Student Affairs Director of Community Engagement & Leadership
Southern Methodist University - Dallas, TX

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Community Engagement & Leadership

Salary Range

Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications


This position reports to the Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs providing administrative oversight of daily operations, strategic planning and overall direction of the Office of Community Engagement and Leadership (CEL). Specifically responsible for coordinating existing campus volunteer programs, service groups, leadership development programming and operational management and supervision of the department and staff members.

Primary responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

• Provide leadership, vision and strategic planning for comprehensive community
engagement and leadership programming.

• Lead financial planning/budget management, university paperwork submission and
policy adherence, regular and annual reporting, supervision/coordination of assessment
strategies, and involvement in relevant university and division committees;

• Coordinate public relations, service–learning initiatives, campus and community partner
meetings; program visibility.

• Work with Director of Engaged Learning to enhance service-learning initiatives through
faculty support and development.

• Facilitate weekly meeting, individual meetings, project planning and brainstorming for the
overall functioning of the organization and implementation of the Emerging Leaders, All
University Leadership Conference, High School Leadership Conference, Student Leader
of the Month, and special programs supported by LEAD (student leadership organization).

• Research, develop implement plans and relationship building to enhance leadership
efforts on campus, supporting individual student in leadership development.

• Facilitate collaborative leadership programs with various on campus departments. Work
with the Director of Hegi Family Center for Career Development to enhance inter-
departmental efforts to connect leadership, community engagement and career

• Conducts regularly scheduled meetings and facilitate the development of full-time and
graduate staff members; providing and utilizing responsibilities for all CEL staff members
to develop into more successful professionals.

• Work with the SMU and surrounding community to develop and implement strategies to
increase campus involvement; work with individual’s student to enhance student
involvement on and off campus.


Education and Experience

Master’s degree is required; Doctorate preferred.

A minimum of five years’ experience working with students and/or student groups in the areas of community service, service-learning, volunteerism and/or leadership training with three years of supervising a full-time staff is required.


Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

Candidates must demonstrate strong verbal and interpersonal communication skills with ability to communicate effectively in writing.

Must possess the ability to work collaboratively and effectively with faculty, students, and administrators to achieve departmental and division goals.

Strong leadership skills with the ability to manage and develop professional staff are essential.

Candidates must also demonstrate strong organizational, budget management and project-management skills with the ability to balance multiple priorities.

Must have strong problem solving skills with the ability to identify, evaluate and devise solutions.

Candidates must be self-starter with the ability to work independently with minimal supervision and collaboratively within a team-environment.

Candidate must possess strong computer skills with a working knowledge of MS Office (e.g. Word, Excel, and PowerPoint).


Priority Consideration Date

Priority consideration may be given to submissions received by January 14, 2013.

Deadline to Apply

The position is open until filled.

Other Information

SMU is AA/EO employer committed to excellence through diversity.

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