Director of University Centers

Location
Wisconsin, United States
Salary
Salary Not Specified
Posted
Sep 15, 2020
Employment Level
Administrative
Employment Type
Full Time


Posting Details

Recruitment Number

929

Working Title

Director of University Centers

Position Type

Staff/Administrative

Appointment Percentage

100

Division/College

Student Affairs Division

Description of College / Department / Program / Division / Unit

The Division of Student Affairs’ role is to enhance and support students learning experience here at UWL . We work closely with faculty, staff, community members, alumni and most importantly, students to provide quality programs and services which promote learning, leadership, involvement, service and the celebration of diversity. The Division includes a number of departments: Campus Child Center, Counseling and Testing, Student Health Center, Intercollegiate Athletics, Recreational Sports, Residence Life, Student Life, University Centers, and the Vice Chancellor & Dean of Students office. The staff of the Division is truly student-centered and concerned about the holistic development of the student.

Position Summary

The Director of University Centers is responsible for meeting the diverse needs of an actively engaged student population with a strong focus on social justice. The Director is responsible for developing and maintaining an extensive and varied program of co-curricular educational experiences as well as social, cultural, recreational, and developmental programs and activities to support student success and engagement. Specifically, the Director of University Centers is responsible for the development, coordination, management, and supervision of all operations of the University Centers’ (Student Union and Whitney Dining Center) facilities, programs, and services.

The Director advises student government, interprets state law and university policy affecting programs and services; the campus food service, and various other services; signs and executes entertainment contracts and Facility Use Agreement contracts for the Student Union and Union lawn; and coordinates the scheduling of non-instructional events throughout campus.

The Director administers all functions of the University Centers (Student Union and Whitney Center) and all campus activities. The Director administers an annual budget of approximately $15 million and provides leadership to approximately thirty full time staff. This includes a leadership team of six staff, including three associate directors, an Academic Program Specialist, a Financial Specialist, and a Director of Dining. In addition, the Director provides leadership for up to five graduate assistants from the Student Affairs Administration program. The Director supervises staff who supervise/advise the Leadership and Involvement Center, graphic services, student organizations, fraternities and sororities, program committees, Audio Visual Services, University Reservations, student employment, co-sponsored programs, and facility operations for the two student centers (Student Union and Whitney Dining Center.) The Director serves as a member on a variety of university administrative and student governance boards and committees.

Required Qualifications

• Master’s degree in Higher Education, college student personnel, educational administration, leadership or a related field.
• A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in student union, student leadership, student engagement/involvement or related facilities administration.
• Demonstrated experience in advising student organizations.
• Demonstrated competency in fiscal and budget management.
• Demonstrated commitment to diversity, inclusion, equity, and social justice
• Demonstrated experience in facilities management, building operations, construction/renovation and/or master planning.
• Demonstrated experience supervising, advising, and working with diverse students, faculty and staff.
• Demonstrated understanding of how to meet the co-curricular, social, and cultural needs of students and the campus community.
• Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing
• Demonstrated ability to supervise and develop a support staff.
• Demonstrated ability to interpret institutional policies, plans, objectives, rules and regulations, and communicate the interpretation to others.
• Demonstrated ability to prepare and present detailed studies, budgets, reports and recommendations.
• Demonstrated strong interpersonal skills.

Preferred Qualifications

• Doctorate degree in Higher Education, College Student Personnel, Educational Administration, Leadership or a related field.
• 10 or more years of progressively responsible experience working with university center/unions in a higher education setting.
• Demonstrated experience in working with University Dining, either as a supervisor of a contracted vendor or a campus operated service.
• Demonstrated understanding of the campus needs for dining and dining’s role in the recruitment and retention of students.
• Demonstrated experience in building renovation or construction.
• Demonstrated experience with comprehensive program review, student learning outcomes assessment, or program evaluation.

Physical Demands

Working conditions and environment

Miscellaneous Information

The University of Wisconsin System is engaged in a Title and Total Compensation ( TTC ) project to redesign job titles and compensation structures. As a result of the TTC project, official job titles on current job postings may change in Spring 2020. Job duties and responsibilities will remain the same. For more information please visit: wisconsin.edu/ohrwd/title-and-total-compensation-study/.

Duties/Responsibilities

These are the job duties required for the position.

Responsibility Statement

Supervise the operations of the University Centers Office

Duties to Support Responsibility

• Supervise and evaluate designated staff within University Centers.
• Maintain adequate staffing levels.
• Direct staff development, salary administration, personnel policies.
• Direct record keeping and processing, correspondence, and office
procedures.
• Coordinate staff development sessions.

Percentage Of Time

15

Essential

Yes

Responsibility Statement

Administer the operating and capital budgets for the Student Centers

Duties to Support Responsibility

• Prepare the operating and capital budgets.
• Manage all fiscal accounts.
• Develop annual and long-range expenditure plans.
• Develop spend plans for reserve expenditures.
• Monitor and supervise budgets for all areas.

Percentage Of Time

15

Essential

Yes

Responsibility Statement

Serve as Contract Administrator with the University Dining Services contractor

Duties to Support Responsibility

• Develop and Chair the Request for Proposals for the Dining contract.
• Work with UW-System Purchasing in the administration of the contract.
• Work with UW-La Crosse Business and Finance in the
administration of the contract.
• Aid in the development and implementation of policies
related to Dining on campus.
• Approve Alcohol Permits for Catering for special events.
• Supervise alcohol sales in the Student Union.

Percentage Of Time

15

Essential

Yes

Responsibility Statement

Manage all facets of facility operation

Duties to Support Responsibility

• Ensuring facility operational needs (custodial and
maintenance) are provided for.
•Responsible for Serving as the liaison with the department of facilities and
planning to ensure that proper maintenance is received in a timely manner.

Percentage Of Time

10

Essential

Yes

Responsibility Statement

Supervise and coordinate all programs and services within University Centers

Duties to Support Responsibility

• Coordinate assessment efforts, to include student development/student
learning outcomes, student needs, and the efficiency of services.
• Approve the University trademarks and artwork uses for Student
Organizations.
• Serve as the liaison with the University Foundation for fundraising.

Percentage Of Time

10

Essential

Yes

Responsibility Statement

Advise the UW-La Crosse Student Association and assist and supervise University Centers staff with the advisement of Senate Committees. Serve as an advocate for student rights and responsibilities

Duties to Support Responsibility

• Collaborate with Student Association leadership to ensure robust outreach and campus engagement with the Student Senate
• Engage in weekly meetings with Student Association leadership and attend Student Senate meetings.

Percentage Of Time

10

Essential

Yes

Responsibility Statement

Maintain a campus environment that contributes to the development of an inclusive campus, which fosters involvement

Duties to Support Responsibility

• Encourage involvement on boards, committees, and in student organizations.
• Carry out an ongoing program for leadership development and group
effectiveness.
• Supervise the structure and renovations in the COVE to create an inclusive
environment within the facility.
• Contributes to the development of a multicultural environment on campus
through programming, facilities, and partnerships with the Division of Diversity
and Inclusion.
• Oversee the Six-Week Engagement Program.

Percentage Of Time

10

Essential

Yes

Responsibility Statement

Supervise strategic plans for University Centers

Duties to Support Responsibility

• Supervise and develop strategic plans.
• Assist sub-units in developing their own strategic plans.
• Supervise and coordinate the development of unit strategic goals.

Percentage Of Time

5

Essential

Yes

Responsibility Statement

Maintain close working relationships

Duties to Support Responsibility

• Works to build relationships with faculty, staff and students.
• Collaborates with the community regarding University Centers facilities, activities, programs, and services.

Percentage Of Time

5

Essential

Yes

Responsibility Statement

Other duties as assigned

Duties to Support Responsibility

• Sign and execute entertainment contracts and Facility Use Agreements in and around the Student Union and Whitney Center.
• Perform other tasks as assigned by the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs.

Percentage Of Time

5

Essential

Yes

Posting Detail Information

Special Instructions

For your Reference Contact Information document, please include the names, email addresses, phone numbers and relationship to applicant of 3 professional references.

Please contact the Search and Screen Chair if you have a special need/accommodation to aid your participation in our hiring process.

Per UPS Operational Policy: TC 1, UW System requires reference checks related to sexual harassment and sexual violence to be conducted at a minimum with a final candidate’s most recent employer and with all previous UW System institution and State of Wisconsin agency employers from the past seven (7) years. https://www.wisconsin.edu/ohrwd/download/2018-12-10- UPS -OP-TC-1-Recruitment_FNL.pdf

UW-La Crosse does not offer H-1B or other work authorization visa sponsorship for this position. Candidates must be legally authorized to work in the United States at the time of hire and maintain work authorization throughout the employment term. If you have questions regarding this, please contact Human Resources at 608-785-8013.

Posting Date

03/02/2020

Close Date

Continuous Recruitment

Yes

Continuous Recruitment First Review Date

08/28/2020

Position Contact Name

Will Van Roosenbeek, Search & Screen Co-Chair

Position Contact Email

wvanroosenbeek@uwlax.edu
Required Documents
Required Documents
  1. Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  2. Cover Letter/Letter of Application
  3. Reference Contact Information
Optional DocumentsSupplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * The University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful candidate will be released. See Wis. Stat. §. 19.36(7).
    • I prefer my identity remain confidential and have read and understand that if I am the successful candidate for this position, my name may be released.
    • I do not request that my identity remain confidential.
  2. * Are you currently employed by or have you been employed by a UW System institution or a State of Wisconsin agency during the last seven (7) years? Please answer yes or no. If yes, provide the institution or agency name, your supervisor and contact information, including phone number and email address.

    (Open Ended Question)

  3. * Please provide your most recent employer, supervisor name and contact information, including phone number and email address. (Per UPS Operational Policy: TC 1, UW System requires reference checks related to sexual harassment and sexual violence to be conducted at a minimum with a final candidate’s most recent employer and with all previous UW System institution and State of Wisconsin agency employers from the past seven years.)

    (Open Ended Question)

  4. How did you hear about this employment opportunity?
    • Chronicle of Higher Education Web Site
    • Discipline-Specific Publication/Web Site
    • HERC Web Site
    • HigherEdJobs.com Web Site
    • Job Center of Wisconsin Web Site
    • Minority Publication/Web Site
    • University of Wisconsin - La Crosse Social Media (i.e. Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter)
    • University of Wisconsin - La Crosse Web Site
    • La Crosse Tribune
    • Personal Referral


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