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Director of SSEM Events

University of Oregon
Oregon, United States
Salary Not specified
Start date
Jul 24, 2021

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Administrative, Business & Administrative Affairs, Conference & Special Event Administration
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Director of SSEM Events

Job no: 527864
Work type: Officer of Administration
Location: Eugene, OR
Categories: Admissions/Financial Aid/Enrollment Management, Planning/Project Management

Department: Student Services and Enrollment Management
Appointment Type and Duration: Regular, Ongoing
Salary: $75,000 - $105,000 per year
Compensation Band: OS-OA09-Fiscal Year 2020-2021
FTE: 1.0

Internal Only

Application Review Begins
July 29, 2021; position open until filled.

Special Instructions to Applicants
Please submit a resume and cover letter describing your interest and qualifications for this position.

Department Summary
The Division of Student Services and Enrollment Management (SSEM) advances the University of Oregon's tradition of excellence by enrolling and retaining high-achieving scholars from across Oregon, across the country, and around the world. SSEM units include the Enrollment Management departments of Admissions, Budget and Financial Administration, Research and Assessment, Student Financial Aid and Scholarships, Registrar, Strategic Communications and Marketing, and Student Orientation, as well as Continuing and Professional Education, and the Student Services departments of the University Health Services, University Housing, and University Testing.

Position Summary
The Director of Events for the Division of Student Services and Enrollment Management is the strategic and visionary leader overseeing over 100 events annually focused on recruiting students to the University of Oregon, fostering brand awareness, and engaging the wider community in UO's mission.

The director will develop both a standard event template to be employed across the country and oversee high-touch, large-scale events on campus and throughout the community. The director is responsible for overseeing the details and logistics of all events and strategically aligning the look and feel of events with the audience and desired outcomes.

The Director of Events serves as a key member of the enrollment planning committee. In collaboration with the committee, the director will use their expertise and enrollment data and trends to decide when and where to host events, and the scale and scope of those events. This position requires agility and the ability to adjust strategy quickly in response to data.

The director must develop a deep working knowledge of the division to ensure that events meet programmatic and strategic needs. Working in partnership with unit directors and other leaders throughout the division, the director will produce events that meet the needs of the unit while also adhering to the overarching strategy and budget, navigating situations where these needs are in conflict.

Working closely with the Director of Budget and Financial Administration, the director will forge and maintain relationships with key vendors and venues across the country, securing contracts to ensure quality events within budgetary parameters. The director must be a highly skilled project manager with the ability to track the multiple moving pieces of simultaneous events.

The Director of SSEM Events provides primary leadership, planning, and execution of SSEM sponsorship events throughout Oregon, including but not limited to: Good in the Hood, Fiesta Mexicana, Portland Rose Festival, Portland Pride, Pear Blossom Festival, and others.

The Director of SSEM Events reports directly to the Associate Vice President for SSEM and leads a team of student staff to assist in all aspects of event planning.

Minimum Requirements
  • Bachelor's degree in hospitality management, public relations, communications, or a closely related field, or equivalent combination of skills, experience, and education
  • Five years of experience in major event planning

    Preferred Qualifications
  • Seven years of comprehensive hospitality experience and/or professional event management
  • Experience with directly supervising college students
  • Demonstrated experience managing a large event-related budget
  • University and/or student event planning experience

    FLSA Exempt: Yes

    All offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of a background inquiry.

    The University of Oregon is proud to offer a robust benefits package to eligible employees, including health insurance, retirement plans and paid time off. For more information about benefits, visit

    The University of Oregon is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the ADA. The University encourages all qualified individuals to apply, and does not discriminate on the basis of any protected status, including veteran and disability status. The University is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. To request an accommodation in connection with the application process, please contact us at or 541-346-5112.

    UO prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, national or ethnic origin, age, religion, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression in all programs, activities and employment practices as required by Title IX, other applicable laws, and policies. Retaliation is prohibited by UO policy. Questions may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, Office of Civil Rights Compliance, or to the Office for Civil Rights. Contact information, related policies, and complaint procedures are listed on the statement of non-discrimination.

    In compliance with federal law, the University of Oregon prepares an annual report on campus security and fire safety programs and services. The Annual Campus Security and Fire Safety Report is available online at

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