Deputy Director for Strategic Operations, Undergraduate Student Senate

Virginia Tech
Virginia, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
May 17, 2022

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Administrative, Student Affairs, Chief Student Affairs Officers & Vice Presidents, Minority & Multicultural Affairs, Other Student Affairs, Residence Life, Student Activities & Services
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Full Time

Job Description

Position Summary:
Student Affairs at Virginia Tech seeks a high energy, innovative thinker who is passionate about instituting a transformational approach to student governance through operational excellence. The Deputy Director serves as the deputy advisor to the Undergraduate Student Senate (USS) and works alongside students to develop all strategic operations for undergraduate student governance. This initiative focuses on community building, inclusion and belonging, student engagement and civic democracy through servant leadership. The Deputy Director for Strategic Operations, reports to the Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs & ExperienceVT and Senior Advisor to the Undergraduate Student Senate (USS). This is a critical leader who is responsible for supporting the development of a transformational student experience through undergraduate governance. The Undergraduate Student Senate at Virginia Tech strives to operate as a servant leadership organization that practices governance in the spirit of Ut Prosim. The deputy director must demonstrate an unwavering commitment to Virginia Tech’s Aspirations for Student Learning, the Principles of Community, inclusion and belonging and supports a senior leadership team that champions ExperienceVT.

The Deputy Director will supervise an operations coordinator, a fiscal technician, a graduate assistant, and a team of students. Additionally, the Deputy Director partners with colleagues across various offices, departments, to support successful operations for the USS.

Specific duties include:
• Serve as the operations leader for the undergraduate student senate.
• Supervise, evaluate, hire, train, (1) Operations Coordinator, (1) full-time Fiscal Technician, and (1) Graduate Assistant and a team of student employees.
• Build and publish an annual operations calendar for the Student Senate.
• Develops a leadership development plan for the USS
• Cultivate a culture of programming within the USS
• Advise the Commission on Undergraduate Student Affairs.
• Plan, attend, and execute oversight of various events for the organizations (e.g., ASGA Conferences, COSGA, and other conferences, Hokie Day, Elections, ACC Advocacy Day, Town Hall, etc.).
• Provide budget oversight and advice on USS fiscal operations.
• Develop the schedule of meetings and events for student leaders.
• Oversee scholarship selection and award processes.
• Develop a strong leadership development plan for the elected members of the USS.
• Works closely with the Senior Advisor to develop strategic operations for the USS.
• Serve as the Deputy Advisor to the Undergraduate Student Senate.
• Create systems to ensure accurate documents, minutes, voting records and files.
• Attend the University Council meeting and all meetings related to student governance.
• Create strong campus wide relationships with campus stakeholders to advance the reputation of the USS.
• Mentor students in a manner that represents Ut Prosim and the Ten Characteristics of Servant Leadership.
• Alongside students, oversee, management, and maintain all USS communications to include, the website, social media and messaging.
• Implement goals of the Taskforce Report.
• Attend all USS meetings and major events and programs.
• Provide support to advance ExperienceVT

Required Qualifications

Required qualifications:
The selected individual must demonstrate a deep commitment to student success with a passion for mentoring student experiences and an unrelenting commitment to student success, learning, and inclusion. As an integral part of the Advising Team, the Deputy Director must demonstrate strong operational management skills along with a high level of emotional intelligence. This position requires consistent and robust in-person work with students, faculty, administrators and state political leaders. A master’s degree in a related field is required. The ability to understand student-development theory is essential along with a steadfast commitment to the philosophy that the Virginia Tech campus is a learning laboratory that is enhanced by high impact experiences (HIEs). The successful candidate will be team-oriented and demonstrate adaptability, and initiative. They should demonstrate vision and creativity in program design and promotion, as well as strong oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills. The successful candidate will demonstrate a growth mindset and embrace change as an opportunity for creativity, learning, and improvement. Experience working with diverse populations of students in complex, institutional setting is required, along with a demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion. The enthusiastic support of Student Affairs’ Aspirations for Student Learning; ExperienceVT; the mission of Virginia Tech, including Inclusive VT, Beyond Boundaries, and our land grant spirit are required.

Preferred Qualifications

Preferred qualifications:
Preferred qualifications include a master’s degree in Higher Education, Human Development, or a relevant field; strong ability to lead and advise others and execute a clear vision, experience with campus-wide engagement and strategic planning; and creativity in identifying, brainstorming, implementing, and evaluating, unmet needs of underserved and underrepresented communities on campus.

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Review Date

June 17th, 2022

Additional Information

The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check.

About Student Affairs:

Student Affairs’ Aspirations for Student Learning serve as a framework for our roles as educators as we work alongside students to encapsulate their learning into a strengths-based discovery of their talent so they may: commit to unwavering curiosity; pursue self-understanding and integrity; practice civility; prepare for a life of courageous leadership; and ultimately, embrace Ut Prosim as a way of life. We operationalize these aspirations through ExperienceVT whereby we work alongside undergraduate, graduate and professional students to create a customized plan for their experience designed to accomplish their individual goals. We measure our success by the success of our students. To that end, we will do whatever it takes to support the individual well-being and success of every student at Virginia Tech

About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges , a school of medicine , a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School , and Honors College . The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers . A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or military status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.

If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, please contact (Heather Wagoner) at ( during regular business hours at least 10 business days prior to the event.

Advertised: May 17, 2022
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