Human Resources

Assistant Director

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Department: Student Leadership & Involvement
Work Type: Staff - Full Time
Location: Main Campus (Houghton, MI)
Full Time / Part Time: Full Time
Categories: Student Affairs

Department: Dean of Stu/VP Student Affairs

Sub Department:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Michigan Technological University is an Equal Opportunity Educational Institution/Equal Opportunity Employer that provides equal opportunity for all, including protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.  

If you require any auxiliary aids, services, or other accommodations to apply for employment, or for an interview, at Michigan Technological University, please notify the Human Resources office at 906-487-2280 or

Job Description Summary

The Assistant Director of Student Leadership and Involvement assists the office in providing strong educational, social, and leadership development-oriented, co-curricular experiences that enhance student learning and campus life at Michigan Technological University. Reporting to the Director of Student Leadership and Involvement, the Assistant Director is the primary individual to plan, execute, and evaluate leadership development programs and community service initiatives. This individual also oversees risk management for student organizations, supervises student office staff, and advises Undergraduate Student Government. The Assistant Director also works collaboratively within the SLI office to design and implement engaging programs and activities promoting student life, building leadership capacity, and supporting student success amongst a vibrant, inclusive student body.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities (other duties may be assigned)

1. Co-advise the Undergraduate Student Government including assistance and oversight of leadership development, elections, programming, and transitions.
2. Recruit, hire, supervise, and evaluate approved and assigned student employees.
3. Advise student organizations on risk mitigation in order to reduce the level of individual, organizational, and institutional risk and liability.
4. Engage in policy and procedure development in collaboration with others in the department, division, and institution that prioritizes student success and well-being.
5. Coordinate the leadership pathway program for students in conjunction with other Student Affairs Departments.
6. Direct the implementation of the LeaderShape Institute annually.
7. Cultivate innovative leadership development opportunities for students and student organizations, including the HuskyLEAD leadership series, GRIT leadership workshop, and LeaderShape’s Catalyst program.
8. Coordinate the annual Student Leadership Awards.
9. Administer, maintain, and train users on the community service opportunities database and community organization information listing.
10. Work to develop and promote service opportunities to the campus community, including but not limited to coordinating: Make a Difference Day, Service Saturdays, and Alternative Spring Break (Service) Trips.
11. Ensure continued status as a certifying organization for the President’s Volunteer Service Award and annually certify qualifying students.
12. Provide consultation and assistance to other Student Affairs departments and student organizations regarding leadership development and community service opportunities.
13. Seek opportunities to raise funds for office programming from campus departments, alumni, and corporate sponsors.
14. Plan and coordinate the annual Homecoming tradition including the team competition, court selection, and other spirit initiatives.
15. Leverage relevant social media platforms and other marketing and outreach strategies to promote and increase attendance at programs.
16. Assist with collecting program data and other evidence to better understand student needs, student learning, and programmatic formative and summative outcomes.
17. Identify and engage in continuous improvement initiatives to create lean processes.
18. Actively create an inclusive, welcoming, and professional work environment for staff, students, and visitors.
19. Apply safety-related knowledge, skills, and practices to everyday work.

Required Education, Certifications, Licensures (minimum requirements)

● Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration, Student Affairs, or a related field, or the equivalent combination of education, training and experience from which comparable skills can be acquired.

Required Experience (minimum requirements)

● Two years of professional experience at a college or university in student activities and/or a related field.
● Experience advising student groups.
● Demonstrated ability to plan, organize, and execute large events/projects.

Desirable Education and/or Experience

● Experience facilitating leadership training and development.
● Experience working with community service agencies and organizations.
● Experience assessing and mitigating risk.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities (minimum requirements)

● Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively across cultural differences and work harmoniously with diverse groups of students, faculty, and staff.
● Demonstrated ability to foster and promote an institutional culture that supports the free and open expression of ideas, identities, and beliefs.
● Demonstrated commitment to contribute to a safe work environment.
● Excellent written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills.
● Demonstrated ability to handle multiple projects, services, activities, etc. in a timely and professional manner in a fast-paced and results-oriented environment.
● Demonstrated ability to work evening and weekend hours based on operational need.
● Demonstrated proficiency using advanced features of Google suite.
● Possession of a valid driver's license and ability to comply with Michigan Tech vehicle-use requirements.

Desirable Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities

● Knowledge of student development theories, learning theories, and other theories related to the profession.
● Knowledge of assessment methodologies including elements of design, data collection, analysis, and reporting.
● Ability to design basic brochures, event flyers, and/or newsletters
● Knowledge of social media platforms and general ability to manage accounts, postings, and messages.
● Demonstrated success in working with persons from diverse backgrounds, creating a sense of belonging, and fostering a fair, objective, welcoming place to work for persons with a wide variety of personal characteristics and viewpoints.

● Demonstrated success in, or potential future contributions to, working with persons from diverse backgrounds, creating a sense of belonging, and fostering a fair, objective, welcoming place to work for persons with a wide variety of personal characteristics and viewpoints. **

Language, Mathematics and/or Reasoning Skills


Work Environment and/or Physical Demands

● Moving small- to medium-sized boxes of materials in and out office during special events
● Driving personal or university vehicles or golf-cart during special events to transport materials and supplies to events
● The noise level in the work environment is usually low to moderate
● Fast-paced
● Results-oriented
● Accountability-driven

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Personal Protective Equipment: None Required

Required Training and Other Conditions of Employment

Every employee at Michigan Technological University will receive the following 4 required trainings; additional training may be required by the department.

Required University Training:

  • Employee Safety Overview

  • Anti-Harassment, Discrimination, Retaliation Training

  • Annual Data Security Training 

  • Annual Title IX Training

Required Departmental Training: 

● Mental Health First Aid
● Safe Place Training
● Ongoing professional development to be determined.

Background Check:

Offers of employment are contingent upon and not considered finalized until the required background check has been performed and the results received and assessed.

Other Conditions of Employment:

The successful applicant will be responsible for ensuring eligibility for employment in the United States on or before the effective date of the appointment. Visa sponsorship is unavailable at this time. This is not an E-Verified Position.


Michigan Technological University is an Equal Opportunity Educational Institution/Equal Opportunity Employer that provides equal opportunity for all, including protected veterans and individuals with disabilities

Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) % (1=100%)


FLSA Status


Appointment Term

12 months



Pay Rate/Salary

Negotiable, No less than $48,000

Title of Position Supervisor

Director of Student Leadership & Involvement

Posting Type

Internal & External

Dependent on Funding


Special Instructions to Applicants (if applicable)

Please upload the following materials exactly as stated:
1. a cover letter that addresses required and desired qualifications, knowledge, skills, and abilities
2. a résumé
3. contact information for three references (preferably, one should be supervisory)
Position will remain open until filled. Screening and interviews may begin immediately.
The screening process may also include an assessment of required and desired skills, abilities, and experiences.

Additional Information

Michigan Tech is an internationally renowned doctoral research flagship university located in Houghton, MI. Houghton is located in Michigan's scenic Upper Peninsula on the south shore of Lake Superior. The area provides a unique setting where natural beauty, culture, education, and a diversity of residents from around the world come together to share a superb living and learning experience.

We embrace our winters and cherish our summers with an unapologetic spirit of resilience and adventure. We attract students and employees who love “the great outdoors” and are comfortable with not having amenities usually associated with large communities.

The Character of the Division

The Division of Student Affairs at Michigan Tech is devoted to student success from enrollment to commencement. We are dynamic and culturally-responsive. We guide, support, and, on occasion, challenge students as they develop, refine, and pursue their academic, career, and personal endeavors. All staff are responsible for creating a safe, welcoming, diverse, inclusive, respectful, and caring environment for students, colleagues, and visitors. We seek skilled and diverse colleagues who are student-focused, self-motivated, and will embrace and respect who we are and what we do. We also seek colleagues committed to moving the Division forward towards prominence and influence on campus, nationally, and within the Student Affairs profession. Titles and responsibilities are subject to change in accordance with university policies and procedures to meet the needs of our students, the university and division, the state of Michigan, employers, and the profession.

Before applying, we encourage interested individuals to spend time learning more about who we are, our values, and what we do:

Required Education, Certifications, Licensures* (minimum requirements)

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