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Associate Director of Student Leadership & Engagement

Amherst, Massachusetts
Closing date
May 25, 2024

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Associate Director of Student Leadership & Engagement

Amherst Campus

Full Time


Amherst has taken a leadership role among highly selective liberal arts colleges and universities in successfully diversifying the racial, socio-economic, and geographic profile of its student body. The College is similarly committed to enriching its educational experience and its culture through the diversity of its faculty, administration and staff.

Job Description:

Amherst College invites applications for the Associate Director of Student Leadership & Engagement position. The Associate Director of Student Leadership & Engagement is a full-time, year-round position, starting at $65,000 - commensurate with experience. Given Amherst's distinction as one of the most diverse liberal arts colleges in the country, the successful candidate will demonstrate the ways in which they bring value to and will work towards supporting a broadly diverse community.

Reporting to the Director of Student Engagement and Leadership, the Associate Director of Student Engagement and Leadership will serve as the advisor for the Campus Activities Board (CAB), the College's student-run programming board and will oversee the execution of hallmark CAB events and manage the programming board's budget. This position participates in the creation and implementation of campus programming and events aimed at creating an engaged and diverse campus life for Amherst College students. The Associate Director of Student Engagement and Leadership is responsible for the operations of the Keefe Campus Center, Powerhouse, and Ford Hall event spaces. Supports and directs resources to support the development of Registered Student Organizations and student leaders. Takes appropriate actions to support a diverse workforce and participates in the College's efforts to create a respectful, inclusive, and welcoming work environment.

The Associate Director must have the ability to work a flexible schedule, including evenings and weekends, to attend events sponsored by Student Engagement and Leadership and Amherst College student groups.

Summary of Responsibilities:

Event and Program Development

• Advises and supports the Campus Activities Board (CAB) Coordinates, executes, and evaluates CAB hallmark programming, such as Farm Fest, Homecoming Bonfire, and Spring Concert, in addition to a variety of small-scale programs. Oversees annual budget of approximately $180,000 and manages CAB co-sponsorship funding requests.
• Coordinates marketing, advertising material, and social media for Student Engagement and Leadership and CAB sponsored events/programs.
• Builds partnerships and collaborations across departments to provide campus-wide programs and events designed to build community and foster student engagement on campus.

Facility Management

• Responsible for coordinating the management of Keefe Campus Center in collaboration with the Director of Student Engagement and Leadership, Amherst College Facilities, and Informational Technology.
• Oversees the management and upkeep of Student Engagement and Leadership spaces: Powerhouse, Ford Hall, O'Connor Commons.
• Provides operational and programmatic support for both large and small-scale events at the Student Engagement event spaces.
• Maintain the reservation system for the Student Engagement Spaces with support from the Student Engagement and Leadership Office Manager.
• Serves as the primary administrator of the Event Management System on behalf of the Office of Student Engagement and Leadership

Supervisory Responsibilities

• Responsible for the training and support of Student Engagement and Leadership student workers to assist in support needs in Keefe Campus Center, Powerhouse, and Ford Hall event venues.
• Oversee the recruiting, hiring, training, and evaluation of the Campus Activities Board executive board members, meeting with them weekly on a one-on-one basis, large-scale traditional event logistics with Registered Student Organizations (RSOs), and supporting them at their events.
• Provides support to the Office Manager of Student Engagement and Leadership regarding certain EMS scheduling needs, and operational needs of the Keefe Campus Center.
• Manages office of Student Engagement and Leadership's student employment initiatives, creating office standards and guidelines for hiring, onboarding, evaluating, etc.

Student Organizational Support

• Manages large, scale traditional event logistics with Registered Student Organizations (RSOs) including large Powerhouse events and dance showcases.
• Provides support and mentorship for student leaders and over 100 RSOs.
• Maintains and oversees student group usage of spaces, working closely with the EMS system and Anthology Engage platform.



• Master's Degree
• 2-4 years of experience in student affairs/activities
• Experience in student-staff training, program development, and program creation
• Strong supervision and programming experience
• Proficiency in MS Office Suite and Google programs and the ability to learn new software programs
• Robust understanding of academic priorities, the educational mission of institutions, and ways in which student activities, programs, and functions can promote student engagement, advance student learning, and contribute to achieving desired learning goals
• Strong time-management, organizational, verbal, and written communication and interpersonal skills
• Ability to be resourceful and solve problems creatively
• Experience in managing event and program budgets
• Evidence-based commitment to supporting a diverse student community. Commitment to fostering inclusive communities through leadership and programming.
• Successful completion of a CORI check


• Knowledge of principles and practices of student activities, programs, and services at comparable colleges and universities.
• Working knowledge of Virtual EMS and Anthology Engage platform.

Amherst College offers many opportunities for professional growth and development, continued learning, and career advancement.

Amherst College is pleased to provide a comprehensive, highly competitive benefits package that meets the needs of staff and faculty and their families. Benefits are an important part of our overall compensation, so it is critical that you review all of the options to ensure it meets your total compensation requirements. Click here for

Interested candidates are asked to submit a resume and cover letter online at . Please be sure to upload all requested documents prior to clicking Submit. Applications cannot be revised once submitted.(Current employees and students should apply by clicking on the Career icon from their Workday home screen) Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

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