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Position description

Position title: Assistant Director of Campus Life

Reports to: Director of Campus Life

Position summary:

The Assistant Director is responsible for the shared development, implementation, and supervision of a comprehensive student activities program which meets the needs of a diverse university community. The Assistant Director promotes opportunities for student involvement through advising student groups, management of the student union building, addressing student transitional issues through new student orientation, leadership and social justice programming. Acknowledging and embracing the diversity of the student body, the Assistant Director works proactively to create campus activities that reflect mutual respect, inclusiveness and the values of our Benedictine heritage.

Mission and strategic plan

The Assistant Director of Campus Life position will support the mission of Saint Martin's University and its strategic plan in the following ways: Enhancing each student’s Saint Martin’s experience through a more vibrant campus life, effectively coordinated with academic expectations. More specifically, initiative 4.6.5: work with community leaders to engage students in the local community and surrounding area, including outdoor recreation offerings and exploration of the geographic region; cultural events; etc. (Objective 4.6) They will help construct an institution-defining Saint Martin’s Experience for our students that encourage the examination and exploration of faith, the ongoing development and application of reason, and the practice of service. (Objective 1.2) They will develop co-curricular learning that examines the concepts of faith, reason, and service from orientation through commencement. (Initiative 1.2.5) Aid in developing sustained and coordinated campus-wide programs that develop critical awareness, knowledge, and skills among all members of our community that deepen perspectives of cultural differences and promote social justice. (Objective 2.2) At time they will develop learning opportunities for students (Initiative 2.2.1), engage faculty and staff in programs (Initiative 2.2.2), and foster intra-group interactions among students, faculty, and staff. (Initiative 2.2.3).

Level of supervision and supervisory responsibility

General Supervision: The employee carries out work assignments in accordance with the policies and objectives established by the supervisor. The employee plans and organizes the work, determines the work methods which will be employed and assists in determining priorities and deadlines. Completed work is reviewed in terms of the employee's effectiveness in producing the expected results.

Responsibilities and essential functions

  • Collaborate with the Director of Campus Life to provide leadership for Campus Life programs and events. This includes oversight of an extensive student activities calendar involving 80-100 programs per year with social, cultural, educational, recreational and co-curricular components.
  • Serve as adviser to the PRogramming Options Specialists (PROS), Saint Martin’s student activities board, and provide leadership training and guidance to coordinators.
  • Management of the Trautman Student Union Building; including hiring, training, scheduling and supervision of Campus Life work-study staff, event scheduling, and building maintenance.
  • Contribute to the continued development, coordination, implementation and evaluation of a comprehensive student leadership development program to include the annual Leadership Summit and Leap-In Leadership Traditions Camp.
  • Contribute to the coordination and implementation of new student orientation and transitional support programs such as Advising & Registration, Incipio and WOW! - Weeks of Welcome.
  • Conduct ongoing and annual assessment of student programs and report results and prepare annual report summary.
  • Manage the student programs budget effectively assuring fiscal responsibility of student funds.
  • Oversee the maintenance and advancement of the Campus Life website information.
  • Represent the Student Services Division on a variety of campus-wide committees.
  • Conduct business in a manner compatible with Saint Martin’s philosophy and mission.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Director of Campus Life.


  • Demonstrate strong and broad knowledge of student development theory.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with students and colleagues from diverse cultural backgrounds.
  • Ability to show maturity and professionalism when dealing with student confidential and sensitive personal, academic or developmental issues.
  • Demonstration of strong interpersonal and problem solving skills in facilitating and maintaining collaborative relationships with students, campus constituents and the public.
  • Demonstrated experience with event planning, goal setting, and contract negotiation.
  • Capable of working an alternative work schedule in a fast-paced, student-oriented environment; providing a regular presence at campus programs and activities (evenings and weekends required).
  • Ability to ensure compliance with prescribed operating procedures/policies, safety standards, and legal and liability issues.
  • Strong organizational and administrative abilities.
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills.
  • Must be supportive of a Catholic, Benedictine philosophy of education.

Minimum qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree in student services, education administration, or other related discipline from an accredited college or university.
  • Two years’ experience in program planning, event coordination and contract negotiation.
  • Experience in website development preferred.
  • Successfully pass a criminal background check.

Working conditions:

  • Moves objects (less than 20 pounds) long distances (more than 20 feet).
  • Ability to be mobile campus wide for appropriate business needs.
  • Operates a variety of standard office equipment requiring continuous or repetitive arm-hand movements.
  • Reading, writing, speaking, hearing, standing, bending, sitting.
  • Learning and comprehending.
  • Requires visual concentration on detail.
  • Manual dexterity and precision required for keyboarding
  • Must be able to sit for long periods at a time at a computer
  • May occasionally be required to deal with distraught people.
  • Must be able to concentrate on details and process complex information while experiencing frequent interruptions.
  • Must be able to communicate effectively with people at all levels under stressful conditions.

The principles of the Catholic Benedictine tradition, equal employment opportunity, and nondiscrimination are fundamental to the mission, goals, and objectives of Saint Martin’s University. The University does not discriminate in employment or in the delivery or administration of its educational programs, policies, scholarship and loan programs, athletic or other University programs on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, race, color, religion (except as a bona fide occupational qualification for certain select positions), marital status, national or ethnic origin, military or veteran status, age, or disability.

Students or employees with concerns or complaints about discrimination on the basis of sex in employment or an education program or activity, or any other inquiries related to the University's non-discrimination policy, may contact the following individual:

Cynthia Johnson
Director of Human Resources/Title IX Coordinator
5000 Abbey Way SE, Lacey WA 98503

Consistent with the requirements of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and the regulations adopted under that law, the University has designated the above individual as the University's Title IX Officer, responsible for coordinating the University's Title IX compliance. Individuals may also contact the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, 915 2nd Avenue, Room 3310 Seattle, WA 98174-1099, Telephone: (206) 220-7900, TDD: (206) 220-7907.