Associate Director, Leadership Development and Campus Engagement

Gannon University  |  Erie, PA

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Job Overview

Posted December 28, 2019 Full-Time

Job Details

Position Title:

Associate Director, Leadership Development and Campus Engagement

Onsite Event Position ID: 2307
Job Type: First Year/Orientation/Transition/Retention Programs Leadership Development/Programs Other Student Activities/Union Facilities
Location: Erie, PA
Positions Available: 1
Institution Type: Private not-for-profit, 4-year
Institution Size: < 3,500 Students
Employer ID: 24193
Application Deadline: 03/29/2020

Stated Non-Discrimination Policy

Gender Expression / Identity Sexual Orientation

Benefits

Additional Compensation:
Domestic and global travel opportunities encouraged and expenses covered. Supportive environment for continued learning and development; both classroom and professional endeavors. Options to teach with stipend.
Housing for Position:
Optional
Benefits
Additional Compensation:
Domestic and global travel opportunities encouraged and expenses covered. Supportive environment for continued learning and development; both classroom and professional endeavors. Options to teach with stipend.
Housing for Position:
Optional
Qualifications
Education:
Masters Required
Major Preference:
Counseling, Educational Administration, Higher Education, Student Affairs, Other Education, Other
Experience:
5-7 Years

Qualifications
Education:
Masters Required
Major Preference:
Counseling, Educational Administration, Higher Education, Student Affairs, Other Education, Other
Experience:
5-7 Years

Position Description

POSITION SUMMARY

The Associate Director of Leadership Development & Campus Engagement animates the University’s primary aim of “transforming lives and inspiring transformation” through high-impact small group engagement and collaborative leadership development experiences on- and off-campus.  Planning, implementing and assessing such high-impact programs will include but not be limited to orientation, transition, small group engagement, leadership development, retention, and globalization initiatives. 

The Associate Director will create seamless orientation and transition programs for all new undergraduate students and their supportive loved ones; will grow and deepen student engagement, leadership formation and assessment within Gannon’s expanding small group engagement model; will form and support the developmental training of student leaders and employee facilitators across the entire division of Student Development & Engagement and the university.

This position will provide campus leadership required to develop, implement, supervise, evaluate and institutionalize comprehensive programs founded on student development theory, principles and best practices.  This includes research, program development, decision-making, recruitment, advising,  fundraising, grant writing, contract negotiations, and budget management for programs including:  Summer Orientation, Preview GU (welcome week), student leadership conferences, student employment trainings, retreats, employee development workshops, StrengthsQuest education programs, and other strategic programming, training, and professional development.

Personal development of students will be central to all dimensions of this work, including accompanying students on their personal exploration of values, passions, purpose and worldview.  Helping students answer the questions, “Who am I?  Who do I want to be?  How will I live my life?” is at the core of this position.

The Associate Director must be able to support and promote the University’s Mission.


Job Requirements

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

Develops, executes and assesses comprehensive new student orientation programs, in collaboration with the Director of Leadership Development & Campus Engagement and other University offices.  These programs are designed to ease the transition of incoming first-year and transfer students by connecting them to people, places and programs while helping them find their place in Gannon’s student experience.  Such programs include but are not limited to Summer Orientation, Preview GU (welcome week), first-year seminar workshops, and evening/weekend events.

Expands Gannon’s signature Find Your FYT (First Year Teams) program through developing student leaders, training employee facilitators, building mutually-beneficial relationships with community partners, and aligning the program with best practices and institutional goals in order to increase retention.

Develops a series of leadership experiences which include but are not limited to; campus-wide student leadership retreats, organizational trainings, and a comprehensive workshop series.

Serves as an advisor to individual students seeking to expand and develop new leadership skills and experiences.

Fosters holistic development of students within programming for Leadership Development & Campus Engagement and Student Development & Engagement, founded in positive psychology, and other student development best practices.

Collaborates with faculty (i.e., First-Year Seminar Instructors) to promote Student Development & Engagement programs focused around small group engagement, globalization, leadership, faith, inclusiveness, and social responsibility in the classroom.

Develops “socially responsible global citizens,” a University priority, by drawing upon foundational and/or theoretical resources of any/all of the following: student development, leadership development, positive psychology, community engagement, and interfaith formation.

Supports engagement opportunities for students across the division by accompanying ABST (Alternative Break Service Trips), and facilitating T.R.A.V.E.L. (Transforming Residents Abroad via Engaged Learning), and/or other small group initiatives.

Submits assessment plans and outcomes and completes program reviews for retention and benchmarks of the department in order to best forecast program growth.

Promotes the Leadership Development & Campus Engagement and Student Development & Engagement offices to community members, alumni, and donors.

Demonstrates competence around administrative functions for program responsibilities, including creating comprehensive marketing programs, scheduling appropriate facilities, budgeting, data analysis, and assessment.

Performs other duties as assigned within the scope and responsibility and requirements of the job.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES

The Associate Director leads and supervises student leaders for appropriate program areas and works toward globalization, leadership development, wellness and service to ensure student-friendly processes and procedures are foundational to supervision philosophy.

CONTACT WITH OTHERS

Internal:  Reports to and collaborates regularly with the Director of Leadership Development & Campus Engagement on orientation, transition, engagement, leadership, and retention initiatives. Collaborates regularly with other colleagues across the Student Development & Engagement Division including the Assistant Director of TRAVEL and the Assistant Director of the Center for Social Concerns.  Interfaces directly and indirectly with other students, faculty, staff and administration as necessary.

External:  Has contact with community partners locally, across the country and around the world.  Must be willing to engage in domestic and international travel with students.

QUALIFICATIONS

Education:   A Master’s Degree is required.

Experience:  Required experience includes working with university/college student leadership training, development programs, large-scale university strategic programming, and/or working with student groups in a college or university setting.  Must be able to demonstrate the ability to develop curriculum and facilitate developmental trainings.  Must be able to demonstrate excellent communication and relationship-building skills with diverse constituents including but not limited to students, faculty, administrators and community partners.  Must have experience with budgeting and assessment.

Four years of relevant experience required.  Preferred settings include higher education, student development, education training and development, counseling or psychology.

StrengthsQuest facilitator certification is preferred.

Skills:  Must be able to train and develop others in addition to having excellent facilitation and public speaking skills.  Must have excellent interpersonal skills and knowledge of human relations and group dynamics.  Must have excellent customer service skills; excellent written and oral communication skills; and strong storytelling skills.  Must be able to market programs and relate to the public.  Competence around traditional and emergent technology and evidence of having built collaborative partnerships in a dynamic environment is preferred.

Licenses and Certifications:  A current valid driver’s license and good driving record are required.  Must have a U.S. passport and/or any other documentation required for international travel.

Travel:  Must be able and willing to travel abroad using various means of transportation including air travel. Must be able and willing to attain the necessary documentation to travel including but not limited to a valid passport that allows entry to other countries from the United States.

University’s Mission:  Must be able to support and promote the University’s mission, its Catholic identity, and its strong liberal-arts foundation.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

Must be able to meet the physical demands associated with the high-energy and robust pace of a highly active office.  Must be able to sustain the rhythm of high-energy periods such as Summer Orientation, Preview GU and 2-week domestic/international immersion travel.

WORKING CONDITIONS

Work is performed in a collaborative, innovative academic environment, with regular contact with community partners. Evenings, weekends, and off-campus immersion programs are part of the regular work rhythm.

Application Information

Application through HR will be available following TPE interviews.

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