Director of Student Government Engagement & Success

University of Utah

Full Job Description

Open Date

Requisition Number

Job Title
Director, Student Services

Working Title
Director of Student Government Engagement & Success

Job Grade


Patient Sensitive Job Code?

Standard Hours per Week
40 hours/week

Full Time or Part Time?
Full Time


Work Schedule Summary

VP Area
Academic Affairs

00321 – ASUU


Salt Lake City, UT

Type of Recruitment
External Posting

Pay Rate Range
$68,000-$80,000, including an excellent benefits package.

Close Date

Open Until Filled

Job Summary
The University of Utah seeks a highly motivated, student-centered, and dedicated professional to serve as the Director of Student Government, Engagement, and Success. This position reports directly to the Associate Dean of Student Leadership & Engagement, and in addition, the Director works closely with the elected and appointed leaders of the Associated Students of the University of Utah (ASUU) and supervises the SLI professional staff in this area. This critical position includes both supervisory and student advising elements, and is responsible for initiating, coordinating, implementing, and evaluating a full array of programs, services, and activities for student leadership initiatives that engage the student body.

About Student Affairs

Student Affairs is comprised of over 20 departments and is focused on supporting student well-being and success with the ultimate goal of assisting students in discovering their passion, people, and purpose. To that end, we aim to foster an environment that encourages employees to embrace innovative service delivery methods to best meet the needs of our students. As a result, students have the opportunity to participate in the creation of campus culture, collaboratively working alongside professional staff, student leaders, and academic partners.

Student Affairs is committed to grounding our programs, procedures, and policies in the tenets of anti-racism and inclusion. We recognize the continued importance of education and accountability that promote equity and social justice. Our expectation is that all employees are engaged in this work to create a welcoming environment that supports the success of both students and staff and ensures they have the opportunity to be fully incorporated into university life.

An excellent benefits package is included (see here for a full description of the benefits package):
14.2% employer retirement contribution in addition to employee contributions (automatic and immediately vested)
Paid parental leave (in addition to FMLA)
11 paid holidays per year plus vacation accruals each month
Excellent health insurance options that are both affordable and allow access to care through the University of Utah health system
Tuition reduction for employees and family members
Options for short-term and long-term disability insurance, life insurance, and HSA/FSA savings plans are available
Free public transportation pass (see here for more information)

Provide vision and strategic direction for undergraduate and graduate student involvement with the Associated Students of the University of Utah (ASUU), the student government on campus.
Establish and maintain a high level of service to students that demonstrate the University’s commitment to a highly diverse and inclusive community.
Assists ASUU in regularly examining both the culture of the office (space) as well as the organizational culture. This may include measuring student satisfaction in order to create a sense of belonging and addressing issues at a variety of levels using organizational change strategies and techniques.
Develop and administer related budgets within university guidelines and confer with students and management staff to plan and implement a variety of funding and revenue-generating student activities and outreach. This includes but is not limited to the administration of the Student Activity Fee, totaling approximately $1.8 million annually. This includes high-level financial approvals, monthly Evidence of Review, and more.
Provide leadership and direction regarding University of Utah policy, procedures, and regulations and the ASUU Constitution, Bylaws, and related procedures.
Advise the ASUU Presidency, providing regular support and opportunities to think developmentally about leadership styles and skillsets. In addition, work with student leaders to determine Director’s presence and involvement at ASUU student-led meetings throughout the year. Select, train, supervise, and evaluate the work of assigned professional and graduate assistant staff, currently seven full-time professionals and three graduate assistants.
Evaluate, assess, and develop program components related to the student activities, ASUU, and research best practices and professional standards pertaining to executing student government advising, and student-led programming.
Represent the University of Utah at appropriate conferences, workshops, meetings, programs, and other activities.
Develop strategic and creative methods to incorporate student input and feedback in new programming and policies.
Assist students and advisers in the planning, development, budgeting, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of student government initiatives and programs.
In collaboration with ASUU student leaders, develop and implement comprehensive and strategic plans to market and promote new and existing programs, opportunities, and services within student government.
Perform other duties as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications
Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration or related area, or equivalency (1 year of a college education is equivalent to 2 years of related work experience); eight years of progressively more responsible management experience; and demonstrated leadership, human relations, and effective communications skills required.

Applicants must demonstrate the potential ability to perform the essential functions of the job as outlined in the position description.

Department Specific Qualifications
Experience with increasing responsibilities in student life, student activities, student leadership development, or related area.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with students, faculty, staff, families, alumni, and the public in a comprehensive university environment.
Applicants must demonstrate the potential ability to perform the essential functions of the job as outlined in the position description. The role will report to the Associate Dean for Student Engagement & Leadership.

Master’s Degree in higher education administration/college student personnel or related field.
Minimum five (5) years of full-time experience with increasing responsibilities in student life, student activities, student leadership development, or related area.
Extensive training in leadership and student development theory and proven experience designing and implementing student leadership development programming.
Excellent problem-solving, communication, supervisory, and organizational skills.
Highly motivated and self-directed with the ability to handle and prioritize multiple projects,
balance conflicting priorities, and handle confidential information appropriately with minimal supervision.
Proven leadership in engaging and mobilizing diverse constituencies.
Experience creating and managing budgets and designing and implementing creative fundraising efforts.
Experience with analyzing and resolving conflict, team building, group dynamics, and problem-solving skills.


Benefited Staff

Special Instructions Summary
Priority Review Date February 9, 2023

Additional Information
The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students from diverse backgrounds and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented students.

Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities.

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, ethnicity, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, pregnancy-related conditions, genetic information, or protected veteran’s status. The University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the education program or activity that it operates, as required by Title IX and 34 CFR part 106. The requirement not to discriminate in education programs or activities extends to admission and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and its regulations may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, to the Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, or both.

To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability or if you or someone you know has experienced discrimination or sexual misconduct including sexual harassment, you may contact the Director/Title IX Coordinator in the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action:

Director/ Title IX Coordinator

Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action ( OEO /AA)

383 University Street, Level 1 OEO Suite

Salt Lake City, UT 84112


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To inquire about this posting, email: or call 801-581-2300.


The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”). Eligible new hires with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in URS if they make the election before they become eligible for retirement (usually the first day of work). Contact Human Resources at (801) 581-7447 for information. Individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS are subject to URS’ post-retirement rules and restrictions. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801) 366-7770 or (800) 695-4877 or University Human Resource Management at (801) 581-7447 if you have questions regarding the post-retirement rules.

This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen.

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