Human Resources

Associate Director - Gates Center for Leadership and Personal Growth

June 10, 2024

The Associate Director provides training, guidance, and support to officers and members of all student organizations on campus.  The Associate Director is responsible for executing a variety of programs and co-curricular activities that promote involvement in campus life, foster leadership development, and support student success. This is a 12-month, full-time position that reports to the Associate Dean of Students and Director of the Gates Center for Leadership and Personal Growth.



  • Support to clubs and organizations
    • Serve as primary contact for 70+ student organizations on campus.
    • Provide regular training and support in the areas of institutional processes and procedures, program planning, organization management, and member transition.
    • Oversee the Student Organization Event Request process.
    • Manage the Student Organization Recognition Process.
    • Maintain student organization membership records and share data with relevant campus departments.
    • Serve as co-advisor to Club Council and the Student Activities Finance Board.
    • Facilitate student organization advisor outreach and development.
    • Collaborate with campus offices to mutually support clubs and organizations as relevant (e.g. multicultural/identity-based organizations, professional/career organizations).
    • Manage the student organization management software and serve as campus liaison to Engage.
  • Student Programming Board
    • Serve as advisor to the Student Programming Board Executive Board and General Members.
    • Provide training and support in the areas of event planning, event marketing, member recruitment and retention, and risk management.
    • Provide guidance and support for the development of major campus programs, including the negotiating and signing of contracts and the development of risk management policies and procedures.
    • Attend regularly scheduled meetings and events planned by the Student Programming Board.
    • Attend conferences with the organization.
  • Leadership development
    • Design and deliver regular training sessions focused on leadership development, personal growth, diversity and inclusion, and organizational success.
    • Oversee the planning and execution of guest leadership speaker programs.
  • New Student Orientation
    • Assist with the planning and execution of New Student Orientation.
    • Oversee the Orientation Leader program, including selecting, training, and supervising the Orientation Coordinator and Orientation Leader teams.
  • Event planning/management
    • Plan and execute involvement fairs in the fall and spring semesters.
    • Assist with the planning and execution of Campus-wide events including Homecoming, Week of Welcome, and Winter Gala.
  • Student Worker Supervision
    • Hire, train, and supervise Gates Center front desk and Game Room’s student workers.
    • Oversee departmental social media and digital signage.
  • Assist with the planning and execution of Gates Center-sponsored events.
  • Serve as Gates Center representatives in campus committees.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.



Qualified candidates will demonstrate substantial experience in the following areas:

  • Supporting student organization operations including recognition, funding, event planning, and transition.
  • Training and advising students, faculty, and staff in individual and group settings.
  • Negotiating contracts, working with agents, and planning small and large-scale programs.
  • Delivering presentations of various types clearly and concisely.
  • Supervising students and mediating student conflicts.Crisis management and emergency response protocols.
  • Supporting and advocating for student needs.
  • Managing budgets and overseeing budget allocations.
  • Taking initiative to establish work priorities and work on multiple projects concurrently. Building relationships and working effectively with students, faculty, staff, service providers, and off-campus partners.



  • A bachelor’s degree is required. A master’s degree in Higher Education/Student Affairs or related field is preferred.
  • Three years of full-time work experience in Higher Education/Student Affairs.
  • Work-related experience supporting student groups.
  • Exceptional event planning skills, superb interpersonal skills, and excellent communication, problem-solving, and advising skills.
  • Ability to work evening and weekend hours.
  • A valid driver’s license, as some occasional driving is necessary.


Interested candidates should submit a resume and cover letter electronically to  Review of applications will begin immediately. The position will remain open until filled.

Lake Forest College embraces diversity and strongly encourages applications from women, members of historically underrepresented groups, veterans, and individuals with disabilities.