University of Houston-Clear Lake - Assistant Director, Student Life-Leadership

Friday, August 31, 2018 1:57 PM | Anonymous


The Assistant Director of Student Life is responsible for developing and coordinating campus wide leadership experiences to enhance the growth and education of a diverse student body. Using leadership and service learning professional knowledge and standards, the Assistant Director will translate student development and service learning theories into practice. The person in this position will be responsible for managing Student Life’s Student Leadership, Involvement and Community Engagement program area, develop and maintain leadership program logistics, assess all program activity and report outcomes, create a compressive series of outreach efforts to all community members, partner with staff on leadership programs and activities, provide support to the office leadership team, and support the mission and goals of the department through collaboration and representation. They will also serve as a Campus Security Authority as defined by the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus crime Statistics Act (Clery Act).


ADMINISTRATIVE: Manages Student Life’s Student Leadership, Involvement and Community Engagement program area which includes: recruitment, advising, program decision-making, program development and research, fundraising through the Development Office, coordinate marketing materials, outreach, grant writing, contract negotiations and budget management. Programs in this area include but are not limited to the annual UHCL Student Leadership Conference, Hawk Leadership Institute, Annual Student Leadership Retreat, leadership workshop series, Servant Leader Scholar Program, Emerging Leaders Academy, UHCL Days of Service, and development of a Peer Mentor Institute.

PROGRAMMING/ADVISING: Develop a series of leadership experiences for the student body. Programming logistics will include: scheduling appropriate sessions, recruiting presenters, peer mentors, scheduling of appropriate facilities, coordinating leadership development activities, developing appropriate leadership workshop materials, developing (in conjunction with session presenters) appropriate assessment instruments, and managing the budget. Serves as an advisor to individual students seeking to expand and develop new leadership skills and experiences while also advising student-led programs/organizations. Directly advise the Hawk Leadership Institute peer mentors. Serves as liaison with faculty to engage them in programs as speakers, facilitators and assistance with student recruitment for learning communities.

ASSESSMENT: Responsible for assessing the success of the program and learning outcomes of students. Research appropriate assessment instruments to ascertain the level of student learning as related to both student success and retention. Report assessment data to staff assigned to developing/managing departmental assessment initiatives so that program learning outcomes align with Student Life’s mission, Student Affairs goals, and university priorities.

LEADERSHIP TEAM SUPPORT: Through team collaboration, assist the Director of Student Life with staff and student leadership development, assist the Associate Director with oversight of Student Life Office front desk services and office representation at events, and provide input on office programs, policies, and procedures for consideration.

OFFICE SUPPORT: Collaborate with office staff with office-wide programs and other community building events. Informally supervise the front desk workers, advise student-programming committees, and work with student/customer issues that require referrals. Supervise a Coordinator of Student Life assigned to leadership programming, and up to three Student Tech II assistants.

OUTREACH: Work closely with both faculty and the external community to access leadership and monetary resources. Collaborates with faculty to create intentional learning activities to foster leadership development and create external networks to garner support. Develop marketing campaigns to reach both current and prospective students.

STAFF COLLABORATION: Work in partnership with the Coordinator of Student Life for Organizations and Activities in developing and presenting workshops for student organization leaders on a variety of leadership development topics conducted in the fall, spring, and summer. Perform other duties as assigned.


1. Master's degree in student personnel, higher education, education, training and development, or a related field.

2. Two years of full time experience working with student leadership training and development programs, community engagement, service learning, programming activities, and working with student groups in a college or university setting.

3. Availability to work nights and weekends when needed in order to attend events and meet with students, including travel that may require overnight stays.

4. Knowledge of leadership and student development as well as service learning and ethical and professional standards and best practices.

5. Demonstrated experience designing and developing student leadership programs.

6. Knowledge of group dynamics as well as the ability to lead, oversee, and supervise the activities of others.

7. Must have clear, precise, and effective oral/written communication skills as well as being comfortable speaking in large and small group settings.

8. Ability to exhibit a positive attitude and deal with coworkers, students, faculty and staff tactfully and courteously in order to maintain effective service-oriented relationships.

9. Strategic thinker with excellent organizational skills and the ability to manage several projects simultaneously.

10. Knowledge of assessment principles with the ability to research and analyze collected data.

11. Knowledge of organizational and management skills including budget management, planning, evaluation and assessment, and effective marketing.

12. Must have ingenuity and creativity.


Five years of continuous experience in training and development programs, programming activities, and working with student groups and experience working with an adult student population in a university setting and in the context of student leadership and community engagement/service learning.

Full-time position with benefits. Salary range is $3,064.90 - $3,984.37 per month. Background check required. To apply, please complete the online application and attach a cover letter and resume. Applications only accepted online through the Job Opportunities site.  

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