Associate Director of Student Activities: Student Organizations
and Programming Board
Located in the historic community of Walla Walla
, Whitman's vibrant and
beautiful tree-lined campus is home to an intellectually diverse,
dynamic, welcoming and supportive community of some 500 staff and
faculty serving approximately 1,500 students from the local region
and across the globe. With exceptional students, accomplished
faculty and staff, and a fiercely loyal and growing number of
engaged alumni, Whitman College continues to build on its national
reputation for academic excellence as one of the top liberal arts
colleges in the country.
is cultivating a
community built on inclusion and belonging. We recognize the value
of those who can offer historically underrepresented perspectives
and encourage applications from those whose background, knowledge,
and insights from lived experience can add to the college's working
and learning environment. Whitman College is an Equal Employment
Opportunity employer (EEO) .
This position assists the Senior Associate Dean of Students in
providing training and supervision to students in developing,
planning, and implementing social, educational, and cultural
programs at Whitman College. The Associate Director of Student
Activities advises the Whitman Events Board, and provides
programming support to clubs and organizations on campus. The
Associate Director also assists the Senior Associate Dean of
Students with the preparation and implementation of new student
orientation and onboarding (both fall and spring semester). The
Associate Director of Student Activities reports to the Senior
Associate Dean of Students and is a part of the Reid Campus
Center's management team.
We are dedicated to creating, promoting, and nurturing a safe and
inclusive work environment and we expect the same from each of our
team members. We value diverse talents and welcome individuals with
unique backgrounds, working styles, and skill sets.
- Assist with the establishment and implementation of short and
long-term organizational objectives for policies, and operating
procedures for Student Activities; assist with the monitoring and
evaluation of operational effectiveness; and effect changes
required for improvement.
- Assist with the development of department learning outcomes and
assessment processes; incorporate learning outcomes into department
training, resources, and advising.
- Advise the Whitman Events Board, providing direction and
support in the creation of a comprehensive calendar of events;
advise Whitman Events Board officers in event planning and
leadership development; create, review, and execute contracts for
Whitman Events Board events; and provide on-site event support
(will include night and weekend work). Work with the student
leaders in the development of goals, structure, and
training/operating procedures for the Whitman Events Board.
- Advise all of the College's media organizations including the
student-run radio station, several literary organizations, the
student-run Sound & Lights company and the student-run
- Work with the Senior Associate Dean of Students to create and
provide an annual training for club leaders.
- Assist the Senior Associate Dean of Students with new student
orientation and onboarding communications throughout the spring and
summer and during winter break. Coordinate multiple aspects of
orientation and onboarding. Be available to assist with all
orientation and onboarding programs during the 6-day schedule of
activities in August/September and January.
- Serve on the planning and implementation committee for the
“Summer Fly-In” program (first-generation student orientation). Be
available to assist with all Fly-In programming during two 4-day
summer sessions in June and July.
- Hire, advise and assist Stevens Art Gallery student intern to
curate and manage campus center art gallery; display approximately
ten shows each academic year.
- Advise, assist, and meet regularly with the student director of
the student government-funded sound and lighting department which
supports/services campus events.
- Assist with the daily operations of the Reid Campus Center and
support the operational needs of campus wide events. This includes
training staff (students and professional staff) on the functional
uses of the building (technology, staging, sound systems, lighting
- Support registered clubs and organizations, increasing
collaborative efforts and serving as a resource.
- Assist with the administrative duties in the College's Student
Engagement platform (Presence/Modern Campus).
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
Individuals must be able to explain and demonstrate that they
possess the knowledge, skills and abilities to safely perform the
essential functions of the job, with or without reasonable
- Ability to lead a diverse group of paraprofessionals and create
a strong team.
- Understanding of and ability to apply student development
concepts and theory.
- Ability to work effectively with faculty, staff, students, and
- Skills in organization, supervision, budgeting, advising, and
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
- Ability to plan and implement a comprehensive calendar of
events, inclusive of large concerts and lectures (as well as
teaching student programmers to implement these events).
- Willingness to regularly work night and weekend hours in
support of student events.
- Ability to incorporate social justice aspects with primary work
of the Student Activities.
3-5 years of experience working in student activities
Master's degree in higher education administration, student affairs
or related field
3-5 years of experience working in student activities
Whitman offers competitive employee benefits, including medical, dental, vision
and life insurances
, a generous 10% matching contribution to
the Whitman College 403(b)
Defined Contribution Retirement Plan
, and paid time off
including 13 paid holidays
full-time staff vacation
more about benefits eligibility here
At Whitman College, we take seriously the safety of our community.
Whitman is a fully vaccinated campus, requiring all employees and
students to be up to date with their COVID-19 vaccinations or have
an approved exemption. More information can be found here
DISABILITY ACCOMMODATION FOR JOB CANDIDATES
Contact Human Resources regarding requests for disability
accommodation in the employment application process.
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis through May 20 and
will continue until the position is filled.
July 1, 2022
For full application instructions and position description,