Assistant Director, Student Organization and Graduate Activities

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Work type: Staff Full-Time
Location: Denver, CO
Categories: Student Affairs / Services

Campus Life and Inclusive Excellence (CLIE) is the student affairs division of the University of Denver. CLIE includes Housing and Residential Education, Academic Resources, Student Engagement, Health and Counseling, and Culture, Access and Transitions.

We are committed to providing students with the support and skills needed to become empowered citizens that positively impact the communities they are a part of, now, and in the future. We do so by challenging student to:

  • Reflect on their values and identities;
  • Recognize their strengths and acknowledge areas for further growth;
  • Understand the importance of needing support and seeking it;
  • Cultivate their passions; and
  • Foster the public good.

The Office of Student Engagement within the department of Campus Life and Inclusive Excellence utilizes innovative programming (events and initiatives) in order to build community and enrich and develop the lives of students

Position Summary

The Assistant Director for Student Engagement is responsible for supporting and producing effective and innovative programming and communications through strategic design, and delivery, focusing on implementation, student organization support, and support of graduate student activities specifically for initiatives and events created by the Office of Student Engagement. This position is responsible for effectively engaging students both through active events, passive marketing, engaged advising, and general student organization support.

Essential Functions

In addition to following the University of Denvers policies and procedures, principal responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Support and advising to Student Organizations in particular with organizational structure and positional leadership and advisor support
    • Registered Student Organization registration/renewal form oversight, student org and advisor communications, and final approvals
    • Convening of regular RSO Advisor box lunch meetings/workshops
    • Ability to train colleagues and students on the use of CrimsonConnect (CampusGroups) platform, and provide on-going drop-in CrimsonConnect support
    • Direct advising of Graduate Student Government
  • Supervision of Graduate Assistant(s) (responsible for advisement of the primary student and programming board (DUPB), and Undergraduate Student Government (USG) Committees, Graduate Student programming.
  • Supervision of Student Organization Resource Team providing training on CrimsonConnect Support, event logistics management and processes, and Student Org FAQs.
  • Development, and creation of marketing content/collateral for the Graduate Student programs, events, and initiatives
    • Such As: visual identities, brand packets (digital and print), promotional giveaways, communication plans, photographic services, weekly newsletters and other promotional vehicles/opportunities throughout the year.
  • Primary development, scheduling, and management of UofDenverGrad social media outlets and posts The Grad biweekly newsletter
  • Oversight and assistance in planning, promotion, and implementation of large-scale Graduate Student programs and CLIE/Morgridge College of Education Graduate Assistant programs and professional development
  • Plan and implement CLIE and Morgridge College of Education graduate assistantship hiring
  • Assistance with team projects and events, and staff support for Office of Student Engagement events (expected to attend/assist with events some on nights and weekends).
  • Support in implementation, design, and facilitation of trainings and student leadership development, including ongoing Student Org Advisor Support initiatives.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Demonstrated commitment to embedding principles of diversity, equity and inclusion into job responsibilities
    Sophisticated interpersonal and communication skills including verbal communications, active listening and excellent written grammar.
  • Understanding of college and graduate students needs and ability to provide mentorship and advisement for student leaders, student workers, and student organizations.
  • Strong knowledge of social media marketing tactics and strategies. 
    Ambitious and results-oriented with creative and thoughtful decision-making skills.
  • Superior time and project management skills with the ability to work independently under tight deadlines, manage multiple priorities, and communicate work with diverse populations, as a member of a collaborative team in a fast-paced, multi-tasking environment.
  • Ability to transition easily between projects, remaining productive through regular and frequent interruptions.
  • Demonstrated experience and working knowledge of the Adobe Suite, social media tools and Microsoft Office suite.
  • Ability to make connections quickly, and build positive working-relationships with colleagues across campus and student leaders.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, inclusion and equity with the ability to utilize cultural competency principles in order to effectively reach and engage diverse audiences.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelors degree in education or related field of study
  • 1 year of experience in advising students/student organizations and communicating with advisors and other campus partners
  • Experience with social media platforms and social media scheduling platforms.
  • Experience in risk-assessment and mitigation in event planning in particular with student populations

Preferred Qualifications

  • Masters degree in education or related field of study
    1-3 years of professional experience in event planning, or student planning (preferably in a higher education environment).
  • Demonstrated experience with Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat social media channels.
  • Experience collaborating with campus partners and supporting student organization advisors with varying degrees of experience advising
  • Experience with collaborative event planning, risk assessment, and event implementation logistics

Working Environment

1. Standard office environment.
2. Unexpected interruptions occur often and stress level is moderate to high.
3. Noise level is quiet to moderate.

Physical Activities

1. Ability to sit in front of a computer for an extended period of time.
2. Occasionally required to move about the office/campus with the capability of transporting objects up to 20 lbs.

Work Schedule
Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Evenings and weekends as required.

Application Deadline
For best consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00 p.m. (MST) on February 11. 2020.
Special Instructions
Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted.

Salary Range:
Salary will be determined by the qualifications of the selected candidate balanced with departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information.

Please include the following documents with your application:
1. Resume
2. Cover Letter

The University of Denver is committed to enhancing the diversity of its faculty and staff. We are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of age, race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, military/ veteran status or any other status protected by law.

All offers of employment are based upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.

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