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Black Cultural Center Fellow

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Work type: Temporary Part Time
Location: Swarthmore
Categories: Staff

Swarthmore College is a highly selective liberal arts college located in the suburbs of Philadelphia, whose mission combines academic rigor with social responsibility. Swarthmore has a strong institutional commitment to inclusive excellence and nondiscrimination in its educational program and employment practices and encourages candidates who will further advance the goal of fostering a diverse and inclusive community. As one of the nation’s finest institutions of higher learning, Swarthmore College is global in outlook and draws students from around the nation and world. The 425‐acre campus is a designated arboretum, complete with gardens, rolling lawns, a creek, wooded hills, and hiking trails in the Crum Woods.

Swarthmore College is a highly selective liberal arts college located in the suburbs of Philadelphia, whose mission combines academic rigor with social responsibility. Swarthmore has a strong institutional commitment to excellence through diversity in its educational program and employment practices and actively seeks and welcomes applications from candidates with exceptional qualifications, particularly those with demonstrable commitments to a more inclusive society and world.


Swarthmore College seeks a creative, team player to fulfill the duties of the Program Coordinator for the Black Cultural Center and First Generation Student Initiatives This person will work with student leaders, staff, and faculty to plan, organize, promote, supervise, and help evaluate programs, events, and activities to meet the needs of students. Reporting dually to the Director of the Black Cultural Center and the Dean of First Generation Family Initiatives the focus of the job will be primarily on the development and execution of programs supporting the activities and initiatives for the of the Black Cultural Center and coordinating programing for first generation and low income students through the First in Family Program and the Richard Rubin Scholars programs.

The Black Cultural Center (BCC) was established in 1970. Students are encouraged to explore the complexities of their identity, their connections to members of the Black community, both locally and globally, and to learn how to live productively after Swarthmore. The Center assumes broad responsibility for the creation of a supportive environment which promotes the student’s full participation in the College’s co-curricular life and enhances the sensitivity of the larger community to the needs, interests, and culture of its students. At the same time, it recognizes the intellectual and social diversity among students of African descent and strives to gear its programs and services accordingly.

Essential Responsibilities:
Expectations & Outcomes
In addition to the responsibilities outlined above, the Fellow will be expected to:

  • Maintain a schedule of 15 hours per week for the 2020-2021 academic year.
  • Be available to assist with programs and activities outside normal working hours.
  • Communicate regularly and meet with administrative staff of the Center at designated time.
  • Possess a willingness to work in collaboration with students, faculty and staff.
  • Maintain office standards and protocol with respect with processes and confidentiality.
  • Appreciate and internalize professional standards and ethics.
  • Develop credible working relationships with a diverse set of stakeholders.
  • Integrate curricular and assistantship responsibilities by discussing and applying current issues in higher education and student affairs.
  • Be flexible, and maintain a positive attitude.
  • Support the mission of the Swarthmore College

Specific responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

  • Working with the Director and office staff members to prepare for large-scale programs, such as the annual Kwanzaa Program, Black History Month , and the BCC Senior Banquet.
  • Establish linkages between the Center and other Offices designated by the director.
  • Work closely with BCC Interns with limited oversight assigned tasks.
  • Assisting in the development of training activities, resources, and programs for student leaders that participate in the student organizations affiliated with the Black Cultural Center.
  • Working to establish an alumni database for the Black Cultural Center. The Fellow will work to establish a database of alumni who were directly aligned with the Black Cultural Center.
  • Assistance in administrative tasks of the Center as they may arise.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree
  • Experience working in a higher education setting
  • Experience coordinating and implementing co-curricular programs for students.

Required Skills and Abilities:

  • Demonstrated commitment to personal and departmental development, professionalism, multicultural education, creativity, collaboration, and initiative.
  • Strong attention to detail; strong organizational skills; ability to handle multiple tasks, often under deadlines; ability to work as a team member to build strong working relationships within the greater Dean's division, across campus and in the broader community; ability to write clearly and concisely.
  • Must be able to work some evening and weekends as needed.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with social justice education
  • Experience working with diverse student populations

Application Deadline: Applications must be submitted by April 23, 2021 for full consideration.

Swarthmore has a strong institutional commitment to excellence through diversity in its educational program and employment practices and actively seeks and welcomes applications from candidates with exceptional qualifications, particularly those with demonstrable commitments to a more inclusive society and world.  Swarthmore College is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. 

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