Western Carolina University has been named to the 2022 “America’s Best Employers by State” list by Forbes, ranking 14 out of the top 100 employers in North Carolina. Western Carolina University is the UNC system’s westernmost campus and has been consistently ranked as one of the top 15 public regional institutions in the South. WCU’s main campus is nestled in a beautiful valley of the Blue Ridge Mountains, 50 miles west of Asheville. WCU is located just 25 miles from the entrance to the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, one of the nation’s most spectacular and most visited national parks. The entire region is known for its excellent quality of life and access to outdoor activities. Employees of WCU are provided a comprehensive benefits package as well as other resources, policies and programs to ensure a happy and healthy work/life balance. Benefit eligible employees have access to dental, vision and health insurance plans – eligibility begins on the first of the month following date of hire. Retirement plan contributions begin on the eligibility date following election and include employer contributions for either a defined contribution or a defined benefit plan. Optional disability plans are also available. Eligible employees have access to tuition waivers for up to three courses per academic year; employee may enroll at any of the constituent UNC System campuses. Also offered are free group exercise classes multiple times per week, a discounted membership to the campus recreation center, free vaccine and booster shots offered on campus, pretax flexible spending accounts, 12 paid holidays and 24 hours of paid community service leave each year. Paid vacation and sick leave accrual begin after first month of employment. Paid parental leave after 12 months of continuous service.
WCU offers an abundance of training and development programs, certifications, workshops and conferences – many of which are offered free of charge.
The primary location of this position is on the main Cullowhee, NC campus.
The Senior Assistant Director for Leadership Programs reports to the Senior Associate Director for Student Activities. This position provides direction, support, and conducts performance reviews for one full time staff member (Assistant Director for Leadership Programs). This position creates and implement an educational learning environment for one graduate student. This learning environment allows the graduate student to enhance their knowledge and experience within Student Affairs. This position oversees the operation of the Student Government Association (SGA) which includes the Executive Branch, the Legislative Branch, and the Judicial Branch, as well as various leadership committees within SGA. This position also serves as the accountable officer for SGA’s and Leadership Programs’ budget (total approximately $200,000). This position works in partnership with the department of Greek Student Engagement and Development and the department of Campus Recreation and Wellness to serve as a resource and provides support to Recognized Student Clubs and Organizations (RSO’s). This includes overseeing and coordinating the recognition process for student clubs and organizations, coordinating initial and on-going training for student club and organization leaders, and coordinating and developing support resources (i.e., RSO Manual, club offices, etc.) for student clubs and organizations. This position serves as an instructor for the Leadership Minor and teaches up to 2 classes per academic year. This position also provides guidance and structure for Cat Camp, a program that assists freshmen in making a successful transition from the high school environment to a college environment.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Master’s Degree is required in Student Affairs and/or a related field with 2-4 years of related experience.
PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Experience working with Student Government Association in an advisory capacity. Experience working with Engage. Experience working with the recognition and on-going support for recognized clubs and organizations.
To be considered, applicants must apply online. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until position is filled.
Applicants must include a cover letter, resume, unofficial transcripts from highest earned degree, and a listing of at least three professional references (include complete contact information).
For questions or additional information, please contact Palin Berkana-Wycoff at [email protected]
Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks.
Western Carolina University uses E-Verify to confirm employment eligibility of all newly hired employees. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, please visit www.dhs.gov/E-Verify. Proper documentation of identity and employability are required at the time of employment.
All new employees are required to have listed credentials/degrees verified within 30 days of employment. All new employees who will be teaching are required to provide official transcripts within 30 days of employment. Transcripts should be provided for the highest earned degree and/or the degree which is being used to satisfy credential/qualification requirements.
Western Carolina University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race; color; religion; sex; sexual orientation; gender identity or expression; national origin; age; disability; genetic information; political affiliation; National Guard or veteran status, consistent with applicable federal, state and local laws, regulations, and policies, and the policies of The University of North Carolina. Additionally, the University promotes the realization of equal employment opportunity for minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and veterans through its affirmative action program.
Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations in the application and interview process please call (828) 227-7218 or email at [email protected].