Associate Director for Student Activities and Coordinator for Leadership Programs

Associate Director for Student Activities and Coordinator for Leadership Programs

Office of Student Activities

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)


The Associate Director for Student Activities and Coordinator for Leadership Programs serves as an integral part of the Student Activities Office (SAO) team in providing support, advice, and direction to and for MIT students, student activities, clubs, and organizations, particularly in the area of student leadership development. The Associate Director has the primary responsibility of implementing and managing co-curricular and leadership programs for MIT undergraduate and graduate students. In collaboration with the Associate Dean for Student Leadership and Engagement, the Associate Director leads the development of strategies and programmatic initiatives that focus on the area of student leadership, skill development, learning outcomes, and assessment providing an overarching framework for student leaders to engage with; and works with MIT-recognized groups and student governments to strengthen the ongoing visibility and diversity of student-run programs on campus, particularly advising student groups with a leadership development focus. The Associate Director will have an abiding concern for and commitment to serving the diverse needs of the MIT community and the active promotion of an inclusive environment; and foster communication and collaboration between and among students, the staff of the Division of Student Life, and the relevant programs and operations at MIT, particularly those of the Campus Activities Complex (CAC), the Alumni Association, Office of Multicultural Programs, Residential Education, various academic units and Campus Police.



I. Program Development- Supports and advises student organizations and governments, particularly in the area of leadership development; encourages and assists in facilitating students’ efforts to provide a balanced program of social activities that is consistent with the Institute’s educational mission. Specific duties include:

  • Curricular development, facilitation, and assessment of student leadership programs and initiatives such as workshops, retreats and annual events; intentionally and strategically tie efforts to the DSL Leadership Model and learning outcomes and competencies
  • Develop and implement a semester-long emerging leader program for undergraduate and graduate students
  • Responsible for the development, implementation and training curriculum for a leadership development series for student leaders including effective officer transition, cultural competencies, conflict management, negotiation, effective communication, and ethical decision-making
  • Serve as the program coordinator for MIT’s LeaderShape program
  • Serve as coordinator for the Community Catalyst Leadership Program and the How to Adult Professional Development Series; work collaboratively with offices across the Institute in the planning and facilitation of these programs, including the Alumni Association, Office of Graduate Education, International Students Office, Career Development, etc.
  • Advise and attend the Freshman Leadership Program, a student-run pre-orientation program; oversee and develop learning outcomes, activities, and curriculum development
  • Collaborate with SAO staff on coordinating the development, implementation, and training curriculum for a peer advisor program that assists SAO staff with the advisement of 450+ student organizations
  • Assist SAO staff in planning and facilitation of Student Organization Training, including financial and event training
  • Share responsibility with other Student Activities staff for coordination of major campus-wide events organized by, with, or for students and committees (including Spring Weekend, Fall Festival, Day of Play, etc.)
  • Develop and implement a series of workshops and resources available for student leaders on a variety of leadership related topics
  • Assist with advisement of SAO supplemental funding
  • Responsible for the Student Leader Awards that are given during the annual Institute Awards Convocation, directing student group advisement, Freshmen Leadership Program, Graduate Student Leadership Institute, LEF/Arcade – ASA Treasurer advisement, freshmen and sophomore class councils, SAO/DSL leadership programs, Emerging Leaders Program, LeaderShape, MIT L.E.A.D., Diversity Leadership Retreat (collaborate with Office of Multicultural Programs), Community Catalyst Leadership Program


II. Administration – Participate in the collaborative administrative functions of the Student Activities Office. Specific duties include:

  • Assist students through the event registration process by advising and authorizing event requests; participate in improving event-related policies, working closely with Assistant Director of Student Activities and Events
  • Help advise student leaders on their organization’s finances (budgeting, fund-raising, account management), working closely with the Assistant Director for Student Activities Finance
  • Work with the staff of the Student Activities to maintain and develop a resource file through which student groups can obtain relevant information about MIT and local vendor
  • Shares responsibility with other Student Activities staff and student planners for the coordination of activities and events as needed
  • Manage and provide oversight of a leadership programs budget of approximately 200K
  • Other duties as assigned


III. Community Development - Shares responsibility with other Student Activities staff and student planners for the coordination of activities and events as needed


Supervision Received

Direct supervision is received from the Associate Dean for Student Leadership and Engagement on an ongoing basis


Supervision Exercised

Supervision exercised over the Graduate Intern for Student Leadership and student Peer Advisors


Required Qualifications:

  • At least four years of experience in the area of student activities, student leadership and curriculum development, and/or social justice education
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Proven experience and familiarity with delivering data-driven and outcomes-based programs and curricula in the area of student leadership development
  • Experience utilizing current leadership and identity development theories
  • Ability to multitask with attention to detail in a fast-paced environment
  • Experience with and skills in conflict resolution, leadership training, and collaboration
  • Demonstrated commitment to and appreciation for issues of diversity and community with ability to intentionally thread issues of cultural competencies and social justice education within a framework of leadership development
  • Ability to articulate a student activities philosophy and the role of student activities in a high intensity, innovative, and ever-changing academic environment
  • Demonstrated ability to work both independently and as a team member
  • Excellent writing and public speaking skills


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in student personnel and/or higher education
  • Must be able to work a flexible schedule, including evening and weekend hours


To Apply:

Interested candidates may apply online at Please reference job number 15921 and indicate where you saw this posting.


MIT is an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, ancestry, or national or ethnic origin.