The Executive Director of Student Engagement is an experienced student affairs professional who oversees the areas of Student Activities and Campus Programming. The position reports to the Dean of Student Life and provides leadership and vision for student engagement to ensure a vibrant student life on the Homewood campus. The Executive Director is responsible for the areas of Student Activities, Leadership and Involvement, Clubs and Organizations, Fraternity and Sorority Life, Homewood Arts Programs, and the Digital Media Center. This key position is also part of the leadership team within Student Life and serves as part of the on-call team responding to student crisis and emergencies.
The Executive Director will support university and Homewood Student Affairs (HSA) initiatives such as the Roadmap on Diversity and Inclusion and overall wellness, graduation and retention efforts. This individual must show thoughtful and informed leadership on issues facing practitioners in contemporary higher education, including equity, inclusion and social justice on college campuses; the balance between respecting freedom of speech and support for community; and strategies for promoting health and well-being through social engagement. The role requires a person with strong background in student development and leadership theory as well as the ability to translate theory to practice. The successful candidate will be able to balance conceptual priorities with practical logistics and attention to detail, the ability to multi-task, the ability to be flexible and responsive to a variety of situations, and a genuine interest in working with students and staff across the university.
Essential Job Functions:
Directly or indirectly responsible for recruitment, selection, hiring, onboarding, training, developing, coaching, recognition and performance management of all staff within the areas of Student Activities, Leadership and Involvement, Fraternity and Sorority Life, Homewood Arts Programs, and the Digital Media Center. This consists of 4 Offices comprised of 20 full-time staff members, 10 casual staff members and dozens of graduate and undergraduate student workers.
Set exemplary standards of practice for advising students, developing student leadership values and skills, innovating programs and services, and engaging a wide-variety of stakeholders in support of co-curricular learning.
Creates and successfully implements innovative campus programming and services.
Work directly with the Student Government Association (SGA) and Graduate Representative Organization (GRO) attending weekly meetings.
Build and enhance a more robust and supportive student organization infrastructure which also requires coordination and working closely with departments outside of student affairs.
Partner with the Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion in supporting students and student groups in their demonstration of free speech and expression.
Provide oversight and mentorship to continue efforts to improve Fraternity and Sorority Life and appropriately guide their operations into the next decade.
Facilitate greater integration of risk management best practices between Fraternity and Sorority Life and other registered student organizations.
Create and provide oversight to a robust review process for large-scale student programs and events.
Work closely with student advisory groups to create and promote campus activities and programs that maximize student involvement and which support and enhance the development of a strong campus community.
Maintain regular communication and create resources for student organization faculty advisors.
Partner with members of the faculty to expand opportunities for faculty/student interaction in a variety of settings outside of the classroom.
Work collaboratively with other areas in Student Life as well as those reporting to the Dean of Academic Services and the Vice Provost for Admissions and Financial Aid. Communicate and coordinate with these areas as well as the Schools of Arts and Sciences and Engineering and the Office of the President are also required.
Ensure that all campus programming areas develop strong partnerships with student leadership.
Provide leadership, manage change driven internally and/or initiated in other areas of the University.
Develop an integrated departmental philosophy with standards aligned with University priorities and objectives.
Work with members of the Student Affairs division as well as other university administrators in decision-making, problem solving and strategic planning.
Champion and support the use of technology to communicate and market departmental programs and services as well as streamline departmental functions and activities, and enhance programs.
Consider new technologies; identify resources for the acquisition of technology; review proposals and determine direction.
Work with directors reporting to this position to prepare and administer budgets and assesses needs of their areas.
Lead the enhancement, accessibility and convenience of services through web site, mobile apps and social media.
Chair appropriate Student Life Committees and serves on university-wide committees as requested.
Bachelor’s degree required. Graduate degree in Higher Education, Student Personnel or related field preferred.
This role requires an individual with at least 7 years of directly related experience along with strong organizational and collaboration skills, including established and proven management and leadership skills.
Special Knowledge, Skills, or Abilities:
This position requires excellent written and oral communications skills, ability to work with a broad range of people, strong management/supervisory and leadership skills, and strong negotiating skills. This position requires some evening and weekend responsibilities.
Classified Title: Sr. Director Student Engagement
Starting Salary Range: Commensurate with experience
Employee group: Full Time
Schedule: M-F 8:30-5
Employee subgroup: Exempt
Location: Homewood Campus
Department name: Student Life
Personnel area: Homewood Student Affairs UN17
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