Director of Margaret Sloss Women's Center

Position Details

Classification Information

University Title Program Coordinator II - 1063
Pay Grade 35
Salary Commensurate with qualifications
Base of Employment P - P&S
Job Category Professional and Scientific
Pay Frequency Monthly

Posting Details

Posting Number 80054P
Working Title Director of Margaret Sloss Women's Center
Advertised Employing Department Dean of Student's Office
Appointment Type Professional & Scientific - Continuous
Proposed Start Date May 16, 2018
Proposed End Date or Length of Term
Number of Months Employed Per Year 12
Full or Part Time Full-Time
Summary of Duties and Responsibilities

The Dean of Students Office at Iowa State University seeks applicants for the Director of the Margaret Sloss Women’s Center (Program Coordinator II). The Director provides administrative leadership for the Margaret Sloss Women’s Center (MSWC) which is named after the first woman to be admitted to and graduate from the College of Veterinary Medicine at Iowa State. The MSWC creates a sense of community among students through advocacy, resource development and programming (including Women’s Equality Day; Domestic Violence, Stalking, and Sexual Assault Awareness Month; and Gender Equity Awards) through the interdisciplinary lenses of feminism, gender equity and social justice. The MSWC is located within the Sloss House which serves as a central gathering place for more than 1,500 students and other constituents interested in promoting and addressing issues germane to women.

Situated within the Division of Student Affairs, the Margaret Sloss Women’s Center is aligned administratively through the Dean of Students Office (DSO) which consists of 14 departments that use an integrated approach to support student-centered learning. The Director of the MSWC is a member of the DSO Management Team and reports to the Dean of Students.

The position establishes goals, interprets policy, and supervises staff (one Assistant Director, two graduate assistants, one secretary and several volunteers/interns). The Director also serves on university committees and collaborates with various areas within the university to advocate and support all students while specifically representing the interests of women students (total Fall 2017 enrollment: 36,321; 43% are women). The individual selected will manage the departmental budget, administer annual departmental scholarships and develop procedures regarding usage of the Sloss House by more than 80 internal and external constituents.

The successful candidate for this position will possess exceptional oral and written communication skills, and strong interpersonal and administrative skills. The individual should have familiarity with how gender identity/development and sexism, patriarchy and other forms of oppression impact and influence higher education.

About Iowa State University and the Ames Community

Iowa State University is classified as a Carnegie Foundation Doctoral/Research University-Extensive, a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), and ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top public universities in the nation. More than 36,000 students are enrolled and are served by over 6,200 faculty and staff.

Iowa State University is a global and culturally diverse university committed to providing an inclusive, equitable, and diverse environment for both learning and employment. We know that diversity in experience and perspective is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and building an inclusive academic community. At Iowa State, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituents. The university has an expectation that all employees will demonstrate a contribution to diversity and inclusion as embodied in Iowa State University’s Principles of Community.

Ames, Iowa is a progressive community of 60,000, located approximately 30 minutes north of Des Moines, and recently voted one of the best college towns in the nation.

Iowa State University is an equal opportunity employer committed to excellence through diversity and strongly encourages applications from all qualified applicants, including women, underrepresented populations, and veterans. ISU is responsive to the needs of dual career couples, is dedicated to work-life balance through an array of policies, and is an NSF ADVANCE institution.

All employees are expected to exhibit and convey good citizenship within the program, the department, college, university activities, collegial interactions, and maintain the highest standards of integrity and ethical behavior.

Required Education and Experience

Bachelor’s degree and 4 years of related experience; OR a Master’s degree and 2 years of related experience; OR a combination of education and/or related experience totaling 8 years unless otherwise specified under supplemental required education and experience. Experience must be at a comparable level and directly related to the duties of this position.

Supplemental Required Education and Experience
Preferred Education and Experience

Master’s degree in college student personnel, counseling, higher education management, educational policy, women’s/gender studies, or related field.

Experience supervising professional staff, graduate assistants, undergraduate student employees and/or volunteers.

Experience supporting and advising students and student organizations on contemporary women’s issues in higher education through programs designed to address their needs with an understanding of barriers women experience more frequently than others in the general student population.

Experience developing collaborative initiatives to support the advancement of women students, faculty, and staff.

Experience applying student leadership development, group development, gender/identity development and student development theories to program development, student support initiatives, and assessment/evaluation.

Experience facilitating training and educational workshops for students and campus/community stakeholders.

Location (if other than Ames)
Additional Information
Department Contact Name Carol Knutson
Department Contact Phone 515-294-1022
Department Contact Email
Department/Unit Website
Application Instructions

To apply for this position, please click on “Apply for this Job” and complete the Employment Application. Please be prepared to enter or attach the following:

1) Resume/Curriculum Vitae
2) Letter of Application/Cover Letter
3) Contact Information for Three References

If you have questions regarding this application process, please email or call 515-294-4800 or Toll Free: 1-877-477-7485.

Special Instructions Summary
Guaranteed Consideration Date 03/09/2018
Pre-Employment Screening

All offers of employment, oral and written, are contingent upon the university’s verification of credentials and other information required by federal and state law, ISU policies/procedures, and may include the completion of a background check and/or a consumer credit check.

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EO Statement

Iowa State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, marital status, disability, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against. Inquiries can be directed to the Office of Equal Opportunity, 3410 Beardshear Hall, 515 Morrill Road, 515 294-7612, email

Required Licensure(s)/Certification(s)

Preferred Licensure(s)/Certification(s)

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Where did you first learn about this vacancy?
    • ISU Employment Opportunities Website
    • ISU Employee
    • Website
    • Placement Office
    • Trade Journal
    • Newspaper
    • HERC Website
    • LinkedIN
    • Facebook
    • CareerBuilder
  2. Please indicate which specific website, placement office, trade journal, newspaper, or other resource influenced you to apply for this position.

    (Open Ended Question)

  3. * Please describe your experience providing programming, services, advising and/or other support to women students in a higher education environment.

    (Open Ended Question)

  4. * Please tell us about your experience developing collaborative initiatives which support the advancement of women students, faculty, and staff.

    (Open Ended Question)

  5. * Please describe your supervisory and leadership experience.

    (Open Ended Question)

  6. * Please describe your experience with program development and assessment.

    (Open Ended Question)

  7. * Please describe your experience facilitating training and educational workshops for students and campus/community stakeholders.

    (Open Ended Question)

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  2. Letter of Application/Cover Letter
  3. Reference Contact Information
Optional Documents