Director, Student Activities and Involvement

Cleveland State University  |  Cleveland, OH

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Posted 4 weeks ago Full-Time

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Position Title:

Director, Student Activities and Involvement

Job Type: Administrative Adult/Commuter/Off-Campus Student Services Fraternity & Sorority Leadership Development/Programs
Location: Cleveland, OH
Positions Available: 1
Institution Type: Public, 4-year
Institution Size: < 11,000 Students
Employer ID: 19468
Application Deadline: 01/04/2018

Stated Non-Discrimination Policy

Gender Expression / Identity Sexual Orientation


Housing for Position:
None provided
Housing for Position:
None provided
Masters Required
Major Preference:
No Preference
5-7 Years

Masters Required
Major Preference:
No Preference
5-7 Years

Position Description

Function: Provides oversight and direction for effective operations of the Center for Student Involvement. Oversees a comprehensive program of student activities, student involvement opportunities, and leadership education that supports the University mission of student learning, personal development and engagement, and enhances the overall student experience. Develops Greek Life programming at CSU; serves as primary advisor to Greek letter organizations and Greek Councils. Provides leadership and advocacy for commuter students through programming and outreach services and serves as a liaison to faculty and staff on commuter issues. Oversees the planning and execution of major campus events and establishes short and long term program strategies and plans for activities, including evening and weekend events. Identifies alternative funding sources and opportunities for new and existing student activities and programs. Supervises assigned staff. Assumes responsibility for the department in absence of the Assistant Vice President. Interacts professionally with all internal and external customers using strong interpersonal skills.

Responsibilities: The performance of the duties outlined below must be carried out within the mission of the University:  to help create an effective learning environment for students; to treat all persons with dignity and respect; and to actively demonstrate an attitude of willing service and teamwork.

  1. Provides oversight, direction and supervision for the effective operations of the Center for Student Involvement by:
    1. Develops and oversees a comprehensive program of student activities, student involvement opportunities, and leadership education that supports the University mission of student learning, personal development and engagement, and enhances the overall university experience.
    2. Managing budgets, ensuring adherence to University fiscal policies and procedures.  Developing and monitoring program allocations and projections, ensuring the provision of cost effective services while remaining within resources available. Approves expenditures within established guidelines; preparing cost analyses and reports.
    3. Developing marketing and communication initiatives that support outreach programming and events. Writing and updating materials and resources for use in print, web site and social media.
    4. Identifying funding opportunities for Center and department programs.  Writing and/or assisting with grant and proposal writing for funding and funding continuation from outside sponsors.  Maintaining related files.
    5. Serving as primary contact for the Graduate College and Law School on student engagement initiatives.
    6. Coordinating data/information accumulation and assessment to assist in evaluating program effectiveness in relation to learning outcomes, satisfaction and usage.  Utilizing findings to restructure programs to better meet needs and outcomes.  Implementing assessment plan for assigned areas in conjunction with university guidelines and the Council for Advancement of Standards in Higher Education.
  2. Develops and enhances the Greek Life program at CSU and serves as primary advisor to Greek letter organizations, and Greek Councils by providing strategic planning and oversight of fraternity and sorority system operations by:
    1. Developing standards and policies that adhere to (inter)national and CSU policies and procedures regarding risk management, hazing, recruitment, academics and community standards.  Serves as liaison to the Greek Alumni Council and Alumni Affairs Office.
    2. Overseeing planning for Fall and Spring Recruitment, Greek Week, Greek Recognition Banquet and related programming activities that promote the Greek Life experience and serve as recruitment tools. 
    3. Meeting regularly with executive officers of governing bodies and chapter presidents to address issues and maintain a strong, stable and prosperous fraternity and sorority system.​
    4. Maintaining current information, files and records on active Greek letter organizations.
  3. Provides oversight and direction for effective operation of general fee and registered student organizations and student media areas by:
    1. Promoting the importance of engaged learning and the co-curricular experience to the campus community. Assisting students seeking to bring new student organizations to CSU.  Serving as a student organization advisor, including serving as advisor of the Student Government Association.
    2. Establishing goals and overall direction for staff charged with coordinating operations and activities of registered student organizations. Serving as advisor for budget processes, personnel matters and administrative functions.
    3. Reviewing, revising and implementing policies, procedures and guidelines for student organizations.  Ensuring general fee organizations are operationally consistent with department audit requirements and compliant with student organization policies and procedures.
    4. Serving as primary contact for faculty and alumni advisors.
    5. Overseeing annual review of general fee organization constitutions, organizational structures, officer selection, position descriptions, funding strategies and adherence to record retention policies. 
  4. Directs and supports the successful implementation of a comprehensive array of student activities and events designed to promote student engagement and development, to include:
    1. Establishing short and long term program strategies and plans for activities. Overseeing planning and execution of major campus events.
    2. Supervising negotiation of contracts with performing artists and speakers through the National Association for Campus Activities and individual agencies.  Reviewing contracts for liability, payment issues.
    3. Approving publicity and promotion of planned on-campus and off-campus programs, events, and activities to increase participation, generate positive public awareness and solicit financial support from interested external groups and individuals.
    4. May attend Events Committee meetings to ensure compliance with University policies and risk management considerations. 
  5. Provides leadership and advocacy for commuter, transfer and non-traditional students through programming and outreach services by:
    1. Assessing commuter student needs and services by benchmarking best practices and current research on retention of commuter students. Establishing goals, implementing outreach initiatives and programming that foster out-of-class connections with faculty, staff and on-campus students.
    2. Planning and coordinating delivery of services, resources and educational programming for returning adult students, students who are parents, and evening class students.
    3. Overseeing the Commuter Services Center as a central point of information and assistance for commuter students, ensuring efficient and welcoming operations and space allocations.
    4. Establishing and chairing a Commuter Advisory Board with division and student representation to assist with needs assessment, awareness of commuter issues and collaborative efforts to address those needs.
    5. Serving as liaison to Campus District Organization, and 3rd party providers of on-line off-campus housing sites.
  6. Leads and coordinates the Division’s involvement in New Student Orientation and Parent and Family programming initiatives, including the ongoing maintenance of parent communications. 
  7. Participates in planning, implementing and supporting the University’s response to situations and emergencies impacting individual and overall student safety and welfare, including serving as member of Emergency Response Team on-call rotation.
  8. Represents Student Affairs and the University at various community and/or business meetings, committees and task forces. Represents Department of Student Life at campus and student organization events and university committees.
  9. Undertakes research related to areas of responsibility. Recommends and implements best practices for research.   Undertakes special projects as assigned and provides regular reports of activity to supervisor.
  10. Supervises assigned personnel by providing orientation, guidance, assistance and developmental training as required. Approves or makes recommendations regarding employment, performance appraisals, salary changes, promotions, transfers, and terminations.
  11. Enhances professional growth and development through participation in continuing education courses, professional organizations, seminars and workshops, reading current literature and maintaining professional contacts in the community.
  12. Performs other functionally related duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:  Master’s degree in College Student Personnel, College Student Affairs Administration or equivalent field. Six years increasingly responsible administrative and budgetary experience in student affairs. Current and significant knowledge and experience in advising student organizations, and designing and executing a comprehensive Greek Life program in an urban setting; significant experience and involvement with NPC, IFC, NPHC and Multicultural Greeks. Supervisory experience. Ability to interpret, develop and execute university policies and procedures. Strong organizational skills; excellent written, oral and intercultural communication skills.  Demonstrated ability to work effectively with a diverse university community. Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously, and work collaboratively to execute programs and services in a team setting. Technologically proficient and experienced in database, word, spreadsheet and presentation applications.  Ability to work a flexible schedule.  Ability to travel with and supervise student groups. Valid driver's license and ability to establish driver eligibility under the University's Driving and Motor Vehicle Policy.

Preferred Qualifications:   Working knowledge of OrgSync. Experience working with a commuter student population. Experience in a public, urban campus setting. Experience in program assessment. Preferred candidates will possess the ability to contribute to the diversity, cultural sensitivity, and inclusive excellence of the University community.

Application Information

Applications will only be accepted through the online CSU portal. For full consideration, please apply by the January 4, 2018 deadline.

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