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Assistant Director of Leadership Programs

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Dean of Students - Student Affairs

Job Description

The Assistant Director of Leadership Programs plays a crucial role in fostering a dynamic and inclusive campus environment by developing, implementing, and assessing leadership development initiatives for students at in the Division of Student Affairs at the University of Missouri. Reporting to the Associate Director of Student Engagement, the Assistant Director will collaborate with various campus departments and student organizations to create opportunities for students to enhance their leadership skills, personal development, and civic engagement.

Key Responsibilities:

Program Development and Implementation:
  • Design, implement, and assess leadership development programs, workshops, and seminars tailored to the diverse needs and interests of students.
  • Collaborate with faculty, staff, and student organizations to integrate leadership development opportunities into existing programs and initiatives across the division and campus.
Student Engagement and Support:
  • Serve as a resource and advisor for student leaders, providing guidance, mentorship, and support in their leadership journeys.
  • Facilitate leadership training sessions, retreats, and one-on-one coaching sessions to help students develop essential leadership competencies.
Event Planning and Coordination:
  • Organize and oversee leadership conferences, speaker series, and other events aimed at promoting leadership development and networking opportunities for students.
  • Manage logistics, budgeting, and marketing efforts for leadership programs and events.
Involvement Ambassadors Program:
  • Oversee the involvement ambassadors program, which connects students with involvement opportunities across 550 student organizations through one-on-one meetings and group engagements.
  • Recruit, train, and supervise a team of ambassadors to serve as peer mentors and advocates for student engagement.
Collaboration and Partnership Building:
  • Enhance existing relationships between the Center for Student Involvement, Residential Life, MizzouRec and the Wellness Resource Center to foster leadership development opportunities for students participating in Student Affairs programs.
  • In partnership with the Student Government Coordinator provide guidance and support to undergraduate student government leaders, assisting them in effectively navigating the complexities of governance, advocating for student needs, and executing their responsibilities.
  • Cultivate and maintain partnerships with academic departments, campus offices, and external organizations to expand leadership development opportunities for students.
  • Collaborate with campus stakeholders to integrate leadership principles into curricular and co-curricular experiences.
Assessment and Evaluation:
  • Develop and implement assessment strategies to measure the effectiveness and impact of leadership programs and initiatives.
  • Utilize data and feedback to continuously improve and refine leadership development efforts.
Administrative Duties:
  • Maintain accurate records of program participation, budget expenditures, and other relevant data.
  • Prepare reports and presentations for departmental leadership and other stakeholders as needed.

Monday - Friday; 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

This position may require evening and weekend hours supporting activities and programs within the department. Occasionally division and campus projects may require additional hours outside of your normal schedule.

Minimum Qualifications

A Bachelor's degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience and at least 3 years of experience from which comparable knowledge and skills can be acquired is necessary.

Preferred Qualifications

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Master's degree in higher education administration, student affairs, counseling, or a related field.
  • Minimum of 3 years of experience working in student affairs or a related area, with a focus on leadership development.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of leadership theories, models, and best practices in higher education.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to build relationships with diverse student populations, faculty, staff, and external partners.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal, with the ability to facilitate workshops and presentations effectively.
  • Experience in program development, event planning, and project management.
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a team environment and independently with minimal supervision.
  • Commitment to building programs inclusive of all students in all aspects of leadership programming.
  • Experience with assessment and evaluation of student learning outcomes.
  • Familiarity with leadership development resources, tools, and technologies.
  • Experience supervising and mentoring student leaders or staff.
Anticipated Hiring Range

$51,875 - $94,141; paid on a monthly basis.

University Title: Sr. Student Services Coordinator University

Pay Grade: GGS 10

Current Employees can view their existing title by accessing the Talent Profile in myHR (

Community Information

Columbia offers small-town friendliness with big city features and a high quality of life for people of all ages and interests. Founded on education and known as an ideal college town, its location also makes it an attractive spot for businesses and travelers. Located on Interstate 70 and U.S. Highway 63, Columbia is right in the middle of the state and the nation. Just a couple hours’ drive from St. Louis and Kansas City, Columbia is Boone County’s largest population center offering big-city culture, activities, and resources with a low cost of living. Columbia is home to a variety of restaurants and entertainment venues and hosts more than a dozen cultural festivals each year. If you want to grow your career, continue your education, raise a family, and retire, Columbia is a good place to be!

Benefit Eligibility

This position is eligible for University benefits. As part of your total compensation, the University offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental and vision plans, retirement, paid time off, short- and long-term disability, paid parental leave, paid caregiver leave, and educational fee discounts for all four UM System campuses. For additional information on University benefits, please visit the Faculty & Staff Benefits website at .

Values Commitment

We value the uniqueness of every individual and strive to ensure each person’s success. Contributions from individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives promote intellectual pluralism and enable us to achieve the excellence that we seek in learning, research and engagement. This commitment makes our university a better place to work, learn and innovate.

In your application materials, please discuss your experiences and expertise that support these values and enrich our missions of teaching, research, and engagement.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of Missouri System is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Equal Opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without unlawful discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, or protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable state or federal law. This policy applies to all employment decisions including, but not limited to, recruiting, hiring, training, promotions, pay practices, benefits, disciplinary actions and terminations. For more information, visit or call the Director of Employee and Labor Relations at 573-882-2146.

To request ADA accommodations, please call the Director of Accessibility and ADA at 573-884-7278.




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