Associate Director for Las Maestras Center

Position Title: Academic Coordinator II

Open date: November 14, 2023

Next review date: Tuesday, Nov 28, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Sunday, Jun 30, 2024 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.


The Academic Coordinator works with Las Maestras Center’s two Co-Directors to develop and implement initiatives, programming, and partnerships consistent with the vision of LMC, including an artist-in-residence program, graduate seminars, creative writing and arts workshops, and inter-collegiate gatherings; as well as ongoing public engagements, such as the Latinx Public Voice series, Xicana[x] Indigenous Values conversations and research initiatives, the Transnational Women of Color Feminism Living Digital Archive project, a graduate student research and internship program; and more.

LMC administers approximately eight public events per year. The Center also co-sponsors and collaborates in the production of campus lectures, panel discussions, and community-based cultural events and lectures that actively engage the local Santa Barbara community as well as an international audience through virtual programming. As the Co-Directors often shift in the directorship and conceptual implementation of particular events, usually mandated by areas of expertise, the Associate Director assists whichever Director at the helm and typically serves as the central manager for the practical execution of such events, coordinating publicity and overseeing the organizational pieces required for successful outcomes by directing tasks and timelines for student volunteers and staff.

The Associate Director also assists the Co-Directors’ management of public relations and outreach to the community and helps develop strong working relationships with relevant departments, campus units, community organizations, related centers at other institutions, academic organizations, and granting foundations in order to reach the overall goals of Las Maestras Center.

Program Administration
The Associate Director performs administrative functions, serving as a key contact and manager for visiting speakers and resident artists, (e.g. coordinating itineraries, travel plans, etc.), as well as for UCSB faculty, staff and students, and the off-campus community. The AD is also responsible for assisting the Co-Directors in implementing research and community engagement opportunities for UCSB students and faculty associated with LMC. The AD attends all LMC events (including those that take place on evenings and weekends).

General Administration, Supervision and Grant Writing
In consultation with the Co-Directors, the AD hires, trains, and supervises the part-time student employees and staff of Las Maestras Center. The AD assists the Co-Directors with the management of existing budget lines. A primary role of the AD is to facilitate the programmatic and financial growth of LMC through developing grant applications, identifying relevant foundation opportunities, and cultivating LMC’s community of individual donors.

Community Relations
The Associate Director assists, Co-Director, Celia Herrera Rodriguez in cultivating and solidifying collaborative relationships with Latinx community groups in Santa Barbara, as well as with more mainstream Arts/Cultural organizations and foundations that may be interested in providing space and/or funding opportunities for projects in Santa Barbara. The AD also manages organizational relations with LMC’s community and collegiate partners.

Program Analysis and Evaluation
The AD analyzes LMC’s budget and prepares regular and ad hoc reports to LMC’s Co-Directors on LMC’s finances, grant writing and reporting, and program analysis. The AD monitors the demographics of program attendance and works with other campus centers and programs both to coordinate co-sponsored events and to ensure diversity of participants and audience.

The University is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching, and service as appropriate to the position.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

Candidate must have completed a Bachelor of Arts Degree at the time of application.

Preferred qualifications

A Master of Arts Degree is preferred. Also preferred is the ability to manage multiple projects in a timely manner, the ability to set and meet deadlines, the ability to build relationships, the ability to collaborate, and work on teams, strong written and verbal communication skills, as well as proficiency in art handling, art making, and art education practice.


Document requirements

  • Curriculum Vitae – Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter

Reference requirements
  • 2-3 required (contact information only)
References will be contacted for final candidates.

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The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California Policy on Vaccination Programs, as may be amended or revised from time to time. Federal, state, or local public health
directives may impose additional requirements.


Santa Barbara, CA

Status: Open