Whittier College is an independent, four-year Liberal Arts College distinguished by its small size (1600 undergraduates) and a nationally-recognized liberal arts program.Whittier College has a history of strong and innovative interdisciplinary programs and a diverse student body.The College is ideally situated in the scenic hills eighteen miles east of downtown Los Angeles.
Director, Office of Student Engagement The Director of the Office of Student Engagement will provide visionary leadership for the planning, administration, supervision, and evaluation of co-curricular and curricular educationally purposeful student engagement programs and services. The incumbent will develop and implement assessable programs and services, aligned with the mission of the Division and College and designed to complement and enhance the academic experience. This department will also be steeped in the framework of providing an equitable educational experience for the diverse learners attending the College and ensuring students have a college experience centered by a holistic approach to student engagement and development.
Hours: Monday - Friday, 40 hours per week Exempt Status: Exempt Full Time/Part Time status: Full time Salary Range: $48,000-52,000; Salary will commensurate with experience, skills, and knowledge.
Reports to: Associate Dean for Student Life
Location/Department: Whittier College (Main Campus)/Office of Student Engagement
1. Strategic Leadership
Oversee all departmental functions and administration for the Office of Student Engagement.
Supervise 2 professional staff (2 Assistant Directors and Program Coordinator/Office Manager), 1 Graduate Assistant, and office student staff
Direct staff in short and long term planning, goal and strategy setting, program, policy and procedures development, learning outcome assessment, and program evaluation.
Manage two departmental budgets and responsible for overseeing all student organization accounts.
Manage the Office of Student Engagement marketing and branding (i.e. webpage, social media, and print marketing)
Responsible for hiring, supervising, training, and evaluating professional and clerical staff and ensures effective daily operation of offices.
Responsible for the development and oversight of student leadership activities and a comprehensive student leadership development program.
Effectively collaborates with departments in the Division of Student Life, Academic Affairs, as well as other internal and external constituents.
Collects, analyzes, and reviews data in developing progress reports and evaluations for making data-guided decisions and recommendations regarding the various student engagement programs and services.
Ensures programs are effectively coordinated and managed to maximize student learning and development as outlined in CAS (Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education) standards.
Supervise and provide visionary leadership for Societies.
Oversee the management of the Campus Labs software and Engage platform.
Serves as a team member for the Campus Life Cluster leadership team.
Works in close collaboration with Housing and Residential Life, Office of Equity and Inclusion, and the Poet Entertainment staff.
2. Event Management and Coordination
Oversee the Coordination of the Office of Student Engagement Events that provide students opportunities to build upon cultural capital, build community, develop leadership competencies, and explore their surroundings (i.e., assist with Helping Hands Service Day, SportsFest Competition, First Six Week Programming, Blood/Toy Drives, and Concerts)
Assist the Division of Student Life with Orientation programming and initiatives
Ensures programming provides opportunities for growth in social and cultural awareness, leadership skills, personal development, and service to the College and the community.
Assist in the development of College spirit through creative interaction among students, staff, faculty and members of the local community.
Enforce policy for student clubs/organizations regarding publicity and programming; adjudicate policy violations.
Oversee the event management reservation system for the College; collaborate with departments on campus to approve in/outdoor spaces, catering, facility set-ups, and media technology.
Oversee and manage the travel waiver process for student organization travel off-campus.
Serve as the risk management officer for all student clubs and organization events and activities
In conjunction with the VP for Business and Finance, facilitate the signing of contracts or agreements between student groups and off campus vendors and entertainers.
Supervise the facilities and programs of the Campus Center including courtyard, student lounge, and Club 88.
3. Student Advisement
Develop, maintain, and communicate student organization resources, policies, and procedures
Advise the Associated Students of Whittier College (ASWC), Senate in their management student body fees and ASWC sponsored activities/programs.
Oversee the Assistant Director who will advise Program Board in the execution of large-scale events for the entire student body.
Oversee student organization registration, recognition, and regular updating of leadership information; maintain organizational records; advisement of governing bodies (i.e. Inter-Club Council, Inter-Society Council, Diversity Council, Social Justice Coalition, and Media Council).
Advise student groups on issues of safety and liability.
Non-Essential Functions of the Job: 1. Represent the College as appropriate in its relationship with the community, government agencies, professional organizations, and other groups 2. Assist the Dean of Students in planning and executing all co-curricular aspects of the fall and spring orientation programs 3. Serve as a resource to the commuter student population in collaboration with the Cultural Center, Commuter Student Association, and the ASWC 4. Attend division-wide meetings 5. Serve on institutional committees as requested 6. Other duties as assigned by the Vice President and Dean of Students or designee
Position Specifications and Requirements: Previous Experience:
Event planning and management for large events
Student advising (of student government and publications helpful)
Leadership development models and theory
Student Development Theory
Risk management training and experience
Learning Outcome and Program Assessment
Previous Greek Life and Society experience.
Knowledge and Education:
Three to five years' professional experience in student activities and a commitment to the ideals of liberal arts education.
Experience working with multicultural, diversity, and equity programs/departments.
Experience with student government, full range of student organization programming, event management and leadership development desirable.
Understanding of Student Development theory, program evaluation, and learning outcome assessment.
Application Deadline: 3/25/19
The position is based in Whittier, California. To be considered for this position, please submit your cover letter and resume to: email@example.com or mail to Whittier College, Attn: Human Resources Manager, 13406 E Philadelphia Street Whittier, CA 90608. AA/AOE.
Whittier College is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against employees or applicants because of race, religion creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, or sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by State or Federal Law.
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Whittier College is a residential four-year liberal arts institution that prepares students from diverse backgrounds to excel in a complex global society. Through challenging, interactive courses, taught by accomplished professors, students learn to make connections across disciplines, understand cultural perspectives, and integrate learning with practical application. Inspired by a Quaker heritage, the Whittier education equips students to be active citizens and effective communicators who embrace diversity and act with integrity.