Careers at NASPA

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  • Assistant Director of Professional Development

    Summary

    The Assistant Director of Professional Development (ADPD) provides leadership, management, and support for the production and implementation of a select portfolio of educational conferences. The ADPD provides oversight for the development of learning content that is consistent with the mission, vision, and strategic goals of NASPA. This position will work with volunteer members to develop and implement professional development events such as, but not limited to: Mid-Level Administrators Conference; Assessment, Persistence, and Data Analytics Conference; Latin American and Caribbean Conference; International Symposium, and other conferences as assigned. This role will guide cross-departmental teams (such as a meeting manager, marketing coordinator, or sponsorship team member) across a range of other departments to drive project outcomes and team success.                                                                                                                                        

    In addition, this role will be responsible for supporting NASPA’s Latin American and Caribbean Area Advisory Board (LAC), providing high-level support to advance the association’s promotion and support of student affairs globalization. The ADPD will be responsible for coordinating and supporting all LAC initiatives such as, but not limited to: FIDAE, and LAC live-briefing series and other initiatives. Lastly, the ADPD will support the live-briefing series for the Middle East, North Africa, and South Africa (MENASA) Advisory Board. The assistant director will support member volunteers to ensure that international perspectives are considered in all of NASPA’s programs, publications, and initiatives. 

    Reports To: 

    Assistant Vice President for Professional Development 

    Supervises:

    Not applicable

    Specific Responsibilities of the Position

    Event Management/Logistics

    • Serve as the lead NASPA coordinator in the planning, implementation, and assistance of the following conferences and symposia: Mid-Level Administrators Conference; Assessment, Persistence, and Data Analytics Conference; Latin American and Caribbean Conference; International Symposium; Foro Internacional de Asuntos Estudiantiles (FIDAE); and other conferences as assigned.
    • Develop and reconcile program budgets while monitoring financial performance through forecasting and revenue projections;
    • Guide cross-functional teams responsible for marketing, customer service, logistical support, and sponsorship solicitation;
    • Communicate regularly with volunteer members, often including high-level executives and outside organizations, to develop impactful educational content delivery;
    • Review hotel/venue logistics to ensure program success;
    • Collaborate with marketing and communications to write and edit all aspects of conference collateral to include event websites, digital and print marketing, and social media/blog postings;
    • Assist in the planning and development of additional NASPA conferences, workshops, and institutes as needed;
    • Support the NASPA Annual Conference through means such as, but not limited to: oversee a conference sub-committee; contribute to program review and selection; and, serve as an advocate for international education.                                                                                                                                   

    Volunteer Management

    • Serve as liaison for Latin American and Caribbean Area and other groups as assigned.
    • Facilitate leadership training and volunteer management for teams of volunteers across the country to generate content and engagement opportunities;
    • Oversee volunteer conference planning committees comprised of members from across the country to develop enriching content for conference portfolio;
    • Act as a communications liaison to one or more NASPA Knowledge Communities, ensuring members are connected, knowledgeable, and accountable; and
    • Serve as a primary resources for member inquiries related to portfolio of conferences and overall association details. 

    Qualifications​

    • Master’s degree required. Educational background in student development, higher education administration, or leadership development is preferred.
    • Conversational Spanish proficiency preferred.
    • Two years of volunteer (subject matter experts) management experience is preferred.
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills are required.
    • Experience interacting professionally with high-level executives and organizations is preferred.
    • Superior customer service skills are required.
    • Adept ability to successfully managing multiple projects with an eye for details under strict timelines is required;
    • Proactive, highly motivated, and collaborative nature required.
    • Excellent ability to establish, build, and maintain interpersonal relationships is preferred.
    • Tech savvy –significant knowledge of Microsoft Office products and the ability to learn computer and database functionality quickly is required. 

    Office Location/Working Conditions/Physical Requirements

    This position is located in the NASPA Washington, D.C. Office with the option for occasional work from a remote location. The person in this role will primarily be office-based with primary work on a computer, including phone, email, and video conferencing.

    Occasional overnight travel to NASPA events is expected during which the position may be expected to complete set-up and stand for longer periods of time than usual, traveling by air and ground transportation. This person in this position will be required to routinely pack program materials for shipment, including moving potentially heavy boxes.

    Employment Status

    Full-time Exempt

    To Apply

    Please submit resume, cover letter, and writing sample to Tiki Ayiku, Assistant Vice President for Professional Development at [email protected]. Please indicate “Assistant Director of Professional Development” in the subject line. Materials received by Friday, December 14th will receive priority consideration but review will continue until the position is filled. 

    About NASPA

    NASPA is the leading association for the advancement, health, and sustainability of the student affairs profession. We serve a full range of professionals who provide programs, experiences, and services that cultivate student learning and success in concert with the mission of our colleges and universities. Established in 1918 and founded in 1919, NASPA comprises more than 16,000 members in all 50 states, 29 countries, and 8 U.S. Territories.  

    Through high-quality professional development, strong policy advocacy, and substantive research to inform practice, NASPA meets the diverse needs and invests in realizing the potential of all its members under the guiding principles of integrity, innovation, inclusion, and inquiry. 

    NASPA members serve a variety of functions and roles, including the vice president and dean for student life, as well as professionals working within housing and residence life, student unions, student activities, counseling, career development, orientation, enrollment management, racial and ethnic minority support services, and retention and assessment.

    NASPA is an equal opportunity employer. NASPA does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, gender identity, gender expression, affectional or sexual orientation, or disability in any of its policies, programs, and services.

  • Assistant Director of Advising Initiatives

    Summary 

    NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA) is engaged in a multi-year project to help institutions improve their advising practices through a newly-developed Advising Solution Network. The mission of the network is to help scale the adoption of advising and student supports to ensure equitable outcomes for institutions and students. Building on past efforts and research, the network seeks to expand the notion of holistic advising to a broader set of higher education institutions.

    The Assistant Director will work closely with the Director of Advising Initiatives to advance NASPA’s efforts in helping institutions provide more timely, effective, and holistic advising support to students. This position will also support the execution of grant activities and help create and manage communications with key stakeholders, consultants, and NASPA members.

    Reports To:

    Director of Advising Initiatives

    Specific Responsibilities of the Position 

    • Supports the implementation of a five-year grant to develop assets and implementation guides for high-quality advising;
    • Helps manage a network of associations and organizations that will help two- and four-year institutions scale their advising solutions;
    • Researches and provides insights on current advising trends and processes;
    • Assists in the development of new tools and resources to support institutions’ advising reform efforts;
    • Works collaboratively with partner associations, organizations, and institutions on key grant activities and affairs;
    • Coordinates, tracks, and supports the development of key grant deliverables and transactions;
    • Manages logistics and helps facilitate meetings ;
    • Works with Director of Advising Initiatives and NASPA leadership to help develop and deliver presentations to local and national audiences;
    • Authors publications, blog posts, and other commentary for multiple audiences;
    • Develops and maintains print, web, and social media content in collaboration with NASPA's Communications and Marketing department and external consultants; and,
    • Completes other duties as assigned.

    Qualifications

    • Master’s degree preferred, ideally with experience in higher education or student affairs with at least 2 years of relevant experience; or a bachelor’s degree and at least 3-5 years of relevant experience;
    • Experience in working in an on-campus advising and/or student success center preferred;
    • Experience in meeting and event planning preferred;
    • Knowledge of current advising strategies, particularly approaches that are data-informed and technology-driven;
    • An entrepreneurial spirit that is adaptable to a fast-paced, diverse, dynamic, and results-oriented culture; 
    • Strong communication skills with an emphasis on written communication in a variety of mediums;
    • Strong analytical and research skills and a high tolerance for detail with the ability to convey complex concepts in a clear, concise, and logical manner;
    • Ability to work independently and as part of a team; and,
    • Proficiency in the use of computers and application software in a networked environment.

    Office Location/Working Conditions/Physical Requirements

    The position is located in NASPA’s Washington, DC office. However, competitive candidates may have the option to work from a remote location. 

    This position is primarily office-based with regular and continuous work on a computer, including phone, email, and video conferencing.

    Regular overnight travel expected to attend meetings and present work, during which the position may be expected to travel from city to city by air and ground transportation. 

    Employment Status

    This is a full-time, exempt position contingent upon continued grant funding for the project. 

    About NASPA

    NASPA is the leading association for the advancement, health, and sustainability of the student affairs profession. We serve a full range of professionals who provide programs, experiences, and services that cultivate student learning and success in concert with the mission of our colleges and universities. Established in 1918 and founded in 1919, NASPA comprises more than 16,000 members in all 50 states, 29 countries, and 8 U.S. Territories.  

    Through high-quality professional development, strong policy advocacy, and substantive research to inform practice, NASPA meets the diverse needs and invests in realizing the potential of all its members under the guiding principles of integrity, innovation, inclusion, and inquiry.

    NASPA members serve a variety of functions and roles, including the vice president and dean for student life, as well as professionals working within housing and residence life, student unions, student activities, counseling, career development, orientation, enrollment management, racial and ethnic minority support services, and retention and assessment.

    NASPA is an equal opportunity employer. NASPA does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, gender identity, gender expression, affectional or sexual orientation, veteran status, or disability in any of its policies, programs, and services.