Posted: Apr 5, 2021

Associate Director for Multicultural Affairs

Stony Brook University - Stony Brook, NY
Salary: $65,000.00 - $67,000.00 Annually
Application Deadline: Apr 14, 2021

Required Qualifications (as evidenced by an attached resume):
Bachelor's degree (foreign equivalent or higher). Three (3) years of professional full-time experience in higher education working directly with culturally diverse student populations. Experience developing and implementing events and programs. One (1) year of supervisory experience (student staff supervisory experience may be considered).

Preferred Qualifications:
Master’s degree (foreign equivalent or higher) in Higher Education Administration or College Student Personnel. Additional years (4+) of professional full-time experience in higher education working directly with culturally diverse student populations. Experience with student leadership development. Experience advising diverse student groups, clubs and/or organizations. Experience collaborating with faculty and staff. Experience supervising professional staff. Budget administration experience. Experience updating social media and/or other outreach efforts.

Brief Description of Duties:
The Associate Director for Multicultural Affairs advances the mission of the Office of Multicultural Affairs and Stony Brook University to embrace a campus environment that educates, affirms diversity, and promotes inclusion and equity for all its members. In this role, the Associate Director advocates for the needs of Stony Brook’s diverse student population, working cross divisionally and with other areas of the institution. The incumbent designs, plans, implements, and evaluates a broad range of campus wide programs and culturally based initiatives that promote diversity, multicultural education, and community building. The Associate Director is responsible for overseeing the administrative and management functions of the beautiful 3,500 square foot UNITI Cultural Center (UCC); providing leadership, support, oversight of the UCC budget; and creating collaborative partnerships throughout the campus community.

The incumbent coordinates all facets of the Stony Brook University chapter of the Student African American Brotherhood national organization (SAAB) as a major student retention initiative. The Associate Director for Multicultural Affairs advises, coordinates, and evaluates student activities and leadership development and training programs, and is responsible for coordinating and guiding a student programming board and various other committees.

The successful incumbent will have excellent interpersonal skills, demonstrate an ability to be adaptable to unique circumstances, and exercise strong organizational and time management skills with an exceptional attention to detail. Essential for this role is the adeptness to work autonomously as well as part of a team with a collaborative approach to problem solving. The incumbent performs complex and diverse duties and is responsible for ensuring all procedures, programming and special events are managed efficiently including budget and student staffing. Working collaboratively with the LGBTQ* Center, the incumbent will provide program support that aligns with the strategic initiatives of the Office of Multicultural Affairs.

Strategic Leadership and Supervision

  • Manage and supervise the daily operations of the new UNITI Cultural Center facility and its programs as a multicultural center. Promote this new space to the Stony Brook University community, encouraging faculty, staff, and students to gather and learn here. Work with cultural and ethnic-interest student groups and campus departments to offer collaborative programming that promotes diversity and inclusion.
  • Hire, train and supervise graduate and undergraduate student staff, interns, and coordinate volunteers to develop programs and help manage the UNITI Cultural Center.
  • Provide opportunities for students to develop leadership skills and multicultural competency through training and campus involvement. Assist in the coordination and implementation of the annual Student Diversity Leadership Conference and related programs.
  • Assist in budget and policy formulation.
  • Implement communication methods and outreach, and the creation of programming calendars.
  • Assist the Associate Dean of Students/Director of Multicultural Affairs in departmental strategic planning, program evaluation, assessment, and reporting.
  • Support implementation of Stony Brook University’s Diversity Action Plan 4 High Performance.

Programming and Community Engagement

  • Develop, implement, and evaluate a broad range of campus wide programs, traditions, and culturally based initiatives that promote diversity awareness and inclusion, intercultural learning, and community building, including Stony Brook University’s diversity-theme months, such as Hispanic Heritage Month, Native American Heritage Month, Black History Month, Women’s History Month, Asian/Pacific Islander/Desi American Heritage Month, and Pride Month, etc. Establish collaborative campus committees for successful program development and execution.
  • Coordinate and implement all phases of the Student African American Brotherhood national organization (SAAB), including chapter recruitment, student development and leadership programs, mentoring, advisory board, assessment, and evaluation.
  • Provide programming support to the LGBTQ* Center.
  • Serve on divisional committees and working teams.


  • Attend all required departmental and divisional trainings and professional development opportunities. Participate in activities sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs (i.e., Convocation, Admitted Students’ Day, Homecoming, Professional Staff Conferences, etc.).
  • Manage the general business operations of the UNITI Cultural Center, including the budget, student assistants, and facilities. Ensure compliance with terms of occupancy.
  • Coordinate with the Associate Dean of Students/Director of Multicultural Affairs regarding budget and procurement, ensuring adequate funds and supplies to develop comprehensive programs, activities, and events.
  • Maintain and update area website and promotional materials, including social media and outreach efforts.

Other duties or projects as assigned as appropriate to rank and departmental mission.

Special Notes:
This is a full time appointment. FLSA Exempt position, not eligible for the overtime provisions of the FLSA. Minimum salary threshold must be met to maintain FLSA exemption.

Essential Position: This has been designated as an essential position based on the duties of the job and the functions performed. Positions that are designated as such are required to report to work/remain at work even if classes are cancelled, and the campus is working on limited operations in an emergency.

Evening and weekend work may be required at times.

Resume/CV and cover letter should be included with the online application. 

Stony Brook University is committed to excellence in diversity and the creation of an inclusive learning, and working environment. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, familial status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status and all other protected classes under federal or state laws.

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