Associate Center Director - Africana Center, School of Arts and Sciences - (20001387)
The Africana Center was founded in 1969 to meet the needs and concerns of Tufts students of African descent on a predominately white campus. Over the past 50 years, the center has worked to enhance the academic mission of the university by providing students access to a full range of academic, cultural and social resources. In addition, the Director of the Center works closely with the administrative and academic offices of the university on issues of interest to students, and advocates proactively on their behalf. The Center is committed to helping students succeed at the university and prepare them to take leadership roles in their chosen fields.
The Associate Center Director is responsible for assisting in the administrative management of, training, programming and assessment for the Africana Center in order to promote its educational and cultural enrichment objectives as they pertain to Black life, culture and history.
Specific Duties Training and Program Planning, Execution and Assessment: 1. Cultivate consciousness related to Black experiences to encompass African diaspora content and best practices in peer-engagement and traditional Africana Center programs; (e.g. Peer Leader Program, Black Men's Group - Black Women's Collective Discussion Groups, SQUAD Pre-Orientation Program, Orientation Retreat, Sophomore Year Program, etc.) 2. Design, implement, facilitate and market educational trainings (guided by an understanding of intersectionality and social justice frameworks) and custom trainings for the Africana community. 3. Assist with Tufts Black Alumni Association programs especially for University significant observances (e.g. Homecoming, Back to the Hill, and Reunions Weekend). 4. Evaluate and Assess training, programs and services through regular quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis in collaboration with the Division of Diversity & Inclusion and Office of Institutional Research.
5. Prepare reports and proposals as well as provide recommendations for grant applications and strategic planning as necessary.
Student Development/Advisement: 1. Develop and grow an overall student engagement strategy with direct student contact to include engagement goals and tracking efforts. 2. Advise student leaders and student groups including the Africana Advisory Alliance in planning, marketing, budgeting and assessing programs and events. Help students identify opportunities to infuse African diaspora content into programs and events and direct them to available resources. 3. Communicate with matriculating students to assist with their transition to Tufts including problem solving and addressing issues that may impede success; which includes the management of the SQUAD Pre-Orientation Program and Orientation Retreat, development and/or provision of resource guides and other material assistance. 4. Assist individual students with problem solving and addressing issues that impede success.
5. Encourage mutual respect, communication, and cooperation between students, staff, families, faculty, and alumni; assist in the development of culturally relevant community standards; and foster an environment conducive to personal growth, academic success and community connectedness.
Administrative Responsibilities: 1. Manage the hiring and training of the Africana Center student staff, evaluate workflow and productivity and monitor workplace performance. 2. Provide logistical planning and support for events, ordering of supplies and replacement materials, etc. 3. Initiate, develop and/or maintain key collaborative relationships across the Division of Diversity & Inclusion, Office of Student Affairs and within the University and greater Boston community.
4. Collaborate with Director on strategic plan, annual report, and annual budgeting process.
1. Assist with public relations and development activities including the development and design of marketing materials (i.e. The Scoop newsletter, promotional flyers/ materials, social media/marketing presence, and response to inquiries, etc.) and the cultivation of relationships with alumni and other stakeholders. 2. Create new and innovative approaches to increase audience touch points.
3. Assist with visits of special guests to the Tufts campus.
Other Duties and Responsibilities: 1. Assist in facilitating art exhibitions in the Africana Center. 2. Assist in chronicling the history of the Africana Center and Black presence at Tufts. 3. Perform other duties as assigned.
General Qualifications Minimum:
Knowledge and experience as typically acquired by a Bachelor's degree in a related field (e.g. Africana Studies, Higher Education Administration or Diversity and Inclusion Leadership) with 2-3 years of relevant experience .
Master's degree in a related field (e.g. Africana Studies, Higher Education Administration or Diversity and Inclusion Leadership) with 1-2 years of relevant experience, strongly preferred.
3-5 years of professional experience in a Cultural Center or Student Affairs related unit is strongly preferred as is the ability to work effectively on a team in a fast-paced environment.
A consummate professional with a strong work ethic, attention to detail and appreciation for discretion is most desired.
Ability to prioritize work appropriately and adapt to changing priorities as well as work independently on multiple tasks and deal effectively with conflicting priorities is also a must.
Knowledge of the policies and practices of Student Affairs as well as the principles and trends related to Black college students is preferred.
Experience with supervising students expected as is student counseling and organization advising.
Experience developing assessment instruments, collecting and analyzing quantitative and/or qualitative data and making data-driven strategic decisions aimed at continually improving programs and services is strongly preferred.
Proven technology skills across multiple social/media platforms are also needed.
Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal skills are essential. Facilitation/training/teaching skills required.
A willingness to work some (in the) evenings and weekends is also a must during the academic year.
In your letter of interest, please be sure to address your knowledge of the African diaspora especially the Caribbean and/or continental African culture, history and contemporary conditions and your experience with training and assessment. Also, include travel experience and foreign language acumen, if applicable.
An employee in this position must complete all appropriate background checks at the time of hire, promotion, or transfer.
Primary Location: United States-Massachusetts-Medford/Somerville
Job: Administrative Support
Organization: Africana Center
Employee Status: Regular Schedule: Full-time
Job Posting: Jun 26, 2020, 7:03:46 PM
Internal Number: 20001387
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