The Assistant Director will support the Office for Student Affairs in working with the Registered Student Government Associations and the Student Life Units. Under the supervision of the Assistant Vice Provost for Student Life, the Assistant Director will provide advising support to student government organizations, which may include Undergraduate Student Government (USG), Professional Student Government (PSG), and Council of Graduate Students (COGS), and assist with initiatives to engage student government alumni. The role includes supporting the Commuter Connection program for students who live away from the immediate campus area, and the various Student Life Programming activities that occur throughout the year. The Assistant Director will have a high level of student interaction; as such, a portion of work time may be outside regular business hours in order to best meet the needs of students.
The position is responsible for achieving these critical outcomes:
Empower student leaders to engage in shared governance at the University of Minnesota through a consultative process with key stakeholders in order to optimize strategic campus partnerships
Assist with the development and facilitation of a comprehensive leadership development curriculum for student governance leaders, including orientation, training, goal-setting, coaching, and succession planning
Support the Student Life team in the areas of commuter students, event support and assessment.
Responsibilities: Advise undergraduate, graduate, and professional student leaders in Recognized Student Governance Associations. (60% of time)
Attend weekly committee, assembly, and executive member meetings as needed (note that many of these meetings may occur on evenings and weekends)
Meet with leadership of each RSGA on a bi-weekly basis.
Meet regularly with council and committee chairs
Communicate student government initiatives and needs to campus partners
Assist students with advocating for their interests through University processes, procedures, and institutional partnerships
Provide guidance and support for advocacy and outreach programming to students
Collaborate with University Government Relations staff to ensure connections between RSGA work and any legislative advocacy.
Serve as liaison with the Graduate School and Faculty Advisor for the Council of Undergraduate Students
Provide training, individual/group coaching, goal-setting, and succession planning for student government bodies and individual leaders
Assist with communication to student government alumni and coordinate student government alumni events
Manage logistics including RSGA departmental email addresses
Support the Student Life team with a variety of events and activities (30% of time)
Support individual student and student group activities, engagement and advising to include communication, programming and regular connection with student leaders. Collaborate with Unit leadership and campus departments to strategically provide complimentary support as needed.
Provide support for Parent & Family Weekend including event logistics, communication and event execution.
Engage with other Student Life activities to provide staffing and support as appropriate.
Assist with Student Life assessment projects.
Other projects and/or duties as assigned (10% of time)
Serve on OSA and/or University committees
Complete regular assessment of programming and processes
Contribute to OSA Projects as needed
Expected salary range: $56,000-60,000
Bachelor’s degree in education or related field, with at least four years demonstrated experience working with student organizations at an institution of higher education
Advanced knowledge and understanding of college student development
Strong understanding of legal issues in higher education
Excellent verbal, written, communication, and interpersonal skills
Ability to consistently demonstrate a high level of professionalism and good judgment
Demonstrated commitment to and success in valuing and actively promoting equity and diversity
Demonstrated ability to handle ambiguous, complex situations and requests
Master’s Degree in higher education administration/student personnel services, education, student development, or related academic work
Experience with student governing bodies or advisory boards
Demonstrated ability to partner with offices throughout the University
Knowledge of and experience with assessing and evaluating services and programs
Ability to plan, monitor, evaluate, and manage multiple priorities
Demonstrated ability to be flexible and innovative
Advanced understanding of legal issues surrounding student fees and First Amendment rights
The University of Minnesota, founded in the belief that all people are enriched by understanding, is dedicated to the advancement of learning and the search for truth; to the sharing of this knowledge through education for a diverse community; and to the application of this knowledge to benefit the people of the state, the nation, and the world.