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Director, Cultural and Identity Centers

Apply now Job no: 515548
Work type: Management (MPP)
Location: Pomona
Categories: MPP, At-Will, Full Time, Student Services

Director of Cultural and Identity Centers


Type of Appointment: Full-time, Management Personnel Plan (MPP II)

Salary Range: Commensurate with Qualifications and Experience

Recruitment Closing Date: Open Until Filled

Next Application Review: August 8, 2022


REQUIRED- All candidates must submit the following:

  • Application
  • Cover letter
  • Resume or CV
  • Three References




Cultural identity and education centers on college campuses make a powerful difference in student learning and retention and fosters an environment that promotes leadership development, critical thinking, a sense of belonging, cultural identity, and academic growth—all components for engagement in the learning process.


This role will work with the Director of Equity, Diversity and Retention Initiatives supporting the department coordinators in building and leading a standalone cultural retention center model and office rooted in student success (critical learning and intersectional identity development, transformative justice, culturally relevant approaches to career readiness, coalition building, and social change).


The Dean of Students Office at Cal Poly Pomona is a unit under the Division of Student Affairs that holistically supports student success through intentional programs, initiatives and collaborative partnerships (engagement), fosters an anti-racist and student-ready culture (equity and access) and creates innovative and integrative co-curricular pathways rooted in career readiness and civic engagement (lifelong learning and advocacy).





Department Administration:

  • Manage day-to-day operations of the following cultural and identity-based centers and initiatives: African American Student Center, Asian & Pacific Islander Student Center, Cesar E. Chavez Center for Higher Education, Native American Student Center, Pride Center, and the Womxn’s Resource Center through the supervision of staff, management of facilities, administration of budget, and preparation of reports. Coaches them in such areas as leading change, leveraging core resources, developing synergistic and collaborative interrelationships, managing performance, mediating conflict, and cultivating within each unit a culture of evidence that emphasizes assessment, evaluation, and quality improvement.
  • Manage the day-to-day operations of advocacy-based units such as identity-based signature programs/initiatives through the supervision of staff, management of facilities, administration of budget, and preparation of reports.
  • Create and oversee culturally relevant programs, training, initiatives, and celebrations (cultural graduations, student equity, diversity, and inclusion training, cultural student retreats, community dialogues, speaker series, etc.).
  • Direct the vision, goal setting, and strategic planning of the office; Foster positive relationships with students, faculty, staff, alumni, and the broader community to broaden the scope and reach of the center.


Cluster and Cross-Divisional Partnerships

  • Collaborate with the Office of Student Success, Dean of Students Office, the Career Center, and other campus stakeholders to build a culturally relevant retention framework for all cultural and identity-based centers (elements of academic coaching, student success strategies/skills, peer mentorship, health/wellbeing support, etc.).
  • Ensure all cultural and identity-based retention centers provide culturally relevant academic, personal, and career related services.
  • Provide oversight in the development, administration, assessment, and evaluation of a comprehensive array of short and long-term programs, initiatives, and services in accordance with the university’s strategic priorities.


Professional Development & Other Duties as assigned

  • Stays abreast of current literature, ongoing trends, demographic changes, laws and policies that impact the diverse student body.
  • Continually assess student needs and interests, as well as remain abreast of current, model practices in the field of student affairs as it relates to identity development, student behavior; utilize relevant data, scholarship, and student development theories/models in planning and developing programs and services designed to actively foster student learning and promote students’ holistic success.
  • Capacity to research and identify current issues in higher education both locally and nationally; awareness and insight into emerging issues (basic needs, mental health).
  • Ensures staff have a professional development plan that incorporates and encourages best practices.
  • Participates in local, regional and national research and presentations pertinent to job functionality
  • Attends conferences and professional institutes to stay relevant and build a professional network that enhances the potential for innovation at CPP.
  • Serve on divisional and campus-wide committees representing the office and advocate for student needs; Respond to the needs of the campus community as needed in times of crisis.
  • Complete additional duties as assigned.





  • 5 years of professional experience in cultural center management, multicultural student affairs or other comparable collegiate or community-based setting.
  • Commitment to anti-racist practices and strong knowledge and understanding of the realities of diasporic student experiences.
  • Experience in developing, coordinating, implementing, and assessing educational, cultural, and social programs, particularly to advance the issues facing historically underrepresented student populations.
  • Demonstrated record of accomplishment cultivating student success initiatives addressing student equity gaps.
  • Ability to collect, review, analyze and interpret institutional data to inform the impact of student diversity and inclusion initiatives at the institution; Ability to solve problems and to draw conclusions from visual exploration and analysis of the data collected.
  • Established record of presenting, training, and creative idea generation in accessible ways.
  • Sound knowledge of cultural nuances, principles, sensitivities, and applicable concepts/theories that apply to the unique community that make up community.
  • Experience in office administration, project management, and management of facilities/operations.
  • High proficiency and ethical practices in budget management and other fiscal and business responsibilities.
  • Previous experience in managing and supervising professional and student staff.
  • Knowledge and understanding of academic, student life, enrollment management, financial aid, health and safety issues, personal counseling, and accessibility issues at a large, multi-faceted university.
  • Exceptional communication skills, both written and oral, and ability to communicate effectively with diverse populations.
  • Ability to work swiftly with campus partners to diffuse challenging situations.
  • Ability to foster a collegial and collaborative work environment relationship building, integrating values of diversity, inclusion, equity, and intersectionality into the core of all work.




  • Master's degree, preferably in student affairs, higher education administration, college student personnel, social work, counseling, or a related field.



Salary is competitive and includes a comprehensive benefits package.  Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.  This is a Management Personnel Plan Level II position with an attractive benefits package, which includes a vacation accrual rate of 16 hours per month, an excellent choice of medical, dental, and vision insurance, long term disability coverage, life insurance and retirement benefits.



COVID-19 Vaccination

CSU requires faculty, staff, and students who physically access campus facilities or programs to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, which includes obtaining a COVID-19 booster dose, or declare a medical or religious exemption from doing so.  Any candidates advanced in a currently open search process should be prepared to comply with this requirement. See policy at


Out of State Work

The California State University (CSU) system is a network of twenty-three public universities providing access to a quality education through the support of California taxpayers. Part of CSU’s mission is to prepare educated, responsible individuals to contribute to California’s schools, economy, culture, and future. As an agency of the State of California, the CSU’s business operations almost exclusively reside within California.   The CSU Out-of-State Employment Policy prohibits hiring employees to perform CSU-related work outside California. See policy at


Background Check

Satisfactory completion of a background check (including a criminal records check) is required for employment. Cal Poly Pomona will make a conditional offer of employment, which may be rescinded if the background check reveals disqualifying information, and/or it is discovered that the candidate knowingly withheld or falsified information. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the continued employment of a current Cal Poly Pomona employee who was conditionally offered the position.  See policy at  



Cal Poly Pomona hires only individuals lawfully authorized to work in the United States. In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire.  See Form I-9 Acceptable Documents at


Outside Employment Disclosure 

Prospective Executive and Management Plan Personnel employees must disclose all current outside employment at the time of hire as a precondition of hire and at the following times after hire: annually in July, within 30 days of accepting outside employment, and upon their manager’s request.  See policy at


Child Abuse/Neglect Reporting Act (CANRA)

The person holding this position is considered a “mandated reporter” under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment. See policy at



Cal Poly Pomona is a smoke and tobacco-free campus.  See policy at


Clery Act

In compliance with state and federal crime awareness and campus security legislation, including The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act, California Education Code section 67380, and the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA), the Cal Poly Pomona Annual Security and Fire Safety Report is available at:


Reasonable Accommodation

We provide reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. Applicants with questions about access or requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process should contact the ADA Coordinator by email at More information is available at:



Cal Poly Pomona is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer. The university subscribes to the pay transparency nondiscrimination provision and all state and federal regulations that prohibit discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender identity/gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, age, disability, genetic information, medical condition, and covered veteran status. More information is available at: and at

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