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Montana State University Program Manager in Bozeman, Montana

Position Details

Announcement Number STAFF - VA - 21324

For questions regarding this position, please contact:

Molly Lammers at 406-994-3113 or

Classification Title Program Mgr

Working Title Program Manager

Brief Position Overview

Be an integral part of student success in this great opportunity within the Office of Student Engagement! Have the opportunity to engage students with the community.

Position Number 4M1545

Department Office of Student Engagement

Division Division of Student Success

Appointment Type Classified

Contract Term Fiscal Year


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FLSA Non-Exempt

Union Affiliation FOCUS-MFPE

FTE 1.0

Benefits Eligible Eligible

Salary $17.241379 per hour, commensurate with experience, education and qualifications. Rate of pay will be determined by the staff compensation plan. For questions, contact

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Recruitment Type Open

General Statement

The Office of Student Engagement ( OSE ) provides and facilitates student engagement opportunities for MSU students through a variety of programs, events, services, and activities. We are THE HUB for students interested in connecting with their fellow Bobcats through student government, student organizations, programs and events, and engaging in service to the community. The purpose of this position is to coordinate engagement opportunities, activities and events both on and off campus that students can engage in as part of their university experience.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Contribute to program design, strategic planning, implementation, assessment, reporting and outreach of OSE programs, services, and learning outcomes. Provide direction for short-term and long-range planning for all areas this position manages or oversees.

    *Develop short and long-term goals to advance student engagement in meaningful out of classroom educational and leadership experiences.

  • Lead and manage program logistics, including recruitment of student leaders and students for an array of engagement opportunities both on and off campus to help students connect to MSU , their peers, faculty members and staff member as a means to positively impact student retention. These programs may include: Convocation Service Saturday, Rockin the “M”, Can the Griz, Bounty of the Bridgers, BreaksAway spring break domestic service trips and one summer international or national service trip, Parent Family Weekend Service Project, Community Café volunteers for MSU identified dates, two annual Involvement Fairs, Day of Student Recognition and other events or programs as assigned.

  • Supervise and advise student Service Saturdays Coordinator and the Bounty of the Bridgers intern, to provide monthly Service Saturday service projects and work with community organizations to provide meaningful engagement opportunities.

  • Work with students on code of conduct violations through the Repairing the Harm Community Service program. Meet with students individually when assigned community service to help identify community service opportunities and follow-up after completion of service to reflect on their experience.

  • Manage all aspects of the annual Day of Student Recognition awards ceremony.

  • Manage Job Location Development affiliated programs, such as MSU Connections, Nonprofit Career Panels and other opportunities to increase nonprofit capacities to host MSU students as student employees, volunteers or interns.

  • Co-facilitate the Student Engagement Global Ambassador program with the Office of International Programs, including recruitment of students, marketing and co-facilitating a 1-credit class.

  • Contribute to program design, strategic planning, implementation, assessment, reporting and outreach of OSE programs, services, and learning outcomes. Provide direction for short-term and long-range planning for all areas this position manages or oversees.

  • Work autonomously as well as part of a team to implement and initiate programs and initiatives.

  • Oversee and manage process for Newman Civic Fellows Award.

  • Present to a variety of audiences to advance community and student engagement on campus and in the community.

  • Manage food pantry contributions and national or international service programs, as opportunities arise via grants or other sources of funding.

  • Manage and make decisions for program operational budgets, including securing outside funding/sponsorships for various programs. Responsible for managing and overseeing budget of approx. $40,000.

  • Supervision of 1-2 student employees.

  • Regularly explore new community engagement opportunities with both existing and new community partners.

    Required Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

  • Progressively responsible program work experience in a busy office setting providing high-level administrative support, or an equivalent combination of relevant education and experience.

  • Demonstrated experience with event and program planning.

  • Demonstrated experience managing volunteers and/or student employees.

  • Demonstrated competence organizing and prioritizing multiple workloads, meeting deadlines, and exercising adaptability to changing priorities while balancing the needs of students, faculty, and staff stakeholders.

  • Bachelor’s degree in related field, or an equivalent combination of education and/or experience.

    Preferred Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

  • Demonstrated experience working with and having collaborative relationships with community-based and/or non-profit organizations.

  • Experience working with students in an academic department or student success division at a higher education institution.

  • Master’s Degree in Higher Education, Student Affairs, Counseling or similar degree.

    The Successful Candidate Will

  • Ability to research best practices and different models for program success, synthesize the information and then develop and propose new programs and/or program adjustments

  • Ability to work with a diverse community of individuals and groups both on campus and in the larger community setting.

  • Demonstrated ability to make decisions and practice good judgment.

  • Ability to creatively problem-solve with short timelines to address challenges..

  • Demonstrated competence organizing and prioritizing work to meet deadlines and ability to work in an organized fashion with heavy workloads in a busy office setting.

  • Demonstrated competence with computers/software including Microsoft Office Suite.

  • Demonstrated ability to communicate clearly and effectively both in person and in writing.

  • Excellent time management and organizational skills

  • Ability to think strategically and creatively

  • Strong problem solving and brainstorming skills

  • Ability to work effectively both independently and as part of a team with a variety of constituents

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills which are necessary to provide clear and concise communication.

    Position Special Requirements/Additional Information

  • Must be able to work some evenings and weekends.

  • Must possess currently or be eligible to obtain a valid State of Montana Driver’s license and have an acceptable driving record (less than 12 points).

This job description should not be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements, but a general description of the job. Nothing contained herein restricts Montana State University’s rights to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

Physical Demands

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily with or without reasonable accommodations. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

This position has supervisory duties? Yes

Number of Vacancies 1

Desired Start Date Upon successful completion of a search.

Position End Date (if temporary)

Open Date

Close Date

Applications will be:

Screening of applications will begin on July 1, 2021; however, applications will continue to be accepted until an adequate applicant pool has been established.

Special Instructions

Diversity Statement

Montana State University values diverse perspectives and is committed to continually supporting, promoting and building an inclusive and culturally diverse campus environment. MSU recognizes the importance of work-life integration and strives to be responsive to the needs of dual career couples ( .

Montana State University is committed to providing a working and learning environment free from discrimination. As such, the University does not discriminate in the admission, access to or conduct of its educational programs and activities nor in its employment policies and practices on the basis of an individual’s race, color, religion, national origin, creed, service in the uniformed services (as defined in state and federal law), veteran’s status, sex, age, political ideas, marital or family status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation. In support of the University’s mission to be inclusive and diverse, applications from qualified minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are highly encouraged.

Montana State University makes accommodation for any known disability that may interfere with an applicant’s ability to compete in the hiring process or an employee’s ability to perform the duties of the job. To request an accommodation, contact the Human Resources Office, PO Box 172520, Montana State University, Bozeman MT 59717-2520; 406-994-3651; .

In compliance with the Montana Veteran’s Employment Preference Act, MSU provides preference in employment to veterans, disabled veterans, and certain eligible relatives of veterans. To claim veteran’s preference please complete the veteran’s preference information located in the Demographics section of your profile.

MSU ’s Non-Discrimination Policy and Discrimination Grievance Procedures can be located on the MSU Website: ( .