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Program Specialist - Student Development
Job Type Full-time
Job Status Sourcing
Date Posted Tuesday, 05 August 2014
Company Information Dillard University
2601 Gentilly Boulevard
New Orleans, LA 70122
Job Description

Dillard University, classified by the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education as a balanced arts and sciences/professions institution, located in the culturally rich and diverse city of New Orleans, Louisiana, invites qualified applicants to apply for the position of Program Specialist - Student Development.

The Program Specialist - Student Development will promote and engage students in a lively, active, and supportive campus community environment which is conducive to academic achievement and student growth. Ensure that all students enjoy a living environment that is physically and emotionally safe, secure, and supportive of the educational process, and is designed to hold individuals and groups responsible for their behavior.

The Program Specialist will support an environment that is committed to enhancing the university experience by providing, academic, educational, cultural, recreational, and interpersonal programs within the campus community. The Program Specialist will represent student issues and concerns to the campus at large with the intention of enhancing student support and the quality of campus life at the university. The position requires sound judgment to coordinate training for organization leaders, program development for students, and various activities and events for the calendar year, and to establish priorities and guidelines for program development

The Program Specialist- Student Development directs programs and participates in the development of policies and procedures governing student activities and organizations. The Program Specialist provides leadership, programming and support for off-campus and adult student learners. Responsible for the daily coordination and administration of commuter and nontraditional student services office and developing programs designed to meet the needs of commuter and nontraditional students.

It is expected that he/she be a strong partner with various campus stakeholders including students, faculty, staff, and parents and collaborator with colleagues within the Division of Student Success, the Office of Student Affairs, and Academic Affairs.

The Program Specialist- Student Development will provide a structured and engaged environment that enhances student learning and development through quality programming, policy enforcement, and high community standards. Additionally, he/she will assist with recreation, community service, and campus wide events.

The Program Specialist- Student Development is a full-time, 12-month professional position. The incumbent will work from 1:00pm-9:00pm. Significant evening and weekend work are expected.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned. Provide overall direction to campus programming efforts through assessment and program design. Working closely with student leaders within all campus organizations; advice on programming, new member recruitment procedures and ongoing membership education programs to promote responsible membership, citizenship, and chapter management. Formulate and recommend policies governing student activities, organizations, and Greek life.

Collaboratively work within student life and across divisions in coordinating university-wide major events such as summer orientation and registration (SOAR) programs, and other special events. Similarly the Program Specialist will work to coordinate student involvement in co-curricular activities, leadership education, and service learning and/or community service activities.

Ensure proper security of facilities and efficient running of scheduled events.

Supervises and/or completes set-ups and re-sets for events including, which includes furniture, audiovisual equipment and general appearance of the Student Union. Use independent judgment in meeting departmental standards for setup and overall appearance and operation. Complete set-up and breakdown of event audio-visual needs.

In collaboration with other Dean of Students office staff, develop and implement leadership development training, risk management programs, and other programming for all organization leadership and members.

Develop, coordinate and implement student development programming through student activities and events.

An appreciation of the natural environment and an eagerness to share this with others. A strong sense of responsibility that recognizes the challenges and dangers of many of the programs. Expertise in programming outdoor recreation. Experience in training paraprofessionals to support programs and trips is essential.

Maintenance appropriate office records and files.

Assist with the planning and development of an annual calendar that cites all management and programming responsibilities, events, and deadlines that must be met by campus organizations.

Adheres to annual goals as identified and discussed with the Dean of Students.

Qualifications The successful candidate will possess an understanding of student development theory and philosophy; with ability to administer a comprehensive set of rules and regulations, and the ability to explain, interpret and apply rules and policies in a rational, objective, and consistent manner; proven quality program planning, organizational, administrative, supervisory, and budget management skills.

A strong background in competitive sports, intramurals, and/or recreation is highly desirable.

Bachelors degree required, Masters degree preferred.

Energy, commitment, flexibility, and enthusiasm are highly desired. The successful candidate should have a proven record of successful student leadership development, student organization oversight, and program management, with a solid foundation in student development theory, recreation, sports management, and/or aquatics. Additionally, facilities managements and operations experience are desirable. Must have demonstrated cultural competence including proven effectiveness in serving the needs of a diverse undergraduate student population. Previous experience with risk management, Title IX, and student conduct preferred. CPR and First Aid certification are preferred.

Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations. Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, parents, students, faculty, staff and other members of the University community.

Ability to apply budgetary and fiscal planning techniques within financial constraints. Ability to work with fundamental mathematical concepts. Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations.

Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret and deal with several abstract and concrete variables. Must possess the ability to take initiative, balance competing priorities, and exercise sound judgment under pressure. Ability to provide administrative guidance within area of responsibility, providing direct training and supervision as needed. Ability to organize work effectively, conceptualize and prioritize objectives and exercise independent judgment based on an understanding of organizational policies and activities.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand, walk, and sit. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The position requires frequent outdoor and recreational programming.

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Employee must maintain confidentiality in all work performed. Must be flexible in work schedule. Must be willing to work weekends and evenings. Must pass a background check performed by Human Resources.
How to Apply Interested candidates are to submit a letter of interest, a detailed curriculum vitae listing qualifications and experience, transcripts, the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of at least three professional references. Qualified candidates should forward an application packet to:

Dillard University
Office of Human Resources
Attn: Student Affairs
2601 Gentilly Blvd.
New Orleans, LA 70122
(504) 816-4187 (fax)

Dillard University is an equal opportunity / affirmative action employer. Individuals who require reasonable accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act in order to participate in the search process should notify the Office of Human Resources.

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