Associate Director, Memorial Union - Student Activities

Ames, Iowa
May 16, 2019
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Iowa State University strives to be the most student-centered public research university in the nation. It is a place where adventurous minds are encouraged to accomplish amazing things. As a major international university ranked in the top 50 among public universities by U.S. News & World Report and a member of the Association of American Universities, Iowa State offers a student experience rich in social and academic diversity. Nearly 35,000 students choose from 100 majors, study with world-class scholars, and hone their leadership skills in more than 800 student organizations. Students from all 50 states and more than 120 countries converge on one of the nation’s most beautiful campuses. Big 12 sports and a tradition of cultural and popular performances make campus life fun and memorable. Iowa State is a land-grant university and is the largest university in the State of Iowa. Iowa State is located in Ames, a community of 63,000 ranked as the second-best college town (under 250,000 population) and among the top 10 best places to live in America.

Reporting to the director of the Memorial Union, the associate director, Memorial Union-Student Activities (associate director) is a student-centered educator that supports the co-curricular experience, leadership development, career enhancement skills, and personal development of all students. The associate director assists in building bridges with academic areas and building a sense of community on campus, as well as with the Ames community. The incumbent is charged with advising student-directed organizations that plan and implement major campus events to develop community and alcohol-free alternatives, as well as overseeing all major assessment initiatives for the Memorial Union, including programs, student employment, training, tenant services, events, and building usage.

This collaborative administrator develops and maintains strong partnerships with a variety of campus departments, community agencies, faculty, and alumni on student-related educational programming and develops and supervises implementation of policies and procedures related to student organizations. The associate director is responsible for supervision of five professional staff, one merit staff, three graduate assistants, and practicum students, student interns, and student staff, along with budget development and management, programs, activities, operations, procedures, and evaluation/assessment within the following areas:

• Student Activities (leadership and organizations);
• Programming Arts (Workspace – arts and crafts studio, Memorial Union art gallery space, and the Memorial Union permanent art collection);
• Maintenance Shop (concert venue);
• Recreation Center (billiards, bowling, and game area); and
• Student office space.

The successful candidate will possess the ability to create positive, transparent, and open relationships with staff, students, and faculty; a positive mindset with a focus on integrity; the ability to multitask; an openness to the ideas and opinions of others in the decision-making process; the ability to build, empower, and hold student teams accountable; a strong proficiency in collaboration and working positively with others; and excellent training, speaking, presentation, and facilitation skills.

A bachelor’s degree and eight years of related experience, or a master’s degree and six years of related experience, or a PhD or other professional degree and three years of experience are required.

Preferred qualifications include experience in the following areas:
• advising student groups and working with campus events;
• developing and implementing student leadership programs;
• university policy development and implementation;
• supervising personnel (hiring, training, and evaluating);
• administrative/budget management; and
• program planning, implementation, and assessment/evaluation.

Experience that demonstrates knowledge of risk management issues related to student organization management and knowledge of student activities and contract development are also preferred.

Review of applications will begin June 11, 2019, and continue until the position is filled. Applications, including a position-specific cover letter and resume, may be submitted online at Nominations for this position may be emailed to Michel Frendian at [email protected] Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.

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Iowa State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, marital status, disability, or protected Veteran status and will not be discriminated against.