Assistant Director of Student Leadership and Engagement


Website Union University

Division of Student Life

This 12-month position reports to the Director for Student Leadership and Engagement. The Assistant Director works with the Director for Student Leadership and Engagement and the Assistant Director of Student Leadership and Engagement to develop a diverse group of leaders that reach, motivate, and engage all] students on campus. This team of three works together to create a strong campus community by investing in student leaders and developing student culture, identity, and tradition. The Assistant Director of Student Leadership and Engagement works within the Division of Student Life of the university.

Reports to:  Director for Student Leadership and Engagement

Supervises: Student Worker through the Servant Leadership Award program

Essential Job Functions:

Leadership Development Programs

    • Coordinate leadership development programs, schedule workshops, and plan the annual student leadership conference or other similar leader program; create and implement the leadership curriculum
    • Serve on a team with the Director for Student Leadership and Engagement and the Assistant Director of Student Leadership and Engagement to research models of student leadership, campus traditions, event planning, and provide a student leadership/student programs best practices report, current Union audit, and three-year plan for improved events, services and student development
    • Organize the Barnabas Leadership Award program given each Awards Day including a ca11 for nominations and recruiting the review/selection committee
    • Organize and lead committee which selects recipients

Student Organizations

    • Individual meetings with al] student organization presidents once a semester to improve communication between the Office of Student Leadership and Engagement and campus organizations
    • Maintain rosters and communication with student organizations
    • Maintain the organization policies webpage
    • Maintain database of cal] clubs/organizations student leaders and advisors

Student Government Association-dependent on the candidate

    • Provide leadership and guidance to the SGA Executive Council
    • Weekly meetings with the SGA President
    • Provide leadership to al] four class councils, but additional leadership to the Freshman Council, working with the upperclassmen leaders to shape and develop the freshmen council culture and initiatives
    • Work with the SGA President to appoint students to faculty committees
    • Be available to assist at Student Life leadership retreats, including SGA and Freshmen Council retreats
    • Provide leadership to the student homecoming events, working with a team of Student Leadership and Engagement and Residence Life to plan events
    • Schedule and coordinate the homecoming court rehearsal and presentation with the Vice President for Student Life & Dean of Students (includes all logistics)

Greek  Life -dependent  on the candidate

    •  Serve as Panhellenic Advisor providing leadership to the Panhellenic Council, as well as coordinating recruitment and other special events
    • Serve as Interfraternity Council (IFC) Advisor providing leadership to the IFC Council, as well as coordinating recruitment and other special events
    • Manage the Panhellenic and IFC budgets
    • Assist the Director of Student Leadership and Engagement with the coordination of Greek Week and other Greek community building events
    • Work with Counseling Services to plan a mental health awareness event
    • Meet monthly with sorority and fraternity presidents
    • Meet each semester with scholastic chairs
    • Approve all party themes, chaperones, t-shirts, fundraisers, sisterhood/brotherhood events, and any other Greek 1ife related events


    • Organize student events that will play a role in the Presidential Homecoming Cup
    • Partner with Alumni Relations, Residence Life, and Creative Dining to provide Homecoming Events for Students, Faculty, Staff, and Alumni
    • Distribute information about the Presidential Homecoming Cup to student organizations
    • Along with SGA and IT facilitate voting for Homecoming Court
    • Organize and communicate with the Homecoming Court
    • Facilitate and present the Homecoming Court at the Homecoming game
    • Deliver and present engraved award and plaques at the Homecoming game

New Student Experience

    • Assist the Assistant Director of Student Leadership and Engagement with Summer Orientation (consisting of three, two-day orientation sessions) and Welcome Week (consisting of a four-day orientation prior to the start of classes in August)
    • Assist the Assistant Director of Student Leadership and Engagement with interviews, selection, and training of Summer Orientation and Welcome Week leaders
    • Coordinate the Transfer/New Student Dinner logistics in the fall and spring
    • Student Organization Fairs: Organize student organization fairs/showcases for Summer Orientations, Welcome Week, and Bulldog Days


    • Update various handbooks, including those for Freshman Council, Student Organizations, and more
    • Utilize campus databases and software programs
    • Consider leading a GO Trip
    • Ongoing mentoring of students
    • Other tasks as needed


Any other duties as assigned by the Director for Student Leadership and Engagement.


Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution. Master’s degree from an accredited institutions is preferred in higher education administration, college student affairs, college student development, or related field.

Experience with event planning in a college environment, experience in marketing and promotion of programs, budget experience, and an understanding of student development. Supervisory, customer service, and training experience. Excellent verbal and written communication skills and interpersonal skills sufficient to work effectively with a diversity of students, faculty, staff, and community members.

Successful candidates must be professing Christians who are active members of a local church, enthusiastically support Union University’s Identity, Mission and Core Values, and articulate a Christian worldview in their work and life.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Knowledge of: Student Affairs best practices for leadership development, spiritual development, and SGA and/or Greek Life.

Skills in: Presenting student training, conflict resolution, interpersonal communication, and responding to questions related to all areas within Student Leadership and Engagement

Ability to: Correspond in a timely manner to stakeholders, help students excel outside of the classroom, advise students on how to manage organizations and how to be better leaders, and collaborate with team members, other departments, advisors, faculty/staff, and students.

Physical Requirements

The work performed by this position is of a general office and classroom nature. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to perform the following:

  • Communicate professionally in person, over the telephone, through email and other electronic means
  • Walk from one campus facility to another
  • Spend extended periods of time sitting and standing
  • Ability to lift, move, and carry objects up to 50 lbs.

The above description is not intended to be an “a/I-inclusive” list of the duties and responsibilities of the job described nor are they intended to be a complete listing of the skills and abilities required to do the job.

Rather, they are intended only to describe the general nature of the job. The incumbent in this position is expected to perform other duties as assigned.

Revised 08/2021

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