Inaugural Director for Student Engagement and Leadership Development

Student Affairs
FLSA Category

Position Title: Inaugural Director for Student Engagement and Leadership Development


Department: Student Affairs


Job Summary 

The director is a member of the Student Affairs Leadership Team and provides daily leadership, management, and supervisory oversight of critical responsibilities related to the successful operations of student involvement, engagement, leadership development programming. The position requires frequent evening visibility at events and some weekend hours to support operations and signature events. Additional responsibilities related to operational and mission-critical needs may be assigned.  

Examples of essential responsibilities include:


  1. Promoting Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Sense of belonging (e.g., foster welcoming environment; participate in and ensure student leaders participate in appropriate training and professional development; promote inclusive excellence in programming and service delivery; report policy, legal, and regulatory violations; etc.). 
  2. Completing routine administrative functions (e.g., budgeting, report-writing, strategic planning, record-keeping, data collection and management, developing policies and procedures, and evaluation and assessments related to student outcomes and program effectiveness).
  3. Overseeing student staff (e.g., recruit, hire, mentor, and supervise undergraduate and graduate student employees; delegate work assignments; ensure professional development; handle personnel actions; etc.). 
  4. Managing and overseeing a dynamic 87,000 square-foot University Commons facility that serves as a student center and a “campus living room” and houses our state-of-the-art Staley Library (e.g., oversee information desk; ensure facility is open and closed as scheduled, safe and secure, clean and in good repair; maintain furniture and equipment; manage access to the building by coordinating key distributions with Public Safety or Physical Plant and department supervisors; liaise between campus constituencies as needed; maintain emergency protocols; communicate with University Commons occupants to keep them informed of important matters; etc.). 
  5. Collaborating with colleagues, students, and stakeholders to plan and implement signature and major programming events (e.g., annual campus student leadership awards program; multi-cultural lecture series and events; etc.). 
  6. Developing and assisting student organizations (e.g., registering organization; budgeting; event planning and registration; training and leadership development; risk management; write and enforce policies and procedures; help student organizations find advisors; train advisors and student leaders; act as advisor for organizations without advisors; coach; mentor; etc.). 
  7. Advising the campus programming board (e.g., attend and supervise programming board meetings; attend and supervise the major UCB events and functions; etc.).  
  8. Planning, implementing, and evaluating Spring’s New Student Welcome and Orientation, Transfer Welcome and Orientation, Fall’s New Student Welcome Week (e.g., hire and train student staff; coordinate with campus offices; identify volunteers; engage academic stakeholders; etc.). 
  9. Assisting with planning and programming related to signature campus events such as Fall Family Weekend, Homecoming, Big Event, Welcome Week, Service, Cookie Event Tradition, Career Fairs, etc. 
  10. Strengthening and developing fraternities and sororities (e.g., policies and procedures; recruitment and selection activities; Greek Week activities; leadership development; communicating with national fraternity and sorority organizations; etc.). 


Other responsibilities include:


  1. Attending and serving as a leader in appropriate professional associations to enhance skills, bring and share knowledge related to student engagement and success, and improve visibility and influence of Millikin University (e.g., the National Association of Campus Activities; Association of College Unions International; NASPA; etc.).  
  2. Serving on appropriate university or community committees, councils, and boards as recommended by the supervisor or University President. 
  3. Participating in the Student Affairs emergency on-call efforts. 



Minimum Education and Experience  

  1. Bachelor’s degree or the equivalent combination of education, training and experience from which comparable skills can be acquired and  
  2. Full-time direct, relevant, and/or transferable professional experiences related to the position as determined by start and end dates on the résumé.  


 Desirable Education and Experience 

  1. Master’s degree. 
  2. At least four years of full-time direct, relevant, and/or transferable professional experiences related to the position. Graduate Assistantships, Internships, and Practica experiences will count as half-year (.50) time. 
  3. Related experiences in a college or university setting. 
  4. Experience with event planning. 
  5. Experience supervising staff at any professional level. 
  6. Experience in student learning assessment or program evaluation. 
  7. Experience developing and managing budgets. 
  8. Experience using events management or project management software or database platforms, preferably related to the position. 
  9. Experience in contract development and/or negotiations. 


Required Skills and Abilities:  


  1. Communication skills: Excellent written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills. 
  2. Self-management skills: ability to manage time effectively, learn and contribute to overall departmental tasks and goals.  
  3. Project coordination skills: ability to lead or contribute to planning or organizing projects, programs, services, etc. 
  4. Conflict resolution skills: ability to use interpersonal skills to develop and maintain positive professional relationships and resolve conflict in a team environment and with individuals from various diverse backgrounds and experiences. 
  5. Analytical skills: ability to analyze information and offer sound recommendations.  
  6. Computational skills: ability to perform basic mathematical computations to assist with financial operations and/or data collection, analysis, and reporting. 
  7. Computer skills: proficiency with word processing and spreadsheet software, preferably Microsoft Office, Microsoft Teams, Outlook Calendaring, Office 365. 



  1. Ability to adhere to work attendance requirements. 
  2. Ability to model self-care and well-being for colleagues and, most importantly, students. 
  3. Ability to manage emotions, function effectively, and make sound decisions in stressful and crisis situations. 
  4. Ability to handle multiple projects, services, activities, etc. in a timely and professional manner in a fast-paced and results-oriented environment. 
  5. Ability to promote and achieve diversity, equity, and inclusion of multi-racial/ethnic, low-income, LGBTQ+, veteran, non-traditional, online, disability, first-generation, and others. 
  6. Ability to be flexible, diplomatic, patient, service-driven, and a self-starter. 
  7. Ability to work independently under limited supervision and in teams.  
  8. Ability to make reasoned administrative and procedural decisions and judgments on sensitive and confidential issues.  
  9. Ability to work evening and weekend hours based on operational need. 
  10. Ability to comply with university vehicle-use requirements (some driving may be necessary, including transporting students and staff to approved events). 


Desirable Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:  


  1. Preparatory knowledge: coursework, military, or work-based knowledge of career development theory, effective job search techniques, and labor market trends. 
  2. Software/database systems: Ability to use software/databases related to the position.
  3. Student knowledge: knowledge of generational college students and the ability to design generation- and audience-specific programs, events, and services. 
  4. Accountability: experience with applying formative, summative, qualitative, and/or quantitative methodologies to evaluating operations and services. 
  5. Multimedia experience: ability to collaborate on or design brochures, event flyers, and/or newsletters and develop and manage social media accounts. 
  6. Reporting experience: experience with program databases or software programs used to track, monitor, and report events. 
  7. Ability to plan and execute programs and services based on social justice, cultural responsiveness, anti-racism, and civility. 
  8. Regulatory knowledge: FERPA. 


Examples of Measures of Success: 


  1. Number and types of student involvement, leadership, and engagement experiences.
  2. Student satisfaction.
  3. Retention and graduation rates of engaged students.
  4. Professional development experiences. 


Work Environment:  


The Division of Student Affairs at Millikin University is devoted to student success from enrollment to commencement. We are dynamic, agile, and culturally-responsive. We guide, support, and, on occasion, challenge students as they develop, refine, and pursue their academic, career, and personal endeavors. All staff are responsible for creating a safe, welcoming, diverse, inclusive, respectful, and caring environment for students, colleagues, and visitors. We seek skilled and diverse colleagues who are student-focused, flexible, self-motivated, and will embrace and respect who we are and what we do. We also seek colleagues committed to moving the Division forward towards prominence and influence on campus, nationally, and within the Student Affairs profession.  


Before applying, we encourage interested individuals to spend time learning more about who we are, our values, and what we do:  


Manual Dexterity: Dexterity to operate a keyboard  


Physical Effort:  Occasionally sitting at a desk or table; occasional lifting 25 lbs. or less; intermittently sitting/standing; hearing and visual acuity within normal range; ability to stoop, kneel, and crouch occasionally; high degree of mobility required.  


Working Conditions: Typical working conditions found in most administrative work areas; alternative or flexible work schedules.  


Hazards: None  


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