Assistant Director of Student Life, Development and Leadership

at Ivy tech

Sellersburg, IN

Posted on Aug. 11, 2016

Coordinate and implement strategies and activities designed to enhance the overall educational experience and involvement of students through the development of a comprehensive student life program including student programming, student leadership development, student governance, student organizations, service engagement, and recreation and wellness. The assistant director will work collaboratively with students, faculty, and staff to provide a student-centered environment that fosters intentional development through dynamic co-curricular programming and services, as an extension of the educational experience, to bolster campus traditions and pride, engage students with the College and community, support retention and completion, and facilitate enhanced student learning.

Promotes an environment and sense of college community that supports student engagement, student learning, college pride, and student success.
Engages in behaviors and conduct all activities with an appreciation and respect for diversity of people, styles, views; assist in the delivery of multicultural programming; develop student programming that promotes the personal growth of students by enhancing their understanding of their own and others culture, heritage and identities.
Develops and maintain appropriate relationships with other college departments. Educate and advocate within the region and community about the mission and goals of Student Life. Build partnerships with faculty and staff and develop strategies to ensure that Student Life programs compliment the academic curriculum.
Assists with the annual Student Life budget development process and monitors office budgets as assigned.
Assists with the development and utilization of a communication plan that produces regular, on-going, region-wide strategies to inform students and other college constituents about student life programs and services and opportunities for involvement including (but not limited to) a student life calendar of events highlighting college-wide, regional, and community events, printed publications, on-line tools, and social media.
Assist with monitoring, information updates, and approvals in IvyLife (student life management software).
Assists with the on-going assessment of student life programs and services and tracks student involvement in organizations, student life sponsored trips, college-wide student events, and athletics and produces a semester end report.
Positions could include some or all of the following responsibilities based on regional needs.
Student Programming Responsibilities:
Advises and support the Campus Activities Board (regional or campus specific).
Coordinates a vast array of cultural, social, and intellectual student programming and events throughout the academic year.
Coordinate mandated annual Constitution Day programming.
Student Leadership Development Responsibilities:
Coordination of the regional Student Leadership Academy ( SLA ) Program held each fall semester in accordance with the state-wide SLA structure and model.
Coordinate and Promote student involvement in the annual state-wide Ivy Tech Student Leadership Conference.
Student Governance Responsibilities:
Advocates for student involvement in the college decision-making process and advise the student government association.
Advises and supports the Student Government Association (regional or campus specific) and coordinates the annual election process.
Provides leadership training for elected officers.
Attends Student Government Association executive committee meetings, general meetings, and sponsored events regularly.
Student Organizations Responsibilities:
Guides and support of student organizations (honorary, professional, student media, and special interest).
Facilitates the student organization establishment and registration process.
Facilitates regular and on-going training for student organization advisors and officers.
Maintains reliable listing of registered student organizations including membership.
Advises student organizations regarding College policies and procedures associated with events, travel, and purchasing processes.
Service Engagement Responsibilities:
Develops and fosters relationships with community organizations.
Promotes opportunities for community engagement among students, faculty, and staff
Coordinates and promote student involvement in the annual state-wide Ivy Tech Days of Service event.
Coordinate and promote student involvement in the annual state-wide Ivy Tech Day at the Statehouse.
Recreation and Wellness Responsibilities:
Coordinates wellness related activities.
Plans, markets, and implements recreation activities.
Coordinates intramural programming
Coordinates athletic programs
Develops and fosters partnerships with organizations and facilities in the local community which promote opportunities for wellness, recreation and athletic programming.
Provides oversight to Colleges recreation and athletic facilities including fitness center and gymnasium
The above list of duties is not an exhaustive list. Other duties logically associated with the position may be assigned.

Bachelor's degree required.
Master's degree preferred in the area of college student personnel, student development, higher education administration or a related field.
Two years of professional experience in a higher education setting, preferably in Student Life is required.
The ideal candidate will demonstrate knowledge and implementation of best practices in student programming, student leadership development, student governance, student organizations, service engagement, and recreation and wellness.


A genuine interest in working directly with students and knowledge of student development theory is essential. Excellent communication (written and verbal), time management skills, skills, and computer skills (word processing, spreadsheets, email, database applications, as well as online social media), as well as the ability to handle multiple assignments concurrently in a fast-pace environment is required.
Preference will be given to candidates with experience in budget development and management, negotiation, and team building.
Must demonstrate creativity and be able to work collaboratively with various college constituents.
Preference will be given to candidates with expertise in designing and building student programs and services that enhance student learning and engagement to the college with a tie to retention and completion.
Must be able to work flexible hours, including evenings and weekends.
Community college experience a plus.

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