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Assistant Director of Student Activities

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Categories: Staff
Department: College Union

Davidson College has an anticipated opening for the position of Assistant Director of Student Activities. This is a full-time, salaried staff position.


The Assistant Director’s primary functions are to support student organization programming on campus and to assist in the coordination of new student transition programs, including Orientation and Wildcat Welcome Week. The Assistant Director advises and supports students in developing events that contribute to the social, cultural, and educational enrichment of the Davidson College community and provides leadership training and guidance to student leaders. As a primary advisor to the Union Board, the major student programming organization on campus, the Assistant Director is responsible for working closely with the College Union operations, technical and student activities staff to support evening and weekend programs as well as large-scale student-initiated events.


  • Co-advise the Union Board, campus-wide programming organization with an annual budget of $400,000 that produce over 150 events per school year. Meet with 7-8 students (Committee Chairs and other Board Members) for weekly one-on-one advising sessions. Support students in coordinating events with the technical services, information services manager, and operations staff. Assist in the overall training of the Union Board and provide regular and ongoing leadership training for Union Board officers and members. Negotiate contracts with agents of performers, speakers, and vendors for committee events. Provide weekend support for Union Board events on a rotating basis and support major programming board weekends, including Spring Frolics, Winterfest, Fall Fling, major concerts, etc.
  • Chair the Wildcat Welcome Week Committee and Plan annual Taste of Davidson event during Wildcat Welcome Week.
  • Serve as a resource and advisor to all student organizations interested in planning events on campus. Meet with student leaders individually for advising sessions. Assist students in coordinating events with the technical services, information services manager, and operations staff. Negotiate contracts with agents of performers, speakers, and vendors for student organization events.
  • Oversee and serve as advisor to student organizations and departments interested in showing films on campus and contracting with distributors to purchase public viewing rights for film and television screenings. Organize and lead regular roundtables for leaders of major student organizations.
  • Assist in planning, implementing, and assessing New Student and Family Orientation including recruiting, hiring, training, and being point person for the Orientation Team Members and Orientation Team Leaders.
  • Assist in planning and implementation of Wildcat Weekend events.
  • Hire and supervise a student editor for the Wildcat Handbook, an annual publication distributed to all incoming students featuring a class directory as well as inside information about Davidson College from the student perspective. Hire, Train, and Supervise four student workers in the Student Activities Office.


  • Master's degree in Higher Education Administration, College Student Development, or similar field required.
  • 1-3 years in relevant professional experience in student programming/leadership development and/or new student orientation preferred. Two years of graduate school experience will be considered equivalent to one year of professional experience.
  • Successful candidates must possess an appreciation for the liberal arts, the ability to work independently, and excellent communication skills. Candidates should also be detail-oriented, problem solvers, and creative. A comprehensive understanding of student development theory and knowledge of best practices for the administration of student activities and new student and family programs is highly preferred. Strong computer skills required, especially in the areas of word processing, publishing, and database management. Experience with CampusLabs and Photoshop or Indesign appreciated.


Priority consideration will be given to applications received by Monday, March 9, 2020.   All applicants interested in being considered should submit an application at https://jobs.davidson.edu.

Davidson College is ranked among America’s strongest and most highly selective private, coeducational, liberal arts colleges. About 45% of Davidson students are affiliated with a sorority, fraternity, or an eating house and approximately 75% of students study abroad during their time at Davidson. Distinctly Davidson characteristics are the strong first-year residence hall experience program, the extensive Junior Year Abroad program, campus-wide commitment to civic engagement, need-blind admission policy where all demonstrated need is met by grants rather than loans, and the pervasive Honor Code and Code of Responsibility. Davidson College was founded by Presbyterians in 1837 and is welcoming of all religious traditions or secular backgrounds for students and staff.

Davidson College is a highly selective, residential, four-year liberal arts college, located 20 miles north of Charlotte, NC on Lake Norman. The college’s location has small-town atmosphere with a large city just a short drive away. Charlotte is one of the fastest growing metropolitan cities in the country with a thriving cultural, culinary, and social scene. The area is easily accessible to nearby attractions including the Blue Ridge Mountains (2.5 hour drive) and the Atlantic Ocean (4 hour drive). Charlotte is home to six professional sports teams, the US National Whitewater Center, and a frequent stop for national touring concerts and performing arts productions. The Charlotte-Douglas International Airport is the sixth busiest airport in the country and is a major hub for American Airlines. 



At Davidson College, we believe the college grows stronger by recruiting and retaining a diverse faculty and staff committed to building an inclusive community.  In order to achieve and sustain educational excellence, we seek to hire talented faculty and staff across the intersections of diverse races, ethnicities, religions, sexual orientations, gender identities, ages, socio-economic backgrounds, political perspectives, abilities, cultures, and national origins.

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