Director, Center for Justice and Liberation

Application ends: September 14, 2025
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Job Description

General Statement of Duties:

The Center for Justice and Liberation advocates and serves as a comprehensive collaborative community space that honors and centers the holistic development and retention of underrepresented, marginalized, and stigmatized students due to oppressive structures. The center’s work is focused in the areas of social justice, liberation, academic enrichment, advocacy and resources.

The office oversees all identity-based student groups, clubs and organizations, providing guidance and administration of policies and protocol. The director provides leadership regarding the use of university funds and resources to produce efficient efforts at building and producing an engaged student body. The ideal candidate will be a committed professional with knowledge about race, racial identity, students across and outside the gender and sexual orientation spectrum, intersectionality, and possess a commitment to the holistic development of diverse student populations.
Duties and Responsibilities:


Responsible for budget preparation, budget contract, and other matters related to the procurement of events, programs and services


Provide direction and supervision to the professional, faculty fellow, graduate assistants and support staff
Oversees the selection of professional staff, evaluate department personnel, and makes recommendations for appointment and other personnel actions
Trains and evaluates professional and paraprofessional staff


Oversee the planning and coordination of student focused campus-wide diversity programming and large-scale events in collaboration with staff, faculty, students and administrators
Creates and conducts assessment activities based on learning outcomes to evaluate programs and services
Available for response to crisis and emergency on an on-going basis and serve on the BIAS response team
In collaboration with community standards, enforce university policies with campus organizations
Provide general support, development and advisement to identity-based student organizations including trainings for student leaders and organization advisors
Oversee identity-based student organization travel policies and procedures as it relates to conferences, overnight and day trips
Assist with the administration of contracts for all performer, exhibition, and service vendors


Work with campus partners to orchestrate a comprehensive support plan for diverse students including; students of color, students across and outside the gender and sexual orientation spectrum, and students of additional marginalized identities
Collaborate with the Office of Inclusive Excellence to proactively address and respond to university-wide issues of diversity and social justice that affect students
Inform, develop, lead and implement the programmatic, educational and leadership development opportunities on issues of diversity for our student community
Establish positive relationships and outreach to students of color on campus. Support student organizations such as Latin American Student Organization, Black Student Union and The Alliance
In collaboration develop, initiate, and produce annual week-long programs and heritage month collaboratives including Martin Luther King Jr. Week, convocation, leadership receptions, including theme months (BHM, LHM, APIDA),
Cultivate a culture of leadership growth and development of students from orientation to graduation.
Support the expansion of multicultural understanding on campus through sponsored forums, presentations, and activities
Serve as the primary consultant to university departments as liaison for identity-based student groups and departments on management policies and operating practices
Collaborate with department staff to produce events and programs that increase student engagement


Execute programs and services that advocate for and address the needs of other special populations including commuters and off-campus students
Partners with Campus Life and Recreation in the administration and ongoing evaluation of a student event approval and room reservation process for identity-based student organizations
Provides staffing, management, scheduling and programming for the Center for Justice and Liberation
Assist with major Student Life and university large-scale events such as Orientation, Move-In and Commencement

Required Qualifications:

The successful candidate will have a master’s degree in student affairs, student development, counseling or related field of study and 5-7 years of experience developing leadership experiences and advising multicultural, and/or student clubs and organizations and student-led initiatives. The director will have experience translating goals into strategic priorities and demonstrate effective experience working with diversity, facilitating social justice and diversity focused programs.

Preferred Qualifications:

The successful candidate has developed campus wide initiatives to support work in the area of equity and justice. They are familiar with and have applied successfully for grants related to their work.

Working Conditions:

This is a hybrid position with on-campus, in-person responsibilities in Salem, MA, which may require occasional work on evenings and weekends.

Office activities are performed in an environmentally controlled office setting subject to extended periods of sitting, keyboarding and interaction with computer equipment; occasional bending, reaching, lifting, pushing and pulling up to 5-10 pounds.

Salem State University complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to provide reasonable accommodation to qualified applicants and employees with disabilities. For accommodation information or requests please email

Application Instructions:

Please apply online and attach resume and cover letter.

Employment is contingent upon a completed background and CORI check satisfactory to the university.

This position is not eligible for H1B visa sponsorship.

EEO Statement:
Salem State University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Persons of color, women and persons with disabilities are strongly urged to apply.

Please Note: If there is no application deadline associated with a position, it may be removed at any time and additional applications will not be accepted.