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Director of Engagement, Leadership, and Service

University of Georgia
Athens, Georgia, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
May 21, 2024

Position Summary

The Director of Engagement, Leadership, and Service ( ELS ) is a key campus administrator in leading efforts to support and create awareness of the extra- and co-curricular student engagement experiences across UGA . The Director is responsible for developing, implementing, and promoting varied opportunities for student involvement in registered student organizations, leadership development, community engagement and service, student activities, student media, and student governance. The Director also provides vision, strategic leadership, and overall supervision of ELS in support of the University’s academic mission and priorities of the Division of Student Affairs. The Director will serve a valuable resource for the UGA community and a thought leader in advancing overall student engagement. Additionally, the Director serves as the secondary point of contact for matters related to UGA’s Freedom of Expression Policy.

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Director of Engagement, Leadership, and Service


VPSA-Dean of Students

About the University of Georgia

Since our founding in 1785, the University of Georgia has operated as Georgia’s oldest, most comprehensive, and most diversified institution of higher education ( ). The proof is in our more than 235 years of academic and professional achievements and our continual commitment to higher education. UGA is currently ranked among the top 20 public universities in U.S. News & World Report. The University’s main campus is located in Athens, approximately 65 miles northeast of Atlanta, with extended campuses in Atlanta, Griffin, Gwinnett, and Tifton. UGA employs approximately 3,000 faculty and more than 7,700 full-time staff. The University’s enrollment exceeds 40,000 students including over 30,000 undergraduates and over 10,000 graduate and professional students. Academic programs reside in 18 schools and colleges, as well as a medical partnership with Augusta University housed on the UGA Health Sciences Campus in Athens.

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Location of Vacancy

Athens Area

EEO Statement

The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, genetic information, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or protected veteran status. Persons needing accommodations or assistance with the accessibility of materials related to this search are encouraged to contact Central HR (

USG Core Values Statement

The University System of Georgia is comprised of our 26 institutions of higher education and learning, as well the System Office. Our USG Statement of Core Values are Integrity, Excellence, Accountability, and Respect. These values serve as the foundation for all that we do as an organization, and each USG community member is responsible for demonstrating and upholding these standards. More details on the USG Statement of Core Values and Code of Conduct are available in USG Board Policy and can be found on-line at .

Additionally, USG supports Freedom of Expression as stated in Board Policy 6.5 Freedom of Expression and Academic Freedom found on-line at .

Position Details

Position Information

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Director, Subdivision/Unit AD



Faculty Rank

Administrative Faculty

Contract Type

Fiscal (12 mo.)

Tenure Status

Non-Tenure Track

Minimum Qualifications

Master’s degree in a disciplinary area appropriate for the position.

Additional Requirements

Relevant/Preferred Education, Experience, Licensure, and/or Certification
  • Master’s degree in a disciplinary area appropriate for the position with a minimum of five years of directly related work experience, including the supervision and management of student engagement programs and services and budget management.
  • Four years of progressive experience managing a dynamic portfolio of programs and services.
  • Programming and student engagement history.
  • Background with supervision, budgets, strategic planning and assessment.
Preferred Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies
  • Excellent communication skills, including interpersonal, written, and verbal.
  • Possess sound judgment and discretion.
  • Ability to promote a campus climate that encourages inclusion and participation by all students.
  • Demonstrate a proven record of building alliances and partnership with stakeholders to promote student success with demonstrated leadership coordinating university-wide programs and events that benefit students and the institution.
  • Possess excellent management, human relations, and problem-solving skills with a thorough understanding of student development theory and current trends and issues in higher education.
  • Demonstrate a proven record of innovation in programming and service to students and the University community.
  • Demonstrate leadership in the field of student affairs through involvement and engagement in advanced training, education, and professional development.
  • Possess political savvy.
  • Ability to engage effectively with a broad range of stakeholders to build consensus.
  • Ability to work before and after regular institutional office hours to maximize contact and availability to students.
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Does this position have operation, access, or control of financial resources?


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Does this position have direct interaction or care of children under the age of 18 or direct patient care?


Does this position have Security Access (e.g., public safety, IT security, personnel records, patient records, or access to chemicals and medications)


Credit and P-Card policy

Be advised a credit check will be required for all positions with financial responsibilities. For additional information about the credit check criteria, visit the UGA Credit Background Check website .

Background Investigation Policy

Offers of employment are contingent upon completion of a background investigation including, a criminal background check demonstrating your eligibility for employment with the University of Georgia; confirmation of the credentials and employment history reflected in your application materials (including reference checks) as they relate to the job-based requirements of the position applied for; and, if applicable, a satisfactory credit check. You may also be subject to a pre-employment drug test for positions with high-risk responsibilities, if applicable. Please visit the UGA Background Check website .



Departmental Oversight - The Director will oversee and facilitate the successful execution of four key areas:
  • Student Engagement : student organization registration, training, and development, policy compliance, advisor resources
  • Student Activities : University Union Student Programming Board, Homecoming, late-night and alternative programming, departmental special events
  • Community Engagement : community service, civic engagement, IMPACT Service Break Trips
  • Leadership : leadership development programs and experiences, annual student leadership conference, and the Leadership UGA program
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Staff Supervision, Leadership, and Operational Oversight:
  • Provides direct supervision to one associate director, four assistant directors, three senior coordinators, three graduate assistants, a business manager, two part-time employees, and 15 student staff.
  • Actively promotes and participates in the development, retention & engagement of each staff member.
  • Oversees budgets totaling nearly $7 million in private and allocated funds.
  • Engages in fundraising efforts to increase access to opportunities for students.
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Freedom of Expression and Administrative Tasks:
  • Serves as the secondary point of contact on campus for matters related to the university’s Freedom of Expression Policy.
  • Assists in policy development, ensuring alignment with legal requirements and institutional values.
  • Supports compliance with local, state, and federal laws pertaining to freedom of speech and expression on campus.
  • Serves on committees and participates in meetings.
  • Serves as an active and engaged member of the Student Affairs Leadership Team.
  • Prepares and facilitates assessment efforts.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
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Student Government Association Advisement:
  • Serves as a key member of the advising team for the Student Government Association.
  • Provides counsel and advice on student advocacy and shared governance efforts.
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Applicant Documents
Required Documents
  1. Resume/CV
  2. Cover Letter
  3. List of References with Contact Information
Optional Documents
  1. Unofficial Transcripts
  2. Other Documents #1
  3. Unofficial Letters of Recommendation

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