Canisius Employment Opportunities

Director of Student Engagement

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Work type: Full-time Staff
Location: Buffalo
Categories: Student Affairs

Director of Student Engagement

The Director of Student Engagement is responsible for providing a culturally relevant and inclusive campus programming environment that supports academic and social development and the mission of Canisius College. The Director of Student Engagement collaborates with the Assistant Dean of Students and Director of the Multicultural Student Center. This is a full-time, 12 month, exempt position that reports to the Associate Vice President for Student Life.


  • Oversee the activities of all recognized student clubs and organizations
    • Create and monitor campus organizations 
    • Facilitate organization election processes
    • Manage the student events calendar. 
    • Supervise electronic and social media for activities, including Today@Canisius.
    • Maintain all programming-related websites and portal pages.
    • Oversee utilization of finance component
    • Manage and coordinate the approval of all student events
    • Review purchase requests and work with administrative associate to process payments
  • Coordinate and implement campus-wide programming including but not limited to: Griffin Welcome Week, Homecoming, Winter Week, Griff Fest, Senior Week activities, Christmas in the Quad and all Signature Events.
  • Create leadership development opportunities in collaboration with other offices and student groups.
  • Manage and supervise a $1,000,000 club budget process:
    • Reconcile 90+ club budgets monthly. Work with USA’s VP of Business and Finance on allocation of funds and appeal process
  • Serve as administrative advisor for the Undergraduate Student Association.
    • Hold weekly 1:1 meetings with executive board members and attend weekly executive board and senate meetings.
  • Serve as administrative advisor to the Student Programming Board.
    • Hold weekly 1:1 meeting with head of programming board, attend weekly programming board meetings and attend events.
  • Recruit, select, supervise, train, and evaluate graduate assistants.
  • Maintain and coordinate a detailed analysis programming budget, program assessment, and annual reporting.
  • Be available to students and staff at irregular hours, including attending student and college related functions as a representative of the College during weekends and evenings.
  • Coordinate with the Department of Athletics Signature Events.
  • Serve as administrator-on-call on a rotating basis.
  • Assists with other activities as able.

Required Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:

  • Excellent time management and organizational skills.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, commitment to inclusion, and the ability to work well in a team and individually.

Required Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in higher education, student affairs, or related field.
  • Three to five years of full-time work experience in student affairs or related department.
  • Supervision of undergraduate and graduate staff or equivalent supervisory experience.
  • Must have and maintain a valid NYS driver’s license with a positive driving record per the College’s insurance provider.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Training as a Title IX investigator or willingness to be trained as a Title IX investigator.

The Office of Human Resources at Canisius College utilizes an online recruitment management system.

Individuals who need reasonable accommodations under the ADA in order to participate in the search process should contact the Office of Human Resources at (716) 888-2240.

To apply, go to Review of applications begins immediately and will continue until the position is filled.  Please include your cover letter and resume with your application. 

Canisius College, a Catholic and Jesuit University, has as its foundation the fundamental values of academic excellence, leadership, faith and social justice.  Canisius is committed to educating and preparing men and women to become leaders in their professions and their communities, and in service to humanity.  The college is an equal opportunity employer committed to recruiting, supporting, and fostering a diverse community of outstanding faculty, staff and students.         

Compensation and Benefits:

This is a full-time, 12-month position. Benefits are available the first of the month after the full-time employee’s date of hire and include – health, dental and vision insurance, life and long term disability insurance, and retirement plan enrollment is available to full-time employees with contribution from College after one year. Tuition benefits are also available for full-time employees and their qualified dependents.

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