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Located in El Paso-Juarez, a bi-national metropolitan area of two million people, UTEP’s forging dramatic new directions in higher education. UTEP has become a national model for creating and successfully executing highly competitive academic and research programs while maintaining a deep commitment to serving a 21st century student demographic. It is this dedication to providing access and excellence to students in the region that has resulted in UTEP becoming a top tier research university with a Mexican-American majority student population.

UTEP officially opened in the fall of 1914 and is the second oldest institution in The University of Texas System ( Today, it enrolls more than 23,000 students and is designated an R1 university (very high research activity) by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, a designation given to the top 5% of colleges and universities nationally. UTEP serves its primary constituency — residents of far west Texas, southern New Mexico, and northern Mexico — with 75 bachelor’s degree programs, 70 master’s programs and 24 doctoral programs in 10 colleges and schools, including a growing portfolio of online degrees. With an 84% Hispanic student population, UTEP proudly reflects the demographic composition of the bi-national region from which it draws the vast majority of its students.

As a UTEP employee, you will enjoy excellent benefits and perks, and you will be a member of the Miner Family - the faculty, staff, students and alumni who make UTEP a great place to work. Think you’ve got what it takes to join us? We invite you to search our open positions and apply!

The Director of the Student Engagement and Leadership Center (SELC) provides strong educational, social, and leadership development oriented, co-curricular experiences that enhance student learning and campus life at The University of Texas at El Paso. Reporting to the Assistant Dean of Students for Engagement, the Director will oversee the design and implementation of engaging programs and activities promoting student life, building leadership capacity, supporting student success and a vibrant, inclusive student body. The Director plays an integral role in the academic and professional development of students’ assets through a variety of high-impact experiences.

The position . . . .

  • Provides oversight, leadership and direct supervision of the Student Engagement and Leadership Center staff. The department includes student organizations, fraternity/sorority life, diversity/inclusion and leadership development programs.
  • Develops, implements, and manages a comprehensive plan for student engagement that is consistent with the university’s strategic plan and objectives, as well as the needs of the undergraduate and graduate student population.
  • Provides vision and leadership for campus-wide programming, event planning and leadership development that engage large numbers of students and incorporates best practices in student activities thereby increasing student satisfaction, retention and sense of belonging.
  • Creates and facilitates large-scale, institutional programs and activities and the development of new traditions and experiences that contribute to students’ pride in the institution.
  • Provides day-to-day management for all facets of student engagement services, programs, and activities that support transformative educational experiences and promote student recruitment, retention and graduation.

A successful candidate . . .

  • Will have a strong record of proven success engaging large numbers of college students in events and activities and developing innovative programs that promote student success and a sense of belonging.
  • Will have a firm understanding of the value of assessment and how to use metrics to enhance the work of the department and the institution.
  • Will have in-depth knowledge and experience in planning strategically, creating student engagement opportunities, leadership development programs, inclusive programming and advising college/university student organizations.
  • Will have strong supervisory, success facilitating workshops, training staff, students and faculty as well as proved ability to manage budgets and resources and partner with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Will have outstanding communication skills, both verbal and written, but more than that – an authenticity and confidence when communicating with a variety of stakeholders.
  • Will have a Bachelor’s Degree (Master’s Degree preferred) and a minimum of five years of proven student affairs work with progressive responsibility at a college or university as well as experience in decision-making, problem solving and the ability to work in a diverse environment.

The Director is responsible for the overall leadership and management of the Recreational Sports Department including the strategic mission and vision of the department, creation and implementation of policies and procedures, facility management, staff hiring, training, and supervision and oversight of full and part-time professional and student staff. The Director plays an integral role in the academic and professional development of staff and students’ assets through a variety of high-impact experiences and the promotion and assessment of activities and programs by establishing learning outcomes. In order to be successful, the Director will need to work collaboratively with the Division of Student Affairs, Academic Affairs, Business Affairs, UTEP Athletics and many departments throughout the University.

This position...

  • Provides leadership, direction, and support of student-fee driven facility
  • Is responsible for the mission and vision of the department while also aligning with the
    UTEP strategic plan, mission, vision, and values
  • Is responsible for the planning, organization, supervision, and evaluation of all programs
    within the department
  • Provides leadership and innovation to each area of the department: aquatics, multiple
    indoor courts, intramurals, outdoor adventures, fitness, outdoor fields, facilities, and
    leadership challenge course

A successful candidate . . .

  • Will have experiences with budgets including capital improvement plans, maintenance,
    and debt service
  • Will have knowledge of best practices in recreational sports, NIRSA, and APPA
  • Will value partnerships across campus constituents including students, student
    engagement offices, and faculty, as well as off campus vendors
  • Will have a proven record of successful leadership within a higher education recreation

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