University of Colorado Boulder — Associate Director, Center for African and African American Studies

Job Summary:

The University of Colorado Boulder is searching for a Center for African and African American Studies Associate Director! The Associate Director position serves as a key role in the newly created Center for African and African American Studies (CAAAS). The position reports to, and partners with, the CAAAS Faculty Director. The incumbent leads the programmatic and communication efforts of the CAAAS, which includes co-conceptualizing and developing culturally relevant and intersectional programmatic offerings, creating staple programs, and managing messaging and imaging across multiple outlets. This includes developing and implementing the student services program, crafted to create a sense of inclusion for students who view the University of Colorado Boulder as unwelcoming; provide opportunities for students from different groups within the African American/Black community to share their points of view; build community across differences; and promote students’ academic success and retention. In addition, this position supervises a team of student workers, interns and volunteers dedicated to advancing the Center’s key initiatives including the student services, research, arts, and health and wellness programs; community-building; philanthropy and community outreach; and more.

The CAAAS is the focal point for Black culture at CU Boulder. It is a multi-purpose space where scholars, students, artists, activists and allies come together to study Africa, African Americans, and the African diaspora. This position also works to cultivate greater connections with the broader CU and Boulder community in ways that promote the Center’s objectives with regard to showcasing and sharing African, African American, and African Diasporan history, culture, arts, and scholarship. The incumbent advises students and student organizations, assists with CAAAS initiatives and works collaboratively with campus partners such as Student Affairs and the Office of Diversity, Equity & Community Engagement (ODECE).

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be:

Programming, Implementation, Development and Facilitation:

  • Plan, develop, and implement programs, services, activities, and strategies that promote critical dialogue and social change around multiculturalism, campus climate, and issues of diversity, equity and inclusion.
  • Work with student groups on planning their events. Determine and coordinate staffing and other logistical needs.
  • Assure issues of safety, security, and risk management are addressed.
  • Assess program effectiveness and recommend changes in program content, procedures, and policies, as appropriate.
  • Recommend the development of new activities and programs.
  • Oversee promotion of the CAAAS to increase audiences and participation.

Advising and Student Support:

  • Provide advising services to African American/Black students.
  • Provide services that support and guide African American/Black undergraduate and graduate student success, provide advising about academic and personal development resources to students engaged in ethnic specific, multicultural, and/or cross cultural studies, programs, services, and organizations. Refer students to appropriate campus and community services.
  • Plan, develop, and implement advising strategies that address campus climate issues impacting students individually and in student organizations.
  • Conduct comprehensive analyses of students’ issues and needs and provide solutions and alternatives to problem areas.

Supervision and Operation:

  • Hire, train, mentor, and supervise the work of undergraduate student coordinators and interns, graduate interns, and paraprofessionals in close partnership with the CAAAS Director.
  • Help create operational policies and procedures in close partnership with the CAAAS Director.

Campus Leadership and Strategic Partnerships:

  • Develop and maintain relationships with partners, on and off campus, critical to the CAAS’ success.
  • Serve as a liaison with other programs, centers and departments on the Boulder campus and in the community; and convene and facilitate meetings of the CAAAS Advisory Board.
  • Promote collaborations among various student, staff, faculty, and community constituencies with interests in African, African American, and African Diaspora Studies.
  • Work with faculty, academic departments, and department management to help resolve specific student academic issues.
  • Serve as a representative of the CAAAS and be visible at campus and community events.
  • Create new partnerships and beneficial collaborations on campus and in the Boulder community.

Professional Development:

  • Keep tabs on changing and evolving trends regarding: African American/Black students; African, African American, and African Diaspora Studies; multicultural education/counseling; racial and cultural identity development, etc.
  • Stay on top of student trends in higher education, particularly low-income and first-generation college populations.

What We Can Offer:
The salary range for this position is $50,000 – $70,000 annually.

What We Require:
Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited university.
A combination of education and/or experience will substitute for the degree requirement on a year-for-year basis.
Two (2) years of post-bachelor experience working with first-generation, underrepresented undergraduates, graduates, faculty, and/or staff.

Special Instructions
To apply, please submit the following materials:

  1. A current resume.
  2. A cover letter that specifically tells us how your background and experience align with the requirements, qualifications, and responsibilities of the position.

We may request references at a later time.

Please apply by October 11, 2021 for consideration.
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