1123 Director, Student Life and Development - West Plains


TITLE Director, Student Life and Development - West Plains




IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR Vice-Chancellor of Student Services


The Director of Student Life and Development – West Plains at Missouri State University - West Plains is responsible for student activities, student organizations, campus programming, preparation of certain campus publications and oversight for the residence life department.


Education: A Bachelor's degree is required. A Master's degree in an appropriate field is preferred. An equivalent combination of years of experience and education may be considered for substitution of educational requirements.

Experience: Two years of successful experience in higher education student services is required, with one year of experience in residence life preferred. It is preferred that the required experience occur while employed full-time in a professional work setting, but work experience of the same type and for the same duration obtained while enrolled as a college student is acceptable.

Skills: The ability to communicate effectively and interact positively with students is required. The ability to function harmoniously within a team of student services personnel is required. The ability to design and coordinate effective student programming and activities is required. The ability to plan, organize, and budget programs of similar scope and funding levels as those at Missouri State University-West Plains is required. The ability to develop knowledge of, respect for, and skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds is required.


1. Administers the recognized student organization program and encourages the establishment of additional student organizations.

2. Serves as advisor of the Student Government Association, West Plains and Mountain Grove campuses.

3. Coordinates the annual Welcome Week.

4. Coordinates the annual Homecoming activities.

5. Supervises the Student Recreation Center, maintains the schedule of approved activities, and provides student worker supervision.

6. Provides oversight to the Coordinator of Residence Life for all aspects of residence life program.

7. Serves as a Hearing Authority within the student conduct processes of the Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities.

8. Serves as a member of the core BIT team, attends weekly meetings, and responds to all concerns that are presented related to the area of oversight.

9. Meets with students individually and/or in groups to listen and to assist with a variety of situations of concern to students as they pursue their educational goals.

10. Plans and presents (or arranges) student developmental programming on such topics as wellness, drug & alcohol education, and other areas relevant to student success.

11. Provides required reporting needed as part of the annual Campus Safety and Security Act and other federally required reporting.

12. Chairs and/or serves on University committees as assigned.

13. Facilitates a work environment that encourages knowledge of, respect for, and development of skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds.

14. Remains competent and current through self-directed professional reading, developing professional contacts with colleagues, attending professional development courses, and attending training and/or courses as directed by the supervisor.

15. Ensures that miscellaneous assignments related to Student Life and Development are completed in the best interests of the campus by accepting and accomplishing tasks which are designed by the Vice-Chancellor of Student Services.


The Director of Student Life & Development – West Plains is supervised by the Vice-Chancellor of Student Services. The Director exercises considerable independent judgment in the administration of his/her area of responsibility. The Director has direct supervision of the Coordinator of Residence Life and student workers.