Director of the Black Cultural Center

Virginia Tech
Virginia, United States
Salary Not Specified
Mar 23, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Job Description

Virginia Tech, a public land-grant university, pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, increasingly transdisciplinary approach to preparing students to be leaders and problem solvers. As the Commonwealth's most comprehensive university and its leading research institution, Virginia Tech offers more than 280 undergraduate and graduate degree programs to more than 34,000 students and manages a research portfolio of $521 million. The University fulfills its land-grant mission of transforming knowledge to practice through technological leadership and by fueling economic growth and job creation locally, regionally, and across Virginia.

Building on its motto, Virginia Tech is dedicated to InclusiveVT, the institutional and individual commitment to Ut Prosim (That I May Serve) in the spirit of community, diversity, and excellence. The University seeks candidates who adopt and practice the Principles of Community, which are fundamental to the institution's ongoing efforts to increase access and inclusion, and to create a community that nurtures learning and growth for all of its members. Virginia Tech actively seeks a broad spectrum of qualified candidates and encourages individuals across racial, ethnic, religious, gender, sexual orientation, ability, and other identities to apply.

The Black Cultural Center, founded in 1991, is one of five centers constituting the Cultural and Community Centers (CCCs) – the BCC, El Centro (Latinx center), the Asian Cultural Engagement Center, the LGBTQ+ Resource Center, and the American Indian and Indigenous Community Center. The directors of the CCCs, along with the directors of the Intercultural Engagement Center and the Ujima Living Learning Community, constitute a cohesive team committed to supporting one another and the communities they serve, and to highlighting intersecting experiences and identities. The directors and their centers and programs are integral to the student-facing efforts of the Office for Inclusion and Diversity.

The Position

Reporting to the Associate Vice Provost for Inclusion and Diversity, the Director of the Black Cultural Center supports the university's diversity and inclusion efforts by developing programs, events, and services that facilitate the personal, social, academic, and cultural wellbeing of students, faculty, and staff at Virginia Tech. The director is responsible for referencing information relevant to campus, regional and national data on conditions affecting the Black community, using this information to inform and educate the campus community about issues, and taking appropriate and responsible actions consistent with advocacy and support of a welcoming and affirming campus community for undergraduate and graduate students, faculty and staff, alumni and community members. The Director of the Black Cultural Center will work in partnership with Housing and Residence Life and the Africana Studies Program to support the Ujima Living Learning Community and will pursue substantial collaboration with the Ujima Director.

Required Qualifications

Master's degree and demonstrated progressive experience.
Experience creating learning environments and opportunities for Black students
Experience advising student organizations
Demonstrated competency with Black history and current issues impacting African-American community
Demonstrated experience in project management
Demonstrated experience with developing large-scale programs and events.
Exceptional communication skills.
Personal commitment to social justice and intercultural competence.
Demonstrated knowledge and experience cultivating and sustaining relationships with historically underrepresented and underserved communities.

Preferred Qualifications

Experience in conducting assessments and reporting findings.
Familiarity with mentoring program management and development.
Previous work in advocacy of individuals or groups.
Social media and marketing experience
Supervisory experience of undergraduate and graduate student employees

Appointment Type


Review Date

April 9, 2021

Additional Information

The successful Candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check

About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges , a school of medicine , a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School , and Honors College . The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers . A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.

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Advertised: March 23, 2021
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