementing a variety of training sessions and educational programs for LGBTQ Center staff/volunteers and the MSU and larger Northern NJ community 
  • Maintaining awareness of University LGBTQ climate concerns, policy development and safety
  • Assisting with the development and implementation of all large-scale initiatives within the LGBTQ Center including but not limited to Coming Out Week, Transgender Awareness Week, Day of Unity/Unity Week, Pride Awards, etc.
  • Coordinating co-sponsored programming with LGBTQ and allied student organizations, academic departments, and other campus units
  • Facilitate weekly drop-in groups and clubs
  • Co-coordinate graduate LGBTQA initiatives
  • As a staff member of the Center for Student Involvement, assisting in the planning and implementation of University-wide events and programs, participating in event coverage, and attending trainings and professional development workshops
  • Represent the MSU LGBTQ Center by serving on the planning committee for the NJ LGBTQA College Leadership Conference held annually in November
  • Other duties as assigned

Minimum Requirements:

  • Matriculation in a graduate program with good academic standing
  • Experience working with students of diverse educational, racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds and a knowledge of LGBTQ issues and concerns 
  • Strong communication, organization and interpersonal skills with the ability to handle multiple projects in a fast-paced, diverse working environment
  • A motivated self-starter dedicated to student growth and development
  • Ability to analyze, organize, and communicate professionally, efficiently and effectively
  • Experience in planning events, supervising staff/volunteers and public speaking
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office, including using Excel to maintain spreadsheets and databases, Word to compose documents and manuals, and Outlook for email purposes
  • Sensitivity to the concerns of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, and allied community
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Graphic design experience
  • Knowledgeable in Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign 
  • Video production/design experience
  • Supervisory experience

*This is a general description and is not to be construed as all-inclusive.

Additional Information:

Hours: 20 per week
Schedule: Monday – Friday (Occasional evenings and weekends required)
Pay Rate: $12.00 per hour
Length of appointment: August 4, 2014 – May 13, 2015

To apply, email a cover letter and resume to Brian Edwards, Coordinator of the LGBTQ Center, at by July 1, 2014.

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer Center 
Montclair State University 
Student Center, Room 110
1 Normal Avenue 
Montclair, NJ 07043