The University of Tennessee at Martin — Assistant Director for Student Life

General Description:
The Office of Student Life at the University of Tennessee, Martin is charged with improving student life by working with various departments within the university to create an environment that fosters and promotes student learning and development. The Assistant Director for Student Life is an integral position in the department that is responsible for providing oversight for every aspect of the Student Life Program. The Assistant Director interacts daily with 170+ Student Organizations, their 2000+ members, and alumni.


  1. Program Administration (45%)
    1. Assist with leading and directing Student Life events and activities.
    2. Develop and increase culturally relevant and student focused activities and programs promoting greater involvement for all students and integrate student learning outcomes reflecting our mission.
    3. Lead the execution of the OrgSync system.
    4. Assist managing mentorship opportunities for students with diverse background.
    5. Research best practices in student life initiatives and incorporate those findings into actionable strategic plans.
    6. Manage and facilitate the recruitment programs of IFC and NPC Greek Organizations and serve as the liaison between University and National Greek Organizations and Chapter Advisers.
    7. Oversee process of developing new organizations and facilitate regular meetings of student leaders to communicate programming, policies and address issues.
    8. Recruit, hire, train, supervise, evaluate and mentor student staff that serve the daily needs of students.
    9. Provide support services and opportunities for student organizations to grow and develop.
    10. Use technology to streamline processes and increase efficiency.
    11. Maintain database of all active student organizations, including co-curricular activities and community service.
    12. Develop and manage co-circular transcript creation for students.
    13. Assist in preparing annual program budgets including recommendations and justifications regarding budget requests.
  2. Advisement and Planning (30%)
    1. Advise IFC and NPC councils in relation to programming, risk management, judicial affairs, construction and by-law adherence, parliamentary procedure, and budget management.
    2. Conduct weekly meetings with IFC and NPC council to review council business.
    3. Oversee the IFC and NPC council officer election and training process.
    4. Promote partnerships across the Greek councils to enhance campus programming and diversity.
    5. Provide support and be a resource for student organizations.
    6. Coordinate oversight and advising for student leaders and general members of all Greek student organizations to include initiating, developing, implementing and evaluating various educational, training, accountability and recognition programs in support of their leadership and organizational needs.
  3. Event Execution (15%)
    1. Assist with reviewing and approving student organization & Greek Life events and programs.
    2. Coordinate, manage and execute programming for Multicultural Affairs, Student Organizations and Greek Life.
    3. Assist in creating a cultural awareness agenda for Student Life by providing programming and services that are relevant to the experiences of diverse students.
    4. Coordinate efforts with faculty, staff, and community organizational advisors and encourage their involvement in programming efforts.
    5. Assist/Lead as needed in overall Student Life programming such as living learning communities, civic engagement, campus wide programs, etc.
    6. Collaborate with outside agencies to create service opportunities for students.
  4. Assessment (5%)
    1. Assist in developing student learning outcomes and oversee ongoing, comprehensive assessment of Student Life and all related programming, education and activities.
    2. Assist in collecting, analyzing, and reporting information to be used for university-level reports or briefings; assist in preparing and editing various annual and periodic reports and proposals as well as relevant sections of various institutional, division and department publications.
    3. Provide relative data in reference to Student Life on campus that can be used for assessment and decision making.
    4. Coordinate assessment relating to student group programs and services.
  5. Other (5%)
    1. Assist Student Life staff with developing division wide initiatives to enhance student learning and improve the student experience.
    2. Serve on Division, University and Community committees as assigned.
    3. Serve as a Student Life resource expert to student recruitment initiatives.
    4. Perform other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

  1. Bachelor’s Degree in Higher Education Administration, Leadership, or Student Personnel or related field.
  2. 3-5 years of progressively responsible professional leadership experience in a collegiate environment.
  3. Demonstrated record of strategic planning and implementation.
  4. Knowledge of university structure and communication channels.
  5. Demonstrated knowledge and application of student development and learning theory in the advancement of policies and procedures supporting student’s success.
  6. Demonstrated ability to lead and execute activities that promote diversity.
  7. Demonstrated written and oral communication skills.
  8. Demonstrated ability to lead a diverse population of students and staff in developing and implementing plans that further the mission of the program/division/campus.
  9. Demonstrated ability to perform managerial responsibilities (planning, leading, budget, assessment, evaluation, and personnel management).
  10. Demonstrated knowledge of polices and legal issues in higher education.
  11. Successful experience in building collaborative partnerships.
  12. Demonstrated record of strategic administrative leadership and experience managing and supervising student staff.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree in Higher Education Administration, Leadership, or Student Personnel or related field.
  • Experience in Multicultural or Greek Life and or Student Life programming.

Application: All applications for this position must be submitted through the University of Tennessee at Martin Human Resources department website. The posting for the position can be found here:

Salary range is commensurate with experience. The University of Tennessee is an EEO/AA/Title VI/Title IX/ Section 504/ADA/ADEA institution in the provision of its education and employment programs and services. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, or covered veteran status.

Anticipated start date April 1 – June 1, 2018. Review of applications will begin immediately and preference given to those who apply before February 19. Candidates should attach a cover letter and resume to the electronic application.