1945 Associate Director of Student Engagement


TITLE Associate Director of Student Engagement




IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR Director of Student Engagement

MAJOR ADMINISTRATOR Assistant Vice President for Student Life and Director of Plaster Student Union


The primary job duty of the Associate Director of Student Engagement is designing and implementing leadership development programs, fraternity and sorority life programs, and developing and implementing activities and services which supplement the academic program of the University. The Associate Director of Student Engagement assists with operations of the Office of Student Engagement, provides advice and resources for students and student organizations, interprets and enforces University policy for fraternity and sorority life and student organizations, plans 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 Student Engagement.


Education: A Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration, Management, Counseling, or a related field of study is required.

Experience: At least 3 years of successful administrative experience in higher education, with experience in student activities, advising, Greek Life, leadership programs or related fields, is required. Experience with budgets, supervision, and knowledge of student development theory and its application to student activities is preferred.

Skills: Exceptional organizational, management, leadership, computer, communication, and interpersonal skills are 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 position frequently requires attendance at evening and/or weekend activities, meetings, seminars, and workshops.


1. Develops and oversees a comprehensive student leadership development program, by coordinating leadership initiatives on campus, facilitating the Emerging and Centennial Leadership Programs, the Distinction in Public Affairs program, developing and implementing a leadership-based residential living-learning community in partnership with Residence Life, Housing and Dining Services, and establishing a strategic planning process for leadership programs.

2. Cooperatively assists with leading the Office of Student Engagement, and in particular, ensures effective advisement of fraternities and sororities by directly advising the Interfraternity Council (IFC), co-advising the National Pan-Hellenic Council (PHA), as well as implementing the Fraternity and Sorority Governance Statement of Missouri State University.

3. Addresses fraternity and sorority conduct matters as necessary, including advising the IFC and PHA judicial boards, assisting the Office of Student Conduct in fraternity and sorority life conduct matters and communicating with the Springfield Police Department substation.

4. Assists in establishing and continuing a cooperative relationship between the fraternity, sorority, Springfield, and University communities by facilitating the action steps related to the Fraternity and Sorority Governance Statement of Missouri State University.

5. Serves as a University liaison to communicate planned student activities to the fraternity and sorority life leadership and encourages their participation.

6. Provides positive guidance and mentoring for students by serving as a general “walk-in” advisor to all campus student organizations and, specifically, structuring and advising a leadership student organization.

7. Develops a cooperative relationship with various departments on campus and agencies throughout the community, especially by assisting Plaster Student Union staff and volunteers in planning programs and leadership training endeavors.

8. Promotes a positive image of the University by coordinating and assisting the Director of Student Engagement in the planning, development, implementation, coordination, and evaluation of major University-wide special events and assisting with other staff-initiated programs.

9. Manages financial resources, within budget limits, in accordance with University guidelines under the guidance and supervision of the Director of Student Engagement by planning, developing, and overseeing designated budgets.

10. Ensures the goals and objectives of the leadership programs are included in the annual goals and objectives for the Office of Student Engagement.

11. Effectively markets leadership programs and initiates effective means to seek corporate support of leadership programs with the assistance of the Foundation.

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

13. 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 Student Engagement.

14. Supports the overall operation of the Plaster Student Union and contributes to the department’s success by performing all other duties as assigned.


The Associate Director of Student Engagement is supervised by the Director of Student Engagement and supervises an Assistant Director, graduate assistants, and student employees.