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Director, Black Student Resource Commons

Apply now Posting #: 4179
Position Status: Full-time regular
Location: San Diego
Position Type: Administrator, Student Affairs

Position Title & Department:

 Director, Black Student Resource Commons; Student Affairs
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Department Description:

The Division of Student Affairs is committed to grounding our policies, programs, and procedures in antiracist practice. With this commitment, we recognize the importance of educating ourselves and holding one another accountable to ensure our work is approached through an equity, inclusion, and social justice lens. We recognize our need for ongoing development in this area, and continue to strive to improve. We expect all members of the Division of Student Affairs are willing to engage in this work alongside us to uphold our Catholic mission in creating a welcoming environment where the dignity of all students, staff, administrators, and faculty at USD is embraced.

University Description:

The University of San Diego, a contemporary and engaged Roman Catholic institution, was founded by the Diocese of San Diego and the Society of the Sacred Heart in 1949. Governed by an independent board of trustees since 1972, USD remains committed to a liberal arts education grounded in the Catholic intellectual tradition and the pursuit of truth, goodness and beauty. Inspired by this centuries old tradition of Catholic higher education, the University welcomes people of all faith traditions and any, or no, religious background. The future success of USD relies on the contributions of those who seek to foster the development of engaged global citizens and an earnest confrontation of humanity’s urgent challenges.

Detailed Description:

The Division of Student Affairs is committed to grounding our policies, programs, and procedures in antiracist practice. With this commitment, we recognize the importance of educating ourselves and holding one another accountable to ensure our work is approached through an equity, inclusion, and social justice lens. We recognize our need for ongoing development in this area, and continue to strive to improve. We expect all members of the Division of Student Affairs are willing to engage in this work alongside us to uphold our Catholic mission in creating a welcoming environment where the dignity of all students, staff, administrators, and faculty at USD is embraced.

The Director, Black Student Resource Commons is a model for Black excellence within the USD Community. The Director will be responsible for discovering and meeting challenges of recruitment, retention, and ongoing progression toward graduation, so that the quality of the student experience is as important as the outcomes of retention and successfully graduating from USD. At the core of their work, the Director will focus on how programs, services and initiatives support students’ sense of belonging. Initiatives include best practice and innovative services, peer mentoring, community building, identity formation, and academic support initiatives. Using data from a variety of sources, the Director creates, revises, and/or retires programs and offerings to ensure alignment with the University’s Strategic Plan, Pathways, Goals, as well as the Student Affairs Strategic Plan, and Thriving Student Model.

Additionally, this position assumes a pivotal role in collaborating with faculty and staff on campus and the region to ensure a holistic academic experience is provided for our Black students. The Director will coordinate with a variety of offices on campus including but not limited to Academic Affairs (and faculty), Admissions, Student Support Services, Copley Library, Institutional Research, the Center for Inclusion and Diversity, Center for Student Success, and Graduate Student Life to ensure effective strategic short and long-range planning goals are constructed and achieved. These collaborative efforts also include student development initiatives (such as mentoring programs, Black Summer Immersion Program, Black History Month and others).

This position is a co-leader for the Commons, in cooperation with the Director, United Front Multicultural Commons and Director, Gender Identity Resources. Imparts seasoned and outstanding leadership, day-to-day direction, and long-range strategic planning in the administrative oversight of the Black Student Resource Commons. Ensure BSRC functions as a welcoming and safe space to retain and support Black Students.

The Director will liaise and collaborate with the Black Student Union, National Society of Black Engineers, African Student Union and other student organizations in support of Black students.

Duties & Responsibilities:

Student Development and Support:

  • On an annual basis, provide onboarding informational sessions on topics students typically struggle with in their transition to the USD community such as social connections, academic preparation, awareness of and navigating campus resources, identity development, etc.

  • Serve as a visible and comprehensive resource and advisor to students who indicate Black among the race(s) with which they identify.

  • Chair the Black Student Retention and Recognition Committee. Track the Black cohort’s academic progress and prescribe interventions when unsatisfactory progress is noted. Develop, facilitate an assessment plan to regularly monitor the Black student experience.

  • Collaboratively liaise with the Black Student Union, National Society for Black Engineers and other Black student organizations empowering Black students.

  • Inform and encourage students to participate in leadership development opportunities for Black students at the local, regional and national level.

  • Develop, implement and assess programs and opportunities grounded in the co-curricular learning outcomes for students to achieve greater cross-cultural competence including personal identity formation as well as bridging understanding among different groups.

  • Develop, coordinate, implement and assess retreats, trainings and programs to promote cultural competence, leadership development, identity development and social justice.

  • Develop curriculum that explores student development, leadership models, privilege, oppression and the intersection of identities in collaboration with all staff in “The Commons” and other partners across campus.

  • Recruit, train and evaluate students, faculty and staff facilitators for program needs.

  • Promote national, regional and university conferences and programs relevant to diversity and inclusion to students, faculty and staff.

  • Provides consultation, support and referrals to individuals in crisis and/or seeking personal and professional guidance.


Community Development:

  • Coordinate and lead a Black student/parent/family meeting during new student orientation.

  • Maintain regular communication (through a newsletter, social media and other collaborative efforts) with all undergraduate and graduate students who indicate Black as one of the race(s) with which they identify.

  • Provide regular opportunities for the Black community (students, faculty and staff) to gather and share successes and challenges.

  • Engage students in opportunities for service, collaboration and engagement within the San Diego region.

  • In collaboration with students, faculty and staff, coordinate Black Graduates Recognition and Celebration Ceremony.



  • Provide oversight of the spaces aligned with the BSRC.

  • Recruit, hire, train and evaluate undergraduate and graduate student employees in accordance with university timelines.

  • Continually assess and refine the Commons’ programs, systems and services to meet student and university needs.

  • Serve as a resource to university students, staff and faculty.

  • Lead and implement the strategic planning and assessment plan processes for the BSRC.

  • Develop, review and revise all BSRC publications and protocols.

  • Communicate regularly with AVP regarding the BSRC and issues impacting USD’s diversity and inclusion efforts, particularly those impacting Black students.

  • Attend meetings including: Student Affairs Division, Student Life and The Commons.

  • Prepare and submit reports as requested.

  • Review and make recommendations to executive leadership on policies / practices of special concern to underrepresented or historically marginalized groups of students.

  • Attend SOLES/SA Collaborative Graduate Assistant Training and meetings.

  • Ensure the space designated for the Commons is a welcoming environment for all students.

  • Maintain the University and Associated Student Government funding/budgets allocated to the BSRC. Ensure funds are used appropriately and in alignment with university/Associated Student Government requirements.

  • Contribute to or lead additional division/campus projects outside of typical duties to help further accomplish student success or organizational goals. Additional assignments may be seasonal, ad hoc or ongoing, depending on the project.

  • Serve on University committees, as requested.


Career Development:

  • Work collaboratively with the Career Development Center and Alumni Relations to support current and create potential new initiatives to support students’ career development and maintain relationships with Alumni. This can include sessions on resume development, interviewing and networking skills, internships, Linked In, and job search strategies.
  • Invite alumni back to campus to share their journey from campus to career.
Job Requirements:

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in higher education, student affairs leadership or related field required; doctorate preferred.
  • 5-6 years higher education experience (post master’s degree) required; 7+ years preferred in student affairs, outreach and support, and/or academic advising.
  • Personal experience overcoming barriers similar to those confronting students in the target population (underrepresented – particularly Black students, first generation to college, low-income, students with disabilities).
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent organizational, communication and outreach skills.
  • Demonstrated leadership in higher education setting.
  • Experience of collaboration with campus partners, including faculty.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Doctoral degree preferred.
  • Knowledge of financial aid procedures preferred.
  • Evaluation and assessment experience preferred.
  • Evidence of leadership abilities.

Performance Expectations - Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Demonstrated ability to engage Black undergraduate and graduate students.

  • Understanding of and ability to assess the Black college student experience.

  • Specialized training in retention and support services to Black students.

  • A cutting-edge awareness of services, programs, research, and outcomes beneficial to the support, retention, identity development, satisfaction, achievement and excellence of Black students.

  • Willingness to support the Catholic mission and vision of the University.

  • Demonstrated practice of centering diversity, equity, inclusion, and antiracism in one’s work including an ongoing commitment to personal learning and development in this area.

  • Demonstrated commitment to student learning and development in the co-curriculum and experience assessing the impact of programs and related services

Special Conditions of Employment:

  • May be required to travel away from home for extended periods of time for training and conferences, as well as some evening and weekend work.

The University of San Diego is requiring all employees to follow our Covid-19 vaccine requirement process. https://www.sandiego.edu/onward/ 

Background check:  Successful completion of a pre-employment background check.

Degree Verification Requirement: Persons offered employment in this position will be required to provide official education transcripts for degree verification purposes. 


Posting Salary:

$7,000 per month; Excellent Benefits

The University of San Diego offers a very competitive benefits package including; medical, dental, vision, a retirement contribution given to you by the University, and access to on-campus Fitness Centers.  Please visit the benefits section of our website to view all of the perks and benefits that USD has to offer.  USD: Human Resources: Benefits

Special Application Instructions:
Resume and Cover Letter Required

Click Apply Now to complete our online application. In addition, please upload a cover letter and resume to your application profile for the hiring managers’ review.  If you have any questions or difficulties please contact the Employment Services Team at 619-260-6806, or email us at jobs@sandiego.edu

Additional Details:

Hours: 40 hours per week

Closing date: Open until filled; review of applications will begin June 17th

Note: External job postings will be up for at least five days. After that time, applications will be reviewed by the hiring manager/committee throughout the posting period. A candidate may be selected at any time which could then close this posting on a date earlier than listed.

The University of San Diego is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion and is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the campus community.

The University of San Diego is a smoking and tobacco-free campus. For more information, visit www.sandiego.edu/smokefree.

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