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Director of Latino Partnerships

Date Posted: 01/12/24

Job Title:                                 Director of Latino Partnerships

Division:                                  Academic Affairs

Reporting Relationship:        Dean of the College

Supervising Responsibilities: Assistant Director of Latino Partnerships

Location of Job:                      TBD + Latino Community Center

Work Schedule:                     8:00-4:30, Monday-Friday; evening/weekend hours required for community-based activities and committee meetings     

Exemption Status:                 Salaried; Exempt                    

 

Summary of Duties and Responsibilities

In addition to teaching and mentoring Wabash students, the Director’s work focuses on building programs and partnerships that enrich the lives of Montgomery County residents and strengthen the work of local non-profits, community leaders, and educators through sustained and meaningful collaborations that create transformative teaching and learning opportunities for Wabash students, faculty, and staff.

As the liaison between Wabash College and Montgomery County’s growing Latino community, the Director’s vision will help Wabash staff and students live out the College’s mission “to think critically, act responsibly, lead effectively, and live humanely” by fostering a center where students, staff, and community learn and practice shared values of leadership, education, and community-building partnerships. As this is a new center at the College, much of the work of the position will be shaped by the Director’s vision, but the general scope of the work is described below.

Qualifications

  • Bilingual in Spanish and English with excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Advanced degree required; Ph.D. or terminal degree preferred (making the candidate eligible for Associated Faculty status).
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to navigate contested issues in a way that leads to mutual respect and creates paths forward.
  • Strong commitment to working with students and community members from a variety of backgrounds.
  • Experience with initiatives that promote interaction, cooperation, and knowledge exchange between an institution of higher learning and the local community.

Functions

The Director is the liaison between the Wabash and Montgomery County Latino communities who functions to integrate the three broad goals outlined below:

  1. Advance the College’s strategic priorities of enrollment, retention, graduation, and belongingness for students from all backgrounds, with a particular focus on the needs of our growing population of Latino students and their families.
  2. Cultivate deeper relationships with residents, non-profits, business owners, community leaders, and educators in Montgomery County to identify needs of our growing Latino population and provide services and programming that strengthen our community.
  3. Expand education on Hispanic/Latino culture and history for our campus and local community by collaborating with Wabash faculty and staff to identify and fund programming.

Essential Duties

Student Education and Mentorship

  • Teach one or two courses per academic year in our Hispanic Studies program (preferred; discipline is open).
  • Serve as one of the staff sponsors to the La Alianza student organization and support its programming and events on and off campus.
  • In collaboration with faculty and Community Partnerships Coordinator, build and sustain community-engaged learning opportunities that grow students’ leadership skills and enhance their sense of belonging.

Community Engagement

  • Build and sustain trusting relationships with the Latino community in Montgomery County. Such work might include but is not limited to:
    • Improve and expand delivery of ESL/ELL courses in the local community in partnership with the Crawfordsville Adult Resource Academy (CARA).
    • Engage Wabash alumni attorneys to provide regular, pro bono services through the Center.
    • Serve as a liaison to the Crawfordsville Early Childcare Center to assist immigrant families and their children.
    • Develop an after-school tutoring program utilizing Wabash’s bilingual students to work with local elementary school students.

Event Planning

  • Create and execute a Latino Speaker Series to bring to campus keynote speakers, community conversation facilitators, and organizers.
  • Work with the Assistant Director and other campus and community volunteers to create a youth soccer tournament.
  • Partner with state-wide resource centers such as the Indiana Latino Institute and the Indiana Latino Expo to extend their services and resources to Montgomery County.

Alumni Engagement

  • Work with the President and the Director of Alumni and Affinity Group Engagement to meaningfully engage the College’s Latino alumni.

About Wabash:

Wabash has a demonstrated track record of improving the success of first-generation students, students of color, and students from low-income families. Approximately 25% of Wabash students are federal Pell Grant recipients, 30% are first-generation college students, and 20% identify as domestic students of color. Wabash is a member of the USC Race and Equity Center’s Liberal Arts Colleges Racial Equity Leadership Alliance and is a member of Colleges That Change Lives.

Application Process

Applications should include a cover letter, curriculum vita, email addresses of three references, and unofficial undergraduate and graduate transcripts.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Please direct questions about the position to Jim Amidon, Chief of Staff, at amidonj@wabash.edu.

Wabash College, a liberal arts college for men, seeks faculty and staff who are committed to providing quality engagement with students, high levels of academic challenge and support, and meaningful experiences that prepare students for life and leadership among diverse populations around the globe. Wabash is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from persons of all backgrounds.

Contact:

Catherine Metz
Director of Human Resources
Human Resources
Wabash College
P.O. Box 352
Crawfordsville, IN 47933
765-361-6418
email: metzc@wabash.edu


For general questions about the position or the department, contact:

James Amidon
Chief of Staff and Director of Strategic Communications
Communications and Marketing
765-361-6364
email: amidonj@wabash.edu

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