Director of Student Engagement and Leadership (SL 4, Director of Student Activities)
Location: Oswego, New York
Higher Education Institution
Description of Department:
Reporting to the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs (AVPSA), the Director is responsible for strategic and visionary leadership and the day-to-day management of the Student Engagement and Leadership (SEL) department. SEL seeks to foster a highly engaged, and active student body. Through innovative programs, co-curricular experiences, and collaborative staff-student partnerships, SEL plays a vital role in helping students connect to campus so they can achieve their full potential as students and as graduates of SUNY Oswego. Situated within the Division of Student Affairs (DSA), SEL accomplishes its work through leadership development; civic engagement; support for student organizations including fraternities, sororities, and clubs; and by offering engaging, fun, and educational activities and programs such as the annual ALANA Conference, I Am Oz Speaker Series, and MLK Event.
The Director is responsible for the development and implementation of department policies, strategic planning, mission, and vision development, setting performance expectations and standards, and providing training for full time professional, administrative, graduate student, and student staff members.
The Director works collaboratively with campus partners, faculty, students, and staff to oversee the development of high impact, co-curricular programs that deliver outcomes aligned with the mission of the University, and the Division of Student Affairs.
Furthermore, the Director of SEL develops and directs an assessment cycle that will inform the development of new student-centered experiences and evolve current traditions and programs to better meet the needs of a dynamic and diverse student body.
The Director of SEL serves on the Student Affairs Leadership Team and is appointed by the AVPSA to serve as an advisor to the Student Association, SUNY Oswego's student governing body
The Student Engagement and Leadership at the State University of New York at Oswego invites applications to fill a full time Director of Student Engagement and Leadership.
Posting Date: March 20, 2023
Review Date: Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.
Compensation:Minimum salary $80,000 (salary commensurate with experience) plus a full New York State benefits package.
Benefit Information: The State University of New York provides an excellent benefit package. Click here for more information.
Date of Appointment: As soon as possible
Provide strategic leadership and oversight of core SEL functional areas including Registered Student Organization Operations, Fraternity and Sorority Life, Civic Engagement and Community Services, and campus events and traditions.
Oversee and direct policies and procedures related to the support of more than 150 Registered Student Organizations, and all recognized Fraternities and Sororities. Appraise and advise the Student Association (SA) officers of pending policy changes that may impact the operation, or recognition of SA recognized organizations.
Develop a mastery of learning outcomes-based approaches, including the Curricular Approach. In collaboration with SEL Leadership, implement student programs, events, programs, and other initiatives that support student learning opportunities related to department's learning outcomes and engender a sense of belonging.
Maintain and up-to-date understanding of national best practices and literature on leadership development, civic engagement and community service, college student engagement, student inclusiveness and belonging, community well-being and retention. Set SUNY Oswego apart and above other institutions for its quality of offerings and efficacy in transforming students into agents for change.
Serve as advisor to the SUNY Oswego Student Association. Provide training, and development opportunities for all three branches of the Association including directors in the executive branch, senators in the legislative branch, the Chief Justice, and others representing the judicial branch. Support year-to-year SA officer transitions to ensure continuity of governance.
Administer, interpret, develop, and enforce policies in accordance with the SUNY and SUNY Oswego guidelines, and the Student Association constitution and by-laws.
Provide oversight for the development of a comprehensive leadership development program, that connects students to civically minded practices.
Work collaboratively with the Student Association to provide oversight and assistance in the review of contractual relationships with third parties, assess, and restructure organizational policies, practices, and bylaws where needed to ensure that SA operates as a model student governing body.
Direct the development and growth of a comprehensive Fraternity and Sorority Life program that engages potential new member students, promotes academic excellence and scholarship, reinforces a commitment to service and leadership, and creates a culture of dignity and respect among all members.
Develop and communicate policies related to use of The Point for meetings, workspace, and storage. Regularly assess usage patterns and student feedback to ensure facilities in The Point meet the needs of students.
Ensure staff and students have access to up-to-date platforms and resources needed to properly advise and manage student organizations.
Provide direct supervision to 4 full time professional staff, as well as indirect supervision and support for 3 full time professional staff, and 3 graduate assistants. Ensure staff performance goals are met and engage staff in professional development to advance the work of the team.
In partnership with key department staff, and stakeholders in the university's Communications and Marketing department, develop and direct a communication plan that effectively informs students of departmental programs, events, offerings, and resources.
Direct the creation and achievement of a department vision and strategic plan. Implement department short and long-range goals and initiatives through leadership of various committees and project teams.
Actively work to reinforce SUNY Oswego communication and branding priorities when communicating with various stakeholders, including parents, prospective and current students, and university departments.
Serve on department, division, and college committees as assigned.
SUNY Oswego works continuously to create an inclusive environment which respects, embraces, and promotes cultural safety, belonging, civil discourse, cultural humility, and other values and goals outlined in SUNY Oswego's Strategic Diversity and Inclusion Plan. As such, the incumbent will be expected to contribute to these efforts and possess communication and interpersonal skills necessary to engage effectively with an increasingly diverse community of students and colleagues.
Master's degree in higher education administration, college student personnel, or a related field.
3-5 years working experience in student affairs or a related field.
5-7 years of progressive leadership experience in student affairs, or a related field.
Prior experience in student activities, fraternity, and sorority life, and/or student organization support.
Demonstrated commitment to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion through co-curricular programs.
Demonstrated understanding of how to increase student sense of belonging and engagement.
Experience in event coordination and production and program planning and implementation.
Experience working with Student Government Organizations, and/or similar shared governance models.
Effective organizational, written, and verbal communication skills.
Ability to work with computer-based communication and programs.
Ability to make administrative and procedural decisions and judgments on sensitive, and confidential issues.
Assessment and referral skills. Ability to access training, in-service needs, provide consultation, arrange/facilitate training, and seminars.
Mediation and behavioral management skills. Demonstrated ability in advising and supervising student groups and professional staff.
Knowledge of contract documents and specifications.
Ability to interpret, adapt, and apply guidelines and procedures, college policy, and state and federal laws related to student organizations and their activities.
Knowledge of student support programs and services and crisis intervention techniques.
Knowledge of emergency/disaster/ recovery plans. Ability to react effectively in emergency situations.
Knowledge of and ability to understand, follow, and enforce safety procedures.
Ability to understand and apply student development theory and learning outcomes.
Prior supervisory experiences
At SUNY Oswego we value the diversity found in each member of our campus community and strive to create a community where that diversity is embraced and enhanced. Recognizing the strength of diversity, our mission is to foster an environment which respects, embraces and promotes cultural competence, civil discourse and active engagement in developing an inclusive and vibrant community of scholars who act as transformational agents of change and responsible citizens of the world. For more information see SUNY Oswego's Strategic Diversity and Inclusion Plan.
As a candidate seeking consideration you are asked to submit a separate statement specifically addressing how your commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion has been evidenced in your career experience and professional activity, and/or community service (volunteer work, etc.), and/or professional development. (Please see Application Instructions)
With a student body of 8,000 students, the State University of New York at Oswego is large enough to offer more than 110 programs of study yet small enough for students to form lifelong bonds with each other and their professors and mentors. Learning-centeredness is Oswego's organizing principle for decisions about responsibilities, activities, resources, and academic and physical environments as the college addresses the widening missions of public higher education in the 21st century and continues to advance the public good. Students study in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; School of Business; School of Communication, Media and the Arts; and School of Education as well as innovative interdisciplinary programs that cross traditional boundaries. Oswego opens doors for students with highly rated experiential learning and study-abroad opportunities.The state has invested more than $800 million in campus renewal at Oswego since 2000, bringing new luster and technologies to old buildings and adding wholly new state-of-the-art facilities. The college's new construction is all designed to meet the LEED Gold standard of the U.S. Green Building Council.Inspired by a shared commit...ment to excellence and the desire to transcend traditional higher-education boundaries, SUNY Oswego strives to be a premier institution that provides a transformative experience to a diverse body of students, empowering them to live ethical and meaningful lives and build a better world. Strong traditionThe college was founded in 1861 as a teacher training school by Edward Austin Sheldon, who embraced and popularized some of the most innovative teaching methods of his day. Oswego became one of the State University of New York's founding members in 1948 and evolved into a full-fledged arts and sciences university college in the SUNY system by 1962, when it entered a period of rapid growth: as enrollment soared, 29 new buildings opened in the 1960s alone.The legacy of 19th century founder Edward Austin Sheldon still underpins the college's identity and invigorates its vision. Sheldon built a powerful public asset to meet the needs of rising populations and was one of the original adopters of experiential learning as a compelling pedagogy. LocationThe college's 690-acre campus, featuring nearly a mile of Great Lake shorefront, is scenic every season of the year. Lake Ontario with its connected waterways and natural beauty is the focal point for world-class sports fishing, outstanding opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts, community parks, living history through maritime museums and Fort Ontario, and festivals like Oswego's Harborfest as well as a thriving port. To the north are the Thousand Islands of the St. Lawrence Seaway, to the south the vineyards of the Finger Lakes. Syracuse is the metropolitan cultural hub for Central New York, a 45-minute drive from Oswego. Its international airport is closer still. SUNY Oswego also has a branch campus in Syracuse, where it offers degree completion programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels.Welcome Videohttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BaPSio0v2JYFast Facts http://www.oswego.edu/about/facts.htmlAccreditations http://www.oswego.edu/about/facts/accreditations.htmlInteractive Map http://www.oswego.edu/about/visit/maps/campus/index.html#placemarks//zoom/16/lat/undefined/lon/undefinedFollowing State University of New York at Oswego on Twitter https://twitter.com/sunyoswego