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Associate Director for Student Experiences & Lead Engagement Engineer

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Associate Director for Student Experiences & Lead Engagement Engineer

  • 522301
  • Blacksburg, Virginia, United States
  • SECL - Squires Student Center
  • Student Affairs / Services
  • Administrative & Professional
  • Virginia Tech University

Job Description

ExperienceVT provides our students with ways for them to engage in purposeful conversations, opportunities, and experiences to get involved at Virginia Tech in a meaningful way. We provide our students with connections—connections to people, places, and possibilities. ExperienceVT supports and oversees the following departments: Cranwell International Center, Fraternity and Sorority Life, VT Engage, Living-Learning Programs, the Office of Learning Partnerships, Student Governance, and Student Engagement and Campus Life.

Student Engagement and Campus Life uplifts the student experience by cultivating affirming environments, promoting holistic well-being, and providing exceptional services.
Emboldened and inspired by Virginia Tech’s Aspirations for Student Learning, the Student Engagement and Campus Life team to build a student-centered and learning-focused approach to co-curricular and experiential learning including providing outstanding programs and services to our student and campus community.

The Associate Director leads a team who build meaningful events, programs and experiences for all students. Specific responsibilities include:

• Development and implementation of purposeful and learning centered programs and services.
• Partner with Director and Associate Directors to further the development, enhancement, and assessment of three student centers, the University chapel, campus events, student organizations, and student employee training and education.
• Actively participate in strategic planning and budget development
• Lead policy and process review
• Lead the development and execution of assessment efforts.
• Provide oversight for student organizations and their continued growth and engagement.
• Supervise three full-time staff (Art Program Director; Assistant Director, Student Center Recreation and Principal Engagement Engineer; and Assistant Director, Student Programs and Principal Engagement Engineer as well as indirectly supervisor professional, paraprofessional, and student staff members).

Required Qualifications

The selected individual must demonstrate a deep commitment to student success with a passion for designing student experiences and an unrelenting commitment to student success, learning, and inclusion. As an integral part of the ExperienceVT initiative, the Associate Director and Lead Engagement Engineer position requires consistent energy, creativity, collaboration, and ingenuity. They will lead the institution in spearheading programs, events, and experiences that create learning laboratories across campus and join co-curricular and curricular learning in new ways. The successful candidate will be team-oriented and demonstrate adaptability, and initiative. They should demonstrate vision and creativity in program design and promotion, as well as strong oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills. Further, the successful candidate will demonstrate a growth mindset and embrace change as an opportunity for creativity, learning, and improvement. Experience working with diverse populations of students in complex, institutional setting is required, along with a demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion. The enthusiastic support of Student Affairs’ Aspirations for Student Learning; ExperienceVT; the mission of Virginia Tech, including Inclusive VT, Beyond Boundaries, and our land grant spirit are required. A master's degree and progressively responsible professional experience related to the areas of higher education/student affairs, student centers/unions, programming, event management, student advising, and/or student involvement is required.

Preferred Qualifications

Extensive experience in planning and implementation of programs, supervision of professionals, advising student organizations, and review and negotiation of entertainment contracts.

Appointment Type


Salary Information

$70,000 - $75,000

Review Date


Additional Information


The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check.


About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

About Student Affairs

Student Affairs at Virginia Tech fosters a community where each student creates a customized experience to meet their goals. Building on our motto of Ut Prosim (that I may serve), Virginia Tech is dedicated to serving in the spirit of community, diversity, and excellence. We seek candidates who adopt and practice our Principles of Community, which are fundamental to our ongoing efforts to increase access and inclusion and to create a community that nurtures learning and growth. We are actively seeking people to join our community and help us prepare leaders for the world. Our people in Student Affairs are committed to student well-being and assuring that all students Experience VT by demonstrating, supporting, and operationalizing our Aspirations for Student Learning. If you are someone dedicated to ensuring student success, then we want you to consider being a part of our team! 

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or military status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.

If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, please contact Kathy Flint at flintk@vt.edu during regular business hours at least 10 business days prior to the event.


Each agency within the Commonwealth of Virginia is dedicated to recruiting, supporting, and maintaining a competent and diverse work force. Equal Opportunity Employer

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