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Associate Director for Racial Equity

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Work type: Regular
Location: Los Angeles
Categories: Salaried

Title: Associate Director for Racial Equity

Department: Dean of Students

Duration: Indefinite


Job Summary

The Associate Director for Racial Equity will implement services and programs that promote mental health and well being through a multicultural lens for racially marginalized students, with a particular emphasis on African American/Black students. The Associate Director will cultivate and offer services that are culturally appropriate; that positively impact campus climate for students from racially marginalized populations, in particular African American/Black students; that facilitates connections between access, success, and social justice; that cultivates healthy communities through programs that nurture the education of the whole person (intellectual, social, interpersonal, spiritual, and civic responsibility) among racially marginalized groups. Most importantly, they will develop and enrich the community for African American/ Black students, and connect students to Black Los Angeles/Oxy community members and campus stakeholders.


Job Duties

  • Provides multicultural counseling and advising to racially marginalized populations of students.
  • Provides individualized services to African American/Black students. Services may include recognizing and addressing academic and non-academic barriers to success and counseling on other aspects that may affect student retention.

Student Development

  • Collaborates in facilitating and convening community forums, workshops, and dialogues with the African-American/Black community as well as with other racially and ethnically diverse groups of students.
  • Plans, develops, and implements programs, retreats, workshops, seminars, services, and activities, that build community, support student development, and create access to opportunities for students.

Program Management

  • Supports Intercultural Community Center’s student staff (Equity Ambassadors) in planning student events and programs specific to mental health, well being and services that cultivate a sense of belonging for racially marginalized groups.
  • Supports student organizations in developing and analyzing assessment of racially marginalized student needs.
  • Assesses program effectiveness and recommends changes in content, procedures, and policies, as appropriate. Recommends the development of new activities and programs.

Trainings & Collaborations

  • Create and implement a Black Community Council that consists of faculty, staff, students, and alumni who identify as Black, in partnership with existing organizations at Oxy, including the Black Student Alliance, Harambe, Black Alumni Organization and the Black Studies Department.
  • Works with the ICC director and student staff to provide curriculum development, logistics, and teaching of seminars offered by the Intercultural Community Center with an emphasis on anti-racism, among other critical social justice topics.
  • Facilitates collaborative group processes and uses innovative pedagogical models.

Other duties as assigned, including:

  • Keeps abreast of changing and evolving trends regarding African American/Black students, multicultural education/counseling, multicultural education, identity, student development theories.
  • Keeps abreast of campus policies and student trends by attending meetings with campus stakeholders such as Dean of Students Office, Emmons, Financial Aid & Scholarships Office, Admissions, Athletics, etc.
  • Special projects; membership in campus committees and work teams, and so forth.
  • Some evening and weekend work is required.


Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in related area and/or equivalent experience/training.
  • Two to three years of professional experience in a related area.


Preferred Qualifications

  • Masters in Higher Education, Educational Psychology, Social Work or Counseling and/or equivalent experience/training.
  • Knowledge of the histories, theories, and practice of African/African American/Black/Diaspora thought, multiculturalism, African/African American/Black/Diaspora student development, and student leadership development.
  • Knowledge of the methodologies used to enhance students' academic and personal development, such as collaborative and student-centered teaching/learning models, small group facilitation, coaching, mentoring, and advocacy.
  • Knowledge of trends and issues facing students from low-income, underrepresented, multiracial, multiethnic, mixed-race, mixed-ethnic, immigrant, refugee, disability, and/or LGBTQIA+ backgrounds.
  • Knowledge of community, labor, youth, and/or student organizing.
  • Experience collecting and analyzing data, and generating reports.

Holistic Counseling Skills

  • Demonstrated knowledge of the theories and practice of multicultural counseling, learning, and human development.
  • Knowledge in how to enhance students' intellectual and personal growth and development, including critical thinking, effective communication, self-appraisal, self-esteem, clarification of values, appropriate career choices, and leadership.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with diverse communities of students, staff, and faculty.
  • Highly developed interpersonal and public communication skills including political acumen, social/cultural perceptiveness, conflict management, and intervention strategies.


EXPECTED HIRING RANGE:  $67,000-$70,000/yr

If you are offered this position at Occidental College, your final base salary compensation will be determined based on factors such as skills, education, experience, and/or geographic location. In addition to those factors, Occidental complies with applicable pay equity laws and considers internal equity among current employees when developing the final offer. Please keep in mind that the range mentioned above is the base salary range for the role. Hiring at the maximum of the range would not be typical in order to allow for future and continued salary growth.  We also offer a generous compensation and benefits package.



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