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Executive Director for the Latino Education Institute

Worcester State University
Massachusetts, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Feb 3, 2022

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Administrative, Business & Administrative Affairs, Community Relations & Institutional Outreach, Student Affairs, Minority & Multicultural Affairs, Other Student Affairs, Executive, Executive Directors, Other Executive
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Full Time
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About Worcester State University:

WORCESTER STATE UNIVERSITY is a liberal arts and sciences university with a long tradition of academic excellence dating back to 1874, as well as an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer that seeks to reflect the diversity of its community. Our workforce is dedicated to academic quality, student-centered programming, engaged citizenship, open exchanges of ideas, diversity and inclusiveness, and civility and integrity. We are looking for job applicants who share these values and commitment to our students.

Worcester State is centrally located in Massachusetts, about an hour's drive from Boston, Springfield, and Providence, Rhode Island. Our 58-acre campus is nestled in the residential northwest side of Worcester--the second largest city in New England and home to 37,000 college students at more than a dozen colleges and universities. Over 6,000 of those students attend Worcester State--approximately 5,300 are undergraduates and 1,000 are graduate students. Learn more about us at .

Job Description:

OFFICIAL TITLE: Executive Director for the Latino Education Institute

SUPERVISION RECEIVED: Assistant Vice President for Urban Affairs

SUPERVISION EXERCISED: Subordinate full-time and contracted LEI staff

General Statement of Duties: The Executive Director for the Latino Education Institute is responsible for the overall vision, growth, programming, staffing, and external funding of the institute. Reporting to the Assistant Vice President for Urban Affairs, the incumbent will engage with the university, the community, and the institute's stakeholders to ensure the economic stability of the institute. They will focus on the recruitment and retention of diverse students to Worcester State University, as well as community health-equity initiatives, and improving the educational well-being of K-16 students and families.


(E) = Essential

  1. (E) Responsible for the overall continued success of the Latino Education Institute (LEI) through innovative measures for progress, growth, funding, and sustainability.
  2. (E) Ensures strategic, programmatic excellence through supervision of, and collaboration with benefited staff in developing, deploying, evaluating, and modifying program structures and curriculum; ensures pedagogical frameworks are used accordingly throughout programs.
  3. (E) Oversees the recruitment of staff to support program initiatives, including but not limited to volunteers, contractors, and students; ensures proper training and adherence to WSU hiring policies and procedures.
  4. (E) Develops and implements engagement initiatives for WSU students, including work-based learning and scholarship opportunities.
  5. (E) Forms and maintains strategic and meaningful professional relationships with WSU faculty for the purpose of research development, evaluation workplans, and engagement with the institute.
  6. (E) Collaborates with internal and external constituents, including but not limited to colleagues working in Enrollment Management, the Office of Multicultural Affairs, and the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for purposes of recruiting, supporting, and retaining diverse WSU students.
  7. (E) Identifies potential funding sources and collaborates with the Office of Grants and Sponsored Research for the purpose of writing, obtaining, and effectuating grants to fund, support, and enhance institute's work; collaborates with University Advancement to create scholarship and other opportunities for diverse students and engage with WSU/LEI alumni.
  8. (E) Develops workshops, activities, conferences, and special events that support and enhance the institute's work.
  9. (E) Conveys an informational, consistent, strong, and effective message about the institute's work across social media platforms; collaborates with the Communications and Marketing to ensure consistency with WSU standards.
  10. (E) Collaborates with community partners such as Worcester Public Schools and the Department of Public Health.
  11. (E) Serves on boards and committees that contribute to and advance the work of the institute and the university.
  12. (E) Develops, leads, and maintains city-wide partnerships, as appropriate, with federal, state, and local entities.
  13. (E) Speaks on behalf of the Latino Education Institute, in coordination with university's public relations representative(s).
  14. (E) Coordinates research related to the institute and their work, in collaboration with the Assistant Vice President for Urban Affairs and the LEI Faculty Collaborative.
  15. (E) Responsible for the institute's budget, including management of external funds in collaboration with the Office of Grants and Sponsored Research; prepares reports as required.
  16. (E) Supports and is responsive to the LEI Community Advisory Board and the LEI Faculty Collaborative.
  17. (E) Broadens the institute's access and exposure to education reform efforts and health equity strategies.
  18. (E) Demonstrates civility and professional, customer-service oriented behavior, worthy of emulation by other staff and students.
  19. (E) Responsible for contributing to the WSU Strategic Plan.
  20. (E) Responsible for contributing to Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action objectives.
  21. Performs other duties as assigned.


Required Qualifications:
  • Master's degree in a related field such as education, health science, sociology, urban studies, child development, or similar.
  • At least 7 years of significant experience in administration including budget management, supervision, department or organization leadership, research and evaluation, and program and event planning and coordination.
  • At least 5 years of management experience in higher education, health, education, non-profit, public policy, or social service.
  • Significant experience in grant writing and management of grant-funded projects.
  • Experience in governmental relations.
  • Knowledge and understanding of socio-economic and education issues pertaining to the Latino community and urban communities.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills; ability to communicate effectively in both English and Spanish languages.
  • Ability to work independently and effectively handle multiple priorities, often with competing deadlines and resources.
  • Strong networking, collaboration, and public relations skills.
  • Ability to successfully pass a thorough background check and CORI check,
  • Ability to perform the essential functions of the position with or without reasonable accommodation.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Fluency in both the English and Spanish languages.

Additional Information:

This is a full-time, benefited, exempt, professional APA position. This position is eligible for a hybrid work modality, and work is performed within mostly traditional business hours and occasional evening or weekend hours for special events, programs, and meetings. The firm annual salary range for this position is $80,000 - $90,000, commensurate with relevant professional experience and education.

Worcester State University offers a competitive benefits package that includes:
  • a choice of 11 different pre-taxed, health insurance plan options
  • a choice of pension or 401(a), and supplemental plan retirement options
  • life insurance up to 8x the annual salary
  • long-term disability coverage
  • dental insurance
  • 20 vacation days accrued per year
  • 15 sick days accrued per year
  • 5 personal days per year
  • paid holidays
  • tuition remission for self, spouse, and dependent children
  • and more...
We are an equal opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. M/F/D/V. Members of traditionally underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

Application Instructions:

Applicants must apply online and may do so by visiting, and submitting a cover letter, resume, and the contact information of three professional references.

For assistance with uploading materials, log a ticket via the HelpDesk link, or contact us directly at 508-929-8053.


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