Director, Black Student Services
Reporting to the Assistant Dean of Ethnic and Intercultural Services, this position provides specific programming and services for Black students that nurture the education of the whole person in an intercultural campus community. This position also collaborates with faculty, staff in Ethnic and Intercultural Services, other Student Affairs departments, and Academic Affairs to administer Black student development programs for the entire LMU community, including Biracial and Multiracial students. Central to all innovative programs, events and initiatives is the value of developing leadership skills among students, as well as providing greater access to resources, and increasing retention and persistence to graduation. Finally, this position will supervise one professional staff member, the Coordinator of The Learning Community (TLC).
Position Specific Accountabilities
Develop, implement, and assess programs for Black students. Conduct ongoing assessment of signature and new programs to ensure that they meet the Student Affairs and Ethnic and Intercultural Services Department learning outcomes.
Supervise and support the Coordinator of the TLC / The Black Space. Conduct weekly supervision meetings and provide leadership and direction to the program.
Collaborate with African American Studies faculty, and staff in the Ethnic and Intercultural Services Department, Campus Ministry, and the Division of Student Affairs to develop intercultural programming, student development initiatives, and spiritual and leadership opportunities.
Recruit, hire, develop, motivate, and evaluate work-study students and volunteers to ensure positive growth experiences with an emphasis on cultural identity formation.
Respond to student issues as they arise and provide follow-up as required. Be available to students outside of regular operating hours for special events and circumstances.
Partner with faculty in African American Studies, and staff in the divisions of Academic and Student Affairs units to maximize co-curricular student engagement to provide a holistic learning experience that educates students about their and other cultures.
Serve as a facilitator for the Umoja Alliance Roundtable, the council comprised of Black student leaders within LMU’s community. Maintain regular group meetings for the Umoja Alliance Roundtable. Work with and guide Black students and organizations as they apply for grants and/or ASLMU Student Activity Fee Allocation Board (SAFAB) funding.
Serve as an advocate for the Black students and support the efforts of the entire intercultural community. Serve as a liaison between students, student organizations, and other university departments to ensure smooth delivery of services and promote positive communication and collaboration.
Develop, implement, and assess student development sessions designed to facilitate cultural, and ethnic identity development as well as intercultural competency.
Acts as a liaison to the Student Leadership and Development Department, Sorority and Fraternity Life, and the University student organizations to collaborate on innovative programs for the Black and intercultural populations. Conduct regular and ongoing leadership development opportunities for students and members of student organizations.
Advise, support, and follow-up with students to ensure optimal student development and engagement. Refer students to appropriate university departments as necessary. Utilize departmental tracking software to maintain contact and referral records.
In collaboration with Enrollment Management, assist with the planning and execution of recruitment, admission, and retention events with a focus on Black prospective and current students. The Director will assist with campus-wide and Divisional orientation and welcome events.
Represent the Ethnic and Intercultural Services Department and the Black community on university and divisional committees.
Perform other duties as assigned or requested by the Assistant Dean of Ethnic and Intercultural Services.
Loyola Marymount University Expectations
Exhibit behavior that supports the mission, vision, and values of the university. Communicate and employ interpersonal actions that model high standards of professional, responsible, accountable, and ethical conduct. Demonstrate a commitment to outstanding customer service.
Typically, a Master’s degree in higher education, preferably in post-secondary education or student affairs or related field or equivalent experience. The incumbent will be expected to continue upgrading the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to keep abreast of regulation/policy changes.
Minimum 4 years in multicultural advisement experience in higher education or experience in a progressively responsible position. Grant writing and fundraising experience are necessary.
Demonstrated knowledge in the areas of student development, Black identity formation and related theories, program coordination, student leader advisement, leadership development, cross-cultural development/training, conflict mediation skills, in-depth knowledge of the needs of Black, biracial, multiracial, foster care, first-generation, transfers and undeclared students, conflict management, consensus building, familiarity with ethnic studies, group dynamics and fiscal management in higher education setting is preferred.
Experience working with a team in a collaborative environment.
Exemplary communication skills (both written and oral) evidenced by background in preparing comprehensive reports and executive summaries incorporating complex, highly technical information. Experienced in program evaluation and assessment of learning outcomes.
Highly developed organizational, leadership, and ethical behavior to provide a positive role model for students. Emotionally mature and gifted with social awareness and empathy.
Must be resourceful and have experience in leading training/student development programs on topics such as, but not limited to: gender oppression, racism, class dynamics, sexuality, and Black issues.
Possess sensitivity to the needs of students and ability to: develop immediate strategies to handle challenges in an appropriate manner, develop positive strategies for aiding students dealing with ethnic oppression, balance the needs of students with the policies of the administration, communicate to large audiences, set high standards for students in ethical conduct, complete paperwork on a timely basis, attend events on weekday evenings and weekends, defuse difficult cross-cultural situations and move groups toward more harmonious relations, promote positive spiritual and leadership development, apply appropriate disciplinary procedures when necessary.
Demonstrated computer competency and preferably knowledgeable of Microsoft Windows and relevant systems. Must have a solid understanding of different social media modalities.
Skills in written and oral communication that appeal to a wide audience and an intersectional understanding of the student experience.
$66,560.00 - $87,776.00 Salary commensurate with education and experience.
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel so classified.
Required degree level
Years of experience
- 3 - 5 Years
- $61,000 to $70,000 per year