Director, Black Resource Center (Administrator I) (504089)

  • San Diego State University
  • San Diego, California
  • Nov 28, 2021
Full Time Administration and Management

Job Description


Position Summary

The Division of Student Affairs and Campus Diversity acknowledges and honors the inherent value and dignity of all individuals by creating and nurturing a learning and working environment that affirms and leverages our community's diversity of traditions, heritages, perspectives, and experiences. We are committed to fostering a culture of inclusive excellence designed to facilitate the personal and professional success, growth, development, and well-being of all members of our community. We manifest this commitment through our innovative, strategic and collaborative efforts to develop leaders who believe in and lead others toward practicing civility, mutual respect, and inclusion in our workplaces and society.

Under the direct supervision of the Associate Vice President for Campus and Community Affairs, the Black Resource Center Director provides leadership and long-range planning for the Black Resource Center (BRC). The Director of the Black Resource Center 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 San Diego State University. The Director of the Black Resource Center collaborates with the Division of Student Affairs, Division of Academic Affairs, the Division of Diversity and Innovation, students, staff, and campus/community partners to implement training, programs, and services of the Center. This position will represent SDSU to external community and governmental organizations. This position will/may be called upon as a resource in responding to sensitive equity, crisis, and individualized issues as they relate to African and African American students. This position will serve as a mentor and advisor to students, and a resource to other faculty/staff positions on campus. This position will work with interns and student assistants to design and deliver programs for graduate and/or undergraduate students, and University employees to promote leadership development, equity, multicultural education, social equality, and to address the intersectionality of identities such as gender, race, religion, ethnicity, class, and ability. This position will promote the Black Resource Center and raise awareness of Black excellence and student concerns through supporting events/programs, written materials, and through representation on campus-wide committees.

The Black Resource Center Director envisions, manages, and directs the BRC including the implementation of the mission, vision, strategic plan, goals, and objectives. The BRC Director provides supervision to the staff in the BRC, including the Assistant Director, Faculty Scholar, Coordinator, and student staff. The Director oversees the hiring, onboarding, and supervision of BRC student staff (graduate and undergraduate students) and is responsible for providing BRC fiduciary oversight in accordance with SDSU and CSU policy. The Director also develops, implements, and evaluates assessment tools for BRC programs and learning outcomes. This position also requires working with appropriate campus entities to periodically review and analyze the campus climate for diverse students, faculty, and staff and report findings and recommendations to appropriate administrators and committees. The Director supports and contributes to campus diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives in cooperation with Divisional goals and structures and addresses the needs of a diverse student body. The BRC Director participates in the recruitment and retention of underrepresented student populations at San Diego State University. The Director identifies and makes recommendations on communication opportunities, challenges, emerging issues, policy issues, and public relations, and works collaboratively and strategically with organizational leadership and campus partners to develop creative solutions to complex and sensitive situations. More importantly, the director situates the Black Resource Center as a space where students of the African diaspora can engage in meaningful relationships with Black faculty and staff through the following high-impact practices: Faculty research opportunities, Study abroad, Internships, and Mentoring programs.

For more information regarding the Black Resource Center, click here.

This is a full-time (1.0 time-base) benefits-eligible, at-will position. This position is designated exempt under FLSA and is not eligible for overtime compensation. Standard SDSU work hours are Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., but may vary based on operational needs.

Education and Experience
  • Bachelor's degree in Africana Studies, Ethnic Students, Cultural Studies, Women' Studies, or a related field
  • Five years of progressively responsible professional experience providing student services
  • Five years of experience promoting diversity and inclusion in higher education or a similarly complex organization
  • Experience managing staff and/or student teams

Preferred Qualifications
  • A terminal degree in Africana Studies, Ethnic Students or Cultural Studies, Women' Studies, Higher Education Administration, or a related field
  • Five years prior experience in higher education
  • Knowledge and experience working with diverse Black populations, including undocumented students and students from varied national origins
  • Experience working from anti-racist, queer, and feminist frameworks
  • Demonstrated ability to apply power, privilege, and inequity concepts to create safe working environments for minoritized students, faculty, and staff
  • Track record operating with an anti-oppression framework and an anti-deficit lens
  • Ability to understand and navigate a dynamic campus culture

Compensation and Benefits

San Diego State University will offer a competitive salary based on the qualifications and experience of the selected candidate. San Diego State University also offers a rich benefits package that includes:
  • Extensive Leave benefits: 14 paid holidays, 24 vacation days, and 12 sick days per year;
  • Retirement security through a CalPERS defined benefit pension (with CalPERS and UC Retirement Plan reciprocity) and retiree healthcare benefits;
  • An array of health, dental, and vision coverage at no-cost or low-cost to the employee; and
  • California State University system fee reduction program (fee waiver) for the employee or their qualified dependent.

SDSU COVID-19 Vaccine Policy

In accordance with the California State University systemwide policy, the COVID-19 vaccine will be required for all students, faculty, and staff in order to access campus. An individual is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose of a two-shot vaccine or two weeks after the first dose of a single-shot vaccine.

The individual hired into this role will be required to submit their completed vaccination documentation to the university's secure online health portal prior to beginning work. Individuals with an approved medical or religious exemption on file with the university will be required to complete regular COVID-19 testing.

Supplemental Information

Initial review of the required application materials, including cover letters and resumes, will begin on September 1, 2021. To receive full consideration, apply by August 31, 2021. The position will remain open until filled.

The person holding this position is considered a 'mandated reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

San Diego State University is not a sponsoring agency for staff or management positions (e.g., H-1B visa). Applicants must currently be authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis. Offers of employment are contingent upon the presentation of documents that demonstrate a person's identity and authorization to work in the United States, which are consistent with the provisions of the Immigration Reform and Control Act.

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

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SDSU is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, marital status, age, disability, pregnancy, medical condition, or covered veteran status.

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Closing Date/Time: Open until filled

Job Address

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