Assistant Director for Student Activities, Leadership, and Commuter Life

The College of Mount Saint Vincent is an academically excellent, authentically inclusive, Catholic and ecumenical liberal arts college with approximately 1,500 undergraduate students and 300 graduate students, located in the Riverdale section of the Bronx, New York City. Our beautiful 70-acre campus of rolling lawns and wooded hills overlooking the Hudson River is just 12 miles from midtown Manhattan.

Job Description
The Assistant Director for Student Activities, Leadership, and Commuter Life is a full time professional staff position that will manage the department in programs designed to foster student learning, development, enhance community building, and promote student satisfaction and retention. The Assistant Director supervises a full-time Student Activities Coordinator, plans, implements, and assesses campus wide programming and advises student organizations in planning, implementing, and assessing programs. The Assistant Director participates in and contributes to the initiatives and programs as part of the Division of Student Affairs.

Reporting to the Assistant Dean of Students, this 12-month, live-on position will require both evening and weekend work.


  • Supports students and student organizations in the development and implementation of a vibrant and diverse set of co-curricular programs that support and enhance student life at the College
  • Supervises one full-time professional direct report and a staff of 12-15 student employees
  • Participates in the recruitment, development, and evaluation of professional and student staff
  • Provides leadership and management to the day to day operations of the Student Activities office; including, Student Government Association, Campus Activities Board, 40+ clubs and organizations, Commuter Life and campus wide programming
  • Serves as direct advisor to the senior and sophomore classes
  • Advises classes, student clubs and organizations and works closely with the Assistant Dean in the recognition process of clubs, developing and monitoring club budgets, which include student activity fee allocations, expenditures, and fundraising accounts
  • Manages a programming budget of $400,000+
  • Reviews all contracts, invoices and purchase orders as it pertains to campus programming
  • Assists in the coordination of major campus wide programming; Homecoming, Spring Concert, Founders Day and Senior Week
  • Oversees departmental leadership development initiatives; including, Leadership Weekend, DREAM Weekend, and PhinLeads Leadership Development Series
  • Assist in the planning and implementing of New Student Orientation; recruit, train, and supervise Orientation Leaders
  • Promotes student advocacy, diversity, involvement, inclusivity in developing and mentoring student leaders

Department and Division Responsibilities

  • Lead and attend weekly staff meetings, one-on-one meetings, in-service training sessions, and assigned committees
  • Participate as departmental and division team member
  • Participate in Admission Open Houses and Accepted Students Days
  • Serve as on call administrator for emergency management along with the Associate Director of Housing and Residence Life and Assistant Dean of Students
  • Assume other responsibilities assigned by the Assistant Dean of Students


  • A Master’s degree required in student personnel in higher education, student affairs, business or a related field
  • 3-5 years of progressive, professional experience within a college or university setting in the areas of Student Affairs or Student Activities
  • Demonstrate skills in advising a diverse group of students
  • Possess the ability to work collaboratively and have knowledge of student development theory practices
  • Have experience supervising professional staff members

This is a full-time, 12-month live-in position with a competitive salary and benefits, including an unfurnished one-bedroom apartment, meal plan and on-campus parking.

Application Process
All qualified applicants are subject to a background check as part of the final approval process. Applicants must send a cover letter, resume, and a list of three references who can speak to your professional qualifications by email to

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until filled.

We thank all applicants for their interest in the College of Mount Saint Vincent; only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

College of Mount Saint Vincent is committed to providing equal opportunity, employment, and advancement opportunities to all individuals. The College of Mount Saint Vincent does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, marital status, amnesty, or any other characteristic protected by Federal, State, or Local Laws.