Reporting to the Vice President of Student Life and Dean of Students, the Director of Student Engagement is a key leadership member of the division of Student Life and serves as a colleague to the Student Life Leadership Team. The Director of Student Engagement will lead an outstanding team of three professional staff members who are focused on enriching the student experience at W&J. The Director must: be an strong communicator; provide a strategic vision, informed by national practices, for the education of the whole student; be deeply committed to continuing to foster a diverse and inclusive community and a culture of thoughtful, open, and respectful discourse and debate; be an agent of positive community change; be a strong manager; make and communicate difficult decisions effectively; and be energetic, possess sound judgment, and exhibit joy in working with students.
Duties and Responsibilities
Provide leadership and supervision in the areas of student activities, diversity and multicultural programs, student organizations & leadership and community engagement.
Ability to advance important campus initiatives and divisional goals by extending and enhancing educational experiences; promoting student wellness and resiliency; fostering a vibrant, inclusive, and equitable residential community; and, delivering high-quality student-centered services.
Coordinate the execution of the Magellan Project, in conjunction with faculty and staff colleagues.
Help develop and execute divisional goals and initiatives.
Work collaboratively with others in the division on retention-based programming, including coordinating new student orientation; sophomore experience; and, weekend and social events.
Master's Degree in Higher Education or related field required.
Minimum of 3 years of experience in student activities, student affairs, or related field.
Management experience preferred.
Must be able to perform diverse duties and responsibilities in a high-energy environment with the ability to respond to the changing needs and demands of the faculty, staff, and students.
Must embrace diversity and create a department that is inclusive and accessible.
Must be able to work evenings and weekends as necessary.
Excellent written and verbal communication, public relations, and customer service skills are essential.
Ability to learn and utilize technology including an understanding of using social media to engage students.
Must have strong event and project management skills.
This position requires managing a team of three professional staff members.
Washington & Jefferson is a private liberal arts and sciences college located 30 miles south of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Our dedicated, experienced professors are passionate about teaching and work closely with our students to ensure that they receive a quality, comprehensive education. Our entire community is focused on student success. To that end we offer an On-Time Graduation Guarantee, opportunities to study all over the world through our Magellan Project and a committed staff of career counseling experts. For more than 200 years, our alumni have been influencing change in business, politics, the arts and sciences as CEOs, lawyers, state representatives, doctors, researchers, writers and teachers, and in many other equally worthy professions.