Director, African Student Programs

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Director, African Student Programs Job Number Full/Part Time Schedule Salary 201910107481 Full Time 8AM - 5PM Commensurate with Experience Position Information The Director is responsible for implementing the overall operations, crafting and implementation of the mission and vision for the African Student Programs. The Director manages systems and processes; develops policies; educates the campus community about African Student Programs; serves as a resource and consultant to students, faculty, staff as well as community members to create a meaningful and transformative student experience for all students. Education Education Requirements Degree Requirement Bachelor's degree in related area and/or equivalent experience/training. Required Master's degree. Preferred Terminal degree in a related area Preferred
Experience Experience Requirement 6 - 10 years of related experience. Required Experience in student affairs with a strong professional foundation Preferred Previous supervisory/managerial experience. Preferred
Special Conditions Special Condition Requirement A deep understanding of issues and trends related to the African-American/ Black student experience in higher education institutions and society. Required An ability to connect world events along with the historical narrative as it pertains to African-American / Black students within a higher education environment. Preferred
Minimum Requirements Knowledge of common University-specific computer application programs Skills in monitoring/assessing people, processes or services, to make improvements.
Strong knowledge of University and departmental policies, processes, and procedures.
Knowledge of advising and counseling techniques.
Strong skills in active listening, critical thinking, negotiation, reasoning, organizing, written and verbal communication; multitasking and intercultural competence and uses these skills to develop original ideas to solve problems.
Thorough knowledge of Student Affairs/Student Life specialization.
Knowledge of risk assessment principles along with the ability to evaluate risks and the likelihood of consequences.
Strong leadershipskillsto motivate employees and influence attitudes and behaviors.
Skills in project and program management, social perceptiveness to be aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Knowledge of University and departmental principles and procedures involved in risk assessment and evaluating risks as to likelihood and consequences.
Skills in monitoring/assessing people, processes or services, to make improvements.
Knowledge of emerging best practices in assessment of African Student Programs, Cultural Centers and programming. Ability to train and facilitate a variety of audiences to discuss complex equity and climate issues.
Excellent communication skills and political acumen to ensure that all stakeholders, colleagues, and students are informed of programming, highly sensitive issues as appropriate and as it pertains to this student population. Ability to adhere and identify instances where high levels of confidentiality is required to work through sensitive climate issues when a variety of stakeholders are engaged.
Ability to navigate campus and local constituencies gracefully using sound judgement, political acumen and discretion.
Preferred Qualifications Ability to work with Student Affairs Information Systems to develop appropriate assessment tools and data analysis approaches to bridge assessment and practice.

Understands equity and intersectionality from a sophisticated framework that can be actualized in practice.

Additional Information In the Heart of Inland Southern California, UC Riverside is located on nearly 1,200 acres near Box Springs Mountain in Southern California; the park-like campus provides convenient access to the vibrant and growing Inland region. The campus is a living laboratory for the exploration of issues critical to growing communities' air, water, energy, transportation, politics, the arts, history, and culture. UCR gives every student, faculty and staff member the resources to explore, engage, imagine and excel.

UC Riverside is recognized as one of the most ethnically diverse research universities in the country boasting several key rankings of which we are extremely proud.


  • UC Riverside was included in the (August 2018) edition of The Princeton Review's "The Best 382 Colleges."

  • Shanghai Jiao Tong University (August 2017) Academic Ranking of World Universities ranked UC Riverside among the top 151 institutions. This survey bills itself as "the most trustworthy precursor of global rankings of the world's top 500 universities."

  • In 2016, UCR was recognized for graduation rate success by the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU) for achieving near parity across racial-ethnic, socio-economic, and gender boundaries.

  • UCR ranks among the Top 15 Public Research Universities in the nation, as identified by the 2017 Washington Monthly.

  • In 2017, two separate reports from the Education Trust celebrated UCR as a national leader for African American and Latino student success. UCR was one of just three schools to be named top-performing institutions in both reports and the only California campus recognized among 18 top-performing colleges and universities in the nation for high black student graduation rates.


The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer with a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

For information about our generous employee benefits package, visit: Employee Benefits Overview
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Posted: 10/17/2019
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