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Associate Director of Student Activities: Student Organizations and Programming Board

Whitman College
Washington, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Jun 29, 2022

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Administrative, Student Affairs, Student Activities & Services
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Associate Director of Student Activities: Student Organizations and Programming Board
Whitman College


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.

Whitman College 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 Marketing company.
  • 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 system, etc.).
  • 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).


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 accommodation.
  1. Ability to lead a diverse group of paraprofessionals and create a strong team.
  2. Understanding of and ability to apply student development concepts and theory.
  3. Ability to work effectively with faculty, staff, students, and parents.
  4. Skills in organization, supervision, budgeting, advising, and leadership training.
  5. Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  6. 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).
  7. Willingness to regularly work night and weekend hours in support of student events.
  8. Ability to incorporate social justice aspects with primary work of the Student Activities.


Bachelor's Degree

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 for full-time staff vacation and sick leave. Learn 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.


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

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