Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is seeking a Director, Asian American Cultural Center for the Asian American Cultural Center (AACC). Reporting to the Executive Director of Intercultural Engagement & Inclusion Initiatives, the Director provides leadership, management, supervision and administrative oversight of the Asian American Cultural Center. The Director manages the general operations of the center which offers resources, educational programs, and services to engage students and support their holistic development.
Among the key duties of this position are the following:
Manages the day-to-day operations of the Asian American Cultural Center through the supervision of staff, management of facilities, administration of budget, and preparation of reports; Directs the vision, goal setting, and strategic planning of the center; Works with divisional development officer to cultivate relationships with possible donors and serves as the steward of donations to the center; Fosters positive relationships with students, faculty, staff, alumni, and the broader community to broaden the scope and reach of the center.
Provides oversight in the development, administration and evaluation of a comprehensive array of short and long-term programs, initiatives and services to increase awareness of the APIDA diaspora experiences to the Rutgers University community; Identifies, develops, and implements new initiatives/services as needed to address the evolving needs of students; Provides direction and oversight over the center's Intern Program, Junior Intern Program, and Peer Mentoring Program; Partners with Residence Life and the Department of American Studies to provides direction for the Asian American Identities & Images Living Learning Community's seminars and educational programs; Works with the other cultural centers to develop intercultural and intersectional programs and initiatives; Collaborates with other student affairs and University departments including the other cultural centers, student involvement areas, academic departments, administrative offices and student organizations/governing groups for collaborative programs and initiatives.
Advises the Asian Student Council, the cultural umbrella council of over 40 recognized student organizations, and individual students, including students in crisis; Provides direction and oversight of student leadership development opportunities for student leaders; Connects students in distress with the appropriate campus support resources; Liaises with the Deans of Students, Residence Life, the Counseling Center, Student Involvement, Health Services, and other administrative units in support of students' interests.
Supports and advances the efforts of the Cultural Center Collaborative through active and intentional leadership, participation and collaboration; Collaborates with the student affairs and academic units to implement and achieve institutional and/or divisional goals; Serves on divisional and campus-wide committees representing the cultural centers and advocating for needs of students;
Performs, facilitates, coordinates and delivers on tasks as needed by the Executive Director or higher leadership, inclusive of time-sensitive divisional and/or campus-wide matters; Responds to the needs of the campus community as needed in times of crisis.
Minimum Education and Experience:
Master's degree, preferably in student affairs, higher education administration, college student personnel, social work, counseling or a related field.
A minimum of three (3) years of professional experience in cultural center management , multicultural student affairs or other comparable collegiate or community-based setting serving the Asian Pacific Islander Desi American community or five (5) years of professional experience in student affairs, higher education administration, or comparable community organization settings.
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Strong knowledge and understanding of the realities of contemporary Asian Pacific Islander Desi American diasporic student experiences.
Experience in developing, coordinating, implementing and assessing educational, cultural, and social programs, particularly to advance the issues facing historically underrepresented student populations.
Experience in office administration, project management, and management of facilities/operations.
High proficiency and ethical practices in budget management and other fiscal and business responsibilities.
Previous experience in managing and supervising professional and student staff.
Experience in report writing practices/principles and assessment.
Knowledge and understanding of academic, student life, enrollment management, financial aid, health and safety issues, personal counseling and disability issues at a large, multi-faceted research university.
Strong interpersonal, organizational, and administrative skills.
Strong communication skills, both written and oral, and ability to communicate effectively with diverse populations.
Ability to work swiftly with campus partners to diffuse challenging situations.
Ability to foster a collegial and collaborative work environment relationship building, integrating values of diversity, inclusion, equity, and intersectionality into the core of all work.
Demonstrated proficiency with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Publisher, and Power Point), Outlook e-mail, and other relevant computer programs.
Ability to work well in a fast-paced office environment that services a diverse population with varying levels of needs.
Possess a level of cultural competency that reflects, at minimum, an understanding of the cultural needs/issues faced by the student constituency.
Sound knowledge of cultural nuances, principles, sensitivities and applicable concepts/theories that apply to the unique community that make up the AACC.
A minimum of five (5) years' experience working directly with Asian Pacific Islander Desi American identified individuals, preferably in a cultural center or multicultural student affairs setting on a college campus.
Direct experience working with at least two of the following groups: Asian Pacific Islander Desi American, Latinx, Black/African-American, LGBTQ+, and/or Native/Indigenous populations.
Ability to demonstrate student-centered approaches to their responsibilities.
Candidate must have proficiency with Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, Publisher, and PowerPoint), Microsoft Outlook e-mail, video conferencing technologies (Zoom, Cisco WebEx, Skype, and Google Meet), and other relevant computer programs used in both in-person and virtual office settings.
Knowledge and proficiency in use of social media tools is preferred.
Knowledge in graphic art programs such as Illustrator or Photoshop as well as web development a plus.
Physical Demands and Work Environment:
Due to the nature of work of the center and student affairs in general, this individual will be required to work some weeknights and weekends as needed throughout the academic year for center and university programs and functions.
Ability to lift and carry 25 lbs.
Posting Number: 21ST1596
Location: Livingston (RU-New Brunswick)
Internal Number: 134693
About Rutgers University
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is a leading national public research university and the state's preeminent, comprehensive public institution of higher education. Rutgers is dedicated to teaching that meets the highest standards of excellence; to conducting research that breaks new ground; and to turning knowledge into solutions for local, national, and global communities. As it was at our founding in 1766, the heart of our mission is preparing students to become productive members of society and good citizens of the world. Rutgers teaches across the full educational spectrum: preschool to precollege; undergraduate to graduate and postdoctoral; and continuing education for professional and personal advancement. Rutgers is New Jersey's land-grant institution and one of the nation's foremost research universities, and as such, we educate, make discoveries, serve as an engine of economic growth, and generate ideas for improving people's lives.