Aurora University

Director of Latino/a Student Initiatives

Aurora University is an independent, comprehensive institution founded in 1893 offering bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees. Our two campuses are located in Aurora, Illinois and on the shores of Geneva Lake in Wisconsin. Additionally, we have an Educational Center in Woodstock, Illinois. We seek people passionately involved in the educational process who will help us realize our vision.

Position Purpose: The Director of Latino/a Student Initiatives will support Latino/a students through student centered programs related to retention and graduation. The Director will also assist with the development of the collective cultural competence of the Aurora University community. The position requires the ability to conceive and bring to fruition innovative programs to enhance the success of our Latino/a student population.

Core Competencies:

  1. Represents Aurora University in the most positive manner with prospective, former and current students, clients, suppliers and the community we serve. Interacts effectively with a diverse group of faculty, staff, students and other customers of our service, learns and uses operating practices of the department and Aurora University.
  2. Upholds the Mission Statement: Aurora University an inclusive community dedicated to the transformative power of learning.
  3. Handle confidential information with tact and discretion.
  4. Supports learning through performance of essential job functions and performing other duties and functions as necessary or as assigned.

Essential Job Functions:

  1. Serve as a resource and advocate for the Latino/a student population.
  2. Provide intentional support to first-year Latino/a students and connect them to academic, financial and social support as needed.
  3. Assess the needs and interests of the Latino/a student population and design programs, services and partnerships to address those needs.
  4. Define key learning outcomes and evaluate program performance with an emphasis on continuous improvement.
  5. Design and implement impactful programming and diversity training that serves our Latino/a student body as well as the larger campus community.
  6. Develop and implement educational, social and leadership programs promoting self-awareness and intercultural development.
  7. Identify the best practices to improve Latino/ a student achievement.
  8. Advise the Latin American Student Organization (LASO) student organization and collaborate with advisors of other Latino/a serving organizations.
  9. Generate collaboration between LASO and other student group on campus, both cultural and non-cultural.
  10. Collaborate with campus support services, faculty and administration in the support and retention of Latino/a students.
  11. Effectively oversee operational budget.

Essential Job Requirements:

Education:

  • Graduate degree (master's level or higher) required.

Experience:

  • Minimum of three years of experience in higher education required.
  • Demonstrated competency in collaborating required.
  • Demonstrated competency in collaborating required.
  • Experience working with diverse student population, particularly Latino/a students.

Skills:

  • Knowledge of racial and cultural identity theories, especially those specific to Latino/a students. Strong public speaking skills and mediation strategies.
  • Commitment to and deep understanding of issues of diversity and inclusion in higher education.
  • Strong appreciation for the diverse needs of all members of the campus community.
  • Commitment to diversity, including working with bilingual and bicultural populations (Spanish/English).
  • Ability to motivate and assist students in developing long-term goals and coordinate this effort with faculty, staff, alumni and employers.
  • Exceptional organizational and interpersonal skills, and willingness to take initiative.
  • Ability to travel when necessary to office campus evening and weekend events, providing own vehicle.

Special Requirements:

  • The duties of this position may require considerable evening and weekend work, including attendance at meetings of student organizations, admissions events and/or other applicable University and community events.

Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to use a computer terminal.
  • Ability to move about campus.
  • Ability to make off-site visits for building community relationships as necessary.

Benefit-eligible positions offer excellent benefits including health, dental, life, vision, long term disability, a 403(b) retirement plan through TIAA, and tuition remission. Please send resume with cover letter and contact information for three references including name, telephone and email address.

Apply to:

Aurora University
Human Resources
347 South Gladstone Ave
Aurora, IL 60506
630-844-5650 - fax
jobs@aurora.edu - email

Aurora University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.