The Office of Student Activities at Carnegie Mellon University is seeking a dynamic, experienced professional to serve as Assistant Director of Student Activities. The successful candidate will share our vision for the highest level of personal development of all members of our diverse and highly-charged university community while advancing a meta-curricular experience that is cultivated and driven by our talented, entrepreneurial, and deeply passionate student body. With budgetary oversight of departmental and organizational funds in excess of $725,000, the Assistant Director will enrich the student experience primarily through the strategic delivery of high-quality large-scale programs, campus traditions and hallmark events, and through the development of leadership programs and organizational resources that champion students’ goals and ambitions both within and beyond their student organizations. The Assistant Director is a key leader in the department and acts as the Director’s proxy as needed.
The Assistant Director is charged with ensuring the design and delivery of a holistic, diverse, and engaging slate of programming that will appeal to both undergraduates and a rapidly expanding graduate population. Through direct supervision of one full-time Coordinator of Student Activities and one Graduate Assistant, the Assistant Director provides strategic leadership for most major events and recurring programs coordinated by and/or advised out of the Office of Student Activities (such as the Pittsburgh Connections program, twice-weekly Late Night events, and Winter Gala) as well as large-scale high-profile student organization events such as Spring Carnival, celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2014. The Assistant Director will directly advise the student programming board, the Activities Board (AB), which boasts 13 committees that provide over 100 concerts, speakers, and film screenings each academic year. The Assistant Director will also develop and strengthen strategic programming partnerships with other departments in the Division of Student Affairs, the Vice Provost for Education’s office, and Alumni Relations.
Additionally, the Assistant Director will emphasize organization and leadership development through creation of strategic initiatives that support the evolving objectives and programming of 280+ organizations, their student leaders and advisors. With project-based assistance from the Student Activities’ Office Coordinator, the Assistant Director will advance a comprehensive leadership development and awards and recognition program for student organization leaders as well as launch an expanded student organization advisor recruitment, training and consultation program for faculty, staff, and alumni advisors. The Assistant Director will have primary oversight for The Bridge, CMU’s online involvement tool and organization management platform for student leaders, including the coordination of marketing efforts, leading the deployment of new functionality, partnering with the CollegiateLink staff on feature development, and delivering training to student leader and staff users.
The successful Assistant Director will be someone who thrives in a fast-paced environment that prioritizes the building of meaningful one-on-one relationships; excels at the development and operationalization of a long-term vision; and embraces the unique and innovative CMU campus culture. The Office of Student Activities is especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute through their work/life experiences, to the diversity of our academic community and our engagement with a multicultural student body.
Review of applications will begin immediately; those received by October 28, 2013 will receive priority consideration. Anticipated start date is January 1, 2014.
- Education: Bachelor's degree in higher education administration, college student personnel, counseling, or related field.
- Experience: Three to five years post-Bachelor's experience in Student Activities advising or related Student Affairs' field.
- Skills: Demonstrates well-developed analytical, organization and problem solving skills; effective written communication and oral presentation skills; knowledge of general and business specific regulations, policies and practices related to leading Student Activities. Ability to analyze data, identify trends, summarize results and make recommendations based on findings. Possesses technical knowledge, as appropriate. Supervises programs and employees, as required.
- Physical Mobility: Normally sedentary with some mobility (i.e. able to travel to other campus locations; may require some bending and lifting)
- Environmental Conditions: Normal office environment although some positions may require work in laboratory or other settings. Generally work involves extended use of computer monitor.
- Mental: Ability to pay close attention to detail, meet inflexible deadlines, remain calm during difficult situations, work under pressure and work with frequent interruptions
- Other: Frequent weekend and evening work is required
- Education: Master's degree in higher education administration, college student personnel, counseling, or related field.
- Experience: Three to five year's post-Master's experience in Student Activities. Experience in coordination of large-scale programs including risk management and budget oversight.
Regular Full Time
ASSOCIATE DEAN OF STUDENT AFFAIRS
Minimum Education Level
Bachelor's Degree or equivalent
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