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CONTRACT PERIOD: 12-month
POSITION AVAILABLE: January 1, 2023
JOB SUMMARY: The Director of the Hispanic Student Center (HSC) will lead the cultural community space designed to serve the needs of all latino/a students and the communities at large. This position is a crossroad of academic, personal, and professional growth for Oklahoma Panhandle State University students interested in Latinx and Latin American cultures. Through advising, leadership development, academic, social and cultural programming HSC expands student access to the University's resources to achieve their fullest potential. The Director enthusiastically provides general support and assistance to students, student organizations, faculty, parents and other University constituencies; The Director leads students through the provision of co-curricular, cultural, and social programs for students and student organizations with a specific focus on Latino diasporic cultures.
JOB DUTIES and RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Partner with student organizations to create and assess signature programming including community outreach, Latino professional Pathways program, Collegiate Leadership Development program, and the Latino Dialogue Institute.
- Supervise and assist the flow of students who utilize the Center's resources and services. Build strong bonds with alumni to enlist support in the Center's recruitment and retention efforts.
- Work closely with other resource centers in order to create collaborative programs and resources for students.
- Build alliance with the community in order to provide additional resources, services, and referrals to students.
- Serve as a consultant to the schools, and other University departments in regards to student transition to OPSU.
- Pursue grant and other resource development opportunities.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Develop and pilot face-to-face services for each year in the Hispanic Student Center
- Develop and pilot cultural resources for the Hispanic Student Center
- Visit and observe campuses with strong Hispanic student programs
- Hire and train tutors to support Hispanic students and others designated as underrepresented at OPSU
- Select and train mentors oriented to Hispanic students and others designated as underrepresented at OPSU
- Develop long-range strategic planning and program development, including the assessment of such programs and services, consistent with the mission of OPSU
- Develop programs and services designed to increase the recruitment, retention, matriculation, and ultimate graduation of Hispanic students and others designated as underrepresented enrolled at OPSU
- Supervise department personnel effectively to ensure that programs and services support the campus-wide strategy and the mission of the HSC.
- Manage the outcomes assessment and documentation of OPSU student success initiatives.
- Counsel, advise, and consult with students, faculty, staff and alumni individually and collectively to embrace the importance of building an inclusive, appreciative, and welcoming environment.
- Act as an advocate for Hispanic students and others designated as underrepresented.
- Develop, facilitate, and maintain, an undergraduate mentoring program for Hispanic students and others designated as under-represented.
- Provide support and guidance to university recognized underrepresented student organizations.
- To work on an ongoing basis with departments such as: Admissions, Financial Aid Undergraduate Studies, University Counseling, Educational Support Services, and Career Planning & Placement who focus on recruitment, retention, and the success of Hispanic and other underrepresented students
- Develop and support OPSU to be an inclusive university for all students.
- Develop ties and partnerships with local high schools in the surrounding area to plan HSC community outreach.
- Manage and initiate fundraising efforts when opportunities arise in the areas of grant management, major gifts and corporate and foundation relations.
- Coordinate the preparation of adjustments and supporting documentation for the coordination and implementation of HSC activities according to the guidelines of the Title V Grant
- Manage and develop the record-keeping practices for the HSC according to the guidelines of the Title V Grant and for maintaining confidential files.
- Must have a strong work ethic and lead by example.
- Must be a professional, credible and respected representative of the institution, both internally and in the community.
- Demonstrated willingness and ability to act ethically and socially responsible.
- Must be able to lift more than 50-lb. objects; frequent bending, stooping, and walking.
- Can be exposed to a variety of weather conditions for periods of time.
- Ability to communicate in a courteous manner.
- Other duties as assigned by Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs, Title V Program Director or designee.
The omission of specific statement of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.
- 5 years of progressive responsibility in higher education, preferably directing a college or university department/program for underrepresented students.
- Demonstrated strong knowledge of Hispanic community required.
- Strong understanding /expertise in working with issues faced by underrepresented students. The ability to speak Spanish is preferred.
- Strong marketing and presentation expertise in employer outreach to national and international organizations.
- An inclusive philosophy in order to support all university students, faculty, and staff.
EDUCATION, TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE: Required: Bachelor’s Degree required in appropriate field. Master’s Degree preferred (preferably higher education).
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