Assistant Director - Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center (A1700615)

Champaign, IL
Oct 04, 2017
Executive Administration Jobs
C-Level & Executive Directors
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Four-Year Institution

Assistant Director, Bruce D. Nesbitt American Cultural Center (BNAACC)

Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Relations (OIIR)

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center (BNAACC) promotes cross-cultural understanding of African American culture and heritage, and provides educational and cultural support for students of African descent in our university community. Originally named the Afro American Cultural Program in 1969, it was established to: 1) Provide a safe and welcoming environment for African American students, and 2) Be a resource to the campus and community regarding African American history, contributions, and issues. In 2004, the African American Cultural Center was rededicated in the name of former Director Bruce D. Nesbitt.

The successful candidate will be working on a campus with an academically talented and diverse student population, including 23 percent international students, 18 percent Asian American students, 6 percent African American students, and 10 percent Hispanic/Latino students from a total enrollment of nearly 47,000 students. The campus is located in Champaign-Urbana (total population 128,600) in east?central Illinois, 140 miles south of Chicago. For additional information, see

The Assistant Director reports to the Director. Primary responsibilities include developing, implementing and coordinating programs, services and activities for the Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center that educate and promote a campus?wide understanding of the African American culture.


Cultural Programming:
  • Develop programs and events that highlight African American history and culture. Collaborate with other OIIR unites to develop programs that encompass various intersecting identities (i.e., faith, gender identity, ability status, multiracial) with the Black community.
  • Coordinate Black History Month events with various Illinois departments and create marketing specifically for the heritage month celebration.
  • Create programs centering on Kwanzaa and its importance to people of African descent.
  • Obtain funding support for BNAACC programs through co-sponsorships, grant writing, and the Student Cultural Programming Fee (SCPF).
  • Maintain documentation/files on all events, including but not limited to program sign-in sheets, assessments, photo albums, and video archives.

Campus-Community Outreach:
  • Oversee "Food for the Soul," BNAACC's weekly Lunch on Us program; select lunch topics, schedule guest speakers, and create evaluations for the lunch programs.
  • Develop and implement a departmental volunteer program that connects students to local non-profits, after-school programs, local churches, and community centers (i.e., Boys & Girls Club).
  • Develop engagement programs with Black alumni including Homecoming, Dad's Weekend, and Mom's Weekend activities.
  • Serve as a liaison to the Office of Admissions and visiting high school groups.
  • Coordinate and supervise arrangements for recruiting forums, fairs, on- and off-campus presentations, special weekend programs, and other special recruiting events and activities that highlight BNAACC and the African /American student community at Illinois.

Student Support:
  • Hire, supervise, and evaluate student interns and recruit student volunteers for Center/community outreach.
  • Advise Black registered student organizations (RSOs) and create leadership development workshops for their Executive Board members and general membership.


Minimum Qualifications:
  • Master's degree, preferably in higher education administration, college student personnel, counseling, or related field.
  • Two years of experience, as a professional or as a student, with African American organizations.
  • Experience coordinating cultural, social, educational, and/or social justice programs.
  • Strong interpersonal and organizational skills.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Experience designing and implementing programs focusing on African American students (and more broadly, people throughout the African diaspora).
  • Professional experience advising and creating leadership development opportunities for students and/or student organizations
  • Experience developing community and public engagement programs, and public speaking
  • Experience in marketing and communications (e.g., electronic newsletters, websites, social media)
  • Experience supervising and training student staff (undergraduate and/or graduate) and volunteers.

Salary and Appointment Status

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. This is a full-time (100%), benefits-eligible, academic professional position appointed on a 12-month basis. Proposed starting date is January 16, 2018. For full consideration, candidates should complete an online application at, and upload a cover letter, resume and names and contact information for three (3) professional references prior to the application deadline, October 31, 2017. Review of applications will start immediately; however, no hiring decision will be made before the application deadline. For additional information regarding the application process, contact:

Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Relations

Phone: 217-333-1300


The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit To learn more about the University's commitment to diversity, please visit

College Name or Administrative Unit: Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Relations
Category: Academic Professional
Title: Assistant Director - Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center (A1700615)
Open Date: 10/03/2017
Close Date: 10/31/2017
Organization Name: BN African American CC


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