Director of Student Activities
Office of Student Activities
Division of Student Affairs


The Director provides leadership and vision, strategic direction, policy development, budget management, and oversight for the various areas and functions of the Office of Student Activities. The Director is responsible for the development and assessment of co-curricular programs/services designed to promote student learning and leadership, advance student success, and ensure a vibrant campus social life. The office supports clubs and organizations, assists students in creating a diverse and engaging calendar of events, and oversees the spaces dedicated to student programming. The Director provides guidance and supervision for professional staff members at the assistant director, program coordinator, and administrative assistant levels. The Director serves as a senior member of the student affairs staff. Multicultural competence and experience working with students of difference is an important component of this position.


  • Establish a vision for the office that incorporates best practices in student activities within the Colleges' mission.
  • Promote an office environment and establish policies and procedures that support students' development through their participation in clubs and organizations and their creation of an engaging calendar of events.
  • Work collaboratively with other offices and groups to support institutional and Student Affairs objectives.
  • Provide leadership to fraternities to ensure that the fraternity system reflects national trends and the mission of the Colleges.
  • Advise the responsible student bodies in the allocation and distribution of student activity fee fund.
  • Oversee administration of student social spaces.
  • Serve as a member of the senior staff emergency on-call system.
  • Assist in planning of First Year Orientation.
  • Supervise the operation of the office including budgets, staffing, and office policies.
  • Manage salary and operating budget of approximately $500,000.


Experience and understanding of the core values associated with a residential, liberal arts campus. A demonstrated commitment to healthy and enjoyable working relationships with others. A master's degree in Higher Education administration, College Student Personnel, Counseling or a related field with five or more years of experience in higher education. Preference will be given to candidates with experience and expertise working with diverse constituents.


This is a full-time, 12-month, benefits-eligible administrative salaried (exempt) position. Normal hours of work are 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Weekend and evening hours may be necessary. Professional development monies are also available. This position description is not all-inclusive, as other tasks or responsibilities may be assigned.


Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Interested applicants should send a cover letter, resume and the names with contact information for three references to:

Office of Human Resources
Hobart and William Smith Colleges
337 Pulteney Street
Geneva, NY 14456

Or by email to: ferran@hws.edu


Hobart and William Smith Colleges are committed to attracting and supporting faculty and staff that fully represent the racial, ethnic, and cultural diversity of the nation and actively seek applications from under-represented groups. The Colleges do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, marital status, national origin, age, disability, veteran's status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression or any other protected status.

Founded as Hobart College for men and William Smith College for women, Hobart and William Smith Colleges today are a highly selective residential liberal arts institution with a single administration, faculty and curriculum but separate dean’s offices, student governments, athletic programs and traditions.  The Colleges are located in a small diverse city in the Finger Lakes region of New York State.  With an enrollment of approximately 2,000, the Colleges offer 62 different majors and minors from which students choose two areas of concentration, one of which must be an interdisciplinary program.  Creative and extensive programs of international study and public service are also at the core of the Colleges’ mission.