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MDI Student Director

Job Title:  Student Director

Department:  Men's Development Institute

Length of Position: Academic Year (10-12 hours of work/study compensation); Potential to hold position for two years consecutively.

Function/Description of the Position:
The primary role of the Student Director is to lead and manage daily operations of the Men's Development Institute in support of the mission of St. John's University. The Student Director will supervise student employees who together will set goals, manage the programming and marketing sides of the Institute in compliance with our mission. The Student Director will ensure that tasks are completed at a professional level and act as main line of communication between students and administration on behalf of the Institute. He will seek new and appropriate growth ventures for the Institute that will not only attract students but will also enhance the overall ethos and status of the Institute.

Necessary to this position is the ability to work collaboratively with a diverse group of constituents. The ideal candidate is a self-initiator needing minimal supervision and open to being mentored. Due to the structure of MDI, the director is responsible for reporting to the staff advisor regarding the budget, event coordination, and future direction of the Institute. Excellent communication, organizational, and leadership skills are required along with knowledge and background in gender studies.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Be present during hours of service to monitor the operation, address staff concerns, as well as ensure quality and quantity of work produced by the staff.
  • Schedule and conduct monthly Advisory Board meeting to ensure connection of the Institute to current trends in gender issues/programming in the greater campus community.
  • Complete selected readings and books to further knowledge deemed useful in success as the Student Director.
  • Meet regularly with the MDI's advisor to discuss current projects, programs, and any developing problems and issues.
  • Maintain and expand both the knowledge and the presence of the MDI within the campus community by actively generating and sharing ideas with campus partners.
  • Maintain records, archives, and assessments regarding programming of MDI each semester.
  • Actively participate on committees and be involved with the administration of the institutions on topics pertaining to the MDI.
  • Research new ventures.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Excellent organization, time management, and critical thinking skills.
  • Background in gender studies and an interest in learning more about gender.
  • Experience in leadership of people and projects.
  • Ability to take initiative and work with indirect supervision.
  • Ability to adapt to changing needs and priorities.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with students, faculty, staff, and departments regarding issues related to gender on campus and programming opportunities in the MDI.
  • Remain unbiased and open to all ends of the spectrum.
  • Attentive to detail and able to verify accuracy of information.
  • Knowledge regarding the college, its facilities, organizations, and activities.
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office applications.
  • Strong willingness to learn.

Currently Held:
Ben Leighton 
[email protected]
612-845-1233