From Bridgewater State University's inception in 1840 by Horace Mann as one of the first normal schools in America, to the current day, BSU has worked to ensure that our students receive accessible, affordable and exceptional education. The Education Trust (2015) ranked BSU as ninth in the nation among public 4-year institutions of higher learning for our ability to support the success of all students, while simultaneously closing the racial achievement gap. BSU aspires to lead nationally in our mission class in the elimination of achievement/opportunity gaps through data-informed efforts to support the success of our students.
This position serves as a key member of the Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management's Leadership Team. Reporting to the Associate Vice President and Dean of Students, the Executive Director provides vision, and leadership to transform the student engagement experience in support of the University's mission for student success and learning, and the creation of a robust campus life experience. The Executive Director will have the opportunity to review, and further develop, a newly reorganized, comprehensive department. Ultimately responsible for creating a nimble organization responsive to the needs of current and future students, the Executive Director oversees programs and services that create and facilitate seamless entry to the University, and engagement of students and their families. This position will be hallmarked by the ability to create and lead a dynamic department that is focused on outside the classroom, co-curricular student growth, development and learning. Department programs and services are intertwined with all facets of the institution to enhance the journey of all students from initial enrollment, through retention and persistence, leading to eventual graduation and alumni status.
Supervision Received: Works under the supervision of the Associate Vice President and Dean of students
Supervision Exercised: The portfolio of this position includes direct/indirect supervision of professional staff, administrative support staff, graduate assistants, and over 100 student employees are part of the ultimate supervision of this position.
The Executive Director provides direction and leadership for a broad and evolving portfolio with a focus on the needs of all students, and in developing a robust campus life. The Executive Director leads and oversees the short and long-range planning and day-to-day operations of a department comprised of content areas that include but are not limited to: The Rondileau Campus Center facility and operations; Campus Traditions; Family Programs; University Orientation Programs (new students, transfer students and family); Student Organization Development and Advising; Fraternity and Sorority Life; Campus-wide Activities and Events; Leadership Programs; Student Recognition; Student Media; the BSU Mobile Application; BSU Food Pantry; Student Governance; Student Employee Training and Development; Student Program Council; Student Steering Committees and Department Advisory Board.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Lead and advocate for department and division priorities
Align divisional and departmental efforts in support of University and division vision, values, and priorities in an integrated, cross-functional way
Identify opportunities to integrate programs and services cross-divisionally and with key campus and community stakeholders
Responsible for the administration of all department programs and services, budget oversight and staff recruitment, development, evaluation, coaching and support
Develop, analyze and update all policies and procedures related to the operation of the department (e.g., website, brochures, student handbook and forms)
Ensure policies, procedures, contracts and regulatory requirements that impact programming on college campuses are in place and followed
Oversee data-informed equity and inclusion efforts throughout all facets of department and division programs and services
Review annual University calendar, set priorities, manage multiple projects and juggle competing urgencies
Serve as primary advisor to the Undergraduate Student Government Association and liaison to the Graduate Professional Student Association
Serve as member of the Student Affairs and Enrollment Management Council
Chair or serve on University and division committees
Serve as on call administrator for campus emergency response
Maintain high visibility at student and university-wide events and activities
Perform other duties as assigned
7 years of related work experience inclusive of supervision of full-time professional staff
Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion
Strong written and oral communication skills
Progressive experience in change management and organizational leadership
Demonstrated experience with strategic planning, budgeting, and assessment of a comprehensive department with responsibilities for multiple programs and services, facility operations and business service functions
Evidence of strong relationship-building, and leadership skills
Demonstrated experience creating and working in a collaborative setting
Strong understanding and ability to articulate the importance of student learning, and student and family engagement in recruitment, retention, persistence, and overall student success
Change management skills and experience
Prior experience serving in a senior-level college or university administrative position
Strong problem solving skills utilizing data-driven techniques
Prior experience advising student organizations including student government and fraternity and sorority life
Demonstrated experience responding to student needs/interests within operational/ administrative initiatives or projects
Demonstrated experience in analyzing and resolving complex issues, both organizational and interpersonal
Demonstrated project management skills
Work within a collective bargaining environment
Bridgewater State University complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to provide reasonable accommodation to qualified applicants and employee with disabilities.
Office activities are performed in an environmentally controlled office setting subject to extended periods of sitting, keyboarding and interaction with computer equipment; Occasional bending, reaching, lifting, pushing and pulling up to 5 pounds.
Please be aware that employment at Bridgewater State University is contingent upon completion of a successful background check.
Bridgewater State University (BSU) is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer which actively seeks to increase the diversity of its workforce. We are dedicated to providing educational, working and living environments that value the diverse backgrounds of all people.
Salary Range: $100,000-$110,000
Please note the following information is required to complete your application for this position:
*a minimum of one (1) employment history entry.
*a minimum of three (3) professional reference entries.
Internal Number: 18263
About Bridgewater State University
Since its founding in 1840, Bridgewater has remained steadfast in its commitment to empower individuals and instill in its community an abiding desire to advance the public good. Our rigorous and dynamic academic environment encourages students and faculty to develop their strengths and become leaders in their fields. At the same time, we strive to lead by example. As the university continues to build momentum, we continuously reinvest in the success of our students and our region.