The University of Massachusetts Amherst invites applicants to apply for the position of Program Coordinator, Cultural Centers, CMASS. This position is responsible for direction and leadership for campus-based cultural centers. Primary focus areas of responsibility include learning-driven program development, facilitation, implementation, and assessment; collaborating on and coordinating community-building and inclusion-centered opportunities for students of all backgrounds; project management; and, ensuring aligned staff are well positioned to succeed in their work. Additionally, the Program Coordinator is responsible for managing allocated financial, staffing and space resources to their best and most effective use. The cultural centers are: Josephine White Eagle Cultural Center (JWECC), Latinx American Cultural Center (LACC), Malcolm X Cultural Center (MXCC), and Yuri Kochiyama Cultural Center (YKCC).
• Implement existing and create new programs that support student learning, development, and community building; and, which validate the experiences of students from various cultural backgrounds and heritages. Engage in collaboration with student organizations, academic departments, SACL, and other campus units that contribute to a positive sense of belonging by students from various cultural backgrounds or cross-cultural engagement. Coordinate cultural heritage month celebrations.
• Hire, train, schedule and guide student staff in upholding and advancing the mission of cultural centers and in accomplishing work expectations. Per established guidelines, manage financial procedures for purchasing, approve weekly student payroll, and provide accurate monthly budget reports and realistic budget projections. Actively participate in related trainings to stay abreast of developments in the field and apply new knowledge as appropriate.
• Implement and utilize ongoing assessment strategies to evaluate and inform CMASS programs and services. Prepare reports summarizing the scope and impact of Cultural Center programs and services.
• Manage use of cultural center space to best and most effective use. Includes ensuring an equitable and timely process for space reservations by student organizations, defined residential communities, and other campus entities.
• Manage multiple calendars and projects efficiently, effectively and on time (i.e., work schedules, program schedules, publicity, timelines, space reservations, meetings) while also ensuring high caliber results.
• Financial and budget responsibilities are for amounts less than $100K in revenue and general operating funds: apply and conform to internal financial policies to ensure transactions are processed properly (e.g. Tax, Human Resources, Legal, and Federal). Ensure accuracy of recorded data through the use of analytical reports and reconciliations. Utilize financial databases and systems to manipulate and analyze financial data for internal and external reporting and decision making. Develop budget to include forecasting; monitor and report variances/problems and recommend solutions. Use signature authority to implement solutions and release funds. Accept an institutional responsibility for the University funds assigned.
• Required to work: M-TH 1:00-9:00 PM, Friday flexible schedule, some mornings and some weekends.
• Performs related duties as assigned or required to meet Department, Executive Area/Division, and University goals and objectives.
• Understands responsibilities with respect to Title IX, Clery and other compliance requirements.
• Demonstrates capacity, skill and willingness to engage students and contribute to student success.
• Works collaboratively with other campus stakeholders to fulfill the mission of Student Affairs and Campus Life.
• Understands responsibilities with respect to conflicts of interest and behaves in ways consistent both with law and with University policy.
• Contributes toward creating a positive and respectful workplace defined by personal and professional competence, integrity, and collaboration.
• Understands and contributes to implementation of departmental and institutional goals for achieving non-discrimination and creating a respectful, inclusive environment that is supportive of diversity.
• Uses access to sensitive and/or not yet public university related information only in the performance of the responsibilities of position and exercises care to prevent unnecessary disclosure to others.
Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)
• Bachelor's degree in Education, Social Justice, Ethnic Studies, Multicultural Education, Sociology or related field plus five (5) years of experience developing programs and courses that support student success, enhance the development of inclusive and diverse communities, and promote positive climates in which students live and learn.
• Contemporary knowledge of theory and best practices related to promoting, establishing, and sustaining positive, inclusive communities. Contemporary knowledge and understanding of issues and corresponding effective intervention strategies impacting underrepresented/underserved college student populations.
• Highly cultivated cultural competency coupled with superior intercultural communications skills and demonstrated ability to effectively relate to and support diverse, underrepresented and/or underserved populations.
• Experience delivering high caliber programs and services that are timely and relevant to students of diverse cultural backgrounds.
• Demonstrated ability to lead, organize and manage concurrent priorities and projects with complex logistics. Experience using assessment strategies to evaluate program and services effectiveness.
• Experience facilitating deep and engaging discussions while managing conflict and encouraging growth.
• Experience supervising students promoting their leadership and personal growth.
• Skill in use of social media to promote effective communication and publicity. Experience using Microsoft, Collegiate Link, and Campus Labs products or ability to learn use of these products.
• Driver's license and access to a vehicle.
Preferred Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)
• Master's degree in Higher Education Administration, Social Justice, Sociology or related field plus one (1) year of experience developing programs and courses that support student success, enhance the development of inclusive and diverse communities, and promote positive climates in which students live and learn.
Physical Demands/Working Conditions
• Required to drive to multiple worksites on campus.
• Monday- Thursday 1:00PM-9:00 PM, Friday flexible schedule, some mornings and some weekends. Summer schedule can be flexible according the department needs.
• Professional Staff Salary Administration Program Position Level: 26
Special Instructions to Applicants
Please submit your letter of interest, resume, and names, addresses, email and phone numbers of three references by the priority deadline of October 21, 2019. Applicants should apply by the priority deadline in order to ensure consideration.
UMass Amherst is committed to a policy of equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, or genetic information in employment, admission to and participation in academic programs, activities, and services, and the selection of vendors who provide services or products to the University. To fulfill that policy, UMass Amherst is further committed to a program of affirmative action to eliminate or mitigate artificial barriers and to increase opportunities for the recruitment and advancement of qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans. It is the policy of the UMass Amherst to comply with the applicable federal and state statutes, rules, and regulations concerning equal opportunity and affirmative action.