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2 Feb 2021

Full-Time Director of Marcus Garvey Cultural Center

University of Northern Colorado – Posted by jennifer.stokes work will be done from office on-campus

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Job Summary:

University of Northern Colorado Background:

The University of Northern Colorado (“UNC” or “University”) is a public research university in the state of Colorado with more than 11,000 graduate and undergraduate students. The faculty and staff add another 1,300 members to the UNC community. UNC is a multipurpose institution offering a wide range of graduate and undergraduate degree programs in six academic colleges: Humanities and Social Sciences, Monfort College of Business, Education and Behavioral Sciences, Natural and Health Sciences, Performing and Visual Arts and University Libraries. The University offers more than 2,000 academic courses.

UNC is located in Greeley, Colorado, about 50 miles north of Denver, 50 miles south of Cheyenne, Wyoming, and one hour east of Rocky Mountain National Park. The population of Greeley is nearly 110,000 people and continues to grow every year. The campus consists of classrooms, residence halls, and dining/retail throughout the campus. The central campus features tree-lined, mature buildings, while the west campus is distinguished by modern high-rise buildings.

One of the major priorities of the campus is the implementation of the University strategic plan: Rowing not Drifting 2030. The University of Northern Colorado is Colorado’s leader in education. UNC sets the standard and models innovative strategies focused on the holistic growth, development, and life-long success of our students – this is how we define a Students First university.

Rowing, Not Drifting 2030 guides our direction and aspirations for the next decade of serving students and our community. As an emerging Hispanic Serving Institution, the University of Northern Colorado will be the institution the state looks to as the future of higher education. Our students will experience a personalized education grounded in liberal arts and infused with critical and creative inquiry; establish relationships with faculty and staff that nurture individual development; gain the skills and knowledge that provide upward mobility among alumni; and share a commitment to the values of inclusion, equity, and diversity.

Our vision takes shape in the form of five elements that serve as our foundation over the next 10 years in support of and service to our students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community.

  • Students First: We exist to transform the lives of our students. We focus on all aspects of their success by making intentional decisions to meet their needs and the needs of our community.
  • Empower Inclusivity: The diversity within our university and state is a distinct advantage that we celebrate and nurture. We ensure learning occurs through meaningful discussion of shared and different experiences, viewpoints, and ideas.
  • Enhance & Invest: The success of students relies on a healthy and strong team. We provide our staff and faculty with the support they need to succeed as professionals, educators, and in life. We foster an environment where their individual well-being and sense of belonging are vital to our collective success.
  • Innovate & Create: Learning occurs through critical inquiry, discovery, and creation. We leverage technology and capitalize on opportunities to innovate and improve instruction. We anticipate and address societal needs by transforming the campus into a creative laboratory that asks questions, solves problems, and shapes Colorado’s future.
  • Connect & Celebrate: Strong community connections provide authentic learning experiences and reciprocal partnerships and collaborations. We set the standard for how engaged universities enrich the lives of those on campus, throughout Colorado, and beyond.

As you consider joining our community it is important to know that UNC is dedicated to strengthening and advancing our collective work related to diversity, equity and inclusion. We develop and learn more together with a diverse team. To achieve this, diversity for us represents differing perspectives, thoughts and experiences. We value the individuality of our human distinctions of our staff because these distinctions benefit students, our community, and each other. We expect members of our community to stretch their learning edges about race, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, lifestyle, age, educational background, national origin, religion or physical ability-this is a significant way to honor the intersectionality of our campus community. We appreciate the diverse contributions every individual makes to the UNC community.

Position Description:

The Director of the Marcus Garvey Cultural Center (MGCC) serves as a campus leader providing academic, cultural, educational, and social programs and activities that support students of the Black and African diaspora. The Director works collaboratively with university partners to provide training, consulting, programs, and other activities to enhance a campus climate of equity, inclusion, and celebration. The Director serves as a member of the Equity and Inclusion Leadership Team and will work to:

  • Utilize current student development and learning theories, racial identity development, and intersectionality theories, student affairs values, and current trend data to provide support and direction to faculty and staff, and to enhance the educational experience of students of the Black and African diaspora on a predominantly white campus.
  • Develop and maintain meaningful relationships with UNC departments, clubs, and organizations, and other campus constituents to ensure collaborative partnerships, effective programming efforts, and comprehensive support to students of the Black and African diaspora.
  • Provide academic and social support services as well as activities that enhance university-wide efforts to recruit, support, and graduate students who identify within the Black and African diaspora.
  • Assess and evaluate student interests, University processes and direction, and the current societal environment to select events, performers, and programs that enhance the academic environment and align with the Rowing not Drifting 2030 Strategic Plan, mission, and values of UNC.
  • Train, advise, and evaluate the MGCC undergraduate, graduate, and professional staff in effective organizational management, planning, and program coordination.
  • Serve as the Budget Director for the Marcus Garvey Cultural Center to create and maintain accurate fiscal processes.
  • Serve as a representative and advocate on University leadership and decision-making committees to ensure that students of color needs are central to University policies, procedures, and practices.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Leadership and Vision
    • Provide vision for the MGCC in its role as a university-sponsored Cultural Center
    • Develop short and long term strategic plans that guide MGCC operations and contribute to the long term stability of the Center
    • Evaluate and assess program efficacy through formal program review and other ongoing assessment activities
  • Student Development, Learning, and Education
    • Design and deliver programs and services that develop and address the interests and needs of students, with a particular focus on Students of the Black and African diaspora
    • Promote student development and learning through mentorship and leadership opportunities offered through MGCC programs, including student clubs and organizations, internships, job opportunities, and graduate school
    • Maintain a regular calendar of signature events that promote student development, learning, and education about Black and African-American culture and identity (Black History/Heritage Month, for example); design and develop evaluation and assessment methods to ensure that programs and services are meeting expectations, and outlined learning outcomes are achieved
    • Tailor academic support and coaching with culturally responsive educational retention methods through individual meetings and collective programming
    • Consult and collaborate with campus partners to create streamline pathways of academic success for students of the Black and African diaspora
  • Administrative Responsibilities
    • Hire, direct, support, evaluate, and supervise professional and student staff, including graduate and undergraduate students
    • Oversee and manage the MGCC budget, accounts, facility, and equipment
    • Develop, maintain, and distribute print and electronic communication materials (i.e., program brochures, websites, social media, etc.) that inform and educate internal and external audiences about the MGCC and its services.
    • Prepare annual reports documenting progress towards MGCC long- and short-term strategic goals as well as analyzing disaggregated data representing and misrepresenting students within the Black and African diaspora.
  • University and Community Relations
    • Collaborate with internal and external constituents (including faculty, other cultural center directors, alumni, and staff from other units) to provide academic enrichment and personal development opportunities for students
    • Collaboration with community members from the Marcus Garvey Cultural Center, the University of Northern Colorado, the City of Greeley, and Aims Community College honoring the life and legacy of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and reflect on our collective responsibility to work towards a more equitable society
    • Advocate for the needs of students of the Black and African diaspora in the development of university policies, programs, and services
    • Attend, and when appropriate, give presentations at local, regional, and national meetings, conferences, and symposia on topics related to higher education and student development, including those with a specific focus on students of the Black and African diaspora

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in Student Affairs/Higher Education, Counseling, Psychology, Public Administration/Policy or other related field
  • 3 years of professional experience in developing, administering, and implementing student development and learning programs and services.
  • 2 years managing and administering a budget
  • 1 year supervising professional employees
  • 1 year supervising student employees
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and work experience with students who identify as Black or African-American and general knowledge about the experiences of students of color within higher education
  • Knowledge of student development and student learning theory, racial identity development theory, and intersectionality theory
  • Enthusiasm, dedication, and strong interpersonal skills
  • A demonstrated commitment to equity, inclusion, and anti-racism
  • Successful completion of a background check

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Job Categories: Equal Opportunities. Job Types: Full-Time. Salaries: 60,000 - 80,000.

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