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Assistant Director of Student Activities

Valparaiso University
Valparaiso, Indiana, United States

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Student Affairs, Student Activities & Services
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Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

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Assistant Director of Student Activities

Tracking Code1004-674Job Description

The Assistant Director of Student Activities is a full-time professional staff position that is part of the Student Life Division at Valparaiso University. In conjunction with the Director for Student Involvement and New Student Programs, the Assistant Director is responsible for advising the University Program Council and coordinating student activities sponsored by the UPC and the Student Life Division. The Assistant Director assists and advises student organizations, oversees programming aspects of major University student events such as Homecoming and Family Weekend, develops student training programs, and provides supervision of student staff and student organization spaces. The Assistant Director is responsive to student development and educational needs and participates in the establishment and implementation of the Student Involvement and New Student Programs department goals and objectives. The Assistant Director will participate in planning and the implementation of evaluations and assessments. The Assistant Director participates in and contributes to initiatives and programs as part of the Division of Student Life.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Advise the University Program Council and all of its committees in developing a well-rounded and comprehensive program of student life events, activities, and opportunities in and around the Union and campus that enhance the student experience at the University
  • Coordinate and manage programs related to major University events and functions including Welcome Week, Homecoming Week and Weekend, Family Weekend, Valpo Vibes, Finals Fest, and other events as assigned
  • Assist and advise student organizations and student groups regarding cultural, educational, recreational, and other co-curricular programs. Provide sound advice to student organizations regarding budgeting, University financial policies and processes, the procedures related to contractual matters, and the issues and concerns related to risk management and quality program planning
  • Supervise the work, training, and development of the Center for Student Involvement student staff and other student employees as assigned
  • Oversee the operations, in conjunction with the Director of Student Involvement and New Student Programs, of the Center for Student Involvement area at the University including, but not limited to the myValpo system, organization storage, mailboxes, space designation and assignments, monitoring group usage, and maintaining the overall supplies and functioning of the area to enhance the student experience
  • Participate in the development of programs for the Student Involvement and New Student Programs and collaborate on other student focused programming efforts throughout the Student Life Division and its departments as assigned
  • Coordinate efforts during FOCUS (new student orientation), including the FOCUS first-year student job fair, resource fair, and other programs during orientation days as needed

Required Knowledge and Skills:


  • A Master’s Degree in Student Personnel in Higher Education Administration, Business or related field
  • A minimum of 1-3 years of experience in College Union and/or Student Activities or related area
  • Successful applicants will demonstrate a commitment to cultural diversity and the ability to work with individuals or groups from diverse background
  • Experience in the planning and managing of small to large scale events and programs
  • Knowledge of student development and experience working with college students
  • Ability to develop employee training programs
  • Ability to supervise student staff and an understanding of supervision and evaluation
  • Ability to work in a collaborative and team-oriented environment
  • Ability to problem solve, work in an environment with uncertainty, and readily adapt to change
  • Ability to work flexible hours including evenings and weekends as needed

Successful applicants will demonstrate a commitment to cultural diversity and the ability to work with individuals or groups from diverse backgrounds.

All offers of employment with Valparaiso University are contingent upon clear results of a thorough background check. Background checks may include criminal history, motor vehicle reports, prior employment verification, and personal/professional references. If applicable to the position, background checks will also include credit history. Background checks will be conducted on all final candidates for employment.

To be considered for this position you must upload:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • List of 3 professional references
  • Answer all the application questions

Please address cover letter to:

Ryan Bye, Director of Student Involvement and New Student Programs

Valparaiso University

Valparaiso, Indiana 46383

Job LocationValparaiso, Indiana, United StatesPosition TypeFull-Time/Regular


Read our Diversity Profile About Valparaiso University


Established in 1859, Valparaiso University is a comprehensive, independent Lutheran university and Northwest Indiana’s oldest institution of higher learning.

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In its more than 150-year history, Valparaiso University has passed through three distinct phases. Founded by Methodists as an institution pioneering coeducation, the Valparaiso Male and Female College was forced by the reverses of the Civil War to close its doors in 1871. It was revived in 1873 by an enterprising educator, Henry Baker Brown, as the Northern Indiana Normal School, renamed Valparaiso College in 1900, and rechartered in 1906 as Valparaiso University.

Despite its decades of success, the University again experienced financial hardship as the United States entered World War I. The Lutheran University Association, a group of clergy and church laity who saw a bright future for the University, purchased it in 1925, ushering in the modern era of Valpo’s history. Distinguished by its Lutheran heritage of scholarship, freedom, and faith, Valparaiso University continues to fulfill the dreams of these modern founders.


The University’s 350-acre campus is located one hour southeast of Chicago, 15 miles from the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, and within walking distance of downtown Valparaiso, Indiana, where you can enjoy more than 30 restaurants, cafés, and ice cream shops as well as independent boutiques, entertainment, and cultural experiences.


Valpo is home to more than 3,100 undergraduate and graduate students hailing from nearly all regions of the United States and more than 30 other countries.

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Valpo offers more than 70 undergraduate degree programs and interdisciplinary options throughout five undergraduate colleges: Arts and Sciences, Business, Engineering, Nursing and Health Professions, and Christ College — The Honors College. The Graduate School offers more than 20 graduate programs that are fully integrated into three academic colleges and hold the appropriate accreditation in their field. 

Students complement their classroom experiences with applied, practical experiences to prepare for their careers. They work closely with their peers, are mentored by accomplished faculty, and reach across disciplines, putting theory into practice. Whatever the degree path, students receive an innovative, rigorous education within the liberal arts tradition and learn to think critically, communicate clearly, and solve complex problems with creative solutions.



Valparaiso University consistently receives national recognition for academic excellence, which is a testament to the hard work and dedication of its students, faculty, and staff.

Notable rankings by U.S. News & World Report include:

  • No. 4 in the ranking of Best Regional Universities in the Midwest, which evaluates academic reputation, retention, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, graduation rate, and alumni support.
  • No. 1 among regional universities in the Midwest for best undergraduate teaching, with a student-faculty ratio of 12:1.
  • No. 1 in the Best Value category in the Midwest regional universities, with 93 percent of undergraduate students receiving financial assistance through grants, scholarships and other sources.
  • No. 3 Best College for Veterans in the Midwest.
  • The ABET-accredited College of Engineering is the No. 14 best undergraduate engineering program in the country.
  • The AACSB-accredited College of Business is included as one of the Best Business Programs in the nation.

Mission Statement

“Valparaiso University, a community of learning dedicated to excellence and grounded in the Lutheran tradition of scholarship, freedom, and faith, prepares students to lead and serve in both church and society.”

At Valpo, we embrace our distinctive Lutheran character through our pursuit of academic excellence informed by faith and reason. The interaction of faith and learning provides a solid foundation for our educational community, where we are dedicated to serving humanity through the vigorous pursuit of truth and the transmission of knowledge.

Our University strives to be a place where fundamental issues are explored from all angles with intellectual rigor, integrity, openness, and respect — a place where faith and learning are held together in lively interaction.

A Valpo education encourages students to pursue paths God’s light illuminates, igniting promise and possibility, sparking an inner flame for all who learn here. It is about preparing good people to do great things in a world that needs them.

Passion is Who We Are

At Valpo, students are inspired to discover their passions and pursue a life of purpose.

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Valparaiso University is an institution dedicated to preparing women and men who are highly sought for their knowledge, character, integrity, and wisdom. At Valpo, students receive an education global in scope and grounded in faith, designed to prepare graduates to lead and serve where needed, impacting their lives and improving our world. We are a community of people who seek Truth, serve generously, and cultivate hope.

The University is composed not only of extraordinary students, but faculty and staff who trust in and support the University’s mission to grow and guide students on their journey.

We have a responsibility at this University to provide the support systems and opportunities — academic and extracurricular — needed to prepare more of the kind of leaders the world needs. With this in mind, we embrace the opportunity to welcome new employees to the Valpo family who embrace the Valpo experience, elevate and transform the lives of students while on campus, and shape their futures for the better.

The University’s nearly 60,000 alumni living around the world excel in a number of fields and are well-known for their service work and efforts to improve the world. In order to continue this legacy, we seek to build a faculty and staff who will shape the next generation of Valpo women and men, propelling them to even greater levels of achievement and distinction.

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