Assistant Director of Student Engagement, Office of Student & Family Engagement
The Assistant Director for Student Engagement is charged with developing programs and services designed to facilitate student involvement, enhance the overall student experience and positively impact student retention/satisfaction. The position provides direction and leadership to major student programming initiatives on campus and supervises student event staff. This position will supervise the Coordinator for Student Engagement and requires evening and weekend hours. The Assistant Director is a team member in the Student and Family Engagement unit and reports to the Director of Student and Family Engagement. Duties include:
Student Programs and Events
Work with student employees and campus partners to develop and execute campus wide events that are culturally relevant, student focused, and encourage the development of a vibrant student community on campus; serve as the primary supervisor for the Student Engagement Events Team (SEET) made up of 5 student event managers and 10 student event staff; facilitate the recruitment, selection, training of these student employees; lead bi-weekly student staff meetings to coordinate upcoming student events and staff scheduling; design, plan, and facilitate leadership development initiatives focused on topics such as creating learning outcomes, goal setting, event management and conflict resolution; create and sustain positive partnerships with both University service providers and contracted vendors; provide on-site supervision at all student events coordinated with student employees; negotiate contracts with performers and vendors; and assist student employees in generating offers, booking artists and vendors, and reviewing technical and hospitality riders.
Student Engagement Administrative Duties
Help develop short-term, long-term goals and objectives related to Student Engagement events; provide budgetary oversight and authority for Student Programs budget; ensure expenditures are appropriate and in accordance with established guidelines; coordinate campus-wide Student Programs Survey at the end of the fall and spring semesters to collect student feedback related to events and use survey data in planning events for the following semester; develop marketing strategies to maximize student participation in events; coordinate marketing materials (printed posters, graphics for social media, etc.) to advertise student events in accordance with the University's Editorial and Style Guidelines and Graphic Guidelines; conduct regular assessment of student events and use data to improve future events; and provide assessment information for presentations or reports when requested.
Coordinate the planning, marketing, and execution of the Student Engagement components of Summer Orientation; coordinate website updates for the office as needed; serve as the secondary moderator/approver for the Scrappy Listserv, the all-student email listserv; assist with other events and programs sponsored by the Office of Student and Family Engagement and Office of the Dean of Students; serve on office and divisional program initiatives and university committees; establish and maintain positive working relationships with campus partners and key stakeholders; stay abreast of current trends related to student activities; and perform other duties as assigned.
The ideal candidate will possess the following:
- Knowledge of issues and challenges facing undergraduate students
- Ability to develop and assess student learning outcomes related to student engagement/involvement
- Experience with event planning, contract negotiation, leadership development, budget development and management, and motivating students
- Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills
- Knowledge of leadership development concepts
- Ability to take initiative and work independently in setting priorities to ensure that responsibilities are carried out in an accurate and timely fashion
- Ability and willingness to function as a member of a team
- Commitment to continued personal and professional development
- Ability to interact effectively with students, faculty, staff and community members of diverse backgrounds.
Review of applications will begin on April 26, 2021 and continue until the position is filled. Applications received by this date will receive priority consideration. In order to be considered for candidacy, submit a cover letter and resume in addition to the online application.
Minimum Qualification: Bachelor’s degree; 2-4 years of experience working with student activities/campus programming and student organizations in a professional role; and will consider two years of graduate assistant experience as one year of full time experience.
Preferred Qualifications: Master’s degree in College Student Personnel, Higher Education, Student Affairs or a related field; 3-4 years of experience working with student activities/campus programming and student organizations in a professional role; experience with event planning and implementation of large, campus-wide events, including major concerts and contract negotiation; experience supervising full-time staff; knowledge of issues, trends, applicable standards, policies and best practices relevant to campus activities/programming; active involvement with an applicable professional association (i.e. NACA, ACUI) on a regional or national level; and demonstrated experience administering OrgSync or Engage.
The University of Tennessee Chattanooga is an EEO/AA/Title VI/Title IX/Section 504/ADA/ADEA institution. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, or protected veteran status.
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