Director of the Center for Leadership and Engagement
Director of the Center for Leadership and Engagement
Main Campus - Boston, MA
Located in Boston's historic Fenway area, Simmons has a strong tradition of empowering women and challenging traditional gender roles. Simmons University was one of the first higher education institutions to prepare women to become leaders and has evolved to become a university offering a women's undergraduate program and graduate programs open to all.
You're joining our community at an especially exciting time as one of our strategic goals is to become the most inclusive campus in New England. You'll find that people who work here are truly committed to our mission of preparing students to become champions of social justice and leaders in their professions and their communities. This commitment and pride make for a dynamic workplace. Simmons University is committed to inclusive excellence in all aspects of an individual's community experience.
Simmons is committed to creating, developing, promoting, and enhancing inclusive hiring practices-at all levels, for all positions-ensuring diverse talent pools and the delivery of a consistent positive candidate experience. Simmons is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to continuing to develop a more diverse faculty, staff, student body, and curriculum.
This is an excellent opportunity for a dynamic, innovative and equity minded individual to join the Simmons University Division of Student Affairs at a pivotal time in our history. The Director will provide strategic leadership for the Center for Leadership and Engagement (currently the Office of Student Leadership and Activities) with a focus on empowering students to practice Everyday Leadership™, social responsibility, mutual respect and purposeful engagement. The Director will report to the Assistant Dean with a dotted reporting line to Vice President, Women's Leadership for work done in partnership with the Institute for Inclusive Leadership. The Director will have a percentage of time dedicated to enhancing the relationship between the Center and the Simmons University Institute for Inclusive Leadership identifying opportunities to engage Simmons students and develop creative leadership experiences for youth leaders outside of the University. The Director will work with experts across the university to develop and implement a Simmons University student leadership development model with the goal of closing the opportunity gap, enhancing the competency level of student organization leaders and providing opportunities for the general student body to develop their leadership skills. Further, the Director will work in partnership with the Director of the Multicultural Center to identify opportunities to increase leadership development opportunities for a diverse student body.
As the lead for the Center for Leadership and Engagement, the Director will also oversee orientation and first year programming and student organization training and development in addition to managing the evolution of the engagement platform, the Hub, run on the Presence platform. The Director will supervise a Program Coordinator and an Administrative Assistant as well as several student employees.
Primary Duties (90%):
- Provide strategic leadership for the division including
establishing goals and metrics and coordinating annual reporting
- Supervise Center staff and student workers.
- Manage day to day operations of the brand new Center space in
the School of Management building.
- Collaborate with campus partners on the design and
implementation of the Simmons student leadership development model
integrating Everyday Leadership™ and embracing leadership as an
enabler for wellbeing.
- Oversee coordination and implementation of First Bite (fall
orientation), Welcome Days, first-year programming, Family Weekend
and graduate and online student welcome events.
- Collaborate with the Office of Community Engagement on
alternative spring break experiences and opportunities to produce
programming on socially responsible and purposeful
- Provide strategic leadership for the roll-out and enhancement
of the Hub, student engagement platform including working academic
partners to develop co-curricular pathways.
- Coordinate fall opening activities and logistics in partnership
with campus and community partners.
Institute for Inclusive Leadership Duties (10%):
- Serve as a liaison to the Institute for Inclusive Leadership
ensuring a deeply collaborative and connected partnership including
attending meetings and participating in Institute programming and
- Serve as an integral partner with the Institute including
engaging in fundraising, grant exploration and business development
- Design and implement leadership development programming and
events both for Simmons University students and the broader
- Serve as a contributing member of the Simmons Leadership
Conference planning team.
- Bachelor's degree required. Master's degree or related
- Three to five years of related experience.
- Demonstrated experience working with diverse populations of
students and diverse stakeholders.
- Demonstrated experience designing and implementing leadership
development programs and empowering students to realize their
potential as leaders within the institution and beyond.
- Experience working with student organizations, orientation and
first year programs and development transformational co-curricular
- Experience working with student engagement platforms.
Experience implementing these platforms is a plus.
- Ability to work in a fast-paced environment.
Required Application Materials:
- Cover Letter
Instructions to Applicants: Please upload all applicable application materials (e.g. resume/cv, cover letter, writing sample, teaching philosophy, etc.) in the "Resume/CV" box on page 2 ("My Experience") of this application. Documents can be uploaded individually or as a combined document (e.g. PDF).
Simmons University is committed to inclusive excellence in all aspects of an individual's community experience. As a university committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion, Simmons encourages applications from all under-represented groups. Simmons is committed to creating, developing, promoting, and enhancing inclusive hiring practices-at all levels, for all positions-ensuring diverse talent pools and the delivery of a consistent positive candidate experience. Simmons is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to continuing to develop a more diverse faculty, staff, student body, and curriculum.
To apply, visit https://simmons.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/en-US/Simmons-Careers/job/Main-Campus---Boston-MA/Director-of-the-Center-for-Leadership-and-Engagement_R07654
Located in Boston’s historic Fenway area, Simmons College is a small, private, non-sectarian College which has educated students for enriching careers and purposeful lives since 1899. Working at Simmons means joining a collaborative, diverse and mission-driven community of educators and professionals.
We prepare students to be leaders for themselves, their communities and the world. Our faculty and staff members lead by example - sharing a commitment to excellence and putting the students first.