Assistant Director, Student Programs and Engagement
Type: Full Time
Required Education: Masters
Internal Number: -
Job Description Summary The Office of Student Programs & Engagement (SP&E) enriches Bentley's transformative undergraduate learning experience by creating environments and opportunities that facilitate authentic social connections and holistic student development. Our student-centered and values-driven programs, leadership experiences, and services bring students together and prepare them to be change agents at Bentley and beyond. SP&E is comprised of seven full time professional staff and two graduate assistants. The department is inclusive of campus traditions and programs, fraternity and sorority life, student organization support and advisement, student center program management and operations, student employment, and student governance and activity fee responsibility. The team works collaboratively, both internally and with other departments within the Division of Student Affairs, to achieve its mission and learning outcomes for students.
Reporting to the Associate Director of Student Programs & Engagement, the Assistant Director is responsible for the vision, management, and advising support to Bentley's Fraternity and Sorority Life (FSL) community of more than 800 student members. The Assistant Director will employ student development theory in the advising and support of the FSL organizations to foster a healthy community culture of safety, inclusion, and accountability. The Assistant Director coordinates these areas, in addition to supporting the student organization program and experience, both directly and through the supervision of staff, to enhance co-curricular engagement and achieve institutional, divisional, and departmental strategic goals.
Bentley University offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package (including medical, dental, and vision), ample paid time off, a tuition remission benefit, and 403(b) retirement plan with an employer contribution. Additionally, Bentley employees enjoy appealing perks such as Fridays off in the summer, on- and off- campus professional development opportunities, options for flexible/hybrid work arrangements, and more. To view videos to learn more about benefits and the campus culture, please visit: https://www.bentley.edu/offices/human-resources/careers
Supervise one Program Coordinator, responsible for the management of the student organization experience and development, and one Graduate Assistant, responsible for supporting the Fraternity and Sorority Life community and assisting in the overall management of the student organization program. The Assistant Director provides strategic vision and indirect support for these areas by serving as a supportive and developmental supervisor.
Provide support and advisement to the Fraternity and Sorority Life (FSL) community consisting of 10 chapters (6 fraternities and 4 sororities) as well as 4 councils, through strong connections and values-driven relationships with its members and student leaders. The Assistant Director will aim to build trust and relationship-focused connections within the community through regular attendance at chapter/council meetings,fraternity/sororitycampus events, and opportunities to meet with general members.
Maintain vision, oversight, and support to the FSL community through student leader development, strategic planning, risk management and compliance, hazing prevention education, support of recruitment and new member education processes, expansion initiatives, policy management, and the Standards Program. The Assistant Director will accomplish this through values-based advising, data-driven decision-making, the promotion of high levels of student academic success, engaged and connected chapter-community relations, and responsible risk management across the FSL community.
Develop, implement, and assess, in collaboration with campus partners and content area experts, regular programming designed to proactively educate students on issues of safety, inclusion, and leadership development. The Assistant Director will focus on topics such as hazing, alcohol and other drugs, sexual misconduct, emotional well-being, implicit bias, social justice, and leadership competency development. This programming should align with the Division of Student Affair's BentleyPlus learning goals and should both reactively and proactively address the needs of students.
Support Fraternity & Sorority Life campus events and traditions, including Greek Week, Day of Service, and recruitment events. The Assistant Director will advise chapters and councils on program planning and logistics (including space reservation, contracts, travel and liability policies, and budgets) to ensure a balance of high-quality engagement, safety, and inclusion.
Manage, sustain, and track chapter progress in the FSL Community Standards program, a proactive, comprehensive, and consistent framework to support and measure chapter accountability and success.
Serve as part of the Student Organization on-call rotation to ensure safety, security, customer service, and assistance to large-scale and high-risk student organization sponsored programs and events. The Program Coordinator will be required to respond to phone calls during evenings and weekends to assist student leaders or advisors with emergency or high-risk situations.
Serve as a BentleyPlus advisor by attending role-specific trainings, facilitating advising sessions, and sending follow-up communication to advisees.
Assist with department-wide Student Programs & Engagement programming.
Support the department's social and racial justice planning and goals.
Serve on divisional and campus-wide committees.
Perform other duties as assigned.
Master's Degree in Student Affairs, Higher Education, or related field with knowledge of student development theory. Years of relevant post-secondary work experience may also be considered.
2-4 years of progressive experience in a Student Activities setting.
Demonstrated experience with advising Fraternity and Sorority chapters/councils and/or student organizations.
Demonstrated experience in or understanding of supervision and development of new professionals.
Attention to detail, ability to manage ongoing and multiple responsibilities, and strong work-ethic.
Passion for working in a fast-paced and dynamic department as an active and engaged team member.
Experience in multicultural settings, diversity training programs, second language fluency, or coursework in multicultural perspectives is desirable.
Fast paced environment, evening and weekend hours as related to programs and services required.
Depending on the program/event, physical involvement with respect to set up of furniture or equipment may be necessary.
Ability to work in an open flexible office space, which allows for increased collaboration among colleagues and students.
The position requires and ability to manage multiple priorities in a fast-paced environment.
Bentley University requires references checks and may conduct other pre-employment screening.
Bentley University strives to create a campus community that welcomes the exchange of ideas, and fosters a culture that values differences and views them as a strength in our community.
Bentley University is an Equal Opportunity Employer, building strength through diversity. The University is committed to building a community of talented students, faculty and staff who reflect the diversity of global business. We strongly encourage applications from persons from underrepresented groups, individuals with disabilities, covered veterans and those with diverse experiences and backgrounds.