Director-Latinx Student Center

Massachusetts, United States
Salary Not specified
Mar 26, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Director-Latinx Student Center

About Northeastern:

Founded in 1898, Northeastern is a global research university and the recognized leader in experience-driven lifelong learning. Our world-renowned experiential approach empowers our students, faculty, alumni, and partners to create impact far beyond the confines of discipline, degree, and campus.

Our locations—in Boston; Charlotte, North Carolina; London; Portland, Maine; San Francisco; Seattle; Silicon Valley; Toronto; Vancouver; and the Massachusetts communities of Burlington and Nahant—are nodes in our growing global university system. Through this network, we expand opportunities for flexible, student-centered learning and collaborative, solutions-focused research.

Northeastern's comprehensive array of undergraduate and graduate programs— in a variety of on-campus and online formats—lead to degrees through the doctorate in nine colleges and schools. Among these, we offer more than 195 multi-discipline majors and degrees designed to prepare students for purposeful lives and careers.

About the Opportunity:

The Director of the Latinx Student Cultural Center will create, implement, supervise and evaluate all programs / activities, finances and personnel issues related to the LSCC and its mission. Above and beyond access to higher education, the LSCC's goal is to foster retention and successful futures for those whom it serve. The Director will: | Create job descriptions, interview, hire and supervise office/ professional staff; Council students to help them meet their financial, academic, and social needs; foster collaboration among student organizations and the Center. | Create access to career opportunities through internships and cooperative education. Create a pipeline for Latinx students from the Greater Boston Area public schools and make presentations to high school students. | Produce annual budget and monitor all budget transactions. Develop and deliver grant proposals consistent with LSCC and ACES objectives. Develop other fundraising programs. | Maintain a working and collaborative relationship with Latinx Alumnae. Create working partnerships to promote financial commitment from corporate sectors and sit on community / corporate boards. | Contribute to the shared agenda of the Academic & Cultural Enrichment Services (ACES) unit, of which the LSCC is a part. In conjunction with the African American Institute, Asian American Center, International Student & Scholar Institute, Disability Resources Center, and the Office of Special Support Services, the Director of the LSCC will maintain a collaborative relationship with the other centers, and provide support to the Associate Dean of ACES in fulfilling the mission and responsibilities of the unit.


Advocacy - student advising, providing career opportunities, mentoring, staff and faculty advising. Counsel and advise students with needs and concerns in all aspects of student life: academic, personal and professional; advise student groups; counsel and advise faculty and staff on minority issues especially issues of culture, race and gender; represent students' to enrollment management and student affairs division, as well as in key university wide committees and meetings including the President's Latinx Advisory Group. Respond to student needs, issues and concerns before they reach a critical point; assist students in finding their own answers to their problems and concerns; advocate on their behalf to other university department identify policies and procedures that affect Latinx students at NU. Participate in University governance. Advise faculty/staff and professionals in sensitive areas regarding diversity issues.

Community Outreach. Establish and strengthen community relations within Northeastern and in the Boston area; work with other educational institutions in programs and projects relevant to Latinx students; collaborate with community agencies for community service projects; foster links to Boston area Latinx professional organizations and corporations interested in diversifying their workforce.

Create, develop, oversee and evaluate programs and activities at the Center that link academic, social and cultural aspects of Latinx students at NU; create develop, and disseminate informational tools on and about the LSCC internally and externally. Promote access, academic development and retention of Latinx students reflective of NU's current mission and efforts; promote Latinx student leadership development; supervise design and implementation of programs and projects; create assessment and evaluation tools for these projects; develop and disseminate surveys to assess student needs and expectation tools for these projects; create focus groups among students for planned actions collaborate with other NU offices in effective joint programs; facilitate conversations and other links among NU faculty, staff. Students, and the greater Boston community of students , faculty, staff and alumni; develop informational materials for the LSCC; collaborate with Admissions Offices in the recruitment of Latinx students; promote the LSCC's programs and services; strengthen and collaborate with the Society of Latinx alumni (SOLA); collaborate with the Latino, Latin American and Caribbean Studies (LLACS) minor program to strengthen academic links of LSCC

Management of LSCC staff programs and committees; recruiting training, supervising and evaluating professional and student staff. Create job descriptions and meet HRM and Affirmative Action requirements for hiring professional and support staff; interview and hire personnel; interview and hire student staff; training of staff to meet goals and missions of LSCC in a team work environment.

Oversee department budget; manage LSCC fund; fund raise for specific projects and programs. Produce balanced annual budget transactions; supervise allocations for LSCC fund; work with NU's Offices of Development as needed; assist in the development of grant proposals; work with external populations, such as businesses and foundations to establish non-university funds to be able to support programming and projects that foster the mission of the Latinx Student Cultural Center and NU at large.


Required qualifications include: A Master's degree in Human Services or related field; Advanced Degree preferred and minimum of 5 - 7 years administrative and higher education experience including student advising. Successful candidate will have knowledge of political, economic, cultural and educational issues affecting the Latinx community and excellent communication skills in both English and Spanish. Grant writing and fundraising skills as well as recruitment and retention skills are essential. Excellent computer skills including data management, interpretation and analysis also required. Candidate must be an effective manager to handle personnel, staff and budget issues. Extended hours are required for this position. Preferred qualifications include; Marketing capabilities and program development. The following competencies are integral to the successful performance as the Director: Leverage Knowledge - share information across functions in the organization; transfer best practices and learning whenever possible; encourage and share benefits of new skill development Managing Change - Enjoy challenge of operating in a changing, complex environment; flexibility; tuned into the external environment; adaptable systems and processes; maintains values and culture while embracing the new Customer Focus - customer -oriented; customer-centric; thinks about services and processes with customer foremost in mind; involves customers in developing and improving services; gets regular customer feedback Priority Setting - good at setting priorities among many competing tasks and projects; process for vetting new ideas and incorporating into existing workload; maintains focus on what's most important Creativity/Innovation Management - developing new ideas; original; good judgment about which creative ideas and suggestions will work; facilitate effective brainstorming; good process of bringing creative ideas to fruition Communications - good communications internally and externally; strong communication guidelines and systems; consistency; regularity; sense of everyone being in the loop; efficient use and balance of various communication methods Managing & Measuring - clear assignment of responsibility for task and decisions; sets clear objectives and measures; monitors process, progress and results; accountability; timely feedback on accomplishments Relationship Management - manages external and internal relationships effectively; proactively listens and communicates needs; partners well to reach objectives and goals of all parties; actively works to build relationships Staff Development Training - proactively develops new skills in staff members; invests in training; addresses career development needs of staff members; holds regular career planning discussions Influence/Marketing - ability to influence external parties to the benefit of the organization; strong marketing presence and identity; good negotiation skills; well represented at key external events; customizes marketing approach to various audiences Planning - regularly sets long and short term goals and develops action plans; develops schedules and task/people assignments; measures performance against goals; evaluates results Process Management - determines the processes necessary to get things done; organizes people and activities well; sees opportunities for synergy and integration; can simplify complex processes; gets more out fewer resources Cost Management - manages expenses wisely; utilizes effective internal budget process to manage costs; uses volunteers and other low-cost options; considers outsourcing activities better done by others; utilize internal staff talent to maximum degree; manages vendor relationships; attention to best price, price value and service levels Student Success Orientation - addresses immediate needs of student while understanding the long term implications services and programs given what issues are repeatedly presented; builds relationships with student rather than viewing interaction as one-time; attention to best service levels

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Additional Information:

Northeastern University is an equal opportunity employer, seeking to recruit and support a broadly diverse community of faculty and staff. Northeastern values and celebrates diversity in all its forms and strives to foster an inclusive culture built on respect that affirms inter-group relations and builds cohesion.

All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

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