Director, Cultural Center, BIPOC Student Success

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Work type: Staff Full-Time
Location: Denver, CO
Categories: Student Affairs / Services, Business Operations / Services, Admin / Executive / Office Support

Student Affairs & Inclusive Excellence (SAIE) is the central student affairs division of the University of Denver.

SAIE supports students in their holistic development through advocacy, collaboration, and education, and we strive to be full partners in students’ learning experience. SAIE values student centricity; diversity, equity, and inclusion; collaboration; adaptability; and accountability. The Division’s strategic priorities are:

  • Enrich the holistic student experience
  • Elevate & Embed diversity, equity & inclusion
  • Engage purposeful partnerships
  • Enhance staff development, learning & wellbeing
  • Enact sustainable practices & operations

SAIE includes Housing and Residential Education; Student Engagement; Fraternity and Sorority Life; Health and Counseling Center; Inclusion & Equity Education; Disability Services Program; The Cultural Center; Access & Transitions; Learning Effectiveness Program; Veterans and Military Resources; Student Outreach and Support; Student Rights & Responsibilities; Budget, Operations, and Division Resources; New Student Programs; Parent & Family Engagement; and Community and Driscoll Commons.

The mission of The Cultural Center (TCC) is to create an environment where students of color and LGBTQ+ students can critically engage their historical legacies and enhance their educational, intellectual, and personal/professional interest in race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, socioeconomic, and cultural sensibilities. TCC provides a haven for respite and dialogue for students as they navigate their journey at the University of Denver.

Goals:

  • Increase the presence, participation, and support of historically underrepresented student populations within the institution as well as their retention, success, and sense of belonging
  • Provide a community that facilitates success in leadership, scholarship, service, and advocacy through advising, empowerment, cultural enrichment, educational programming, and social development
  • Engage members of the University of Denver community, in collaboration with community partners, in the work of inclusivity and diversity toward service to the public good

Position Summary

The Director of TCC BIPOC Student Success is a senior level position in the Dean of Students (DOS) area and the Division of Student Affairs and Inclusive Excellence (SAIE). BIPOC stands for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color. The Director is responsible for setting the vision for the Cultural Center BIPOC student Success through an intersectional approach to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). The Director is responsible for development, assessment, and implementation of programs, signature events, cohort-based experiences, and leadership development of undergraduate and graduate BIPOC students.

The Director will work in deeply collaborative ways to: (1) create and develop opportunities for students to connect with and through multiple intersectional identities and expressions; (2) develop and administer inclusive cultural and social support resources for BIPOC undergraduate and graduate students; (3) support and advocate for students from historically underrepresented communities and from a variety of marginalized positionalities; and (4) foster the public good as centrally informed by a commitment to racial, ethnic, cultural, and other social equity outcomes on our campus and beyond.

The Director will work evenings and weekends, as needed. This position is a full-time, 1.0 FTE position reporting to the Associate Dean of Students (Assoc. DOS) for SAIE.

Essential Functions

  • Supervise, evaluate, and train an Assistant Director, Graduate Student Assistants, and undergraduate students
  • Provide leadership and guidance for TCC focused on BIPOC students’ visibility, advocacy, and retention
  • Develop student support initiatives for marginalized undergraduate and graduate students
  • Serve as TCC/BIPOC representative on campus-wide committees
  • Lead the design and implementation of the program planning for Excelling Leaders Institute and Outdoor Leadership Program with graduate student support
  • Support Associate Dean of Students (Assoc. DOS) in developing university policies that impact BIPOC students
  • Lead and manage the administration of assessment and budget management for BIPOC Student Success
  • Serve as the point of contact for community engagement and support of DU, Alumni and surrounding BIPOC communities
  • Provide advocacy for undergraduate and graduate BIPOC students, and cultivate connection and engagement of BIPOC students and QT/BIPOC students
  • Provide oversight of the graduate student assistants experience in TCC
  • Respond to salient current events and the ways they impact the DU community, especially students from historically underrepresented communities.
  • Work in partnership with the DOS, Assoc. DOS, SAIE Divisional leadership, the Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Inclusion & Equity Education, and First-Generation Student Success plus
  • Collaborate with the Director of TCC Gender and Sexuality Student Success to align the position’s goals with TCC’s larger goals
  • Serve as Joint Council advisor
  • In consultation with the Assoc. DOS, other duties as assigned to support the DOS area, Division, and University

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Collaborative and transparent leadership style
  • Knowledge of student development for diverse populations and the ability to translate student development theory and social justice theory into practice
  • Knowledge of and ability to apply professional ethical standards, current laws, and regulations applicable to students
  • Ability to productively engage across student affairs and academic units, departments, and divisions, including building connections with relevant academic centers, programs, initiatives, courses, and faculty experts

Required Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in Higher Education, Race and Ethnic Studies, or related field
  • Four (4) or more years of administrative and program leadership experience
  • Experience leading teams
  • Demonstrated commitment to and progressive advancement of DEI
  • Progressive leadership experience with DEI in higher education or large organization
  • Experience supervising, evaluating, and training full-time professionals
  • Demonstrated advocacy and leadership related to racial, ethnic, and/ other intersectional identities
  • Experience with program management and budget management

Preferred Qualifications

  • Five (5) years of experience supervising full-time staff
  • Four (4) years of administrative and direct program management experience
  • Strong record of leadership and commitment to developing a cohesive team focused on continuous improvement and professional growth
  • Experience working with students in higher education
  • Experience with strategic planning and assessment

Working Environment

  1. Standard office environment.
  2. Unexpected interruptions occur often, and stress level is moderate to high
  3. Noise level is quiet to moderate.

Physical Activities

  1. Ability to sit in front of a computer for an extended period.
  2. Occasionally required to move about the office/campus with the capability of transporting objects up to 20 lbs.

Work Schedule

Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. with some nights and weekends required.

Application Deadline

For best consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00 p.m. (MST) October 7, 2022.

Special Instructions

Candidates must apply online through jobs.du.edu to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted.

Salary Grade Number:

The salary grade for the position is 12.

Salary Range:

The salary range for this position is $75,000-$85,000.

The University of Denver has provided a compensation range that represents its good faith estimate of what the University may pay for the position at the time of posting. The University may ultimately pay more or less than the posted compensation range. The salary offered to the selected candidate will be determined based on factors such as the qualifications of the selected candidate, departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information, but not based on a candidate’s sex or any other protected status.

Benefits:

The University of Denver offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO pass. The University of Denver is a private institution that empowers students who want to make a difference. Learn more about the University of Denver.

Please include the following documents with your application:

  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter

The University of Denver is an equal opportunity employer. The University of Denver prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, age (40 years and over in the employment context), religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, marital status, veterans status, and any other class of individuals protected from discrimination under federal, state, or local law, regulation, or ordinance in any of the university's educational programs and activities, and in the employment (including application for employment) and admissions (including application for admission) context, as required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended in 2008; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; the Age Discrimination Act of 1975; the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967; and any other federal, state, and local laws, regulations, or ordinances that prohibit discrimination, harassment, and/or retaliation. For the university's complete Non-Discrimination Statement, please see non‑discrimination‑statement.

All offers of employment are contingent upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.

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