Assistant Director of Student Engagement & Leadership,
American Studies Program
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The American Studies Program (ASP) at Willamette University is a
study abroad program that is a partnership between Willamette
University and Tokyo International University (TIU). The Assistant
Director oversees all aspects of the ASP students' integration into
the Willamette University and Salem communities through the
development of co-curricular programming and the management of
support measures to ensure student safety, well-being, and
retention. Specifically, the Assistant Director is responsible, in
collaboration with TIU, for ASP students' pre-departure and arrival
orientation, supporting ASP students' participation in formal and
informal opportunities in the areas of (but not limited to)
community service, leadership, campus recreation, and personal
development, as well as encouraging domestic/international student
interaction and learning. The Assistant Director promotes healthy
personal development of the whole student within the context of a
university in the United States. The Assistant Director is involved
in the on-call crisis response for ASP students.
The Assistant Director works on a variety of duties and
responsibilities that have a recognizable impact on the operations
of Student Engagement & Leadership, Willamette University, and
Tokyo International University. The responsibilities involve a
significant level of contact with students, faculty, and staff as
well as with individuals and organizations outside of the
University. Incumbents may be required to travel locally as well as
internationally in the performance of their job functions.
REASONABLE ACCOMMODATIONS STATEMENT
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to
perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable
accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with
disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Orientation & Education
- Create, implement, and facilitate pre-departure and arrival
orientation for ASP students in close collaboration with the Office
of Student Engagement and Leadership, the Office of Residence Life
and Housing, the Office of International Education, and the College
of Arts and Sciences. Includes communication with TIU about
logistics, health-related information, housing assignments,
instructional materials, and timelines.
- Develop intercultural learning education opportunities and
strategies to ensure that ASP students have access to information
and resources for a successful transition to Willamette and the
Support and Advising Efforts
- Develop, manage, and facilitate the ASP Student Leadership
Program (i.e., opportunities for ASP students' engagement in
co-curricular activities) including recruitment, training, and
ongoing advising for student leaders. Develop and coordinate
short-term leadership projects and committees.
- Develop co-curricular opportunities for ASP and other WU
students to acquire and improve leadership, interpersonal skills,
language skills, and initiatives that contribute to student
well-being and personal development. Facilitate opportunities for
colleagues and student groups to learn about ASP and improve
cross-cultural understanding, communication, and implementation of
existing policies and procedures, and/or ASP student involvement in
- Coordinate award and recognition programs involving ASP
- Assess ASP students' experiences in co-curricular
- Be available to provide guidance and support and/or collaborate
with professional resources to students regarding personal growth
and management, resilience, and wellness. Advise Residence Life and
Housing staff on issues that involve ASP students. Support
Residence Life and Housing staff in cases of roommate, contract, or
other housing issues.
- Serve as the primary liaison with Bishop Wellness Center on
issues involving ASP students.
- Serve as a member of the senior student affairs staff on-call
rotation as it relates to ASP students.
- Serve as the primary advisor to ASP student leaders. Meet
regularly with leadership individually and as a group. Attend
sponsored programs as needed.
- Develop positive relationships with students through proactive
visibility, availability, and advising meetings. Advise students in
decision-making and provides resource referrals to help support
student success and well-being.
- Hire, train, and supervise student assistants and project
assistants who work as part of the ASP team as orientation leaders,
language exchange partners and tutors.
- Other responsibilities as assigned by the ASP
- Represent the ASP program on University committees as
- Develop and lead strategic efforts in areas of responsibility
within the department.
- Initiate, plan, and implement new programs or services aimed at
meeting student needs and department goals in conjunction with the
Director of ASP, the Senior Associate Dean of Students/Director of
Student Engagement & Leadership, and other campus
- Participate in the business meetings and strategic
conversations of the Student Engagement & Leadership and
Residence Life & Housing teams.
- Be accessible, visible, and present for relevant/occasional and
university speakers; attend staff/student-planned community
development activities, and educational events as
- Chaperone and assist in the organization of large, annual,
campus-wide, or department programs as needed such as Opening Days,
Black Tie, and Midnight Breakfast.
- Establish and maintain strong partnerships and work together
with colleagues within the Student Affairs division as well as
other campus stakeholders including but not limited to Admissions,
Financial Aid, Registrar, Facilities, Information Technology
(WITS), and Human Resources.
- Respect and maintain confidentiality, parameters of operation,
professional protocols, and individual privacy.
- A master's degree in higher education, counseling, student
personnel services, student affairs administration, or other
relevant field required. Equivalent experience will be considered
in lieu of a graduate degree.
- Three-five years experience in student advising, program
planning, and supervision of student staff.
- Have studied or worked abroad.
- Detail-oriented and self-motivated with the ability to work
independently and as a leader and collaborative member of a
- Demonstrated commitment to teamwork.
- Possess strong organizational, time management and
prioritization skills and be able to balance and meet competing
- Ability to facilitate group discussions, organize and lead
training sessions, give presentations, etc.
- Availability on weekends and evenings as needed.
- Successful clearance of criminal conviction record
- Live within a 20-mile radius of the Willamette University
Typical Work Schedule:
- Five years experience in student advising, program planning,
and supervision of student staff support for international
- Knowledge of and experience with Japanese higher education and
- Ability to speak and understand the Japanese
- Sensitive, diplomatic, and articulate written and verbal
- Ability to implement problem-solving strategies to manage every
day and event planning in a fast-paced environment.
- Knowledge of and experience to design and implement creative
- Demonstrated commitment to issues of social justice, diversity,
identity, and difference, particularly as they relate to student
- Ability to effectively interact with a wide variety of people
in a manner that values diversity and positively portrays the
University and its programs, personnel, and
- A demonstrated commitment and passion for professional growth
in the areas of student learning and development, community
development, supporting students' well-being, and best practices in
student leadership, activities, and orientation.
- Demonstrated commitment to expand knowledge and awareness of
diversity, equity, and inclusion, understanding cultural
differences, social identities, and historical inequalities, and
strategies for interacting effectively with people different from
Monday-Friday 8am-5pm with evening and weekend work.
Physical Demands & Working Conditions:
Typical work is performed indoors in a normal office environment.
Occasional work outdoors supporting student or University programs
All university positions require that candidates submit to a
criminal conviction record check prior to hire. Conviction does not
automatically preclude candidates from being hired. Nature of
conviction will be considered relative to the duties of the
Interested candidates will need to upload the following
documents separately as part of your online application materials
in the “My Experience” section labeled Resume/CV:
Review of applications will begin on October 7, 2022 and will
continue until the position is filled.
Inquiries about this position can be submitted to the search
chair Dr. Jo Kozuma, firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Cover letter addressing the required/desired qualifications and
presenting any other applicant characteristics which deserve
- Current Resume
Typical work schedule
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Believing that diversity contributes to academic excellence and
to rich and rewarding communities, WU is committed to recruiting
and retaining a diverse faculty, staff and student body. We seek
candidates, particularly those from historically under-represented
groups, whose work furthers diversity and who bring to campus
varied experiences, perspectives and backgrounds.