UC San Diego — Director, Black Resource Center

Hiring Salary Range:  $85,000 – $120,000 /year

Under the direction of the Senior Diversity Officer and in support of the University’s mission with respect to diversity and inclusion as well as the Black Resource Center’s (BRC) mission, the Director takes a leadership role in building community and creating a dynamic and diverse student, staff, and faculty experience within the University of California. The Director leads innovative efforts to provide an integrated approach to identifying, developing, implementing, and evaluating programs and practices directed toward improving Black student outreach and yield, academic success, leadership and professional development, inclusion and retention, and enrichment of the overall Black student experience. The director provides creative leadership, strategic planning, and vision regarding the role the Black Resource Center plays in support of the academic and public service mission of UC San Diego.

The Director serves as a member of the Vice Chancellor’s leadership team and participates in Unit strategic planning and organizational development and serves as a subject matter expert to senior leaders in the Office of the Vice Chancellor – Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (VC EDI). The incumbent undertakes special projects assigned by the Senior Diversity Officer, Vice Chancellor, or Chief of Staff that are often highly sensitive and/or confidential in nature. Working with senior leaders in VC EDI, the Director develops strategic plans and fundraising objectives for the unit. The incumbent also oversees the Center’s operations, including budget development and management, human resources management, development and implementation of outreach programs, and development of training opportunities that incorporate understanding of student development and leadership principles in the day-to-day operation of the Black Resource Center.

Serving as a Campus Diversity Officer, the incumbent works broadly across the university to establish and nurture campus-wide collaborations to educate and promote understanding and awareness of a equity, diversity, and inclusion issues, providing expert consultation to members of the campus community. The Director acts as an information conduit, establishing effective communications between the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion and the campus community to help leverage diversity initiatives and fuel the equity, diversity, and inclusion change process. Serves as leader and key strategist in the development, execution, and on-going management of the Black Academic Excellence Initiative, as well as an executive advisor to the VC, AVC, and Chief of Staff (COS) on creating and transforming current campus practices to center the Black experience and develop pro-Black practices in areas of student support across campus.

  • Must be available nights and weekends.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Graduation from college with a major in Student Affairs, Student Development, Organizational Management/Leadership, Education, Psychology, or related field, and four (4) years of demonstrated, progressive, and substantial professional experience in a university or college environment working with students; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Proven knowledge and experience in the field of diversity, equity, and inclusion, including an understanding of the historical and social context of diversity, equity, and inclusion, and of the complexities of the intersections of identities including, but not limited to, race, ethnicity, gender, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, and class background.
  • Thorough knowledge of a broad range of related areas including retention strategies, succession planning models competency development, campus climate issues, diversity, and change management.
  • Experience developing activities and programs that will facilitate personal and professional development of graduate and undergraduate students.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with faculty, staff, and students on program development for co/extra-curricular activities such as faculty lectures, symposia, and conferences.
  • Experience in managerial, administrative, and supervisory practices and principles. Ability to provide leadership in creating a climate of trust and respect and in aligning strategic initiatives and operational goals with the mission, values, and business needs of the BRC. Proven ability to use discretion and maintain confidentiality.
  • Demonstrated informal skill in student counseling and crisis intervention. Skill to resolve conflict situations and to recognize politically sensitive situations.
  • Advanced knowledge of a variety of administrative operational activities such as event planning, basic fundraising processes, risk management planning, website design, accounting and payroll, and contracts and grants regulations and guidelines.
  • Proven ability to actively and collaboratively identify and pursue external donors and funding agencies with interest in innovative ideas in the area of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Advanced skills in short- and long-term strategic planning, analysis, problem-solving and customer service. Proven ability to use key business skills, including thinking and planning strategically, applying business acumen, analyzing needs and proposing solutions, using financial and other data, and influencing stakeholders.
  • Proven ability to analyze information, situations, problems, policies, and procedures to: (1) define problems accurately, (2) separate problems from symptoms, (3) identify potential solutions, (4) select appropriate solutions for application, and (5) formulate logical and objective conclusions from situations, data, and observations.
  • Effective interpersonal skills including verbal and written communication, active listening, critical thinking, persuasiveness, advising and counseling skills. Strong political acumen skills and ability to apply in diverse, complex organization.
  • Excellent verbal and written interpersonal and communication skills to interact tactfully and diplomatically, yet assertively, with all segments of the campus and community in one-on-one and group situations.

SPECIAL CONDITIONS

  • Background check required.
  • Duties may require direct contact and/or supervision of children (defined as individuals under the age of 18); completion of the Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act (CANRA) form will be required.

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Job offer is contingent on successful engagement in the UC COVID-19 Vaccination program (fully vaccinated with documented proof or approved exception/deferral).

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, gender identity or sexual orientation. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: http://www-hr.ucsd.edu/saa/nondiscr.html

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