Position Purpose: The Director of Latino/a Student Initiatives will support Latino/a students through student centeredprograms 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.
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.
Upholds the Mission Statement: Aurora University an inclusive community dedicated to the transformative power of learning.
Handle confidential information with tact and discretion.
Supports learning through performance of essential job functions and performing other duties and functions as necessary or as assigned.
Essential Job Functions:
Serve as a resource and advocate for the Latino/a student population.
Provide intentional support to first-year Latino/a students and connect them to academic, financial and social support as needed.
Assess the needs and interests of the Latino/a student population and design programs, services and partnerships to address those needs.
Define key learning outcomes and evaluate program performance with an emphasis on continuous improvement.
Design and implement impactful programming and diversity training that serves our Latino/a student body as well as the larger campus community.
Develop and implement educational, social and leadership programs promoting self-awareness and intercultural development.
Identify the best practices to improve Latino/ a student achievement.
Advise the Latin American Student Organization (LASO) student organization and collaborate with advisors of other Latino/a serving organizations.
Generate collaboration between LASO and other student group on campus, both cultural and non-cultural.
Collaborate with campus support services, faculty and administration in the support and retention of Latino/a students.
Effectively oversee operational budget.
Essential Job Requirements:
Graduate degree (master's level or higher) required.
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.
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.
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.
Ability to use a computer terminal.
Ability to move about campus.
Ability to make off-site visits for building community relationships as necessary.
Aurora University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to becoming a model university of the 21st century. Toward this effort we are determined to have a faculty, staff, and student body reflecting the cultural demographics of the greater Chicago area.
Aurora University (AU) is an inclusive community dedicated to the transformative power of learning. It is committed to helping students discover what matters and build their life around it.
AU is a private, nonprofit, independent university accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. It offers more than 45 undergraduate majors — such as nursing, social work, business administration, criminal justice and psychology — and a wide variety of master’s and doctoral degrees that include social work and business administration. Degree programs are grounded in real-world experiences and are led by experienced, dedicated faculty members, nearly 140 of whom are full-time. The student/faculty ratio is 18:1.
Almost 6,000 undergraduate and graduate students take classes on two main campuses — Aurora University in Aurora, Illinois, and George Williams College in Williams Bay, Wisconsin — as well as the nearby Orchard Center in Aurora and the Woodstock Center in Woodstock, Illinois. Online classes are also available. The Aurora University campus is located 40 miles west of Chicago.
AU has 24 NCAA Division III teams competing in the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference, Midwest Lacro...sse Conference, Midwest Women's Lacrosse Conference and Northern Collegiate Hockey Association. About 700 student-athletes compete in sports. AU has a rich history and tradition of success across the spectrum of sport offerings. From conference championships to NCAA Championship appearances to academic awards and community service, student-athletes and staff continue to bring excitement and a sense of pride to Aurora University and all of the Spartan fans across the country. At AU, we firmly believe that intercollegiate athletics should promote the character development of participants, enhance the integrity of higher education, and promote civility in society. Toward these ends, we strive to adhere to fundamental values such as respect, civility, honesty and responsibility. Student-athletes and staff are always expected to operate with the principles of sportsmanship and ethical conduct in mind.
Founded in 1893 in Mendota, Illinois, as Mendota Seminary, the institution soon changed its name to Mendota College. By 1911, it had outgrown its facilities and the following year changed its name to Aurora College and moved to Aurora, where its students could take advantage of a thriving business environment and easy access to Chicago. In 1985, Aurora College changed its name to Aurora University to better reflect the magnitude of its academic offerings. Seven years later, Aurora University and George Williams College traditions blended when the two institutions entered into an affiliation agreement that paved the way for a merger eight years later. In 2010, the Woodstock Center opened to meet the needs of students in McHenry County and surrounding communities.