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Director of Student Engagement

Posted: July 26, 2021

Title: Director of Student Engagement
Department: Student Affairs
Supervisor: Dean of Students
Category: Staff
Status/Type: Full-time /Administrative-exempt (10 month)

Position Description

Under the supervision of the Dean of Students, coordinates and implements co-curricular programming to create a campus community rich in cultural, educational, social, and recreational events and activities and promotes leadership, diversity and inclusion. The Director of Student Engagement develops student leaders and supports student organizations. The Director is under the general direction of the Dean of Students, but works independently of close supervision. The Director is to create an inclusive environment that facilitates community wellness, friendly competition, teamwork and sportsmanship through intramural sports and other activities. Within the FERPA guidelines, the Director exercises diplomacy and confidentiality in contact with parents and other constituents.

Required Qualifications:
1. Bachelor’s Degree in education, student development, outdoor leadership, or related field, or a combination of education and experience. 2. Strong interpersonal skills, with the ability to act effectively as a member of a team and work collaboratively with academic and support staff, students, and community members.
3. Demonstrated experience working with, and programming for, diverse student populations.
4. Demonstrated verbal and written communication skills.
5. Two years of event planning experience.
6. Clear evidence of planning capabilities with the ability to provide leadership.
7. Highly organized and detail oriented, since the day-to-day responsibilities of the position require managing a wide range of activities on a changing schedule.
8. Understanding of FERPA privacy regulations.

Desired Qualifications:
1. Master’s Degree in education, student development or related field.
2. Experience in academic student support services or student life in a postsecondary setting.

Essential Responsibilities:
1. 60% Programming: Develop and implement campus-wide opportunities for student involvement in programs, intramurals, activities and organizations; provide diverse cultural, educational and entertainment programs. Oversee evening and weekend programming. A.) Develop, implement and oversee intramural sport program consisting of 4-week rotations of structured game play between other teams on campus. B.) Coordinate regularly scheduled programming, such as movie nights, roller skating, etc. C.) Partner with local businesses and organizations to create programming opportunities for the campus community. D.) In collaboration with Social Justice Taskforce plans and implements campus-wide diversity and inclusion programs, which promote multicultural competence, respect for human dignity, and sensitivity, awareness and equity.
2. 15% Student Leadership: Provide leadership for student senate, clubs and organizations; develop, organize and coordinate student leadership experiences and training programs which include retreats and workshops for student senate members, student organization officers, resident assistants, orientation leaders and other interested students; Cultivate, coordinate, and assist in the development of student leadership and responsibility through programming and direct involvement with students. Serves as staff co-advisor for Student Senate.
3. 15% Student Organizations: Coordinate and facilitate the chartering of new student clubs; work with faculty advisers for clubs and organizations; facilitate decision-making and team-building for student clubs and organizations. A.) Champion, manage and support athletically focused clubs, such as futball, figure skating, mountain biking and curling.
4. 10% Teaching: Offer 4) 8-week 1-credit-hour courses per academic year within areas of expertise, such as leadership, snowboarding, coaching, roller derby, or lifetime wellness, for example.
5. Financial Management: Supervise student activities budget; oversee purchasing and accounting for the student life budget; explore other avenues of funding to supplement and enhance student life.
6. Assessment: Assist in the development of short and long range vision for student programs that aligns with the University’s Strategic Plan; accumulate information in determining student attitudes, interests, and needs; assess the success of programs and highlight areas of improvement and needed services.
7. Assists with planning and programming of New Student Orientation.
8. Leads the planning and coordination of student related special events and award programs.
9. Maintains effective communication with the Dean of Students, the Vice President for Academic Affairs, deans, faculty, Residence Life staff, TRiO SSS staff, Admissions, students, and parents as needed and appropriate.
10. Collaborates with members of other campus committees and units including the University Registrar and Admissions staff.
11. Serves as an active member on appropriate committees as assigned.
12. Adheres to university policies and procedures.
13. Works collegially and professionally with students, employees and external constituents. 14. Supports institutional identity and mission of Finlandia University as “a learning community dedicated to academic excellence, spiritual growth, and service.”
15. Performs other duties as required.

Application Procedure
E-mail a letter of application addressing qualifications for the position along with a resume to:


Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Finlandia University participates in the federal E-Verify system. Individuals hired into positions must have their identity and work eligibility confirmed by the E-Verify system. We are interested in every qualified candidate who is eligible to work in the United States. However, we are not able to sponsor visas.

As a learning community Finlandia University recognizes and affirms the dignity and worth of all people and cultures. We will strive to provide an institutional climate that does not perpetuate or tolerate forms of discrimination. We are committed to recruiting, developing and retaining a qualified and diverse faculty, staff and student body.
Finlandia University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex/gender, age, disability, religion, veteran status, familial status, height, weight, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, genetic information, or any other category protected by applicable law in admissions, employment, athletics, programs, and activities. The following person(s) has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies or gender equity concerns:

Fredi deYampert
VP Academic Affairs/Title IX Coordinator
(906) 487-7301