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Associate Director - Student Leadership Equity & Excellence

Northeastern University

Northeastern University

Oakland, CA, USA
Posted on Friday, January 26, 2024

About the Opportunity


Reporting to the Director of the Center for Student Leadership, Equity and Excellence, the Associate Director leads a team that provides programmatic development and administrative leadership with a focus on student activities, leadership and engagement. The Associate Director plays an important role in engaging all students in community building that will enrich their lives and help them thrive through centering anti-racist, equity and inclusion centered programming. The Associate Director will focus to foster increased understanding of self-identity and the societal contexts to encourage connections and engagement with the larger Northeastern community. This position also organizes robust leadership opportunities in service-based partnerships in the Oakland and surrounding bay area community.


• Knowledge of and practice engaging in social justice work regarding power and privilege dynamics
• Knowledge and experience of current practices and theories in student affairs in higher education, including student leadership/student development.
• Professional standards and guidelines, professional code of ethics and other related state and federal laws.
• Ability to facilitate dialogues with differing perspectives around issues of diversity and inclusion.
• Ability to work independently and with good judgment to manage a complex job involving ambiguous tasks, multiple responsibilities, and an irregular and unpredictable schedule.
• Excellent interpersonal, organizational, and written/verbal communication skills with ability to work both collaboratively and independently and develop strong relationships with students, staff, and faculty, interact at all levels with campus and community constituents and stakeholders.
• Knowledge and skills required for this position are typically acquired through a naster’s degree and at least 3-5 years of professional experience in leadership development, community development, social justice education and diversity initiatives or related areas. Experience should also include working with diverse populations and a demonstrated understanding of the issues faced by students who are members of first-generation college students


1) Community Programming
• Lead faculty, staff, and students in collaborative signature events that foster a sense of belonging, community development, traditions, and college affinity such as welcome receptions, open houses, graduation ceremonies and guest speakers.
• Manage student lounge spaces in Rothwell in partnership with affiliated offices and student organizations.
• Work closely with Division of Student Life units, academic departments, and support staff, and other departments on equity, inclusion, and student engagement objectives.
• Conducts assessment of student programming and makes data driven decisions.

2) Leadership
• Supervise two full-time staff members.
• Lead, engage and motivate employees. Actively support a positive team culture.
• Provide an effective process for performance management and development that provides measurable goals, clear expectations and solid direction to each team member.
• Provide frequent feedback, recognition and coaching to ensure high performance, professional growth and development. Plan for and support employees in career and professional development opportunities aligned with organization’s needs.
• Address unsatisfactory employee performance including developing, delivering and monitoring performance improvement plans.
• Facilitate the resolution of employee conflicts.
• Lead and guide employee/team to develop new skills, knowledge and abilities that will enhance their work and development.
• Plan, organize resources, assign and delegate activities and measure results to achieve organization’s expectations.
• Manage change by providing the needed structure and transparent environment. Coach employee/team through changes that impact their day-to-day work.
• Assist employees in navigating business processes and resolving issues.
• Administer and ensure compliance with university policies and procedures.
Review staffing needs including developing job descriptions and recruitment plans. Lead the selection and onboarding process

3) Student Development
• Facilitate the leadership development of students utilizing leadership development models that focus on holistic growth in individuals and connectedness to identity and community where experiences are intentionally and developmentally structured to allow students to grow in skills and levels of engagement from emerging to advanced.
• Cultivate community service leadership opportunities for the student community with a focus on the Oakland and surrounding bay area community.
• Under the direction of the Director, represent the Center on Student Life, campus-wide, and departmental committees as assigned.

4) Communications and Budget Management
• Fiscal management in areas of responsibility which includes planning, directing, and controlling financial resources and reconciling expenses in Concur.
• Oversees the visibility and accessibility of the Center, including coordinating promotion of the Center through tabling, online newsletters, email lists, print advertising, and social media outreach.
• Prepare reports and publications as required, e.g., operations, programming, assessment and administrative reports.

Position Type

Student Services

Additional Information

Northeastern University considers factors such as candidate work experience, education and skills when extending an offer.

Northeastern has a comprehensive benefits package for benefit eligible employees. This includes medical, vision, dental, paid time off, tuition assistance, wellness & life, retirement- as well as commuting & transportation. Visit https://hr.northeastern.edu/benefits/ for more information.

Northeastern University is an equal opportunity employer, seeking to recruit and support a broadly diverse community of faculty and staff. Northeastern values and celebrates diversity in all its forms and strives to foster an inclusive culture built on respect that affirms inter-group relations and builds cohesion.

All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

To learn more about Northeastern University’s commitment and support of diversity and inclusion, please see www.northeastern.edu/diversity.