Coordinator, African American Center for Academic Excellence (AACAE)

Mar 23, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Coordinator, African American Center for Academic Excellence (AACAE)

Humboldt State University

(Job #17-25) Coordinator, African American Center for Academic Excellence, SSP II, 3,537-$5,028/month. Appointments are normally made at the beginning of the salary range. This is a full-time, benefited, 11/12 pay plan (work 11 months with pay and benefits over 12) probationary position within the Cultural Centers for Academic Excellence.

Position Summary:
This position oversees the African American Center for Academic Excellence, which resides under the umbrella of HSU's Cultural Centers for Academic Excellence. The Cultural Centers for Academic Excellence is a unit comprised of multiple programs, including the MultiCultural Center (MCC), the Native American Center for Academic Excellence (or Indian Tribal and Educational Personnel Program, ITEPP), the Latinx Center for Academic Excellence, and the African American Center for Academic Excellence.

The Cultural Centers for Academic Excellence (CCAE) are committed to supporting the retention and academic success of historically underrepresented students by providing academic mentoring and support as well as facilitating opportunities for student faculty engagement. The Cultural Centers for Academic Excellence are culturally based support programs designed to provide HSU students with networks that blend cultural, community and faculty engagement with structured mentoring - to assist students in reaching their academic and career goals.

The Cultural Centers for Academic Excellence are a key component of HSU's many current initiatives to support retention and inclusive academic excellence, and are part of a larger campus focus on supporting a diverse, equitable and inclusive campus community. Humboldt State University is one of 23 campuses within the California State University (CSU) system, and is one of 18 CSU campuses to receive federal designation as a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI). About half of our total student population are Students of Color, and over half of our total student population are first-generation students.

For the Coordinator of the African American Center for Academic Excellence we are seeking a visionary leader who understands the challenges of historically underrepresented and first generation students, and who can help our campus meet our goal of fostering a campus climate that is broadly supportive of the success of African American students. The Coordinator will create and promote an inclusive culture for student success while providing the inspiration, vision, mentoring, and direction needed to assist students in achieving their personal, academic, and professional goals.


Academic Mentoring and Retention Support
The Center Coordinator will design, implement and evaluate academic success strategies, programs, workshops, presentations and other innovative activities that provide academic support for students. The Coordinator will be responsible for developing interactive, authentic faculty engagement opportunities for students, both in the Center and around campus. The Coordinator will provide academic mentoring and guidance for students participating in the Center and track students' progress.

Lead work and Student Staff Supervision
The Center Coordinator will be responsible for coordinating the Center's operations and academic success strategies, facilitating and developing leadership development activities, and program assessment. The Coordinator will collaborate closely with the Coordinators of the other Cultural Centers for Academic Excellence to ensure the achievement of desired student learning outcomes. The Coordinator will submit program reviews, and will conduct assessments for quality improvement. The Coordinator will serve the diverse needs of the university community and will participate on appropriate university committees to foster an institutional climate supportive of the success of African American students. The Coordinator will supervise student staff.

Culturally Relevant Social Integration and Student Success Programming
The Coordinator will work closely with the MultiCultural Center in developing co-curricular programs to enhance students' personal, socio-cultural and professional development and growth. The coordinator will develop, implement and refine program activities with an emphasis on academics, career and personal planning and development, transition issues, time management and effective communication.

The Coordinator will participate in local, regional, state and national organizations on student success and stays current on educational trends, studies and best practices on retention/completion strategies for African American students.

The Coordinator will be responsible for raising awareness about and educating students on new opportunities, resources, programs, policies and procedures at Humboldt State University. The Coordinator will promote student participation in sponsored events and activities designed to enrich and enhance their personal and social well-being.

Campus Resources and Outreach Support
Lead efforts to promote resources and outreach with other units at Humboldt State University, including the Learning Center, Academic and Career Advising Center, Educational Opportunity Program, and Admissions. Will collaborate with academic partner units on retention strategies, and serve as a resource within the community, including other campus offices/ departments. The Coordinator will develop an ongoing relationship with African American student association leaders and with campus faculty and staff.

Minimum Qualifications
Equivalent to graduation from a 4-year college or university degree in a related field of study with 2 years of demonstrated experience in one of the student services program areas or related fields.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
  • Understanding of proven retention, persistence and strategies specific to the needs of African American students, as well as knowledge of counseling/advising techniques, standards and practices of student services within institutions of higher education.
  • Demonstrated experience and effectiveness working with and developing culturally relevant programs that support African American students in a higher education setting.
  • Commitment to and experience working with diverse student populations.
  • Experience in program development, implementation and assessment.
  • Demonstrated experience and effectiveness working with or advising historically underrepresented students and their
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain timely and efficient communication in a professional manner
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication skills and demonstrated ability to build effective and collaborative working relationships across campus within a diverse population.
  • Solid conflict resolution skills and ability to navigate sensitive situations.
  • Demonstrated commitment to social justice and equity in higher education
  • Demonstrated knowledge, training and experience of best practices to support the retention and graduation of African American students in higher education.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide leadership within a team environment; analyze problems and support office needs, use initiative and resourcefulness in planning work assignments.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently with minimal day-to-day supervision.
  • Attention to detail, ability to set priorities and deadlines, and ensure projects are completed.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality in accordance with FERPA ethics.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage and oversee student staff.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Master's degree in a related field of study
  • Priority will be given to applicants who have overcome barriers similar to those confronting HSU's student population of majority low-income, first-generation college students.
  • Demonstrated experience and effectiveness working with African American students in a higher education setting.
  • Experience in developing culturally relevant programs that support African American student retention in higher education
Application Procedure: Please note that our application process has changed! We now require application materials to be submitted electronically. If assistance is needed, the Human Resources & Academic Personnel Services office (located in Siemens Hall room 212) has a computer station available and our front office team would be happy to assist you. Qualified applicants should submit electronically the following materials:Submission of the application materials should be sent as email attachments to

Please include your last name and the job # (17-25) in the subject line of the email.

Application Deadline: This position is open until filled. The first review of applications will be Monday, April 3, 2017.

HSU is committed to enriching its educational environment and its culture through the diversity of its staff, faculty, and administration. Persons with interest and experience in helping organizations set and achieve goals relative to diversity and inclusion are especially encouraged to apply.

Human Resources
Siemens Hall - Room 211
Arcata, CA 95521-8299
(707) 826-3626
Fax: (707) 826-3625

It is the responsibility of the applicant to provide complete and accurate employment information. Incorrect or improperly completed applications will not be considered for vacancies. Any reference in this announcement to required periods of experience or education is full-time activity. Part-time experience or education - or activities only part of which are qualifying- -will receive proportionate credit. In accordance with applicable Collective Bargaining Agreements, preference may be given to the campus applicants covered by these agreements. However, positions are open to all interested applicants, both on and off campus.

Evidence of required degree(s), certification(s), or license(s) will be required prior to the appointment date. The successful candidate for a position at HSU is required to be fingerprinted through the Humboldt State University Police Department or their local law enforcement agency. The results of the fingerprint process must be received by the university prior to the candidate’s appointment. The cost of the fingerprinting is borne by the university.

Humboldt State University is committed to achieving the goals of equal opportunity and endeavors to employ faculty and staff of the highest quality reflecting the ethnic and cultural diversity of the state. Additional information about Humboldt State University can be found at

Humboldt State University is a Title IX/Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race,religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, protected veteran status, or any other legally protected status.

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.


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