Associate Director, Student Leadership and Engagement

Hempstead, New York
Mar 30, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

The Associate Director of Student Leadership and Engagement will be a critical team member within a dynamic office that promotes co-curricular student engagement, leadership development, and campus-wide programs and traditions. This student-centered position is responsible for supporting the mission of the Office of Student Leadership and Engagement (OSLE), the Division of Student Affairs, and Hofstra University. This position reports directly to the Associate Dean of Students.

About Hofstra University

Founded in 1935, Hofstra University is an internationally ranked and recognized institution with ten schools and colleges offering 145 undergraduate and 160 graduate program options. Located in Hempstead, N.Y., our leafy 240-acre campus is a certified arboretum just a quick train ride from New York City, and all its cultural, recreational and professional opportunities. We offer small classes and personal attention, along with the resources, technology and facilities of a world-class university, including the Maurice A. Deane School of Law, the Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine, the Hofstra Northwell School of Graduate Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies, the Lawrence Herbert School of Communication, Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Honors College, as well as a School of Engineering and Applied Science. Hofstra is the only university to host three consecutive presidential debates (2008, 2012 and 2016), and one of only three in the New York metropolitan area to have schools of medicine, law and engineering.  With more than 11,000 students and 128,000 alumni from around the world, Hofstra University is a dynamic community dedicated to academic excellence, civic engagement and global innovation. The Office of Student Leadership and Engagement is fully integrated in Hofstra University’s Division of Student Affairs, which has been named a “2016 and 2017 Most Promising Places to Work in Student Affairs” by The Center for Higher Education Enterprise.                                    

Essential duties include but are not limited to the following:

  • Provide vision, coordination, and oversight for all student leadership initiatives, including the Blue & Gold Leadership Program, leadership conferences, trainings and retreats, and recognition events.
  • Coordinate advisement, registration, promotion, and support of over 250 diverse student organizations; develop guidelines and training for student groups and advisors; and manage all applicable leadership software for student organizations and advisors.
  • Serve as program advisor to a diverse group of student organizations on campus.
  • Provide leadership, training and advisement of the Student Government Association.
  • Oversee the development of a vibrant and responsible fraternity and sorority life community.
  • Collaborate with OSLE in the planning and implementation of campus wide programs and traditions, including Welcome Week, Fall Festival, MusicFest, 9/11 Memorial, etc.
  • Develop an annual operating budget and ensure that University resources are utilized efficiently, ethically, and effectively. Monitor and maintain budgetary controls and accountability.
  • Exercise judgment and independent initiative; handle time-sensitive matters that require concise problem-solving and a high degree of confidentiality.
  • Serve as an active member of the Administrative Conduct Board for the Office of Community Standards including all required training.
  • Serve on university committees and divisional committees as assigned; attend all applicable training sessions.
  • Assist in all aspects of office operations, including contributions to strategic planning and assessment efforts.
  • Help develop new initiatives based on current research and best practices in the field.
  • Fulfill other related duties as assigned.

Supervisory Responsibilities

Directly supervises one full-time assistant director responsible for fraternity and sorority life, one full-time support staff member who assists with student organization budgets, and one graduate assistant for evening and weekend programming. Indirectly supervises a second graduate assistant and student workers.


  • Master’s degree required in a related field (e.g., student affairs, education, counseling).
  • A minimum of three years of full time experience in a related area (student activities, leadership, programming, orientation, etc.).
  • Ability to effectively supervise professionals, graduates, and undergraduate student staff.
  • Knowledge of student development/leadership theories and current best practices, and the ability to apply them appropriately.
  • A demonstrated commitment to the holistic development of diverse student populations.
  • Excellent interpersonal, problem-solving, written and oral communication/presentation skills.
  • Ability to work effectively and ethically with a diverse population of students, University faculty/administrators, and community members.
  • Willingness to work flexible hours, including evenings and weekends as required.
  • Proficiency in MS Word, Excel, Access, Banner, Adobe Photoshop, desktop publishing and web content management system software. Prior experience with CollegiateLink highly desirable. Ability to learn new software as needed.

Application Instructions

Email the following items to letter of interest, resume, and the names and contact information for three references (including a supervisor and a student you worked with recently). Please write “Associate Director-OSLE” in the subject line.

Hofstra University is an equal opportunity employer, committed to fostering diversity in its faculty administrative staff and student body, and encourages applications from the entire spectrum of a diverse community.

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