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Director, Student Life

Employer Inc - Madison Area Technical College
Madison, Wisconsin
Date posted
Oct 4, 2023

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Director, Student Life

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Job Posting Date:
September 25, 2023

Application Deadline:

Salary Information:

Dean of Students Office

Job Description:

Madison College is hiring a Director of Student Life! The Director serves as a pivotal leader in cultivating an inclusive, empowering, and enriching college experience across seven campuses and for online students within the district. This role is instrumental in devising and delivering a multifaceted range of student development initiatives designed to nurture academic success, a sense of belonging, core workforce skills, and holistic well-being for a diverse student body. To achieve this, the position is responsible for developing and administering programs and activities to facilitate and support student development, including new student orientation, student organizations, networking groups, student publications, volunteerism/service learning, leadership development, and student recognition.

The director needs to be aware of the unique needs of historically under-served communities, incorporating those understandings into the development of programs and activities sponsored and co-sponsored by the office. These efforts are to support students with succeeding and thriving in the college environment, with the director ensuring that they are accessible and inclusive for all students, regardless of their background or identity.

The director has responsibilities to evaluate, assess, and administer appropriate programs that cater to individual student needs. Student program advisors and administrative support staff report to the Director of Student Life.

Madison College's dedication to promoting equity, inclusion and diversity is reflected in our Mission, Vision, and Values. We believe every member on our team enriches our diversity by exposing us to a broad range of ways to understand and engage with the world, identify challenges, and to discover, design, and deliver solutions. We value the ability to serve students from a broad range of cultural heritages, socioeconomic backgrounds, genders, abilities, and orientations. Therefore, we seek applicants who demonstrate they understand the benefits of diversity in a higher education community. Hiring a diverse workforce that mirrors our student population is more than just a commitment at Madison College—it is the foundation of what we are striving to do. Come be part of our great team!


1.Cover letter


3.Response to supplemental questions which are:

Can you describe specific initiatives or programs where you have applied DEI principles to address the unique challenges faced by marginalized student groups? Could you also share the impact these efforts had on the student community?
What is your strategic vision for cultivating an inclusive campus environment through Student Life programs and services? Could you outline some key steps or initiatives that would help realize this vision?

Supplemental questions should be a combined total of two pages or less.

Failure to include these documents with your application submission will render your application ineligible.

This position will be open until filled, with a first review date of October 22, 2023, at 11:59 pm. First interviews will be held virtually on October 31 and Nov. 2. Second round interviews will be held in person on November 13th and 14th.

This is a full-time, exempt salary, 52 weeks per year position. Core business hours are Monday - Friday from 8 a.m. - 4:30p.m. Some nights and weekends as needed for events.

Madison College provides a generous benefits package of vacation, holidays, health/vision/dental/life insurance options, and you will be able to participate in the Wisconsin Retirement System (WRS). Newly hired managers serve a one-year introductory period.

This position is located in the vibrant and diverse city of Madison, Wisconsin's 2nd largest city and state capital. Nestled between two recreational lakes, Madisonians are offered year-round activities, including the Dane County Farmers' Market located around the Capitol Square, more than 200 miles of scenic biking and hiking trails, world-class restaurants, and numerous festivals and community events. Madison is consistently ranked as a top community in which to work, live and play. Madison offers a small-town feel, with a big city impression. But, if that's not enough, Madison is just a short 125 miles northwest of Chicago and 77 miles west of Milwaukee. To learn more about what Mad-Town has to offer, see this link:

Responsibilities Include:

1.Responsible for the direction and oversight of all Student Life programs and activities, including:

Lead and manage a comprehensive range of co-curricular programs and initiatives.
Supervise the student program advisors responsible for registered clubs and organizations.

2.Oversee and support the portfolio of student-led activities, including the Student Senate, Volunteer Center, diversity, equity, and inclusion programming, college print and digital news media, literary publications, and a web-based radio station.

3.Coordinate the WolfPack Welcome new student orientation program and co-advise the PTK International Honor Society, aligning its activities with scholarship, service, leadership, and fellowship opportunities tailored for two-year college students.

4.Collaborate with college partners to design, promote, and ensure easy student access to health and wellness programs, including healthcare services at the Truax campus clinic. Additionally, oversee the Student Health Educator responsible for coordinating student health campaigns, supporting food pantries and shelves, and managing on-site health clinics. Manage and oversee student-focused spaces, including the Truax and Goodman South Campuses offices, the Intercultural Exchange, WolfPack Den (game room), and the Center for Wellbeing

5.Oversee various major events and services, including annual student club recognition and award ceremonies, the production and coordination of the graduation ceremony across other college units, and the management of services such as student ID issuance, transportation services, and an external housing referral platform.

6.Responsible for assessing, evaluating, and continuously improving all Student Life programs and services, which includes, but is not limited to:

Evaluating the annual orientation program's success by incorporating survey results and feedback from staff, administrators, and faculty members to make necessary adjustments, fostering the program's proper development and ongoing vision.
Preparing and monitoring budgets for overall organizational units within Student Life, identifying funding sources, and ensuring the optimal utilization of available resources.

7.Facilitate staff professional development planning, encompassing technology skills, cultural competency, emotional intelligence, and alternative pedagogical methods, and conduct annual staff assessments

8.Maintains a commitment to the college mission, vision, and values.

Knowledge, skills & Abilities:

1.Skill in communicating effectively and professionally, both orally and in writing, to include proficiency in leveraging various media platforms for public relations and internal communications.

2.Demonstrated skill in communications and human relations with populations of diverse socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds and persons with disabilities. Expertise in diversity, equity, and inclusion principles to ensure a commitment to fairness and the elimination of systemic barriers. Familiarity with restorative justice methods to facilitate conflict resolution, repair harm, and restore community relations.

3.Ability to lead diverse teams, manage large budgets, and develop strategic plans for optimizing student engagement and success. Competency in managing fiscal resources effectively and prioritizing key programs and initiatives. Ability to leverage limited resources efficiently, with a focus on maximum impact for student engagement and well-being.

4.Knowledge of institutional policies, rules, and regulations to ensure alignment with internal protocols and compliance frameworks. Understanding of student development theories related to student growth, cognitive development, and identity formation to inform programmatic initiatives. Capability to conceptualize, develop, and implement initiatives that address both academic and extracurricular needs, focusing on holistic student development.

5.Aptitude for building and maintaining positive relationships with internal and external stakeholders to enhance program offerings and secure additional resources.

6.Skilled in employing data analytics tools to assess program outcomes and drive improvements. Ability to derive insights from quantitative and qualitative data to inform decision-making processes.

7.Proficient in active listening, empathic understanding, and providing trauma-informed responses to support the emotional well-being of students. Aptitude for generating solutions in response to unforeseen challenges and complexities, including crisis management and emergency response.

Minimum Qualifications:

1.Master's Degree

2.Seven (7) years, 14,000 hours, experience to include progressive administrative and supervisory experience in a higher education setting, including management of student development or related programs.

Madison College does not offer H-1B or other work authorization visa sponsorship for this position. Candidates must be legally authorized to work in the United States at the time of hire and maintain work authorization throughout the employment term.

If you are experiencing application issues, please contact us at the HR email or HR hotline (608) 246-6900.

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Madison Area Technical College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability or age in employment, admissions or its programs or activities. Madison College offers degrees, diplomas, apprenticeships and certificates in Architecture & Engineering; Arts, Design & Humanities; Business; Construction, Manufacturing & Maintenance; Culinary, Hospitality & Fitness; Education & Social Services; Health Sciences; Information Technology; Law, Protective & Human Services; Science, Math & Natural Resources; and Transportation. Admissions criteria vary by program and are available by calling our Enrollment Office at (608) 246-6210 or (800) 322-6282 Ext. 6210. The following person has been designated to coordinate Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and to handle inquiries regarding the college's nondiscrimination policies: Lisa Muchka, Compliance Coordinator, 1701 Wright Street, Madison, WI 53704 (608) 246.5221

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