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Associate Director of Frederick Douglass Unity House

University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
North Dartmouth, MA

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Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Details

Job no: 519320
Work type: Staff Full Time
Categories: Other Staff Positions

OFFICIAL JOB TITLE: Associate Director of the Frederick Douglass Unity House

DIVISION: Student Affairs



Salary for ESU: Salary ESU *Salary is commensurate with experience.


JOB CODE: 0430

REPORTS TO: Assistant Dean & Director of the Frederick Douglass Unity House

SUPERVISES: May provide functional direction to the Administrative Assistant; Student employees

SUMMARY PURPOSE OF POSITION: The Associate Director assists with providing leadership, vision and direction for the Frederick Douglass Unity House. As a highly valued campus partner, the Associate Director continues the tradition of providing a warm, welcoming and supportive environment for all students at the Frederick Douglass Unity House. They are responsible for the day-to-day operation of the FDUH as directed by the Asst Dean/Director, including budget management, programming, student advising, and policy development. The position also works closely with students and student organizations to develop leadership and educational programs and services that meets the needs of ALANA populations. Follow the University’s best practices to build and/or support student academic success and retention and assist in meeting strategic objectives for persistence and timely graduation of all the student population.


  • Assist the Director of FDUH in all aspects of FDUH management as directed.
  • Develop and plan new intercultural education and engagement programs in partnership with community partners, and other stakeholders that contributes to community and a sense of belonging.
  • Creates, plans, and maintain a semester calendar outlining programs, services, and events organized or sponsored by FDUH, and collaborate with other departments such as SAIL, Center for Women, Gender & Sexuality and Center for Religious & Spiritual Life.
  • Assist the Assistant Dean/Director in supporting student organizations connected to FDUH to foster inclusive leadership development, collation, conflict resolution and mediation, and awareness through workshops, presentations, programs, and student forums.
  • Responsible for the summer outreach and pre-immersion programs and services to facilitate a smooth transition and first year success of our underrepresented first year students.
  • Assist in the development of planning of the Annual FDUH Leadership Retreat.
  • Assist in the development of partnerships to anticipate and provide constructive response to experiences faced by marginalized, minoritized, international, and multicultural student populations.
  • Develop programs that foster well-being and wellness and career development programs for students.
  • Assist the Director in the development of Peer Educators, and key trainings to support student development, persistence, success, and sense of belonging.
  • Facilitate program workshops, co-curricular sessions, and presentations that provide education on inclusive leadership, diversity, cultural competency, anti-racism training, identity development, cross-cultural conversation, civility, and equity training.
  • Provide support for university-wide initiatives designed to increase recruitment and retention and improve degree completion for diverse students in partnership with the Admissions office as directed.
  • Work within the community to develop and sustain active community relationships for diversity-related activities.
  • Assist the Asst. Dean/Director and Administrative Assistant with budgeting, planning, reconciliation, and expenditures to ensure compliance with department and university policies and procedures.
  • Serve on various university committees related to intercultural engagement, belonging, and wellness as directed by Asst. Dean/ Director to include but not limited to: Unity Fest, AIDS Benefit, Black History Month, Juneteenth, Tunnel Sustained Dialogues, and other programs related to intercultural and intersectional identities.
  • Create, administer, analyze and report programmatic data and assessments of FDUH objectives and outcomes.
  • Support the Asst. Dean/Director in their work to develop and implement the department and division strategic plan.
  • Ensure compliance with federal, state, university regulations & requirements.
  • May serve in the absence of the Asst. Dean/Director.
  • Participate in the rotation of Administrator on call for Student Affairs.
  • Assist with programs and events, including those that take place after hours.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Asst. Dean/Director of FDUH.

EDUCATION: Master’s degree

EXPERIENCE: Demonstrated (three or more years) of related administrative and technical experience in Student and Multicultural Affairs.

OTHER: Evening and weekend hours as required. Some local and regional travel required.


  • Experience in cultural student organization development, intercultural training and development, intersectional leadership development, coalition building and advocacy with direct experience serving BIPOC populations (Black, Hispanic/Latino, Asian, indigenous), and people of other race and ethnicities.
  • Formal training in effective student advising and/or counseling for diverse student population to include, but not limited to Hispanic/Latina/o/x/e, first-generation, low-income, racially minoritized and marginalized students in belonging, crisis management, stress, racial trauma, healing spaces.
  • Demonstrated experience developing curriculum, workshops, presentations for intercultural, anti-racism, diversity, cultural competency trainings.
  • Demonstrated work experience in staff supervision, budget management, program development and evaluation.
  • Demonstrated professional work experience working with diverse student populations in belonging, student engagement, intercultural engagement, and cultural and heritage programming for at least two (2) years.
  • Excellent written communication and public speaking/presentation skills.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of intercultural/multicultural advising and/or counseling, student development theory and practices; college/university level program development, implementation, and evaluation; developing and implementing student programming/activities in a higher education setting.
  • Demonstrated ability in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with students, staff, and faculty.
  • Demonstrated skill in building community partnerships; program development, coordination, and implementation; promoting university student programs and services.
  • Demonstrated ability and strong interpersonal skills to work with individuals and groups with a wide array of backgrounds, identities and/or experiences.
  • Demonstrated experience with online outreach and current technologies (i.e., social networking sites).
  • Highly demonstrated experience in Outlook, Microsoft Office and Google Docs, ability to utilize current technology and attend to website updates (i.e., Word Excel, PowerPoint).


  • Degree in counseling, higher education, policy and leadership, or other area of specialization.
  • Terminal degree in appropriate discipline from an accredited university.

UMass Dartmouth offers exciting benefits such as:

75% Employer-Paid Health Insurance
Flexible Spending Accounts
Life Insurance
Long Term Disability
State Pension Retirement Plan
Optional Retirement Savings Plans
Tuition Credit (Employee, Spouse, & Dependents)
Twelve (12) paid holidays
Paid personal, vacation, and sick time
And More!

Benefits for ESU Union: ESU

Applicants must be authorized for employment in the U.S. on a full-time basis. Employment-based visa sponsorship not available

To apply please submit a letter of interest, current resume and the contact information for three professional references.

The deadline for internal applicants is July 6, 2023.

The review of applications will begin July 7, 2023 and will be ongoing.

Advertised: 27 Jun 2023 Eastern Daylight Time
Applications close:


Located on the Massachusetts south coast, only a short drive from Cape Cod, Providence and Boston, the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth has been ranked among the top northern public universities by U.S. News and World Report. The quality of life on the south coast of Massachusetts is rich with cultural attractions, beautifully preserved and restored historic districts, museums, live theatre and an excellent educational system. Recreational opportunities include boating, beaches, rivers, golf courses, camping grounds, beautiful state parks, waterfront parks and a new zoo.

UMass Dartmouth offers a broad range of baccalaureate and graduate degrees vital to the economic, social and cultural wellbeing of the region. It has an enrollment of over 9,200 students in over 40 undergraduate and 36 graduate programs (including 11 at the Ph.D. level) offered by the College of Arts and Sciences, the Charlton College of Business, the College of Engineering, the College of Nursing, the College of Visual and Performing Arts and the School for Marine Science and Technology. The main campus was designed by the eminent architect Paul Rudolf and is located on 710 acres in North Dartmouth. Other university sites include theCenter for Marine Science and Technology on the waterfront in New Bedford, the Advanced Technology and Manufacturing Center in Fall River and the Star Store Center for the Arts in New Bedford. 

While retaining its commitment to excellence in undergraduate education, UMass Dartmouth has increased dramatically its research and outreach activities during the past ten years. R&D spending has increased in the last five years from $20.1 million to $25.6 million and the university has established centers in Policy Studies, Portuguese Studies & Culture, Business Research, Marine Science &Technology and Indic Studies to significantly expand its research and public service activities in ways that meet regional needs but have global impact.

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