Location: Worcester, MA Category: Staff and Administrators Posted On: Tue Jun 8 2021 Job Description:
The Assistant Director of Student Leadership & Programming is a student centered, collaborative, and intentional leadership educator and advisor who supports a vibrant and inclusive campus community through engaging student clubs, student events, late night and weekend programming, orientation, and leadership development. Reporting directly to the Associate Director of Student Leadership & Programming (SLP), the Assistant Director manages and coordinates student event planning for clubs and organizations, including booking space in Event Management System (EMS) and the Clark Engage platform, providing students' guidance in program planning and logistics, and working with campus partners to ensure activities are safe and successful. The Assistant Director serves as an advisor to Clark's over 130 student clubs, with a special emphasis on supporting cultural and identity focused clubs, awareness month and celebration programing in collaboration with campus stakeholders. A key member of the SLP team, the Assistant Director supports campus-wide onboarding and signature programming initiatives such as Orientation, International Gala, and Commencement. The Assistant Director will serve as an active member of the SLP and student affairs staff, participate in university-wide committees to promote student engagement and leadership development through programs, presentations, and advising support.
Scheduling & Event Operations
Oversee the management of the students' space reservation through EMS and Clark Engage, including active follow up and communication with campus services
Assist groups with the event planning process by providing creative ideas, connecting to vendors and campus partners, and site-assistance as needed
Manage student club and organization space reservation and services requisition process
Liaise with campus service providers such as catering, facilities, and media services to ensure service needs for events are met
Assist in day-to-day oversight and supervision of University Center operations
Supervise, hire, train, and evaluate over 25 student staff as assigned, including information desk, operations, and office student workers
Communicate regarding student club events to campus partners and the campus community
Provide logistical and on-site support for signature programming identities and late-night activities, including but not limited to Orientation, International Gala, student club dances and performances, Spree Day, Senior Week, and Commencement
Provide on-site staffing support for student events as assigned
Participate in Event Service Provider meetings
Student Involvement & Advising
Provide support to 130 clubs and organizations, their student leaders and advisors, including supporting club training and resource materials, attending meetings and events, engagement with advisors, and connections with campus partners
Build relationships with student leaders and student clubs, with emphasis on diversity and cultural clubs
Engage and advise with student organizations and leaders regarding event planning, organization management, budgeting, culturally relevant leadership and identity development
Support key student clubs and programming events as assigned, including trainings, events, and club management and finances
Serve as a resource and support for all students engaging with SLP
Provides Operations-related information to campus partners that supports the recruitment, enrollment, and retention of students.
Coordinate, in collaboration with MFGSS, the International Center, and other campus partners, identity and cultural awareness and celebration month and day celebration opportunities for students
Manage projects and communications for SLP, and follows-up appropriately.
Consult, support, and collaborate with other Student Affairs colleagues and campus stakeholders, such as academic departments, facilities, and dining services, to provide support to students in a timely manner.
Serve on various University committees to support student engagement, event planning and events
Maintain a flexible schedule to accommodate for staffing late night/weekend events as needed
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Knowledge of student organization advising and student event planning processes, systems and structures
Demonstrated cultural competence and experience in working with diverse communities of college students
Knowledge of and commitment to the principles of student development theory, identity development theory, high impact practices, and the value of student organizations as an experiential learning process.
Experience in managing and coordinating large-scale events, supporting student clubs and organizations
Possess strong communication, analytical, and problem-solving skills to review and analyze complex information.
Evidence of strong organizational skills; ability to exercise sound judgment and make sound decisions; ability to manage multiple priorities efficiently and effectively; work well under pressure.
Awareness of best practices and current trends in the fields of student activities and leadership development.
Comfort with technology including MS Office, Campus Labs Engage, EMS Event Management System, and social media.
Ability to work collaboratively, serve as a team player, and support student affairs and student engagement
Must have strong interpersonal skills, conflict resolution skills, and be adaptable.
Bachelor's degree required. Master's degree in Higher Education Administration, Student Development, Student Personnel or related field strongly preferred.
Two to four years of relevant experience in student affairs and higher education administration, or combination of education and relevant experience.
Demonstrated understanding of, appreciation of, and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion
This is a Full-time position with excellent benefits, which include employee and family tuition benefits, 4 weeks' vacation, generous retirement plan, free use of campus fitness center and many more.
Clark University currently requires all employees and students to be vaccinated against COVID-19 no later than July 15. Exemptions will be made for medical or disability reasons or religious beliefs, and could be made, at the sole discretion of the University, for other well-documented reasons.
Clark University embraces equal opportunity and affirmative action as core values: we believe that cultivating an environment that embraces and promotes diversity is fundamental to the success of our students, our employees and our community. This commitment applies to every aspect of education, services, and employment policies and practices at Clark. Our commitment to diversity informs our efforts in recruitment, hiring and retention. All positions at Clark share in the responsibility for building a community that values diversity and the uniqueness of others by exhibiting integrity and respect in interacting with all members of the Clark community to create an atmosphere of fairness and belonging. We strongly encourage members from historically underrepresented communities, inclusive of all women, to apply.
Founded in 1887, Clark University is a liberal arts-based research university committed toscholarship and inquiry that addresses social and human imperatives on a global basis. It is the place where Robert Goddard invented the modern rocket, where Sigmund Freud delivered his only lectures in the United States, and where current students stake their claim to the Clark motto, “Challenge Convention, Change Our World,” which is the rallying cry that inspires our community every day. Located in Worcester, Massachusetts, Clark University educates its undergraduate and graduate students to be imaginative and contributing citizens of the world, and to advance the frontiers of knowledge and understanding through rigorous scholarship and creative effort. The University’s engages students in such areas as biology, chemistry, economics, geography, psychology, urban education, management, environmental science and policy, Holocaust and genocide studies, and international development and social change. Clark University’s pioneering model of higher education, LEEP (Liberation Education and Effective Practice) compels undergraduate students to thrive in authentic world and workplace settings, and prepares them for lives and careers of consequence.