Administrative Positions

Employees whose work activities are substantially involved in the administration of the University, other than teaching, shall be designated as administrators by the President of the University.


Founded in 1860, Augustana is a selective, residential university affiliated with the Lutheran Church. With more than 100 majors, minors and pre-professional programs for undergraduates, along with graduate degree and continuing education programs, the University is committed to enriching lives and fostering development by combining a foundation in the liberal arts with professional skill and advanced study.

With nearly 1,900 students from 38 states and 34 countries around the globe, Augustana has been ranked among the top baccalaureate institutions in the nation for our efforts to advance social mobility, research and service by Washington Monthly. We are pleased to be featured among "America's Top Colleges" by Forbes and to be named a "Best Midwestern College" by the Princeton Review and a "Best Buy" by U.S. News & World Report.

We are proud to say that the average ACT of our entering class is 26, one of the highest averages of any college or university in the region. Nearly 90 percent of our students come from South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa and Nebraska. Eleven percent are alumni legacies.

In September 2015 — 155 years after our founding — Augustana College became Augustana University, an illustration of our growing number of programs and centers for undergraduate and graduate students and in recognition of the physical growth happening on campus.


Augustana University is located in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. With a metro population of nearly 260,000, Sioux Falls is a growing, vibrant, and diverse city that is home to major health care centers, Fortune 500 business, national retailers, spirited entrepreneurs, and dynamic options for arts and entertainment. Sioux Falls has been named the "Best Small City for Business and Careers" by Forbes and ranked one of the "Best Places to Live by CNN.


Title: Assistant Director of Campus Life
Position Type: Full-Time
Department: Center for Campus Life


General Description

The Assistant Director serves as a member of the Campus Life team, providing leadership and support to a dedicated, creative, and dynamic staff with responsibility for leading a comprehensive student life program.  The Assistant Director provides support and supervision to students, participates in social and educational program development, supports the University’s mission, and collaborates with other departments and divisions to provide excellent service.

This is a 12-month, full-time, live-in position.


Position reports to an Associate Director of Campus Life.

Primary Responsibilities


  • Direct supervision of a staff of undergraduate students.  Some positions may include supervision of graduate assistant.

Residence Hall Administration and Management

  • Responsible for managing a co-ed residence hall of 200 to 300 students;
  • Select, train, supervise, and evaluate a student staff;
  • Provide direction to student staff in the development and implementation of programming designed to foster academic success, career exploration, wellness, diversity, community service, community building and development, and leadership development;
  • Be visible and available to students and staff;
  • Serve as a conduct officer for incidents that occur in university housing facilities;
  • Responsible for programming and budget management;
  • Maintain office hours for residence hall and Campus Life offices;
  • Serve as a source of support and intervention for students experiencing personal and interpersonal difficulties;
  • Assess student needs and make referrals to appropriate offices and services.

Crisis Management

  • Serve in an on-call rotation for the larger residential education program.

Departmental Support

  • Assist and support Campus Life staff in achieving goals of the department;
  • Represent the Center for Campus Life at university functions, programs, activities, and events.

       Additional Responsibilities

  • Oversight for, or support of, additional areas of responsibility that may include student staff selection, training, and development; first, second or transfer program initiatives; programming model implementation; off-campus program development; or summer housing, camps, and conferences;
  • Program assessment;
  • Manage online and social media resources that inform and promote understanding of residential education programs;
  • Other duties as assigned.


Master’s degree preferred with a record of experience working with college students in a residential setting.

Successful candidates will possess a theoretical and practical knowledge of student development, its application within a residential environment, and a demonstrated ability to encourage and support diversity and inclusion.

The successful candidate will also possess the following:

  • Ability to articulate the value of a residential experience to students, staff, faculty, and parents;
  • Ability to create conditions that are accepting of differences regardless of gender, race, religion, abilities, class, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, and political affiliation;
  • Experience with crisis intervention and conflict management;
  • Practical knowledge of program evaluation and assessment of learning outcomes;
  • Ability to effectively communicate using oral, written, and electronic communication.


Competitive salary and benefits, including University-owned housing and paid utilities, as well as a meal plan during the academic year.

Start Date

Preferred start in early summer 2017.


To apply, provide a cover letter, resume and names and contact information for three current references.  Please forward this information electronically to:  Positions will remain open until filled.

The university will be interviewing candidates at The Placement Exchange, March 9-12 in San Antonio, TX.  Candidates who will be attending TPE are encouraged to include their candidate number with their cover letter.

Title:Success Specialist
Position Type: Part-Time
Department: Student Success Center

Augustana University invites applications for the position of Success Specialist in our Student Success Center. This is a part-time position averaging 20 hours a week during the academic year.

Position Summary

As a university committed to excellence, the Success Specialist will create empowering, transformative student experiences. Under the direction of the Executive Director of the Student Success Center and in collaboration with diverse areas across campus, the selected candidate will administer services and programs to promote the success of students from the point of entry through graduation. These interventions improve students’ overall persistence, career development and connection with campus resources. Much of the individual’s time will be spent counseling students regarding their academic, professional, and career goals.

Essential Functions

  • Share feedback about students’ resume, cover letters, and interview responses for students seeking employment
  • Provide strategic support services to students who are experiencing academic difficulty or have been referred by faculty
  • Implement programming to contribute to retention and career development strategies
  • Enhance experiential learning by connecting students to relevant part-time employment, co-curricular opportunities, and summer jobs
  • Address diverse academic concerns with students and contact non-registered students after the advising period
  • Design and deliver informational resources
  • Instruct course designed to educate students on effective success strategies
  • Monitor the academic progress of assigned students and maintain records of interventions

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • The selected candidate will possess or currently be pursuing a graduate degree program in counseling, education, or related field, as well as have a desire to apply their learning in a private, church-related environment. Preference will be given to individuals who exhibit familiarity with emerging career development, student persistence, and learning theories.
  • Knowledge of the developmental issues of emerging adults and outstanding helping skills
  • Ability to establish rapport with students from diverse backgrounds. Experience working with first generation, under-prepared, or deciding students is preferred.
  • Excellent written, public speaking, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Familiarity with technology, Microsoft Office, LinkedIn, and career assessments
  • Demonstrated ability to market events, work in a team, and prioritize multiple tasks
  • Self-starter with a commitment to detailed record-keeping and documentation
  • A desire to contribute to a supportive work environment where new ideas are solicited, evaluated, implemented, and assessed
  • Role model professionalism and exhibit willingness to work some nights

Application Procedure
Interested individuals should complete an Augustana University employment application, submit a resume, letter of interest, and references electronically to

Address for sending resumes:

Human Resources
Augustana University

Email submissions are preferred.

Human Resources
Augustana University

2001 S Summit Avenue
Sioux Falls, SD 57197

Telephone: 605.274.4110
Fax: 605.274.5547

Augustana University is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action/Title IX Employer. Augustana University is committed to excellence through diversity and strongly encourages applications from the entire spectrum of a diverse community.  Submission of official transcripts may be required upon employment.