Assistant Director for Commuter Student Engagement must have a passion for working with creative students and will serve as a co-creator of a vibrant and innovative environment for student involvement. The ideal team member will establish and sustain collaborative partnerships within the Division of Student Affairs, Diversity and Inclusion and the Berklee College of Music community, in order to create transformational co-curricular experiences. We strive to provide opportunities for students to explore who they are authentically, while developing greater independence, agency, and resiliency. We strive to provide a community that actively engages in reflection, in order to examine the present and future aspirations.
The Assistant Director for Commuter Student Engagement is responsible for the overall development, creation and implementation of a comprehensive commuter student services program. This individual will advocate and advise on behalf of commuter students’ needs. The Assistant Director will serve as the primary point of contact for students regarding their specific constituent based issues and concerns, as well as lead all major aspects of student life experiences designed especially for commuter students to connect with one another and advance community on campus. The Assistant Director will support learning by creating (or supporting students as they create) relevant extra-curricular and co-curricular programs.
Vision Statement 2025
As the preeminent institute of contemporary music, Berklee will transform music education and enhance the power of music to better our world.
Building an inclusive culture that promotes diversity in all its forms, we will nurture the growth of the world’s most inspired musicians so they may fully realize their artistic, creative, and career potential.
Berklee will forge new connection among art forms, musical cultures, technologies, and institutions, creating a dynamic global network that fosters innovation, collaboration, and community.
Student Affairs Mission Statement
The Division of Student Affairs will foster a living and learning environment that nurtures the growth of the world’s most inspired musicians to fully realize their artistic, creative, and career potential through student-centered experiences, programs, and services. Student Affairs is committed to supporting, advancing, and celebrating each student’s personal journey “to be rather than to seem to be (esse quam videri).”
Essential Functions/Primary Duties And Responsibilities:
Commuter Student Programs & Services:
Assist the Director with the development, planning and implementation of strategic initiatives and programs that support the co-curricular engagement of students.
Provide outreach and support services for the commuter student population.
Plan, develop, implement and assess a robust slate of educational and social programs for the newly renovated Commuter Student Lounge.
Coordinate programs and services designed to meet the specific needs of commuter students. including but not limited to Commuter Student Assistant Program to allow upper level students to provide peer support and mentorship to incoming commuter students.
Develop and implement a communication strategy for students residing off-campus, regarding student advising and success, diversity and inclusion, and health and wellness.
Coordinate a commuter life session during fall, spring, and summer new student orientation sessions.
Co-advise Bridge the Gap; a student programming board to better integrate the College and Conservatory.
Create and maintain web and social media presence for commuter student communication and support.
Determine community partners who can assist in creating a vibrant student experience for commuter students, cultivating working relationships to further advance the student experience in order to increase connectivity to the Berklee community.
Act on behalf of the Director when requested.
Manage daily operation of the Commuter Student Lounge including supervision of student managers, processing work orders for repair and replacement of equipment, maintain cleanliness of space, monitor engagement of students and use of equipment.
Regularly utilize student development theory, research, best practice, and assessment tools in order to identify and understand the needs of students transitioning to university life, and of commuter students, and as such develop and implement initiatives to serve these student populations.
Assist with the coordination of Orientation activities in collaboration with student leaders and professional staff across the Division of Student Affairs, Diversity & Inclusion.
Supervise and develop student employee program as it pertains to Commuter Student Support.
Oversee and maintain a budget for Commuter Student Services.
Primary point of contact for the MBTA pass program including securing and distributing semester MBTA passes to students.
Complete check requests and budget transfers as it relates to job duties.
Oversee key card access rights for all student employees in the Student Activities Center.
Create reports, and documents related to departmental, divisional, and college wide efforts.
Other Event Responsibilities:
Plan and implement additional staff initiated programs and events throughout the year.
Perform other job-related duties as assigned.
Other Information or Comments:
Weekend and evening hours as well as some holidays required
Excellent organization skills and attention to detail for tasks.
Excellent writing, editing, and proofreading skills.
Strong oral, written and interpersonal skills and the ability to work collaboratively within a team.
Demonstrated interest in and commitment to college’s diversity statement and in creating an inclusive and welcoming environment for all students.
Highly dependable. Ability to assume responsibility for delegated tasks and meet agreed upon deadlines (for both immediate and long term projects). Awareness of punctuality and reliability as a key to office and team success.
Computer skills and technical fluency including Word, Colleague, Excel, Filemaker, PowerPoint, Photoshop and HTML based application as well as web-based research.
Strong sense of design and vision for graphic design projects.
Work experience of 1-2 years in higher education/student services, student activities, or co-curricular area.
Experience working in a diverse college setting, student-centered service-oriented environment.
Familiarity with university/college setting and student affairs functions.
Master’s degree required, preferably in Higher Education Administration or a related field.
Experience with event planning and managing multiple tasks and deadlines.
Ability to manage logistics involved in planning and implementing large and small scale events.
Experience supervising or serving as advisor to student leaders in a campus environment.
Ability to form and maintain positive relationships with students.
Knowledge of higher education administration and student development theory.
Knowledge of commuter student populations.
Knowledge of trends in social media.
Working knowledge of principles of supervision, training, and development.
The above information on this position description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by individuals within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job. Requirements are subject to possible modification to reasonably accommodate qualified individuals with disabilities. This document does not create an employment contract, implied or otherwise, other than an “at will” employment relationship.
External and internal applicants, as well as position incumbents who become disabled as defined under the Americans With Disabilities Act, must be able to perform the essential job functions (as listed) either unaided or with the assistance of a reasonable accommodation to be determined by management on a case-by-case basis.
*** Application Instructions Specific to this Position ***
Currently enrolled Berklee students may not apply for staff or faculty positions.
Applicants who are both interested and qualified should submit the following materials:
Cover letter that addresses the applicant’s capabilities and experiences.
A resume or CV.
Incomplete applications will not be considered. The position will remain open for applications until filled.
Berklee College of Music is committed to increasing the diversity of the college community and the curriculum. Candidates who can contribute to that goal are encouraged to apply and to identify their strengths in this area.
Berklee provides a diverse and inclusive work environment
We all share a universal love for listening to, and creating music
The mission of Berklee College of Music is to educate, train, and develop students to excel in music as a career. Developing the musicianship of all our students is the foundation of our curriculum. We believe that the lessons and qualities derived from that work?the self-discipline needed for excellence, the empathy required of music making and the openness and inquisitiveness essential to creati...vity?are critical to achievement in any pursuit, musical or otherwise; and that music is a powerful catalyst for personal growth, which is central to any collegiate experience. Founded on jazz and popular music rooted in the African cultural diaspora, our comprehensive curriculum is distinctly contemporary in its content and approach, and embraces the principal musical movements of our time. Through a course of scholarly and practical learning experiences integrating performance and writing, our curriculum covers the variety of influential styles, relevant technologies, and career opportunities open to today's music professional.