Assistant Director of College Programming

Job description

Hyde Park Campus

10411 College Programming Office

About the Unit
The Office of the Dean of Students in the College has broad responsibility for the success of all College students. The Dean of Students reports to the Dean of the College. The office consists of Academic Advisers, Senior Advisers, Deans, and Programming staff. The members of the College Programming Office staff are responsible for developing programming and creating class affinity through events such as Orientation and Senior Week. CPO also works closely with Career Advancement and the College Advisers to plan and execute timely career and academic interventions throughout the College student experience. Additionally, CPO develops communications and programs for parents and families of students in the College.

Job Information

Job Summary:

The Assistant Director of College Programming helps to create a stronger sense of community and affinity to the College and the University throughout the students' college experience. Working closely with CPO leadership, other campus offices, and student planning committees, the Assistant Director leads the development and implementation of parts of various programs and events such as Orientation, Pre-Orientation, Peer Mentoring, Second- and Third-Year Student programming, and Parent & Family programming. In addition, they may be responsible for serving on campus-wide committees and additional projects as assigned.


College Programs (75%):

  • Oversee the implementation of parts of one or more of the following: Orientation, Pre-Orientation, Peer Mentoring, Second- and Third-Year Student programming, and Parent & Family programming
  • Coordinate event logistics for assigned programs including event registration, travel arrangements, ordering buses, reserving space, catering, negotiating contracts and purchasing
  • Advise student planning committees on relevant programs
  • Manage event marketing materials; write, edit, and oversee the production and distribution of event publications; work with students and designers to develop and maintain information flow
  • For certain events, recruit, select, and evaluate student staff; develop student leader training; develop student project assignments
  • Manage event budgets and websites
  • Complete project evaluation and program assessment, and track data for each program

Campus Partners (5%):
  • Work closely with various offices on campus including Alumni Relations & Development, Campus & Student Life, Career Advancement, Center for Leadership and Involvement, College Academic Advising Office, College Admissions, College Center for Research and Fellowships, College Dean's Office, Housing & Residence Life, University Community Service Center, Study Abroad, and others to plan and execute programs

Mentor Student Staff (10%):
  • Provide guidance and direction to student staff members' project work and evaluate staff members' performance/provide constructive feedback

College Programming Staff (10%):
  • Serve as a member of the College Programming staff for the planning and development of various office programs and assist with other projects and duties as assigned

Required Competencies:
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills including excellent editing/proofreading ability in English.
  • Ability to handle multiple concurrent projects in a competent and professional manner while also managing details and meeting deadlines.
  • Ability to work effectively with supervision and as a part of a team, individually or while taking directions from others.
  • Ability to work autonomously, taking initiative and without detailed instructions.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality/discretion at all times.
  • Ability to handle stressful situations.
  • Critical thinking skills.
  • Problem solving skills.
  • Decision making skills.
  • Reasoning skills.
  • Attention to detail.

Additional Requirements

Education, Experience, and Certifications:

  • Bachelor's degree required, liberal arts preferred
  • Master's degree in higher education/college student personnel or related field preferred

Experience: Example below:
  • Minimally 1-2 years professional work experience in higher education preferred.
  • Specialized knowledge of college student development and event planning required

Technical Knowledge or Skills:
  • Proficiency in Mac and PC environments
  • Proficiency in Word, Excel, Outlook, and on-line organizational tools
  • Familiarity with Adobe graphic design/web development environments

Working Conditions and Physical Requirements:
  • Office environment
  • Some evening and weekend work
  • Fast-paced environment
  • Ability to lift up to 30 lbs.
  • Ability to push carts with up to 40 lbs. of material
  • Ability to sit at a computer for 4-6 hours
  • Periodic walking to other campus locations
  • Climbing up to 5 flights of stairs

Required Documents:
  • Cover letter, which is to include your interest in this position.
  • Resume
  • List of references

NOTE: When applying, all required documents MUST be uploaded under the Resume/CV section of the application.

Benefit Eligibility

Pay Frequency

Pay Range
Depends on Qualifications

Scheduled Weekly Hours


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Job No:
Posted: 12/22/2018
Application Due: 2/20/2019
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