Director of Latino Student Services


Lexington, KY

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Director of Latino Student Services

  • 492782
  • Lexington, KY
  • Staff
  • Full-time
  • Closing at: Feb 9 2023 at 23:55 EST
  • Bluegrass Community & Technical College

Title: Director of Latino Student Services

Salary Range: $4,646 - $6,509 per month

Contract Term Length: 12 Months

Standard Hours: 37.5 per week

Work Location: On-Site

FLSA Status: Exempt

College: Bluegrass Community & Technical College

Campus Location: Bluegrass C&TC - Newtown Pike

Department: Global Learning


Bluegrass Community & Technical College offers a competitive benefits package and an attractive work environment that supports excellence, innovation, and creativity including:

  • Exceptional health care, vision, dental coverage for you and your family
  • Tuition reimbursement/waiver for you, your spouse, and dependents
  • 403(b) retirement plan: a 5% employee contribution receives a 10% employer match
  • Vacation/Sick Time
  • Work-Life Balance
  • 9.5 Paid Holidays
  • 2 Weeks Institutional Closing Pay (Last 2 weeks of December) for qualifying positions
  • Employee Assistance Program

Job Summary

The Latino Student Services Director is responsible for the retention and student success services, programs, and activities for BCTC. The Director leads Latino student success collaborative projects and assists the efforts of the Associate Dean for Global Learning to achieve college goals and CPE diversity plan benchmarks concerning Latino students. The director must stay up-to-date and aware of social, political, and educational trends and challenges faced by prospective and current students and must network and collaborate with intercollegiate departments and community organizations and agencies so that appropriate referral services are provided to meet the unique linguistic and cultural needs reflective of the diversity of students supported by the Latino Services Office. The director also provides college coaching including academic advising, career counseling, transfer advising and student leadership development for students. Latino Services is a part of the college’s Global Learning Center and plays a key role in supporting student success.

Job Duties:

Retention and Goal Attainment: Serves as a retention and completion specialist for Hispanic/Latino and is aware of needs of immigrant students

  • Provides academic advising and college success coaching for Latino students and leads efforts to support high quality advising among faculty and staff advisors focused on Latino student success.
  • Provides relevant social service referrals for the psychosocial needs of students including for health, mental health, housing, legal and educational needs.
  • Assists with key orientation events and leads welcome programs designed to engage Latino students and their families
  • Works with the college’s transfer office to support success transfer processes for students including searching for, applying to, and transitioning to a 4-year university upon completion of pre-major requirements or a degree program.
  • Works with faculty to develop and expand curriculum to be inclusive of Latino/Hispanic literature, history, identity, etc.

Engagement and Student Development: Directs and supports key programs that engaged students for retention and success

  • Directs annual Latino Leadership and College Experience Camp in collaboration with Global Learning, DEI, and a team of community leaders including alumni and part participants.
  • Cultivates collaborative efforts to increase Latino student success among community-based organizations, institutions of higher education, business and industry, advocacy groups and policy makers for the purpose of student success and development (internships, professional development, and leadership).
  • Plans workshops, events and activities focused on creating community and promoting belonging such as student leadership workshops, mentoring programs such as Joven Noble, etc.
  • Supports recruitment efforts of the Latino Outreach Coordinator through participation in key community outreach activities that are culturally and linguistically centered on the needs of Latino, immigrant, and migrant middle and high school students, adult leaders, and community members.
  • Organizes and advises student organizations for Hispanic/Latino students by planning and promoting programs that foster student development, leadership, and diversity of Hispanic/Latino.

Leadership and Resources: Leads, supports, and supervises the Latino Services Office including overseeing a team of student staff and leaders.

  • Promotes program development and sustainability; seeks and applies to relevant grant opportunities; maintains and carries out successful grant applications and completes all reports associated with awarded grants. Works with BCTC Foundation, Inc. to develop fundraising strategies and cultivate community-based donations to support Latino student success efforts.
  • Supports the Associate Dean for Global Learning with key global programs, student success efforts, and completion strategies to achieve the college’s Diversity Plan and strategic plan and goals.
  • Maintains up-to-date information on FAFSA and admissions policies, immigration policy and law, affirmative action, etc. that affect Hispanic/Latino, immigrant, and refugee students.
  • Compiles and studies data reports for consistent program evaluation and review of Latino and immigrant student enrollment, retention, transfer, and graduation rates at BCTC and among partnership/collaborative efforts.
  • Leads trainings and organizes workshops to promote awareness and best practices for Latinx student success on campus
  • Other duties as assigned focused on college and community projects related to Latino student success.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree (Education, Higher Education, Social Work, Spanish, or Latino American Studies) and three years related experience, or equivalent. 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree (Education, Higher Education, Social Work, Spanish or Latino American Studies)
  • Three to five years of relevant experience
  • Must have a valid driver’s license

Additional Skills Requested:

  • Bilingual in English and Spanish with strong verbal and written communication skills in both languages.
  • Commitment to the mission of a comprehensive community and technical college and student success.
  • Personal and professional integrity with an emphasis on confidentiality and attention to detail.
  • Must be self-motivated, organized, and able to manage multiple projects at once.
  • Strong leadership skills including awareness of emotional intelligence and ability to work with a diverse team of stakeholders and co-workers.
  • Must have a strong understanding and knowledge of Latino and immigrant educational, social, and economical assets and barriers.
  • Willingness to work non-traditional schedules from time to time with some events and outreach programs during the evening and on weekends. Events planned with notice such as annual Festival de Futuros (one Saturday in January), Latino Leadership and College Experience Camp (last week of July Sunday through Friday), LLCEC Reunion (one Saturday in November), Welcome Dinner (One weekday evening in August), graduation celebration (one weekday evening in April) and LLCEC Training (one Saturday in June).

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