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Black Studies Project Associate Director

Position overview

Position title: Black Studies Project Associate Director
Salary range: Salary is commensurate with qualifications and based on University of California pay scales.

Application Window

Open date: November 15th, 2021

Most recent review date: Tuesday, Feb 15, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Wednesday, Oct 19, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

The Black Studies Project (BSP) Associate Director supports the mission, sustainability, and growth of the intellectual life of scholars, students, and staff working in Black Studies and related fields at UC San Diego. BSP at UC San Diego focuses on three areas that are vital to contemporary African American and African Diaspora Studies and central to the study of life, history, politics, cultural production, and social movements in the US and globally: Intersectional Analysis of Race, Class, Gender, and Sexuality; Transnational and Diasporic Studies; and Social Justice Movements. Since the initial conception and launch of BSP, program offerings have grown to include a speaker series, national research collaborations, a set of academic fellowships (faculty, pre-doctoral, dissertation, and post-doctoral), a Social Justice Fellows program to sustain connections between local artists and organizers, and an Undergraduate Research Internship Program. While program offerings are growing, long-term vitality for the BSP community requires effective infrastructure and creative strategic ideas that support growth while supporting intellectual life on a smaller, yet vibrant scale. The Associate Director will work closely with the BSP Faculty Directors and staff to collaborate in enacting this vision, provide continuity of programming, and sustain intellectual community on campus. We serve four primary communities: faculty, graduate and undergraduate students and the general public.

Applied Research and Outreach:
● Collaborate in ongoing vision of long-term and short-term events
● Build a system-wide network of collaboration, intellectual exchange and
professional support among faculty in Black Studies from every UC
campus and the US more broadly
● Serve as point person with community partnerships and initiatives

Internal Relations:
○ Day-to-day functioning of programs (e.g., onboarding, logistics)
○ Liaison for hiring (student researchers, community fellows, etc.)
○ Bridge between operations and intellectual work
○ Communicate ideas and opportunities to affiliated faculty
○ Interface with Executive Committee (a small team of interdisciplinary
○ Work with graduate students
○ Work with undergraduate students
○ Report to the BSP Director(s) for program administration
○ Develop annual work plan and provide updates
○ Participate in relevant professional conferences and community
○ Represent BSP at seminars and events
○ Develop and maintain effective communication with programmatic units on
campus, including with the new major program in Black Diaspora and
African American Studies
○ Response team leader for organizing timely responses to community
○ Staying informed about who is on campus (retention and hiring information
for faculty, welcoming new students on campus working in this field)
○ Strategic and creative understandings of growth and trends
○ Collaborate with campus development efforts to fundraise for BSP (grant
writing, initiative development)
○ Working with directors to survey faculty needs around programming,
support for intellectual projects


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

Ideal candidates will have a background in Black Studies and/or affiliated fields including gender studies, ethnic studies and arts education.

MA required in one of the following or a related discipline: Black Diaspora Studies, Gender Studies, Ethnic Studies, History, Communication, Education, Anthropology, Performance Studies, Performing Arts or Creative Writing.

When applying, please consider ways your research and community commitments can connect with BSP’s vision and strategy.

Preferred qualifications

MFA/PhD preferred in one of the following or a related discipline: Black Diaspora Studies, Gender Studies, Ethnic Studies, History, Communication, Education, Anthropology, Performance Studies, Performing Arts or Creative Writing.

Experience running event programming, grant writing preferred.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter of Interest

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Applicants should summarize their past or potential contributions to diversity. See our Faculty Equity site for more information.

  • Brief writing sample - For example, an excerpt from a funding proposal, and article or blog post, etc.

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 required (contact information only)
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Campus Information

The University of California, San Diego is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, covered veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.

As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy. All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. Please refer to Appendix F, Section II.C. of the policy for the deadlines applicable to new University of California employees. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.) Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.

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Job location

La Jolla, CA