Established in 2008 in honor of the William Smith centennial year, the Centennial Center specializes in leadership, entrepreneurship and innovation. Originally rooted in leadership education, the Centennial Center offers applied learning and academic enrichment in all three areas to the Hobart and William Smith community.
Coordination of HWS Leads (50%)
The Assistant Director is responsible for managing of HWS Leads Certificate program. It also includes the development and implementation of the overall program curriculum. Further, it includes recruitment of students each semester, which requires a designed marketing plan, outreach across campus, an application and interview process and the organization of the certificate ceremony.
The Assistant Director will teach the Public Speaking Reader’s College course, which is a half credit class that is required for HWS Leads certificate program and offered every semester. As part of this responsibility, the Assistant Director would develop course content and structure, plan and build lessons and speech assignments, assess student progress through reviewing assignments, responding to reflections and assessing other work.
The Assistant Director would serve as a resource and mentor for students enrolled in HWS Leads certificate program. As part of this responsibility, the Assistant Director would assist students in developing a plan for program completion at various check-points throughout the year.
The Assistant Director would develop assessment and evaluation systems for HWS Leads certificate program by utilizing tools to track learning outcomes and student progress through HWS Leads.
The Assistant Director would cultivate leadership roles both on campus and in the community for students completing the Fieldwork requirement for HWS Leads. Several roles are created through the Center, partnerships with other campus offices and other external organizations.
Co-Curricular Programming (30%)
The Assistant Director will schedule, plan, and implement the HWS Hackathon. This requires the Assistant Director to develop content for this two-day event dedicated to social innovation. The Assistant Director will develop a Hackathon-worthy topic and engage in research related to the issue. Also, the Assistant Director must identify and secure speakers and judges. Additionally, they would market to students and develop event materials with Communications.
The Assistant Director will oversee the Youth Leadership College Program. This requires the Assistant Director to select and oversee student facilitators for Youth Leadership College, serve as liaison with the Geneva City School District and plan a final event for parents and students.
The Assistant Director is charged with the oversight of Centennial Center’s Fellowships/Scholars programs, which includes advertising, application development and submission, interviewing and selection, mentoring and oversight of Fellows/Scholars, tracking outcomes and collaboration with admissions to develop the Centennial Scholars program for incoming students.
The Assistant Direct will support the Steven Cohen ’67 Leadership Case Competition. In coordination with the director, the Assistant Director will market to students, identify selection committee members and judges and evaluate student submissions. Additionally, the Assistant Director will help plan the final event where judges will award prizes to student finalists.
The Assistant Director will help facilitate the Summer Leadership Challenge, a pre-college program for high school juniors and seniors over the summer. This two-week summer experience will allow high students to earn college credit and also experience leadership learning outside of the classroom. Throughout the year, the Assistant Director will assist with marketing, scheduling, staffing and content development.
The Assistant Director is responsible for the marketing and outreach for Centennial Center’s programming and initiatives. This includes developing and implementing a plan to market the Centennial Center to diverse constituents, author content for publicity materials and maintain the website along with all Social Media accounts.
The Assistant Director is responsible to tracking budget items, submitting items to the Business Office and reporting out yearly. Additionally, the Assistant Director will support efforts to streamline office management by helping construct the yearly calendar and posting applications and events to our campus portal.
Additional Responsibilities: (10%)
The Assistant Director is also responsible for creating and innovating new programming, keeping current on Leadership Studies literature and practice, developing relationships with campus and community constituents. supporting programs for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, representing the Centennial Center on Admissions panels, presenting to the Advisory Board, presenting leadership workshops and training for broader HWS community and collaborating across campus to meet the mission of the institution.
This is a full-time, 12-month, benefits-eligible position. Normal campus office hours of work are 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. during the academic year with a possible shortened workweek during the scheduled summer hours. The role may require evening and weekend responsibilities. This position description is not all-inclusive, as other tasks or responsibilities may be assigned.
A master’s degree and one to three years relevant experience that can be applied to an educational environment is required.
A member of a team of professionals, the assistant director would require an energetic, passionate individual who can contribute to a collaborative working environment.
A strong desire to enrich student leaders, develop compelling programs, organize applied learning activities and cultivate relationships on campus and within the community is necessary. Discretion and sound judgment is required in dealing with students, faculty, administrators, parents, and communicating with all constituencies. An ability to work as a team member to build strong working relationships across campus and in the broader community is necessary.
The successful candidate will have advanced computer literacy and knowledge of various office practices and procedures, budget management, and be competent in managing social media marketing.
Requires strong interpersonal skills, excellent verbal and written communications skills, and the ability to work unsupervised as well as part of a team.
Must be well organized and have the ability to multitask and meet deadlines. Attention to detail imperative.
Creativity, resourcefulness, and the capacity to take initiative are important.
Strong customer service orientation; positive, helpful, resourceful
Demonstrate an awareness of and sensitivity to unique social, cultural, and economic circumstances of others
Highly reliable, flexible and adaptable
About Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Located on 195 acres in the heart of New York States Finger Lakes Region, Hobart and William Smith are independent liberal arts colleges distinctive for providing highly individualized educations. Guided by an interdisciplinary curriculum grounded in exploration and rigor, the Colleges prepare students to think critically. In partnership with the Geneva and global communities and through robust programs in career development, study-abroad, service, leadership and athletics, the Colleges foster an environment that values global citizenship, teamwork, ethics, inclusive excellence, and cultural competence.Under the mentorship of faculty, Hobart and William Smith students gain the necessary clarity to be competitive when seeking employment. They win prestigious fellowships like the Rhodes, Gates Cambridge, Udall, Fulbright and Goldwater. They gain admittance to the best graduate programs in the country. They go on to lead lives of consequence.