Director, Latino Center - School of Arts and Sciences-17001283
The Tufts Latino Center opened in October 1993 as a place for students and Tufts community members to gather, learn, share experiences, and support Latino cultures. One of six identity-based resource centers within the School of Arts & Science and School of Engineering (AS&E) collectively known as the Group of Six, the Latino Center seeks to provide student-centered resources for inclusion, education, academic achievement, and cultural programming. The Latino Center also functions as a home away from home among Latinx students at Tufts, providing a dedicated environment to promote acceptance, increase pride, and instill confidence in undergraduate and graduate students.
Reporting to the Dean of Student Affairs and the Senior Director of Diversity, Pluralism and Inclusion, the Director provides support for undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, staff, alums and parents and leads a variety of student and academic programs. The Director manages and oversees the Latino Center in all aspects and is responsible for the strategic planning, administration, and leadership of the Center. The Director works collaboratively with administrators, students, faculty, staff, alumni, and members of the community to define an appropriate identity for the Center; to plan for its support; to develop services, organize activities, and sponsor events; and to provide academic and personal advising, counseling, and guidance to students. The Director of the Latino Center will also develop and implement a long-term strategic plan for the Center aligned with the vision of the School of Arts & Sciences and the School of Engineering.
The Director is actively engaged in student advocacy, leadership development, advising, and mentoring through work with individual students, student organizations, and policy development. The Director advises and supports La Casa Latina, the Association of Latin American Students (ALAS), Tufts United for Immigrant Justice, the Society of Latino Engineers and Scientist (SOLES), and a cohort of Latino Center Peer Leaders. They also work collaboratively with internal and external organizations, departments, and offices in efforts to address issues of race, class, identity, and social justice on campus and beyond, chairing a and serving on committees, overseeing special projects, and working for the welfare of all Tufts students. The Director leads the University and its offices in establishing and maintaining best practices for supporting Latinx students and works cooperatively with the Dean of Student Affairs Office, Directors of other Identity-based resource Centers (Group of Six), Office of Residential Life and Learning, Health and Wellness, and other organizations to foster inter-group dialogue. The Director also works with undergraduate admissions in admitting and aiding the integration of students into the larger community to advance the recruitment, engagement, retention and graduation of Tufts students.
In addition, the Director serves as a campus resource and educates the community on emerging issues regarding the broad spectrum of Latinx student identities and their intersections with other aspects of identity such as gender, religion, and citizenship. The Director facilitates workshops and conversations with students, faculty, and staff to develop campus vocabulary and understanding around issues of race and identity and to help make Tufts a more inclusive and diverse campus. As the Director serves as a campus-wide resource on issues of concern to Latinx student identity and social justice, university-supported opportunities for professional development, as well as ongoing self-education related to theory, research, and practice and policy and procedure, are also essential components of the position.
Some night and weekend commitments are required.
• Master's degree in a related field and at least 3 years of progressive experience in academic administration, higher education, student affairs, or the equivalent.
• Demonstrated commitment to student advocacy within a learning environment; proven experience in working with students, faculty, academic administrators, alumni and community groups.
• Knowledge and appreciation for Latino cultures, issues in the relevant communities, and a commitment to translating these into a local academic context.
• Visionary and collaborative leadership skills.
• Superb judgment, demonstrated excellence in organizational, managerial and written and oral communication skills.
• Demonstrated sensitivity, imagination, effectiveness and success in developing educational community programs.
• Awareness of how social identities (race, first-generation student status, citizenship, ability, sexuality, gender identity, gender expression, etc.) impact living and learning environment and student discourse on a college campus.
• Ability to manage multiple projects/tasks with thorough attention to detail and consistency; ability to set and attain goals while working collaboratively and independently on various projects.
• Fluency in Spanish.
• Experience evaluating, refreshing and updating administrative policies, office systems and budgets within an educational setting strongly preferred.
• Experience working effectively with young adults/adolescents, families, faculty, senior administration and staff members within a similar higher education setting is strongly preferred.
• A demonstrated understanding of strategic planning, experience utilizing data and assessment to inform decision making, and effective program advocacy skills are all preferred.
• Experience successfully engaging campus climate issues through co-curricular student-focused programs and leadership development a plus.
• Terminal degree in relevant academic field preferred; relevant teaching and topical research experience a plus.
Special Work Schedule Requirements:
Some nights and weekend commitments, including participation in the administrator-on-call rotation, required.
Tufts University is an AA/EO employer and actively seeks candidates from diverse backgrounds. Please see the Tufts University non-discrimination statement.
Primary Location: United States-Massachusetts-Medford/Somerville
Job: Student Services
Organization: Latino Center
Employee Status: Regular
Job Posting: May 8, 2017, 12:32:49 PM