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 53 majors, 41 minors and 15 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 more than 1,800 students from 30 states and 38 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 250,000, 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.

Augustana University is currently accepting applications for the following position:

Title: Assistant Athletic Director for External Operations
Position Type: Full Time
Department: Athletics

Augustana University seeks applications for the position of Assistant Athletic Director for External Operations.

Job Summary: Under general direction of the Director of Athletics, and in accordance with all NCAA, Division II, Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference, and university policies, assists with and manage the daily external operations of the athletic department.

Major Areas of Responsibility:
•    Perform administrative duties of the athletic department and manage day-to-day external relations
•    Maintain and develop relationships with prospective and current corporate sponsors
•    Solicit and secure corporate sponsors, develop, organize proposals and terms of agreements.
•    Oversee and support home athletic events, including NSIC & NCAA events
•    Assist athletic team supervision and administrative budgets
•    Manage select fundraising events and revenue initiatives
•    Implement marketing and media agreements for athletics
•    Conduct annual evaluations for selected programs/areas
•    Work with various departments across campus to effectively manage matters within the entire university community, as well as, be a part of various committees across campus
Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Personal Characteristics:
•    Effective verbal and written communication skills
•    Strong organizational/planning/time management skills
•    Demonstrated skill and knowledge of Word, Excel, Publisher and various computer applications/programs
•    Must demonstrate high energy, flexibility with schedule, and demonstrated abilities to recognize potential issues that require effective problem solving skills while applying appropriate solutions
•    Strong commitment to customer service and demonstrated ability to work effectively with a variety of groups including administrators, coaches, students, faculty/staff, donors and corporate partners

Minimum Qualifications: Education and experience equivalent to: Bachelor's degree, supplemented with at least five (5) years of experience in athletics, administration, sales and/or coaching. Master’s degree preferred.

Application Procedure: Screening of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Send a cover letter describing your interest in the position, résumé and the names, email/mail addresses and telephone numbers of three persons qualified to provide a reference. References will not be contacted without the candidate's permission. Submit application materials electronically to:

Title: Assistant Director (Multiple Positions)
Position Type: Full Time
Department: Campus Life

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.

Supervisor: 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 or second-year 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.

Qualifications: 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.

Compensation: 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 2016.

Application Procedure: 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 Indianapolis, IN. Candidates who will be attending TPE are encouraged to include their candidate number with their cover letter.

Title: Director of Multicultural Access and Success Programs
Position Type: Full Time
Department: Success Center

Augustana University invites applications for the position of Director of Multicultural Access and Success. The primary responsibility will be to provide leadership regarding multicultural outreach in the Sioux Falls community and beyond, creating and identifying pathways to educational opportunities at Augustana University. This will include public speaking engagements, participation in university recruitment events, communication with prospective students, development of educational partnerships, and managing special projects. The successful candidate will also be involved in creating and implementing success programs for Augustana students. Some travel may be required. These activities support the University's overall strategic goals and its commitment to serve more students and foster their success.

Compensation: Salary commensurate with experience plus an excellent benefit package.

Closing Date: This search will be closed when a sufficient number of qualified candidates have been identified.

Work Schedule: Full-time, 12 months, includes some evening and weekend hours.

Recruitment Essential Functions:

  • Establish relationships with key personnel at  high schools, community colleges, and community organizations, especially those who work directly with significant populations of    diverse/underrepresented students
  • Assist in the development of a recruitment plan for students from diverse populations, to include targets and strategies for implementation by the admission staff
  • Articulate the value of an Augustana education to prospective students, families, high school counselors, community college personnel, alumni, pastors, and community members
  • Meet with prospective students and their families during campus visits
  • Outreach to prospective students during the recruitment process   
  • Represent Augustana at a variety of functions including college fairs, visit programs, and community events
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Retention Essential Functions:

This individual will administer services and programs to promote the success of students from the point of entry to graduation and beyond. These resources improve students’ overall persistence and connection with campus resources.

  • In collaboration with the Natural Sciences and other Divisions, coordinate summer bridge programming to increase the persistence and success of socioeconomically and racially underrepresented groups in STEM and other programs.
  • Facilitate academic and professional development workshops for program participants, as well as cultural-awareness events.
  • Serve on the Inclusive Excellence Team to develop summer and academic year programming for middle and high school students, seminar series, and other supportive programming.
  • Serve as a member of the support team for students who are experiencing academic difficulty or have been referred by faculty or staff.
  • Communicate university registration procedures and policies in collaboration with faculty academic advisors to support enrollment each term.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Outstanding communication and interpersonal skills, both written and verbal
  • Knowledge and understanding of the needs and concerns of students from diverse/underrepresented populations
  • Strong initiative and attention to detail
  • Sound understanding of and appreciation for a comprehensive education (liberal arts and professional), grounded in five core values: Christian, liberal arts, excellence, community and service
  • Goal oriented and driven to succeed
  • Excellent judgment, organizational, and multitasking skills
  • Ability to handle unexpected events in a flexible, positive way
  • Ability to work well under pressure
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Sense of humor

Required Qualifications: Bachelor's Degree; Master’s Degree Preferred; Valid Driver's License (Must have had a valid driver's license for at least 2 years).

Preferred Qualifications: Previous experience in higher education advising, enrollment, and/or student services; Experience working with students from diverse populations.

Application Procedure: Send a letter of interest describing qualifications for the position, resume, and the names, addresses and phone numbers of three references electronically to Finalist candidates must satisfactorily complete pre-employment background check.

Questions should be directed to Nancy Davidson, Vice President of Enrollment at

Title: Director of Internships
Position Type: Full Time
Department: Success Center

Augustana University is currently searching for an individual to fill the position of Director of Internships.

As part of Augustana’s strategic plan and overall commitment to create quality educational experiences for students, this individual will develop and manage experiential learning that permits students to transfer theory into practice in novel environments. The Director of Internships will be an innovative leader and subject matter expert who leverages the combination of community relationships and career coaching techniques to create powerful and transformative student learning experiences.

Essential Functions:

  • Create and maintain partnerships with new and existing organizations to enhance students’ engagement in undergraduate research, internships, cooperative education, and other related opportunities.
  • Provide both domestic and international students with short-term, academically-relevant work experiences that are incorporated into their course of study as a part of authentic applied learning.
  • Build strategic relationships with employers, alumni, faculty, parents, colleagues, and institutional partners through outreach and community engagement.
  • Manage all aspects of career fair, on-campus recruitment, and employer information sessions.
  • Provide individualized support and programming to educate students on internship search strategies.
  • Develop and execute effective communication plans in support of strategic experiential learning goals.
  • Serve as a liaison and provide administrative support to department internship coordinators.
  • Host events and engage in outreach to educate students on internship search strategies.
  • Articulate and promote the talented potential of Augustana students.
  • Use an online database to maintain a list of current vacancies and market opportunities to students.
  • Plan annual excursion to the Twin Cities that enhance students’ understanding of the field and facilitate networking with potential internship sites.
  • Manage the Knight Internship Funds that provide summer stipends to students.
  • Monitor and track students’ participation in experiential learning.
  • Create and implement follow up structures with internship hosts.
  • Establish best practices, policies, and procedures to ensure compliance with fair and equitable recruiting and selection standards for sponsors and partners participating in experiential learning.
  • Oversee and facilitate campus-wide conversations related to experiential learning.
  • Establish and communicate policies related to student recruitment that align with the code of ethics of the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), as well as federal and state legislation.


  • Commitment to the mission of Augustana University, which is a selective, private, residential comprehensive (liberal arts and professional) institution of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
  • Bachelor’s degree required, master’s degree preferred, along with five years of professional experience in college recruiting or higher education. Preferred experience and demonstrated success in developing and stewarding relationships with a wide variety of constituencies.
  • Strong understanding of integrated and experiential learning in higher education.
  • Demonstrated skills in relationship building with exceptional organization and communication skills.
  • Experience working effectively with people of diverse backgrounds and cultures.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, social media and career service management systems.
  • Excellent skills in relationship building, event planning, marketing, and public relations preferred.
  • Ability to initiate tasks, adapt to change, and shape innovative programmatic outcomes to institutional strategic goals.
  • Occasional regional travel and evening and weekend work is required.

Application Procedure: Please send a letter of interest to Billie Streufert, Executive Director of Student Success, as well as a resume and references (with contact information), electronically to This position will remain open until filled.

Title: Director of Major Gifts
Position Type: Full Time
Department: Development

Augustana University seeks an outstanding Director of Major Gifts who will advance the mission, values and vision of the University.

Responsibilities: Reporting to the Vice President for Advancement, the director is responsible for the management of relationships, with a portfolio of major gift prospects and current donors.   Major gift prospects are individuals who have been determined to have the ability to make gifts of $10,000 and above.  The director will develop and implement strategies for securing financial support from this group and will manage a portfolio of 150 prospects, to include alumni, parents and friends of the University locally and nationwide.  The director will participate in making “comprehensive asks” of prospective donors, to include annual unrestricted support, as well as capital, endowment and planned gift support.   It is expected that the successful candidate will raise an average of $1,000,000 annually through outright gifts and pledges.

Position Specifications:

Technical Skills

  • Knowledge in software applications used within the Development office for communicating with and tracking current and prospective donors and preparing reports.  Minimum requirement is proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel and email.
  • General knowledge of planned giving instruments and tax laws that impact charitable giving, personal assets and estates is preferred.
  • Ability to manage time, schedule and prioritize work by determining the sequencing and timing of different jobs based on precedence, procedure, individual and team goals.
  • Demonstrated ability to write creatively, communicate clearly, think critically, research effectively.

Socio Skills

  • Personal belief in mission, goals and objectives of faith-based, private higher education.
  • Adherence to the highest ethical standards, empathetic disposition, perseverance, optimistic and positive attitude.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills:  listening, communicating, building and maintaining positive relationships.
  • Sensitivity to needs and feelings of others, while understanding the importance of team dynamics and the need for all members to speak freely in identifying, assessing and rating ideas, prospects, goals and team performance.
  • Interest in all aspects of education and a dedication to promoting the University’s fund-raising priorities through developing excellent working relationships with faculty, senior academic leaders, trustees and other volunteers, and the Development team.
  • Must be able to work under pressure of deadlines and fund raising goals.
  • Travel regionally and throughout the United States is required, as well as periodic weekend and evening work.
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license

Major Areas of Responsibility:

  • Manage a portfolio of 150 major gift prospects.
  • Continually review and update donor/prospect ratings based upon research and visits.
  • Conduct moves management of all names in portfolio, fully utilizing computer-based system for donor tracking.
  • Implement action steps/strategy for all names in portfolio on a continuing basis.
  • Conduct average of 12 face-to-face visits per month with major gift donors/prospects.
  • Present an average of two to three major gift proposals per month.
  • Strive to meet or exceed annual fundraising goals.


  • Three or more years of successful fundraising experience, including direct solicitation and successful closing of five- and six-figure gifts from individuals. Consideration given to solid experience in related field with transferable skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to assess the needs and interests of donors in order to facilitate relationships between them and the University.
  • Evidence of creating, executing and evaluating individual strategy plans for the cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of donors/clients.
  • Experience in communicating the case for support, to grow understanding and inspire donors to act in support of the solicitation.

Education: Minimum:  Bachelor’s degree ; Master’s degree preferred.

Performance Considerations: The director’s performance will be considered based on clearly articulated, personal fundraising goals that are measured and reported on a monthly basis. Goals are set for donor/prospect identification, qualification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship.  The expectation is:  (1) 10 to 12 personal visits per month; (2) while not expected in the first 3-4 months, arriving at 2 to 3 proposals per month (3) a portfolio of 150 qualified prospects.

Application Procedure: To apply, interested applicants are to complete an employment application, include a cover letter, resume and names and contact information for three current references. Please forward this information electronically to:  This position will remain open until filled.

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. Women and Minorities are encouraged to apply. Applicants must comply with the Immigration Reform and Control Act and may be required to submit official transcripts upon employment.