Florida State University (FSU) is an American public space-grant and sea-grant research university. Its primary campus is located on a 1,391.54-acre campus in Tallahassee, Florida. FSU is a senior member of the State University System of Florida. Founded in 1851, it is located on the oldest continuous site of higher education in the state of Florida. The university is classified as a Research University with Very High Research by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The university comprises 16 separate colleges and more than 110 centers, facilities, labs, and institutes offering more than 360 programs of study, including professional school programs. The university has an annual budget of over $1.7 billion and an annual economic impact of over $10 billion.

 

The Position

Position Description

The director of student engagement provides visionary leadership, operational management, and development to the newly created Student Engagement department. The direct functional areas within Student Engagement are: Student Organizations & Involvement, Fraternity & Sorority Life, and Student Life Cinema.

Student Organizations & Involvement

Florida State University has over 700 Recognized Student Organizations (RSOs) on campus. Student Organizations & Involvement is committed to the holistic development of student leaders by providing services, resources, events, and programs that allow students to deeply engage with each other, their organizations, and the overall campus community.

FSU believes that student involvement outside of the classroom contributes to important learning gains and a well-rounded college experience that prepares students for life after graduation.

Student Organizations & Involvement hopes to serve as a catalyst to engage and involve students by:

  • providing advising, training and mentoring to student leaders and advisors;
  • inspiring students to become active members of the campus and community;
  • creating programs that foster interactions among the diverse members of the University community;
  • maintaining lively spaces and resources for student-focused initiatives that enrich our campus culture;
  • designing and supporting programs, venues, and resources that cultivate student expression; and
  • engaging student leaders to discover new knowledge that will enable them to critically evaluate evidence, make informed judgments, balance multiple perspectives, and act ethically.

Fraternity & Sorority Life

The Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life aims to enhance the quality of student life at The Florida State University by empowering members of the Greek community through advising with a developmental approach, educating with purpose, communicating with stakeholders, and cultivating collective partnerships.

The Greek community at Florida State University is composed of over 7,000 students in 55 chapters of (inter)national fraternities and sororities. Each chapter is a member of one of four Greek Governing Councils.

  • Interfraternity Council
  • Multicultural Greek Council
  • Panhellenic Greek Council
  • National Pan-Hellenic Council

Student Life Cinema

The Student Life Cinema (SLC) is one of the nation’s leading campus movie programs, featuring movies selected by all-student committees: five to six nights a week of everything from the most recent blockbuster movies to documentaries, independent, foreign films, restored cinema classics and midnight movies. The program is housed in a state-of-the-art movie theater, with projection and a sound system professionally designed and often used by the FSU Film School. It features an 18′ x 43′ movie screen, stadium-style seating accommodating 380 guests, 35mm and high-end digital projection, and 5.1 Dolby Digital sound. On average, 64,000 guests see a movie in the span of a year. The SLC also hosts advanced screenings, co-sponsored events, panel discussions, FSU Film School screenings, and Q & A sessions with special guest filmmakers and artists.

The game committee ASLC Cyber Cafe is equipped with 13 Alienware gaming computers and 11 gaming consoles, including: PS2, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox, Xbox One, N64, GameCube, Wii, Wii U and SNES Classic.

Reporting to the associate vice president of student affairs, the director, student engagement will:

  • supervise 14 staff (4 direct reports; 10 indirect reports) and oversee a budget of over $3 million;
  • collaborate with students, faculty, staff, alumni, and other constituents to create innovative and impactful experiences for Florida State students;
  • work closely with Student Governance & Advocacy and the Oglesby Union as well as other Activity & Service fee-funded departments;
  • lead strategic planning initiatives to ensure continuous improvement in practice as well as alignment with Division and University strategic priorities;
  • work with divisional Development Officers to set fundraising priorities and goals;
  • contribute to the associate vice president’s Student Engagement leadership team;
  • lead and manage an organization with over 700 recognized student organizations;
  • lead and collaborate on university-wide initiatives including, but not limited to: Homecoming; Welcome Week; Fraternity and Sorority Life recruitment; Family Weekend; First 51 Days; Last 51 Days; and Gateway Service programs such as: Dance Marathon, Relay for Life, and the Big Event; and
  • work closely with campus partners such as the Dean of Students Office, Campus Recreation, Health and Wellness Center, Office of the General Counsel, and Undergraduate Academic Affairs regarding the care and success of Florida State University students.

Student Engagement Organizational Chart

Qualifications

The successful candidate for this role will have a master’s degree in a related field and a minimum of five years of directly related work experience; a terminal degree is preferred. The candidate will have progressive experience in the supervision and management of a dynamic portfolio of programs and services and demonstrated leadership coordinating university-wide programs and events.

Additionally, stakeholders at FSU identified the following characteristics as important to the new director, student engagement (in no particular order):

  • a champion of student engagement opportunities with a focus on bringing best practice to the FSU community;
  • a capacity to both define and create an identity for the distinct areas within the Student Engagement department while also building a cohesive and collegial team environment;
  • strong written and interpersonal communication with the ability to communicate effectively with all components of the University and external constituents;
  • demonstrated progressive experience in complex budget management, including operational, student fee, and fundraised monies;
  • a demonstrated ability to collaborate with other university divisions and work with a wide range of stakeholders and departments with a “we” not “I” leadership philosophy;
  • demonstrated experience hiring, supervising, and cultivating a cohesive staff;
  • a demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion, student advocacy, and student-centered learning and development;
  • understanding, support, and appreciation for Greek organizations within fraternity and sorority life;
  • the documented ability to promote excellent interpersonal relationships and to work collaboratively with diverse groups of students, staff, faculty, administrators, alumni, parents, and community leaders;
  • documented change management experience with a strong record of assessment and strategic planning leading to continuous program and outcomes improvement;
  • an accessible, student-centered leader who can inspire, excite, and empower student leaders and staff; and
  • a positive attitude and a good sense of humor.

Likely Opportunities, Priorities, and Challenges of the Position

It is an exciting time to be a member of the Florida State University community. Not only has FSU vaulted seven spots to No. 26 among national public universities in the latest U.S. News & World Report rankings — the biggest single-year improvement in university history—but the campus is engaged in a transformative new student union construction project, with completion expected in December 2020.

In the last 18 months, the campus community, under the leadership of vice president for student affairs Dr. Amy Hecht, introduced Moving Forward Together as the guiding plan for the future of fraternity and sorority life. It is expected that the next director, student engagement will take the tenets of the plan and expand adoption of metrics and outcomes across student organizations and experiences.

There will be opportunities for a positive, accessible, and highly visible director to build on historic program success in order to collaboratively and creatively enhance program services and experiences for students. The successful candidate will also be a savvy and tenacious student affairs educator and advocate who is both connected to industry best practice and is creative in approaching current and future challenges and opportunities that exist.

In transitioning to Florida State University, the next director, student engagement will be expected to:

  • communicate effectively, with energy and enthusiasm, the vision and mission of student affairs and the student engagement department;
  • honor and embrace a strong culture of tradition while bringing student learning, assessment, and continuous improvement to the forefront of student engagement opportunities; and
  • understand the political acumen necessary to navigate a public institution of higher education, with the associated state budgetary expectations and advocacy opportunities, as the campus is located blocks just from the state capital.

History of the Position

Dr. Amy Hecht arrived at FSU in July of 2017. In a short amount of time, Dr. Hecht has reorganized the division into three portfolio areas: Student Engagement, Health and Wellness, and Assessment and Research. The newly created department of Student Engagement reports directly to the associate vice president of student affairs, Dr. Allison Crume, and has been created from areas previously reporting through the Oglesby Student Union. The inaugural director will provide synergistic leadership and management to the areas of: Student Organizations & Involvement, Fraternity & Sorority Life, and Student Life Cinema. Each of the three departments is led by a program director and associated professional and student staff.

An Overview of the Division and Department

Amy Hecht, EdD, Vice President for Student Affairs

Dr. Hecht serves as the vice president for student affairs at Florida State University. In this role, she serves as an officer of the institution and provides vision and leadership for the Division of Student Affairs.

Prior to joining FSU as the vice president for student affairs, Dr. Hecht has served in a number of leadership roles including vice president for student affairs at The College of New Jersey; assistant vice president for student affairs at Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama; the associate dean of students at Temple University in Philadelphia; assistant dean of students at Temple University; and assistant director of student activities at Cabrini College in Radnor, Pennsylvania.

A professional in the field of student affairs since 2001, Dr. Hecht has served on executive leadership teams within student affairs organizations and has extensive experience leading and managing in higher education.

Dr. Hecht earned her bachelor’s degree at Florida State University in mass communications and completed her master’s degree and doctorate in Higher Education Administration at the University of Pennsylvania. Amy has published a book on the role of assistant/associate vice presidents in student affairs and book chapters and articles focused on organizational learning, change, and executive transitions. Her research interests include organizational culture, organizational learning, and the effective use of business practices within the field of higher education.

Allison H. Crume, PhD, Associate Vice President for Student Affairs

Allison H. Crume was appointed associate vice president for student affairs in July 2013. Dr. Crume provides leadership and administrative oversight for the following departments: Oglesby Student Union, Student Engagement, which includes: Student Organizations & Involvement; Fraternity & Sorority Life; and Student Life Cinema; Student Governance and Advocacy; and University Housing.

Dr. Crume teaches in the Undergraduate Leadership Certificate Program through the College of Education and Center for Leadership & Social Change. She is an active member of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA), serving on the Region III Advisory Board for several years. Her research interests include campus governance, women in higher education, professional development, graduate preparation, and supervision.

Dr. Crume completed her PhD in Higher Education Administration at Florida State University. Her additional degrees are a MAT in Broad Field Social Science and a BS in history from Georgia College & State University. Prior to joining the FSU Division of Student Affairs, she worked at the Board of Governors, State University System of Florida in the area of Academic & Student Affairs.

The Division of Student Affairs Organizational Chart

Benefits Overview

Florida State University provides employees the opportunity to participate in a variety of benefit programs. Voluntary programs include health, life, dental, vision, disability, long term care, tax sheltered annuities and many others. All employees are required to participate in one of three retirement plans. Our goal is to provide employees with a robust selection of benefits to meet their personal needs in dealing with work/life issues.

Leave

  • Annual and Sick Leave
  • Family Medical Leave
  • Sick Leave Pool

Education and Learning

  • Dependent Scholarship
  • Employee Tuition Scholarship
  • Florida Prepaid College Plans
  • Florida 529 Savings Plan
  • Training and Development

Financial Planning

  • Payroll Deductions
  • Giving Back to FSU
  • FSU Credit Union

Health and Fitness

  • Leach Center
  • The Wellness Wire

Seminole Savings

  • Seminole Savings
  • Employee Discount Program Vendor Policy
  • Employee Discount Program Vendor Application Form

Application & Nomination

Review of applications will begin immediately, and continue until the position is filled. To apply for this position please click on the Apply button, complete the brief application process, and upload your resume and position-specific cover letter. Nominations for this position may be emailed to Anne-Marie Kenney at amk@spelmanjohnson.com. Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.

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