Director of Student Activities
Date Opened: 06/11/12
Closing Date: when filled
Southwestern University invites applications for a Director of Student Activities position. This position’s primary responsibilities include oversight, leadership, and management of a comprehensive Office of Student Activities, New Student and Transfer Orientation programs, and the McCombs Campus Center. This is a full-time, exempt, Administrative Management position and reports to the Dean of Students.
Responsibilities include: lead, manage, and oversee the daily operations of a comprehensive Office of Student Activities; manage and oversee budgets of Office of Student Activities, student programming board, student organizations, orientation, and the student life enhancement plan; oversee campus-wide programming, assisting with leadership development, advising student organizations, general administrative tasks, and coordinating activities and services with other University entities; facilitate processes for over 100 student organizations. Processes include risk management, registration, leadership development, recognition, policies and procedures, funding, discipline, and other general operations; provide lead staff support for the planning, implementation, and assessment of New Student Orientation and Transfer Student Orientation; serve as facility coordinator for the McCombs Campus Center; oversee facility management, building scheduling, and building usage; edit various office publications such as the department website, Organization Guide, Organization Handbook, newsletters, and Resource Guide; hire, supervise, train, and evaluate performance of professional staff members and student activities paraprofessionals; oversee campus campus-wide communication and publicity for activities, events, programs, and/or presentations; provide programming support for special projects as needed; collaborate and support various student life department staff and programs and perform other duties as assigned.
Qualifications include: minimum of a Master’s degree in student affairs, higher education, counseling, or related field; five years experience in Student Life position in an institution of higher learning with three years supervisory or management experience; outstanding ability to relate to traditional college-aged students; general knowledge regarding student development theory and practices; excellent computer skills utilizing software such as Microsoft Word and Excel; proven supervisory and management skills; demonstrated leadership skills, including a strong work ethic; willingness to adhere to the University’s core values; possess excellent interaction and communication skills (verbal and written); have knowledge, understanding, and acceptance of cultural differences and the diversity within the campus and community; demonstrated professional manner with all internal and external constituents; ability to be flexible, adjust to fluctuating priorities, and produce reliable work product; possess proven ability to perform well in stressful situations; ability and willingness to travel utilizing standard, commercial, and/or personal modes of transportation; understanding and commitment to a liberal arts education, including the ability to relate to a liberal arts faculty and the ability to attend work consistently and maintain a regular work schedule. Preferred qualifications: seven years experience in Student Life position in an institution of higher learning with five years supervisory or management experience; experience with budget management; experience within a residential college and/or residence life environment, preferably a small, liberal arts institution and experience with contract negotiation, risk reduction, and liability management.
Southwestern University offers competitive salary and benefits including health, dental, life, long term disability, retirement, 15-paid holidays, three-weeks vacation, sick leave, tuition assistance, access to athletic facilities, free parking and discounted meal rates. Southwestern University is a selective, undergraduate institution committed to a broad-based liberal arts, sciences, and fine arts education. Southwestern University is deeply committed to fostering a diverse educational environment and especially encourages applications from members of groups traditionally under-represented in academia. For information concerning the University, visit our Web site at www.southwestern.edu.
Interested persons may submit letter of interest, resume, the names, addresses and phone numbers of three professional references, and salary history and expectation to: Director of Student Activities, Job # 473, Southwestern University, Office of Human Resources, P.O. Box 770, Georgetown, TX 78627-0770 or FAX: 512-863-1880 or e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Review of resumes will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Only those resumes that include all the information requested will be considered. All offers of employment are contingent on successful completion of the University’s Background Check Policy process. Southwestern University is an equal opportunity employer. EOE/M/F
Posted June 11, 2012.