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Assistant Director of Leadership Development and Student Engagement, Washington and Lee University, Lexington, VA


The Assistant Director for Leadership Development & Student Engagement serves as a primary support for our Advanced Immersion and Mentoring initiative and aids in the coordination of collaborative leadership endeavors across and beyond student affairs. This position will assist with mentoring students from historically underrepresented populations during their participation in the AIM Scholars Summer Program and upon their return to campus. He/she will also develop and facilitate student programs, advise student leaders, and support ongoing partnerships with faculty and staff.

A successful candidate will possess excellent interpersonal and communication skills, strong organizational skills, the ability to manage multiple priorities, and the desire to work and communicate effectively with a diverse range of students, faculty, and staff.

Essential and Related Functions:

  • Organizes and leads the student affairs schedule for the Advanced Immersion and Mentoring Scholars Summer Program.
  • Facilitates leadership development workshops and discussions for students of varied backgrounds during the AIM scholars summer program and throughout the academic year.
  • Supports the AIM leadership team and manages related logistics and communication as needed.
  • Collaborates intentionally on programming with the Office of Inclusion and Engagement.
  • Co-advises the LEAD Program; a comprehensive program anchored by a strong foundation of student development theory and practice. This includes the advisement of a five to seven person student leadership team, partnership with 10+ program partners, content refinement, and facilitation.
  • Collaborates with students, faculty, and staff to plan, market, and host the annual LEAD Banquet.
  • Manages the leadership development budget by analyzing expenditures, preparing reports, and monitoring levels.
  • Additional/other duties as assigned.

Required Competencies:

  • Strategic Thinking - Keeps the University's strategic objectives in mind when developing and contributing to plans and initiatives for own work group. Is able to explain the link between team goals and the University's strategic direction to work group. Makes informed decisions based on a clear understanding of the impact and consequences involved. Considers key financial factors (e.g., budget, revenue, resources) when making decisions.
  • Change Adaptability - Stays focused on own work and responsibilities in a changing work environment. Is able to quickly reprioritize to ensure resources (e.g., work group members, systems, tools, etc.) are in place to achieve change objectives. Responds positively and is supportive of change initiatives.
  • Communication and Networking - Articulates thoughts clearly and is able to offer logical arguments to gain acceptance of an idea in a positive manner. Consistently communicates to work group and/or supervisor ensuring that everybody is well informed. Proactively builds informal networks at own level and uses them to drive results within own work group.
  • Drive for Results - Seeks to identify specific improvements or opportunities to combine duplicate efforts to increase efficiency. Takes personal responsibility for seeing tasks and assignments through to completion. Sets high standards for work/deadlines and demonstrates a drive to deliver quality work within the allotted time.
  • Self Development and Motivating Others - Establishes productive working relationships by actively participating in meetings and activities. Listens carefully, encourages and accepts other points of view. Seeks work group input and encourages their participation and involvement. Stays informed on events, trends and other developments in own field of work (e.g., regulations, policies, standards and practices).


Bachelor’s degree required. Prefer a master’s degree is in counseling, higher education, student personnel or a related degree or combination of education and experience from which a similar skill set would be derived. A demonstrated understanding of student development, individual and group collaboration, and advisement of students. Experience working with students from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds is advantageous.

Strong facilitation skills and being able to work some evening and weekend hours.

Common application knowledge or technical skills required include: Windows operating system, Informer, database management, website design, and Microsoft programs including: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access and Outlook.

Skills that may encourage strong job performance include:

  • Teamwork and Collaboration - Ability to work with others across the university to achieve a common goal.
  • Self-Starter - Ability to recognize role and responsibilities and take appropriate action without constant supervision.
  • Critical Observation - Ability to interpret relevant data and utilize it to create action plans both in this role and throughout the department.
  • Problem Solving - Ability to use experience, creativity, information, and available resources to analyze issues and participate in practical and measurable solutions.
  • Communication Skills - Ability to express themselves well, orally or in writing, and communicate as necessary for job function with superiors and peers.
  • Flexibility/Multitasking - Ability to efficiently manage and prioritize multiple goals and tasks.
  • Adaptability - Ability to learn new skills or tools and adapt these to the changing needs of the organization and departments.
  • Conflict Resolution - Ability to actively listen and seek to understand students, colleagues, and supervisors, and act in a way which resolves issues in an expedient manner.

Physical Requirements:

  • Fingering: Picking, pinching, typing or otherwise working, primarily with fingers rather than with whole hand or arm as in handling.
  • Grasping: Applying pressure to an object with the fingers and palm.
  • Repetitive motions: Making substantial movements (motions) of the wrists, hands, and/or fingers.

Working Conditions: The worker is not substantially exposed to adverse environmental conditions (as in typical office or administrative work).

Types of Work: Sedentary work. Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects, including the human body. Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time. Jobs are sedentary if walking and standing are required only occasionally and all other sedentary criteria are met.

Additional Information:

STATUS: Full-Time, 12 Month, With Benefits
WORK HOURS: Monday-Friday 8:30-5:00 (academic year) with occasional evenings and weekends
FLSA: Exempt
MINIMUM PAY: $50,467 (salary commensurate with experience)

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

Washington and Lee is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  As such, we are interested in candidates who are committed to high standards of scholarship, performance and professionalism and to the development of a campus climate that supports equality and diversity in our faculty, staff and student body. Job description requirements are representative, but not all‐inclusive of the knowledge, skill, and abilities needed to successfully perform this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

Statement of Commitment to Diversity

Washington and Lee affirms that diverse perspectives and backgrounds enhance our community. We are committed to the recruitment, enrichment, and retention of students, faculty, and staff who embody many experiences, cultures, points of view, interests, and identities. As engaged citizens in a global and diverse society, we seek to advance a positive learning and working environment for all through open and substantive dialogue. 

Application Instructions

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