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Director of Student Engagement — Student Life

April 15, 2020


Earlham College is accepting applications for the position of Director of Student Engagement in the Student Life Division. This is a full-time, 12-month administrative faculty appointment. Salary is commensurate with experience, and includes a benefit package.

The Director of Student Engagement is primarily responsible for the development and oversight of a robust student leadership program and coordination of organizational advising and student activities in collaboration with the Assistant Director of Student Engagement. The Director plays an active role in the general administration of the departments and is an active member of the Division of Student Life.

At all times, the Director models respect for student concerns, respectful engagement with College constituencies, and supports the College mission. Utilizing exceptional communication, interpersonal and organizational skills, the Director establishes collaborative relationships within the division as well as a variety of campus resources beyond Student Life.

Primary Duties & Responsibilities

Within the Student Life Division, this position will create, develop and provide oversight of student leadership initiatives. Specifically:

  • Develop, implement and benchmark a student leadership curriculum, programs and concepts for the campus community in a manner that supports the academic mission and goals.
  • Develop, implement and benchmark curriculum and co-curriculum programming opportunities specific to diversity, inclusion and Title IX in collaboration with the Title IX Coordinator.
  • Audit, review and recreate risk management policies and training for student government and organizations in conjunction with the Department of Public Safety; advise Student Life colleagues as appropriate.
  • Train and serve as the faculty adviser for Earlham Student Government.
  • Serve as the co-adviser for 50+ student clubs and organizations ranging from service, cultural, political, religious, and special interest.
  • Develop and coordinate biannual training for student leaders and faculty advisers.
  • Work collaboratively with the other divisions of the College (such as the Center for Global and Career Education and the Center for Social Justice) to expand civic and community service locally and through national opportunities, i.e., alternative service breaks.
  • Manage, track and oversee multiple large budgets ranging from student fees, campus programming, and student organization budgets.
  • Provide training and direct oversight for the Student Organizations Council.
  • Provide oversight and assist with the training of the Student Activities Board in conjunction with the Assistant Director.
  • Assist the Assistant Director with on-site support and supervision of events.
  • Assist with coordination of sending campus delegates to student activities conference(s).
  • Work collaboratively with Events and Operations on large campus and Richmond community events.
  • Work collaboratively with Outdoor Education, Residence Life and other offices across campus to create and sponsor Earlham Excursions.
  • Serve as part of the on-call rotation for crisis or critical incident response.
  • Serve as faculty adviser to student organizations as needed.
  • Serve on the Campus Living Advisory Committee, Homecoming Committee, etc.
  • Engagement with appropriate regional and/or national professional development organizations.

Experience & Qualifications

  • A bachelor’s degree is required; a master’s degree in Student Affairs, Higher Education, or related field of study is preferred.
  • Five to seven years of relevant experience in Student Engagement or Student Leadership, with student programming and/or orientation is strongly desired.
  • Ability to design, implement and assess training and programming curricula.
  • Understanding of the liberal arts mission, and/or commitment to learning and supporting an educational model focused on the whole person and critical thinking.
  • Successful experience at the collegiate level in the area of program coordination and student organization advising.
  • The successful candidate must possess strong interpersonal skills, oral and written communication skills, and the ability to manage multiple priorities in an organized manner.
  • Previous experience related to diversity education and training; willingness to partner with campus colleagues in the co-curricular development of leadership and diversity competencies for students.
  • Basic proficiency with technology and social media; previous budgetary management.
  • Ability to communicate successfully with people from diverse backgrounds and an expressed commitment to uphold and further Earlham's Diversity Aspirations Vision Statement.
  • Knowledge and commitment to student development theory and the changing needs of college students is essential.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Direct experience advising student government; management of student leadership/organizations within a college or university environment.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience utilizing a theoretical foundation related to the principles and practices of leadership development and application; experience with Social Change model or similar is helpful.
  • Previous experience with a values-centered advising model and engagement with teaching faculty on a highly diverse campus; international experience is a plus.
  • Commitment to ongoing professional development and/or experience contributing to broader campus service and professional organizations within student affairs and higher education.
  • Familiarity with the principles of consensus, sustainability and a culture of global concern.

Application Instructions

Qualified applicants are asked to submit a letter of interest, resume, and contact information for three references in a single PDF or MS Word file to: 

Human Resources Office
Earlham College
801 National Road West
Richmond, IN 47374-4095

Phone: 765-983-1393

The application review begins immediately, and the search will remain open until the position is filled.

Earlham College is an Equal Opportunity Employer that seeks applications from candidates who contribute to diversity in terms of race, ethnicity, age, religious affiliation, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, and veteran status, among other distinctions and contributions. As a College with a Quaker identity, Earlham also is eager to solicit applications from members of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).

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Earlham College, an independent, residential college, aspires to provide the highest-quality undergraduate education in the liberal arts and sciences, shaped by the distinctive perspectives of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).

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801 National Road West
Richmond, Indiana
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