Assistant Director of Community Leadership & Involvement

Mar 07, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Basic Functions: Work collaboratively with our highly engaged student organization community, with a deep commitment and focus on supporting multi-cultural organizations and fostering inclusion in co-curricular experiences. Oversee major campus events and programming, directly advising the University Programming Council. Work collaboratively within the CLIC team, which includes the co-curricular areas of community service, leadership development, student organizations, major events, and fraternity and sorority life. The Community Leadership & Involvement Center is part of larger Student Leadership & Community Engagement team along with the Center for Women & Gender Action and the Department of Residential Communities within the Division of Student Development. Oversee high-impact programs in the areas of student organizations and major events and social programs, with an emphasis on the support of cross-cultural organizations. Support the growth of inclusive environments and a celebrative community within the co-curriculum, guided by our vibrant involvement model for leadership and involvement at Denison that builds on the marquee strengths of the college: leadership development, creative problem solving, and civic engagement.

Essential Job Functions: * Engage proactively with student leaders to champion ingenuity, develop leadership capacity, practice creative problem solving, and foster inclusive communities by employing innovative ideas and approaches. * Design and promote dynamic involvement experiences grounded in the values of the Social Change Model of Leadership. Empower students to self-author purposeful experiences by embedding ingenuity into practices such as peer involvement advising and programming coaching. * Proactively develop opportunities to engage diverse communities and build inclusive environments. Invest in relationships and programs to celebrate and support culturally diverse student populations; coach, mentor, and support dynamic student needs. * Employ appreciative advising and positive psychology in communication and interactions with students, colleagues, and other constituencies. Foster student strengths and capacities for leadership, hope, self-efficacy, resilience, and optimism. * Promote the integration of civic engagement, leadership development, and creative problem solving into involvement experiences as outcomes of a Denison education. * Demonstrate strong collaborative energy and a proven ability to work in a diverse team with professional, support, and student staff. * Advise the University Programming Council in designing inclusive and high impact social programs. Build student leadership and oversee such responsibilities as recruitment and selection, budget allocation and reconciliation, training and development, and representing the policies and procedures of the University in risk management. * Foster inclusive environments and programs through the advisement of the council of cross-cultural student organizations. Build collaborative relationships within and outside the community and assist organizations in promoting collaborative and inclusive experiences. * Build collaborative and celebrative experiences through groups such as the Events and Traditions Council; mentoring student leaders and supporting their training and development as event planners. * Ensure the successful execution of high profile, high impact, community-oriented campus events and extensive campus programs, including Senior Week, Gala, D-Day concert, Aestavalia (spring festival), Relay for Life, Culture Jam concert, etc. * Support nearly 200 student organizations through the oversight of new organization approval and annual re-registration, student organization leader training, organization recognition, organization conduct, advisor support, and risk management of student organization events. Engage and support faculty in advising student organizations. * Advise and support the student government finance committee, directly supporting the student organization budget allocation and reallocation processes. Assist in the advisement of student government. * Design and promote high-quality co-curricular involvement opportunities consistent with the Social Change Model of Leadership, including the planning and execution of the fall and spring Involvement Fairs. * Engage students in the broader community by fostering collaboration within and among organization councils, including organization in the Arts, Academic/Honoraria, Religious and Spiritual, Service Learning, Social Justice and Advocacy, and Special Interest councils. Collaborate with offices and departments in support of these groups. * Evaluate and assess programs and initiatives in fulfilling CLIC's student learning outcomes, the vision of the Division of Student Development, and the mission of the college. * Maintain high visibility and engagement with the student body and campus community at university events. * Maintain active professional involvement and active knowledge of current best practices in the field of student development and an awareness of emerging issues in higher education, community building, student involvement, leadership development, social justice and student learning. * Manage multiple projects and initiatives at once; ability to take direction and initiative. * Communicate effectively orally and in writing, including the ability to engage one-on-one and in public forums. * Construct student learning outcomes, design programs to meet outcomes, and evaluate progress towards goals and outcomes. Perform other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications: An earned Master's degree in College Student Personnel, Higher Education Administration or other related advanced degree. Minimum of one year's professional experience in Higher Education/Student Affairs or two years of graduate assistantship leadership experience. Commitment to inclusion and desire to work with diverse groups of people. Experience working with culturally diverse populations. Integrity, sound judgment, and the ability to make values-based decisions. Ability to work as part of a collaborative team. Strong desire to build relationships with students, colleagues, and college partners. Demonstrated experience in student development, student involvement, leadership development, and/or student organizations. Ability to accommodate extended work hours, including evening and weekend work hours. Strong interpersonal and communication skills.

Preferred Qualifications: Experience in supporting diverse learners, a thorough understanding of Millennials and Generation Z, and a passion for working with college students are critical to the success of the Assistant Director of Community Leadership & Involvement. A propensity for creativity and innovation, positive attitude, and cultural competence are essential qualities of this candidate as well as creative problem-solving. Experience advising multi-cultural student organizations; advising a programming board; advising student government; planning and executing major events. Skill in facilitation and training for student groups. An understanding and appreciation for the liberal arts and residential colleges.

Salary: Competitive