Director of Programming and Activities for JHUnions

Johns Hopkins University  |  Baltimore, MD

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Posted about 4 weeks ago Full-Time

Job Details

Position Title:

Director of Programming and Activities for JHUnions

Job Type: Student Activities/Union Facilities
Location: Baltimore, MD
Positions Available: 1
Institution Type: Private not-for-profit, 4-year
Institution Size: < 8,000 Students
Employer ID: 30444
Application Deadline: 07/27/2019


Additional Compensation:
Salary is commensurate with experience.
Housing for Position:
None provided
Additional Compensation:
Salary is commensurate with experience.
Housing for Position:
None provided
Masters Required
Major Preference:
Educational Administration, Higher Education, Student Affairs

Masters Required
Major Preference:
Educational Administration, Higher Education, Student Affairs

Position Description

The Director JHUnions and Programming is responsible for the overall vision, strategic planning, and effective management of JHUnions including student activities, programming, and engagement in all facilities that are a part of the JHUnions  at Johns Hopkins University. The director will evaluate and provide leadership in assessing each of the unique union spaces including the Hopkins Student Center and implement an innovative, best in class vision for student engagement and community building through programming, artwork and installations, and staffing. The Director will be responsible for activating each of the union spaces to increase student usage, enhance community building, and create experiences where students can gather socially.

The director will be responsible for creating and communicating a vision for a comprehensive array of student activities and programs that enhance the JHU undergraduate experience, provide opportunities for student learning and engagement, and create a sense of affinity and belonging for students. These services will augment and complement the academic mission of the university. The director will supervise a team of professional and paraprofessional staff charged with executing programs in the Unions, large scale campus programs that are aimed at affinity and tradition building, as well as advise student programming boards. The Director will provide leadership in creating a late night or after dark programming model with strong collaborations with other campus partners and entities. The Director will also provide leadership in the recruitment, selection, training, and evaluation of student building monitors, student programming board and other student groups affiliated with the JHUnions

JHUnions and Programming is housed in the division of Student Life in Homewood Student Affairs. The director oversees departmental budgets. The Director will work closely with facilities and food services partners for immediate and long-term projects and issues that impact the Unions spaces and uses of the facilities.

Evening and weekend hours are to be expected. The director must plan to live within 15 - 20 minutes driving distance of campus and will be included in dean of student life on-call rotation as a secondary responder.

Essential Job Functions:

Strategic Initiatives and Assessment (20% of time)

Create and communicate a compelling and unifying vision for the office including student activities, the union, and student employees that builds community and generates excitement, enthusiasm, and engagement.

Create an environment in which student and staff generated programming serves the strategic needs of the university.

Conduct and coordinate comprehensive assessments of departmental initiatives.

Assess campus community interest and needs, resources, and national trends and in student unions and activities.

Work collaboratively with staff in Residence Life, Dining Programs, the Office of Multicultural Affairs, Orientation and First Year Experience, Interfaith Center, Club Sports, Homewood Arts Program, and academic units to identify and develop a programming calendar that will be used broadly and that focuses on student engagement and student development that maximizes the use of our JHUnions facilities and other Student Life spaces.


Policy Development and Management (25% of time)

Direct the review of current policies and the development and implementation of new policies related to student activities, the use of the JHUnions, and student employment including but not limited to operational hours, alcohol, posting and advertising, event planning, security matrix, accommodations, etc.

Actively participate and provide leadership in creating a programming and operations model for the new Hopkins Student Center.

Build and maintain strong internal and external relationships to develop social, cultural and recreational activities, enhance student union space utilization, connect student organizations to event planning resources and inform students and staff of policies and procedures.

Work with other Student Life directors to develop a cohesive team approach to student activities, student development, program development, and event support.

Develop a late night activities program.

Develop and implements sound policies and procedures for event planning and approval.

Reviews, edits all entertainment and purchasing contracts from JHUnions and Programming with JHU Contracts and Purchasing Department, and consults with student organizations on best practices for contract management.

Work with campus partners to ensure that facilities are accessible and well maintained.

Ensure that programs and services are well publicized and are reaching the diverse constituencies of the campus community.


Advising and Oversight (25% of time)

Direct the work of the staff members in JHUnions and Programming to provide leadership and mentoring for student organization leaders and effective guidance and advising for student organizations.

Directly advise the Milton S. Eisenhower Symposium (MSE) and the Foreign Affairs Symposium (FAS) speakers’ series.

Oversee the supervision of the JHUnions Student Building Managers and over 50 student employees of the JHUnions.

Develop and advise large campus tradition events that engage the University community, including but not limited to hoptoberfest, Lighting of the Quads, Commemoration Ball, Spring Fair, First and Last day of Class Celebrations.

Work closely with Plant Operations, Campus Safety and Security, Dining, Scheduling and Events, and the Parking and Transportation to ensure customer satisfaction and safety for student events.



Supervision and Management (20% of time)

Responsible for supervision, coaching, and performance management of the professional staff.

Directly supervise the associate director of unions coordinator for unions and student monitors, coordinator for programming (responsible for large-scale, signature programs and three high-level student programming boards) and an administrative assistant and indirectly supervise the program coordinator for the union and student monitors for Levering Union, Mattin Center, and the LaB.

Oversee all department budgets and submit annual budget requests as appropriate to advance the vision and strategic goals of the institution.




Publications and Website Maintenance (5% of time):

Create and then update and maintain the JHUnions and Programming websites to include resources, event information, etc.

Develop methods of communications for programs including printed and digital resources.

Create content for all promotional materials, brochures, leadership resources, etc.


Other duties as assigned (5% of time)

Serve on committees as assigned.

Represent the office for open houses and orientations.

Serve on the Dean’s emergency on-call team

Job Requirements


Master’s degree in student personnel or related field required.



At least five collective years of experience in student involvement, student activities, and/or university center/unions in a higher education setting.


Required Knowledge, Skills, or Abilities:

Knowledge of principles and practices of student activities programs and union operations at higher education institutions.

Should demonstrate a student-centered philosophy with a genuine interest and commitment to the success of all students.

Knowledge of student personnel and leadership development theory.

Strong organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills.

Strong advising skills.

Demonstrated ability to relate to students, faculty, staff, alumni, and the public.

Strong commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion.

Knowledge of academic, social, and cultural transitions that first-year students face.

High accuracy, attention to details, and timeliness.

Ability to develop and implement short and long-range plans to meet program needs.

Ability to analyze and evaluate operations and develop and implement corrective action to resolve problems.

Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.

Ability to work in a fast-paced, student-oriented environment.

Demonstrated analytical and critical thinking skills.

Demonstrated leadership and collaborative skills.

Ability to complete multiple complex projects at the same time.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships.

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