Director of Black Student Development

University of California-Santa Barbara  |  Santa Barbra, CA

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Posted 2 weeks ago Full-Time

Job Details

Position Title:

Director of Black Student Development

Onsite Event Position ID: 2245
Job Type: First Year/Orientation/Transition/Retention Programs Leadership Development/Programs Management Multicultural/Diversity/ALANA Services Student Affairs Administration
Location: Santa Barbra, CA
Positions Available: 1
Institution Type: Public, 4-year
Institution Size: < 20,000 Students
Employer ID: 29649

Benefits

Housing for Position:
None provided
Benefits
Housing for Position:
None provided
Qualifications
Education:
Doctorate/J.D. Preferred, Bachelors Required
Major Preference:
No Preference
Experience:
5-7 Years

Qualifications
Education:
Doctorate/J.D. Preferred, Bachelors Required
Major Preference:
No Preference
Experience:
5-7 Years

Position Description

The University of California, Santa Barbara is creating an Office of Black Student Development that will work with the Office of the Chancellor and the Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs to create a community space on campus to serve Black students from recruitment through to graduation, career and/or graduate school preparation. 

The Office of Black Student Development supports the Black experience at UCSB through a focus on four key areas: 
*Recruitment and Retention *Academic Success *Holistic Support *Advocacy
Its student services, resources, and advocacy will create a positive learning environment, foster a sense of belonging and assist Black students in achieving academic excellence.

UC Santa Barbara is looking for a unique individual who can work with students, faculty and staff leaders to put the vision for Black student academic success into action. We seek a dedicated advocate, someone who can bring their energy, love of community and expertise and leadership in serving Black students in higher education, to help us build this transformative effort.

We are in the initial stages of development and will begin with the hiring of the Director of Black Student Development. We will soon follow in hiring Student Development Specialists, Academic Support Counselors, Advocacy Counselors, a Recruitment and Retention Specialist, and Coordinator of Black Student Life. This is an exciting time for UC Santa Barbara, and particularly, for the students and the campus community who have worked diligently on this effort. 

GENERAL SUMMARY OF DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The Director of Black Student Development provides leadership, vision, and management for the campus-wide effort responsible for Black student engagement and success. Oversees the Black Resource Committee (BRC), and is responsible for interfacing with senior leaders, Black Student Union (BSU), University of California and UCSB campus representatives (faculty/staff/administrators, student leaders and pertinent student organizations). Advises campus leadership, and provides the full range of consultation, policy and data analysis, and direct services to support student inclusion and retention. Leads the strategic planning, assessment, academic services, and implementation of long range goals related to Black students’ success. Participates in local, regional, and national organizations to stay abreast of research about Black students in higher education and best practices. Establishes partnership agreements and a program model inclusive of identifying and addressing barriers that impede/motivators that enhance curricular and co-curricular success for Black students. Supervises affiliated staff, and student staff. Demonstrated advanced content expertise and knowledge of student development theories, with advanced knowledge regarding Black students and community, to include intersectionality, cultural wealth, and retention, campus climate and incident response, and systemic interventions to address gaps in achievement and access.


Job Requirements

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
Expertise in higher education administration, policies and Student Affairs’ practice, with particular emphasis on program design, evaluation, service delivery and advocacy of underrepresented groups.
Expertise in methodologies used to enhance student curricular and co-curricular success with clear, measurable track record.
Demonstrated knowledge and experience in establishing short and long term objectives and assessing clear outcomes using a wide array of methods and research tools. Experience writing grants and professional reports.
Excellent interpersonal, advocacy and communication skills. Demonstrated experience serving as a spokesperson for key initiatives and for collaborative work with a wide range of partners.
Ability to work in complex, political situations with understanding of campus culture, processes, procedures, policies and organizational acumen.
Advanced knowledge of university anti-discrimination policies and procedures. Demonstrated leadership experience working with national organizations in higher education.

QUALIFICATIONS
*Master’s degree or equivalent experience/training.
*Minimum 5 years professional experience working in higher education.
*Demonstrated experience working with Black students in a university setting.

Experience in developing programming that responds to the needs and concerns of Black students.
Ability to work on complex situations with a wide range of organizations and diverse stakeholders to include faculty, staff, and student partners.
Must have strong supervision skills and the ability to motivate others toward a unified vision of excellence.
Must be able to exercise an understanding of confidentiality, and sensitivity and exercise a high degree of initiative, problem solving ability, diplomacy and professional judgment.
Ability to work independently, interpret and communicate policies, make sound decisions, anticipate job requirements, prioritize and coordinate multiple tasks simultaneously.
Excellent interpersonal, written and oral communication, and political acumen skills.

Desirable
Doctorate preferred.
Familiarity with UC policies and business processes.

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