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Assistant Director of Leadership and Mid-to-Senior Level Career Initiatives

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About NASPA

NASPA is the leading association for the advancement, health, and sustainability of the student affairs profession. We serve the diverse needs of our community, from vice presidents of student affairs to undergraduate student leaders considering a career in the field. Founded in 1919, NASPA includes more than 15,000 members in all 50 states, 29 countries, and 8 U.S. Territories. Guided by the principles of integrity, innovation, inclusion, and inquiry, we are dedicated to empowering our members to realize their full potential and to cultivating student success in collaboration with our institutional members, who represent every sector of higher education. NASPA centers justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion in our work; read more about our commitment here.


About the Position 

The assistant director of leadership and mid-to-senior level career initiatives (AD) provides leadership, management, and support for a select portfolio of educational programs, member engagement, and Association initiatives for student affairs professionals who aspire to senior leadership roles in higher education. The AD provides oversight for the development of educational content that is consistent with the mission, vision, and strategic goals of NASPA. This position works with volunteer members and other NASPA staff to develop and implement professional development programs such as, but not limited to, the NASPA Institute for Aspiring Vice Presidents for Student Affairs, the NASPA Mid-level Administrators Conference, and several programs and events connected with the NASPA Annual Conference.

The AD also plays an important role in promoting and supporting member engagement opportunities connected with career advancement to senior-level student affairs roles.

Additionally, the AD supports various constituent groups (e.g., the NASPA Small Colleges and Universities Division, NASPA Mid-level Steering Committee) in their work in executing their volunteer leadership roles by providing high-level guidance and support. Working collaboratively with NASPA staff and members, the AD also serves as a resource for member and public inquiries about the Association.


Essential Responsibilities

Professional Development Event Management

  • Serve as the lead NASPA program manager in the planning and successful implementation of the NASPA Institute for Aspiring Vice Presidents for Student Affairs, the NASPA Mid-level Administrators Conference, and additional programs/events as assigned;
  • Assist with other programs targeting current and aspiring senior student affairs officers and other higher education leaders;
  • Develop and reconcile program budgets while monitoring financial performance through forecasting and revenue projections;
  • Guide cross-functional teams responsible for marketing, customer service, logistical support, and sponsorship solicitation; 
  • Communicate regularly with volunteer members, often including executives and external organizations, to develop impactful educational content delivery;
  • Review and approve hotel/venue logistics to ensure program success;
  • Collaborate with NASPA marketing and communications staff to write and edit all aspects of conference collateral to include event websites, digital and print marketing, and social media activity;
  • Assist in the planning and development of additional NASPA conferences, workshops, and institutes as needed;
  • Support the NASPA Annual Conference through means such as, but not limited to, overseeing a conference sub-committee and contributing to program review, editing, and selection; and
  • Assist in the planning and development of content delivery and events during the NASPA Annual Conference.

Volunteer Management

  • Serve as staff liaison for the NASPA Small Colleges and Universities Division and NASPA Mid-level Steering Committee;
  • Contribute to and facilitate leadership training and volunteer management for teams of volunteers across the country to generate content and engagement opportunities; 
  • Oversee volunteer conference planning committees comprised of members, primarily senior student affairs officers, from across the country to develop enriching content for NASPA’s educational programs portfolio;
  • Act as a staff communication liaison to the leadership of a NASPA Knowledge Community, ensuring members are connected, knowledgeable, supported, and accountable; and
  • Serve as a primary resource for inquiries related to the AD’s portfolio of conferences and overall association details.

Additional Responsibilities

  • Partner with Membership team members to identify and track transitions in senior student affairs officer roles, president/chancellor positions, and promising senior-level volunteer prospects;
  • Partner with Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Team to develop and enact effective member recruitment, engagement, and volunteerism strategies; leverages opportunities imbedded in other duties (e.g., professional development offerings, member interaction, and engagement with constituent groups) to advance Association priorities;
  • Review, edit, and post volunteer-written blog entries to the NASPA website;
  • Manage and edit website content to ensure that accurate information is available to members and the public-at-large; and
  • Assists with all-team projects and participates actively in staff meetings and projects.
  • Other activities, duties, and responsibilities as assigned to support the association. 


Reports To

Senior Director of Leadership and Senior Student Affairs Officers Initiatives 


Qualifications

  • At least three years of full-time work experience including at least two years of program management experience is required; experience working in a professional association, higher education, or similar professional setting is preferred.
  • A master’s degree is required, preferably in adult learning, higher education administration, leadership development or related field.
  • Knowledge of current issues related to higher education and student affairs administration is required.
  • Superior project management skills including the ability to manage many projects simultaneously is required.
  • Strong organizational skills, with the ability to establish priorities, manage competing demands, and meet deadlines are required.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills are required.
  • Superior customer service skills are required.
  • Proactive, highly-motivated, and collaborative nature required.
  • Experience engaging professionally with executives and external partners is preferred.
  • Excellent ability to establish, build, and maintain interpersonal relationships is required.
  • Data management experience, i.e., ability to collect, analyze, and synthesize data to develop action plans is preferred.
  • Ability to take initiative, use sound judgment, resolve problems diplomatically and discreetly, and work effectively, independently, and cooperatively with all levels of staff and constituents.
  • Capacity to build relationships inside and outside of the organization with stakeholders, members, and colleagues.
  • Proficiency in the use of computers and application software in a networked environment and the ability to learn and utilize new technology tools as they emerge are required.
  • Demonstrated commitment to cultivating an inclusive work environment that values the perspectives and lived experiences of a diverse workforce and membership.


Employment Status

Full-time Exempt: Exempt employees by definition are exempt from overtime compensation requirements of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act, and are required to work as the job demands on a no time limit basis. 


Salary Range

The salary range for this position is $55,000-60,000.

NASPA offers nationwide comprehensive medical, dental, and vision insurance, a 401(k) retirement plan with automatic employer contribution, flexible work schedule, and paid time-off including accrued PTO, family leave, community service leave, and holidays.


Office Location/Working Conditions/Physical Requirements 

Office Location

This position may be based anywhere in the contiguous 48 states.

It is the employee’s responsibility to provide reliable internet capabilities for any work location outside of the Washington, D.C. office.

Please note, the NASPA Washington, D.C. Office is in partially-open status at this time, with all staff members who wish to spend time or work in the D.C. Office required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. 


Travel 

Moderate overnight travel to represent NASPA at events, on college and university campuses, and in-person meetings is an essential function of this position. Locations vary and can include sites outside of taxi service from major airports. As a result, the position is required to have the ability to travel independently, including air travel, navigating ground transportation, and occasionally driving a rental car. 

Please note, NASPA staff members who wish to travel on behalf of the Association are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.


Physical Requirements

The position is primarily office-based with primary work on a computer, including phone, email, and video conferencing

Responsibilities occasionally may require an adjusted work schedule, overtime, and evening/weekend hours in order to meet deadlines and support events and programs. 

This position will be required to coordinate on-site event execution, which may include moving furniture and other items, navigating event spaces, and communicating verbally with venue staff. 


Additional COVID-19 Information

Vaccination is not a requirement for employment. However, staff members who are unable to be vaccinated because of a medical reason or sincerely held religious belief, or those who are unable to or choose not to be vaccinated for any other reason, will not have the option to spend time or work in the D.C. Office, attend in-person Association-related meetings/events, or participate in any other Association-related travel while this policy is in effect. Job duties related to these activities will be conducted remotely where possible or reassigned as necessary.

 

Commitment to Non-Discrimination Statement 

It is NASPA’s policy to provide equal employment opportunity for all applicants and employees. NASPA does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, gender identity, gender expression, affectional or sexual orientation, veteran status, disability, marital status, personal appearance, family responsibilities, genetic information, educational status, political affiliation, unemployment status, place of residence or business, source of income, or reproductive health decision making, or any other basis protected by state or federal laws in its hiring decisions and practices. When necessary, NASPA also makes reasonable accommodations for employees with disabilities. 


To Apply

Interested candidates should submit the following for consideration: 

  • Letter of Interest/Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • Three References

A complete set of materials should be submitted through this Asana form. Materials received by November 1, 2021 will receive priority consideration, but review will continue until the position is filled. 

About NASPA

NASPA is the leading association for the advancement, health, and sustainability of the student affairs profession. We serve the diverse needs of our community, from vice presidents of student affairs to undergraduate student…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Application Deadline
    November 1, 2021
  • Education
    Master's Degree Required

Compensation

USD 55,000 - USD 60,000

Benefits

NASPA offers nationwide comprehensive medical, dental, and vision insurance, a 401(k) retirement plan with automatic employer contribution, flexible work schedule, and paid time-off including accrued PTO, family leave, community service leave, and holidays.

NASPA offers nationwide comprehensive medical, dental, and vision insurance, a 401(k) retirement plan with automatic employer contribution, flexible work schedule, and paid…

Location

Remote
Work may be performed anywhere in United States
Associated Location
111 K Street Northeast, Washington, DC 20002, United States

How to Apply

Interested candidates should submit the following for consideration: 

  • Letter of Interest/Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • Three References

A complete set of materials should be submitted through this Asana form. Materials received by November 1, 2021 will receive priority consideration, but review will continue until the position is filled.

Interested candidates should submit the following for consideration: 

  • Letter of Interest/Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • Three References

A complete set of materials should be submitted…

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