The Center for Race, Ethnicity, and Diversity Education (CREDE) at Elon University advances the conversation on student diversity education campus-wide to develop intercultural competence and provides race and ethnicity related advocacy, services, and programs to promote the intellectual achievement, personal success, and social belonging of all students, faculty, and staff, particularly those from underrepresented and historically marginalized communities.
El Centro provides an environment to engage in celebration, collaboration, dialogue and research to propel advocacy, appreciation and academic achievement within the Latinx/Hispanic community. It also serves as an educational and cultural base for all students, faculty, and staff members through engagement, cultural awareness, and community service with the Latinx/Hispanic community.
The Assistant Director of El Centro for the Center for Race, Ethnicity, and Diversity Education will work in an eight-person team to support diversity education, programs, and events. In consultation with the Associate Director/Director of El Centro, this individual will be responsible for the management of the daily operations of El Centro including supervising, mentoring, and advising students.
The Assistant Director ensures that services and initiatives are provided that contribute to and address the intellectual and social needs of Latinx/Hispanic students. The Assistant Director also works collaboratively with administration, faculty, staff, alumni and the community to create a supportive and inclusive environment that affirms Latinx/Hispanic students, faculty and staff. The Assistant Director will enhance and promote a campus-wide understanding of Latin American and Latinx/Hispanic identities and cultures. This is a full-time, 12-month position, reporting to the Associate Director of the Center for Race, Ethnicity, & Diversity Education/Director of El Centro.
Completed master's degree in higher education, student personnel, or related field and 1-2 years of experience (including graduate assistantships/apprenticeships) in diversity, equity, and inclusion work or a related functional area in higher education strongly preferred, or completed bachelor's degree and 2-3 years of experience required.
Native or near-native fluency in the Spanish language.
Theoretical and practical knowledge of language acquisition, student development, and identity formation, including experience working with underserved/underrepresented student populations, specifically Latinx/Hispanic students.
Ability to work with a wide range of students, staff, and faculty in a diverse college setting.
Previous experience working and providing education with and for college students around Latinx/Hispanic cultures, identities, and languages.
Demonstrated effectiveness in working with students to foster cohesiveness and inclusivity between and among diverse populations.
Full Time/Part Time: Full-Time Regular
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Serving as one of the support systems for international and U.S. born and raised Latinx/Hispanic students, faculty and staff, providing race and ethnicity related advocacy, services, and programs to promote identity development, intellectual achievement, personal success and social belonging.
Creating, implementing, marketing and assessing programs and events that support Latinx/Hispanic student success.
Developing and promoting resources and educational materials that support Latinx/Hispanic students across different national, ethnic and racial backgrounds.
Developing educationally transformative programs, services and activities that result in cultural awareness and appreciation for diversity and cross-cultural engagement centered on Latinx/Hispanic cultures.
Coordinating and promoting educational programming, such as Hispanic Heritage Month, via planning committees comprised of faculty, staff, and students.
Promoting the study of conversational Spanish and culture among all Elon populations, including Latinx/Hispanic students.
Supervising El Centro's Student Coordinators and implementing training programs for them.
Serving as the liaison between El Centro and organizations that support the local Latinx/Hispanic community.
Collaborating with a broad range of campus departments/offices – including Counseling Center, Health Center, Career Center, Kernodle Center for Service Learning, among others – to create programs and activities that center Latinx/Hispanic students' needs and interests.
Arranging local community-based Spanish language immersion internship opportunities for Elon students, faculty and staff who wish to practice and improve Spanish language skills while providing community volunteer services.
Providing resources and guidance for faculty, staff and students exploring study abroad/alternative breaks trips to Spanish speaking countries.
Developing, planning, executing and participating in co-curricular activities that promote educational objectives such as intercultural awareness, sensitivity and acceptance.
Collaborating on joint projects or programs with other organizations or departments within Elon University and in the local community that support the Latinx/Hispanic population and promote awareness of its identity.
Monitoring and updating El Centro website and social media accounts
Representing the CREDE/El Centro at programs and events in support of Admissions recruitment efforts.
The position requires evening and occasional weekend work and some travel.
Serve as an Administrator On-Call (AOC) in the campus-duty rotation (two weekends when university is in session and one week when not in session, per year).
Other duties as assigned by the Associate Director of the CREDE / Director of the Spanish Center.
Elon University has built a national reputation as the premier student-centered environment for experiential learning, with an emphasis on strong personal relationships between students and their faculty and staff mentors. Elon students are ambitious, curious and compassionate, inspired to be big thinkers and creative problem-solvers.
Elon’s rigorous curriculum is grounded in the arts and sciences and complemented by nationally accredited professional programs. The 446 full-time faculty members teach in more than 60 undergraduate majors and nine graduate programs. Elon’s four-year graduation rate of 79 percent ranks in the top six percent in the nation.
Elon’s 6,277 undergraduate and 811 graduate students come from 48 states and 47 other countries. About 24 percent are from North Carolina, with strong enrollment numbers from the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic and other states across the country.
Elon is ranked among the top-100 National Universities by U.S. News & World Report, with a #2 ranking for excellence in undergraduate teaching and #11 for innovation. Elon is the only university in the nation recognized by U.S. News for excellence in all eight academic programs “Focused on Stud...ent Success.” Included are #1 rankings for study abroad and learning communities and #2 rankings for first-year experiences and service learning.
Global engagement is central to Elon’s experience and 78 percent of students have at least one international study experience, often combined with internships, research or service. Elon is among the nation’s top universities for producing Fulbright Student Scholars and Peace Corps volunteers. In addition, Elon’s Study USA program includes opportunities to study in Los Angeles, New York City, Washington, D.C., Hawaii, Alaska and other locations.
The university includes Elon College, the College of Arts and Sciences; the Martha and Spencer Love School of Business; the School of Communications; the School of Education; the School of Health Sciences; and the School of Law, which is located on a campus in downtown Greensboro, N.C.