Assistant Director, Student Involvement (17158)

Date: Nov 7, 2023

Location: Washington, DC, US, 20016

Company: American University

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The Assistant Director, Student Involvement is responsible for the development of goals and objectives to support AU Club Council and co-advises the Graduate Leadership Council as it pertains to programs, budget, and services. The AD coordinates all trainings for organizations, maintains all registration paperwork and manages and approves the AUCC budget expenditures. The incumbent will also serve as the primary contact for student organization complex events. The AD is also responsible for managing CampusLabs Engage, the online administration system used by CSI and student organizations. This position may serve on University-wide committees and assist with CSI large scale events and leadership trainings. The Assistant Director will also supervise a Graduate Assistant.

Essential Functions

  1. Student Advising & Training: Meet regularly with student cohorts in functional area, proving feedback and guidance. Develop and execute student training on topics related to functional area. Create student cohort specific policy and procedure.
  2. Administration & Budget Management: Manage budget and oversee contracting process for student cohort services and programming within functional area. Ensure fiscal responsibility, effective planning, effective use of resources, and compliance with applicable laws, regulations, and University policies and procedures. Create end-of-year reports for assigned functional area. Represent department on content specific division-wide committees
  3. Event Planning & Execution: Plan and implement complex events within functional area. Work closely with internal and external stakeholders to ensure successful event execution.

Position Type/Expected Hours of Work

  • Full time.
  • Coordinator/Analyst A.
  • Exempt.

Salary Range

  • Commensurate with experience.

Required Education and Experience

  • Bachelor's degree.
  • 1-3 years of relevant experience.

Additional Eligibility Qualifications

  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: An ability to welcome, value, and affirm individuals of all identities and experiences, and a commitment to ensure they are understood, appreciated, and fully included in the university community.
  • Discretion, Tact and Diplomacy: Ability to exercise discretion, tact and diplomacy while interacting with students, faculty, university staff, management, internship employers and other stakeholders on confidential and/or sensitive matters.
  • Advanced Communication: Ability to express oneself clearly and concisely, using language with precision; constructing logical arguments; accurate note taking, editing and summarizing; and writing reports or correspondence free of spelling and grammatical errors. Ability to engage in active and empathetic listening and communicate with a service minded orientation.
  • Thoroughness in Reviewing Work: Ability to review one’s own and others work and information to ensure completeness and accuracy; carefully prepare for meetings and presentations; organize information or materials for others; follow up with others to ensure that agreements and commitments have been fulfilled; and set up procedures to ensure high quality of work.
  • Student Services Skills: Ability to serve as bridge to services, intervene and/or advocate on students’ behalf with offices across campus to support needs, drive engagement and empower students to achieve their goals.
  • Diagnostic Information Gathering: Ability to seek out relevant people to obtain information; probe skillfully to get at the facts when others are reluctant to disclose the full details; ask clarifying questions; and gain a complete and accurate picture by checking multiple sources.
  • Standard Office Software: Skill using email, word processing, spreadsheet/ data analysis and presentation development software applications such as Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint while preparing briefings, reports, and presentations.
  • Hiring offers for this position are contingent on successful completion of a background check.


AU offers a competitive benefits package including a 200% matching retirement plan, tuition benefits for full-time staff and their families, several leadership development certificates, and has been recognized by the American Heart Association as a fit-friendly worksite. Click here to learn about American University's unique benefit options.


Other Details

  • Hiring offers for this position are contingent on successful completion of a background check.
  • Employees in staff positions at American University must deliver their services to the university from either the District of Columbia, Maryland, or Virginia, or perform work on-site at the university.
  • Please note this job announcement is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.


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