Assistant Director of Student Activities

Posting Details

Posting Details

Title Assistant Director of Student Activities
Posting Number S00410JP
Department Student Activities
Job Summary

This position spends a substantial amount of time working directly with students and must be excited about helping students think creatively about and implement a wide range of programming initiatives. The person in this job will advise a range of student groups including club sports, multicultural groups, the first year class council and many more. This position is also responsible for event planning and oversees both the first year/sophomore ball and the end of semester acapella shows. They will manage logistics for campus wide concerts and be point person day-of-show.

The person in this position should be excited about thinking strategically about meeting student needs through day and night programming.

The person in this job is closely involved with both student music and art productions. They will oversee the band practice rooms and the recording studio and will supervise student curators responsible for coordinating student, alumni and community member art shows in the Smith Union Galleries and a team of student graphic designers. This person is the main point person for all offerings in Jack Magee’s Pub, including trivia nights, student EDM concerts and more.

An important aspect of this position is oversight of the on-campus craft center. Specific responsibilities include working with student managers and instructors to coordinate events, classes, and programs including weekly pottery studio open hours; recruiting craft center members and managing the membership list and ensuring the center is in compliance with safety requirements.

This position has the opportunity for budget management and will oversee the $11,000 allocated to the Craft Center and the $4,000 Pub programming budget.

This position will work collaboratively with a variety of different departments across campus including, but not limited to, Athletics, Office of Religious and Spiritual Life, the Student Center for Multicultural Life, the Center for Sexuality, Women, and Gender and the Office of Residential Life. They will work with staff within the office, and across campus, on developing and implementing student leadership training.

Additional duties and events will vary based on student interest.

Education/Skills Requirements

Bachelor’s degree is required. Ability to exercise sound judgment, set priorities and solve problems independently. Demonstrated ability to motivate and collaborate with a wide range student led groups including affinity groups, dance groups, and any new groups that may be formed during the year. Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Desire to work in a fast-paced, student-centered and collaborative office. Creativity in solving problems and designing new initiatives to enhance student life. Comfortable in high stress situations. Willingness to stand in front of a crowd and give direction. Demonstrated ability to work well with a diverse student body in culturally competent ways combined with a demonstrated commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity.

Experience Requirements and/or Equivalents

Experience in student activities or a similar collegiate setting, planning small and large scale campus events, is preferred.

Standard Work Days and Hours

The anticipated start date of this position is August 2018. This is a 2 year fixed length appointment. This position is a year-round position (.83 FTE) working ten months each year, which offers employees greater flexibility in time away from the office when the College is not in session, including summer, winter, and spring breaks. This person will have the summers off (June and July) to pursue other activities.

When students are in session hours are Monday – Thursday, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m, Friday, 12 noon – 5:00 p.m.; Weekend and evening hours are frequently required.

Start date August 1, 2018 – May 31, 2020.

About Bowdoin

The Student Activities office is a dynamic, creative and exciting office that works closely with students, staff and faculty across campus to help plan many of the student focused programming that happens outside of the classroom. Staff in the office serve as advisors to 110+ student organizations, help students manage a budget of $730,000, and support 250+ events per year. Events range from high profile speakers such as Jose Antonio Vargas, the Guerilla Girls and Aasif Mandvi to campus wide concerts with artists like A$AP Ferg, Logic, BORNS and Louis the Child. In addition to the aforementioned responsibilities, Student Activities oversees the Student Government, four Class Councils, the campus radio station and the Entertainment Board.

The office is extremely collaborative, with students as well as staff across campus. Athletics is a significant partner in working with the talented athletes in our thirteen Club Sports, including National Champions in Curling and Ultimate Frisbee. Programming around diversity and inclusion is an important goal of Student Activities and partnerships with the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life, the Student Center for Multicultural Life and the Center for Sexuality, Women, and Gender allow us to bring influential and relevant speakers such as, Donna Brazile, Noam Chomsky, Mya Taylor and DeRay Mckesson.

Student Activities also partners with Residential Life, the McKeen Center for the Common Good and the Outing Club to offer a range of student leadership opportunities that provide students with skills that serve them in their roles at Bowdoin and help prepare them for life after college. The office is fast paced, creative, innovative and student-centered. Each day brings a new challenge and a new opportunity to support students in creating the extracurricular offerings that meet their changing needs.

About Bowdoin:
Bowdoin College is a highly selective liberal arts college, enrolling approximately 1,800 students. Through a need-blind admissions policy, the College meets 100% of students’ demonstrated financial need with no loans. 32% of students identify as students of color, 5% of students are international, and 12% identify as first-generation college students. Bowdoin is a dynamic living and learning community committed to fostering pluralism, building intentional community, and nurturing a commitment to the common good.

The College seeks academically and culturally diverse faculty and staff, welcoming applicants from diverse backgrounds, and/or who have experience working collaboratively with diverse populations. Bowdoin is set in the coastal New England town of Brunswick, Maine. Brunswick, a town of 22,000 residents, brings together elements of both city and country living including cultural offerings, a variety of restaurants, and four season activities for outdoor enthusiasts. Bowdoin’s historic 215-acre campus, comprising 120+ buildings, is a brief walk to downtown Brunswick, and is 25 miles from Portland and about 120 miles from Boston.

Equal Opportunity Employer
Bowdoin College is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion and is an equal opportunity employer. We encourage inquiries from candidates who will enrich and contribute to the cultural and ethnic diversity of our College. Bowdoin College does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, creed, color, religion, marital status, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, veteran status, national origin, or disability status in employment, or in our education programs.

Shift N/A
Employment Category Full Time Academic Year
FTE 0.83
Benefits Eligible Yes
Pay Type Hourly
Background Check Package Requirements Administrative Staff + MVR
Is driving a vehicle (e.g. Bowdoin vehicle or off road vehicle, rental car, personal car) an essential function of this job? Yes
Is a pre-placement physical required for this position? No
Posting Date 02/18/2018
Applications Accepted Until
Open Until Filled No
Type of Posting Internal/External
Special Instructions to Applicants

Resume, Cover Letter and Writing Prompt are required. Open until filed.

Writing Prompt:
What do you believe the role of Student Activites should be in a small and diverse liberal arts college? Discuss a specific program or initiative you worked on that fits that vision.

EEO Information

Bowdoin College complies with applicable provisions of federal and state laws that prohibit unlawful discrimination in employment, admission, or access to its educational or extracurricular programs, activities, or facilities based on race, color, ethnicity, ancestry and national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, age, marital status, place of birth, genetic predisposition, veteran status, or against qualified individuals with physical or mental disabilities on the basis of disability, or any other legally protected statuses. 

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Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume / Curriculum Vitae
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Response to Special Instructions
Optional Documents