1198 Director, Multicultural Programs


TITLE Director, Multicultural Programs




IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR Assistant Vice President for Multicultural Services


The Director, Multicultural Programs provides leadership and support for the establishment and achievement of retention initiatives, develops programs that serve the needs of diverse student populations, and promotes academic enhancement efforts in support of the mission of the University.  Responsibilities include program development and oversight of initiatives to promote inclusivity between groups on campus, history and cultural programs, and special pipeline programs and education projects. The Director, Multicultural Programs provides direction and input into student leadership development activities as needed, promotes cultural awareness by coordinating the educational series associated with history and cultural activities and ethnic heritage months, i.e., African American Heritage Month, Hispanic Heritage Month, Native American Heritage Month, Asian American Heritage Month, and LGBTQ+ History Month. The Director, Multicultural Programs provides general coordination and leadership of the activities and services of the Multicultural Resource Center (MRC), the MRC Annex, the LGBTQ+ Resource Center, and other events designed to bring groups and individuals together.


Education: A non-specific bachelor’s degree or a bachelor’s degree in the social sciences, art and design, music, communications, or education is required. A Master’s degree preferred.

Experience: At least five years of experience working with diverse populations and significant administrative, managerial, or higher education experience of increasing responsibilities or an equivalent combination of education, training, and/or experience is required.  Knowledge and experience working with historically marginalized and oppressed people is required. A record of accomplishment, community engagement, budgetary responsibility, and cultural competence is required.

Skills: Management skills in the development of goals and objectives and the selection and supervision of professional, clerical, and student employees are required. Effective decision-making skills are required.  Strong verbal and written communication skills are required. Excellent interpersonal skills are required.  Awareness and sensitivity to the issues related to the recruitment and retention of underrepresented students, LGBTQ+students, and other historically marginalized and oppressed groups of students are required. The ability to develop knowledge of, respect for, and skills to engage with those of other cultures, experiences, and backgrounds is required.

Other: The position requires evening and weekend work as well as periodic overnight travel.


1. Develops and maintains effective working relationships with community support organizations and leaders from underrepresented communities by networking and developing new relationships.

2. Oversees the budget for the Multicultural Programming unit and allocates funds for programs and initiatives in alignment with departmental priorities.

3. Promotes the recruitment and retention of multicultural students for leadership of campus student organizations by showcasing student academic, scholarly, social, and civic achievements in Multicultural Resource Center (MRC) marketing and promotional materials.

4. Helps to enhance the University experience for all students, with emphasis on underrepresented and historically marginalized groups, by advertising and assisting student organizations in developing sustainable cross-cultural activities, resolutions, and ongoing initiatives such as study groups, homecoming partnerships, and community service projects.

5. Encourages increased historical and cultural awareness of students, faculty, staff, and the local community by initiating, planning, and coordinating annual occurrences such as LGBTQ+ History Month, African American Heritage Month, Hispanic Heritage Month, Native American Heritage Month, Asian American Heritage Month, and the King Holiday Celebration.

6. Enhances the multicultural experience, retention, and academic opportunities of students by managing the Multicultural Resource Center and the MRC Annex for the attraction of the entire student body.

7. Establishes the viability of the Office of Multicultural Programs by effectively supervising the staff and student employees, advising on the progress of the MRC, compiling, organizing, and analyzing data on student retention programming, maintaining fiscal integrity, and preparing various reports.

8. Facilitates a work environment that encourages knowledge of, respect for, and development of skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds and maintains an ongoing working knowledge of the meaning of the terms in the LGBTQ community.

9. Remains competent and current through self-directed professional reading, developing professional contacts with colleagues, attending professional development courses, and attending training and/or courses required by the Assistant Vice President for Multicultural Services.

10. Contributes to the overall success of the Division of Student Affairs by performing all other duties as assigned.


The Director, Multicultural Programs is supervised by the Assistant Vice President of Multicultural Services and supervises full-time staff, part-time staff, and student employees.