Director of Campus Activities and Leadership

Oct 10, 2017
Executive Administration Jobs
C-Level & Executive Directors
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Director of Campus Activities and Leadership
Susquehanna University

About Susquehanna	
As a living, learning and working community, Susquehanna University affirms its commitment to being an engaged, culturally inclusive campus. As we seek to embody the rich diversity of the human community, we commit ourselves to the full participation of persons who represent the breadth of human difference. The university encourages candidates from historically underrepresented groups to apply. Susquehanna University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Susquehanna University is a national liberal arts college committed to excellence in educating students for productive, creative and reflective lives of achievement, leadership and service in a diverse, dynamic and interdependent world. Its more than 2,200 undergraduates come from 35 states and 22 countries, and all students study away through Susquehanna's unique Global Opportunities program. Susquehanna University's 325 acre campus, noted for its beauty, is located in Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania, 50 miles north of Harrisburg in the scenic Susquehanna River Valley, about a three hour drive from Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and New York City. For more information, please visit

Position Summary	
Job Summary
The director of campus activities & leadership promotes dynamic campus life programming with well-trained staff who are dedicated to student engagement, learning, and a respectful community. The director works collaboratively with other campus life colleagues (dean of students, residence life, leadership & engagement) to create a vibrant and engaging student experience that provides a variety of leadership opportunities and student activities that represent our diverse student population.

Reporting to the dean of students & campus life, the director leads, manages, and supports the daily activities of the office of leadership and engagement and coordinates a comprehensive student activities program that meets the educational, social, cultural, leadership, service-learning and recreational needs of students. In addition to managing all aspects of campus activities and leadership, the director also supervises the areas of civic engagement and fraternity & sorority life. Together with the leadership and engagement team, the director creates and supports the overall goals and missions of the office. This position is a full-time, 12-month position, requires occasional night and weekend work and serves in a second-level duty rotation with other senior student life leaders.

Specific Responsibilities
•	Represent student leadership & engagement and the needs of students to other units within the University and to external constituents. As a visible presence on campus, represent the office of leadership & engagement as well as the division of student life on University committees.
•	Supervise and manage department staff, including the assistant director of Johnson Center for Civic Engagement, the assistant director for fraternity & sorority life, the coordinator for student organizations, an administrative assistant, and several student employees. Provide a work-environment supportive of professional development and successful work-life integration. Ensure the successful execution of department programs.
•	Advise the student activities committee and assist in the development and implementation of an annual programming calendar including late night, weekend, and special events.
•	Collaborate with campus partners and students to plan and execute major campus-wide traditions such as fall frenzy and spring weekend as well as collaborate on large university events such as welcome week, homecoming and senior week.
•	Manage appropriate financial functions of the office including preparing the annual departmental budget, monitoring budgets for student programming, and approving/negotiating contracts for performers and vendors.
•	Collaborate closely with professional and student staff regarding the day-to-day operations, programming, and staff selection and training for Charlie's Coffeehouse.
•	Collaborate closely with the coordinator and student assistants in the management, operations, and coverage of Trax nightclub and the outdoor recreation center.
•	Utilize student development theories in strategic planning of all leadership and engagement initiatives including development of curriculum and programming, advising, cultivating, and supervising student leaders, and other important aspects of leadership & engagement responsibilities.
•	Provide opportunities for student leadership development. Oversee Susquehanna University LeaderShape Institute and follow-up programs, coordinate the Susquehanna University Leadership Passport program.
•	Collaborate with faculty, student life staff, and other university departments (university relations, admissions, global opportunities, etc.) in creating experiences to increase student engagement.
•	Actively engage with diverse student populations in order to ensure that department programs are inclusive and reflect the diversity of the campus community.

Knowledge, Skills, Ability
Knowledge of student development theory and leadership theory for students from diverse identity groups. Skilled at written and verbal communication, especially negotiating difficult situations with a variety of constituencies. Significant knowledge and understanding of civic engagement, service-learning, and fraternity & sorority organizations. Ability to set priorities and supervise staff members; work collaboratively with students, faculty, staff, and parents.

Physical Demand
Position requires the ability to move about the campus, sometimes frequently throughout the work day. Position requires the ability to give and to receive instruction. Position requires the ability to communicate synchronously in person and by phone and asynchronously via email and other electronic means. Position requires the ability to read printed and handwritten text on paper and computer monitors. Position occasionally includes need to stoop, crouch, and bend as well as the ability to occasionally lift up to 10 pounds. Working conditions are primarily indoor. This position requires occasional night and weekend hours.

Required Qualifications	
Master degree in Higher Education, College Student Personnel or related field of study required.

Five to seven years of relevant, progressive student life professional experience required. Demonstrated success in developing and directing a vital student activities and leadership development programs, including experience reviewing contracts and managing budgets.

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