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Orientation Coordinator, Office for Student Engagement

Student Engagement

The Orientation Coordinator establishes and maintains an active, highly-visible, and deeply-engaged presence to create and implement orientation and transition programs. This position is responsible for assisting and supporting the plan, design, implementation, evaluation and improvement of the New Student Orientation Program each year to meet the academic priorities and student life transitions of incoming students. This position provides the coordination, collaboration, and logistical oversight with campus partners to ensure a seamless transition, orientation, and holistic first year experience for new students with an emphasis on connecting students to peers, advisors, mentors, and multiple institutional resources throughout the first-year. This position is highly collaborative with the Multicultural Resource Center and SEEDS - community engagement, to center the experiences of under-represented students. The Orientation Coordinator strives to develop and implement programs and services that align with both the Student Success plan and the Student Life curriculum and adjust to the evolving needs of students. This position reports to the Director of the Office for Student Engagement (OSE).

The Orientation Coordinator is part of the OSE team. OSE provides experiences that complement the academic program, support student retention, and increase student satisfaction. OSE achieves this goal by providing resources for students to manage their events and organizations, programs to ease transition to Reed and create community, opportunities for entertainment and educational events on and off campus, and resources to help students develop interpersonal and leadership skills.

This is a full-time, exempt position with an annual salary of $47,500. This position has a predictable work schedule based upon programming events and schedules, which includes evening and weekend hours. The college’s working hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm. 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 partner and discounted Trimet transit passes.

Who You Are

  • You have a flexible communication style where you can adapt to a variety of people and audiences.
  • You have demonstrated experience promoting and advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives in higher education or in a similarly complex corporate or nonprofit organization.
  • You are organized and unflappable when there are inevitable last minute changes. You have a back-up plan to your back-up plan. 
  • You enjoy people and like to have fun. Others would describe you as charismatic with magnetic energy!
  • You enjoy taking risks and trying new things to improve outcomes. 
  • Others would describe you as a visionary. You can see the big picture and understand what methods or ideas need to be introduced to meet the goal.
  • Others would describe you as a self-starter, you take the initiative to make sure things get done. You are action-orientated.  
  • You have experience planning large-scale events with multiple components that universally appeal to a large number of people. You have strong program design skills and project management skills.
  • You are resourceful and enjoy collaborating with others to effect change on an important topic or concept.
  • You exercise good judgment and make thoughtful and informed decisions.
  • You don’t mind using data to refine programs and improve student outcomes, using a learning-focused framework. You have strong analytical skills.

What You’ll Do

  • Design, implement, and assess August and January orientation programs around development and transition theory, grounded in the Student Success plan and Student Life curriculum
  • Hire, train, and supervise student interns and other relevant student staff
  • Work closely with various departments on campus to coordinate orientation and programming logistics
  • Create ongoing opportunities to assist in the academic and social transition and integration of first-year students to the Reed community
  • Coordinate with other offices to provide a comprehensive calendar and guide for first-year students
  • Provide individual support to first and second year students returning to Reed after time away
  • Guide and support students as they plan activities and experience hands-on learning with skills like event registration, advertising, problem solving and assessment


Bachelor’s degree required. Master's degree preferred. Experience working with orientation programs. Experience engaging with and leading diverse groups and individuals. Experience promoting and advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives.

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 the 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. However, priority will be given to those who apply before Monday, March 16, 2020. Applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled. 

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.