University of Houston-Associate Director of Leadership and Civic Engagement

December 1, 2015

The University of Houston is a culturally diverse public urban institution seeking to become one of the nation’s top research universities. The University is located on 567 beautifully landscaped acres near downtown Houston. The University has 40,000 students pursuing undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees. The student population has more than 60% minority students (African American, Asian, Hispanic, and Native American) and 9.4% are international students representing more than 100 countries.

The Center for Student Involvement serves as a catalyst for student development by fostering a learning environment that empowers students to engage and participate in a diverse array of enriching opportunities in relations to major campus events and student-led programming initiatives; support, guidance and management of registered student organizations; and campus- wide leadership and civic engagement centered around synergistic partnerships within campus, local and global community. The Activities Coordinator provides leadership and coordination in the direction, advising and management for major campus events and student-led programming initiatives, and supervises one graduate assistant.

The Associate Director’s specific job duties include:

  •   Provides oversight and direction of the strategic planning, program management, and leadership for student volunteer, service programs, civic engagement activities, and student leadership development programs.
  • ?  Develops and sustains community partnerships with local organizations and agencies to address various community needs, populations, and social issues. Forms liaisons with community leaders and community service representatives, and establishes networks with state and national service organizations, colleges and universities, and other relevant programs.
  • ?  Designs and implements comprehensive leadership development programs for UH students, which include Ignite leadership program, Catalyst leadership speaker series, and LeadUH. This includes curriculum development, assessment, student leader development, budget management, and program coordination. Continue to benchmark and develop new and innovative ways to provide leadership development to the UH community.
  •  Focus on the development of campus-wide service events such as WOW and MLK Jr. Day of Service, Community Action Breaks, and Alternative Spring Break trips. This includes the student leader trainings, reflection and assessment, budget management, and program coordination.
  • ?  Advises the Metropolitan Volunteer Program. Provides annual training, guidance on organizational development, policy interpretation and implementation, and oversight for assessment, long-term planning, and fiscal management
  • ?  Supervise the Activities Coordinator and two graduate assistants that facilitate the entry level of Ignite, assist with advising MVP, support planning of Community Action Break and Days of Service, and participate in the planning of large scale events.
  • ?  Serve as a member of the leadership team for the department, including managing departmental assessment plans, coordination of staff and student employee professional development, trainings, and handbooks, developing academic college partnerships, development of marketing and social media communications plans, and serving on committees as needed.
  • ?  Represents the department in the absence of the Director.


Requirements: Bachelor’s degree required, with a strong preference for a Master’s degree in student development, counseling, or related discipline; requires a minimum of five (5) of directly-related job experience. Work as a graduate assistant or instructional assistant can count towards the job experience. Successful candidates will embrace a student- centered philosophy and the ability to work with a diverse student population. Preferred candidates will have supervisory experience, significant experience with large-scale event management, and advising complex student organizations.

Application: Complete a UH application on-line at and select posting number S003801. Include a cover letter, resume and references when submitting the on-line application. Review of applications will begin on January 4, 2016.