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Director, Graduate Student Life

Appalachian State University
North Carolina, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Jul 8, 2022

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Administrative, Academic Affairs, Other Academic Affairs, Student Affairs, Academic Advising & Academic Support Services, Other Student Affairs, Residence Life, Student Activities & Services
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Full Time
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Position Title Director, Graduate Student Life Position Number 090191 Department Cratis D. Williams Sch of Grad Stds - 280000 Description of University
Appalachian State University, in North Carolina's Blue Ridge Mountains, prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The transformational Appalachian experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, and embrace diversity and difference. As one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina system, Appalachian enrolls more than 20,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors. Minimum Qualifications
  • Earned graduate degree.
  • At least one year's experience providing professional development programming support for college/university students, including program development, management, and evaluation.
  • Highly-developed interpersonal skills (both verbal and written), with experience in public speaking. Employee supervisory experience.
  • Proficiency in working with MS Office platforms and Google Suite.
License/Certification Required
N/A Essential Duties and Responsibilities
The Graduate Student Life team within the Cratis D. Williams School of Graduate Studies provides professional, wellness, and career development events and resources for graduate students enrolled in both main campus and distance/online programs. The Director will be responsible for developing and maintaining an ongoing program of professional and personal development workshops/seminars/other activities for graduate students and faculty program directors. The Director of Graduate Student Life reports directly to the Dean of the Cratis D. Williams School of Graduate Studies.

The Director of Graduate Student Life will be expected to:
  • Plan and supervise the work of the Graduate Student Life team, which includes an assistant director and graduate assistants.
  • Engage in regular planning with the administrative team in the Graduate School, which includes the Dean and Associate Dean, and work collaboratively with other Graduate School staff members.
  • Assume primary responsibility for planning and implementing professional development, academic support, social, and wellness workshops and events to support enrolled graduate students in both main campus and distance/online graduate programs.
  • Evaluate Graduate Student Life support services by collecting and analyzing data to improve the effectiveness of these services.
  • Prepare annual reports for the Dean of Graduate Studies that detail Graduate Student Life activities, including the number of students served.
  • Oversee development and maintenance of the Students page on the Graduate School website, as well as of regular email communications to all enrolled graduate students.
  • Assume primary responsibility for planning and implementing Graduate School awards events, competitions such as the annual Three-Minute Thesis event, and new student orientations, as well as the graduate student portion of University commencement ceremonies.
  • Provide administrative support for the Graduate Academic Policies and Procedures Committee.
  • Lead the Graduate Student Life advisory board.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to the University's diversity, equity, and inclusion principles by participating in DEI workshops and by creating opportunities that support the success of all graduate students.
  • Contribute positively to the work of the Graduate School by being self-directed, consistently productive, taking initiative in the ongoing development of support programs, and being self-directed and detail-oriented.
Suggested Salary Range $65,000 to $66,000 Physical Demands of Position
Typical physical demands of a professional position within a university. Special Instructions to Applicants
For a complete application, please apply and submit all below-required documents electronically through Appalachian State University's Job Board:
  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • List of References with Contact Information (please provide a minimum of 3)
  • Diversity Statement: Provide a statement regarding your commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and how you might prioritize this in your work as the Graduate Student Life Director
Optional document to attach: Curriculum Vitae AA/EEO Statement
Appalachian State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. The University does not discriminate in access to its educational programs and activities, or with respect to hiring or the terms and conditions of employment, on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity and expression, political affiliation, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information or sexual orientation.

Important Contacts:

Director of Human Resources/ EEO Officer
Office of Human Resources
330 University Hall Dr.
Boone, NC 28608
(828) 262-3187

Office of Title IX Compliance
123 I.G. Greer Hall
Boone, NC 28608
(828) 262-2144

ADA /504 Coordinator & Office of Disability Resources Director
Office of Disability Resources
224 Joyce Lawrence Lane/Suite 112 Anne Belk Hall
Boone, NC 28608
(828) 262-3056 Diversity and Inclusion at Appalachian
We at Appalachian State University are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence both locally and globally.

We understand that the successful implementation of diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence is the responsibility of the entire university community, including alumni and official university governing bodies. A diverse campus community supports an influx of broad and distinct ideas that increase learning opportunities and strengthen the impact of our community as we work collectively to achieve a just experience for all.

We actively encourage, support, and promote a global mindset and an equitable environment where all will know that they belong and are safe to express their culture, identity, values, ideas, opinions, and creativity. We are committed to creating a culture of equity opportunity for all, one that has an expectation of fairness, justice, and equity-minded practice at all levels of the university community. Quick Link Posting Number 201500985P
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