23-160 Assistant Director of Sykes Union and Student Activities (SUA 2) - Student Affairs
West Chester University of Pennsylvania
Location: West Chester, Pennsylvania
Higher Education Institution
Join a vibrant campus community whose excellence is reflected in its diversity and student success. West Chester University of Pennsylvania’s Division of Student Affairs (DOSA) invites applications for the position of Assistant Director for Sykes Union and Student Activities.
West Chester University, a member of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, is a public, comprehensive institution committed to offering high-quality undergraduate education, selected post-baccalaureate and graduate programs, and a variety of educational and cultural resources for its students, alumni, and citizens of southeastern Pennsylvania. We are a community of educators dedicated to developing graduates who succeed personally and professionally and contribute to the common good.
WCU proudly offers a positive and purposeful work environment; comprehensive employee benefits including health, vision, and dental insurance along with many wellness programs; a commitment to work-life balance including generous paid vacation, paid sick time, military leave and paid time off for most major holidays; and a University mission to support employee personal and professional growth including a tuition waiver for self and family members, training and development, and advancement opportunities.
The Division of Student Affairs supports the co-curricular and out-of-the-classroom experiences of West Chester University students. As a member school of the Association of College Unions International, we are committed to ACUI's mission to support its members in the development of community through education, advocacy, and the delivery of services.
Reporting to the Director of Sykes Union and Student Activities, the Assistant Director serves as an integral part of the daily operation ofSykes Union, The Science and Engineering Center & The Commons (SECC) and the ballrooms, Club 1871, and Information Desk. This position manages both facilities and operations including working closely with Sykes Union student staff, acting as an advisor, planner, developer, and programmer for special events and programs; and serving as part of the Sykes Union and Student Activities Management Team to provide insight and recommendations in strategic planning, financial issues, student development, and departmental oversight.
The ideal candidate will demonstrate experience in a student union or university center environment; an understanding of student affairs in a higher education setting; excellent customer service skills; and a commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice.
Serve as primary point of contact for reservations, event planning, and coordination within Sykes Union and other campus spaces for faculty, staff, departmental, and outside conference groups
Administer day-to-day operations of Sykes Student Union and SECC ballrooms, Club 1871 and information desks including the support of building events and logistics
Supervise student staff in both Sykes Student Union and SECC spaces
Advise and train faculty, staff, and students
Collaborate with Public Safety, Physical Plant, Moving Services, Custodial Services, Campus Dining Service, and other members of the campus community
Maintain equipment replacement cycle for all Sykes related event equipment, technologies, and public space furniture
Utilize scheduling software system (25Live) to efficiently manage space
Serve as an active member of the Sykes Union, the Student Activities Team and DOSA
Assess project needs for the department
Serve on divisional and university wide committees
Maintain up to date knowledge of trends and best practices in student unions and higher education
Develop of reservation and event policies
Other duties as assigned
Master's degree in Student Personnel, Student Affairs, Higher Education Administration, or related field
Background in space management, hospitality, student center/union operations, conference and event services, or related field
Experience in a student center, student union or university center environment and/or related student affairs/higher education setting
Experience providing work direction and supervision
Experience advising and training both staff and students
Experience with scheduling software including 25Live and/or EMS
This position requires the ability to work occasional evening, late night and/or weekend hours to support students and staff.
Ask about remote work opportunities and alternate work schedules.
Candidates should apply online at https://www.schooljobs.com/careers/wcupa. Electronic application allows for cover letter and resume (both required). References with contact information will be required prior to interview.
Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Applicants must successfully complete interview process to be considered as a finalist.
Developing and sustaining a diverse faculty and staff advances WCU’s educational mission and strategic Plan for Excellence. West Chester University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
All offers of employment are subject to and contingent upon satisfactory completion of all pre-employment background checks.
West Chester University (WCU) of Pennsylvania is among the top regional comprehensive public universities in the nation, serving more than 17,500 students at the undergraduate and graduate levels with a national reputation for excellence, value, and student success. Founded in 1871 as an institute for teacher preparation, West Chester offers more than 118 undergraduate and 103 graduate programs in more than 50 fields of study. In addition to the main campus in West Chester, the University offers programs through its graduate center, the Philadelphia campus, and online. Five colleges and two schools comprise the University: Colleges of Arts and Humanities, Business and Public Management, Education and Social Work, Health Sciences, and the Sciences and Mathematics, as well as the School of Music, and the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies. Located in Chester County (25 miles from downtown Philadelphia) the area combines the best of enjoyable daily living with easy access to the full spectrum of country and city attractions. We are a community of educators dedicated to developing graduates who succeed personally and professionally and contribute to the common good.