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Assistant/Associate Director of Student Engagement

Apply now Job no: 492722
Work type: Exempt Staff
Location: Gambier, OH

Kenyon College invites applications for the position of Assistant/Associate Director of Student Engagement.In cooperation with other Student Affairs staff members, the Assistant/Associate Director of Student Engagement provides guidance and support to student organizations and individual students. In particular, the Assistant/Associate Director will support affinity-based organizations that enhance a sense of belonging for underrepresented students on Kenyon’s campus. This is an eleven (11) month position, and includes evening and weekend responsibilities.


  • Support and advise students as they plan, schedule, and administer social, cultural and recreational activities and events; provide direction in the coordination and scheduling of co-curricular student programs including assisting student leaders with fiscal management and logistical coordination.
  • Lead efforts to support affinity-based student organizations including the ability to:

Collaborate with a variety of campus departments, namely the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (ODEI).

Design inclusive leadership development opportunities and corresponding campus programming.

Recruit and train advisors to support affinity student organizations.

Review student organization handbook policies to ensure inclusion and accessibility.

Promote campus leadership roles to underrepresented student populations.

  • Plan and execute student organization leadership training and recordkeeping. 
  • Advise the Senior Class Committee of Student Council by providing assistance in regular operations and large, traditional campus programming such as Fandango and Senior Week.
  • Assist in student organization registration processes including rosters management, advisor information and training, and promotion of campus resources to student organizations.
  • Advise the student-run radio station, WKCO FM 91.1, ensuring operations meet College and external standards, such as FCC compliance.  
  • Co-manage student organization programmatic spaces, access, and storage needs. 


  • Advise Social Board (student programming board), providing support for all facets of campus programming.
  • Meet weekly with Social Board leaders to determine weekly meeting agendas and areas of need.
  • Attend weekly Social Board meetings, providing guidance and support for weekend and weeknight on- and off-campus programming.
  • Provide support for major Social Board events, including off-campus trips, providing event support. 
  • Review and sign all contracts for Social Board events.
  • Supervise Social Board’s finances in order to ensure sound financial management and authorization of expenditures.
  • Oversee and execute Summer Sendoff event in collaboration with Social Board members.


  • Hire, train, and supervise one or more student interns on work ranging from general office assistance to long-term special projects.
  • Complete strategic planning, evaluation, and assessment for all areas of responsibility. 
  • Partner with campus offices as appropriate, such as Student Rights and Responsibilities, Residential Life, Alumni and Parent Engagement, Community Partnership, Athletics, and Academic departments.
  • Participate in activities, meetings and events as a member of the Division of Student Affairs.
  • Serve on campus committees as requested.
  • Other duties as assigned.


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.  Must possess a 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.  Two to four years of graduate or professional experience in higher education required.  Experience working with student activities, especially student programming boards, is preferred.  Committed to and familiar with the values and needs of a small, private, residential liberal arts college.  Demonstrated cultural competency and commitment to issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion, and an understanding of the unique intersections of identity and the student experience. 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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