Director, Student Leadership & Community Engagement

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Position type: Full-Time 12-Month
Department: 410104 - Student Leadership/Comm Engagement
Location: Main Campus - Starkville, MS
Categories: Professional
Position Open Date:

Position Function:

Provides leadership and direction to the Office of Student Leadership and Community Engagement and all reporting units. The Director sets strategic direction, provides integrative leadership, and recommends policies and standards of practice to ensure that all efforts effectively and efficiently support the University's overall mission, goals, and strategic objectives.

Salary Grade:  16

Please see Staff Compensation Structure or Skilled Crafts and Service Maintenance Compensation Schedule for salary ranges.  For salary grade UC, these positions are "Unclassified" and salary ranges are determined by the hiring department.

Department Profile:

The Office of Student Leadership and Community Engagement (SLCE) at Mississippi State University aspires to educate, enlighten, and empower tomorrow’s leaders – everyday citizens who transform the social, educational, and economic fabric of communities across our state and nation and around the globe. For more information, visit,,, and

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Oversee the Office of Student Leadership and Community Engagement and all reporting units. Provide leadership, management, and administrative direction to professional and support staff members in each of the departments and units under the Student Leadership and Community Engagement umbrella.
  2. Develop and implement strategic goals consistent with the mission of the Student Leadership and Community Engagement office, the Division of Student Affairs and the University.
  3. Collaborate with divisional and other campus units and offices and with community groups and organizations, to develop and implement curricular and co-curricular learning opportunities and initiatives that promote student development, student engagement, student leadership, and community-engaged learning (local, national, international experiences).
  4. Provide oversight of all operating budgets. Lead grant development, implementation and research efforts related to the needs of the Office of Student Leadership and Community Engagement and coordinate efforts with other units within and outside of the Division of Student Affairs.
  5. Oversee data collection and assessment for student leadership, community engagement and community-engaged learning activities; uses data to inform practice and to improve programs and services.
  6. Mentor students involved in student leadership and community engagement programs; establish and foster collaborative and mutually beneficial relationships with community members, community and campus organizations, and student groups.
  7. Travel in-state and out-of-state promoting programs and building relationships.
  8. Perform other related duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree College Student Personnel, Higher Education, Student Affairs, or a related field.
  • Minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in higher education.
  • When a candidate has the required education, but lacks the required experience, they may normally apply additional education toward the experience requirement at a rate of one (1) year of relevant education per year of required experience.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience supervising professional and graduate staff.
  • Five-seven (5-7) years of progressively responsible experience in higher education, preferably in a public, research university setting, with increasing professional and administrative responsibilities.
  • Successful experience with the development of assessment measures/tools and their implementation, research related to student development and student leadership.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  1. Demonstrated knowledge and professional experience with services and programming for student leadership, community engagement, academic-student affairs partnerships, faculty professional development, strategic planning, and assessment.
  2. Knowledge of and evidence of teaching and training experience with students, staff and/or faculty.
  3. Ability to work on complex and confidential issues utilizing independent judgment, tact and resourcefulness.
  4. Strong oral and written communication skills.
  5. Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.
  6. Record maintenance skills.
  7. Ability to gather data, compile information, and prepare reports.
  8. Skill in the use of personal computers and related software applications.
  9. Database management skills.
  10. Ability to analyze and solve problems.
  11. Ability to create, compose, and edit written materials.
  12. Previous experience in mentoring, coaching, or counseling students and staff.
  13. Experience implementing and managing campus and community engagement programs and events; faculty/instructional staff professional development opportunities.
  14. Strong marketing, planning, management, and organization skills.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

  • Routine deadlines; usually enough lead time; variance in work volume seasonal and predictable; priorities can be anticipated; some interruptions are present; involves occasional exposure to demands and pressures from persons other than immediate supervisor; frequent evening and weekend work is required.
  • Job frequently requires sitting, reaching, talking, hearing, and handling objects with hands.
  • Job occasionally requires standing, walking, stooping/kneeling/crouching/crawling, and lifting up to 25 pounds.
  • Vision requirements: Ability to see information in print and/or electronically

Instructions for Applying:

Please apply online at Please supply resume, cover letter and 3 professional references.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

MSU is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, pregnancy, gender identity, status as a U.S. veteran, and/or any other status protected by applicable law. We always welcome nominations and applications from women, members of any minority group, and others who share our passion for building a diverse community that reflects the diversity in our student population.

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