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Assistant Director, Student Engagement

Student Services

Reed College seeks a creative and engaging person to be our next Assistant Director in the Office for Student Engagement. The Assistant Director works closely with the Director of Student Engagement to deliver meaningful leadership programming and to assist students with student groups and events. The Assistant Director is also responsible for coordinating Reed College’s Gray Fund program, overseeing academic teams like Chess and the Model U.N., and advising the Paideia committee, a committee tasked with creating a yearly weeklong segment of classes, seminars, and workshops led by Reed students, alumni, staff, and professors.

This is a full-time, 12 month position with an annual salary of $49,000. The work schedule is Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm, with a one-hour unpaid lunch and regular work on evenings and weekends. Reed College offers an exceptional benefits package, including comprehensive medical and dental insurance, 403(b) retirement plan with 10% employer contribution (after one year of service), college tuition assistance for employees’ children, 22 days of vacation, and many other campus amenities, such as membership to the campus fitness center. Relocation assistance will be provided for this position.


  • You are student centered and oriented to help and serve.
  • You enjoy working in a diverse environment and are able to support, mentor and work alongside bright, creative students and colleagues from all backgrounds.
  • You have strong oral and written interpersonal skills and are an active listener.
  • You can juggle multiple detailed projects and prioritize them appropriately, all while attentively helping people who visit your office.
  • People in your office come to you if they don’t know where to go or who to talk to.
  • You are known to be open-minded and are comfortable engaging in discussions about race, gender and other identities.
  • You are an open and passionate advocate for equitable and inclusive practices and communities where everyone can thrive.
  • You bring an important aspect of diversity to our team.
  • You are a positive person, have a great sense of humor, and enjoy positive relationships with your co-workers.
  • You enjoy working in teams but are also a self-motivated, proactive individual.
  • You have experience designing and facilitating experiential leadership workshops and retreats.
  • You design programs that utilize student development theory and employ a variety of assessment methods and learning outcome designs to determine whether program goals are being met.
  • You excel at organizing event details and managing budgets for large campus-wide events and small off-campus trips.


  • Coordinate all aspects of the Gray Fund including committee management, student staff supervision, large and small event management, and off campus trips. You’ll have the chance to attend trips (skydiving, Cirque du Soleil, Broadway musicals, etc.) and work with special guests. In the recent past, guests have included Jessica Williams, Kate McKinnon, RuPaul Charles, and Laverne Cox.
  • Co-manage the semester-long Reed Leadership Academy (RELAY) including curriculum design and teaching, recruiting and working with program Mentors, assisting with program recruitment and selection, and supervising the student Assessment Coordinator.
  • Co-manage other leadership programs including workshops, retreats, and dinners with faculty.
  • Spend time in the residence hall social rooms two evenings a week (during fall and spring semesters), delivering programming and holding office hours.
  • Advise the academic teams (Chess, Mock Trial, and Model UN), assisting them with budget and travel plans.
  • Advise student organizations and assist students with student group sponsored event registration.
  • Work with the Paideia committee while advising Paideia student coordinators.
  • Assist with New Student Orientation.


  • Two years’ experience working in student services is required. This may includeprofessional and graduate student work.
  • Bachelor's degree required.
  • Master’s degree in higher education administration or an equivalent combination of education and experience is strongly preferred.


Click below to apply. You will be directed to Interfolio to create a free account and begin your application. A resume and cover letter are required. You can submit these documents in any format, but pdf works best. In your cover letter please address the following:

  • Why are you interested in this role?
  • Which professional accomplishment are you most proud of?

As you apply online, you will be asked to provide an answer to the following: 

  • All members of Reed's community are expected to contribute to an equitable and inclusive campus. Employees who experience the most success at Reed are comfortable interacting with a diverse group of students, colleagues and community members. How would you use your skills and experience to contribute to equity, inclusion and community growth at Reed?

This position will remain open and we will accept applications until we extend a job offer and it is accepted.

Reed College replies to every candidate. We will confirm that your application is received, and if you are not selected, we will let you know as soon as possible.

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Reed College values cultural diversity and intellectual pluralism as critical components of academic excellence. We welcome applications from members of historically underrepresented minority groups, persons with disabilities, persons who have served in the military and others who would bring additional dimensions of experience to our community.