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Director, Student Life Experience #606175

Northern Arizona University
Arizona, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Posted Date
Mar 30, 2022

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Position Type
Administrative, Student Affairs, Student Activities & Services
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Employment Type
Full Time
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Job Description

A senior member of the Office of the Dean of Students, this position has broad responsibility for providing overall leadership and direction of student involvement and engagement at Northern Arizona University, including oversight of university clubs and organizations, Fraternity and Sorority Life, and student leadership opportunities. This position will also oversee efforts related to diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice training, resources, and development for all areas of the department, as well as ensuring inclusive practices in support of student involvement. Some evening and weekend work will be required.

Student Leadership and Engagement - 30%

  • Directly supervise and provide support to full-time staff who design, coordinate, and implement student clubs and organizations, student leadership programs, and other events and activities to engage students.
  • Oversee student leadership programs, including the EDGE, Presidential Leadership Fellows, and Student Leadership Conference.
  • Oversee all official University student clubs and organizations.
  • Serve as the advisor to the United Diversity Council, a student organization aimed at bringing leadership from our diverse clubs together.
  • Serve as the primary liaison to key campus partners, including Office of Inclusion, Office of Indigenous Student Success, and Admissions to ensure students are receiving consistent and equitable messaging regarding early points of access/contact to engage students in programs and activities.
  • Benchmark best practices review the latest research on student engagement/involvement and assesses current strategies to revise practices and incorporate emerging techniques and technologies.
  • Develop and administer the budget, including management of accounts, making appropriate recommendations for budget requests, and monitoring expenditures to ensure optimal use of funds.
  • Oversee campus-wide student engagement in clubs, organizations, leadership programs and their associated events and activities through intentional and sequenced programming focused on the needs of students and their successful persistence at the institution (or toward their degree or through to graduation).

Fraternity and Sorority Life - 30%

  • Oversee 16 campus fraternities and 14 women's Greek-letter organizations (referred to as sororities and women's fraternities) and liaison relationship between the Greek System, university offices, local community members and agencies and national headquarters of the each of the individual chapters.
  • Directly supervise full-time Fraternity and Sorority Life staff.
  • Provide on-going leadership development for Chapter and Fraternity and Sorority Life System Officers and oversight of annual processes such as New Member Recruitment, Greek Week, National Hazing Prevention Week, National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week, Greek Leadership Summit, Order of Omega Greek Awards Banquet.
  • Collect and report chapter academic performance and community service hours.
  • Stay current with best practices in Fraternity and Sorority Life Advisement, with a particular focus on supporting and growing multicultural organizations, risk management, chapter and system “health,” continuous undergraduate involvement, system diversity, and NPC and NIC agreements and procedures.
  • Liaise with Student Rights and Responsibilities team on the adjudication of chapter/organization and Fraternity and Sorority Life system conduct concerns and respond to individual and chapter behavioral issues.
  • Liaise with Office of the Dean of Students Care team to support individuals experiencing extenuating circumstances.
  • Communicate Fraternity and Sorority Life and departmental trends, concerns, and achievements.
  • Ensure maintenance of current rosters of Fraternity and Sorority Life affiliated students, chapter and system elected leaders, chapter and regional advisors, and national headquarters including international officers.
  • Meet with traveling consultants and supply local chapter information to national offices as needed.
  • Meet with local chapter advisors on a regular basis and assist collegiate groups seeking an advisor.
  • Maintain a list of local alumni. Support collegiate member efforts to engage local and chapter alumni.
  • Develop and administer the budget, including management of accounts, making appropriate recommendations for budget requests, and monitoring expenditures to ensure optimal use of funds.
  • Demonstrate commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion and NAU’s Affirmative Action Plan, including system oversight for recruitment and affiliation of diverse students and support of chapters formed around cultural and sexuality identity and expression.

Leadership within the Dean of Students Office - 25%

  • Provide consultation and support to students, families, faculty/staff, and guests by explaining options for student success and referring to campus and community resources in collaboration with relevant offices including Equity and Access, Counseling Services, Disability Resources, Academic Success Centers, Office of Inclusion, Financial Aid, and Housing and Residence Life.
  • Represent the Office of the Dean of Students on divisional and university committees and at university events.
  • Coordinate the Speech, Expression, Action, and Knowledge (SpEAK) Team.
  • Serve as a member of ODOS Leadership Team by participating in strategic planning, staffing decisions, program development, an on-call rotation, and assisting with conduct and care case management, as needed.
  • Collaborate with departments such as Student Affairs Professional Development, Human Resources, Office of Inclusion, Equity and Access and other resources to provide trainings that ensure knowledge and application of current diversity, equity, and inclusion practices.

Student Events and Activities - 10%

  • Collaborate with Academic Affairs to create programming which engages faculty and students outside of the traditional classroom environment.
  • Work in partnership with all campus departments to create a vibrant and developmental training and application process for all student leadership positions.
  • Collaborate with campus departments to create and execute a calendar of programs and activities that focus on diversity and inclusion topics and overall student development.
  • Responsible for managing and implementing a comprehensive array of campus-wide events and programs with a specific focus on evening and weekend programming which engages both residential and commuter students.
  • Collaborate with campus partners and students to plan and execute major campus-wide traditions and large university events such as The Lumberjack Experience and Homecoming.
  • Serve as Student Affairs representative on cross-divisional events/activities.
  • Develop and administer the budget, including management of accounts, making appropriate recommendations for budget requests, and monitoring expenditures to ensure optimal use of funds.

Other duties as assigned - 5%

Minimum Qualifications

  • Master's degree in higher education administration, college student services administration, counseling, education, or related field.
  • Minimum 5 years of progressive professional experience in higher education, sorority or fraternity life, or closely related field.
  • 3 years of experience supervising professional staff.
  • Any combination of relevant education and experience may be substituted for the educational requirement on a year-for-year basis.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with student club/organization advisement.
  • Experience with completion and administration of grants, applications, or other organizational funding opportunities as well as budget experience.
  • Experience with and application of multicultural organization principles in a higher education setting.


How to Apply

To apply for this position, please click on the "Apply" button on this page. You must submit your application by clicking on the "Submit" button by midnight of the application deadline. If you need assistance completing your application there are instructions available on the Human Resources website or in person in the Human Resources Department located in Building 91 on the NAU Campus - on the corner of Beaver and DuPont Streets.

If you are an individual with a disability and need reasonable accommodation to participate in the hiring process please contact the Office of Equity and Access at: 928-523-3312/TDD - 928-523-1006 or PO Box 4083, Flagstaff AZ 86011.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Northern Arizona University is a committed Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. NAU is responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

EEO is the Law Poster and Supplements

NAU is an Employer of National Service. AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other National Service alumni are encouraged to apply.



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