Assistant Director - African American Cultural Center
The Campus Community Centers at North Carolina State University are posting multiple Assistant Director positions. These positions, who hold postings in the African American Cultural Center, the Women’s Center, and the office of Multicultural Student Affairs, carries several primary responsibilities, including but not limited to:
Management of signature programs and major initiatives,
Supervision of graduate and undergraduate student staff,
The building of program-specific campus partnerships,
Development, delivery, and assessment/evaluation of training and educational opportunities focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion.
This posting (00061121) is for the African American Cultural Center within The Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity at North Carolina State University. We encourage all applicants to apply for all postings in which they are interested.
The Women’s Center Assistant Director posting can be found using position # 00060640. Multicultural Student Affairs’ Assistant Director posting can be found using position # 00630823.
Primary Function of Organizational Unit:
The Office for Institutional Equity and Diversity (OIED) is committed to fostering an inclusive, accessible, and diverse intellectual and cultural campus experience at North Carolina State University (NC State). The OIED facilitates and supports efforts to ensure equity and equal opportunity, offers diversity education and training, and promotes inclusive excellence among students, faculty, and staff. There are four OIED units: Campus Community Centers; Inclusive Excellence and Strategic Practice; Equal Opportunity and Equity; and Bias Impact Response. These units collaborate to ensure accountability to compliance, policy, and community care standards. They also monitor and respond to campus climate needs, facilitate equity and inclusion assessment, education, and training, and support underrepresented and marginalized identity groups within the NC State community.
The Campus Community Centers are a unit within the Office for Institutional Equity and Diversity. The Campus Community Centers are comprised of African American Cultural Center, GLBT Center, Multicultural Student Affairs, and the Women’s Center. Our community efforts play a role in increasing the participation, retention, and success of students, faculty, and staff from historically underrepresented groups. They ensure that NC State is an equitable and inclusive environment, one that is free from prohibited discrimination and harassment. Together, creating a community that provides a unified, campus-wide approach ensures that students, faculty, and staff learn and work within a campus defined by the best practices in equity, diversity, and inclusion.
The African American Cultural Center:
The African American Cultural Center (AACC) promotes awareness of and appreciation for Black, African American, and African descent experiences through activities and events that enhance academic excellence and strengthen cultural competence for the campus and surrounding communities. Founded in 1970 and located in the Augustus M. Witherspoon Student Center in 1991, the AACC serves the NC State campus community as a central hub for Black student, faculty, and staff support, development, and community engagement. The AACC offers intersectional cultural engagement and educational experiences that draw upon faculty and student-led research, campus climate data, and higher education best practices to examine, highlight, and celebrate histories, narratives, and cultures of people of the diaspora, both within NC State and beyond. The African American Cultural Center is a 10,000 square foot facility within the Witherspoon Student Center. It includes a 1200 sq. ft. art gallery, a 1200 sq. ft. library, a 200-seat multi-purpose room, and an administrative suite that houses two meeting/lecture rooms and seven student organization offices.
The African American Cultural Center stays actively engaged in the academic life of NC State with programs, resources, and services that facilitate the cultural, intellectual, and social growth of the university community. The AACC Assistant Director reports to the Director of the African American Cultural Center who reports to the Senior Director of the Campus Community Centers. The Senior Director reports to the Vice Provost for the Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity and Chief Diversity Officer, a member of the Chancellor’s Cabinet.
Essential Job Duties
Assistant Directors serve a crucial function in ongoing student development, advocacy, and support. Additionally, the Assistant Director leads the development and delivery of signature programs, relevant subject matter training and workshops, campus collaborations and has a focus on strategic initiatives. A successful candidate demonstrates an ability to apply an intersectional, social equity framework to support the center’s strategic goals.
Position Description/General Scope of Duties
Programming + Strategic Campus Support
Lead the development, planning, and implementation of the signature programs, campus support, and educational initiatives; including significant responsibilities for program delivery and/or instruction; maintain current knowledge of relevant research, community climate data, and trends, and student needs assessment, manage program-specific campus and community partnerships; apply project/program management best practices to ensure timely and effective implementation; curate accessible, intersectional, social equity-focused content; evaluate programs using methods that align with Center goals and OIED assessment strategies and models; create budgets and ensure alignment with appropriate financial controls, processes, and procedures;
Support strategic planning and goal implementation; participate in annual goal and objective setting; collect and provide regular evaluation results from programs; participate in annual report preparation.
Supervise graduate students and student staff; advertise for, hire, and train student employees; develop and assign meaningful and appropriate academic and professional growth opportunities; provide feedback and performance evaluation; assign and monitor student hours based on available student staff budget; train student staff on relevant reporting requirements, resource availability, and procedures; collaborate with other Campus Community Centers to design and develop student employee training and onboarding;
Collaborate with campus partners (faculty, Counseling Center, Prevention Services, college diversity directors, etc.) to curate programs and support spaces; establish measures to identify support needs and ensure that resources provide intersectional, culturally responsive care; engage appropriate reporting in alignment with University processes and procedures;
Collaborate with the OIED Inclusive Excellence and Strategic Practice (IESP) team (and other OIED teams as appropriate) to create, deliver, and evaluate equity, inclusion, and advocacy focused educational training, workshops, and presentations that align with the work of the center, OIED, and University strategic goals, objectives and campus climate needs; review and respond to training/engagement requests;
Strategic Communication + Outreach
Oversee media management and general marketing for initiatives and programs; collaborate closely with the OIED communications team; social media engagement planning and management; work with student marketing interns; contribute to Diversity Digest and other campus publications and outreach efforts.
Other Work/Responsibilities include:
Assist with Center strategic planning and program
Coordinate supplemental programming for AACC Gallery Exhibitions.
Represent AACC in various campus committees (social justice initiatives, leadership initiatives and search committees)
Additional duties as assigned.
Minimum Education and Experience
-Master’s degree required in Africana/African American Studies, Africana/African American History, Sociology/Anthropology, Public Policy or a related area of study
-At least 2 years of professional experience in a higher education setting
Other Required Qualifications
Application of relevant theories and frameworks which center Black and African diasporic literature, culture, history, and futurity in program planning and implementation;
Demonstrated work history of commitment to student development and knowledge of best practices for advising student leaders and student organizations;
Demonstrated success in program development, delivery and assessment, preferably in higher education settings;
Experience with strategic program planning and budget management;
Experience with research and curriculum development;
Demonstrated ability to support identity-based concerns;
Supervision, advising, and volunteer management experience of student staff;
Demonstrated successful experience, in individually and collaboratively, developing, delivering, facilitating, and assessing/evaluating training, workshops, or presentations.
Experience with programming within an African American/ Black Cultural Center or identity-based organization focused on social justice, equity, and inclusion is strongly preferred;
An advanced application of intersectional and critical social justice frameworks; feminist, womanist, queer theories and concepts; and multicultural perspectives in student-centered program planning and implementation;
Awareness of how a broad range of issues impact individuals within systems of oppression based on multiple identities and positionalities, including gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, disability, worldview and other significant aspects of identity.
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