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African American Student Initiative Coordinator

Posted: 09/25/2023

African American Student Initiative Coordinator

TITLE OF POSITION: African American Student Initiative Coordinator

PAY CLASSIFICATION: Non-Exempt Administrative II

STATUS: Part Time,Non- Exempt, .06 FTE



REPORTS TO: Dean, Global Campus & Academic Systems

PAY RATE: $22,200


The African American Student Initiative Coordinator (AAC) fosters an inclusive and welcoming campus environment that supports African American students with the ultimate goal to raise their retention and completion rates. The AAC will develop and implement new programming to meet the emerging issues of this population, recruit current students to participate in the initiative, and stay current in best practices that support the retention and graduation of students in this population. The initiative seeks to increase the sense of belonging, community and involvement among students by fostering connections with university constituents and peers. The initiative will cultivate self-advocacy and self-confidence skills to increase resilience among these students. These responsibilities are performed in an ethical manner consistent with the University's mission, vision, and values which include diversity, equity, and inclusion.


• Develop and sustain the strategic mission of the program.
• Teach 12 credits per year. Extra credits can be approved as an overload with supervisor's discretion.
• Provide vision, strategic direction/plan, and accountability for developing engaging programs and implementing short and long-range practices and services that support student academic transitions for African American students, as well as their retention, and overall success.
• Provide leadership with attention to emerging issues and best practices in academic support services
• Provide leadership mentoring program to serve this student population
• Where feasible, identify new external funding sources, write and submit grant proposals in coordination with the Advancement Office.
• Assess, collect and analyze data related to the populations and subpopulations served.
• Monitor, analyze, and evaluate current scope of services and programs.
• Establish and cultivate strong relationships with academic departments; alumni relations; and other units, to build upon successful collaborative programs and initiatives, identify new synergies, and support student engagement and success.
• Develop and manage an operating budget for the initiative.
• Understand and abide by all external and internal regulations and policies. This includes NCAA, GLIAC and national affiliations associated within athletics or other role specific regulations.
• Perform other duties as assigned.


• Design and implement programs and services to support access, retention, and completion to increase outcomes in these areas for African American students at Davenport
• Develop a peer mentoring program including the overseeing of recruitment, selection, evaluation, and training of peer mentors
• Develop and deliver appropriate training for faculty and staff regarding retention strategies for students
• Identify and monitor appropriate metrics to determine success of initiatives
• Serve as a resource for African American students to support, track, and navigate their curricular and co-curricular collegiate experiences;
• Assist with university-wide initiatives for African American students, including orientation activities, support groups, and other co-curricular engagement opportunities;
• Prepared to teach in all locations and modalities including online (synchronous and asynchronous), in-seat, and off-campus sites including dual/middle college.


• Bachelor's degree is required, graduate degree preferred.
• 1 - 3 years of teaching and/or mentoring experience preferred.
• Demonstrated ability to work accurately and effectively with computerized data systems including MS-Office software expertise. Intermediate to advanced excel knowledge.
• Willingness to expand knowledge in computer technology and software utilized at University.
• Demonstrated ability to work effectively with people of diverse backgrounds and promote a positive working environment, spirit of cooperation and positive reactions to change and conflict resolution.
• Excellent interpersonal, communication and presentation skills, both written and oral, which transcend diverse audiences.
• Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively and relate well to students, parents, faculty, staff, and others while maintaining appropriate confidentiality.
• Demonstrated motivational and problem solving capabilities with a high degree of integrity, ethics, and dedication to the mission of the University.
• Office/educational environment. Prolonged sitting and standing. Use of personal computer and telephone (eye and hand strain). Moderate lifting requirements (up to 25 lbs.).
• Must be able to work an irregular schedule, evenings or Saturday as needed, additional hours during peak times or as required.

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