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Director of the Office for Student Engagement

Student Engagement

Reed College seeks a creative and compassionate person to be our next Director of the Office for Student Engagement (OSE). The Director of OSE engages a diverse student body and staff in fostering a welcoming, supportive, and inclusive environment that promotes student learning, academic success, personal growth, and connection to campus life while maintaining high levels of engagement and advocacy for students, parents, and campus partners. This role is responsible for a comprehensive, student-centered office that focuses on the student’s transition to Reed, intentional campus engagement, and leadership development. 

The OSE Director has oversight over the supervision of student-directed spaces, academic teams, Student Senate, and advising of student-directed organizations and their advisors. The Director is responsible for ensuring OSE’s programs and services align with the Student Life’s curricular/outcome-based approach and the Student Success plan. 

This is a full-time, salaried position with a regular work schedule of 8:30 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday, some evening and weekend hours will be required. The annual salary for this position is $65,000. 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), 22 days of paid vacation, paid holidays, and many other campus amenities, such as membership to the campus fitness center for employee and spouse/partner, and discounted Trimet transit passes.

Who You are

  • You enjoy working with and supporting college-aged students.
  • You are self-motivated and comfortable taking initiative.
  • You have experience in program design, event planning, and project management.
  • Your communication style is flexible and you are a good listener.
  • You are familiar with best practices to develop engagement and involvement opportunities for students.
  • You prefer working in a diverse environment and you enjoy interacting with people who have different backgrounds than you.
  • You are creative and enjoy bringing that aspect of yourself into your work.
  • Others would describe you as compassionate, someone who shows empathy.
  • You demonstrate proactive behaviors in effective problem solving, conflict resolution, restorative justice, and mediation.
  • You are comfortable with public speaking, and presenting to audiences of varying sizes and contexts, and facilitating workshops.
  • You understand and value equity and inclusion and want to be a part of a community of learning to support students toward their own understanding of equity and inclusion. 

What You’ll Do

  • Direct the Office’s overall vision and strategic priorities for orientation, transition programs, leadership and involvement opportunities
  • Recruit, train, and supervise professional staff members 
  • Utilize best practices to develop student events, create developmentally appropriate programs, and design leadership programming
  • Create and implement departmental assessment of student learning and adjust department programs and services to meet student needs 
  • Promote and advance diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives 
  • Advise Student Organizations (student leadership, student senate, student run traditions/events)
  • Establish guidelines and procedures for the efficient, safe, and effective operation of programs
  • Manage $200,000+ budget
  • Manage facility logistics including utilization of several student-oriented campus spaces


Bachelor’s degree and five years of experience in student affairs or a related field providing student programming and support in higher education. Masters degree preferred.

Application Instructions

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:

  • How would this position contribute to pursuit of your long-term professional goals?

  • Which professional accomplishment are you most proud of?

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

  • If you were selected for this position, how would you use your skills and experience to contribute to equity, inclusion and community growth at Reed?

Applications will be considered as they are submitted so you are encouraged to apply early. Applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled. The estimated start date for this position is February 24, 2020.

Reed College’s goal is to reply 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.