The Division of Student Affairs at Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU) invites applications for the Director of the Angelina Pedroso Center for Diversity and Intercultural Affairs.

About Northeastern Illinois University

Northeastern Illinois University’s Main Campus is located on 67 acres in a residential area on the Northwest Side of Chicago. The University has three additional locations in the metropolitan area: the Jacob H. Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies, El Centro and the Center for College Access and Success. Northeastern also is a founding member of the University Center of Lake County consortium campus in suburban Lake County, north of Chicago. Regarded as the most diverse university in the Midwest, Northeastern offers more than 40 undergraduate degree and certificate programs and more than 50 graduate degree, certificate, licensure and endorsement programs.

About Student Affairs

The Division of Student Affairs at Northeastern Illinois University enhances student success through educationally purposeful programs and services in an inclusive, multicultural learning community. Under the leadership of the Vice President, the Student Affairs team supports the academic and co-curricular missions of the University. In building our team, we invite applications from innovative, dynamic professionals who are committed to advancing social justice and student success.

About the Angelina Pedroso Center for Diversity and Intercultural Affairs

The mission of the Angelina Pedroso Center for Diversity and Intercultural Affairs develops and provides programming and initiatives in a welcoming environment designed to educate, empower, and retain students from socially and culturally diverse backgrounds.

Position Summary

The Director of the Angelina Pedroso Center for Diversity and Intercultural Affairs (APCDIA) reports to the Vice President for Student Affairs and serves as a member of the Student Affairs leadership team. The director is responsible for providing the vision, strategic leaderhip, and overall operation and supervision for all functions of APCDIA. The Director is also responsible for creating an intellectually vibrant and caring environment where student engagement, education, and cultural exploration occurs, with particular focus on race, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, social justice, decolonization, equity and inclusion; guiding and shaping student-centered programs where intersectionality is acknowledged and utilized to honor the differences and shared experiences of the entire community; and collaborating with NEIU students, faculty and staff to create an environment that values diversity and enacts inclusion.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provide leadership for the Center’s strategic visioning and planning in support of student success.
  • Develop and implement services and initiatives that promote the persistence, retention and graduation rates of students with historically marginalized identities.
  • Serve as an advocate and support for students with historically marginalized identities.
  • Establish annual departmental plans and goals based on institutional priorities as outlined in the Division of Student Affairs Strategic Plan.
  • Communicate and represent the needs of students served by the Center in various campus forums and venues.
  • Provide leadership and training in social justice awareness and inclusive practices; and engage widely with the university community around issues of diversity, inclusion, equity, interculturalism and intersections of identity.
  • Administer the hiring, training, retention, and evaluation procedures and provide direct supervision of the Center’s staff.
  • Prepare and administer the budget, allocating resources toward the most efficient achievement of service priorities.
  • Develop annual goals, objectives, and outcome measures in support of student success.
  • Pursue grants to secure additional funding for the Center’s needs as it relates to strategic planning.
  • Serve as an active member of university committees and task forces; advocate for students and recommend changes in policies and procedures as appropriate.
  • Advance the Center’s digital footprint (e.g., website, social media, publications, etc.) and presence in a way that makes the education accessible in different modes and mediums to promote the Center’s identity.  
  • Assist with division-wide initiatives in support of student success.
  • Provides advice and counsel to cross-functional campus partners focused on creating innovative inclusion.


The successful candidate must possess:

  • A Master's degree, terminal degree preferred, in Higher Education Leadership or a relevant discipline.
  • Minimum of five years of intercultural leadership experience in higher education and upholding a vision that promotes cross-identity (-ies) collaboration preferably at metropolitan, ethnically diverse, Hispanic Serving Institution or Minority Serving Institution.
  • Demonstrated experience to inclusive and innovative practices, education, trainings, and programming that advance social justice and advocacy of minoritized identities.
  • Experience developing educational initiatives that advance retention and matriculation of underrepresented students for campus communities and constituencies.
  • Experience working with various constituencies to promote diversity initiatives and a deep understanding of issues related to race, ethnicity, gender and gender identity, sexual orientation, cultural capital, socioeconomic class, abilities, and religious and spiritual backgrounds as well as their intersectionality. 
  • Demonstrated experience recruiting, retaining, managing, supervising and evaluating staff.
  • Understanding of developmental and adjustment issues and challenges faced by student populations of traditional age and adult learners in a higher education setting.
  • Familiarity with shifting models and trends shaping intercultural centers, specifically drawing from multicultural and cultural centers to inform the vision for an intercultural space.
  • Ability to conduct needs assessment and data analysis, and integrate findings into programs, policies, services and procedures.
  • Exceptional interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills are needed; strong organizational and administrative skills are a must.

(Each position requires a background check.)


Salary for the position is competitive and commensurate with experience.

Appointment Status: This is a 12-month, full-time Academic Professional position.

To Apply

Send the following:

Director, Angelina Pedroso Center for Diversity and Intercultural Affairs
Search and Screen Committee
Northeastern Illinois University
℅: Diane DiMaso
Student Affairs, C-336
5500 N. St. Louis Ave.
Chicago, IL 60625-4699

Or via email, preferably as a single pdf, to:

Review of applications begins May 15, 2019, with an anticipated start date of July 1, 2019.

NEIU values the inclusion of a broad spectrum of students, staff, and faculty in the life of the University. We celebrate and foster global perspectives. We encourage the open and respectful expression of ideas and differences in thoughts, experiences, and opinions.

Northeastern Illinois University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and invites applications from Women, Minorities, Veterans and Persons with Disabilities, as well as Other Qualified Individuals. Northeastern Illinois University’s positions are contingent upon University’s receipt of its State of Illinois appropriation.