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Work type: Full-time
Location: Oshkosh Campus
Categories: Non-Instructional Academic Staff

Official Title: Student Union Director (INTERNAL UW SYSTEM SEARCH ONLY)
Business Title: Director of the Center for Student Engagement and Campus Life
Employment Class: Non-Instructional Academic Staff
FTE: 1.0
Compensation: $80,000 - $90,000
FLSA Status: Exempt
Terms of Employment: Limited Appointment
Position Summary:

This is an internal search that will only consider current UW System employees. 

Under the supervisory purview of the office of the Dean of Students, the Center for Student Engagement and Campus Life (CSECL) serves as the hub for campus engagement and student involvement experiences. The Director oversees and manages personnel, operations, policy, logistics, and strategic planning for the Center. They direct and provide strategic and administrative leadership for the Student Union and commons buildings in the areas of facilities and operations; student engagement and student organizations; and auxiliary services and partnerships.

UW Oshkosh provides a competitive benefits package for all benefit-eligible positions. Click here for more details.

Job Duties:

  • Directly supervise four (4) student engagement program advisors, a building manager, and an administrative assistant. Support the supervision of additional operations staff.
  • Plans, implements, and assesses major campus events.
  • Serves as advisor to the Oshkosh Student Government.
  • Oversees the hiring, training, and supervision of student staff.
  • Develop, revise, and provide counsel on university policies pertaining to the student organization experience.
  • Coordinate on-going professional development for staff within the CSECL. Ensure staff remain connected to relevant developments to support their work with student organizations.
  • Directs strategic planning initiatives and establishes objectives to ensure appropriate use of financial, administrative and staffing resources, and alignment with the strategic plan
  • Oversees the operations, safety and security of Student Union facilities, event services, maintenance, and equipment
  • Exercises supervisory authority, including hiring, transferring, suspending, promoting, managing conduct and performance, discharging, assigning, rewarding, disciplining, and/or approving hours worked of at least 2.0 full-time equivalent (FTE) employees
  • Supervises student engagement initiatives such as student organization management and advising, student governance advising, student programs and activities, and entertainment contracts
  • Serves as the liaison to internal and external stakeholder groups providing organizational information
  • Develops and directs budget and approves unit expenditures
  • Executes and oversees self-operated and/or contracted auxiliary services and operations which may include university dining, bookstore, banking, vending, and other services
  • Fosters a welcoming and inclusive environment to all students, faculty, staff, and guests of the Student Union
  • Serve on division or university-wide committees as needed.
  • Respond to emergency situations within the student organization community.
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Five years of administrative or leadership experience
  • Experience supervising professional staff
  • Applied knowledge of best practices and national trends impacting student involvement, engagement, and leadership development as demonstrated through work history
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Master’s degree preferred
  • Five years of full-time professional work experience in higher education
  • Experience advising student government
To Apply:

Applicants must submit the following documents using the online application:

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • Contact information for three professional references

This is an internal search that will only consider current UW System employees. 

For questions regarding your application and additional options to apply, contact Human Resources at or 920-424-1166.

Application Deadline:

TO ENSURE CONSIDERATION: Applications received by July 5th are ensured full consideration. Applications received after that date may be given consideration at the discretion of the search committee. Application materials will be evaluated and the most qualified applicants will be invited to participate in the next step of the selection process. Incomplete and/or late application materials may not receive consideration.

If you have questions regarding this recruitment, or if you are not able to complete the application online due to a disability or system problem, please contact the Office of Human Resources.

Legal Notices:

AA/EO Statement
The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh (UWO) is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. We strongly encourage women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans to apply. UWO, in compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, or protected veteran status.

DEI Statement
Diversity drives innovation, creativity, and progress. At the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, the culture, identities, life experiences, unique abilities, and talents of every individual contribute to the foundation of our success. Creating and maintaining an inclusive and equitable environment is of paramount importance to us. This pursuit prepares all of us to be global citizens who will contribute to the betterment of the world. We are committed to a university culture that provides everyone with the opportunity to thrive.

Reasonable Accommodations
UWO provides reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities who are employees or applicants for employment. Employment opportunities will not be denied because of the need to make reasonable accommodations for a qualified individual with a disability. If you need assistance or accommodation in applying because of a disability, please contact or 920-424-1166. This job announcement and other material on this site will be made available in alternate formats upon request to an individual with a disability.

Confidentiality of Applicant Materials
UWO is a State agency and subject to Wisconsin's Open Records Law. UWO will not, however, reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing except as may be required by Wisconsin's Open Records law. In certain circumstances, the identities of "final candidates" and/or the identity of the appointed applicant must be revealed upon request.

CBC & Reference Check Policy
All candidates for employment are subject to a pre-employment screening which includes a criminal background check, work authorization, and verification of education. It will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment.

Work Authorization
The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh does not offer H-1B or other work authorization visa sponsorship for this position. Candidates must be legally authorized to work in the United States at the time of hire and maintain work authorization throughout the employment term.

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All candidates for employment are subject to a pre-employment screening which includes a criminal background check, work authorization, and verification of education. It will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment.

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