Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, the nation’s oldest and among the top-ranked private, technological research universities, seeks an accomplished leader to serve as the Director of the Rensselaer Union.
Under the leadership of President Shirley Ann Jackson, Ph.D., Rensselaer offers degrees from five schools: Engineering; Science; Architecture; Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences; and, the Lally School of Management, as well as an interdisciplinary degree in Information Technology. Institute programs serve undergraduates, graduate students and working professionals around the world. Rensselaer offers more than 145 programs at the bachelor’s, masters and doctoral levels. The university provides rigorous, engaging, interactive learning environments and campus-wide opportunities for leadership, collaboration and creativity.
The University currently enrolls 5,539 undergraduates and 1,166 graduate students in residential programs.
With this mission, and an ongoing commitment to meeting the goals and priorities outlined within the Rensselaer Plan 2024, one of the institute’s highest priorities is Clustered Learning, Advocacy, and Support for Students (CLASS). CLASS is the Rensselaer model for distinctive student engagement that is predicated on clustering as the mechanism for student growth and transformation.
Through CLASS, students are connected to a network of faculty, staff, and other students who provide support, guidance, challenge and opportunity. The Director will have the opportunity to develop programs to further advance the transformative student experience at Rensselaer.
About the Position
Reporting to the Assistant Vice President and Dean of Students, the Director of the Rensselaer Union directs the student programs, events, and activities of the Union. The incumbent, in the management of a student operated program, directs a professional and administrative support staff, and advises an Executive Board of the Union, led by students, and other student government organization leaders in developing proactive and comprehensive student activity programs; marketing the programs and events; developing and managing fiscal-year operating budget; developing policies and security protocols; and managing non-residential facilities.
More specific responsibilities include:
• Oversee annual planning within the Union, in conjunction with the Rensselaer Union Executive Board and Student Senate. Ensure these objectives are included in the fiscal year performance planning process for the Division of Student Life.
• Implement proactive and comprehensive short and long-term initiatives that are designed to strengthen Rensselaer Union programs, activities and events.
• Manage an operating budget of $3 million and ensure fiscal responsibility for decisions regarding all expenditures and develops and implements expenditure tracking and controls, oversee preparation of quarterly performance and budget reports, and initiate appropriate cost containment measures as necessary.
• Assure the management of all non-residential facilities which includes space scheduling, repair and preventive maintenance for not only “the Union” but also the Playhouse, Academy Hall Gym and Auditorium, the Family Student Center, the Mueller Center and a number of other facilities that are used by student clubs and organizations.
• Provide direction and administrative support to student led organizations and clubs; advises student government in the development and implementation of policies and procedures; security protocols for non-residential facilities; provide strategic programs in the area of diversity, community service, community relations, student leadership development, student activities, performing arts; and other areas vital to the personal growth, academic excellence, and global leadership for a transformative student experience.
• Develop and implement a comprehensive marketing program to increase the engagement and participation of students in the programs, activities and events of the Rensselaer Union.
• Consult with the Division of DotCIO in the implementation of information technology, networks and servers for the Rensselaer Union.
• Partner with the Division of Administration in the preventive maintenance, repairs and renovations of non-residential facilities; and in the food services operations and services.
• Work collaboratively with the Director of Athletics and the Director of EMPAC to either offer or ensure student activities and events and that the events and activities are coordinated when held in the East Campus Athletics Village; Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center the Houston Field House and/or the Rensselaer Union.