Job Details

Metropolitan State University of Denver
  • Position Number: 1727602
  • Location: Denver, CO
  • Position Type: Student Affairs and Services

Associate Director of Student Organizations

Position Number: E 1189
Salary for Announcement: The minimum salary for this position is $51,855. The final salary will be commensurate with education and experience.
Employee Category: Administrators
Department: Center for Multicultural Engagement and Inclusion

Position Summary:
The Associate Director of Student Organizations is a creative and passionate student affairs professional who operates from a lens of understanding and prioritizing equity in working with MSU Denver's diverse students. The Associate Director is primarily responsible for leading a comprehensive student organization program but is involved in promoting equity and cultivating student engagement in other related ways. The Associate Director is a strategic and student-centered thinker who is also skilled at developing effective professional relationships with individuals and departments.

Note: While this position has focus areas, as outlined in this job description, the successful individual will be an adaptable student engagement generalist who is adept at pivoting to contribute to different program areas and initiatives, as needed.

As the lead professional responsible for the student organization program at the University, the Associate Director is a creative and thoughtful student affairs professional who can identify and execute the strategies to both broaden and deepen student engagement at the University through student-led organizations. To this end, the Associate Director is adept at developing, assessing, and shifting policies and practices that directly or indirectly impact student engagement. The Associate Director is an active collaborator with academic departments and student affairs functional areas to enhance and strengthen existing student organizations impact within the University community, and to promote the development of new organizations where groups are not yet active. The Associate Director sets expectations for student organization advising, leads the training and development for advisors, and is both innovative and strategic in setting the overall advising agenda for student organizations. The Associate Director has a keen attention to safety and risk management considerations, and partners with key institutional colleagues to ensure that student organizations are operating safety and ethically.

The Associate Director is responsible for the supervision of the Assistant Director for Student Organizations who has direct responsibility for the advisement of Student Government Assembly (SGA) elected leaders and the University's Fraternity and Sorority community. As such, the Associate Director has shared responsibility for the overall operations of the institution's fraternity and sorority chapters and the SGA.

Metropolitan State University of Denver is an equal opportunity employer.


60% Student Organization Program Oversight

Set the strategic vision for student organizations at the University. Ensure that this vision centers equity and operationalizes social justice within the applicable context.
Assess existing models for supporting student organizations and lead change to both broaden (scale) student organization efforts and to strengthen (deepen) the quality and learning of students involved in and interacting with student organizations.
Critically evaluate current structures (both direct and indirect) which impact the ways in which student organizations are able to effectively engage their peers and carry out their unique missions.
Partner directly with academic Deans and department chairs to ensure integration of academic co-curricular groups with the student organization structure.
In consultation with colleagues leading work to cultivate student leadership, implement relevant programs to enhance leadership development within student organizations.
Establish an appropriate advising model for faculty and staff involvement with student organizations. Provide ongoing training and support student organization advisors. Assist student leaders with advisor recruitment, selection, and rapport building.
In consultation with colleagues, regularly audit, review, and update relevant operational expectations[policies] for student organizations, their leaders, and their advisors. Draft, edit, and publish relevant standards, guides, and/or manuals as necessary to educate the community on such operational expectations. Engage in this policy work with a critical lens and a goal of social justice.
With support from colleagues in the Budget Office and Accounting Services, oversee the fiscal structure(s), available resources, and related policies impacting student organization accounts and finances. Consider equity and justice in fiscal strategies impacting student organizations.
Manage the student organization software and related technical collateral.
Oversee the Campus Event Funding (CEF) program, which provides funding for student organizations to carry out engagement activities. Ensure that the fund is maximizing impact for student engagement in an equitable and appropriate manner.
Oversee the Recruiting & Promotional Funding (R&P) program, which provides funding for student organizations to purchase recruitment, promotional, and marketing items.
Oversee the Student Organization Resource Room and the related materials/supplies.
Actively participate in campus-wide (Auraria Higher Education Center) initiatives designed to promote student organizations.
Maintain relationships with partner institutions and the Auraria Higher Education Center.

20% Supervision and Operations

Provides vision, strategic leadership, and overall supervision for the Assistant Director responsible for SGA and fraternity and sorority advising.
Supervise student employees who support program operations.
Recruit, hire, train, evaluate, and hold employees accountable to performance expectations.
Review relevant documents, policies, and procedural documents as needed (constitution, elections procedures, member handbooks, etc.) and shepherd such documents through the editing/updating process.
Monitor allocated budget and expenses.
Participate in annual budget process to request funding through the Student Affairs Board (SAB), which allocates student fees for programs. Support the same for the Campus Events Funding process. Prepare collateral materials to make a compelling case for ongoing funding of programs/operations.

10% Assessment & Reporting

Track student participation, assess student learning, and manage data for all relevant program areas, and in other areas related to student engagement, as requested.
Regularly communicate (report) on student participation and outcomes; do so with disaggregated information on relevant student demographic characteristics including race and ethnicity.

10% Related Other Duties

Actively participate in committees and working groups related to equity and student engagement.
Lead and/or contribute to special projects and/or initiatives, as requested that relate to equitable student engagement.
Participate in trainings and relevant professional development activities to support professional and/or departmental growth. Work to operationalize and/or integrate learning from these trainings into the work unit and work processes.
Be an innovator, a disrupter, and a change agent for equity and student engagement. Strive to recognize inequities in the work and in oneself and strive to do better. Seek out opportunities to take [calculated] risks in support of a more engaged and equitable student community at MSU Denver.

Required Qualifications:
Bachelors Degree
Experience working with student leaders in a college/university setting
Experience working with groups of college students
Excellent written and verbal communication skills
Experience in advising, developing, coordinating, and evaluating programs

Preferred Qualifications:
Earned Masters Degree in higher education administration, student affairs, education leadership, counseling, social work, or a related field
Demonstrated experience impacting equity and social justice outcomes
Substantive experience working directly with student organizations
Professional experience working to advise or otherwise support fraternities, sororities or student governance groups.
Experience conducting program assessment or program evaluation for improvement

Posting Date: 11/27/2019
Closing Date:
Closing Instructions: Open Until Filled

Special Instructions to Applicant:
IMPORTANT: In order to be considered as an applicant you must apply via the online application system,

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