Program Assistant for Student Engagement
Student Activities

Name of primary hiring contact:  Clint Neill
Title of hiring contact:  Assistant Director of Student Activities
Email:  cbneill@smcm.edu
Phone:  240-895-4209

Responsibilities and benefits to the student:

This fellow will work with the Office of Student Activities to promote intentional learning for students through co-curricular programs and activities that promote retention, leadership development, civic engagement, and campus civility.  Using the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS)’s standard for Leadership Development Programs, resources from Higher Education organizations, scholarly sources (Learning Reconsidered), and applicable student development theory the fellow will design and implement programs and activities that best suit the St. Mary’s community.

The fellow will be responsible for coordinating a leadership development two-day conference at the beginning of the spring 2014 semester.  This conference will focus on developing first-year and sophomore student leaders.  Other priorities will include developing a network of students that will increase student morale, civic engagement, coordinating programs with Admissions during on-campus recruitment days, and creating or promoting programs that foster student retention.  The fellow will also work with student clubs in designing and/or implementing workshops on student leadership development, as well as co-sponsoring programs with clubs that promote civic engagement and civility.   

The fellow will work with the Assistant Director to set priorities and manage fiscal and office resources effectively.  All programs must be assessed for student learning and program effectiveness.  Programs should provide opportunities for individual and group participation.  Further, many of these programs should be designed to incorporate faculty and staff participation. 

Programs and services must be coordinated with other departments as well as SGA clubs.  Possible collaborates include:  Academic Services, Alumni Relations, Athletics, Career Development Center, Center for the Study of Democracy, Core Curriculum, Dean of Students, Historic St. Mary’s City, International Education, LGBTQ Student Services, Multicultural Affairs, Public Safety, Residence Life, Service and Social Change, Student Conduct, and the Student Government Association.

This position requires the fellow to perfect the four fundamental elements of a liberal arts education.  By creating these new programs, the student must be able to gather information and critically analyze what programs and services to provide.  The student must communicate with students, faculty, and staff about the programs and must communicate with appropriate individuals to execute the programs. 

In addition, the fellow will gain valuable leadership experience by working independently.  Event planning and marketing skills will be developed as well.   The student will leave this position with strong skills necessary for jobs in higher education, non-profit, or event planning.

Qualifications and unique application instructions:

Candidates must have strong interpersonal and organizational skills.  Event planning, web and social media, and marketing/publicity experience preferred.  Prior experience in campus leadership positions preferred.  Candidates should have a strong passion and appreciation for community and campus engagement.