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Western Carolina University
  • Position Number: 5046808
  • Location: Cullowhee, NC
  • Position Type: Business - Management

Assistant Director for Student Leadership - 240978

Western Carolina University

Department: Campus Activities

About WCU: Western Carolina University has been named to the 2022 "Americas Best Employers by State" list by Forbes, ranking 14 out of the top 100 employers in North Carolina. Forbes has also ranked Western Carolina University in the Top 100 of Americas Best Midsize Employers for 2023. Western Carolina University is the UNC systems westernmost campus and has been consistently ranked as one of the top 15 public regional institutions in the South. WCUs main campus is nestled in a beautiful valley of the Blue Ridge Mountains, 50 miles west of Asheville. WCU is located just 25 miles from the entrance to the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, one of the nations most spectacular and most visited national parks. The entire region is known for its excellent quality of life and access to outdoor activities.Employees of WCU are provided a comprehensive benefits package as well as other resources, policies and programs to ensure a happy and healthy work/life balance. Benefit eligible employees have access to dental, vision and health insurance plans - eligibility begins on the first of the month following date of hire. Retirement plan contributions begin on the eligibility date following election and include employer contributions for either a defined contribution or a defined benefit plan. Optional disability plans are also available.Eligible employees have access to tuition waivers for up to three courses per academic year; employee may enroll at any of the constituent UNC System campuses. Also offered are free group exercise classes multiple times per week, a discounted membership to the campus recreation center, free vaccine and booster shots offered on campus, pretax flexible spending accounts, 12 paid holidays and 24 hours of paid community service leave each year. Paid vacation and sick leave accrual begin after first month of employment. Paid parental leave after 12 months of continuous service.WCU offers an abundance of training and development programs, certifications, workshops and conferences - many of which are offered free of charge.

Position Summary: The primary location of this position is the main Cullowhee, NC campus.

The Assistant Director for Student Leadership reports to the Senior Assistant Director for Leadership Programs. Leadership Programs is responsible for providing leadership development for students at Western Carolina University. This position supports, develops, and implements comprehensive student leadership programs primarily for first-year students at Western Carolina University and collaborates closely with Residential Living and other campus partners. This position serves as the coordinator for the Freshman Leadership Initiative which helps to challenge and provide growth opportunities for our students. Evening and weekend work is required.

This position supervises, evaluates, and provides guidance to the student intern for Leadership Programs. This position will teach up to two courses per year in the LEAD Minor Program. The primary course will be LEAD 140 and LEAD 180 and support sections of Leadership Minor courses and select instructors. This position will serve as the liaison between the Department of Residential Living and the Leadership Minor as it pertains to leadership programming and the LEAD Living Learning Communities (LLCs).

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required for this position:
  • Knowledge and ability to apply leadership theories, concepts, and practices to programs, curriculum instruction, and other activities.
  • Exemplary organizational skills with a strong emphasis on detail.
  • Experience in planning programs and events.
  • Excellent communication (written and verbal) and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to prioritize workload according to volume, urgency, etc.
  • Strong computer skills using Windows, Microsoft Word, Excel, and internet.
  • Strong leadership and program planning skills.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required for this position:

Minimum Qualifications: Masters Degree required with concentration in College Student Personnel, Higher Education Administration, Leadership or related field and 1 - 2 years job-related experience in a University setting.Must be eligible to work in the United States without sponsorship.

Preferred Qualifications:

Position Type: Permanent Full-Time

Special Instructions to Applicants: Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until a candidate has been selected for hire.To be considered, you must apply online. Please include a cover letter, resume, and a list of professional references to complete the application process.For questions or additional information, please contact Lindsay Jacaruso at

Western Carolina University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race; color; religion; sex; sexual orientation; gender identity or expression; national origin; age; disability; genetic information; political affiliation; National Guard or veteran status, consistent with applicable federal, state and local laws, regulations, and policies, and the policies of The University of North Carolina. Additionally, the University promotes the realization of equal employment opportunity for minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and veterans through its affirmative action program. Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations in the application and interview process please call (828) 227-7218 or email at

University Safety
The Western Carolina University Annual Safety Report is available online at University Annual Safety Report or in hard-copy by request at the office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, 227 HFR Administration Building, Cullowhee, NC 28723 (828-227-7147) or the Office of University Police, 111 Camp Annex, Cullowhee, NC 28723 (828-227-7301). The report, required of all universities participating in Title IV student financial aid programs, discusses crime statistics, procedures for reporting suspicious or criminal activity, security, police authority, crime prevention strategies, university policies on substance abuse and sexual offenses, workplace violence and fire safety.

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