Program Coordinator - African American Cultural Center
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. It is comprised of the 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 help 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 (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 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 Program Coordinator 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
The Program Coordinator carries primary responsibility for the support of students through the planning and implementation of programs and advising, mentoring, and direct supervision of student employees, volunteers, and organizations. The Program Coordinator aligns student-focused activities with the overall center and OIED strategic priorities. The program coordinator also supports the development and delivery of training, workshops, and presentations, particularly those which support student success and retention. Successful candidates will demonstrate the ability to collaborate effectively, communicate broad needs, and respond to specific inquiries regarding the African American Cultural Center’s work.
The Program Coordinator will have a demonstrated knowledge of socio-cultural and historical issues related to Black communities, including African Americans and African descent. The Program Coordinator must have practical interpersonal skills as well as well-developed verbal and written communication. Furthermore, the Program Coordinator must have a demonstrated commitment to encouraging a climate of cultural awareness and inclusion to promote Blackness within the university context. Due to this position’s nature, the schedule will vary and may regularly include nights and weekends.
Primary responsibilities of the Program Coordinator include, but are not limited to:
Lead the planning, implementation, and delivery of outcome-based
student programming, community engagement, and events that align
with and raise awareness of the mission strategic goals and areas
of focus of the African American Cultural Center;
Utilize student development high impact practices to curate intersectional, equitable, and social justice focused content that draws upon relevant student development theory, theories of identity formation, and frameworks that support social learning from the perspective of Black communities and Pan African culture, as well as promote the value of diversity and access to equity, belonging, and inclusion;
Utilize program management perspective to coordinate programs and events including the use of budgeting, reservation systems, and vendor processes;
Collaborate with other members of the AACC and the Campus Community Centers to plan and execute initiatives and programs;
2) Student Development
Provide educational and leadership development opportunities for
student volunteers, unpaid interns, and center-supported student
Facilitate the planning, implementation, and assessment of professional and leadership development for individual students and student groups;
Collaborate with the Assistant Director for the training and supervision of undergraduate student employees and graduate assistants.
3) Outreach + Awareness
Collaborate with Director, Assistant Director, Administrative
Support Specialist, and Library Coordinator to implement program
and marketing strategies including newsletter, website, social
Participate in the creation of assessment, evaluation, and annual reports;
Represent the center at on and off-campus information and recruitment events;
Additional duties as assigned.
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