Director of Student Involvement
Lafayette College is excited to identify our next Director of Student Involvement. The Director is a central part of a team of dynamic and dedicated members of the Division of Campus Life. The Director of Student Involvement establishes a vision for the office and curates a wide variety of opportunities for students to be involved, engaged and ultimately grow.
Reporting to the Associate Dean of Students & Director of Recreation Services, the Director of Student Involvement is a 12-month position that oversees the Office of Student Involvement in advising the student programming board, Student Government, Fraternities and Sororities, and student organizations more broadly. The Director is the primary building administrator for the College’s student center, is responsible for facilitating several major campus events, serves as a primary coordinator for New Student Orientation, and advisor to Student Government. The Director will supervise the Associate Director of Student Involvement/Advisor to Fraternities & Sororities, the Assistant Director of Student Involvement, and the Office Coordinator for Student Involvement.
The ideal candidate will process a working knowledge of student development, relevant legal issues, student affairs best practices, learning outcomes and program assessment, challenges, and opportunities associated with Greek life, student leadership theory, organizational advising, campus programming, equity, inclusion, and student retention. The successful applicant will be able to apply strong interpersonal and administrative skills to creating collaborative partnerships with colleagues, show a demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, as well as being dedicated to meeting students where they are on the learning continuum. The candidate should be committed to the type of success described in the Division of Campus Life mission and goals for student learning (https://campuslife.lafayette.edu/division-of-campus-life/)
Personnel and Budget Management
- Oversee multiple programming budgets for the Office and ensuring the responsible oversight budget dollars by Student Government and for the student organizations which are recognized and funded by the Student Government.
- Directly supervise and support the personal and professional development of the Student Leadership Involvement staff.
- Designate resources to support efforts that incorporate leadership education into student organization advising and student positions where leadership is essential to group success.
- Take an active role with the Associate Director of Student Involvement in the overall coordination of Fraternity and Sorority recruitment.
- Ensure that staff who advise student organizations are properly supported and trained in finance procedures including the use of systems designed to manage budgets.
Facility and Event management
- Serve as building administrator in the Farinon College Center partnering with other Campus Life staff in the venue and communicating regularly with the Division of Finance and Administration (especially the Office of Facilities Operations and Dining Services).
- Provide varying degrees of vision, direction, and resources for major College events, campus-wide Campus Life traditions, and certain class year focused initiatives (e.g., Fall Fest, Lafayette/Lehigh Spirit Week, Midnight Breakfast, Homecoming, Spring Concert, the Presidential Ball, 100 Nights, Welcome Weeks, Class Year Experiences).
- Act as co-facilitator of New Student Orientation and the primary coordinator of Welcome Weeks, and the advisor to Student Government.
- Coordinate the facility scheduling, proper supervision, and equipment needs related to the office’s small and large scale events.
- Serve as the primary negotiator and approver for speaker and event contracted services in Campus Life and the primary contact for the Office of Public Safety related to larger scale campus life events.
- Collaborate with colleagues in the Division of Development and College Relations on programs which involve connecting students with alumni (e.g. Homecoming, Reunion Weekend, Parents Weekend)
Programmatic and Advising Efforts
- Encourage programmatic efforts that promote the integration of student learning with the academic mission of the College, and the Campus Life Division goals for student learning, and leadership development.
- Apply advocacy skills to strengthen and build community around principles of diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice into decision processes.
- Work closely with the Associate Dean of Students to create processes where student roles and are designed with learning outcomes in mind including those around leadership development and experiential learning methods.
- Maintain a working relationship with the Lafayette College Panhellenic Council and the Interfraternity Council and ensure that Greek organization advising is shared across the office.
- Incorporate assessment into programmatic efforts to evaluate the achievement of goals related to student learning.
Professional Qualities and Reach:
- Represent the Campus Life division on campus-wide committees and working groups.
- As a student conduct officer, adjudicate student conduct cases as assigned and participate in the Campus Life On-Call rotation.
- Remain current on best practices in student involvement, theories of student development, and student-centered administration. Associate with national organizations such as NASPA, ACPA, and NACA.
- Perform other duties as assigned by the Associate Dean of Students and Director of Recreation Services, the Dean of Students, or the Vice President for Campus Life.
Master's Degree in Higher Education Administration, Student Personnel, or a related field combined with at least 5 years of experience in student organization advising, programming, and successful management of people and department budgets. Experience with event and performer contract negotiations and with software systems for facilitating student engagement is strongly preferred. Excellent oral and written communication skills.
Compensation & Hours: This position is paid an annual salary and includes medical insurance, retirement benefits, and 22 vacation days in addition to College recognized holidays (13 plus two floating days). Weekend and evening work is often necessary to accomplish expected outcomes.
A cover letter indicating position, a resume and telephone references should be submitted via Interfolio. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
This institution is using Interfolio's Faculty Search to conduct this search. Applicants to this position receive a free Dossier account and can send all application materials, including confidential letters of recommendation, free of charge.
Equal Employment Opportunity Statement
Lafayette College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, disability, religion, age, military or veteran status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital or familial status, pregnancy, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law in its educational programs and activities, admissions, or employment as required by Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 (which requires that the College not discriminate on the basis of sex); the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (which requires that the College not discriminate on the basis of disability); Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (which requires that the College not discriminate on the basis of race, color, or national origin); and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (which requires that the College not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin); and other applicable laws and College policies.