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  • Position Number: 1351992
  • Location: Chicago, Illinois
  • Position Type: premium
The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) is seeking an innovative leader and scholar to serve as Director of its African-American Cultural Center (AACC), one of seven Centers for Cultural Understanding and Social Change at UIC. The successful candidate will possess a minimum of seven years of higher education experience, including experience with educational and cultural program development and coordination. The Director is expected to promote an inclusive environment that facilitates the advancement, growth, and development of African-American and African-Diaspora stakeholders through advocacy, policy development, and institutional intervention to support diversity on the UIC campus.

Located in the heart of one of the world's great cities, the University of Illinois at Chicago is a vital part of the educational, technological and cultural fabric of the region. UIC is the largest public research university in the metropolitan Chicago area, and it serves a diverse undergraduate and graduate student population. Based upon its full time undergraduate enrollment, UIC is designated as a Minority Serving Institution (MSI), a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and an Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution (AANAPISI). In 2018, it received the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education.

The AACC Director is responsible for the administrative leadership and management of the Center, with oversight of daily operations. This includes management of Center gallery program and facilities, and development and administration of programs and initiatives that provide faculty, staff, students, alumni, donors and community partners with knowledge of issues relating to African-American and African-Diaspora communities. A Master's degree in a relevant field emphasizing culture and cultural artifacts in social and historical settings is required; a Ph.D. is preferred. Requirements also include at least five years of high-level administrative experience overseeing office operations, the ability to be an effective leader/supervisor of a diverse staff, strong project management skills, exceptional verbal and written communication skills, and evidence of ability to actively engage with a diverse student body in program design and implementation.

For fullest consideration, please submit an on-line application at, click on the job board and then the job, and upload a resume and cover letter by January 18, 2019.

The University of Illinois at Chicago is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty and staff committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment. We strongly encourage applications from women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and covered veterans.

The University of Illinois conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer of employment. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

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