Director of Student Affairs

JOB TITLE: Director of Student Affairs

DEPARTMENT: Student Affairs

REPORTS TO: Associate Vice President for Student Affairs


Reporting to the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs, the Director of Student Affairs maintains a visible presence in the University as a resource and leader, building strong relationships and engagement across diverse student populations, ensuring a high standard of service, and collaborating with partners across the campus and in the community to develop student support services, creating and sustaining an environment that is inclusive, supportive, collaborative, and that empowers students to achieve their personal and professional goals. The Director of Student Affairs is responsible for the operational management and administrative direction of the office. This position executes the long-range strategic planning and initiatives overseen by the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs. This position serves in the on-call rotation, as an Administrator on Call, to respond to campus emergencies.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Manages the UArts Care program for students, including processing Care Reports related to financial hardship, housing and food insecurity.
  • Assist in reviewing and resolving Care Report issues.
  • Provides budget oversight and management, invoicing review and processing for payment (with signing privileges) for Student Affairs budget and department revenue budgets.
  • Attend student engagement meetings with directors and coordinators across Student Affairs to foster collaboration and aid in awareness of all student engagement initiatives across Student Affairs.
  • Partner with Marketing to ensure Student Affairs webpages remain on brand and audience focused.
  • Serve as lead supervisor for Student Affairs work study staff.
  • Produce Opening Act, for New Student Orientation with Marketing staff and in partnership with Advancement and Campus Life.
  • Plan and execute the annual UArts Weekend in partnership with Advancement, Marketing, and Student Affairs.
  • Support UArts Day initiative alongside Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Assistant Dean for Student Engagement.
  • Participate in the on-call rotation, as an Administrator On Call, to respond to campus crises as needed.
  • Serve as lead for Commencement and 100 Days event including but not limited to;
      • Partner with Campus Life, Advancement, Marketing, the Provost office, Advising and other campus offices to promote “100 Days” events in coordination with Commencement.
      • Maintain production schedule, chairing meetings between campus staff and vendors.
      • Review technical production needs with venue and outside production staff ensuring details communicated between Enrollment Marketing, President’s Office and Student Affairs. 
      • Reserve commencement venues approximately 2-5 years out.
      • Liaison to Registrar and Provost Offices to ensure academic calendar Commencement dates align.
      • Coordinate with Academic Advising and Registrar's Office to ensure students meet academic graduation requirements. 
      • Confirm students graduating with honors.
      • Order student regalia, honors sashes and cords.
      • Manage and oversee student tickets and regalia pick-up for in-person event.
      • Ensure student and faculty awardees are named and information is relayed to Provost’s office.
      • Reviewing the printed program and Commencement script with the President's Office and Marketing staff.
      • Recruit and train volunteer staff for in-person event.
      • Review budget and process invoices for payment.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by the incumbent; they do not purport to describe all functions.  Incumbent may be assigned other duties, and the essential functions may change from time to time as necessary.


  • Master’s Degree in Higher Education, Education, Student Affairs, or similar area preferred.


  • Master’s Degree in Higher Education, Education, Student Affairs, or similar area preferred or five years relevant experience.
  • Knowledge of applicable laws and regulations regarding policies and records (HIPAA, FERPA, Clery Act, Title IX, ADA, and other legislation regarding students’ rights).

Competencies, Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Demonstrated competency in case management and experience working with college-age students and diverse/multicultural populations.
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks under stress.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with faculty, staff, and community support organizations.
  • Significant knowledge and experience with statistical data collection.
  • Experience with managing department budgets and expenditures.
  • This position requires ability to multitask and work with sensitive, confidential information, to exercise good judgment and discretion.
  • Outstanding interpersonal and relationship skills.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, organizational and time management skills.
  • Ability to work evenings and weekends.
  • Computer skills with social media, Google Suite, Windows, Excel, and Word.
  • Emotional intelligence, integrity, community wide connections and collaboration, adept at local and national resource research, coaching/mentoring, advocacy, competency in diversity, equity and inclusion strategies, facilitative decision making, execution, problem solving, transparency, strategic thinking, long term planning and implementation.

About The University:

University of the Arts’ mission is simple: to advance human creativity. Established in 1876, UArts believes creativity is the most essential skill for success in today’s society and has educated generations of groundbreaking artists, performers, designers and creative leaders for more than 141 years.  After being granted university status in 1987, University of the Arts became the largest institution of its kind in the nation, offering programs in design, fine arts, media arts, crafts, music, dance, theater and writing. It now features 30 undergraduate arts majors, 15 graduate programs and the nation’s first PhD program in Creativity. UArts is also home to innovative centers across disciplines, including the Center for Immersive Media, Lightbox Film Center, Philadelphia Art Alliance and Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery. Learn more about UArts.

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