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Assistant Director of Leadership

Susquehanna University
Pennsylvania, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
May 23, 2022

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Administrative, Student Affairs, Student Activities & Services
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Full Time
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Assistant Director of Leadership & Engagement

About Susquehanna:
As a living, learning and working community, Susquehanna University affirms its commitment to being an engaged, culturally inclusive campus. As we seek to embody the rich diversity of the human community, we commit ourselves to the full participation of persons who represent the breadth of human difference. The university encourages candidates from historically underrepresented groups to apply. Susquehanna University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Susquehanna University is a national liberal arts college committed to excellence in educating students for productive, creative and reflective lives of achievement, leadership and service in a diverse, dynamic and interdependent world. Its more than 2,300 undergraduates come from 35 states and 22 countries, and all students study away through Susquehanna’s unique Global Opportunities program. Susquehanna University’s 325 acre campus, noted for its beauty, is located in Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania, 50 miles north of Harrisburg in the scenic Susquehanna River Valley, about a three hour drive from Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and New York City. For more information, please visit

Position Summary:
Job SummaryThe Assistant Director of Leadership & Engagement will report directly to the Director of Leadership & Engagement and provide direction for co-curricular student engagement including comprehensive student programming and leadership development opportunities to facilitate student success and persistence of students. The Assistant Director will assist in developing and implementing the ATLAS leadership certificate program with a special emphasis on emerging student leaders. This position also assists with selection and hiring of orientation leaders and supports new student orientation efforts. This position is a full-time, 12-month position which requires occasional night and weekend work. The position may live on campus to assist in covering late night events and would participate in the emergency response duty rotation.
Specific Responsibilities
  • Manage appropriate financial functions of the office including monitoring budgets for student programming and approving/negotiating contracts for events.
  • Provide programmatic support to Leadership & Engagement professional staff in the management and execution of their initiatives and responsibilities ensure a diverse, inclusive, and equitable community in support of student learning and development within division of Student Life.
  • Provide direction and oversight of developing and implementing the ATLAS leadership certificate program, with a special emphasis on emerging student leaders, including annual leadership awards.
  • Assist the Senior Director with selection, training, development, and supervision of orientation leaders.
  • Assist in the planning and implementation of new student orientation, transition, and retention initiatives.
  • Supervise student employees to provide leadership and skill-building opportunities.
  • Participate in developing student learning outcomes and tools to effectively assess student programming and communication from Leadership & Engagement as it promotes the University mission and strategic plan of citizenship, sustainable practices, and social justice.
  • Collaborate with faculty, student life staff, and other university departments in managing student engagement, programming, communication, and use of student engagement tracking and smart transcript software (Presence)
  • Utilize student development theories in strategic planning of all student engagement initiatives including development of curriculum and programming, advising, training and supervising student leaders, and other important aspects of student engagement responsibilities.
  • Collaborate with campus partners to execute major university traditions and large-scale student programs.Option to live on campus to support coverage of late-night events; would participate in emergency response duty rotation.

    Required Qualifications:
    Knowledge, Skills, AbilitiesKnowledge of project coordination and program design for undergraduate students; Knowledge of assessment including developing learning outcomes and using data to evaluate and adjust programmatic functions or services; Knowledge of student development theory, current issues, and emerging trends regarding persistence and retention of students; Ability to plan and organize small to large events; Knowledge of English language including meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition and grammar; Skilled at written and verbal communication, including formal presentation to group; Ability to set priorities and advocate team concepts; work collaboratively with faculty and staff.
    EducationBachelor’s degree with 2-4 years of relative experience required. Master’s degree in Student Affairs, Higher Education Administration, or related field highly preferred.
    ExperienceTwo to four years of experience in student affairs with demonstrated success in planning and organizing small to large campus events required. Experience in supervising student employees required.Physical DemandPosition requires the ability to stand or sit for extended periods of time. Position requires the ability to move about the campus. Position requires the ability to talk and to hear instruction. Position requires occasional manual dexterity and the ability to use fingers, hands, and arms to feel, handle, and reach. Position requires occasional stooping, crouching, and bending. Position requires the ability to occasionally lift to 30 pounds. Working conditions are indoor. Position required occasional night and weekend hours.

    Preferred Qualifications:

    Special Instructions to the Applicant:
    The search process will be conducted by a search committee comprised of Susquehanna University’s faculty and staff and assisted by Ann Marie Klotz. To apply for this position please visit and click on the Apply button, complete the brief application process, and upload your resume and position-specific cover letter by March 31, 2022. Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Susquehanna University’s Office of Human Resources at

    Benefits Eligible: Yes
    Number of Months: 12 months
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    Open Until Filled: No
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    Posting Number: AH00828

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