Director - Student Activities

Posting Details

Job # 037100 Department Code 00000 Department Enrollment Management & The Student Experience (ESE) Job Title Director - Student Activities Location Syracuse, NY Pay Range Commensurate with experience Staff Level S6 FLSA Status Exempt Hours

Standard University business hours

8:30am – 5:00pm (academic year)
8:00am – 4:30pm (summer)

Hours may vary based on operational needs.

Job Type Full-time Campus Syracuse, NY Unionized Position Code Not Applicable Job Description

The Director directs the Office of Student Activities ( OSA ) on activities related to the 300+ recognized student organizations (RSO’s) including the Student Association (SA) and the student programming board, University Union (UU). Responsible for the overall management of all non-Greek RSO’s. Provides leadership to establish and maintain inclusive organizations that provide social activities, programs, and events geared to enhance the student’s education and fulfil their need to be engaged in the community.


Master’s Degree in student administration, counseling, or related field; 5-10 years experience in higher education preferred or equivalent work experience in a university setting.

Job Specific Qualifications

Proficiency in Microsoft Office products. Strong organizational and interpersonal skills are essential.

Demonstrated ability to prioritize and deal with multiple demands.

Must have good communication skills and ability to interact with a diverse group of constituents.

Higher education experience preferred and experience with Division of Student Affairs plus.


Office Management:
Provide oversight and guidance for financial and human resource processes in the Office of Student Activities.
Supervise 2 Associate Directors, an office coordinator, graduate students, practicum intern students.

Student Engagement:
Develop, implement and assess a program for assessing student learning outcomes associated with training and leadership activities of the Office of Student Activities.
Implementation and coordination of the Student Engagement portion of the Office of Student Activities (e.g. policies, procedures, budgets, and programming).
Implement assessment and research initiatives for Student Engagement.
Directly oversee the implementation of Campus Labs (student organization data management system) which includes creating a virtual Office of Student Activities with on-line registration, form submissions, and available information on every recognized student organization.

University Student Events:
Directly responsible for the implementation of major Student Engagement events (i.e. Juice Jam, Involvement Fair, Homecoming, 44 Stars of Excellence Gala and Celebration, Orange After Dark).
Directly responsible for the direction and leadership of the Student Leadership Institute, including the collaboration of professionals throughout the division.

Student Organization Oversight:
Develop and manage the recognized student organization handbook.
Develop, implement and assess a training program for recognized student organizations focused on self-governance, effective fiscal management, collaborative learning, ethical leadership, exploration of diversity, and service to the University community and ultimately, society at large.
Oversee and monitor the membership recruitment, education, initiation process, and officer elections of all recognized student organizations.
Develop and implement a marketing program strategy and student recognition strategy that promotes student engagement and student retention at Syracuse University.
Advise and serve as a consultant to the Student Association and all cabinets within the SU student government.
Oversee all recognized student organization recognition procedure, event planning process, budget allocations and expenditures of funds.
Lead and implement an all encompassing officer training program for all officers of recognized student organizations reviewing and enforcing the policies and procedures that will assist in the success of those organizations.

Direct and implement an advisor training to assist those faculty/staff advisors.

Oversee the New Student Organization Recognition Process.

Other duties as assigned.

Physical Requirements




Application Instructions

In addition to completing an online application, please attach a resume and cover letter.

About Syracuse University

Syracuse University is a private, international research university with distinctive academics, diversely unique offerings and an undeniable spirit. Located in the geographic heart of New York State, with a global footprint, and nearly 150 years of history, Syracuse University offers a quintessential college experience.

The scope of Syracuse University is a testament to its strengths: a pioneering history dating back to 1870; a choice of more than 200 majors and 100 minors offered through 13 schools and colleges; nearly 15,000 undergraduates and 5,000 graduate students; more than a quarter of a million alumni in 160 countries; and a student population from all 50 U.S. states and 123 countries. For more information, please visit

About the Syracuse area

Syracuse is a medium-sized city situated in the geographic center of New York State approximately 250 miles northwest of New York City. The metro-area population totals approximately 500,000. The area offers a low cost of living and provides many social, cultural, and recreational options, including parks, museums, festivals, professional regional theater, and premier shopping venues. Syracuse and Central New York present a wide range of seasonal recreation and attractions ranging from water skiing and snow skiing, hiking in the Adirondacks, touring the historic sites, visiting wineries along the Finger Lakes, and biking on trails along the Erie Canal.


Syracuse University is an equal-opportunity, affirmative-action institution. The University prohibits discrimination and harassment based on race, color, creed, religion, sex, gender, national origin, citizenship, ethnicity, marital status, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable law to the extent prohibited by law. This nondiscrimination policy covers admissions, employment, and access to and treatment in University programs, services, and activities.

Commitment to Supporting and Hiring Veterans

Syracuse University has a long history of engaging veterans and the military-connected community through its educational programs, community outreach, and employment programs. After World War II, Syracuse University welcomed more than 10,000 returning veterans to our campus, and those veterans literally transformed Syracuse University into the national research institution it is today. The University’s contemporary commitment to veterans builds on this historical legacy, and extends to both class-leading initiatives focused on making an SU degree accessible and affordable to the post-9/11 generation of veterans, and also programs designed to position Syracuse University as the employer of choice for military veterans, members of the Guard and Reserve, and military family members.

Commitment to a Diverse and Inclusive Campus Community

Syracuse University maintains an inclusive learning environment in which students, faculty, administrators, staff, curriculum, social activities, governance, and all other aspects of campus life reflect a diverse, multi-cultural, and international worldview. The University community recognizes and values the many similarities and differences among individuals and groups. At Syracuse, we are committed to preparing students to understand, live among, appreciate, and work in an inherently diverse country and world made up of people with different ethnic and racial backgrounds, military backgrounds, religious beliefs, socio-economic status, cultural traditions, abilities, sexual orientations and gender identities. To do so, we commit ourselves to promoting a community that celebrates and models the principles of diversity and inclusivity.

Quick Link Job Posting Date 06/16/2021 Application Deadline Full Consideration By Job Category Staff Message to Applicants

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