Assistant Director, The Cultural Center, BIPOC Student Success
Job no: 496157
Position type: Staff Full-Time
Location: Denver, CO
Division/Equivalent: Student Affairs & Incl Excellence
School/Unit: SAIE Personnel
Department/Office: SAIE DEI Personnel
Categories: Student Affairs / Services, Business Operations / Services, Admin / Executive / Office Support, Community Engagement, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
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 Success 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.
Dean of Students Office: The Cultural Center (TCC)
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.
- 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
The Assistant Director of TCC BIPOC Student Success is a leader 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 Assistant Director reports to the Director of TCC BIPOC Student Success and supports the Director in setting the vision for TCC BIPOC student support through an intersectional approach to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). The Assistant Director develops undergraduate and graduate BIPOC student support. The Assistant 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) support TCC in fostering the public good as centrally informed by a commitment to racial, ethnic, cultural, and other social equity outcomes on our campus and beyond.
The Assistant Director will work evenings and weekends, as needed. This position is a full-time, 1.0 FTE position reporting to the Director of TCC BIPOC Student Success.
- Supervise graduate student assistants and undergraduate students
- Lead event programming, planning the yearly calendar and signature TCC BIPOC student events and co-curricular activities.
- Manage communication, social media, and website
- Develop undergraduate and graduate student support for marginalized students, including affinity group support, and undergraduate student leadership development for TCC staff
- Support Affinity Lounge and the interfaith prayer lounge
- Cultivate connection and engagement of undergraduate and graduate BIPOC students
- Support the Director of TCC BIPOC Student Success in providing leadership and guidance for TCC focused on BIPOC students’ visibility, advocacy, and retention
- Serve as proxy for Director of the Cultural Center, BIPOC Student Success
- Collaborate on programming with the Director of TCC, Gender and Sexuality
- Work in partnership with the Director, DOS, Assoc. DOS, SAIE Divisional leadership, the Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Inclusion & Equity Education, and First-Generation Student Success Plus
- In consultation with the Director, other duties as assigned to support the work of TCC, the DOS area, the SAIE Division, and University
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
- Knowledge of student development for diverse populations and the ability to translate student development theory and social justice theory into practice
- Collaborative and transparent leadership style
- 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
- Bachelor’s degree in Higher Education, Race and Ethnic Studies, or related field
- One (1) or more years of administrative and program leadership experience
- Demonstrated commitment to and progressive advancement of DEI
- Leadership experience with DEI in higher education, or large organization
- Demonstrated advocacy and leadership related to racial, ethnic, gender and/ other intersectional identities
- Experience with program planning
- Master’s degree in Higher Education, Race and Ethnic Studies, or related field
- Experience working with students in higher education
- Experience supervising, evaluating, and training
- Experience with strategic planning, assessment, and budget management
- Standard office environment.
- Unexpected interruptions occur often, and stress level is moderate to high.
- Noise level is quiet to moderate.
- Ability to sit in front of a computer for an extended period.
- Occasionally required to move about the office/campus with the capability of transporting objects up to 20 lbs.
Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. with some nights and weekends as needed. Hybrid (combination of in-person and remote) work schedule may be available.
For best consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00 p.m. (MST) April 9, 2023.
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 8.
The salary range for this position is $50,000-$58,000.
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.
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:
- Cover Letter
- Diversity Statement - Statement explaining your DEI (Diversity, Equity and Inclusion) philosophy and/or how you have operationalized DEI principles in your recent work experiences with diverse or students of color.)
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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