Director of Student Leadership and Engagement

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12 month - Administrative - In

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Director of Student Leadership and Engagement

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Northern VA Community College


NV280-Office of Student Services

Work Location:

Fairfax County - 059

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Commensurate based on education and experience

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Full Time

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Monday – Friday: 8:30 am – 5 pm
Occasional evenings, weekends, and overnights.

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The security of our students, faculty, and staff is very important at NOVA. Please take a moment to review NOVA’s Annual Security Reports

The Director of Student Leadership and Engagement is responsible for a broad oversight of the student activities, student organizations, leadership and mentoring programming, civic engagement, programs/activities, assessment and evaluation of all programs at the college. Supervises professional staff.

The Director of Student Leadership and Engagement serves in a leadership role within the Office of Student Services in setting college-wide priorities relating to leadership development, student organizations, civic engagement and programs/activities. This position serves as a key resource for professional staff across the college, for those who work with student leaders.

Lead, develop, motivate and manage a high performing team to meet strategic goals and business objectives while staying within budget. Identify opportunities for data collection (qualitative and quantitative) of student engagement, leadership and programming data from existing and proposed programs. This position works with the Office of Student Services staff as directed by the Vice President to support large-scale programs, including programs held annually such as orientations, commencements, convocations, etc.

Special Assignments:

May be required to perform other duties as assigned. May be required to assist the agency or state government generally in the event of an emergency declaration by the Governor.

KSA's/Required Qualifications:

Knowledge of Student Development Theory and/or practice.
Knowledge of student engagement research and/or practice.
Knowledge of strategic planning, assessment and evaluation processes and best practices.
Knowledge of student activities, leadership best practices and high impact practices.
Knowledge of diversity, equity and inclusion research and trends in higher education related to student engagement and leadership.

Demonstrated skills in presenting and facilitation.
Demonstrated skills in excellent written and verbal communication.
Demonstrated skills in problem solving, conflict resolution and consensus seeking.

Ability to lead and facilitate large and small group workshops, trainings, etc.
Ability to evaluate and synthesize complex ideas, concepts and processes.
Ability to be solution-oriented.

Required Qualifications
Master’s degree awarded by a regionally accredited institution. One to three years experience in a higher education setting.

Significant supervisory experience.

Significant experience providing excellent written and verbal communication.

Significant experience with administrative and logical support of a program or unit, working under pressure in a fast-paced environment, and managing multiple projects and tasks at the same time.

Must work evenings and weekends, and travel overnight and to different campuses of NOVA and VCCS colleges, as needed.

Preferred Qualifications:

3-5 years of experience in higher education areas including: Student Life/Activities, Leadership Development, Residence Life, Career Services.

Experience with managing programs and/or projects.

Experience in a community college within a multi-campus system.

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Background Check Statement Disclaimer:

The selected candidate’s offer is contingent upon the successful completion of a criminal background investigation, which may include: fingerprint checks, local agency checks, employment verification, verification of education, credit checks (relevant to employment). Additionally, selected candidates may be required to complete the Commonwealth’s Statement of Economic Interest. For more information, please follow this link:

EEO Statement:

The Virginia Community College System, an EEO employer, welcomes applications from people of all backgrounds and recognizes the benefits of a diverse workforce. Therefore, the VCCS is committed to providing a work environment free of discrimination and harassment. Employment decisions are based on business needs, job requirements and individual qualifications. We prohibit discrimination and harassment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, mental or physical disabilities, political affiliation, veteran status, gender identity, or other non-merit factors.

ADA Statement:

The VCCS is an EOE and Affirmative Action Employer. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Acts (ADA and ADAAA), VCCS will provide, if requested, reasonable accommodation to applicants in need of access to the application, interviewing and selection processes.

E-Verify Statement:

VCCS uses E-Verify to check employee eligibility to work in the United States. You will be required to complete an I-9 form and provide documentation of your identity for employment purposes.

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Posted: 4/29/2021
Application Due: 5/20/2021
Work Type: Full Time