Director of Student Engagement/Student Organizations and Programs, Department of Campus Life

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Job location: Winston Salem, NC

Employment Type: Full-time
Posted data: 2020-10-19
Req: R0002817
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Job Description Summary

The Director of Student Engagement/Student Organizations and Programs will work with a team of professionals to advance the mission and vision of the Office of Student Engagement. This staff member will develop programs, resources, and systems that support the Wake Forest campus community, specifically Student Union (Campus Programming Board), student organizations, and major campus programs and traditions. This includes supervising professional staff members and student-led initiatives that support Student Engagement programs.

Job Description

  • Supervise Assistant Director of Student Engagement/Student Organizations and Programs and Assistant Director of Student Engagement/Student Union.
  • Work with Assistant Directors to create goals, learning outcomes and assessment plans for Student Organizations, Student Union and Major Campus Programs and Traditions that are in line with the Campus Life Strategic Directions and mission and vision of the Office of Student Engagement.
  • Collaborate with the Associate Dean for Student Engagement in planning and facilitation of Student Engagement staff retreats, trainings and professional development opportunities.
  • Plan and execute large scale campus-wide traditions including New Deac Week late night events, President’s Ball, Wake Frost and Family Weekend.
  • Co-Advise the Wake Forest Student Government with the Associate Dean for Student Engagement.
  • Work directly with the Student Organizations Council in overseeing the process of chartering new organizations.
  • Maintain Student Organizations docket and update all required parties of newly chartered organizations.
  • Collaborate with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) identity centers on ensuring Student Engagement programming representation in celebrating minoritized student populations.
  • Develop and Coordinate a comprehensive training initiative for Student Organization Advisors.
  • Oversee the annual Student Activities Fee (SAF) Committee event/initiative assessment and reflection process.
  • Coordinate the Student Engagement contract negotiation and approval processes.

Other Functions:

  • Serve on a variety of committees within the department, the Division of Campus Life and the University community. Participate in all department professional activities.
  • Wake Forest University is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in employment for individuals with disabilities.

Required Education, Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

  • Master’s degree in Higher Education or appropriate field plus five years of experience in Student Activities or related Student Affairs field, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and customer focus, with the ability to operate in a collaborative and professional manner with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse university community.
  • Superior written and verbal communication skills as well as the ability to present views in a clear and compelling manner.
  • Exceptional project management skills to include the ability to prioritize, organize and lead multiple, concurrent initiatives; seeing project to successful completion.
  • Thorough knowledge of Microsoft Office applications and experience in effectively creating documents, reports, and presentations.
  • Ability to interpret and apply policy and procedures established within the University and Division of Campus Life.
  • Ability to work evenings and weekends as needed and appropriate.
  • Knowledge of student learning and operational assessment processes and procedures.
  • Demonstrated ability to think critically and creatively problem-solve.

Preferred Education, Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

  • Knowledge of and a professional commitment to student development and effective higher education administration practices.


  • This position reports to the Associate Dean of Students for Student Engagement.
  • Supervises two Assistant Directors of Student Engagement
  • Coordinates budget development and departmental spend to ensure fiscal responsibility.
  • Works with minimal supervision.

Additional Job Description

Priority review of applications will begin November 6, 2020, and continue until the position is filled.

Time Type Requirement

Full timeNote to Applicant:This position profile identifies the key responsibilities and expectations for performance. It cannot encompass all specific job tasks that an employee may be required to perform. Employees are required to follow any other job-related instructions and perform job-related duties as may be reasonably assigned by his/her supervisor.

In order to provide a safe and productive learning and living community, Wake Forest University conducts background investigations and drug screens for all final staff candidates being considered for employment.

Wake Forest seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce while promoting an inclusive work environment committed to excellence in the spirit of Pro Humanitate. In adherence with applicable laws and as provided by University policies, the University prohibits discrimination in its employment practices on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, genetic information, disability and veteran status and encourages qualified candidates across all group demographics to apply.




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Posted: 10/16/2020
Application Due: 12/15/2020
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