Assistant Director of Academic-Residential Partnerships for Dining Engagement
Location: Elon, North Carolina
Type: Full Time
The Assistant Director of Academic-Residential Partnerships for Dining Engagement provides visible and strategic leadership to collaborate between Student Life, Academic Affairs, and Dining Services to achieve the university’s goal for engaging students, faculty, and staff with each other through dining experiences.
Elon University is in the midst of a robust campus-wide initiative to integrate the academic, residential, and social aspects of student life and the Assistant Director ensures that engagement through dining is an important element of that integration.
This position will serve as a resource for faculty and staff members to facilitate event planning and partnerships involving unique dining opportunities, identify opportunities to create dining-initiated events that enhance campus programs, and coordinate signature experiences such as College Coffee, Take a Student to Lunch, and the long tables in residential dining facilities. This is an exempt, 12-month position.
Collaboration & Marketing
Serve as a resource for faculty and staff members to facilitate event planning and create linkages between Dining Services and campus academic and administrative units
Identify opportunities to create dining-initiated events, programs, or experiences that enhance cultural programs, heritage months, visiting speakers, and other university intellectual and cultural activities; work with Dining Services and other campus partners to implement these ideas
Maintain strong relationships and meet regularly with leaders and staff of key administrative and academic units that contribute to the residential campus initiative, including but not limited to Residence Life, Dining Services, Auxiliary Services, Student Involvement, Cultural Programs, Core Curriculum, academic departments, and others
Solicit and support student-initiated ideas and activities that enhance intellectual climate and contribute to the integration of academic, residential, and social aspects of student life, working closely with student organizations, including the Student Government Association, cultural groups, fraternities and sororities, and academic organizations
Market “What is Dining Engagement” to the Elon Community and showcase the uniqueness of this position on a college campus
Promote, monitor and assess student, faculty, and staff usage of the “Take a Student to Lunch” and “Student Initiated Dining Engagement (SIDE) Swipes” programs
Coordinate and ensure a robust programming schedule for Life Around the Table and the dining engagement long tables in the residential dining halls
Coordinate the College Coffee program
Financial and Office Management
Establish and monitor annual goals and measures of success for integrating dining, residential, and academic experiences
Allocate meal plans to faculty and staff serving in key roles with the residential neighborhoods (community directors, faculty directors, faculty-in-residence, graduate assistants, LLC advisors, linked course instructors, etc.) and monitor usage
Prepare documents and reports for projects, metrics, meetings and committees
Maintain and track budgets for programmatic events (TASTL, SIDES, College Coffee, etc.)
Serve as a member of the Residential Campus Advisory Committee
Participate upon invitation in meetings of various campus committees that contribute to intellectual climate and the residential campus initiative, including neighborhood associations, Student Life director meetings, joint deans council, academic affairs council, dining advisory committee, common reading committee, and others
Collaborate with the Assistant Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Campus Life, Director of Academic Initiatives for the Residential Campus, and Director of Auxiliary Services on strategic planning initiatives
Be available for occasional weekend or evening work related to student programs and events
Must have a valid North Carolina driver’s license and be insurable by the University’s carrier. Following a conditional offer of employment, Elon conducts motor vehicle record checks on all job applicants who are required to drive a university vehicle as an essential function of their job. Thereafter, a random motor vehicle record check will be conducted annually. Employment is contingent upon successfully passing a motor vehicle record check
Other duties assigned by the Assistant Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Campus Life, Director of Academic Initiatives for the Residential Campus, and Director of Auxiliary Services
Other duties as assigned
Bachelor’s degree required. Master’s degree is preferred.
At least 2-3 years of post-baccalaureate experience preferred
Experience with event planning, particularly on a college/university campus preferred
Familiarity with living learning communities and residentially focused programming with faculty is preferred; experience working with faculty is preferred
Familiarity with dining and catering programs, student life, and university academic culture. Experience working with these areas or with event planning is preferred
Ability to interact effectively with a wide range of university constituencies, including students, university administrators, dining services staff, faculty and staff
Demonstrated commitment to intellectual climate, civic engagement, and diversity
Innovative, entrepreneurial, creative, self-directed, and collaborative
Strong written and oral communication skills
Previous experience working with and providing programs for college students and student groups preferred
Elon has built a national reputation for excellence based on five key factors:
Student-centered: Elon is a close community – students develop strong, mentoring relationships with faculty and staff, with their peers and with alumni.
Globally engaged: You’ll find Elon students engaged in learning in every corner of the world through the university’s top-ranked study abroad program.
Experiential: We learn best through experience, so an Elon education is filled with hands-on learning opportunities in the classroom, in the lab and on the job.
Environment for learning: With one of the nation’s finest residential campuses, Elon provides facilities and learning resources that breed powerful collaboration and spark bold ideas.
Ambitious: Members of our community are restless in all the right ways, unafraid to set high expectations, rising to every challenge and constantly striving to build a better world.
Elon University has built a national reputation as a premier student-centered arts and sciences university that values strong relationships between students and their faculty and staff mentors. Elon is ranked among the top-100 National Universities by U.S. News & World Report, wi...th a No. 1 ranking for excellence in undergraduate teaching and No. 9 for innovation. Global engagement is central to Elon’s experience and the Institute of International Education has ranked the institution No. 1 in the nation for study abroad for 16 straight years.
In addition, Elon is the only university in the nation ranked in the top-20 by U.S. News for excellence in all eight academic programs “Focused on Student Success.” Elon’s more than 7,000 students prepare to become the resilient, ambitious and ethical leaders the world needs, putting their knowledge into action on campus, in the community and around the globe.