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Director of Student Engagement

Apply now Job no: 492672
Work type: Exempt Staff
Location: Gambier, OH

Kenyon College is conducting a search for a qualified candidate to fill the position of Director of Student Engagement. In cooperation with other Student Affairs staff members, the Director shares an awareness of and concern for all aspects of each student's academic, residential and co-curricular life. The work of the Director of Student Engagement includes evening and weekend responsibilities.  This is a 12-month position and includes a generous benefits package.

The scope of the Director’s responsibilities includes:

  • Staff supervision
  • Social events policy administration
  • Greek system oversight
  • Student organization support
  • Programming coordination
  • General student affairs administration



  • Supervise Student Engagement staff; conduct annual performance evaluations of professional and support staff in keeping with the College’s professional development program.
  • Collaborate with other Student Affairs staff members in conducting training/professional development programs for professional and student staff members throughout the Division of Student Affairs.
  • Lead efforts in review of office workflow, policies, and procedures to ensure clear expectations and provide exemplary customer service 


  • Serve as the primary administrator for Kenyon College Greek Life, comprising one governing council, six inter/national fraternities, four sororities (three local, one national), and one local co-ed service society.
  • Advise Greek Council by attending weekly executive and general meetings as well as other committees and events affiliated with the Council.
  • Oversee Greek programmatic efforts including, but not limited to: formal and informal membership recruitment, new member education programming, community alumni initiatives, Greek Weekend, and Greek Day of Service.
  • Assist Greek Council in the management of the Standards of Excellence chapter accreditation process.



  • Manage the implementation, training, and overall administration of the student organization management system. 
  • Manage all Student Engagement controlled facilities:
    • Gund Commons spaces, Craft Center, Black Box Theatre, Colburn Hall, Weaver Cottage, Horn Gallery, WKCO radio station and recording booth, publications offices, student organization resource center.
    • Assist in the planning and design of new student spaces as they are built and come online.
  • Assist in the continued growth of the campus programming board, Social Board.
  • Advise the campus radio station, WKCO 91.9 FM
  • Oversee the social events with alcohol process for student organization events on campus with alcohol.
  • Oversee program coordination efforts for programs such as Homecoming, Newman Week, Late Night Breakfast, and orientation welcome events.
  • Advise various Student Council committees as needed, such as the Senior Class Committee.
  • Collaborate on Campus Life area social media strategy.
  • Hire, train, and supervise one or more student interns on work ranging from general office assistance to long-term special projects.
  • Responsible for strategic planning, evaluation, and assessment for all areas of responsibility. 
  • Partner with campus offices such as Student Rights and Responsibilities, Residential Life, Alumni and Parent Engagement, Community Partners, Athletics, and Academics to best serve students.
  • Facilitate opportunities for learning and student development among student leaders.
  • Participate in activities and events as a member of the Division of Student Affairs.
  • Participate in the “on call” rotation for Student Affairs.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Must be within thirty (30) minutes of campus while fulfilling on-call responsibilities (generally 2-4 weeks per semester).   Work is generally performed in an office environment but may also require being able to navigate between and within campus facilities including up and down stairs and being outside in various weather conditions.  Valid driver’s license and meet campus requirements to drive campus vehicles.  Ability to lift and carry 20 lbs. regularly and move tables, chairs, and other furniture.  Evening and weekend work is frequent and required.    


Master’s degree in higher education, student affairs, counseling, or a related field and five to eight years of professional experience in higher education required.  Supervisory experience as well as experience working with Greek life, student leadership, and programming boards preferred.  Committed to and familiar with the values and needs of a small, private, liberal arts college.  Sensitivity and commitment to issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion.  Strong sense of organizational and administrative skills.  Effective verbal and written communication skills.  Demonstrated interest in working with and mentoring college students.   

Kenyon College is a nationally prominent, private liberal arts college where academic excellence goes hand in hand with a strong sense of community and close relationships among students and professors.

Compensation and Benefits

Salaries at Kenyon are competitive and commensurate with experience. In addition to an attractive salary, Kenyon offers benefits for employees and their family members. Children of employees are eligible for 100% tuition waivers at Kenyon, and through the Great Lakes Colleges Association, children of employees are eligible for 85% tuition waivers at fifteen other of the nation's finest liberal arts colleges.

We also offer health and dental insurance, TIAA/CREF retirement (suspended for the 20-21 year), and many other benefits, including provisions for a spouse, families, and domestic partners. Details about benefits as well as conditions of employment are described more fully in our Staff Handbook.

Kenyon is a unique place to live and work. To discover why it should be your next home, click here.

Kenyon College is an equal opportunity employer and applications from members of all underrepresented groups are encouraged. It is the College's policy to evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, physical and/or mental disability, age, religion, medical condition, veteran status, marital status, or any other characteristic protected by institutional policy or state, local, or federal law. Kenyon College has a strong commitment to supporting diversity, equity and inclusion. Please visit our Diversity at Kenyon website.

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