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Position Detail - Director of Student Involvement

Director of Student Involvement

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Work type: Staff Full-time
Location: South Hadley, MA
Categories: Executive/Management/Professional, Business/Accounting/Finance, Communications/Marketing, Event Planning, Student Life/Involvement

Position Type: Staff Full-time

Hours per week: 37.5   

Weeks per year: 52

Work Schedule: Monday-Friday 8:30am-5:00pm with some nights and weekends 

Department Summary & Job Purpose:

As part of the Division of Student Life, the Office of Student Involvement supports student engagement in co-curricular life, including community-wide programs, campus traditions, student groups and government, and leadership development opportunities.

The Director of Student Involvement is responsible for the implementation of strategic goals and core functions of the Office of Student Involvement including the supervision of professional and student staff. The Director is charged with working in conjunction with Student Involvement staff, and others in Student Life and across campus, to develop and support co-curricular goals and programs along with campus traditions for students. The Director will oversee student organizations, including student organization leader advising and development, the development of resource structures, and providing students opportunities and programs that further student involvement and engagement at Mount Holyoke. The Director and their staff directly advises committees and students within the Student Government Association and MHC Class Boards.


Core Job Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Coordinate and supervise the overall operation of the Student Involvement office including goal setting, management of office budgets, and the supervision, development, and evaluation of professional staff.
  • Directly and indirectly oversee the supervision of student staff.
  • Lead the office in the development and implementation of involvement structures for students, including oversight of and collaborating on the usage of Campus Groups “Embark”, the College’s student engagement platform, for co-curricular engagement tracking.
  • Supervise student Involvement Consultants, along with the Coordinator, and oversee efforts in the Student Involvement Studio related to student engagement, leadership development, and student organization support.
  • Collaborate with Student Life and campus partners in the implementation and evaluation of co-curricular goals. Lead the office in developing and implementing advising and support structures for student organizations and student organization student leaders, to include re-recognition, training, leadership development, communications, risk management, monetary functions, and event and travel oversight.
  • Oversee, ensure compliance, and develop, as needed, all policies and protocols related to student organizations and their functioning, including working with Student Life conduct staff as needed.
  • Work in coordination with Athletics to ensure club sports advisement and support.
  • Ensure event management structures for student organizations and students meet student needs and are in alignment with campus partners such as Event Services, Dining Services, Facilities Management, and Public Safety and Service.
  • Work with Student Involvement staff and Student Life partners to strategically staff student events. Work with Student Involvement staff and Student Life partners in advising and training the Class Boards. Lead and support Student Involvement staff in and ensure the development and execution of community programming for students, including campus traditions such as Student Leadership and Service Awards, Pangy Day, and Family & Friends Weekend.
  • Work as a campus partner to support Orientation efforts through specific sessions or events. Support Student Involvement staff in the management of buildings and venues within Student Involvement’s purview, including Blanchard Hall, the Great Room, and Chapin Auditorium.
  • Support Student Involvement staff in the management of the SGA Student Business Office and student activity fee funding and distribution. Evaluate and assess current programs and initiatives, and implement new as needed, to further the involvement and engagement of students.
  • Serve as a member of the Division of Student Life leadership team, and serve on various College committees as appropriate.
  • Other duties as assigned. 

Qualifications: Education Experience: A Master’s degree in Education Administration, College Student Personnel, Student Development, Business Administration or a related field is required. Minimum five to seven years professional and/or related experience working in a college environment.

Proven project management skills with experience managing deadlines, ability to understand and address interdependencies and competing preferences, manage various stakeholders, and familiarity with efficient systems and processes.

Strong writing, communication and advising skills, as well as excellent time management skills, superb judgment in planning, supervising, and maintaining safety, and the ability to enforce deadlines and policy.

Ability to work independently, be proactive and to follow through with attention to detail.

Ability to plan, prioritize and oversee multiple projects, meet deadlines for deliverables.

Ability to analyze complex problems and recommend or implement an effective course of action.

Ability to build relationships and influence others. Diplomacy, consistency, compassion and a commitment to inclusivity are essential traits.

Experience working in higher education and/or with college students is strongly preferred. Particular attention given to those candidates who have worked at a gender diverse women’s college, with first generation populations, and or have experience with identity based student organizations. The ability to build relationships with other people and a willingness to learn is an integral part of this position. A record of inclusive conduct and evidence of multicultural skills in the workplace is required.

Computer literacy is required. Ability to work nights and weekends.

Preferred Qualifications: Remain competent and current through self-directed professional reading, developing professional contacts with colleagues, attending professional development courses, and attending training and/or courses as directed by the supervisor.



Physical Demands: Light lifting (25 lbs or less) related to event set-up

Working Conditions: Some nights and weekends required

Background Checks:

Mount Holyoke College is committed to providing a safe and secure environment, supported by qualified
employees that will allow all of its students, faculty, staff and those associated with them to successfully
carry out the mission of the college. As a condition of employment, the College will conduct appropriate
background checks for all new hires. Mount Holyoke has designated the Office of Human Resources as
the office responsible for ensuring that background checks (CORI, SORI, Credit History, & Driver

Credential) are completed and utilized in the hiring process and Five College Office of Compliance and
Risk Management as the office responsible for facilitating background checks as articulated in this policy.

Special Instructions for Applicants: 

Apply online by application deadline. Application materials must include 1) a cover letter summarizing
interests and qualifications, 2) a complete resume or curriculum vitae, and 3) contact information for 3
professional references. 

Mount Holyoke College is a women’s college that is gender diverse. The College is committed to providing equal access and opportunity in employment and education to all employees and students. In compliance with state and federal law, Mount Holyoke College does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, color, genetic information, sex, national or ethnic origin, religion, age, physical or mental disability, marital status, sexual orientation, pregnancy, gender identity or expression, ancestry, veteran or military status, or any other legally protected status under federal, state or local law. The College does not discriminate on the basis of gender in the recruitment and admission of students to its graduate program.

Mount Holyoke College is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 

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