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Assistant Director, Center for Multicultural Affairs

Duke University - Student Affairs
Job Location:
Durham, North Carolina
Student Affairs and Services
Duke University Division of Student Affairs

Position Description

Official Job Title: Assistant Director

Job Code/Level/Family: Job Code 2775, Job Level 11, Job Family 33

Department: Center for Multicultural Affairs

Supervisor: Associate Director for Multicultural Affairs

Position Status: Regular; Full-time; Exempt

Staff Supervision: Two Graduate/Professional and Undergraduate Students

Scope of Responsibilities

The Assistant Director provides programs and services in the areas of community engagement, multicultural education, social justice education, and leadership development. They are knowledgeable of the histories, cultural and developmental issues of Native American/Indigenous, Black, Latinx, Asian/American Pacific Islander (A/API) and multi-racial/multi-ethnic communities. The assistant director’s role focuses on the A/API community at Duke University. They collaborate with Student Affairs units and academic departments when appropriate. Reports to Associate Director. The Assistant Director advises student organizations and also acts as liaison among Center for Multicultural Affairs and various university administrative offices and academic departments as well as the Durham community and professional organizations. The campus and Durham community’s associations empower the Assistant Director to develop and apply latest knowledge and research in education and training.


Programming (35%)

  • Develop and implement annual programming and other traditional programs
  • Plan and implement major programs including cultural graduation and award ceremonies, orientation events, and supporting heritage months (lead A/APIHM planning committee)
  • Engage graduate/professional students by sharing campus resources and creating community with their peers as well as with undergraduate students.
  • Design and implement CMA programming with a focus on diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice.

Outreach/Consultation/Advising (30%)


  • Serve as advisor to Asian American student organizations.
  • Assist Common Ground co-advisors (Assistant Director and Associate Director) with logistics and post-retreat programming for the social justice immersion retreat (Common Ground).
  • Provide counseling on an individual basis and on-going advocacy on pertinent issues affiliated with the students that we serve.
  • Serve as a pre-major advisor for Trinity College of Arts and Sciences.


  • Provide consultation on an individual basis and on-going advocacy for cultural communities particularly A/API communities to ensure the quality of their academic, social and personal experience.
  • Support alumni affinity groups in collaboration with Duke Alumni Association.
  • Provide consultation to student organizations coordinating programs related to social justice and multicultural education.

Collaboration, Partnerships, and Campus Involvement

  • Initiate new and supports on-going programming with various racial, cultural and ethnic student communities, including educating the majority student population to increase awareness and sensitivity to the needs of marginalized student communities at Duke.
  • Serve on recruiting and interviewing committees within the University as time allows.
  • Serve on various university committees on behalf of CMA.

Marketing and Communications (20%)

  • Support the overall vision and execution of the marketing and communications effort;
  • Responsibilities may include creation of and weekly dissemination of the CMA newsletter;
  • Ensuring that the CMA listserv is current and that the newsletter content is reflective of an effective, efficient and engaging email newsletter for our audiences;
  • Support strengthening the presence and influence of student organizations’ events educating the community;
  • Support creating visual platforms (photography, videos, etc that help create compelling narratives re: CMA’s mission.

Professional Development (15%)

  • Provide supervision of undergraduate and graduate/professional student staff
Training & Presentations
  • Assist with campus programming; participate in divisional, state, regional, and national professional training opportunities:
  • Keep abreast of latest knowledge and research in multicultural education, community engagement, and leadership development.
  • Attend training and conducts presentations at regional and national professional organizations, e.g., National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in Higher Education, and North Carolina Diversity and Inclusion Partners.

General Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in a relevant field
  • At least Two years’ experience in program administration, higher education,
  • Preferred three years’ experience in multicultural affairs, community engagement, and leadership development

Specific Skills and Competencies

  • Outstanding oral and written communication skills
  • High level planning and organizational skills
  • Computer literacy, including familiarity with social media.
  • Expertise in delivering program and education services to diverse population
  • Ability to acknowledge, affirm and advocate for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) communities
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