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The University of Oregon is a world-class teaching and research university that enrolls more than 24,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. As the flagship institution within the Oregon University System, the university is a member of the American Association of Universities, one of 61 universities recognized for their especially strong research and academic programs. Located two hours south of Portland, Eugene is a thriving metropolitan city noted for its dynamic quality of life, progressive cultural and arts environment, and abundant outdoor opportunities, and is within an hour’s drive of both Pacific coast beaches and the Cascade mountain range.

The Position

The Director is responsible for the overall administration of and providing leadership to the Erb Memorial Union (EMU) and its programs serving the diverse UO community. The Director has responsibility for developing the vision and direction of the EMU and its programs and ensuring that those programs are in alignment with the Division of Student Affairs strategic plan, the academic plan of the university and the EMU mission statement. The Director works closely with the EMU Board of Directors and is responsible for the facilities and finances of the EMU. The EMU is comprised of approximately 225,000 square feet of facilities and has an operating budget of approximately $10.7M. The department has 90 full-time employees and over 400 student employees who lead and provide direct services, assist in student/university initiated educational programming, and maintain its facilities. The Director demonstrates the highest commitment to promote and support the hiring, retention and professional development of talented, diverse individuals to all levels of the EMU. The EMU Director is responsible for the cultivation of a culturally rich and diverse community in the EMU by providing support, education, mentoring, community service and an open dialogue between students, staff, faculty, and community members on diversity-related issues, which is a priority woven into every aspect of the Director’s responsibility. The Director serves as the contracting officer for concert and lecture contracts entered into by the EMU and for UO vending, fountain products and retail venues/services on campus. The Director ensures the EMU staff and programs work collaboratively and effectively with the Student Affairs leadership team and other Student Affairs staff. Plans are underway to significantly expand and renovate the EMU in the near future, increasing meeting/conference space and concert/lecture space as well as expanded food and retail service while showcasing student organization space and EMU programs. The Director will model entrepreneurial thinking that balances revenue generating opportunity with the core purpose and mission of the EMU.


Minimum requirements include a master’s degree and 7 years progressively responsible leadership/management experience within a large, multifaceted organization with multiple employees; experience in personnel management including supervision of full-time professional staff, and employee development and evaluation; experience with fiscal oversight of large and complex budgets including budget preparation and resource allocation; ability to work effectively with persons from culturally diverse backgrounds including students of color, international students, non-traditional students, student veterans, and returning learners and to foster competency regarding diverse issues in a university community; demonstrated ability to successfully work with a college-age population as well as a passion for enhancing the student experience and advancing student learning; strong organizational skills, including the ability to plan strategically; documented ability to make important and high profile decision; demonstrated ability to work cooperatively and strategically in a team environment. The final candidate is subject to criminal background check.

Additionally, preferred characteristics include leadership experience in college union administration; demonstrated ability to lead entrepreneurial efforts focusing on revenue generation and sustainability; experience supervising in a collective bargaining environment; experience working at an AAU Research-1 university; knowledge and experience with large-scale facility design and construction; involvement/leadership with national professional associations concerned with higher education; demonstrated commitment to multicultural organization development; experience in using social media as a marketing/communication tool.

Application and Nomination

Review of applications will begin October 5, 2012 and will continue until the position is filled. A resume with an accompanying cover letter may be submitted via the SJG website at under the link Open Positions. Nominations for this position may be emailed to Peter Rosenberg at . If you are unable to submit materials electronically, please call SJG at 413-529-2895.

SJG – The Spelman & Johnson Group
Peter Rosenberg, Senior Associate
UO – Director, Erb Memorial Union
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University of Oregon is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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