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Director of Student Engagement

Mount Saint Mary College
Newburgh, NY, US

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Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
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  Job Title:        Director of Student Engagement 

Reports To:    Vice President For Students

Status:            Exempt, Full Time    


General Description

The Director of Student Engagement provides leadership and accountability for College-wide activities in the office of Student Activities; ensures the delivery of quality and effective programs to augment and support the academic and social success of students and compliment the learning environment. This position also works closely with faculty, staff, and students to develop, implement, and maintain a commitment to intentional, integrated, and successful programming in the areas of first year experience, various student engagement and leadership activities, new student orientation, Spirit Week, opening weekend and welcome week activities. This is a full-time, 12-month administrator. 

The duties of this position require considerable evening and weekend work, including attendance at meetings of student organizations and at a variety of events. Office hours may be adjusted if working late nights and weekends. Supervisor approval required.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

    Responsible for developing, coordinating, and assessing a comprehensive student activities program of educational, recreational, social, and cultural programs working closely with student leaders and other key members of the Mount community. 
  1. The Director of Student Engagement is responsible for providing a culturally relevant and inclusive campus programming environment that supports academic and social development and the mission of the College
  2. The Director will give particular attention and leadership with DEI within the division and for student programming working closely with Chief Diversity Officer. 
  3. Serve as a resource person to students, campus clubs, and student organizations. 
  4. Coordinate and implement campus-wide programming including but not limited to: Opening Weekend, Welcome Week, Spirit Week, New Student Orientation, Senior Week activities, and all Signature Events.
  5. Maintain and coordinate a detailed analysis programming budget, program assessment, and annual reporting.
  6. Will work to coordinate student Community Service requirement for students in collaboration with other areas on campus including Academic Affairs and the Director of Desmond Center for Community Engagement & Wellness
  7. Be available to students and staff at irregular hours, including attending student and college related functions as a representative of the College during weekends and evenings
  8. Works closely with the Director of Parent Engagement on planning Family Weekend.
  9. Responsible for supervising the Assistant Director of Student Activities and the Student Shuttle schedule and drivers. 
  10. Develop and monitor the student government budget, campus activities budget, and student club budgets and oversee the distribution of the student activities fund/SGA account.
  11. Supervise all evening and weekend student activities programming and ensure appropriate coverage.
  12. Oversee the Student Activities website content, the ticketing system and digital signage.
  13. Work with appropriate college personnel to develop and offer leadership-training programs for student leaders and general student population. 
  14. Ensure the master calendar of student activities is prepared and up to date for campus circulation and to organize the reservation of rooms through the ASTRA system. 
  15. Responsible for the planning and implementation of the college’s Freshmen Summer Orientation and Opening Day programs, including the hiring, training, and supervision of the orientation student staff. 
  16. Be responsible for gathering updates from other campus departments to update the Student Handbook prior to the beginning of each semester.  Provide draft to Vice President for Students for approval.
  17. Assist with the implementation of FYE and other co-curricular programming. 
  18. Participate in College-wide functions and committees, such as open houses, new student days, Commencement, etc. 
  19. Provide regular updates to the Vice President for Students on matters associated with student life, and submit both a yearly budget and annual report at the conclusion of each academic year. 
  20. Participate in the development of marketing strategies to promote campus activities and services to maximize student involvement
  21. Participate in the Student Affairs rotation as an Administrator on-call.
  22. Assume other duties as assigned by the Vice President for Students. 


Bachelor’s degree required with a Master's in Student Affairs a plus. 
  • 2-3 years in a college or university setting with experience in student activities, event planning, orientation and/or residence life experience required. 
  • Knowledge of student development principles is essential. 
  • This position requires a high degree of flexibility and self-motivation with night and weekend work required.
  • The candidate should have a high level of organization and communication skills, and the ability to work independently and collaboratively to manage projects to successful completion
  • Organization

    Mount Saint Mary College was ranked a Top-Tier Regional University (North) by U.S. News & World Report, and is on the federal President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.

    Founded by the Sisters of Saint Dominic in 1960, the Mount has been an academic presence here in Newburgh since 1883. The college's roots in education, and in the training of educators, go even further back to the 14th century and Saint Dominic.

    We offer our students an affordable liberal arts education with 50 academic programs and 3 graduate degree programs. Our strong programs in business, education, the health professions, media arts and the social sciences are linked to high career growth fields. Mount students excel in their chosen fields by selecting internships and study abroad experiences that add dimension and value to their education.

    Location. Newburgh, New York. The Mount is conveniently located in the Mid-Hudson Valley, midway between New York City and New York's capital city, Albany. The Mount is in Newburgh in Orange County, New York, on a beautiful campus that overlooks the western banks of the Hudson River. It's less than a mile from the intersection of the New York State Thruway and Interstate 84, and just a few blocks from entrance to the Newburgh side of the Beacon-Newburgh Bridge. The Mount is also easily accessible by plane, with Stewart Airport just minutes from campus. The Mid-Hudson Valley offers a scope of unparalleled natural beauty in a landscape of mountains, river and forest. Hiking, biking, walking, swimming, mountain climbing, skiing, snowboarding, and our park activities offer so many ways to explore the natural environment.

    Enrollment/Student Body Profile. Our student body is made up of 2,700+ students representing over 16 states and several countries. 1,800 are traditional undergraduate students.

    Academic Programs. The Mount offers 50 undergraduate programs leading to a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree. Our collaboration programs offer you a chance to earn a bachelor's degree, plus an advanced degree with schools like Fordham University, Pace University, and New York Medical College. The college also offers master's degrees in education, business, and nursing.

    Faculty. Students learn from our faculty, the majority of whom hold a Ph.D. or the highest terminal degree in their field. Our Student/Faculty Ratio is 17 students:1 faculty member.

    Average Class Size. 21 students

    Freshman Class Size. Approximately 450 students

    Athletic teams. The Mount offers Men's Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Lacrosse, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, and Track and Field, and Women's Basketball, Cross Country, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, and Volleyball.

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