Director of Black/African American Equity

Job Summary

The Director of Black/African American Equity assesses, develops, and implements professional development initiatives and programming for staff, faculty, and administrators supporting Black student, faculty, and staff success. The Director works with collaborators identified across divisions charged with similar focus on Black /African American success to develop campus wide initiatives as well as consult with individual campus units to provide professional development to support Black student success. The Director will also assess, develop, and implement programs and initiatives within a primary theoretical framework that centers Black/African American racial equity liberatory frameworks and pedagogies and will work collaboratively with colleagues in ODEI to supplement their anti-racist work in support of improving the campus climate and the work of addressing individual, cultural, and systemic racism.

This position will work closely with the Director of Advocacy for Racial Justice, a role that will be filled in parallel with this one. Individuals may apply for either or both positions.

This is a position in the CSU - Management Personnel Plan (MPP), and serves at the pleasure of the President. This position will require adherence to University compliance training such as: Conflict of Interest and Ethics, AB 1825 Sexual Harassment Prevention, Information Security, and Injury and Illness Prevention Program. The person hired for this position may be required to complete an outside employment disclosure statement in accordance with Title V of the California Code of Regulations.

Key Responsibilities

  • Develop and implement professional development training initiatives that support success for Black students, staff, and faculty. Assess training and development needs through consultation with employee groups and managers in various campus units and divisions.
  • Conduct needs assessments, design, and facilitative tailored curriculum responsive to needs of the campus which may include but is not limited to individuals, open enrollment workshops, academic and service units, groups, and impromptu dialogue forums.
  • Develop resources on Black and African American scholarship and research and pedagogical materials specific to disciplines and across disciplines for diversifying curriculum in courses. Provide trainings or online guides for faculty to develop racially inclusive courses.
  • Work with the Center for Faculty Development and the Office of the Provost to implement training for Black faculty that supports their teaching, mentoring, and research, scholarship, and creative activities.
  • Work in collaboration with Student Affairs to provide professional development and support for education initiatives that support Black student success, sense of belonging, and leadership.
  • Design, facilitate and assess train-the-trainers initiatives in support capacity building of staff, faculty and administrators in support of the success of Black students, staff, and faculty.
  • Build organizational capacity for creating a productive climate that supports anti-racism and support for this success.
  • Design assessment protocols which may include pre and post training evaluations to assess learning outcomes, track participants and campus unit participation and to inform long term professional development goals for campus.
  • Work in collaboration with ODEI colleagues and University Personnel on staff development to contribute to career progression initiatives for Black staff.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Knowledge, experience, and ability to translate intersectional Black/African American research and scholarship, pedagogies and creative activities into professional development and training experiences for students, faculty, and staff in a university setting.
  • Knowledge about Black liberatory frameworks from Ethnic Studies or other disciplines.
  • Knowledge of Social Justice Education content and processes.
  • Knowledge about the individual, cultural, institutional and systemic racism and its manifestation in primary, secondary, and higher education.
  • Ability to apply consultative skills to determine professional development needs on increasing racial equity for different employee groups and student organizations and campus communities at large.
  • Ability to write training and professional development curriculum that is current and reflective of current relevant research and practices in the area of social justice education anti-bias training, inclusive classroom pedagogy, inclusive leadership, and systemic equity.
  • Ability to implement, facilitate, oversee a comprehensive equity based professional development portfolio that reflects SJSUs goals of inclusive excellence and addressing systemic racism in support of closing opportunity gap for success and sense of belonging for Black students, staff and faculty.
  • Ability to apply consultative skills and develop curriculum as stated above in the context of intervention initiatives at the request of organizational leaders (heads of academic departments, deans, Vice Presidents, etc.).
  • Ability to communicate effectively and respectfully with a wide range of campus community stakeholders from administrators to staff, faculty, and students across disciplines and responsibilities.
  • Ability to work in coordination with other staff within the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Student Affairs, Academic Affairs, Community and Government Relations, and University Personnel to plan logistics, recruitment, and materials at a high volume given the size of the campus and limited human, budgetary resources, policy constraints, collective bargaining agreements, and external issues.
  • Ability to grow a comprehensive portfolio of professional development modules on diversity, inclusion, and equity that is sustainable through train-the-trainers initiatives and partnerships across campus.
  • Ability to work under pressure and situations of conflict involving diversity, discrimination, and equity at a large public institution that is very diverse in terms of race/ethnicity, class, gender, sexual orientation, sexual expression, religion, age, immigrant status, veteran and military status, disability and mental health status.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and appropriately handle sensitive communications with employees, students, applicants and external agencies.

Required Qualifications

  • Master’s in Ethnic Studies, social psychology, sociology, communication studies, higher education leadership, human resources or other related field
  • Two years of experience working on Black/African American issues in higher education
  • Some experience with diversity and inclusion professional development and training that is specific to STEM faculty
  • Two years of experience in diversity and inclusion professional development and training for staff in higher education
  • Demonstrated command of knowledge, literacy, and conversational comfort about diversity and inclusion issues that are found at a large diverse public university like San Jose State University
  • Demonstrated ability to discuss the theoretical frameworks that underpin any training and professional development on racial equity and inclusion and be able to write curriculum tailored to these frameworks
  • Ability to demonstrate understanding of the breadth and depth of diversity including and beyond race/ethnicity
  • Ability to demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of race beyond a Black/White binary (Understanding should be reflective of the context of multicultural dynamic intersectional communities in the Bay Area)

Preferred Qualifications

  • Ph.D./Ed.D. in Ethnic Studies, social psychology, sociology, communication studies, higher education leadership, Social Justice Education, human resources or other related field
  • Courses or specialization in Black or African American Studies
  • Some demonstrated experience working with faculty on diversity and inclusion professional development and training that supports their research, scholarship and creative activities
  • Some demonstrated experience working with and understanding of diversity and dynamics of exclusion specific to different employee groups at a large institution
  • Demonstrated experience working with faculty, staff, and students on Black centered frameworks and anti-racism at a systemic level


Classification: Administrator II
Hiring Range: Commensurate with experience

San José State University offers employees a comprehensive benefits package typically worth 30-35% of your base salary. For more information on programs available, please see the Employee Benefits Summary .

Application Procedure

Click Apply Now to complete the SJSU Online Employment Application and attach the following documents:

  • Resume
  • Letter of Interest
  • 500-word response to prompt below:

To be successful in efforts to address institutional racism, SJSU will need to engage in deliberate and sustained organizational change. Critical factors for success in this role will be tacit knowledge and ability to understand your work and leadership within the complex intersectionality of race and ethnicity in the greater Bay Area, particularly on a campus that serves first generation students. With this in mind, what vision do you have for the role you would play in addressing systemic anti-Black racism, centering Black frameworks of knowledge and experiences, and promoting racial justice and a sense of belonging for Black and African American students, staff, and faculty?

All applicants must apply within the specified application period: July 30, 2020 through August 24, 2020 . This position is open until filled; however, applications received after screening has begun will be considered at the discretion of the university.

Contact Information

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Additional Information

Satisfactory completion of a background check (including a criminal records check) is required for employment. SJSU will issue a contingent offer of employment to the selected candidate, which may be rescinded if the background check reveals disqualifying information, and/or it is discovered that the candidate knowingly withheld or falsified information. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the continued employment of a current CSU employee who was offered the position on a contingent basis.

The standard background check includes: criminal check, employment and education verification. Depending on the position, a motor vehicle and/or credit check may be required. All background checks are conducted through the university's third party vendor, Accurate Background. Some positions may also require fingerprinting. SJSU will pay all costs associated with this procedure. Evidence of required degree(s) or certification(s) will be required at time of hire.


All San José State University employees are considered mandated reporters under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and are required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

Equal Employment Statement

San José State University (SJSU) is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer committed to nondiscrimination on the basis of age, ancestry, citizenship status, color, creed, disability, ethnicity, gender, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, national origin, race, religion or lack thereof, sex, sexual orientation, transgender, or protected veteran status consistent with applicable federal and state laws. This policy applies to all SJSU students, faculty and staff programs and activities. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and certain other federal and state laws, prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex in all education programs and activities operated by the university (both on and off campus).

Advertised: July 30, 2020 (9:00 AM) Pacific Daylight Time
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