Associate Director
Associate Director of Student Organizations and Leadership

The Associate Director works with students, campus partners and faculty/staff to support student organizations and programming at Northern Illinois University that enhance the overall university experience for students. This position supervises the activities of the Campus Activities Board and coordinates a comprehensive student organization program that encourages student engagement, results in community building, and prepares students for leadership roles and responsibilities. The Associate Director leads assessment initiatives associated with the student organization area and monitors and maintains budgetary controls and accountability for various programs.

The Associate Director is also responsible for developing and delivering comprehensive leadership programs for the general student population including student-delivered conferences, retreats, experiential trips, and seminars, as well as consulting with individuals and groups interested in leadership.

Duties and Responsibilities

• Provide ongoing support for and coordinate the advisement of student organizations, their leaders, and their advisors through multiple avenues such as trainings, workshops, and individual consultations.
• Coordinate programs aimed at educating students about campus involvement opportunities including the origination of new organizations and the ongoing development of continuing organizations.
• Develop, oversee and assist students in developing more collaborative initiatives across campus.
• Coordinate logistics for annual CODE training in collaboration with Academic Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and the annual involvement fair.
• Supervise a Graduate Assistant for Student Organization Services.
• Engage in outreach efforts to campus and community entities and develop program priorities, goals, and objectives for the Campus Activities Board (CAB) and assess its programs and services.
• Supervise an Assistant Director, interns/practicum students, graduate assistants, and/or student employees who directly coordinate and advise CAB initiatives.
• Prepare annual programming budget and manage program-related accounts.
• Coordinate and manage administrative processes in conjunction with the Student Association related to student organizations including registration, orientation, funding, forms, and software.
• Monitor and assess policies and procedures related to student organizations; manage equipment and resources available for student organizations.
• Develop and maintain the student organization handbook and community standards associated with student organizations.
• Conduct academic/student conduct checks and track completion of all requirements for organizations to remain in good standing.
• Develop and deliver comprehensive leadership programs and services, which align with learning outcomes and student development theory, for the general student population which support the academic mission of the University.
• Supervise a Graduate Assistant for Leadership Programming.
• Support the management of student organizations by collaborating with campus partners in the oversight of the risk management and programming of all student organization events on campus.
• Serve as a university representative in the event registration process and provide assistance, as needed.
• Assist the Holmes Student Center (HSC) Director in establishing and fulfilling the mission and strategic priorities of HSC and in conducting daily operations and responsibilities.
• Serve on the Holmes Student Center leadership team.
• Serve as liaison and advocate for students and student organizations with university departments that provide support for student programs, including but not limited to: the Dean of Students Office, Campus Dining, NIU Police & Public Safety, RecWell, and Physical Plant/Grounds.
• Maintain web presence and promote software related to student organizations and programs for organizational development, communication, and recruitment. Perform other duties as assigned.

Minimum Required Qualifications

• Master’s Degree in Higher Education/College Student Personnel/ Student Affairs or directly related field required
• Minimum of 5 years of demonstrated progressive student affairs experience, preferably in the development of student leadership programs and student programs/activities
• Supervisory experience of graduate students required; supervision of professional staff preferred
• Experience in large scale event planning
• Experience working with student program boards, leadership development, student union, campus activities or related areas is required

Critical Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

• Excellent interpersonal skills, strong public speaking and written communication skills
• Demonstrated knowledge of best practices in student activities and leadership development programs and able to infuse research with practical experience to create intentional experiences for students
• Must have outstanding leadership, management and interpersonal skills to relate and work with a variety of faculty, students, parents, staff and community members
• Comprehensive understanding of current student development and learning theories
• Demonstrated commitment to diversity
• Availability for evening and weekend work and work on-site at programs held at indoor and outdoor locations throughout campus and at certain off-campus programs.

Benefits and Position Details

Compensation package includes competitive annual salary and benefit package, and professional development opportunities.

Application Materials
• Cover Letter
• Resume/Curriculum Vitae
• List of 3 Professional References
Applicants must apply online at Applications will be accepted until September 30, 2019.

In compliance with the Illinois Campus Security Act, before an offer of employment is made, the university will conduct a pre-employment background investigation, which includes a criminal background check.

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Patricia Gingrich
Holmes Student Center
Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, IL 60115

EEO Statement, Visa Policy, ADA Accommodation, Clery Act Information
In accordance with applicable statutes and regulations, NIU is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, religion, age, physical and mental disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, political affiliation, or any other factor unrelated to professional qualifications, and will comply with all applicable federal and state statutes, regulations and orders pertaining to nondiscrimination, equal opportunity and affirmative action.

The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies:

Ethics and Compliance Officer, Title IX Coordinator
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NIU remains committed to ensuring that its recruitment and application procedures include full opportunities for applicants with disabilities. Employment opportunities will not be denied to anyone because of the need to make accommodations for a person’s disability during either the application or interview process. An applicant who believes they require an accommodation to participate in the employment process due to a disability may request that accommodation through the Accommodation Request Form. This form can be obtained by contacting the Office of Academic Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (ADEI) at 815-753-8399.

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Contact Information
Patricia Gingrich
Northern Illinois University
Holmes Student Center
DeKalb, 60115