Director, Student Union and Conference & Event Services
The University of Akron
Location: Akron, Ohio
Type: Full Time
4 Year Degree
Internal Number: 14327
Department & Position Summary
The University of Akron is looking for a dynamic and innovative leader to join our team as the Director of the Student Union and Conference & Event Services. In this exciting new role, you'll have the opportunity to build and shape a brand-new department focused on providing centralized "one-stop-shop" conference and event management services for a wide range of internal and external clients using university facilities. From meetings and conferences to special events and large-scale annual events, you'll oversee the coordination of all logistical support to ensure seamless and unforgettable experiences. You'll also oversee the management of the student union, ensuring a safe and welcoming environment for students and guests while delivering the highest level of customer service every step of the way. If you have a proven track record of successful team leadership, exceptional organizational skills, and a passion for creating memorable event experiences, we want you to join our team! Join us in this exciting opportunity to shape the future of our campus and create something truly special.
Supervising the work activities of Conference & Events Services staff and Student Union operations staff (including maintenance and technology, game room, building operations, and student union scheduling). Providing vision and leadership to staff by establishing fiscal and programmatic goals and benchmarks.
Directing the daily activities of the department while performing various administrative tasks and planning functions.
Developing and evaluating the department’s master planning initiatives that pertain to student union renovations and Conference and Events Services long range planning.
Preparing the department budget and monitoring spending while developing revenue enhancement strategies and expenditure controls
Maintaining a close, positive relationship with internal stakeholders such as Residence Life and Housing, Dining Services, Athletics, Student Recreation and Wellness Center, University Scheduling, Hower House, EJ Thomas, General Council, Risk Management and college and division event planners.
Bachelor's degree and a minimum of three (3) years' experience in either student affairs, student union facility operations and management, conference and event management with a minimum of three years of supervising both professional and student staff (or equivalent); experience in developing, overseeing and managing a budget and an understanding of the delivery of superior customer service to a wide variety of constituents.
Master's degree; an articulate understanding of the mission, culture, climate and environment of a metropolitan university and experience working with students of diverse educational, racial, ethnic and cultural backgrounds; excellent written and verbal communications skills, computer literacy and demonstrated literacy and demonstrated leadership; ability to work nights and weekends as scheduled.
Compensation and Benefits
The compensation for this position starts at $70,000 annually commensurate with experience and qualifications.
The University of Akron offers a competitive total compensation package comprised of a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits for eligible employees including medical, dental, vision, short and long-term disability, life insurance, and paid leave of absences including time off for illness, vacation, and maternity or paternity leave. In addition, eligible employees and their dependents are provided tuition remission. All staff, contract professionals, and eligible non-bargaining unit faculty have the option to request a Flexible Work Arrangement (FWA). The University of Akron participates in state retirement systems and offers alternative retirement options with competitive employer contributions. Optional investment opportunities are available including deferred compensation programs (403(b) and 457(b)). Please visit our benefits home page for more information.
To apply for this position, you must complete the on-line application and attach a resume and a list of three professional references to your profile. Please include contact information, including email addresses for your professional references.
After submission of your application, return to the "My Activities" link and upload the required documents to your profile under the "Cover Letters and Attachments" section.
Applicants should fully describe their qualifications and experience with reference to the minimum and preferred qualifications. This is the information on which the initial review of materials will be based. A resume will not be accepted in place of any information requested on the application. For assistance with your application or attachments please call Human Resources at (330) 972-7090.
Applications will be accepted through June 1, 2023.
The University of Akron is a vibrant community driven by collaboration, partnership and a steadfast determination to provide opportunity and success to all learners The University of Akron believes diversity is a vital element of an equitable and thriving workplace. A diverse workforce is essential as we strive to create a dynamic academic environment that prepares students to be citizens of the world around them, and as we deepen the value we place on our connection to the Greater Akron community.
We celebrate the power of uniqueness, and the strength that coalesces when unique voices are heard. We seek to empower employees to lead in their colleges, departments, offices and divisions. People of all backgrounds work on our campus every day, and we value the contribution of each individual in their commitment to a better University of Akron.
We welcome candidates who are passionate about shaping and inspiring the next generation of thinkers, experts, artists and leaders. Bound and determined to meet every challenge, we continue to climb, to forge new paths and reach new heights – and we want you to join us. Bring your voice. Bring your uniqueness. Bring you. We are Akron. We rise together.
For more information about The University of Akron or the Akron community please visit our About UA page.
Equal Employment Opportunity
The University of Akron, as an equal education and employment institution, is committed to achieving a diverse and inclusive workforce. All qualified individuals in its education programs or activities, including applicants for admissions or employment, will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, genetic information, military status, or status as a veteran. To further this commitment, the University complies with state and federal laws which prohibit discrimination. Questions or concerns about the administration of this commitment can be directed to the University’s Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Office (uakron.edu/hr/eeoaa).
The University also strives to provide an environment free from the negative impacts of gender-based discrimination and harassment as prohibited by Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972. Questions about Title IX can be referred to the University’s Title IX Coordinator, the Assistant Secretary for the U.S. Department of Education or both. For more information on Title IX at the University of Akron, including how to contact the Title IX Coordinator, how to file a complaint under Title IX with the University or the Title IX process at the University of Akron, please visit the University’s Title IX page at uakron.edu/title-ix/at-uakron.
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It is the expectation of the University of Akron that all work performed as an employee of the University will be performed in Ohio.