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Executive Director of the Black Leadership Initiative

Marian University (IN)
Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Apr 26, 2024

Job Details

As part of a diverse community of faculty and staff who represent many faith systems and worldviews, Marian University is seeking an Executive Director of the Black Leadership Initiative (BLI) who will promote our Catholic Franciscan mission and identity by recruiting, retaining, and supporting BLI scholars. This position will also oversee the operations and programming of the Unity Center.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Actively engage the Catholic Franciscan mission and identity of Marian University by modeling the Franciscan Sponsorship Values and honoring the legacy of the founding congregation through transformative education, unity in diversity, leadership through service, integrating faith and life, and institutional policies.
  • Recruit and support prospective BLI scholars. In coordination with Office of Admissions, attend scheduled college fairs, participate in high school visits and other recruitment events.
  • Coordinate the BLI scholarship selection process and assists in the University’s scholarship days.
  • Collaborate with community organizations to deliver recruitment/awareness initiatives to the African American and Black population in the Indianapolis community.
  • Develop and implement initiatives that align with the institutional learning outcomes and encourages transformational leadership to ensure scholar success and engagement.
  • Create programming and curriculum for scholars that allows them to explore their identity and empowers them to embrace and celebrate their cultural backgrounds.
  • Assess qualitative and quantitative data related to scholars success and monitor academic performance of scholars.
  • Recruit, manage, and meet regularly with the BLI Board of Visitors showcasing the programs successes and soliciting feedback from advisors
  • Provide strategic direction and support for the Unity Center, multicultural programs, and multicultural student organizations
  • Implement and facilitate programming, in coordination with the Unity Center and the Union for Black Identity, during Black Month.
  • Provide leadership and support for key Unity Center events and initiatives such as Multicultural Graduation and AlumnKnight.
  • Collaborate with offices within the Division of Student Success and Engagement and the Center for Teaching and Learning regarding campus-wide education and programs related to cultural competency, equity, and inclusion that align with the institutional learning outcomes for transformational leadership and the University strategic plan
  • Attend regular trainings or professional development opportunities to grow cultural awareness in order to appropriately serve the diverse BLI community and stay up to date on promising practices in diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Maintain accurate updated records regarding office budget and grant related account

University Expectations: (examples listed below)
  • Knowledge of and a commitment to the mission of Marian University
  • Adheres to Marian University’s policies and procedures
  • Regularly engage in training to stay relevant on promising practices in diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Shows courtesy and respect in interactions with fellow employees, students subordinates, and supervisors
  • Communicates regularly with supervisor about Department issues
  • Meets department productivity standards
  • Participates in developing department goals, objective, and systems
  • Assists to establish department measurements that align and support the accomplishment of the University’s strategic goals
  • Adheres to the department budget

Required Qualifications:
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

To be qualified for this position the candidate must have:
  • Master’s degree in higher education and students affairs or related field
  • Successful completion of coursework or training in diversity, equity, and inclusion
Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

For Consideration All Applications Require:

  1. Cover Letter
  2. Current resume or CV
  3. Contact information of three professional references. The reference contact information must be entered after the application is submitted in the "My Presence" section of the applicant profile.
  4. Responses to the supplementary mission & identity questions.

Please Review Marian University’s Mission & Identity Statement before responding to the supplementary questions on your application:

Marian University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.


Marian University

At Marian University, our vision is to provide an education distinguished in its ability to prepare transformative leaders for service to the world. Our mission is to be a great Catholic university dedicated to achieving excellence in learning, which is achieved through teaching, research, and scholarly activities in the Franciscan and liberal arts tradition. We welcome students of all faiths who seek an educational experience framed within the context of our Franciscan values of dignity of the individualpeace and justicereconciliation, and responsible stewardship. Our understanding of these values is informed by reflection on the life of Jesus Christ and prayer.

The institution grew out of the dedication and vision of Sister Theresa Hackelmeier and the Sisters of St. Francis, Oldenburg, who established a school in Oldenburg, Indiana, in 1851. The college was founded in Oldenburg in 1936 and moved to Indianapolis in 1937. On July 1, 2009, Marian College became Marian University.

Marian University is proud to be a higher education institution just ten minutes away from downtown Indianapolis. Here, you’ll not only get to benefit from the exceptional employment and internship opportunities the city has to offer but also its diverse culture and lively personality. From cool cultural districts with unique entertainment, shopping, and dining options to outdoor festivals, professional and amateur sports events, hiking and biking trails, and more, Marian University is conveniently located in the heart of it all. Whether it’s walking around Monument Circle, floating down the canal in a paddleboat, visiting the various historical sites and museums, or dining on Mass Ave, you’ll quickly find your favorite local hangouts and love this city just as much as we do.

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