1938 Director of Student Engagement


TITLE Director of Student Engagement




IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR Director, Plaster Student Union


The Director of Student Engagement provides leadership and management of the activities, services, and operations of the Office of Student Engagement. The Director of Student Engagement develops and implements activities and services which supplement the academic program of the University, supervises the operations of the Office of Student Engagement, ensures the design and implementation of leadership development programs, provides advice and resources for students and student organizations, interprets and enforces University policy for student organizations, coordinates programs for University-wide events, participates in long-range planning and implementation of programs by the Plaster Student Union, and assumes other responsibilities as directed by the Director of Plaster Student Union.


Education: A Master's degree in higher education administration, college student personnel, student affairs, or a related field is required.

Experience: At least three years of successful administrative experience in higher education is required. Experience in the various facets of student engagement, such as advising or supervising student programming, student organizations, fraternity and sorority life, and leadership programs on the college or university level is required.  Experience in supervising full-time staff is required. Experience in developing and implementing successful programs, contracts, working with small and large groups of students in student activities, student union, residence life, or related areas, program budget management, and managing successful large events, such as concerts and lectures is required.

Skills: Exceptional organizational, management, leadership, communication, and interpersonal skills are required. Computer literacy is required. The ability to develop knowledge of, respect for, and skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds is required.

Other: The scope of the job frequently requires attendance at evening and/or weekend activities, meetings, seminars, and workshops.


1. Establishes and implements short- and long-range organizational goals, objectives, policies, and operating procedures for the Office of Student Engagement (OSE), develops and monitors the OSE annual budget, monitors and evaluates operational effectiveness, and effects changes required for improvement.

2. Ensures effective advisement for the University's primary programming boards responsible for the planning, implementation, assessment, and evaluation of a variety of student programs and activities by assuring the provision of program planning skills training, leadership skills training, and organizational development.

3. Develops and leads an efficient department by supervising administrative, graduate, and student staff, managing a significant budget, and establishing a comprehensive program to enhance the quality of life on campus.

4. Ensures the effective advisement of fraternities and sororities and assures implementation of the governance statement.

5. Promotes awareness of campus policies to student organizations. Facilitates the dissemination of information to the campus and community regarding student organizations.

6. Oversees co-curricular involvement by serving as general adviser to all campus student organizations, oversees the student organization management software, communicating and enforcing University policy, providing resources as needed, and facilitating student recognition programs.

7. Serves as chairperson of the Student Organization Funding Allocation Council (SOFAC) and works with student organizations to apply for and access funding from the council.

8. Facilitates, directs, and assists with staff-initiated programs to enhance student-generated programs, such as, Homecoming, Sample Springfield, Student Talent and Recognition (STAR) program, Public Affairs, and other student, faculty, and staff functions.

9. Promotes a positive image of the University by coordinating the committee responsible for planning Welcome Week events.

10. Assists with the creation of a total and positive campus life through cooperating with other components of Student Affairs, such as Residence Life, Multicultural Student Services, and Orientation (SOAR), focusing on a collaborative approach for staff and volunteers to provide services to the University community, and directing staff to actively assist Plaster Student Union operations staff in planning programs.

11. Serves as University liaison to the Campus Ministers Association.

12. Oversees the Multicultural Engagement Fund allocations, committee and disbursements.

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 required by the Director of Plaster Student Union.

15. Supports the overall operation of the Plaster Student Union and contributes to the department’s success by completing special projects and performing other duties assigned by the Director of Plaster Student Union.


The Director of Student Engagement directly supervises a variety of staff including full-time professional, clerical, graduate assistants and student employees.