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Director of Student Activities


Department: Student Activities

Reports To: Vice President of Student Affairs

FLSA Status: Full-time, 12-month position, Salary commensurate with experience.

Time Requirements: Normal weekly requirement is 40 hours, but due to the nature of the position many hours do not fit into the 8:00am – 4:30pm Monday through Friday model. There are numerous student activities programs each semester and other special events, a high percentage of which occur in the evenings or weekends. Therefore, there are weeks when additional hours are required beyond the normal 40 hour work week.

Summary Description: The Director of Student Activities provides the general direction for the student activities program at Carson-Newman University. The Director of Student Activities is directly responsible to the Senior Vice President of Student Affairs.

Functional Description:
• Coordinate the chartering, operation and advisement of all student clubs, groups and organizations on campus.
o Manage the annual chartering process for student clubs, groups and organizations
o Accept and evaluate all fundraising requests
o Provide training for student leaders
o Administer the online event registration tool
o Adjudicate student conduct issues related to student groups. Publish the Student Activities Guide, the instruction manual for the operation of a student groups on campus
o Publish and distribute the Faculty Advisor Handbook
• Implement campus-wide programming
o Advise the Eagle Production Company, the programming board of the student activities department. Through EPC, the director will plan, coordinate, and implement campus-wide programming and activities.
o Plan and implement Welcome Week
o Coordinate student activities during Homecoming week
o Work with the Alcohol Prevention Task Force to promote Alcohol Education programming
o Collaborate with other departments in campus programming efforts when possible
• Oversee the department’s budgeting process
• Serve as a member of University committees by virtue of office and by appointment
o Student Affairs Leadership Banquet Committee Chair
o Homecoming Entertainment Sub-Committee Member
o Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award Recipient Committee Member
• Responsible for other duties as assigned by the Senior Vice President for Student Affairs
• Regularly assess the various components of the Student Activities department

Supervisory Responsibilities:
• Supervise the Assistant to the Director of Student Activities
• Advise the Eagle Production Company, the programming board of the student activities department. Through EPC, the director will plan, coordinate, and implement campus-wide programming and activities.
• Advise the Student Government Association
o Oversee all online SGA elections
o Provide training on the use of parliamentary procedure and provide guidance for the overall operation of the Association

Education: Master’s Degree in Higher Education, University Student Personnel, Counseling, or related area required

Experience: One to three years of Student Affairs experience at the director’s level preferred. Some experience in Residence Life, Student Activities, and/or Judicial Affairs required.

Required Skills: Proficiency with Microsoft Office and Outlook, assessment tools and techniques, and ability to work some nights and weekends.

Physical Demands: Able to assist with set-up and take-down at events, e.g. concerts, movie viewings, and organizational fairs.

General Information: This description is designed to describe the general nature of the job and is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, skills and duties. It is the responsibility of the supervisor for this position to formally outline in writing any performance expectations including specific duties for which the employee assigned to this position will be held accountable in terms of performance evaluation.

Employee Expectations: The University expects all employees to conduct themselves in a manner that is appropriate for a Christian institution and to be worthy examples in moral conduct and behavior for the students of the University and fellow employees.

Only complete application packets will be considered. A complete application packet will include a letter of interest, references, and resume. Please, send the packet electronically to:


Human Resources, Attn: Staff Recruiting
Carson-Newman University
Jefferson City, TN 37760


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