Associate Director for Student Programming

East Carolina University  |  Greenville, NC

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Posted 4 days ago Full-Time

Job Details

Position Title:

Associate Director for Student Programming

Job Type: Student Activities/Union Facilities
Location: Greenville, NC
Positions Available: 1
Institution Type: Public, 4-year
Institution Size: < 20,000 Students
Employer ID: 13190


Housing for Position:
None provided
Housing for Position:
None provided
Masters Required
Major Preference:
No Preference

Masters Required
Major Preference:
No Preference

Position Description

Vacancy #: 921313
Salary Range: Commensurate with Qualifications
Closing Date: Open Until Filled

Organizational Unit Overview
The Division of Student Affairs actively supports the University's missions of education, research, and service by providing comprehensive programs and services to assist each student in developing intellectually, socially, morally, and culturally. The Division anticipates students' developmental needs throughout their collegiate experiences and promotes students development by fostering a community of learning, which encourages individual student involvement and participation. The Division of Student Affairs provides a broad range of support services, activities, and programs that seek to assist students in developing respect and appreciation for individual differences, interpersonal civility, and human rights; Enhance the learning environment, facilitate retention, and optimize the student experience; Accommodate the diverse needs of all students; Support a community environment that is welcoming, safe, and secure; Assist students in meeting their basic needs for housing, nutrition, and physical and emotional well-being; Provide the means for students to become active participants and leaders in their own learning; Assist students in developing logical thought processes and sound decision-making skills; and Assist students in developing an appreciation of the arts. Moreover, the division seeks to contribute to the development of the whole individual by fostering in each student a deeper appreciation of the importance of life-long learning, individual responsibility, and human diversity. Through collaboration, the division provides programs and services that are grounded in theory, assessment, and sound practice.

The Office of Student Activities and Organizations (SAO) at East Carolina University provides over 200 weekly programs for the campus community, plans and executes the largest campus traditions, offers leadership development for the Student Activity Board members, and supports over 480 student organizations with workshops, trainings, marketing design, and much more. SAO is a large and integral part of the campus community with well over 100,000 engagement hours through our various programming and the opportunities afforded to students who get involved on campus. Our mission is to: “Contribute to the holistic student experience through student development and involvement. We will: Educate, Engage, and Entertain.”

The Office of Student Activities and Organizations is supported by the Student Involvement and Leadership (SIL) unit within East Carolina University's Division of Student Affairs. SIL enhances the educational experience for all students by helping to build a sense of campus community through a wide variety of programs and services for individuals and student groups. Through a broad range of co-curricular, cultural, educational, recreational, and social programs, SIL supports the university's commitments of student success, public service, and regional transformation. The unit is composed of five departments; Student Activities and Organizations, Greek Life, Leadership and Service Learning, Intercultural Affairs, and Student Centers. This position reports directly to the Director for Student Activities and Organizations and supervises one Graduate Assistant for Student Organization Marketing.

Job Duties
The primary purpose of the Associate Director for Student Programming position is to lead, manage, and advise the team responsible for over 200 weekly and major events per academic year. They supervise professional staff members that are responsible for the advisement of the Student Activities Board in the areas of program planning, implementation, and evaluation. This position will aid in the holistic development of ECU students by developing, planning, promoting, staffing, and assessing a wide range of diverse events/programs for the campus community. This position will also promote student-learning objectives for over 100 members of the Student Activities Board along with ensuring programs meet the goals and outcomes set for the office. This position will implement and utilize student development theory and promote the understanding of regional, state, national, and global issues.

Position Duties: Ensure a diverse programming schedule is implemented that includes weekly events, weekend alternative programming, and major campus traditions. Supervise full time professional staff members and a graduate assistant that advise the Student Activities Board (SAB) and work closely with the SAB executive board. Both lead and be on program teams for major and tradition based events at ECU including alternative Friday night programming (Pirates After Dark), last day of class festival event (Barefoot on the Mall), Civility Summit, MLK Day Service projects and keynote speaker, Halloween night programming (Halloween Havoc), and more. Lead once a week lunch time programming (Power Hour) to include musical acts, novelty items, information tabling and involvement fairs, along with partnership opportunities with national brands such as Coca-Cola. Supervise a professional staff member responsible for programming for graduate and professional students and advocacy for that population of students. With a professional staff member manage a robust schedule of programs for the Health Science Student Center that best serve that large population of students. Serve as an expert on campus on event logistics, program marketing, working with talent agencies to book acts, and assisting brainstorming of programs to implement. Maintain a knowledge of program opportunities and venue availability, contact agents and artists management, negotiate program contracts, supervise development and placement of program publicity, manage a very large programming budget from multiple sources, and assist with program production and house management. Provide quarterly reports on expenditures and any updates to projected spending and ensure the budget is not overspent. Hire, train, and supervise team members. Provide consistent professional development through career action plans and building expertise. Oversee educational program offerings including speakers, debates, and workshops. Oversee robust marketing efforts for all programs and stay current on the best practices to market to students. Develop, plan and facilitate the annual training, retreats, and leadership development opportunities for the student leaders in the Student Activities Board. Collect and report the assessment results that examine the effectiveness, attractiveness, relevance, and impact of the programs supported by the office and the Student Activities Board. Manage potential risks and resolve issues in a timely and professional manner.

Advise ECU students and staff on university policies and procedures that affect programming. Serve on various Divisional and University-wide committees as assigned. Present at national conferences and publish articles on programming, leadership development, marketing, or other areas of expertise. Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Education/Experience

  • Master's Degree required in college student personnel administration, higher education or related field of study and previous successful experience in the area of program coordination, student activities and student organization advising.
  • Demonstrated experience and skill in the following areas: entertainment contract negotiation and review; budget development and management; program planning and implementation; student advising; and student learning assessment.
  • Excellent interpersonal, written, and verbal communication.
  • Minimum of 3 years of related experience that can include time as a graduate assistant.
  • Demonstrated ability to build a cooperative co-curricular and extra-curricular programs that blends entertainment and fun with individual awareness and understanding of important social/global issues and concerns.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of college union/student activity philosophy and a capacity to articulate and implement student development theory.

Special Instructions to Applicant
In order to be considered for the position, all applicants are required to submit online a letter of interest, a current resume/vitae, and a list of three (3) references including contact information.

Additionally, original official transcripts, a criminal background check, and two (2) signed letters of reference will be required upon offer of employment. All degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institutions and conferred by the time of hire.

East Carolina University seeks to create an environment that fosters the recruitment and retention of a more diverse student body, faculty, staff and administration. In order to promote the university's diversity goal, Student Affairs strongly encourages applicants from women, minorities, and historically underrepresented groups.

Additional Instructions to Applicant
In order to be considered for this position, applicants must complete a candidate profile online via the PeopleAdmin system and submit any requested documents. Additionally, applicants that possess the preferred education and experience must also possess the minimum education/experience, if applicable.

Applications will be considered until position is filled. Please submit an online ECU application for vacancy # 921313 to ECU Human Resources at

East Carolina University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

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