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Assistant Director of The Institute for Critical Race and Ethnic Studies (CRES)

St. John's University
New York, United States
Salary Not specified
Date posted
Nov 21, 2023

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Assistant Director of The Institute for Critical Race and Ethnic Studies (CRES)

St. John's established in 1870, has three New York City campuses; international locations in Rome, Italy; Limerick, Ireland; and Paris, France; and study abroad locations around the world. The Princeton Review and other top rankings consistently recognize the University's outstanding academics, diverse student body, dynamic internship and volunteer opportunities, focus on student life, and diverse study abroad offerings. St. John's University offers more than 100 undergraduate and graduate programs in its six colleges and schools, with a growing number of programs offered online. The University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and 12 other major academic and professional associations.

A dedication to diversity, equity and inclusion is at the heart of our mission. As a Catholic and Vincentian university, St. John's is committed to institutionalizing practices of inclusive excellence to ensure that we welcome and celebrate the intrinsic worth of all members of our community. We will become an even stronger university as we enhance equity at every level of our institution. Our graduates will excel in the competencies and values required for leadership and service in a rapidly evolving world.

Title - Assistant Director of The Institute for Critical Race and Ethnic Studies (CRES)

Reports to the Director, and helps to provides leadership for the CRES Institute

About the Institute for Critical Race and Ethnic Studies

The Institute for Critical Race and Ethnic Studies (CRES) at St. John's University is a research institute whose principal method of operation is the innovative interweaving of theory and action for thedevelopment and engagement of interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary approaches to addressing the problems caused by systemic racism and the intersecting forms of oppression that accompany it locally, regionally, nationally, and globally.

Its structure and ethos are shaped by an awareness of the importance of the cross-pollination of ideas and evidence from researchers, policymakers, legislators, industry leaders, community organizers, artists, and grassroots activists who seek to develop solutions for the problems of institutionalized racial injustice and its role in shaping other forms of inequities.

The work of the institute takes place in a number of distinct and interconnected collaborative spaces:
  • Ethics in Practice
  • Community Research Partnerships
  • Incubators
  • Education
  • Fellowships and Internships
  • Visiting Scholars & Speakers

These spaces are linked by the CRES Institute's overall approach of interweaving theory and action to develop new knowledges, practices, and pedagogies that address the problems created by systemic racism and the causes and outcomes of the racialization and ethnicization of Latin American, African, Asian, Oceanic, and Indigenous people and their diasporas.

Each of these collaborative spaces brings together opportunities for internal and external group projects that serve the specific focus of that collaborative space. The aim of each of these collaborative spaces is to break down the walls that inhibit work across all boundaries.

To learn more visit: St. John's Institute of Critical Race and Ethnic Studies

The Assistant Director works with the Director to provide a coherent vision and direction for the Institute in partnership with other university structures.

Works with the Director in overseeing the development of the structures of the CRES Institute and the interdisciplinary research activities of the Institute.

The Assistant Director works with the Director to ensure, the appropriate running and development of the Institute's advisory boards, the success of the research projects that take place through the programmatic and collaborative spaces within the Institute.
  • leads some of the administrative tasks for the implementation of the programmatic goals to fulfill the vision for the development of the Institute.
  • works with the Director to lead, develop and motivate a high performing Institute and its staff, engendering a culture of excellence, accountability, and transparency;
  • works with the Director to oversee the development of the CRES major and minor.
  • works with the Director to develop and maintain external relationships essential to the Institute's work, promoting the work of the Institute with external organizations.

Main Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Works with the Director to develop and deliver a compelling, cohesive and ambitious vision for the Institute aligned to the University's strategic objectives and anti-racist practices;
  • Works with the Director to support the development of the CRES Academic Programs, including overseeing the recruitment of students and supporting the development of courses and supporting faculty activity.
  • Works with the Director to develop and manage the Institute's advisory boards;
  • Serves as an ex-officio member of the internal Advisory Board
  • Works with the Director to create programs in the Institute's programmatic spaces that develop the Institute's research agendas and solidifies the Institute's research portfolio. This will include identifying and supporting opportunities for research and program developments internally and externally in the region, nationally, and internationally.
  • Serves as project manager over programming taking place in the Institute's collaborative spaces.
  • Co-Coordinates the process of identifying internal and external funding sources and income-generating activities for the Institute;
  • Works with the Director to ensure that all relevant University policies and procedures are followed by the Institute.

Work Environment

This position requires spending time in the CRES Institute office space.


Travel is primarily local and may include visits to the other NY campuses.

Required Education and Experience:
  • A Master's degree required
  • A doctorate or equivalent preferred.
  • Experience in research and/or teaching in CRES or CRES-related fields preferred.
  • Prior university (or other nonprofit administrative experience) preferred.

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time, with or without notice.

In compliance with NYC's Pay Transparency Act, the annual salary range for this position is $62,400. St. John's University considers factors such as (but not limited to) scope and responsibilities of the position, candidate's work experience, education/training, key skills, internal peer equity, as well as market and organizational considerations when extending an offer.

This position may be relocated to any of St. John's University's physical locations at any time.

St. John's offers a competitive compensation program which is commensurate with your qualifications, experience, and contingent upon the departmental budget. We also offer an extremely comprehensive benefits program to meet the diverse needs of our workforce. Along with exceptional benefits such as medical, dental, life insurance, long term disability insurance, tuition remission, generous 403(b) employer contribution, employee assistance program, and liberal paid time off policies, faculty and staff can also enjoy St. John's performing arts, libraries, bookstores, dining facilities, campus recreation and sporting events

Any offer of employment is subject to receipt by St. John's University of satisfactory references, verification of employment and education.

St. John's University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from women and minorities. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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