Eastern Nazarene College, a fully accredited Christian liberal arts college on Boston’s south shore, is seeking a Director of Student Engagement and Transitions to lead strategic efforts to promote undergraduate student transitions, connections, belonging, and engagement on campus. This role promotes a vibrant campus life by overseeing campus activities, new student programs and initiatives, student government, co-curricular engagement, student clubs and organizations, and student leadership development. This position also coordinates the Embark initiative, a comprehensive onboarding initiative for new students.
As a member of the Student Development team, the work of this position is to contribute to the departmental experience outcomes areas of student growth, student success, student wellbeing, and student belonging. The work of this role is to include both innovative and established best practices, to be highly collaborative in its design and execution, and to be routinely evaluated. This position supervises a team of student leaders and two part-time para-professional staff.
Please submit your resume, along with a cover letter, and provide a statement of faith – a brief statement that describes your Christian commitment and your participation in a faith community – to firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Student Transitions
- Oversee “Embark”, the umbrella initiative for new student onboarding
- Design and facilitate new student programming, including Launch
- Design and facilitate curriculum details for all sections of First Year Foundations course
- Hire, manage, and train First Year Foundations instructors
- Hire, manage, and train peer educators for Launch and Course leadership roles
- Coordinate faculty, process, and details for First Year Academic Workshops
- Coordinate presenters, schedule, and programming of First Year Enrichment Workshops
- Supervise and advise Graduate Assistant focused on new student transitions
- Develop and manage budgets for Embark programs
- Assist admissions with communication to new students and their families
- Assess the experience of new students, adapting programming and initiatives to improve their experience
- Support admissions in communicating pre-arrival information to incoming students
Student Organizations and Leadership
- Advise Student Government Association and related clubs and organizations, and provide training, guidance, and accountability for students
- Manage Presence.io system and associated event planning processes
- Coordinate a student activities programming calendar, in cooperation with other departments
- Facilitate the development and execution of a coordinated student leader development program
- Supervise and advise Graduate Assistant focused on SGA and activities programming
- Manage budget lines associated with SGA and associated programming
- Annually assess the various programs represented by the Student Engagement Office
- Serve on teams and committees as assigned, including Student Development Leadership Team and
- Perform other related duties as assigned
- Master’s degree required with a minimum five years of management experience in the field of higher education
- Must possess strong interpersonal, communication, presentation, critical thinking and strategic leadership skills. A proven ability to plan and implement programs with quantifiable results is required
- Demonstrated experience delivering programs to diverse student audiences
- Ability to work with and support underrepresented populations, and deep commitment to advancing diversity and inclusion goals
- Knowledge of national trends associated with historically underrepresented student populations with a working knowledge of those trends in higher education is highly desired
- Teaching experience at the undergraduate level is valued
- Flexibility, resourcefulness, and ability to adapt in a variety of situations
- Eager and able to learn a range of skills and apply knowledge appropriately to best serve students
- Foster a strong and vibrant personal-Christian faith that integrates the following Mission and Vision Statement, and the Defining Values of Eastern Nazarene College in every aspect of the work environment
Who We Are
Eastern Nazarene College is a fully accredited Christian liberal arts college and member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) with approximately 1,000 students distributed across residential undergraduate, graduate, and adult studies programs. Nestled in a residential neighborhood minutes from downtown Boston, the college’s picturesque New England campus is a window into the world. While our faculty are leaders in their fields, actively involved in publishing and research, they are devoted to teaching and mentoring students in a nurturing, spiritually informed, and academically supportive environment. Students are encouraged to travel, engage in service projects, and participate in internship experiences as a part of their education. Through their classes, work experiences in Boston, and mission trips around the world, students are challenged to open their minds and hearts, preparing them for a lifetime of meaningful work and service to our nation and the world.
Our benefits include health, dental, tuition benefits for employee and dependents, generous paid time off, life and disability insurance, and more. In addition, as a staff or faculty member in our multi-cultural and close-knit community, you’ll enjoy a variety of unique benefits as you play an active role in achieving our mission and supporting our community.
Applicants should be committed Christians and active in a local church. Preference in hiring is given to those with Wesleyan convictions and background, though qualified applicants from other Christian traditions will be considered as well. www.enc.edu
Eastern Nazarene College provides a transformational education that equips diverse students to lead and serve our world as agents of Christ’s love and truth.
Eastern Nazarene College will be widely-recognized as a leader in innovative Christian education, renowned for excellence in student achievement, vibrant intercultural community, and global impact
- Holistic education: We provide a holistic educational experience in the liberal arts and professional studies that integrates spiritual, academic, emotional, and social development.
- Christian community: We facilitate the building of loving relationships so that we reflect the Spirit of Christ in our life together.
- Student-centered: We orient our work around the success of our students, making every effort to be responsive to the unique needs, aspirations, and backgrounds of each one.
- Wesleyan: Consistent with our rich Wesleyan holiness tradition, we create and maintain an environment which awakens and fosters truth, righteousness, and justice as made possible by God’s transforming grace through Jesus Christ.
- Civility and hospitality: We intentionally welcome and embrace people from diverse cultures, viewpoints, and faith traditions.
- Servanthood: We model servant leadership to our students and community by building a culture of listening, respect, encouragement, and support.
- Authenticity and transparency: We are deliberately honest in our relationships, candid in our communication, and transparent in our governance in order to foster trust and confidence.
- Excellence: In an effort to provide “the best in education and the best in Christian faith,” we strive for excellence that honors God in all our endeavors.
- Strategic innovation: While remaining deeply rooted in our mission, we are boldly creative and innovative in the methods we employ.
- Accountability: We keep promises, honor commitments, meet and exceed expectations, and are willing to be held accountable for the faithful fulfillment of our responsibilities.
Our lifestyle guidelines reflect the mission of Eastern Nazarene College and Manual of the Church of the Nazarene, including the Agreed Statement of Belief, The Covenant of Christian Character and The Covenant of Christian Conduct. The premise of our lifestyle guidelines is to exemplify such personal, moral, and religious conduct as shall be above reproach. This lifestyle premise is for everyone working and living on campus: students, faculty, staff, and administration. This lifestyle premise is a rationale for desirable behavior and attitudes.
We, as a Christian community, commit ourselves to the admonition of the Apostle Paul that we build our community up in love for each other. We will actively endeavor to be supportive and caring for each other in spite of whatever differences may develop concerning the operation of the College. While honest differences may exist and be vigorously debated, the College will not condone personal attacks on other members of the community.
To be in accord with the purposes and spirit of the College and with the doctrines and standards of the Church of the Nazarene, our lifestyle practices exclude: engaging in sexual acts outside of Christian marriage as defined by the Church of the Nazarene, the use of pornography, any acts of abuse, bullying or harassment, the use of profanity, gambling, theft, dishonesty, using tobacco in any form, participation in the occult and any other behavior that is detrimental to authentic Christian community and the maintenance of an atmosphere conducive to abundant life.
The historic understanding of ENC and the Church of the Nazarene with respect to alcohol is that abstinence best reflects our commitments to Christ, to our community and to holy living. This position is rooted in our acknowledgement of the destructive consequences in individuals, families and communities that can stem from the use of alcohol and demonstrates our commitment to standing in solidarity with those who have suffered from these consequences. As a result, it continues to be our strong preference that all employees abstain from the use of alcoholic beverages. However, we respect the fact that our employees come from a variety of denominational backgrounds that may not share this commitment to abstinence. Our expectation, therefore, is that all employees will abide by the behavioral commitments of their local church, will avoid drunkenness, and will under no circumstances possess, use, promote or distribute alcoholic beverages on campus, at any college event, or in the presence of students.
Additionally, ENC prohibits the possession, use, distribution or manufacture of illegal drugs and recreational marijuana, and the misuse of prescription drugs.
The College expects all employees to live by this lifestyle premise. We ask for an understanding of the need for lifestyle standards, a good spirit in keeping them, and cooperative efforts in improving them. As ENC employees, we ask you to consider the larger picture that what we do and the manner in which we do it reflects on ENC and affects the life of our entire community. We encourage prayerful discernment in all decision-making, as our desire is to glorify God in all our efforts.
Eastern Nazarene College policy prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, sex, religion*, age, color, creed, national or ethnic origin, marital status, disability, genetic information, or any other protected class in all aspects of employment including the decision to hire, promote, discipline, or discharge. We actively encourage applications from underrepresented groups.*
*Christian Faith and employment at Eastern Nazarene College: Eastern Nazarene College is an expression of the Church of the Nazarene. It reserves the right to prefer employees on the basis of religion (Title VII, Section 702-703, U.S. Civil Rights Act of 1964). Preferred candidates demonstrate a strong commitment to the Christian faith, active participation in a local church, and a philosophy of Christian higher education consistent with the Wesleyan tradition.