University of Rochester Assistant Director for Student Activities & Engagement in Rochester, New York


Full Time 40 hours Grade 052 ESM Student Life Office


General Purpose:

The Assistant Director for Student Activities and Engagement works closely with the Assistant Dean of Student Affairs to assist, advise, and serve as a resource for students and recognized student organizations. This position creates, coordinates, and manages school-initiated on- and off-campus programs and activities for and with students.

Program and Event Responsibilities

  • Advises recognized undergraduate student organizations to assist with their programming
  • Co-advises the Eastman Students’ Association student leadership team to provide guidance and advice
  • Co-advises the Graduate Students’ Association to support their event planning and programming
  • Co-advises Eastman undergraduate and graduate students' associations and recognized student organizations
  • Develops and plans, with and for students, smaller regularly occurring on- and off-campus events throughout the academic year
  • Assists and advises students in planning and managing larger monthly traditional, annual, community building events such as Welcome Weekend, Boo Blast, Spooktacular, Winter Ball, Spring Fling, and Senior Week
  • Oversees and manages the annual Eastman Family Weekend, including but not limited to event development, planning, and management, online registration, communications, publicity, and promotions
  • Works with the Residential Life office to provide programming for Summer @ Eastman students
  • Provides on-site supervision of events and activities, occasionally during evenings and weekends
  • Serves as a resource for creative programming, promotion, and publicity ideas


  • Creates the Orientation schedule and collaborates with the Concert Office and the Registrar to confirm meeting spaces for all Orientation events
  • Develops and organizes the social and student engagement events and works with Academic Affairs for International Student Pre-Orientation, Graduate Student Orientation, and New Student Orientation
  • Selects, trains, supervises, and evaluates the Eastman Orientation Committee members
  • Organizes Eastman Orientation Committee members’ participation during freshmen move-in day and audition days

Student Engagement, Involvement, and Leadership Responsibilities

  • Assists in developing and presenting content for the annual student leadership training for student leaders
  • Facilitates the Undergraduate and Graduate Students' Association elections each spring
  • Engages students and student leaders in the creation, planning, execution, and promotion of school-initiated programs and activities that are social, educational, cultural, and recreational, with an emphasis on leadership development
  • Encourages community engagement, promotes collaboration and involvement, and builds community on campus
  • Serves as a resource to, and provides comprehensive direction, support, and guidance for, student leaders in planning co-curricular programs, projects, events, and initiatives such as social and recreational activities, diversity programs, and community and traditional celebrations

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Participates in the on-call rotation with the Assistant Dean of Student Affairs and Assistant Director for Residential Life
  • Assists and supports the routine and daily operations of the Student Activities office
  • Participates in the management of student activity fee finances and the annual budgeting process
  • Oversees program-related expenditures and revenue, and assists in overseeing departmental expenditures and revenues
  • Produces reports, conducts program evaluations, and analyzes data and trends within program areas
  • Conducts research and assessments on student activities and programs and is aware of program information and changing needs
  • Updates and maintains departmental online presence and print materials, including but not limited to website content, social media outlets, and newsletters

Other Responsibilities

  • Develops relationships with, and serves as a liaison to, other University colleagues and departments
  • Coordinates with staff members in the implementation of The CARE Network at Eastman
  • Represents Eastman Student Activities in various meeting groups, including but not limited to:
  • Eastman Student Support Team (SST)
  • Eastman Dining Committee
  • Susan B. Anthony Women's Leadership Awards
  • Student Life Leadership Awards
  • Actively seeks out and participates in webinars, conferences, and other opportunities for professional development
  • Performs other duties as assigned by the Assistant Dean of Student Affairs


Master’s degree in higher education, student affairs, counseling or related field with two or more years professional work experience in student affairs or residence life; Prior experience with planning, implementing and assessing student programs

EOE Minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/Disabled

Job Title: Assistant Director for Student Activities & Engagement

Location: Eastman School Music

Job ID: 201844

Regular/Temporary: Regular

Full/Part Time: Full-Time