The Office of Student Leadership and Activities plays a fundamental role in the experience of Simmons’s students. As a resource for social, leadership, and educational opportunities, the Office of Student Leadership and Activities fosters growth and development through the integration of learning experiences.
Programming and Events
Oversee, manage and plan the implementation of summer, fall, and mid-year undergraduate and family orientation programs;
Execute Family Weekend with a focus on engaging parents, families and friends of students to build affinity with the institution;
Work in collaboration with the Assistant Dean for First Year Students and the Assistant Dean for Student Engagement to host robust Orientation programs;
Support and continued development of Traditional College programs including college opening, Freshman/Junior Mentorship, First-Gen Graduation, Lavender Graduation, May Day, Senior Faculty Banquet, Winter Wonderland and COF Fall and Spring Weekends;
Recruit, select, train, and supervise Orientation Leaders and the summer Orientation Chair;
Develop programming for the continued development and training of student Orientation leaders;
Assess and identify areas for improvement in programming, adopting best practices and ensuring relevant material;
Assist in development and implementation of a comprehensive leadership development program for all student groups and student leaders, including overseeing the re-design of the Emerging Leaders Program as well as managing and participating in the annual Student Leadership Selection process;
Develop leadership programs and activities for students, creating opportunities for students to learn more about leadership and participate in activities that enhance leadership development through workshops, outdoor programs and speaker series.
Oversee an annual budget of $700,000, ensuring fiscal accountability and compliance;
Serve as first point of contact for financial needs including the distribution of funds;
Negotiate, review and finalize contracts with vendors/agents, and liability policies and procedures in their management and delegation;
Assist in policy development including student travel and strategic planning;
Manage a team of two, the Assistant Director of Student Leadership and Activities and Program Coordinator of Student Leadership and Activities
Student Group Advising
Provide management of a comprehensive leadership development program to support student leadership initiatives as well as on-going student leadership development trainings.
Serve as an advisers for all students and/or 70+ student organization needs, directly advising the Student Government Association and the Senior Class Council.
Train and support student organizations on a variety of topics including program planning, University policies, leadership development and budgeting;
Support individual students including making appropriate referrals.
Bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 5 years’ experience in Student Affairs or related field;
Master’s degree with a minimum of 2 years of relevant experience preferred;
Experience in higher education a plus
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills;
Previous experience managing, reconciling, and auditing a budget;
Experience planning and executing events with a focus on inclusion;
Strong prioritization and time management skills;
Ability to foster strong relationships with students, staff and faculty;
Willingness to work some evening and weekend events as necessary