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Job Summary

The Office of Student Life (OSL) at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, promotes holistic education through transformational student learning experiences. The Office fosters an inclusive community, supports student development and persistence, and prepares future leaders through diverse programming, services, and partnerships. Our office’s core values include active citizenship, inclusion, student-centeredness, collective impact, and ethical leadership. At the heart of our Office’s work is community building, transformational learning experiences, collaboration, and holistic student development. Functionally, our Office oversees Civic Engagement, Fraternity & Sorority Life, First Gen Programs, Leadership Programs, Campus Traditions, and Student Organizations.

The University of Michigan-Dearborn’s Office of Student Life is seeking an energetic and motivated Assistant Director to assist the Office as we further grow student engagement and success. The selected candidate will enhance the overall student experience and identify new ways to support our new and continuing students, in recognizing our campus as a commuter campus for the 21st century.

The Assistant Director will provide leadership for the Office of Student Life generally, and specifically through oversight, supervision or advisement of the involvement desk (launching Fall 2021), student organizations, the Student Organization Advisory Council, and the OSL office management team.      



  • Serve as a part of the office leadership team to annually establish strategic vision and goals.
  • Contribute actively and collaboratively towards the OSL mission, goals, and priorities.
  • Represent OSL at various community and/or university committees and task forces.
  • Launch and manage the new campus involvement desk, aimed at enhancing the overall commuter student experience through providing community building opportunities, resources, and giveaways.
  • Manage efforts to support and oversee the 150+ campus student organizations, supervising the student staff team of student organization consultants and providing leadership/oversight for Victors Link (the campus’ student engagement/organization portal).
  • Provide support in engaging new students as they transition to campus, providing dedicated programming and/or initiatives.
  • Advise the Student Organization Advisory Council in its efforts to support student organizations. Providing leadership for the campus Leaders & Best Service Award process.
  • Provide support and leadership for campus Sponsored Student Organizations, and regularly engage with sponsoring departments.
  • Supervise the Office of Student Life Office Manager and paraprofessional office management team, whose work is to ensure desk coverage, effective social media and advertisement of office events and activities, office outreach and visibility efforts, passive programming, bulletin board management, and oversight for general office operations.
  • Identify gaps in programming and services for students, and lead team efforts in fulfilling those needs.
  • Support and/or lead professional development and all team meetings for the OSL paraprofessional staff.
  • Advance the use of assessment and evaluation for increased data-informed decision-making.


  • Seek out opportunities for collaboration and maintain strong working partnerships with campus partners
  • Work with the OSL team and Institutional Advancement to increase alumni engagement and fundraising opportunities for office initiatives
  • Create and establish learning outcomes for programs and initiatives based on CAS Standards and in alignment with University assessment protocols
  • Utilize reflection and other strategies for student learning
  • Collaboratively work with the Student Life team to plan, execute, evaluate and improve annual campus traditions programming, including homecoming, student leadership awards, fall and winter welcome, and student leadership awards.
  • Provide collaborative leadership for the student staff team including professional development.
  • Incorporate restorative practices into programming and the overall campus and office culture.
  • Contribute to an inclusive campus and community environment.
  • Ability to work periodic evenings and weekends.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Required Qualifications*

  • A bachelor’s degree required, master’s degree preferred in Counseling, Higher Education/Student Affairs or related area
  • 2+ years of relevant experience is required
  • Experience overseeing student organizations
  • Demonstrated excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated leadership; ability to lead a group or team to a successful outcome
  • Experience supervising student staff members
  • Experience managing departmental or programmatic budgets
  • Ability to act independently and prioritize multiple and/or competing assignments
  • Awareness of the developmental process experienced by college students
  • Collaborative work style and team-building skills
  • Ability to exercise sound judgment and handle confidential information with discretion according to the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
  • Ability to effectively advise and counsel students and others regarding the various academic and non-academic resources throughout the campus
  • Demonstrated experience with data tracking, assessment and evaluation
  • Willingness to be flexible in work hours and willingness to accept additional responsibilities

Background Screening

The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks.  Background checks are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

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


U-M COVID-19 Vaccination Policy

COVID-19 vaccinations are now required for all University of Michigan students, faculty and staff across all three campuses, including Michigan Medicine, by the start of the fall term on August 30, 2021.  This includes those working or learning remotely.  More information on this policy is available on the Campus Blueprint website or the U-M Dearborn and U-M Flint websites.