Director, Latino Resource Center

Northern Illinois University in Illinois

Deadline Open until filled
Date Posted January 16, 2014
Type Administrative
Salary Not specified
Employment Type Full-time

The Director of the Latino Resource Center provides administrative direction for the Center, including, but not limited to fiscal management, assessment, program review and development, and staff supervision. The Director works in collaboration with the university community as well as external communities in accordance with the vision and core values of Northern Illinois University and the Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management. The Director reports to one of the Assistant Vice Presidents for Student Affairs.

  • Establish cooperative links with the universitys academic and service areas to create a referral network, provide information, and advocate for Latino Resource Center clientele.
  • Serve as a resource person to campus and community groups concerning the interests of Latino students, including academic and career progress, alumni, discrimination, and family concerns.
  • Work with the campus community to support the recruitment and retention of Latino students, faculty, and staff, especially in areas where they are underrepresented.
  • Cooperate and participate in the creation of programs that enhance an inclusive campus community that includes persons of color, and differing sexual orientations and ability statuses.
  • Develop and promote program initiatives that enhance the undergraduate experiences of Latino students, including the areas of service learning and community activism.
  • Develop and provide program initiatives that enhance the graduate experiences of Latino students, including the areas of professional skills development and community activism.
  • Provide a welcoming and supportive environment for Latino students on campus and those in the region who seek university services. - Cooperate and participate in other university efforts representing Latinos, especially the Center for Latino and Latin American Studies Program and the Presidential Commission on the Status of Minorities.
  • Engage in outreach activities to involve faculty, staff, and students who would benefit from the services and programs of the Latino Resource Center.
  • Lead the Center in meeting the divisions core values and vision, and improving services and support; policy and representation, and partnerships and cooperation.
  • Coordinate all personnel management functions, staff meetings, recruitment and selection; supervision and performance evaluation systems; training and development plans; and personnel records.
  • Supervise professional staff, graduate assistants, and interns in the development, provision, and evaluation of workshops and other programs.
  • Establish and maintain linkages to similar programs at other schools and communities, and state and national coalitions dealing with Latino issues. Keep current on national trends relevant to the needs of Latino students.
  • Develop program assessment plan, create assessment tools, and gather data for report writing, proposals, and program improvement.
  • Prepare annual and quarterly budget reports for submission to the division and ensure that expenditures are controlled in line with the budget, once approved.
  • Perform related duties as assigned. 


  • Masters Degree required. Ph.D. preferred.
  • 2-3 years of experience in higher education as an assistant, associate, or director of a Latino Resource Center, or comparable position.
  • Successful candidates must demonstrate skills in leadership, supervision, excellent oral and written communication (English and Spanish), and a commitment to diversity and inclusion.
  • Proven track record of securing external funding to support program development.
  • Track record of strong collaborative relationships with Academic Affairs. 


Preference will be given to complete applications received by February 16, 2013, however, applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Send letter of application, resume/vita, list of three current professional references and their contact information to:

Office of the Assistant Vice President for Diversity & Equity
Attn: Pam Roesner
Neptune Central 216
Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, IL 60115

For electronic submission, send to with the subject line, Director, Latino Resource Center.

In compliance with the Illinois Campus Security Act, before an offer of employment is made, the university will conduct a pre-employment background investigation, which includes a criminal background check.

In accordance with applicable statutes and regulations, NIU is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, religion, age, physical and mental disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, political affiliation, or any other factor unrelated to professional qualifications, and will comply with all applicable federal and state statutes, regulations and orders pertaining to nondiscrimination, equal opportunity and affirmative action. NIU recognizes Dual Career issues.