Job Details

Columbus State University
  • Position Number: 5246453
  • Location: Columbus, GA
  • Position Type: Student Affairs and Services

Assistant Director, Student Life and Development

Job ID: 271872
Location: Columbus State University
Full/Part Time: Full Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular

About Us

Great universities inspire the very best in us. They nurture new ideas, fresh perspectives, and creative problem-solving. They challenge students to discover their passions - and to turn those passions into thriving careers that improve our world.

Columbus State University is exactly that kind of place. With exceptional facilities, ideal class sizes, and unique field experiences, our students have room to create. Here, every faculty and staff member is part of the educational process, actively mentoring students and championing each new step in their journey.

Located just 100 miles southwest of Atlanta, CSU is part of the University System of Georgia where we pride ourselves in the USG Statement of Core Values - Integrity, Excellence, Accountability, and Respect. These values form and guide the daily work of our institution.

CSU's core values - Excellence, Creativity, Engagement, Sustainability, Inclusion, and Servant Leadership make us an institution like no other. Each year, we enroll more than 7,000 students from the Southeast, across the nation, and around the world. Many programs at Columbus State rank high for affordability and value. The university strives to provide all students with an exceptional education that's accessible, affordable, and creative to the core.

Department Information

Student Life & Development

Job Summary

Under the supervision of the Assistant Dean of Students for Student Engagement, this position is responsible for the planning and successful implementation of a comprehensive Orientation program, ROAR. The Assistant Director is the primary oversight for the highly collaborative orientation process for incoming students (traditional, non-traditional, transfer). The Assistant Director provides vision, leadership and administrative oversight of the Parent & Family program; Student Government Association, and office or campus initiatives. This position will directly advise various teams of student leaders, and work with campus stakeholders to ensure the successful execution of campus-wide initiatives. The Assistant Director will directly supervise two professional staff members including the Coordinator for Student Leadership & Service and the Coordinator for Student Connection and Engagement.


Significant duties and responsibilities include:

Planning and implementing a rigorous and engaging new student Orientation program that encompasses the diverse make-up of the student body (i.e. first-year, non-traditional, online, transfer etc.). (40%) - This position is responsible for all aspects of implementing a comprehensive orientation program including, but not limited to, communication, registration, assessment, and planning.; Continually research national and regional best practices related to the development, implementation, and assessment of Orientation programs in support of student transition and a successful first-year experience.; Manage a highly organized Orientation Team comprised of selected students through proactive and engaging training programs, team-building exercises, retreat, and leadership coursework. Training for the Orientation Team should focus on building cohesiveness among the members as well as professional leadership. Create a professional, energetic environment that encourages future recruitment of new student leaders.

Manage a Parent & Family Program that encompasses interaction with parents, the Parent Connection (newsletter), Parent & Family Days, and any additional events or related programs to provide information and connection for parents and families on campus (15%)

Serve as the co-advisor for the Student Government Association (SGA) by providing resources, direction, training, policy oversight and assistance. Oversee the SGA President's Council (15%)

Oversee departmental administrative components to include, but not limited to departmental assessment initiatives, supervision and training of professional and paraprofessional staff members, and contribute institutional priorities and initiatives (5%)

Collaborate with all aspects of various programmatic areas (e.g. Leadership, Student Activities, Fraternity & Sorority Life, etc.). Serve on appropriate university committees and governing boards. Work closely with students, faculty, staff, and external stakeholders to collaborate on programmatic initiatives designed to capture the college student experience and completes other duties as assigned (5%)

Required Qualifications

Required qualifications include: Master's degree in Higher Education Administration, Student Affairs, Educational Policy, or other closely related field with at least 3 years of applicable experience; evidence of increasing levels of responsibility in both supervisory and budgetary management experiences.; Extensive display of understanding college student development, student development theoretical frameworks, college student personnel, organizational structure in higher education and facilities management.; Experience working closely with students from backgrounds within higher education settings.; Extensive experience initiating, planning, implementing, and evaluating episodic and ongoing programmatic efforts.; Experience developing and implementing strategic planning and outcome-driven assessment efforts.; Experience working collaboratively with students, faculty, staff, and external stakeholders in a wide variety of university initiatives and committees.; Experience in developing and implementing student-driven programmatic efforts.

Proposed Salary

The proposed annualized salary range for this position is $55,723- $61,314 and includes full benefits.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

Knowledge, skills, and abilities include: Ability to plan, develop, and implement programs and activities related to orientation initiatives in conjunction with campus stakeholders, administration, faculty and staff.; Ability to effectively research other university best practices for successful, interactive, and energetic programs.; Maintain a sound understanding of university, state-wide, or institutional policies and procedures and best business practices.; Ability to successfully lead a team of student leaders through training, mentorship, and position oversight.; Proficient verbal and non-verbal communicator, who can articulate and write reports, business correspondence and procedure manuals.; Demonstrate strong organizational and communication skills and display a strong ability to multi-task.; Demonstrates the ability to be a team player who is willing to communicate openly, follow policies and procedures, and commit to campus-wide mission and goals.; Ability to manage and maintain budget and fiscal responsibilities.; Ability to collect, analyze, disseminate and report data as well as provide current and future trends regarding student development.; Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from internal and external stakeholders and constituencies.; Ability to manage and coordinate other duties as assigned.

Contact Information

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Melissa Dempsey, Assistant Dean of Students for Student Engagement, via email at

Conditions of Employment

All selected candidates are required to submit and successfully pass a background investigation to include reference checks and verification of academic credentials (if applicable). Other additional requirements may be required based upon specific position duties:
  • A credit check completed for Positions of Trust and or approved departmental Purchase Card usage;
  • Pre-employment drug testing for positions with high-risk responsibilities.
  • Motor vehicle reports are required for positions that are required to drive a Columbus State University fleet vehicle or other vehicle designated as a fleet vehicle. A successful drug screening will be required as a condition of employment a randomly thereafter.

*Applicants for positions of trust may be asked to disclose criminal record history during the initial screening process and prior to a conditional offer of employment. *

For Faculty Hires: Final candidates will be required to provide proof of completed academic degree(s) as well as post-secondary coursework in the form of original transcript(s). Those candidates trained by a foreign institution will also be required to provide an educational/credential evaluation.

All employees are responsible for ensuring the confidentiality, availability, and integrity of sensitive information by exercising sound judgment and adhering to cybersecurity and privacy policies during their employment and beyond. Additionally, all members of the USG community must adhere to the USG Statement of Core Values must also be aware of and comply with the Board of Regents policies on Freedom of Expression and Academic Freedom.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Columbus State University is proud to be an equal employment, equal access, and equal educational opportunity institution. It is the policy of our institution to recruit, hire, train, promote and educate persons without regard to race, color, national or ethnical origin, age, disability, gender, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or veteran status as required by applicable state and federal laws.

Other Information

This is a supervisory position and considered a position of trust.
This position does not have any financial responsibilities.
This position will not be required to drive.

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