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FLSA Designation
Date Issued: 2006-04-28
Campus Life
Title: Director of Student Activities and Leadership Development
Function and Responsibility
Under the general supervision of the Vice President of Student Affairs and the direct supervision of the Director of Campus Life. The Director of Student Activities & Leadership Development provides vision, leadership and direction for a dynamic student life program that supports intellectual, personal, and social development for all students. This position is responsible for initiating, coordinating, executing and evaluating a full array of programs, services and activities that engage the student body.

Duties and Responsibilities
• Assist in creating, implementing, supervising and evaluating the goals and objectives for the Office of Student Activities and Leadership Development, the Campus Life department and Student Affairs unit.

• Assist in the creation of an environment where the traditional lines between academics, student activities and residential life are intentionally merged to enhance and promote an integrated Lake State experience.

• Contribute to defining and refining a campus culture that provides opportunities for involvement, personal and professional growth for individuals and for student-driven organizations.

• Serve as a liaison between the students and the University.

• Lead and direct all aspects of campus-wide social and educational programming for students.

• Initiate, implement and coordinate activities, programs and services that enhance student leadership development.

• Facilitate fiscal management of budgets for Student Activities and Leadership Development, Presidents Council, Student Government, Compass Newspaper, Student Radio Station, Activities Board, Inter-Greek Council, Judiciary Board and Student Activity/Media fee.

• Serve as faculty/staff advisor for the Activities Board.

• Supervise the Intramural Director to ensure a high quality service to the student body.

• Plan and execute the appropriate assignments for orientation programs.

• Develop and emphasize partnerships through interdepartmental activities and events; co-sponsor or assist appropriate events and activities sponsored by University offices and departments.

• Promote student and organizational excellence.

• Seek, plan, coordinate and facilitate external grant and special project funding.

• Design, implement and execute an on-going assessment program for the department. Implement appropriate improvements and refinements as appropriate.
• Represent the department on designated University committees - Orientation, Diversity, Retention, Programming, Media Board - as well as others as assigned or necessary.

• Serve as a role model and mentor for the general student population and student leaders.

• Effectively and efficiently manage the operation of student organization center.

• Provide rotating weekend on-call duty with other Student Affairs staff members.
Minimum of a bachelor's degree is required with significant experience working with an array of students; ability to nurture and develop student leadership potential, and creating a successful student-centered environment. A positive, can-do attitude and a strong sense of humor is a must. Ability and willingness to work evening and weekends on a regular basis is necessary.

A working knowledge of faculty involvement, student development, relevant legal issues, student affairs best practices, programmatic assessment, challenges and opportunities associated with Greek life, student leadership and student retention is required. Strong interpersonal and counseling skills; excellent communication skills; ability to exercise a high level of independent judgment; demonstrated history of administrative experience; ability to manage multiple tasks and projects; and have intermediate computer skills with MS Word, Excel, Internet research, and PowerPoint; knowledge of crisis/response training and management, mediation and conflict management.
Physical and Mental Demands
Adequate physical fitness to be able to participate in and assist with set-up, takedown, and facilitation of student activities and events. Ability to use gross motor skills to perform supervisory and organizational duties. Use of fine motor skills to operate computer; problem solving ability; ability to understand and work with numbers; ability to see, hear, and speak with or without the use of aids to represent the University in public and promotional appearances, and mental capacity to assist with numerous administrative responsibilities.

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