Northwestern University Position Description
Assistant Director, Leadership & Community Engagement
JOB ID: 27211
The Assistant Director of Leadership & Community Engagement contributes to the overall goals of Leadership & Community Engagement by supporting students’ intellectual, social, cultural, and community activities. A member of the Leadership & Community Engagement team, the assistant director cultivates relationships with individual students and student groups, attends to student developmental issues through formal and informal means, and acts as a liaison between students and other campus departments with a focus on community engagement through volunteer programs and service-learning.
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Essential Function (E) *
1. Develop, implement, market, and evaluate trainings, workshops, and initiatives related to immersive experiences with a focus on reflection, leadership, and social change toward justice aligning with student affairs divisional learning outcomes.
2. Collaborate with campus and community partners to foster a thriving volunteer program with specific attention to positive agency and partner relationships.
3. Plan campus volunteer recognition programs.
4. Oversee the development of budgets and financial processes for related events, activities and programs.
5. Advise student and student organization travel programs such as Freshman Urban Program, Alternative Student Breaks, Habitat for Humanity, etc.
6. Research current trends and issues in higher education related to community engagement to influence positive change on campus, serving as a philanthropy/service consultant.
7. Assess program initiatives and student learning outcomes.
8. Supervise AmeriCorps VISTA and undergraduate interns.
Minimum Qualifications: (Education, experience, and any other certifications or clearances)
1. Master’s degree required or equivalent combination of education, training and experience from which comparable skills can be required.
2. 1-3 years previous experience advising and working with college-level students and student organizations
3. Previous experience planning and implementing student programs.
Minimum Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities.)
Trains people for current assignment and develops them for promotion; uses feedback and personal example to encourage higher performance
Facilitates open and effective communication, cooperation and teamwork within and outside of one’s own team; respects the needs and contributions of others.
Communicates effectively one-to-one, in small groups and in public speaking contexts; writes precise, well-organized emails, letters and proposals while using appropriate vocabulary and grammar.
Creates an environment of understanding and acceptance; solicits input from a wide variety of people and functions; challenges organizational policies and practices that may be exclusionary.
Effectively performs duties and responsibilities; displays attention to detail; supports organizational policies; anticipates demands/pressures of assignments and adjusts accordingly.
Exhibits energy and desire to achieve; sets ambitious goals and acts decisively; takes action that no one has requested to improve or enhance job results and avoid problems.
Demonstrates ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously.
Plans, organizes and schedules in an efficient, productive manner; anticipates contingencies and pays attention todetail; targets projects or initiatives that require special attention and focuses on key tasks when faced with limited time and/or resources
Ability to easily contact and develop working relationships with students and colleagues.
Strong interest in working with performing arts student organizations is essential.
Preferred Qualifications: (Education and experience)
1. Master’s degree in college student personnel administration, student affairs, or other relevant discipline preferred.
2. Experience coordinating campus-wide programs and working with students at a college or university.
3. Experience developing and facilitating student programs, with attention to risk management, budgets, and student travel.
4. Experience with contracting and event pre-production.
5. Experience with student learning outcomes and various assessment strategies.
6. Knowledge of current issues and trends in student affairs and student activities.
Preferred Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities)
Stays current on technical/professional information; identifies methods for improving work procedures or systems; solicits feedback from customers, peers and superiors.
Follows through on commitments; incorporates honesty, respect and fairness in daily actions; demands trustworthiness from others; demonstrates courage and objectivity.
Explores alternatives to existing products and services; identifies opportunities to improve procedures and practices; shows imagination.
Demonstrates logic, rationality and objectivity; shows common sense; uses all available information to make educated decisions.
Must be available to work evenings and weekends.