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Assistant Director for Student Engagement

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Boulder, CO

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University Staff



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Job Summary

The Center for Student Involvement (CSI) welcomes applications for the Assistant Director for Student Engagement! The Assistant Director is an exempt professional position and serves as one of three assistant directors in the Center for Student Involvement and reports to the Director. This position is a member of the CSI leadership team and works with the Director to provide leadership and strategic direction for the department. Assistant Directors in CSI have high levels of responsibility and authority over staff members, budget, and significant programs within the department. Assistant Directors have autonomy over decision-making related to the programs and services related to their area in collaboration with the Director and in alignment with the department’s mission and goals. Assistant Directors work with supervisees to set outcome goals and program direction for their respective areas. Additionally, they make staffing decisions for their areas in consultation with the Director. 

The position is responsible for the management of the student experience on the CU Boulder campus as it relates to student events and student programs including but not limited to weekly, monthly and late-night programming, Program Council, student activism, special events, cultural programs, and events for specific populations such as graduate and non-traditional students. This position will also be responsible for the advising, leadership and skill building programs for our student boards, including the Cultural Events Board, Distinguished Speakers Board, Senior Class Council, and Homecoming Coalition. Additional items that are included within this position’s portfolio include: Divisional late programming, departmental assessment, student organization support, and general programming and events.

The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Who We Are

The Center for Student Involvement is a service department of the University of Colorado Boulder Student Government (CUSG) within the Division of Student Affairs. We cultivate an environment for building vibrant, engaging and safe communities through programming, leadership development, cultural awareness and learning opportunities.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

  • Manage the events and programs area of CSI. Being responsible for supervision and administrative responsibilities of 4 FTE’s, 35-45 student employees, and student board volunteers.
  • Assist or lead the processes to recruit, hire, train, supervise, and evaluate staff within the student engagement portfolio.
  • Supervise professional staff and in consultation with employees, set goals for performance and deadlines in ways that contribute to the department’s goals and vision.
  • Ensure that all federal, state, university, and departmental hiring procedures are followed.
Programs and Events:
  • Supervise and manage events and programming functions for CSI and the Division of Student Affairs, including weekly, monthly and late-night programming, Program Council, student activism, special events, cultural programs, and events for specific populations such as graduate and non-traditional students.
  • Serve as primary supervisor to Program Council, supervising and assisting this sub-department in a variety of areas including event planning, supervision support, revenue generation, contract negotiation, contract management, and venue and equipment management.
  • Oversee and support Student Affairs Divisional efforts around student experience which may include committee involvement and large-scale divisional programming around Halloween, Saint Patrick’s Day, and Finals. 
Student Leadership and Student Organization Support:
  • Be responsible for, manage, and develop resources for skill development of our advisors, student board chairs, and other student leaders from programming boards including the Cultural Events Board, Distinguished Speakers Board, Senior Class Council, Homecoming Coalition, and Program Council.
  • Serve as a staff liaison to the University for Recognized Student Organizations (RSOs). Serving as a resource to student organizations by applying student development theory to supporting RSOs in event planning, risk management, and budgetary advising. Assists in RSO training efforts throughout the year and supervises four professional staff members that also serve as student organization liaisons. 
Strategic Planning, Leadership, and Assessment:
  • As a member of the CSI Leadership Team, support and provide vision and strategic direction for the department.
  • Provide vision, strategic direction and learning outcomes for programs and events for CSI, including Program Council.
  • Provide leadership for CSI’s professional and student staff development, planning and implementation, all assigned initiatives, and oversight for departmental assessment. 
Divisional and External Responsibilities:
  • Represent the Center for Student Involvement on various Division of Student Affairs and campus committees and working groups as assigned, including the Campus Use of University Facilities (CUUF) Committee, the SAFE Committee, Divisional Assessment Committee and divisional programming committees, including late night programming. Many of these responsibilities involve policy development, understanding of risk management, and an understanding of legal implications as it relates to campus events and programs. 
Financial Oversight:
  • Assist in the annual budget process as a staff member within a cost center of CU Student Government
  • Maintain accurate budget expenditure records, and plans for future contingency funds. 
  • Administer all fiscal processes with maximum integrity and timeliness.
  • Follow all federal, state, university and departmental budget procedures. 
Other Duties as Assigned: 
  • Some evenings and weekends are required.
  • Provide secondary support and related duties as assigned which could including staffing additional events, committee appointments, assisting CSI in planning informational programming, events, and presentations, etc.

What You Should Know

  • All University of Colorado Boulder employees are required to comply with the campus COVID-19 vaccine requirement. New employees must provide proof of vaccination or receive a medical or religious exemption within 30 days of employment.

What We Can Offer

  • The annual hiring salary range is $60,000 - $70,000.
  • Onboarding assistance is available within Student Affairs guidelines.


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

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What We Require

  • Master’s degree in social sciences or related field from an accredited college or university.
  • At least three years of professional, job related experience; an equivalent combination of education and experience may substitute.
  • Demonstrated experience with student activities, large-scale events and student programming.

What You Will Need

  • Student Learning and Development- addresses the concepts and principles of student development and learning theory. This includes the ability to apply theory to improve and advise student affairs and teaching practice.
  • Organizational and Human Resources- includes knowledge, skills, and dispositions used in the management of institutional human capital, financial, and physical resources.
  • Assessment, Evaluation and Research (AER)- focuses on the ability to design, conduct, critique, and use various AER methodologies and the results obtained from them, to use AER processes and their results to inform practice, and to shape the political and ethical climate surrounding AER processes and uses in higher education.
  • Advising and Supporting-addresses the knowledge, skills, and dispositions related to providing advising and support to individuals and groups through direction, feedback, critique, referral, and guidance.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective and collaborative supervisory and collegial working relationships.
  • Demonstrated dedication to the values of diversity, inclusion, and equity.
  • Excellent organizational skills as demonstrated by the ability to balance numerous demands, evaluate competing priorities, and adjust planning, as needed.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal, demonstrated by the ability to interact comfortably with a diverse group of people, including professional staff, students, faculty, parents, community partners, and media.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • Three years of experience in providing administrative and managerial oversight for university programming, student activities, leadership programs, or equivalent operations.
  • Three years in major program event planning (1,000+ attendees) and production, including oversight of budget for these types of events.
  • Three years of experience advising or working directly with student boards or student organizations.
  • Knowledge of student development theories, and a strong dedication to diversity and community building.
  • Solid understanding of program assessment and developing learning outcomes.
  • Event planning experience in a higher education setting.
  • Supervisory experience.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials: 

1. A current resume. 

2. A cover letter that specifically tells us how your background and experience align with the requirements, qualifications, and responsibilities of the position.

We may request references at a later time.

Please apply by August 24, 2022, for consideration.

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, please apply through CU Boulder Jobs.

Posting Contact Information

Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

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