Reporting to the Assistant Dean for Student Involvement, this position is tasked with facilitating a comprehensive student activities program designed to develop a sense of community within the student body. This person will initiate inclusive programming on behalf of the Division of Student Life as well as oversee the operations of the new Biehl Commons to prioritize and support student engagement. The ideal candidate will have outstanding organizational and social skills that make Biehl a welcoming space for all who enter while centering the student experience.
The position will be responsible for hiring, training, and advising the Tiger’s Entertainment Board student worker positions as they implement and continually assess inclusive student programming, including late night, weekend, and signature University events that are grounded in best practices and reflective of the Student Life mission and vision. In addition, the position will be responsible for the hiring, training, and supervision of student workers for the Biehl Commons to ensure efficient and equitable operations for Sewanee students.
The Assistant/Associate Director will act in a leadership capacity within Student Life and engage in critical incident responses as the designated on-call staff member for late-night events. Outside of Student Life, this position will serve on University committees, as needed, and will work with stakeholders to develop a collaborative approach to student programming and support.
This position works with considerable independence and self-direction. Only the general direction and scope of the work to be accomplished are discussed with the supervisor.Career Band:
2C / 2DPosition Description
Typical Duties & Responsibilities:Departmental Management
Manages the daily operations of the Biehl Commons to support and prioritize student engagement and communitySelects, trains, and supervises the Tigers Entertainment BoardAdvises the Tigers Entertainment Board on all programs and events, from planning to implementation to assessment and evaluationSelects, trains, and supervises Biehl Commons, student workersDevelops and implement an ongoing assessment plan that contributes to program growth and improvementResponsible for implementing effective strategies for continual facility maintenance, housekeeping, after-hours management, and risk mitigation response for the Biehl CommonsWrites and maintains policy associated with the Biehl Commons operations and event program managementResponsible for budgetary oversight of multiple budget units and adherence to strong financial practicesCollaborates with the Assistant Dean for Student Involvement with contracts and agreements from outside vendors, bands, entertainers, etc.Performs other duties as assignedStudent Life Responsibilities
Assists the Student Life Leadership Team in planning, organizing, and evaluating the mission, goals, programs, and services of the Student Life divisionOversees signature programming for all students including large-scale programs during New Student Orientation, tradition-oriented programming like the Vice-Chancellor’s Late Night Breakfast and Homecoming Court, and supports programming efforts of the Division of Student LifeAssists with student organization programming support, ideas, or technical assistanceServes on call to respond to emergencies related to the Biehl Commons operations or late-night student programmingUniversity Collaborations
Collaborates with Sewanee Dining to ensure effective operations are occurring within the Biehl Commons for both regular operations and CateringServes on University committees or initiatives as assigned or requestedDevelops partnerships with key stakeholders to encourage collaborative efforts in student programmingJudgment Required:
Judgment and discretion as to the use of established policies are required to perform the essential duties of this position.Machines & Equipment Used:
Must be able to drive university vans; lift up to 100 lbs, and move equipment with care and caution for event setup.Budgetary Responsibility:
Directly prepares the budget for the program and has full responsibility for planning, forecasting, approval, and balancing the budget.Personal Interaction/Communication:Student Contact: Daily: Activities include student leaders and organizations, student organization events and programs, supervision of student workersInternal: Frequent: providing information and support, interacting with Biehl Commons customers, participating on committeesExternal: Some: involvement with visitors and community members
Attributes of a Successful Candidate
Education:For an Assistant Director:
Minimum Bachelor’s degree in higher education, counseling, recreation, or a similar field. Master’s degree preferred.
Minimum two years of experience working with young adults, and undergraduate students, either in student life, student activities, student union/community center operations, or a related activity. For an Associate Director:
In addition to the experience noted above, a minimum of five years of relevant professional-level experience managing people and/or facilities. Job-Related Skills:
Strong, demonstrated leadership skills.Ability to communicate effectively in writing and orally, including public speaking.Facility with web-based communication and social media.Proven ability to design, develop, implement, and assess context-appropriate programs based on current research.Licenses & Certifications:
Class D Driver’s License TN (or the ability to acquire a TN license)Supplemental Information
Confidential Student problems/issues; organizational plans; student records; budgetary information.Working Environment:
Normal office environment, frequent evening & weekend work, 24-hour on-call for crisis situations. Given the varying nature of student programming and the extended hours of operation of the Biehl Commons, the Associate/Director may have a flexible schedule as needed. Physical Requirements:
Must be able to lift between 51-100 pounds (Heavy work)The University of the South, commonly known as Sewanee, comprises a nationally ranked residential College of Arts and Sciences and a School of Theology. The University is strongly committed to the values of intellectual inquiry, diversity, equity, and inclusion, and living and serving in community. Situated on 13,000 acres atop Tennessee’s Cumberland Plateau, Sewanee is known for its stunning natural beauty while providing easy access to Chattanooga, Nashville, and Huntsville. The University is affiliated with the Episcopal Church and seeks to help employees of all backgrounds and identities flourish. DEI Institutional Statement:
At the University of the South, our commitment to inclusion and belonging is grounded in our core values of community, courage, flourishing, and inquiry. We seek to build a community enriched by our diversity and centered on equity, justice, mutual respect, and shared responsibility.Equal Employment Opportunity:
The University of the South is an equal-opportunity educational institution that is committed to creating and maintaining a diverse and inclusive campus environment.