Senior Director of Cultural and Community Centers

Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, Virginia
May 30, 2017
Administrative Jobs
Student Affairs
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech takes a hands-on, engaging approach to education, preparing scholars to be leaders in their fields and communities. As the Commonwealth’s most comprehensive university and its leading research institution, Virginia Tech offers more than 250 undergraduate and graduate degree programs to more than 33,000 students and manages a research portfolio of $504 million. The University fulfills its land-grant mission of transforming knowledge to practice through technological leadership and by fueling economic growth and job creation locally, regionally, and across Virginia.

Founded in 1872, Virginia Tech has approximately 135 buildings on its 2,600-acre main campus, educational and research facilities across the state, a study-abroad site in Switzerland, and a 1,800-acre agriculture research farm near the main campus. Nestled in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, Blacksburg is a college town that offers an intimate community environment, access to varied outdoor recreational activities, diverse cultural programs, and is within easy driving distance to metropolitan areas including Roanoke, Charlotte, and Richmond.

The Division of Student Affairs (DSA) at Virginia Tech enhances the student experience by fostering an inclusive, innovative, caring, and learning-centered environment. Staff are actively engaged in the lives of students and are committed to providing outstanding programs and services that enhance student development and enrich the quality of campus life. As such, staff strive to engage every student in the Division’s five Aspirations for Student Learning, which include; creating a community that commits to unwavering curiosity, pursues self-understanding and integrity, practices civility, prepares others for a life of courageous leadership, and embraces the University’s motto Ut Prosim as a way of life. The Senior Director of Cultural and Community Centers is fundamental in aligning staff, services, learning methodologies, and departmental initiatives toward these aspirations. The senior director must thrive in a dynamic, student-centered, engaging team atmosphere and must be committed to leading and challenging staff and students to engage fully in vital and vibrant learning environments that support holistic development.

Reporting to the assistant vice president for student affairs, the senior director of cultural and community centers supports the University’s diversity and inclusion efforts by developing programs and services that facilitate the personal, social, academic, and cultural well-being of underrepresented and historically marginalized students. The senior director is a collaborative and highly visible leader who provides supervision, support, and oversight for cultural and community centers, which include the American Indian and Indigenous Community Center, Asian American Cultural Center, Black Cultural Center, El Centro, Intercultural Engagement Center, and LGBTQ+ Resource Center. This position will also support students in the development of their cultural awareness and cultural competence, and create educational opportunities that support dialogue and understanding among people of different backgrounds. In addition, the senior director serves on the DSA leadership team, leads the strategic planning, budget development, and assessment efforts of the office, and utilizes assessment data to facilitate opportunities that improve the campus climate. The senior director will provide direct supervision to a full-time staff of five assistant directors and an executive assistant, and indirect supervision to one graduate assistant and numerous student employees. The senior director is an advocate and educator who will work in partnership with the Office for Inclusion and Diversity to support InclusiveVT - the institutional and individual commitment to Ut Prosim in the spirit of community, diversity, and excellence. Perhaps most importantly, Virginia Tech seeks candidates who adopt and practice the Principles of Community, which are fundamental to the institution’s on-going efforts to increase access and inclusion, and to create a community that nurtures learning and growth for all of its members. The Virginia Tech Principles of Community are described at http:// 

The successful candidate must be an energetic, collaborative, learning centered professional who enjoys working in partnership with students, faculty, staff, and community members to support the inclusion and diversity efforts of the University. The senior director must have a proven commitment to social justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion, with a demonstrated capacity to connect with individuals across racial, ethnic, cultural, religious, gender, sexual orientation, ability, and other identities. In addition, the senior director will have extensive knowledge of student identity development, and diversity and multicultural theories within higher education, including an understanding of issues related to cultural competency, retention/persistence, and intersectional approaches to social justice education. The senior director will possess proven critical thinking and problem-solving abilities; demonstrated organizational acumen and the ability to initiate, advance, and sustain organizational growth and change in a complex organization while fostering a collaborative work environment; excellent communication and interpersonal skills, clarity of thought, and the ability to make difficult decisions; and extensive experience in teambuilding, innovation, budget management, employee development, and strategic planning.

A demonstrated commitment to developing strong working relationships with student affairs colleagues, University faculty and staff, and other community stakeholders and a willingness to engage across the division and University are all characteristics of the senior director. A master’s degree from an accredited institution in a related field, a minimum of five years of related experience including demonstrated progressive growth in leadership and supervision of professional staff in a higher education setting, and expertise in the areas diversity, advocacy, and intercultural dialogue are required. A terminal degree from an accredited institution in a related field is preferred. 

Review of applications will begin June 27, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled. A resume with an accompanying cover letter may be submitted via the Spelman Johnson website at Nominations for this position may be emailed to Heather Larabee at Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.

Spelman Johnson

Virginia Tech – Senior Director of Cultural and Community Centers

Heather Larabee, Search Associate

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Virginia Tech actively seeks a broad spectrum of qualified candidates to join our community in preparing leaders for the world and encourages women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities to apply

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status, or any other basis protected by law.

For inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies, contact the executive director for Equity and Access at 540-231-8771 or Virginia Tech, North End Center, Suite 2300 (0318), 300 Turner St. NW, Blacksburg, VA 24061.

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