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AANAPISI Program Director

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Position type: Staff Full Time
Benefit Status: Benefited-Union
Campus: UMass Lowell
Department: Multicultural Affairs
Salary: Salary commensurate with experience and grade/range
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General Summary of Position:

The University of Massachusetts Lowell recently received through the U.S. Department of Education, the Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institutions (AANAPISI) grant, which aims to mitigate AAPI students’ barriers to educational achievement by enhancing institutional programs and services.

The Program Director provides leadership and direction in the development and management of the AANAPISI five-year grant funded program.  The aim is to increase AAPI college degree attainment and overall student success. The Program Director collaborates with campus partners to implement an educational program that provides students an opportunity for college degree completion through a holistic network of support, student wellbeing, and connected pathways.  This position oversees outreach initiatives, staff development, campus educational opportunities and trainings, and provides leadership and compliance with applicable state and federal regulations related to the grant services and responsibilities.

Minimum Qualifications (Required):


  • Master’s degree in Student Personnel Services, Higher Education, Counseling, Psychology, Education, Cultural Studies, or related field of study


  • Minimum of 5-7 years progressive experience & responsibilities working directly with disadvantaged populations, including Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders
  • Demonstrated sensitivity and experience working with individuals from diverse social, economic, ethnic, academic and cultural backgrounds
  • Minimum of 4-5 years of experience developing and leading initiatives with experience coaching students, developing, implementing and evaluating student support and engagement programs
  • Knowledge of and sensitivity to AAPI issues and the educational needs of high-need AAPI students from diverse ethnic, economic, and cultural backgrounds.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead training & facilitative experiences for college students and university staff or faculty, especially experience with college access, identity development training programs, and student wellbeing
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively within a team and with individuals and groups of various identities, cultures, and backgrounds


  • The ability to work effectively with diverse groups in culturally sensitive ways and to be able to negotiate complex interactions around race, class, gender and other ‘isms’
  • Ability to promote a positive working environment, spirit of cooperation and positive relations and ability to achieve consensus between and among individuals and groups with diverse interests
  • Demonstrated ability to determine the appropriate course of action and proper techniques to utilize while engaged with individuals and groups in personal interactions of a sensitive nature
  • Ability to establish program priorities, monitor progress toward achieving program goals, and conducts assessment to evaluate program effectiveness, and coach student employees toward similar goals
  • Hold a multidimensional view with a strong understanding of the complexities and issues that affect underrepresented students and their academic and personal success
  • Excellent interpersonal, organizational, administrative, and communication skills and be able to multitask and meet deadlines
  • Ability to provide leadership and guidance to various student cohorts, groups, and individuals to achieve their mission and goals.
  • One should be collaborative and responsive to managing multiple relationships and projects, adapting to new priorities, and being responsive as needs change

Additional Considerations:

  • Some evening and weekend work is required

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated knowledge of student development theory, college access, and major trends and issues faced by AAPI students as well as historically underrepresented students
  • Demonstrated experience working with South-East Asian American students and communities
  • Experience working to improve campus climate, equity and access for students/faculty/staff, and increasing workforce diversity
  • Direct experience developing and implementing programs that support underrepresented students from an intersectional framework

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Only current UML Employees within the Grants & Contracts (MTA/GRACE) bargaining unit will be considered during the first 10 business days of the posting. All other candidates will be considered after that period.

This is a Grants & Contracts (MTA/GRACE) bargaining unit position, Grade P17.

This position is contingent upon funding and continued employment is contingent upon grant funding. This is a grant-funded, temporary (5 years-contingent upon funding), full-time, benefited, union position. 

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled; however, the posting may close when an adequate number of qualified applications is received.

Please include a resume and a cover letter with your application.  Names and contact information of three references will be required during the application process.  



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