Director of Student Engagement

New York Institute of Technology  |  Old Westbury, NY

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Job Overview

Posted 3 weeks ago Full-Time

Job Details

Position Title:

Director of Student Engagement

Job Type: Student Affairs Administration
Location: Old Westbury, NY
Positions Available: 1
Institution Type: Private not-for-profit, 4-year
Institution Size: < 5,000 Students
Employer ID: 30254
Application Deadline: 04/25/2019

Stated Non-Discrimination Policy

Gender Expression / Identity Sexual Orientation


Housing for Position:
None provided
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

NYIT (New York Institute of Technology) offers 90 degree programs, including undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees, in more than 50 fields of study, including architecture and design; arts and sciences; education; engineering and computing sciences; health professions; management; and osteopathic medicine. A non-profit independent, private institution of higher education, NYIT has 9,000 students at campuses in New York City (Manhattan) and Long Island (Old Westbury) in New York; Jonesboro, Arkansas; Vancouver, British Columbia; and in various programs around the world. NYIT sponsors 13 NCAA Division II programs.


NYIT is guided by its mission to provide career-oriented professional education, offer access and opportunity to all qualified students, and support research and scholarship that benefits the larger world. More than 100,000 graduates have received degrees from NYIT. For more information, visit


Student Life consists of three interconnected departments that help students engage, belong, and succeed during their time at NYIT and beyond. The departments within Student Life consist of the Office of the Dean of Students, the Office of Residence Life, and the Office of Student Engagement. Student Life is led by the Dean of Students of the New York campuses and is a unit of Student Affairs reporting to the Office of the Provost in Academic Affairs.


Student Life provides transformative learning and engagement experiences for all students across the New York campuses and has placed a renewed emphasis on Student Success, Student Engagement and Student Inclusion. The Director should be comfortable with and excited about change management and providing leadership during times of transition. The Director of Student Engagement reports to the Associate Dean of Students and lead of Student Life on the Long Island campus.



Leadership, Direction and Vision
• Serve as principal lead for campus level Student Engagement initiatives, programs and resources.
• Directly supervise full and part time professional staff including Associate and Assistant Directors.
• Indirectly supervise a team of 40 paraprofessional staff members.
• Facilitate ongoing training and development experiences for professional and paraprofessional staff.
• Manage $500,000 annual operating budget.
• Coordinate tracking, assessment and evaluation responsibilities for Student Engagement.

• Maintain, compile and share relevant data as related to progress of Student Engagement initiatives.
• Collaborate with General Counsel, Procurement and Controller for contract reviews and negotiations.

Coordinate with Strategic Communications and External Affairs for marketing and outreach efforts.
• Serve on the Executive Planning Committee for Commencement


Coordination Efforts and Functional Oversight  
• Provide supervisory leadership for the following areas: Student Clubs and Organizations, Fraternity and Sorority Life, Leadership Development Experiences, NYIT Pride Initiatives, Undergraduate Student Government Association and the Graduate Student Association.
• Develop and oversee the implementation of Student Engagement curriculum.
• Develop and coordinate Diversity and Inclusion experiences that spur insight and foster belonging.
• Arrange and oversee onboarding and advising protocols and procedures for all Student Organizations.


Orientation Programs and The First Year Experience
• Research, implement and facilitate execution of a model orientation program in alignment with national best practices and research.
• Research, implement and facilitate execution of a model First Year Experience program in alignment with national best practices and research.
• Foster dynamic partnerships with academic colleges and student services units.
• Serve as lead for New Student Program events.


Other Duties as Assigned
• Serve as an ad hoc member of the CARE (Student Behavioral Intervention) Team
• Assist with review and resolution of students of concern, managing communication and coordination with faculty, family and campus partners
• Enforce travel policies for all students and faculty chaperones for unit sanctioned and off-campus events
• Serve as an actively engaged campus citizen and representative of Student Life

Job Requirements


Master’s Degree required preferably in Higher Education Administration, College Student Personnel, or other closely related field
5-7 years’ experience in Student Affairs, preferably including professional work within student engagement or involvement, leadership development, orientation and/or new student programs.
Strong budget management experience
Extensive experience supervising professional and paraprofessional staff
Experience effectively devising solutions to problems within the context of leading a team.
Experience working within a complex organizational culture that serves a diverse student population
Experience managing orientation and new student programs
Knowledge of best practices in risk management
Knowledge of student development theory and its application within the context of Student Engagement
Strong experience managing assessment of co-curricular programs, services and/or resources
Ability to work occasional nights and weekends
Experience in the development and administration of collegiate co-curricular programs.
Excellent interpersonal, communication, advocacy, counseling, decision-making and organizational skills are required


NYIT is an Equal Opportunity Employer – M/F/Veteran/Disability/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity

Application Information

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