Florida State University — Director, Student Engagement

Florida State University (FSU) is an American public space-grant and sea-grant research university. Its primary campus is located on a 1,391.54-acre campus in Tallahassee, Florida. FSU is a senior member of the State University System of Florida. Founded in 1851, it is located on the oldest continuous site of higher education in the state of Florida. The university is classified as a Research University with Very High Research by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The university comprises 16 separate colleges and more than 110 centers, facilities, labs, and institutes offering more than 360 programs of study, including professional school programs. The university has an annual budget of over $1.7 billion and an annual economic impact of over $10 billion.

Reporting to the associate vice president of student affairs, the director of student engagement provides visionary leadership, operational management, and development to the newly created Student Engagement department. The direct functional areas within Student Engagement are Student Organizations & Involvement, Student Governance & Advocacy, and Student Life Cinema. The successful candidate collaborates with students, faculty, staff, alumni, and other constituents to create innovative and impactful experiences for Florida State students. The director works closely with University Housing, Fraternity & Sorority Life, and the Oglesby Union as well as other Activity & Service fee-funded departments; leads strategic planning initiatives to ensure continuous improvement in practice as well as alignment with Division and University strategic priorities; and works with divisional Development Officers to set fundraising priorities and goals. The director is a member of the associate vice president’s Student Engagement leadership team and leads and manages an organization with over 700 recognized student organizations, budgets totaling over $15 million, and more than 21 union, professional, and student staff throughout the department. 

The director will lead and collaborate on university-wide initiatives including, but not limited to: Homecoming; Welcome Week; Student Government elections; Family Weekend; First 51 Days; Last 51 Days; and Gateway Service programs such as: Dance Marathon, Relay for Life, and the Big Event. The director also works closely with campus partners such as the Dean of Students Office, Campus Recreation, Health and Wellness Center, Office of the General Counsel, and Undergraduate Academic Affairs regarding the care and success of Florida State University students.

A master’s degree in a related field and a minimum of five years of directly related work experience is required; a terminal degree is preferred. The successful candidate will have progressive experience in supervision and management of student engagement programs and services; demonstrated progressive experience in budget management; and experience collaborating with multiple campus partners. In addition, the director will have experience managing a dynamic portfolio of programs and services and demonstrated leadership coordinating university-wide programs and events. 

Review of applications will begin February 7, 2020, and continue until the position is filled. A resume with an accompanying cover letter may be submitted via the Spelman Johnson website at www.spelmanandjohnson.com/open-positions. Nominations for this position may be emailed to Anne-Marie Kenney at amk@spelmanjohnson.com. Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.

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