Associate Director for Leadership Programs

The Associate Director for Leadership Programs serves as a senior leader in the Department of Campus Activities providing leadership and vision for the Leadership Programs unit. The Leadership Programs unit is responsible for providing leadership development for the students of Western Carolina University. The unit is comprised of the Associate Director, an Assistant Director for Leadership Programs, and a Graduate Assistant.

The Associate Director for Leadership Programs will bring an informed perspective on leadership development for college students and be able to lead the unit in creating new and innovative initiatives and programs.

Current initiatives of the unit include the Cat Camp Leadership Exploration (an extended orientation experience focusing on personal development), Freshman Leadership Initiative (a two semester living-learning community focusing on leadership development), and Whee Lead (a one day leadership conference for all students). The unit also partners closely with the academic Leadership Minor to recruit and train instructors and promote the minor. Members of the unit serve as course instructors for the Leadership Minor as posted in job descriptions and as approved annually by the Director of Campus Activities.

Master's degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs or similar, discipline. 3-5 years of full-time experience in campus activities, leadership programs or similar area. Experience teaching multiple 2-3 credit hour courses centered around leadership theory or development. Experience supervising staff in a higher education setting.

Experience managing and leading change in an organization. Understanding of current trends and issues in higher education leadership development programming. Experience supervising full-time, master's-level staff in a higher education setting.

For more information please contact: Bryant Barnett (Search Committee Chair), 828-227-7303 or

Western Carolina University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, and veteran status, consistent with applicable federal, state and local laws, regulations, and policies, and the policies of The University of North Carolina. Additionally, the University promotes the realization of equal employment opportunity for minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and veterans through its affirmative action program.

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