Assistant Director for Student Engagement

Chattanooga, Tennessee
Sep 22, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Assistant Director for Student Engagement, Student Development - Requisition # 17000001CI  

The Assistant Director for Student Engagement is charged with developing programs and services designed to facilitate student involvement, enhance the overall student experience and positively impact student retention/satisfaction.  The individual in this role provides direction and leadership to major student programming initiatives on campus, such as Welcome Week and Summer Programming, and serves as the primary advisor for the Campus Activities Board and the Homecoming Student Steering Committee.  This position is also responsible for providing support and direction to student organizations and advisors through leadership, organization and resource development.  This position requires evening and weekend hours. 

The Assistant Director is a team member in the Office of the Dean of Students and reports to the Associate Dean of Students for Student and Family Engagement. Responsibilities include:

Campus Programming

  • Advise the Campus Activities Board (CAB); lead students in developing and implementing innovative, engaging late night and weekend programming to encourage the development of a vibrant student community on campus; attend board meetings to provide feedback and insight on event planning, marketing, fiscal strategies, leadership development and team building.
  • Advise the Homecoming Student Steering Committee; lead the development and implementation of meaningful and inspiring student traditions.
  • Work collaboratively with the Office of Alumni Affairs, University Relations and UTC Athletics to plan Homecoming and manage communication with university stakeholders
  • Coordinate the planning, marketing and execution of Welcome Week and Summer Programming
  • Supervise the Graduate Assistant for Student Engagement
  • Supervise the hiring and selection of Summer Graduate Intern(s) for Student Activities
  • Provide budgetary oversight and authority for all student programming budgets (CAB, Homecoming, Student Programs, Summer Programs & Welcome Week); negotiate contracts with performers and vendors; ensure expenditures are appropriate and in compliance with the University Fiscal Policies.
  • Provide on-site supervision at the programs organized by these groups

Student Organizations

  • Provide guidance and support to over 100 university-recognized student organizations leaders and faculty/staff advisors
  • Develop, implement and assess comprehensive leadership curricula for ongoing student organization leader training; build a framework of need-based training to accommodate varied levels of student leadership development
  • Coordinate registration and oversight of student organizations; maintain accurate information and databases for student organizations and student leadership, faculty/staff advisors, and contact information
  • Maintain positive relationships with faculty/staff advisors from across the university
  • Plan, coordinate, and host the Student Organization Leadership Institute
  • Develop, implement, and interpret University policies related to student organizations
  • Serve as primary campus administrator of OrgSync and develop ongoing training opportunities for staff and students
  • Serve as the primary staff liaison for the university’s four student media organization (The University Echo, The Perch, Mocs News and The Sequoya Review) and have budgetary oversight of the accounts for all the aforementioned organizations

Additional Responsibilities

  • Attending appropriate University functions and campus events to maintain visibility/approachability.
  • Serve on office and divisional program initiatives and university committees
  • Establish positive working relationships with campus partners and key stakeholders
  • Staying abreast of current trends related to student leadership and programming
  • Performing other duties as assigned.


  • Master's degree in college student personnel administration, higher education, student affairs or other relevant discipline required.
  • A minimum of one to three years of full-time experience working with student activities/programs and student organization advising; will consider two years of graduate assistant experience as one year of full time experience.
  • Knowledge of issues and challenges facing undergraduate students.
  • Demonstrated experience administering OrgSync or CollegiateLink.
  • Experience with event planning, contract negotiation, leadership development, budget development and management, and motivating students
  • Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills; knowledge of leadership development concepts; ability to take initiative and work independently in setting priorities to ensure that responsibilities are carried out in an accurate and timely fashion;
  • Ability and willingness to function as a member of a team
  • Commitment to continued personal and professional development
  • Ability to interact effectively with students, faculty, staff and community members of diverse backgrounds.

Applications must be sent electronically to:

The University of Tennessee Chattanooga is an EEO/AA/Title VI/Title IX/Section 504/ADA/ADEA institution in the provision of its education and employment programs and services. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, or covered veteran status. 

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