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Position Vacancy: Director of Student Activities, Involvement and Leadership (SAIL)
Wednesday, April 02, 2014
Trinity College is seeking an energetic, passionate and experienced student affairs visionary to lead the Office of Student Activities, Involvement and Leadership (SAIL). Reporting to the Associate Dean of Students, the Director will have direct oversight of the office and lead the efforts to create a robust and engaged student life outside the classroom. S/he is expected to augment and create leadership opportunities and training for students and office staff and provide advice and support for student leaders and organizations. The Director will also have oversight of two campus centers, Mather Hall and the recently renovated Vernon Social. Two Assistant Directors, an Operations Coordinator, Office and Graduate Assistants, a Graduate Intern, as well as close to 100 student workers will report to the Director.
Duties and responsibilities
• Plan, develop and implement a diverse array of programs and events to support student development and complement the college’s academic mission.
• Advise and support student organizations including having primary responsibility for advising the Student Government Association.
• Coordinate and oversee the fall new student orientation activities and events in collaboration with various campus entities.
• Develop and implement leadership and service training programs for student leaders and organizations.
• Oversee operations, budget and programming for two campus centers.
• Identify and develop strategic partnerships with faculty and other College constituencies towards the creation of positive working relationships with colleagues and meeting departmental objectives.
• Identify, evaluate and continuously assess programs, events and departmental services to ensure consistency with our mission and goals.
• Manage office budget lines and oversee student organizations’ budgets with efficiency and transparency.
• Supervise, mentor, evaluate and provide appropriate professional and leadership development opportunities for office staff.
• Serve as a member of the Administrator on Call rotation. This requires that the director live on campus.
The ideal candidate is expected to have broad experience in activities planning, student advising, event management and campus center operations. A good understanding of liberal arts communities is preferred and candidates should be conversant in student development theory and best practices. The following should be included in the candidate’s skill set:
• An advanced degree in a relevant field.
• Strong commitment to the liberal arts experience along with evidence of an appreciation for working in a diverse community.
• Ability to adapt leadership style to the unique needs and interests of the student population.
• 5 – 7 years progressive experience in campus activities, programming, event management and operations.
• Strong record of developing student leaders and leadership programs.
• Experience in designing and managing new student orientation.
• Experience in negotiating and reviewing contracts.
• Flexibility in schedule to be able to work some nights and weekends.
• Superior time management skills with good ability to multitask. Strong problem solving skills are an important asset.
• Excellent attention to detail and evidence of good judgment and strong work ethic.
• Supervisory experience and a record of training and evaluating personnel. There are high expectations that the director will serve as a strong role model for students and staff alike and that s/he will lead by example consistently.
• Ability to work collaboratively and across diverse communities is necessary. Candidates should possess solid experience in developing and sustaining positive relationships across the workplace. Good communication skills, both orally and in writing are essential, as is the ability to represent the office and its interests to various campus constituencies.
• Ability to interpret and apply college rules and regulations as they pertain to student organizations and activities.
• Good proficiency with computers and software programs including familiarity with using social media to support departmental goals.
Salary is commensurate with qualifications, experience and training. Trinity College offers a competitive and comprehensive benefits package. Given the requirement that the incumbent live on campus and serve in the on-call rotation, the College provides an unfurnished apartment (utilities and cable included).
Trinity College is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Applicants with disabilities should request, in advance, any needed accommodation in order to participate in the application process.
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