The University of Tennessee at Martin — Director for Student Life and Multicultural Affairs

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. Under the direction of the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student and Residential Life the Director for Student Life and Multicultural Affairs is responsible for the strategic leadership and day-to-day operations of the Student Life program that includes coordination of campus programs and services related to student activities, student organizations, Greek life, Multicultural Affairs, and University Center management and operation.


  1. Administrative (60%)
    1. Direct the operation and administration of the Student Life program.
    2. Plan, implement and execute activities, events and programs designed for the social, cultural and instructional development of students.
    3. Develop, direct and evaluate programs, policies, procedures, and guidelines for events, operations and customer service, and strive for continual improvement in operation and services.
    4. Direct, facilitate and manage the risk management aspect of the Student Life program with full-time staff members that oversee program and facility areas. Continually evaluate, recommend and update program risk management procedures.
    5. Maintain knowledge of current regulations, policies, and eligibility requirements for specific student activities and related programs and services.
    6. Provide strategic support and direction to 170 plus student organizations and 20 Greek organizations to help facilitate a vibrant student body.
    7. Lead collaborative strategic and tactical planning efforts that result in student life initiatives that support the university’s vision, mission and strategic goals.
    8. Provide leadership in the developing and implementing multicultural and diversity based programs.
    9. Develop and implement an action plan to support the well-being of minority students.
    10. Serve as primary contact for resolution of minority student concerns.
    11. Assess and evaluate programs and services related to inclusion and community engagement.
    12. Develop and maintain working relationships with external organizations that support institutional and departmental efforts to advance equity and inclusion.
    13. Ensure that student complaint policies and procedures are followed and documented and reported to appropriate stakeholders.
    14. Provide assistance in promoting recruitment and retention of minority students.
    15. Provide leadership for developing a sustainable Multicultural Center.
    16. Facilitate collaboration, innovation and creativity among students, faculty, staff, and administration.
    17. Lead efforts for facility renovation and program improvement for optimum utilization of facilities.
    18. Direct and manage the operation of the University Center and Student Life facilities.
    19. Direct the administration of the OrgSync system.
    20. Prepare progress reports; inform supervisor of project status; and deviation from goals.
    21. Maintain the ongoing student leadership program.
    22. Oversee the hiring process for professional and student staff.
    23. Plan, organize and direct professional development.
    24. Conduct staff meetings
  2. Event Planning (15%)
    1. Plan, implement and evaluate co-curricular student activities which provides a vibrant campus environment that supports student recruitment and retention.
    2. Review and approve student organization & Greek Life events and programs.
    3. Direct and manage the maintenance of the master calendar of student activities and events.
    4. Direct, manage and execute programming for Multicultural Affairs, Student Activities Council (SAC), Student Organizations and Greek Life.
    5. Collaborate with outside agencies to create service opportunities for students.
  3. Assessment (10%)
    1. Develop student learning outcomes and oversee ongoing, comprehensive assessment of Student Life and all related programming, education and activities.
    2. Collect, analyze, and report information to be used for university-level reports or briefings; prepare, review and edit 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. Direct and manage assessment relating to student group programs and services.
  4. Budget (10%)
    1. Prepare, administer, and manage the operating budget and expenditures related to Student Life and performs analysis and reporting to support decision-making.
    2. Request, review, and process contracts associated with campus entertainment programs/activities, facility rentals, lease agreements, and fee proposals.
  5. Other (5%)
    1. Serve on Division, University and Community committees as assigned.
    2. Perform other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

  1. Bachelor’s Degree in Higher Education Administration, Leadership, or Student Personnel or related field.
  2. 5-7 years of progressively responsible professional leadership experience in a collegiate environment
  3. Demonstrated record of strategic administrative leadership and experience managing and supervising professional and support staff.
  4. Demonstrated commitment to diversity.
  5. Demonstrated knowledge and application of student development and learning theory in the advancement of policies and procedures supporting student success.
  6. Demonstrated use of data in strategic budgetary decisions.
  7. Demonstrated knowledge of polices and legal issues in higher education.
  8. Demonstrated leadership in complex event management.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree or higher in Higher Education Administration, Leadership, or Student Personnel or related field.

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.