Technical & Operations Coordinator
University of Maryland, College Park
Position Title: Technical & Operations Coordinator
Unit: Nyumburu Cultural Center
Position Number: #115215
CAMPUS/COLLEGE INFORMATION Founded in 1856, University of Maryland, College Park is the state’s flagship institution. Our 1,250-acre College Park campus is just minutes away from Washington, D.C., and the nexus of the nation’s legislative, executive, and judicial centers of power. This unique proximity to business and technology leaders, federal departments and agencies, and a myriad of research entities, embassies, think tanks, cultural centers, and non-profit organizations is simply unparalleled. Synergistic opportunities for our faculty and students abound and are virtually limitless in the nation’s capital and surrounding areas. The University is committed to attracting and retaining outstanding and diverse faculty and staff that will enhance our stature of preeminence in our three missions of teaching, scholarship, and full engagement in our community, the state of Maryland, and in the world.
THE POSITION SUMMARY The Office of Diversity & Inclusion (ODI) provides expertise and leadership at the University of Maryland around equity, diversity, ADA/504 compliance, and inclusion work. The following units are within ODI: ADA/504 Compliance, Bias Incidents & Support Services, Diversity Training & Education, LGBTQ+ Equity Center, Nyumburu Cultural Center, Office of Civil Rights & Sexual Misconduct, Office of Multi-ethnic Student Education (OMSE), and TerrapinSTRONG.
The Nyumburu Cultural Center has served the university’s community since 1971 and continues to build on its foundations as the center. for black social, cultural and intellectual interaction. The mission of the Nyumburu Cultural Center is to promote an understanding of and appreciation for African-American Culture in all of its richness and complexity. In carrying out its mission, the Nyumburu Cultural Center strives to improve the life for African-American students and students of the African Diaspora, both undergraduate and graduate; to foster greater involvement of these students in campus programs and initiatives; to instill in these students an informed consciousness of their African-American, Caribbean, and African heritages; and to improve retention and graduation rates of these students. In the various events and activities it sponsors, the center also acknowledges, recognizes and solicits contributions of other heritages. Such efforts to cross boundaries and to intersect with other campus circles make the Nyumburu Cultural Center an excellent place for cultural exchange, intersectionality, and collaborations which enables the University of Maryland to make greater strides in achieving genuine cultural pluralism. The center also hosts Camp Shule in the summer which provides kindergarten through 12th grade students an opportunity to explore academic, artistic, and athletic interests in a relaxed and creative environment.
The technical and operations coordinator will lead in the installation, maintenance, and configuration of equipment (e.g., video equipment, sound equipment, etc.) for instructional, student, and staff use. This position is primarily responsible for implementing any new technological initiatives for the Nyumburu Cultural Center. This position will lead and provide both technical assistance and logistical support. The technical and operations coordinator will review multipurpose room reservations, conference room, computer lab and room requests and work with the requestor on technology needs. This position will manage and coordinate room set-ups for the main multi-purpose room, conference rooms, and interior Nyumburu building display areas. This position will provide coverage for evening and weekend events held at the center and will assist with scheduling staff coverage.
The technical and operations coordinator will lead facility management for the center (e.g., maintenance of furniture and equipment, housekeeping requests) as needed; serve as a backup for building access and key monitor as needed. This position will serve as a liaison and work collaboratively with DivIT and/or internal IT staff to oversee the procurement and installation of computers (e.g., Laptop, I-Pads, I-Pods, Desktop) to ensure the technology is appropriate for the center’s existing equipment. This position will coordinate and/or provide training to users as requested. The technical and operations coordinator will serve as a representative for ODI and Nyumburu Cultural Center on committees, at meetings and events as requested by the director. This position will report to the director of Nyumburu Cultural Center.
QUALIFICATIONS FOR THE POSITION EDUCATION:
Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent combination of education and/or experience.
Five (5) years of progressive experience dealing with the technical operations of an organization/ institution. Five years of professional experience or certification desired in the use of video/ audio equipment (e.g., Pro Tools, digital/analog devices, etc.).
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
- Working knowledge of configuring PC/MAC Computers to work on multiple networked platforms
- Working knowledge and ability to perform video editing and production protocol techniques
- Excellent communication, interpersonal and organizational skills
- Strong computer skills and applications, ability to troubleshoot computers
- Strong customer service skills
- Familiarity with ensuring ADA compliance and accessibility for video and production
- Familiarity with event planning and project management
- Ability to interact effectively with diverse constituencies from an array of cultural and identity groups
- Ability to interpret policies, guidelines, and laws and make recommendations to key stakeholders
- Ability to work with a wide diversity of stakeholders (internal and external)
- Ability to work independently as well as under supervision
- Passion for supporting marginalized and historically underrepresented student populations and community members
- Availability to work a flexible schedule, including evenings and weekends
- University experience is preferred, but not required
- Time and project management skills with the ability to prioritize and work with deadlines
- Successful experience leading teams and trainings
- Supervisory experience preferred
COMPENSATION & ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Salary range for this position is low $60s to low $70s and commensurate with experience. Candidates must be able to provide proof of eligibility to work in the USA. No visa sponsorship is offered for this position. During the interview process, finalist may be provided a prompt to prepare and present using presentation to attendees; finalist may also be asked to meet with various stakeholders
APPLICATIONS, NOMINATIONS, VACCINE PROTOCOL, BACKGROUND CHECKS, AND CONFIDENTIALITY Interested individuals should submit an online application consisting of a letter of interest, resume, and names with contact information for three (3) references to this secure website: https://ejobs.umd.edu/postings/101359 .
The best consideration date for this position is November 26, 2022. Applications will continue to be received and reviewed until an appointment is made.
The University of Maryland has made the safety of our students, faculty and staff, and our surrounding communities a top priority. As part of that commitment, the University System of Maryland (USM) recently announced that students, faculty, and staff on USM campuses this fall, including UMD, are required to be vaccinated against COVID. As a prospective and/or a new employee at UMD, you will be required to comply with the University’s vaccination protocol. Proof of full vaccination will be required before the start of employment in order to work at any University of Maryland location. Prospective or new employees may seek a medical or religious exemption to the vaccination requirement at return.umd.edu and must have an approved exemption prior to the start of their employment. Failure to provide proof of vaccination or to obtain approval for a medical or religious exemption will result in the offer of employment being rescinded.
Offers of employment are contingent on completion of a background check. A prior criminal conviction or convictions will not automatically disqualify a finalist from employment in the position.
All applications will be treated in strict confidence. The identity of applicants will be kept confidential and references will not be contacted unless and until individuals reach the finalist stage of the search process and have given consent.
The University of Maryland, College Park, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, creed, marital status, political affiliation, personal appearance, or on the basis of rights secured by the First Amendment, in all aspects of employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.
cable federal and state laws and regulations regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, creed, marital status, political affiliation, personal appearance, or on the basis of rights secured by the First Amendment, in all aspects of employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.