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Job Summary

The Assistant Director for Student Engagement Programs provides critical leadership for the Office for Student Engagement in creating the collaborative partnerships that will result in exemplary campus-wide programs and initiatives that meet or exceed best practices. The assistant director for OSE will contribute to important university student retention positive results by enhancing campus life at the UM-Dearborn. Additionally, the assistant director provides visionary support to OSE staff, student leaders, student board members, student employees and volunteers to develop and deliver a robust portfolio of student-centered co-curricular programs, services, and initiatives within an efficient administrative system enhanced by technology, software, policies and procedures. An ever-growing and healthy network of student organizations and involvement opportunities will enhance the student experience on campus and enable the assistant director to maximize student learning opportunities.


Leadership for Programs and Projects

  • Develop and support student programming boards to deliver comprehensive co-curricular programs to ensure a balanced educational and social collegiate campus environment.
  • Create, execute, and evaluate co-curricular day, evening, and weekend programming for residential, commuter, traditional and non-traditional students in a diverse university community.
  • Based on student development theory, mentor/coach individual student organization leaders, advisors, and students on leadership, transitions, team-building, event planning and student organization development.
  • Lead collaborative campus teams to create, execute, and evaluate major university programs, including but not limited to: Welcome Week, Homecoming, and Family Weekend.
  • Coordinate with student organization leaders to present the annual Student Organization Leaders in Development (SOLID) conference, to develop essential competencies for student organization leaders and the monthly aMaizing Organizations Workshops.
  • Support the OSE director and staff and student boards in organizing and executing student leadership programs for multiple constituencies.
  • Support the OSE director and staff and student boards in coordinating the annual Student Leadership Awards, among other recognition programs.
  • Serve as the advisor for the Student Activities Board (SAB) and other student groups by providing support for best practices and leadership development to its members.

Administrative Leadership

  • Contribute actively and collaboratively towards the OSE mission, goals, and priorities as a member of the OSE team.
  • Manage the extended capabilities of VictorsLink including the training and marketing to the university community essential for campus-wide implementation.
  • Manage OSE assessment initiatives with Enrollment Management & Student Life (EMSL) assessment efforts.
  • Collaborate with the University Unions & Events (UUE) team as well as EMSL departmental partners.
  • Work closely with the Director in establishing strategic vision and goals annually.
  • Serve as financial contact for the office by reviewing and communicating account balances and statements of activity, and assisting with financial transactions and paperwork for department and student organization accounts.
  • Lead the collaborative efforts with the Office of Admissions and Orientation for summer orientation programs, as well as Open houses and Preview Days, in order to ensure OSE and student organization representation.
  • Provide leadership for meeting the administrative needs of student organizations including registration, offices, financial support and use of university facilities.
  • Represent OSE at community and/or university committees and task forces, promoting existing and new opportunities. Seek out opportunities for leadership and collaboration and maintain working partnerships, both within and outside of the university.
  • Attend and represent OSE at meetings with UUE, student organizations, external relations, marketing and communications, and alumni relations, among others.
  • Assume roles of the Director in his/her absence or as requested.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications*

Bachelor’s degree is required. Three years of directly relevant experience is required. Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration, College Student Personnel, Higher Education Leadership, or other related field is preferred. Qualified candidates will have a strong college student development orientation and will be able to create a dynamic and welcoming collegiate environment. A highly qualified candidate will have excellent organizational, interpersonal, oral and written communication skills, as well as demonstrated cultural competencies and ability to work within and contribute to a diverse campus community. Candidate will demonstrate strong interpersonal skills and project management skills. Candidate will demonstrate a collaborative work-style, team-building and leadership skills. Candidate will understand student retention. Candidate will exercise sound judgment and handle confidential information appropriately according to FERPA and other compliance requirements. Experience with assessment and evaluation is preferred. Willingness to work evenings and weekends is required.

Additional Information

For more information please contact Gregory Peoples ( or Glenna Frank Miller (, Interim Co-Directors of the Office for Student Engagement, 313-593-5390.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan-Dearborn, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University of Michigan is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, height, weight, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions. Inquiries or complaints may be addressed Office of Institutional Equity, 4901 Evergreen Road, Suite 1020, Administrative Services Building, Dearborn, Michigan 48128-1491, (313) 593-5190. For other University of Michigan information call 734-764-1817.