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Assistant Director for Programs

Responsibilities: Directs and coordinates the total program that serves the educational, social, cultural, and recreational interests of the college or university and provides students with opportunities to develop leadership and programming skills. Reports to the union director.

Selects and trains the program and support staff and supervises the selection process for student leaders. Coordinates and maintains standards of excellence for programs. Monitors program budgets, including those covering the program staff and the student programming effort. Provides direction for the planning and promotion of program activities and for the establishment of an ongoing program of leadership development for students and professional development of support staff.

Responsibilities may vary greatly from institution to institution depending on size of school, number of college union staff members, and the campus student activities organizational pattern. Administrative responsibilities may include scheduling, budget control, handling artists’ contracts, and supervision of staff, graduate assistants, or student interns. Supervision or management of other areas, such as crafts shop or game room. May advise specific program areas. May supervise main campus events, such as orientation, homecoming, leadership development programs, or ad hoc groups dealing with specific programs or issues.

Special qualifications: Administrative ability. The ability to relate well to student groups. A commitment to the educational goals of program activities. Knowledge of college union philosophy. An understanding of and the ability to apply student development and learning outcomes theories. An awareness of and commitment to the educational and cultural benefits of multiculturalism. Demonstrated ability in advising student groups. The ability to relate the program effort to the total union operation. Willingness to work evenings and weekends as the job may require.

Experience: Successful leadership experience in student activities as an undergraduate, experience in working with and advising student or youth groups, and expertise in one or more specific program areas. Experience in administrative duties desirable.

Education: Bachelor’s and master’s degrees usually are required, although some institutions will recognize several years’ experience for the latter. Preferred major fields of study are higher education and student development, counseling, the social and behavioral sciences, liberal arts, and business administration.

Core competencies: Communication, Fiscal Management, Intercultural Proficiency, Planning, Student Learning


Updated Jan. 20, 2013