JOB: Director of the African, African American Cultural Resource Center

Director of the African, African American Cultural Resource Center
Position: Director of the African, African American Cultural Resource Center

Northeastern Illinois University’s Center for Diversity and Intercultural Affairs is seeking an energetic and creative individual to promote the vision of diversity and enhance the social, cultural, educational and leadership development of African and African American students. The director will be responsible for the development of
programs and conferences that include enrichment activities that are targeted for successful enrollment and adjustment of African and African American students, while enriching their educational experience and contributing to their academic and personal success in all University areas. The director will participate in an integrated department goal-setting process with the Director of the Latino Cultural Resource
Center, Director of the Asian American/Global Cultural Resource Center and other campus units related to the development of cultural competencies and cultural programming and will initiate innovative cultural programs and activities that foster appreciation and understanding of diversity.

This position reports to the Associate Vice President and Dean for Diversity and Intercultural Affairs and requires an individual who is a leader and team builder. The successful candidate will recognize the importance of promoting the University vision of diversity and will have demonstrated strong interpersonal and communication skills necessary to interact with students, alumni, faculty, staff and the general public. The successful candidate will embrace and enhance the mission and role of an urban institution and be a person of the highest ethical standard.

Northeastern Illinois University is a comprehensive state university serving more than 12,000 commuter students. Located on 67 acres in an attractive residential setting on the Northwest side of Chicago, the University offers more than 80 undergraduate and graduate majors. It is a highly diverse university and prides itself on excellent classroom instruction by highly qualified faculty and preparing graduates to function effectively in a global society.

Required Competencies and Skills:

Master’s degree in a relevant academic area; Ph.D. preferred.
Experience working in a culturally diverse academic environment.
Knowledge, training and experience of academic programs, academic retention, transition, cultural and career concerns of the diaspora of African and African American students, their families and communities.
Experience in supervision of professional, graduate and undergraduate staff, budget management, and assessment.
Ability to provide reports and assessments, as well as implement programming in a timely manner.
Experience working with and ability to relate effectively to the diaspora of African and African American students as well as all students, faculty, staff, alumni, and other campus constituents.
Demonstrated understanding of and commitment to multiculturalism and diversity in its many facets.
Strong interpersonal and communication skills necessary to interact with students and the general public in a tactful and diplomatic approach.
Collaborative style of management, soliciting input from colleagues in decision-making process.
Creative, energetic, and responsible leadership skills through a strong student development philosophy.
Commitment to continued personal and professional development.
Commitment to the mission and goals of the Center for Diversity and Intercultural Affairs.
Salary for the position will be commensurate with experience.

To Apply:
Screening of applications begins June 29, 2010. Submit a letter of interest, a complete resume, and the names, mailing addresses, telephone numbers and e-mail addresses of three references to:

Lance Williams, Ph.D., Chair
Search and Screen Committee
L-Williamsb@neiu.edu
Northeastern Illinois University
5500 N. St. Louis Ave
Chicago, IL 60625-4699

Northeastern Illinois University is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer.

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