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Associate Director

Appalachian State University
Job Location:
Boone, North Carolina
Student Affairs and Services
Boone NC

Faculty Rank: Yes

Provide Rank: Adjunct Instructor

Position Number: 044311

Department: Community Engaged Leadership - 335300

Description of University
Appalachian State University, in North Carolina's Blue Ridge Mountains, prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The transformational Appalachian experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, and embrace diversity and difference. As one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina system, Appalachian enrolls more than 20,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.

Minimum Qualifications
  • Master's degree in Leadership Studies, Student Affairs, Higher Education or a related area
  • 5 years of full-time professional experience in higher education
  • Demonstrable experience with and knowledge of current best practices in leadership education and programming on a college campus required.
  • Demonstrated experience with engagement and advising of students in a co-curricular university setting
  • Demonstrated experience as a classroom instructor
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion

  • Experience with supervising and developing graduate-level and/or full-time staff members to accomplish personal and organizational goals.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience as a classroom instructor of Leadership Education
  • Doctorate Degree in Leadership Studies, Higher Educational Leadership, or related field.
  • Demonstrated supervision experience of graduate student staff and/or full time staff.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Appalachian State University is located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina and offers a challenging academic environment, energetic campus life, and breathtaking location. Appalachian combines the best attributes of a small liberal arts college with those of a large research university. Known for its value, affordability, and commitment to sustainability, Appalachian enrolls over 20,000 students and offers more than 140 undergraduate and graduate majors. Small classes and close interactions between faculty and students create a strong sense of community, which has become an Appalachian hallmark. Appalachian, located in Boone, N.C., is one of 16 universities in the University of North Carolina system.

Division of Student Affairs
The Division of Student Affairs at Appalachian State University directs its educational efforts at fostering the intellect and character of students by integrating in-class and co-curricular experiences. To accomplish this, the University provides a broad range of educational experiences through programs and activities that complement and support the academic experience in the classroom. Although the primary focus of these activities is to advance student learning, they also provide needed services, support, and recreational opportunities to help students meet the challenges of college and to enhance the quality of student life. The Division of Student Affairs has been organized to achieve these aspects of the University's mission. Student life is the focus of the programs and activities of the Division.

Community-Engaged Leadership is structured as a part of the Division of Student Affairs. The Mission of Community-Engaged Leadership is to engage students in academic, experiential, and community-oriented programs that enhance their capacity to serve and lead in socially-responsible ways for the benefit of their local and global communities. Our team recognizes that the development of the whole student is achieved through in-class learning and out-of-class experiences provided through programs designed to enhance cultural, intellectual, leadership, personal, and professional development. When afforded these opportunities for engagement and learning, students will graduate from the institution with a better understanding of themselves, their peers, and their responsibilities as part of a larger community.

Appalachian State University is seeking an energetic and visionary leader to serve as Associate Director within the Department of Community-Engaged Leadership. This role serves both as a full-time, professional staff and as adjunct faculty within the Reich College of Education. The Associate Director provides oversight to the leadership education and leadership programming efforts for the office, both directly and indirectly through the supervision of two full-time staff. The Associate Director will direct the Leadership Studies Minor and accompanying experiential opportunities through data-informed practice along with collaborative strategic planning. This person will understand today's college students, create space for students to engage in meaningful and purposeful dialogue, provide a developmental and educational context for campus programming and represent the office to external constituencies and stakeholders.

Duties and Responsibilities Include:

  • Direction and oversight of relevant curricular and co-curricular initiatives
  • Serve as Director of the academic Leadership Studies Minor through the Reich College of Education
  • Serve as co-director of Plemmons Leadership Scholars, a 4-year community and leadership based scholarship program
  • Supervise two Assistant Directors who are, in turn, responsible for oversight of co-curricular leadership experiences such as workshops, conferences, extended orientation, and a living-learning community
  • Develop and nurture relationships with adjunct instructors and campus partners
  • Teach 2 classes per semester in the Leadership Studies Minor
  • Contribute to CEL department initiatives and operations including weekly meetings, annual reports, assessment, retreats, and award nominations.
  • Select, train, and supervise one Graduate Assistant; supervise graduate student Teaching Assistants and internships as needed
  • Work with the department's director on the management of budget
  • Ensure proper safety and liability processes involved in all programs and events
  • Utilize research, theories, models, and standards in the leadership field to design robust and inclusive curriculum for curricular and co-curricular experiences
  • Integrate diverse scholarship and critical pedagogy into leadership education efforts
Type of Position: Full Time Position

Staff/Non-Faculty: Staff/Non-Faculty

Appointment Type: 1.0

Work Schedule/Hours
8:00-5:00 p.m. - variable schedule including occasional evening and weekend

Number of Hours Per Week: 40

Number of Months Per Year: 12

Mandatory Staff: Yes

Suggested Salary Range: $63,000-$67,000

Physical Demands of Position
  • Feeling. Perceiving attributes of objects, such as size, shape, temperature or texture by touching with skin, particularly that of fingertips.
  • Talking. Expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word. Those activities in which they must convey detailed or important spoken instructions to other workers accurately, loudly, or quickly.
  • Hearing. Perceiving the nature of sounds at normal speaking levels with or without correction. Ability to receive detailed information through oral communication, and to make the discriminations in sound.
Posting Date: 05/04/2022

Open Until Filled: Yes

Evaluation of Applications Begins

Proposed Date of Hire: 08/01/2022

Special Instructions to Applicants
Please attach required documents:
Cover Letter
Resume (or Curriculum Vitae)
Philosophy of Teaching Statement

Optional documents to attach:
List of References and contact information or list a minimum of 3 professional references in the application profile.

Search Chair Name
Brandon Nelson

Search Chair Email

Disability Accommodation Information
Individuals with disabilities may request accommodations in the application process by contacting Maranda Maxey, Director & ADA/504 Coordinator, at 828-262-3056 or

AA/EEO Statement
Appalachian State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. The University does not discriminate in access to its educational programs and activities, or with respect to hiring or the terms and conditions of employment, on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity and expression, political affiliation, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information or sexual orientation.

Important Contacts:

Director of Human Resources/EEO Officer
Office of Human Resources
330 University Hall Dr.
Boone, NC 28608
(828) 262-3187

Office of Title IX Compliance
123 I.G. Greer Hall
Boone, NC 28608
(828) 262-2144

ADA/504 Coordinator & Office of Disability Resources Director
Office of Disability Resources
224 Joyce Lawrence Lane/Suite 112 Anne Belk Hall
Boone, NC 28608
(828) 262-3056

Diversity and Inclusion at Appalachian
We at Appalachian State University are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence both locally and globally.

We understand that the successful implementation of diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence is the responsibility of the entire university community, including alumni and official university governing bodies. A diverse campus community supports an influx of broad and distinct ideas that increase learning opportunities and strengthen the impact of our community as we work collectively to achieve a just experience for all.

We actively encourage, support, and promote a global mindset and an equitable environment where all will know that they belong and are safe to express their culture, identity, values, ideas, opinions, and creativity. We are committed to creating a culture of equity opportunity for all, one that has an expectation of fairness, justice, and equity-minded practice at all levels of the university community.

Background Check Statement
Any offer of employment to a successful candidate will be conditioned upon the University's receipt of a satisfactory criminal background report.

Eligibility for Employment
Proper documentation of identity and eligibility for employment will be required before the hiring process can be completed.  This position may or may not be eligible for H-1B sponsorship; EHRA positions are evaluated on a case-by-case basis. To request further information about sponsorship for this position, please contact International Student and Scholar Services and Outreach at

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