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Program Coordinator, Office for Student Engagement

Student Engagement

The Program Coordinator establishes and maintains an active, highly-visible, and deeply-engaged presence to create and implement social and educational programs. This position enriches the quality of life on campus through the development of community building, celebration of traditions, and student event support. In addition, this position will work specifically to develop students’ self-awareness, leadership, and self-advocacy through oversight of their work with student interns and clubs/organizations. This position is highly collaborative with the Multicultural Resource Center and SEEDS - community engagement, to center the experiences of under-represented students. The Program Coordinator strives to develop and implement programs and services that align with both the Student Success plan and the Student Life curriculum and adjust with the evolving needs of students. 

The Program Coordinator is part of the Office for Student Engagement (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 generally 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 enjoy designing programs and others compliment you on your program design skills.
  • Planning events and managing projects is fun.  You can juggle multiple detailed tasks.
  • You are an active listener and flexible in your communication style. 
  • You enjoy public speaking and  presenting to audiences of varying sizes and contexts.
  • 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 understand and value intersectional and historical frameworks of diversity, equity, and inclusion. You have experience applying social justice frameworks in your work.
  • You take initiative to get things done, others would describe you as a self starter.
  • You are a creative and inventive problem-solver, not just a problem-identifier.
  • You exercise good judgment and make effective, timely, and informed decisions. 

What You’ll Do

  • Design and implement the Gray Fund Program, which includes hiring, training and supervising student interns. 
  • Oversee late night & weekend programming. Develop marketing materials and strategies for late night and weekend programs. Coordinate semesterly programs for the campus community.
  • Advise student organizations. Provide guidance and support to multiple student organizations. 
  • Work collaboratively with other staff in Student Life connect program and service across campus


Bachelor’s degree required. Master's degree preferred. Experience engaging with and leading diverse groups and individuals. Experience promoting and advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives in higher education or in a similarly complex corporate or nonprofit organization.

Working Conditions

This position is exempt and work schedules are influenced by student, staff, and community needs. Evening and weekend work is generally predictable based upon programming and event schedules.  

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 September 18, 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.