Director of Student Affairs

Plan and arrange activities of student groups, according to policies.
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Salary Range
$47,000 – $165,000

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What do Director of Student Affairs do?

Plans and arranges social, cultural, and recreational activities of various student groups, according to university policies and regulations: Meets with student and faculty groups to plan activities. Evaluates programs and suggests modifications. Schedules events to prevent overlapping and coordinates activities with sports and other university programs. Contacts caterers, entertainers, decorators, and others to arrange for scheduled events. Conducts orientation program for new students with other members of faculty and staff. Advises student groups on financial status of and methods for improving their organizations. Promotes student participation in social, cultural, and recreational activities. May coordinate preparation and publishing of student affairs calendar. May provide individual or group counseling on selection of social activities and use of leisure time. May be designated according to activity performed as Fraternity Adviser; Women’s-Activities Adviser.


Should I be a Director of Student Affairs?

You should have a master's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.
  • Leader: You're good at taking charge, giving directions, and inspiring other people.

  • Also known as: Dean of Student Affairs, Director of Student Financial Aid, Director of Student Services See More

    How to Become a
    Director of Student Affairs

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