Assistant Director of Campus Activities and Programs

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Position type: full-time
Location: Lewisburg, PA
Categories: Student Affairs

The Assistant Director of Campus Activities and Programs is a key member of the Campus Activities and Programs (CAP Center) team who reports to the Director of Campus Activities. Primary responsibilities include creating fun, robust and engaging large and small-scale social and educational programming, advising Bucknell’s student programming board (Core), oversight of Uptown, MacDonald Commons, and the Bucknell Kitchen, advising additional student groups, coordination of best practice research and assessment, and divisional projects. This team member will deliver student-centered programming that provides incredible personal growth, exciting diverse programs, and awesome social experiences that connect students to each other, Bucknell and beyond. The Assistant Director will participate in an on-call rotation for weekend social programs.

Job Duties:
• Supervise 50+ student staff in a variety of capacities. Responsible for selection, evaluation, and training of staff. Mentors and guides students to provide excellent student-centered customer service.

• Serve as Adviser to the student programming board (Core), including budget and risk management, contract procurement, and student selection and training. Guides and supports Core to provide a dynamic and diverse array of co-curricular experiences for students on weekends.
• Large-scale programs include, but are not limited to signature events including Chrysalis, Center Stage, Bison Sound, Fall Fest and major concerts.
• Serve as Adviser to Uptown, the MacDonald Commons, and the Bucknell Kitchen, including budget and risk management, contract procurement, and student selection and training.
• Responsible for procurement, and contract negotiation for Core, Uptown, and department items as needed.
• Ensure compliance with university risk management policies.
• Provide oversight, guidance, and direction for the CAP Center Street Team, which creates promotional and marketing opportunities for all CAP Center programs.
• Oversee Social Media marketing strategies and initiatives and maintain all of CAP Center social media accounts.

Uptown and The Commons:
Uptown and The Commons are popular and unique entertainment venues open to students throughout the academic year and serve as a central hub for social gatherings. Uptown is equipped with a wide range of technical equipment to host performers and entertainment. The space is monitored by student workers and event managers. Student managers not only run Uptown, but over the years they have left their footprint on the space, making it a unique social space.
• Oversee all operations, staffing, programmatic functions, and budget aspects of both spaces.
• Ensure compliance with University risk management policies.
• Create and participate in co-sponsorship programming when appropriate.
• Mentor and advise students to make the spaces a go-to place where everyone feels welcome and a part of the campus community.
• Seek opportunities to partner with faculty colleagues to provide a seamless education for students.

The Bucknell Kitchen:
The Bucknell Kitchen is a reimagined space on campus. Many student organizations enjoy gathering to cook meals together. This space allows groups to prepare snacks and meals in a safe environment. The space is monitored by Safe-Served trained student managers.
• Responsible for the oversight, policies, and management of the Bucknell Kitchen.

• Serve as the primary point person for small and large-scale CAP Center social/entertainment programs.
• Primary coordinator of Activities Unlimited and multiple student organization fairs throughout the academic year.
• Responsible for summer programming social/entertainment programs.
• Serve as the secondary point person for small and large-scale CAP programs including but not limited to Chrysalis, Center Stage, Bison Sound and Fall Fest.
• Seek opportunities to partner with faculty colleagues to provide a seamless education for students.

Web and Technology:
• Oversee marketing strategies and initiatives, and maintain all of the CAP Center social media accounts.
• Work with Library and Technology liaison in creating efficient and effective ways to use technology in student programming.

Divisional Involvement:
• Attend divisional meetings and retreats.
• Maintain a high degree of visibility and availability to students and staff members.
• Seek collaborative opportunities when appropriate and possible.
• Serve on departmental committees as assigned.
• Perform other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:
• Master’s degree in college student personnel, higher education administration, or a related field
• Effective oral and written communication skills.
• A demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusiveness
• A passion for student-centered excellence
• Demonstrated programming experience
• Exceptional communication and collaborative skills

About Bucknell

Founded in 1846 and located along the banks of the Susquehanna River in historic Lewisburg, Pa., Bucknell University is an undergraduate-focused institution that stands uniquely at the intersection of top-ranked liberal arts, engineering and management programs. Our students choose from more than 60 majors and 70 minors in the arts, engineering, humanities, management, and natural and social sciences, as well as extensive global study, service-learning and research opportunities. Bucknell’s 3,700 undergraduate and 30 graduate students enjoy a low 9:1 student-faculty ratio and exceptional opportunities to collaborate with faculty mentors on scholarly and artistic projects.

Bucknell’s beautiful 450-acre campus includes first-rate facilities and is home to more than 90 percent of its undergraduate students. Student life is vibrant with about 200 student-run organizations, 27 NCAA Division I athletics teams, a robust arts culture, and a commitment among many of the students to community and global service work.

The Community

Lewisburg (pop. 5,700) is located in central Pennsylvania and features beautiful Victorian homes, the restored art deco Campus Theatre (owned by the University), a variety of restaurants, shops and boutiques, and the Barnes & Noble at Bucknell University Bookstore. It is the seat of Union County, which has about 44,000 residents.

The city of Williamsport is about a 30-minute drive from campus, and Penn State University’s main campus is about an hour away, as is Harrisburg, Pennsylvania’s state capital. Bucknell is within a three-hour drive of New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, D.C.

The cost of living is low compared to that of major U.S. cities and suburbs. Bucknell’s surroundings yield fresh produce, cultural activities and events, and outstanding opportunities for outdoor activity on the Susquehanna River and in the nearby state parks and forests. The Lewisburg Area School District receives excellent reviews for its schools at all grade levels. Lewisburg Area High School consistently ranks among the top 50 high schools in Pennsylvania for SAT scores and statewide exams.

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