Gwendolyn Brooks Cultural Center Director

Macomb, McDonough County
Mar 25, 2015

Company Description:

Western Illinois University, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, serves more than 12,000 students at its traditional, residential four-year campus in Macomb, IL and its metropolitan, non-residential campus in Moline, IL. Compliance to state and federal hiring standards is coordinated through WIU's Office of Equal Opportunity & Access.

Western Illinois University is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity employer with a strong commitment to diversity. In that spirit, we are particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of people, including, but not limited to, minorities, women and individuals with disabilities. WIU has a non-discrimination policy that includes sex, race, color, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, religion, age, marital status, national origin, disability, and veteran status.

Job Description:

APPOINTMENT:July 1, 2015

RESPONSIBILITIES: Direct supervision over all operations at the Gwendolyn Brooks Cultural Center (Center). Responsible for administering programming and services offered by the Center. Responsible for hiring, supervising, and evaluating graduate student staff and student workers. Supervises a shared office manager. Responsible for budget planning and oversight; delegation of tasks, conflict management, planning and goal setting, and program assessment. 

The Director serves as the advisor to the following student organizations: African Student Association; Black Student Association; Christian Faith Campus Ministry; Cultural Expressions; Gwendolyn Brooks Cultural Center Dance Troupe; Heritage Ensemble; and the WIU-NAACP Chapter.

This candidate should convey a multicultural vision for the Gwendolyn Brooks Cultural Center along with the ideas to implement that vision. This Director serves as a resource and liaison professional in the area of co-curricular and African American cultural affairs, ensuring that the office provides the highest level of customer service to all campus constituencies.

The Director must work collaboratively with existing offices in the Multicultural Center, the Casa Latina Cultural Center and the Women's Center, in addition to various internal and external constituencies, to meet the diversity and inclusion goals of Western Illinois University. This involves interacting with students, student organizations, former students, faculty, staff and community leaders, representing the Western Illinois University, the Division of Student Affairs, and the Gwendolyn Brooks Cultural Center.

RANK & SALARY: This is a twelve month position. The Director of the Gwendolyn Brooks Cultural Center's salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience. Western Illinois University offers a competitive benefits package including domestic partner benefits. For full benefit information visit:


REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: Master's degree in education or liberal arts discipline from an accredited institution with 1-2 years of experience working with culturally diverse student groups, or in a multicultural center. The required degree must be conferred from a regionally accredited degree-granting institution of higher education (or equivalent from an international accrediting body). 

The candidate must possess excellent verbal and written communication skills, strong interpersonal competence, including the ability to multi-task and work cooperatively with others. Candidate must have a demonstrated ability to lead and supervise others effectively; excellent budget management and strategic planning skills, as well as the ability to assess program effectiveness. Knowledge and experience in fund raising is required. Candidate must demonstrate an understanding and commitment to student development and student learning with an emphasis on leadership development. Candidate must demonstrate an understanding of the needs of underrepresented students. Demonstrated ability to collaborate with professionals and students, including a diverse group of internal and external constituencies. 

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Candidate should have demonstrated progressive supervisory experience in working with diverse student groups in a university setting as well as progressive experience in planning, organizing, and hosting events for large scale programming. Candidate should have experience in developing, implementing, and administering multicultural center programs with a focus on working with African American students. Experience with higher education recruitment and retention issues in a multicultural setting is preferred. Evidence of leadership in advancing programs, services, and resources that integrates learning and assessment. Should have intermediate technical proficiency to navigate Web 2.0 services and capitalize the use of social media to further the goals of the department. Must be proficient with Microsoft Suite software.

Additional Information:

THE DEPARTMENT:  The Gwendolyn Brooks Cultural Center is committed to helping the campus community adjust to a multicultural and multiracial society without regard to race, age, creed, economic status, or position in life. This commitment is fulfilled primarily through the sponsorship of programs designed to broaden public awareness of African American culture and heritage. For more information, please see:

THE UNIVERSITY: Recognized as a "Best Midwestern College" by the Princeton Review and one of 39 public universities ranked a top tier "Best Midwestern University" by U.S.News & World Report, Western Illinois University (WIU) serves approximately 12,200 students in the heart of the Midwest through its traditional residential campus in Macomb and its metropolitan, non-residential location in Moline, Illinois.

The WIU-Macomb and -Quad Cities campuses are comprised of accomplished faculty, state-of-the-art technology and facilities, and a wide range of academic and extracurricular opportunities. Western is a comprehensive university offering 65 undergraduate and 37 graduate degree programs, including a doctorate in education. With a student-to-faculty ratio of 15:1, the University's 612 full-time faculty members teach 93.5 percent of all undergraduate and graduate courses, in addition to 10 pre-professional degree programs and 19 certificate programs.

Western offers a broad-based athletics program, sponsoring 20 NCAA Division I intercollegiate varsity sports. Football competes in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision through the Missouri Valley Football Conference; all other varsity sports compete at the Division I level through The Summit League. WIU is the cultural center of the region. University Libraries house an extensive collection and offer online database access to thousands of academic periodic journals and publications.

WIU-Macomb, IL (Student Population: 10,003): A traditional, residential four-year campus with select graduate programs, WIU-Macomb is located in the heart of west central Illinois in Macomb (population 20,000). Macomb is an Amtrak city with twice-daily service to Chicago. Macomb is located approximately 75 miles from the Quad Cities International Airport (Moline, IL) and 70 miles from the Greater Peoria Regional Airport (Peoria, IL).

WIU-Quad Cities (Student Population: 1,204): The only public university in the Quad Cities area, WIU-QC offers select undergraduate and graduate programs, including a doctorate in education, at its metropolitan, non-residential campuses in Moline, IL (population 44,000). The Quad Cities (population 376,000) rests on the banks of the Mississippi River and is comprised of Moline and Rock Island in western Illinois and Davenport and Bettendorf in eastern Iowa. Moline, Illinois is home to the Quad Cities International Airport.

Application Instructions:

APPLICATION: Complete applications include:

1) a letter of application

2) current curriculum vita or resume

3) the names, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses of three current professional references

4) copies of unofficial academic transcripts, official transcripts will be requested of selected candidate.

Please upload the requested documents by clicking APPLY NOW or by navigating to the WIU Employment page at the following URL

**Note** In order to upload Individual documents must be under 2 MB in size.

Screening will begin on April 20, 2015 and continue until the position is filled.

Questions regarding the search may be directed to: Rica Calhoun at

For assistance with the online application system contact the Office of Equal Opportunity and Access at (309)298-1977 or via email at