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Assistant Director of the Upperman African American Cultural Center (UAACC)

University of North Carolina, Wilmington
North Carolina, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Sep 21, 2022

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Administrative, Academic Affairs, Curriculum & Instructional Development, Business & Administrative Affairs, Community Relations & Institutional Outreach, Student Affairs, Minority & Multicultural Affairs
Employment Type
Full Time
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​Benefits of Working at UNCW

Want to become a soaring UNCW Seahawk and work at one of the best universities on the East Coast? Want to put your toes in the sand after a day of work? The University of North Carolina Wilmington offers a wonderfully vibrant university community along with a beautiful location just miles from the beach.

Employees of UNCW are provided a comprehensive benefits package as well as other programs, resources, policies, and practices that help to support a work/life balance. Our programs have been designed to provide a variety of choices to best fit your needs and the needs of your family. Full time employees are eligible for dental, vision and health insurance plans. Health insurance benefit plans eligibility begins on the first of the month following date of hire. Retirement plan contributions begin on the eligibility date following election and include employer contributions for either a defined contribution or a defined benefit plan. Optional disability plans are also available.

Full time employees are also eligible for the tuition waiver program which covers the cost of tuition and fees for up to three (3) undergraduate or graduate courses per academic year at UNCW or any other university within the UNC System. In addition, UNCW covers the cost of tuition and fees for one UNCW course each summer session.

As a full time employee, UNCW also offers a free membership to the Campus Recreation Center, free vaccine and booster shots offered on campus, meditation and yoga sessions, voluntary supplemental insurance coverages, pretax flexible spending accounts, 12 paid holidays, 24 hours of paid community service leave time, paid vacation and sick leave accrual and family medical leave after 12 months of continuous service.

We also offer an abundance of training and development programs through our Dare to Learn Academy , Skillport , and the employee assistance program , many of which are offered free of charge.

Working Title

Assistant Director of the Upperman African American Cultural Center (UAACC)

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Location of Workplace

Main UNCW Campus


Upperman Center - 30310


Chancellor - 25000 Division

Brief Summary of Work for this Position

The Assistant Director of the Upperman African American Cultural Center ( UAACC ) is responsible for the day-to-day coordination, curriculum development, program development and relationship development of Community & Pre-Student Outreach Initiatives in the Center. This position is critical for pre-student initiatives and the varying on-going projects/programs that are done in conjunction with the Wilmington surrounding communities. As well, the Assistant Director will be responsible for training work-study staff and managing one staff member, while also serving as the manager of the center’s assessment measures. In doing so, this will promote the Center’s educational and cultural enrichment objectives as they pertain to African-American life, culture and history.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements

Master’s degree in field relevant to the operation of the UAACC with a strong background in African American Studies and a minimum of two years of professional experience which can include operation of a cultural center/facility program, college level teaching or college level experience serving undergraduate students; At least one year of the professional experience should include working with diverse racial/ethnic people as well as historically under-represented groups.

Preferred Education, Knowledge, Skills & Experience
  • Knowledge of African American, Black, Gullah-Geechee, and African histories/heritages and the intersections that.
  • Considerable knowledge and experience serving and supporting Queer African American Students and/or other Black students at a variety of intersections.
  • Experience working with college students in a university setting.
  • Demonstrated ability and strong interpersonal skills to work in a social justice-oriented office with individuals and groups with a wide array of backgrounds, identities, life experiences, and communication styles.
  • Skill to pay close attention to detail and prioritize workload with frequent interruptions
  • Ability to juggle many different projects simultaneously, with consistent accuracy, follow-through, and timely completion of projects.
  • Excellent communication skills to express ideas clearly and concisely, both verbally and in writing.
  • Strong group facilitation skills.
  • Strong curriculum-writing skills.
  • Ability to recognize and protect confidential information and exercise judgment, tact, and diplomacy in handling sensitive information and situations.
  • Ability to take initiative, problem solve and work independently with good judgment about when to seek direction.
  • Ability to work as a leading member in a team-oriented environment with an understanding of the larger unit and University contexts. This includes being part of an office team as well as collaborating with colleagues and non-University partners.
  • Must be highly proficient in Outlook, Microsoft Office, and Google Docs, have the ability to utilize current technology and attend to website updates and issues as needed.
  • Ability to consistently work some evenings and weekends for programming outside of regular business hours.
  • Master’s degree with 2-3 years of related professional experience.
  • Professional experience working in social justice education, including experience in the areas of race, ethnicity, nationality, class, disability, religion, sexuality, and gender.
  • Educational background in college student personnel, higher education administration, social work, counseling, sexuality and gender studies, or other related fields.
  • Experience with creative educational program development, including program planning, implementation, and assessment.
  • Experience with online outreach and current technology (i.e., social networking sites, virtual worlds, blogs, chat rooms, etc.).
  • Experience with supervising students is expected, as is student counseling and organization advising.
  • Experience developing assessment instruments, collecting and analyzing quantitative and/or qualitative data, and making data-driven strategic decisions aimed at continually improving programs and services is strongly preferred.
  • Proven technology skills across multiple social/media platforms are also needed.
  • Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal skills are essential.
  • Facilitation/training/teaching.
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Primary Purpose of Organizational Unit

The Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion supports the institutional mission and assists UNCW to meet its diversity goals and promote the value of diversity. There are three main areas that have been identified for the centers/office under OIDI : 1) promote the access, retention and graduation of students, 2) provide educational programming/campus climate and 3) engage in community partnerships.

College/School Information

University Information

The University of North Carolina Wilmington, the state’s coastal university, is dedicated to the integration of teaching, mentoring, research and service. Widely acknowledged for its world-class faculty and staff and continuously recognized at a national level for scholarly excellence and affordability, UNCW offers a powerful academic experience that stimulates creative inquiry and critical thinking and a community rich in diversity, inclusion and global perspectives.

A public institution with nearly 18,000 students, UNCW offers a full range of baccalaureate- and graduate-level programs, as well as doctoral degrees in educational leadership, marine biology, nursing practice and psychology; and many distance learning options, including clinical research, an accelerated RN-to- BSN program, an Executive M.B.A. program structured for working professionals, and the nation’s only bachelor’s degree program focused on coastal engineering.

The university’s efforts to advance research and scholarly activities have earned UNCW the elevated designation of “Doctoral Universities: High Research Activity” institution (R2 University) by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.

UNCW has been part of the University of North Carolina System since 1969.

EEO Statement

At the University of North Carolina at Wilmington ( UNCW ), our culture reflects our values of inclusion, diversity, globalization, ethics and integrity and innovation and we are committed to providing equality of educational and employment opportunity for all persons without regard to race, sex (such as gender, gender identity, marital status, childbirth, and pregnancy), age, color, national origin (including ethnicity), religion, disability, sexual orientation, political affiliation, veteran status, military service member status, genetic information, or relationship to other university constituents – except where sex, age, or ability represent bona fide educational or occupational qualifications or where marital status is a statutorily established eligibility criterion for State funded employee benefit programs. UNCW believes that embracing the unique contributions of our faculty, staff and students is critical to our success and paramount in being recognized for our global mindset.

Eligibility for Employment

Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. UNC Wilmington participates in E-Verify. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States.

Number of Openings

Single Incumbent

Special Notes to Applicants

Applications will be accepted until position is filled.

Months Per Year

12 Months


1.0 (40 hours per week)

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Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
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  1. * How did you learn of this opportunity with UNCW? (2022)
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    • UNCW Job Alert
    • Chronicle of Higher Education
    • Diverse Issues in Higher Education
    • Glassdoor
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    • Hispanic Outlook
    • Indeed
    • Inside Higher Ed
    • North Carolina Job Network
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