Coordinator of the Black Cultural Center
University Of Oregon
Eugene, OR
5h ago

Categories : Administrative / Professional, Student Life / Services

Department : Office of the Dean of Students

Appointment Type and Duration : Regular, Ongoing

Salary : $50,000 $52,000 per year

Compensation Band : OS-OA04-Fiscal Year 2018-2019

FTE : 1.0

Application Review Begins

July 22, 2019; position open until filled

Special Instructions to Applicants

To apply for this position, please submit the following with your online application :

  • A cover letter in which you clearly describe how your knowledge, skills, and experience prepare you for the job responsibilities and how they meet the qualifications and competencies outlined in the job announcement.
  • A chronological resume including education and professional work experience.
  • Names and contact information for three professional references, one of which must be a current supervisor (or most recent supervisor if not currently employed).
  • Candidates will be notified prior to references being contacted.

  • Responses to the following supplemental questions :
  • 1. The Division of Student Life is intentionally creating a multicultural organization that actively includes and engages everyone.

    What does this mean to you and, if you are selected as the Coordinator of the Black Cultural Center, how will you help the Division of Student Life achieve this goal?

    2. From your perspective, what is the value of a Black Cultural Center on the campus of a predominately white institution?

    Can you discuss how you will leverage the Black Cultural Center’s space, programs, and resources to support the success, and engagement of Black-

    identified students at the University of Oregon.

    Department Summary :

  • The Office of the Dean of Students is committed to advancing student learning that builds community. It is a learning organization that creates engaging environments to transform student learning;
  • encourages a caring and safe community that increases our students' abilities to learn and make healthy choices; promotes inclusiveness, supports the success and growth of all students;
  • prepares students to think critically, practice skills, and clarify values all of which they can use throughout their lifetime;
  • and enriches the student experience. The programs reporting to the Associate Vice President and Dean of Students work with other Division of Student Life staff, student groups, faculty, and other members of the university community in the development of curricular and co-

    curricular opportunities that ensure the integration of academic and student life at the University of Oregon.

    The University of Oregon Black Cultural Center, opening in September 2019, will work holistically to enrich, and educate students through the support of Black-

    centered programming, culturally relevant and affirming educational initiatives, and retention strategies. Supporting academic and cultural activities, the center will be designed to promote and explore Blackness, equity, justice, and other social change initiatives.

    The center will support programs and services which are designed using research-based best practices, to engage Black students with the purpose of increasing sense of belonging, social and cultural capital development, and academic success.

    The Black Cultural Center will serve as another mechanism to connect UO students with the Eugene community in order to develop mutual support of diversity and culture.

    Position Summary

    The Coordinator, reporting to the Associate Dean of Students, provides strategic direction and vision for the Black Cultural Center, oversees the administration of the physical Center, and manages its services and collaborations.

    Responsibilities include maintaining oversight of the annual budget and leading the Center in strategic planning efforts, including the development and articulation of annual departmental goals, assessment, and evaluation.

    This position is also responsible to recruit, select, train, and supervise the Student Assistants, who will play an active role in the operation of the Center and the delivery of its services.

    The Coordinator communicates, interprets, and implements University policies and procedures, fosters the success of the Student Life strategic plan, and serves as an active member of the Division of Student Life.

    This work involves collaboration with a wide-ranging set of colleagues, campus, and community partners on matters related to Black student engagement, academic and social success, and retention.

    The Coordinator serves as a resource for Black-identified students by providing support and connecting them to existing programs and services.

    The Coordinator is also responsible to design, implement, and support community outreach programs and collaborative partnerships, including making the Center available for campus and community events.

    This will require the ability to work some evenings and weekends.

    Minimum Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • Two years of experience in working with and supervising students, preferably in a college, university, or similar setting.
  • Professional Competencies

  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of issues significant to Black students, and other diverse communities both internal and external to institutions of higher education, or in similar contexts and environments.
  • Demonstrated cultural competency and success working with Black students, and other diverse populations from historically underrepresented populations, ideally in a college, university, or similar setting.
  • Demonstrated ability to cultivate and sustain partnerships and collaborative relationships with various constituencies.
  • Ability to interact in an effective and appropriate manner with diverse populations, the University community, and the public.
  • Ability to work with students, faculty, and administration in developing and advancing the goals of a Cultural Center in a multicultural environment.
  • Ability to provide evidence of leadership in planning, design and delivery of programs and services.
  • Ability to assess the needs of Black students, set priorities among those needs, and respond to those needs to the extent that the number of students, facilities, and resources permit.
  • Ability to orient Black students to the culture of the institution.
  • Ability to provide support services to help Black students achieve their educational goals.
  • Ability to promote and deepen the understanding of Black culture and heritage.
  • Ability to provide training in leadership skills and other personal and social skills for Black students and those seeking to assist them.
  • Ability to make fiscally sound decisions, and manage budgetary and payroll operations within institutional policies and procedures.
  • Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree in Student Affairs / Higher Education Administration, Sociology, Black / African-American studies, History, or another relevant field.
  • Prior experience working with and advising Black students, students from historically underrepresented populations, student organizations, and faculty and staff in a college, university or similar setting, including but not limited to non-
  • profit organizations and community agencies.

  • Experience in oversight and management of a facility, including but not limited to creating rules / standard operating procedures, coordinating staff scheduling, and managing space allocation / reservations and maintenance requests.
  • Experience managing budgets, developing missions and learning outcomes.
  • Experience with assessment and evaluation of programs and services.
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