Associate Director Student Activities & Leadership
Case Western Reserve University - Cleveland, OH

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This dynamic, self-motivated individual serves as the primary advisor to the Case Leadership Journey Council and as a primary coordinator for all leadership training initiatives offered through the Student Activities and Leadership (SA & L). This individual is also a team leader on the SA & L staff and responsible for directly supervising two Assistant Directors as well as assisting in the budgetary and strategic planning of the department. The incumbent serves as the risk management specialist for approximately 170 student clubs and organizations and directly advises the Senior Week planning committee. The associate director is responsible for serving the leadership and programming needs of the undergraduate and graduate students. The incumbent serves as the principal fund-raiser for funds associated with leadership initiatives created in alignment with other university departments and colleges. As a member of the SA&L leadership, resumes responsibility in the absence of the Director. The associate director assists in the implementation of a diverse and comprehensive program of social, recreational, educational and cultural activities for all students at CWRU.


  • Supervise all activities of the assistant directors, including the work performed by the University Program Board (UPB) committees and Class Officer events; evaluation of traditional programs at Case under the direct responsibility of the Assistant Directors. Supervises the Assistant Director responsible for the development of Case Leads.
  • Supervise/advise the selection and training of the Case Leadership Journey Council; a team of students who are committed to advising the strategic vision of the SA & L, presenting workshops for the (approximate) 170 student organizations at Case, and participating as committee members on all the leadership programs offered through the SA & L.
  • Directly advise the Senior Week Planning Committee: works closely with the students in the development, risk management and financial responsibilities associated with this annual week of events.
  • Serve as the risk management specialist for the approximately 170 student organizations within the SA & L. Responsible for the completion and advising of the Alcohol Use Reports and risk management steps for all events as needed. Trains student leaders on travel waivers and other elements of creating sound risk management plans.
  • Responsible for the development and marketing of the Case Leadership Journey; the initiative developed for the division of Student Affairs on undergraduate student leadership education.
  • Serve as the department liaison with all academic colleges in furthering the Case Leadership Journey mission and/or leadership development programs.
  • Responsible for managing all financial resources assigned to the leadership development initiatives as well as provided direct assistance to the director in the development of the annual SA&L budget.
  • Work in direct alignment with other campus departments and colleges in the delivery of all leadership training programs. This includes (but not limited to) leadership conference presenters, participants on advisory teams, developers of new initiatives for both undergraduate and graduate students.
  • Principal project manager for the Case Emerging Leaders Program, Leadership Conferences, the Second Year Institute Leadership Camp, the Student Leadership Awards Ceremony and any other programmatic initiatives developed to enhance the leadership and professional development of students. This involves the creation and chairing of the planning committees, recruitment of student mentors/facilitators, recruiting presenters, distribution of the leadership self-evaluations, development of marketing plans and all other tasks associated with these initiatives.
  • Serve as the direct supervisor for the project manager of Case Leads (first-year student program). Work closely with the university departments in the collaboration of leadership initiatives for cohort groups at CWRU. Continue to work closely with the director of the SA&L in the development of the CWRU Appreciative Leadership Institute.
  • As needed, work closely with the university office of development in the pursuit of an aggressive and effective fund-raising campaign for leadership institutes. This includes the development of potential resources within the faculty and graduate student populations. This also includes the development of programs in leadership reflection and celebration.
  • Responsible for working in collaboration with the executive undergraduate and graduate leaders at CWRU as needed. Work directly with these students in assessment and evaluation of their members.
  • Responsible for working collaboratively with university departments (i.e., the Office of Multicultural Affairs, Residence Life and The Center for Women) in the development of leadership training initiatives for underrepresented students at Case.
  • When appropriate, He/she is responsible for strengthening an outreach program with Cleveland and state-wide leadership initiatives (Leadership Cleveland, Bridgebuilders, Look-Up Cleveland, College 360, etc.).
  • Serve as an active member of the SA & L team in the furthering of the department’s mission. Support all day-to-day activities of the department.
  • Work closely with the director in the development and delivery of an outstanding assessment program for all initiatives. Develop and maintain an excellent database of presenters, student leaders, and leadership resources for the department.
  • Directly responsible for supervising leadership development resources within the department of SA & L. Maintain all present materials and create opportunities for supplying additional materials. Create on-line library resources for use by CWRU student leaders.
  • Responsible for development of high tech leadership opportunities (teleconferences, web-based leadership portfolios, etc.). Responsible for assisting in the implementation of an e-portfolio program through the division of Student Affairs.
  • Responsible for participation in university ad hoc committees at the request of the director. Create and maintain ad hoc committees on the request of the director.
  • Create opportunities for professional development for all members of the SA&L department.
  • Oversee the development of the SA&L website.

    Perform other duties as assigned.


    Department: Daily contact with all staff within SA & L and Thwing Center; continual contact with all current departments/businesses within Thwing Center; continual contact with all departments within Student Affairs.

    University: Continual contact with the department of Organizational Behavior (WSM) at Case; contact with all academic colleges; contact with a large number of faculty; Office of Development.

    External: Continual exposure to Cleveland area vendors; continual contact with Cleveland-based leadership programs; continual contact with area colleges and universities and faculty/staff contained within.

    Students: High concentration of undergraduate student contact. Continual contact with graduate students at Case.


    Directly supervise two assistant directors. Supervises work-study student (s) hired for leadership programming. Responsible for the supervision of graduate students assigned to all leadership initiatives.


    Experience: 3 years of demonstrated experience with programming, event planning and working with a student population required.

    Education/Licensing: Master’s degree in related field.


  • Must possess a strong philosophy in leadership education.
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Effective communication skills
  • Ability to relate well with students.
  • Must be self-motivated
  • Willing to work flexible hours, evenings, and weekends.

    Identify the working conditions and physical demands which relate to the essential functions of the position, such as working indoors/outdoors, working with exposures to hazards, etc. Include special considerations for the position, such as occasional travel or necessary overtime.


    Diversity Statement

    In employment, as in education, Case Western Reserve University is committed to Equal Opportunity and Diversity. Women, veterans, members of underrepresented minority groups, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.


    Reasonable Accommodations

    Case Western Reserve University provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the Office of Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity at 216-368-8877 to request a reasonable accommodation. Determinations as to granting reasonable accommodations for any applicant will be made on a case-by-case basis.