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Assistant Director of Student Engagement

University of Maryland

Job Description

Position Number:



Assistant Director

Functional Title:

Assistant Director of Student Engagement

Category Status:

33-Exempt Regular

Applicant Search Category:


University Authorized FTE:



VPSA-SU-Stamp Programs

Campus/College Information:

Founded in 1856, University of Maryland, College Park is the state’s flagship institution. Our 1,250-acre College Park campus is just minutes away from Washington, D.C., and the nexus of the nation’s legislative, executive, and judicial centers of power. This unique proximity to business and technology leaders, federal departments and agencies, and a myriad of research entities, embassies, think tanks, cultural centers, and non-profit organizations is simply unparalleled. Synergistic opportunities for our faculty and students abound and are virtually limitless in the nation’s capital and surrounding areas. The University is committed to attracting and retaining outstanding and diverse faculty and staff that will enhance our stature of preeminence in our three missions of teaching, scholarship, and full engagement in our community, the state of Maryland, and in the world.

Background Checks

Offers of employment are contingent on completion of a background check. Information reported by the background check will not automatically disqualify you from employment.

Vaccine Protocol

The University of Maryland has made the safety of our students, faculty and staff, and our surrounding communities a top priority. As part of that commitment, the University requires that students, faculty, and staff on the UMD campus be vaccinated against COVID-19. As a prospective and/or a new employee at UMD, you will be required to comply with the University’s vaccination protocol. Proof of full vaccination will be required before the start of employment in order to work at any University of Maryland location. Prospective or new employees may seek a medical or religious exemption to the vaccination requirement at return.umd.edu and must have an approved exemption prior to the start of their employment. Failure to provide proof of vaccination or to obtain approval for a medical or religious exemption will result in the offer of employment being rescinded.

Position Summary/Purpose of Position:

This leader will inspire and supervise Engagement staff to create transformative student engagement experiences for a diverse student body focusing on Transfer and Off Campus, Veteran and Military-Affiliated, Immigrant and Undocumented, Graduate, and First-Generation students and their intersecting identities. This position will build upon the rich history of student engagement at UMD, while envisioning a new and innovative future. This person will oversee the Engagement unit, spaces, and associated staff. The assistant director will support a philosophy of engagement and involvement for all students, focusing on the diverse student populations noted above which include non-traditionally aged and first-generation students. This area will provide opportunities for students to engage and be a part of communities by offering physical spaces and various engaging opportunities to connect. This individual will work collaboratively with others to communicate this philosophy and incorporate it into the “fabric of the university”, while advocating for the needs of populations served by this unit. They will implement an integrated engagement plan collaboratively with colleagues in Stamp and Student Affairs, UMD enrollment management units, academic units, faculty partners, other UMD units, community colleges, and federal units.

The Assistant Director will provide leadership, oversight, and management for the Engagement Area, including direct supervision of 5 full-time professional staff, two part-time staff, as well as occasional part-time, contractual, and graduate/undergraduate student staff members charged with managing Graduate Student Life, Graduate Student Government, Graduate Legal Aid Office, Transfer and Off-Campus Student Life (including staff who lead the Transfer 2 Terp Learning Community and teach an upper-level three credit transfer transition course) , Veteran Student Life, and Immigrant and Undocumented Student Life.

As one of 15 departments within the Division of Student Affairs, the Stamp serves as the Center for Campus Life. The Adele H. Stamp Student Union boasts a 286,000 square foot facility, staffed by over 350 employees that offer student-centered programs, services and retail outlet spaces for the University of Maryland. Its mission is to create and sustain a student-centered environment that promotes and supports personal development; serves as a safe and inviting campus center; and is characterized by a strong commitment to multiculturalism, excellence, and a positive work environment. To learn more about the Stamp Student Union click here:


Minimum Qualifications:

A Master’s degree in Higher Education, Student Affairs, Educational Leadership or related field

  • 5-8 years higher education experience required with a minimum of 3-5 years of leadership, supervision of a team of full time and student staff, program management, and student advocacy experience.
  • Experience navigating complex organizations of higher education.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, empathy, strong interpersonal and decision-making skills.
  • Demonstrated experience with fiscal management and supervision of a diverse staff are also required.
  • Extensive knowledge of scholarship, theories and understanding of national best practices about student success in populations served by unit, diverse student identity development, and student engagement.
  • Demonstrated commitment to advancing diversity and inclusion throughout their own work. Experience working with populations of students who have been historically/systemically excluded from higher education.
  • Knowledge of assessment methods and activities.
  • Demonstrated commitment to collaboration, creative problem solving, advocacy, equity, and student engagement. A successful incumbent can lead and mentor staff and will make data-informed decisions.
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate, build/maintain positive partnerships across university to advance students’ belonging and success.
  • Applications should clearly define the candidate’s experience supervising staff; working with diverse student populations inclusive but not limited to those with which Engagement works directly; exercising leadership in departmental management; advocating for students, as well as in coordinating programming experiences that help to increase student engagement, inclusive of identity development and cross-cultural learning, and enhance the co-curricular and curricular activities necessary in a vibrant student life arena.


  • Experience overseeing assessment initiatives, reviewing students’ learning outcomes, ensuring achievement of objectives.
  • Experience with fundraising, risk management, and contract negotiation.
  • Demonstrated effectiveness in working with students as an educator, advisor and leader.
  • Ability to apply organization’s practices and tools to improving individual, team, organizational performance.
  • They will inspire the community with the promise and possibility of student engagement, belonging and student success, and be adept at navigating organizations.
  • Teaching experience.

Additional Information:

Salary range is $85k-$97k and is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Excellent benefits package to include tuition remission, health care, a generous leave package, retirement, and other benefits.

Job Risks

Not Applicable to This Position

Physical Demands

Work takes place in both an office environment and in on-campus buildings; will require ability to travel throughout campus and may entail lifting up to 40 pounds. There may be occasions when the incumbent will need to work outside their normal work shift to accommodate other shifts that exist in the organization for purposes of meetings, training, etc.

Posting Date:


Closing Date:


Open Until Filled


Diversity Statement:

The University of Maryland, College Park, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, creed, marital status, political affiliation, personal appearance, or on the basis of rights secured by the First Amendment, in all aspects of employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

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