Assistant Director of Student Involvement

Position Information

Position Information

Department UL - Student Involvement
Alternate Department Description
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Job Category Admin or Professional Faculty
Role (State) Job Title Assistant Director of Student Involvement
Working Title Assistant Director of Student Involvement
Job Type Full-Time
Position Number FA558Z
Recruit Number Faculty - 7305
Working Hours
Location Fairfax, VA
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Pay Band
Salary $47,000 - $49,000
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Assistant Director of Student Involvement

The George Mason University Office of Student Involvement is looking for an enthusiastic and energetic person to apply for the position of Assistant Director for Student Involvement working with the Programming Area.

The Assistant Director for Student Involvement is an administrative faculty position and is a part of the professional staff team of Student Involvement, within the Division of University Life. Student Involvement is an exciting department comprised of major events, Patriot Activities Council, Student Government, Fraternity & Sorority Life, Registered Student Organizations, TEDxGeorge Mason U, the Well-Being Team and TEAM SI. Our staff leads from a place of student success at our core, offering opportunities for students to be challenged, experience successes, build resiliency and develop skills for their future careers. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason’s academic and culturally inclusive environment.

This position serves as the advisor for the Patriot Activities Council, our campus program board, providing oversight, support, advisement and learning opportunities to the Executive Board members, PAC Street Team and the General Body members. In addition, this position works to ignite the spirit of campus through educational and social programs focused on a sense of belonging, well-being, career readiness, global and multicultural competency, and civic-learning and community engagement. The position manages multiple tasks while fulfilling the strategic goals as established by the office, division of University Life, and the university.


Advising, Supervision and Training:

  • Advise the Patriot Activities Council;
  • Advise the Graduate Assistant for Programming;
  • Attend weekly PAC meetings and events; meet regularly with executive board members
  • Develop and facilitate leadership training and retreats for members of the Patriot Activities Council, including but not limited to the following topics: leadership, event planning and event management, marketing and promotion, peer advising, facilitation, contract negotiation, risk management, etc.;
    Programming Responsibilities:
  • Provide support, training, and guidance for student-led programming initiatives such as student Homecoming Week, HIV/AIDS Awareness Fashion Show, Mason Mayhem, daytime programs, off-campus trips and part of the annual Mason Day;
  • Plan and implement Winter Welcome Week with the Patriot Activities Council;
  • Work in partnership with the Associate Director to plan and implement the SI@CFA program
  • Serve on the Welcome2Mason committee, planning programming for the first few weeks of school
  • Oversee/assist with the physical setup, decoration and execution of events.
  • Work with PAC exec board members to develop programs that intentionally engage off-campus students
  • Intentionally seek out collaborative opportunities with other University departments
    Administrative Responsibilities
  • Manage individual event budgets
  • Work within the purchasing and accounts payable processes set forth by the Commonwealth of Virginia
  • Oversee all contract processes associated with PAC programs
  • Develop and implement an assessment plan for all PAC programs and leadership experiences
  • Serve on university wide committees such as Welcome2Mason, Homecoming, and others;
  • Participate as an active member of the University Life/Student Involvement professional staff, attending departmental meetings, collaborating with other staff members, and assisting in-office and department-wide initiatives and programs;
  • Perform other related duties as assigned
  • This position regularly requires evening and weekend hours.

Required Qualifications:

  • A Master’s degree in Student Affairs, Higher Education, College Student Development or related fields of study;
  • Demonstrated professional experience in student activities, residence life or related area within Student Affairs;
  • Positive attitude and genuine excitement for working with students and student programs
  • Creativity and innovative thinking in regards to programming for a large diverse student body
  • Demonstrated experience in direct advisement and leadership development training of students and student organizations;
  • Demonstrated experience with event management;
  • Attention to detail, ability to provide follow through and meet deadlines;
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills;
  • Ability to work with a team to accomplish group goals;

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated experience with the following:
    • Successfully advising a student programming team;
    • Conflict management experience
    • Large-scale event management experience (events in scale of 1000+);
    • Event assessment, risk management and budget management;
    • Creating partnerships with other university departments and collaborators
  • Commitment to diversity and the practice of open and effective communication with students, faculty and staff to build and maintain collaborative relationships;
Special Instructions to Applicants

For full consideration, applicants must apply at; complete and submit the online application; and upload a cover letter, resume, writing sample on your philosophy of advising student leaders, and a list of three professional references with contact information.

For Full Consideration, Apply by: March 22, 2018
Posting Date 03/08/2018
Job Close Date
Open Until Filled? Yes
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Required Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
  3. List of Professional References
  4. Writing Sample
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