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Director, Office of Student Leadership and Community Engagement

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Position Type: Staff Full Time
Campus: UMass Boston
Department: VC-Student Affairs
Pay Grade: 33
Date opened: Eastern Daylight Time
Applications close: Eastern Daylight Time

General Summary: 

Serving as a member of the Student Affairs Leadership Team and the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Leadership Team and reporting to the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs or their designee, the Director of the Office of Student Leadership and Community Engagement is responsible for leading division-wide initiatives and efforts to strengthen student development and engagement and enhance students’ co-curricular learning through programs and services related to student leadership development and community service/service learning. The programs include, but are not limited to, Beacon Voyages for Service (BVS), the Freshmen Leadership Institute (FLI), the NASPA Undergraduate Fellows/Higher Education in Student Affairs Program, JumpStart, Campus Kitchens, Domestic Leadership Exchange (DLE), and Leadership Training and Lectures Series. The incumbent will provide administrative oversight over the Office of Student Leadership and Community Engagement. 

This position may be assigned formal on-call duties in accordance of Article 18.3 of the contract between the University and the Professional Staff Union.  Assignment of “on-call” will be detailed using the “On-Call Assignment (Professional Staff) Form.”

Examples of Duties: 

  • Responsible for the development and implementation of program policies and procedures, fiscal management and personnel supervision related to student leadership and development, community engagement, and activities for the Office of Student Leadership and Community Engagement;
  • Mentor and coach UMASS Boston participants in the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) Undergraduate Fellows Program (NUFP)/Higher Education in Student Affairs (HESA) Program, as well as to graduate and undergraduate student workers assigned to support programs under the Office of Student Leadership and Community Engagement;
  • Collaborate with other campus units and offices, including those under Academic Affairs, and with community groups and organizations, to develop and implement co-curricular learning opportunities and initiatives that promote student development, student engagement, student leadership, and service learning (local, national, international experiences) for the Office of Student Leadership and Community Engagement;
  • Lead unit strategic planning and assessment, uses data to inform practice and to improve programs and services;
  • Provide input on policies and procedures for the Division of Student Affairs;
  • Collaborate with campus and community partners to support the vision and mission of the University and UMass System, and to address specific goals and priorities related to the academic mission, student recruitment/retention/graduation, research, diversity, globalism and transnationalism, civic engagement and service, and entrepreneurism;
  • Lead efforts to develop and implement credit-bearing coursework in collaboration with Academic Affairs that demonstrate the impact of co-curricular experiences on student learning and engagement;
  • Develop and implement training for staff and students on a variety of topics, including leadership, teambuilding conflict resolution, diversity and multiculturalism, and assessment;
  • Lead grant development, implementation and research efforts related to the needs of the Office of Student Leadership and Community Engagement and coordinate efforts with other units within and outside of the Division of Student Affairs;
  • Participate on campus and community committees and taskforces as directed by the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and represents the Division and the University as requested;
  • Conduct Title IX investigations as requested by the campus Title IX Coordinator or his/her designee; serve as Student Conduct Officer as needed;
  • Perform other duties as assigned. 


Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration, Counseling, Psychology, Student Personnel, Student Affairs or a closely related field, doctorate or significant progress towards a doctoral degree preferred, and a minimum of five-seven (5-7) years of progressively responsible experience in higher education, preferably in a public, urban research university setting, with increasing professional and administrative responsibilities, at the director level or above, that includes: personnel supervision, budget management, and program development and implementation, required.  Successful experience with the development of assessment measures/tools and their implementation, research related to student development and student leadership, and grant development and implementation strongly preferred.  Active involvement in state and/or national professional organizations in the field of higher education and student affairs as a recognized expert/presenter preferred.

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office and familiarity with other standard software programs and databases;
  • Demonstrated knowledge and professional experience with services and programming for student leadership, student involvement, community engagement, student activities, student government, diversity and multicultural programming, academic-student affairs partnerships, first-year or transitional student programming, strategic planning, and assessment;
  • Knowledge of student development theories and best practices, adult learning theory and practice, diversity and multiculturalism, leadership development, and community engagement research and practice;
  • Knowledge of and evidence of sustained collaborative relationships and/or partnerships with other campus offices and programs and with community agencies and organizations resulting in measurable outcomes and tangible deliverables;
  • Knowledge of and evidence of teaching and training experience with students, staff and/or faculty;
  • Ability to work on complex and confidential issues utilizing independent judgment, tact and resourcefulness;
  • Strong oral and written communication skills;
  • Strong interpersonal skills;
  • Strong organizational and problem solving skills;
  • Strong commitment to customer service. 

Application Instructions: 

Please apply online with your resume, cover letter and list of three professional references.

Review of candidates will begin following the application closing date. 

Only Internal candidates in the Professional Staff Bargaining Unit will be considered during the first 10 business days of the posting.  All other candidates will be considered after that period. 

Salary Ranges for the appropriate Pay Grade can be found at the following link: 

Salary Ranges

All official salary offers must be approved by Human Resources.

Applications close: Eastern Daylight Time

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The University of Massachusetts Boston provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, genetic information, pregnancy or a pregnancy-related condition, or membership in any other protected class. The University of Massachusetts Boston complies with all applicable federal, state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the university operates. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment.

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