Beloit College — Executive Director, Beloit College Activity & Recreation Center

Beloit College, founded in 1846 when the state of Wisconsin was still a territory, has been recognized for its long-standing commitment to curricular innovation and mentorship in a residential setting. A central tenet of a Beloit education has always been to situate liberal education in the context of the world in which it will be practiced. Throughout its history, Beloit College has articulated that commitment through its dedication to experiential learning in interdisciplinary and international contexts. A flexible curriculum, grounded in rigorous study, encourages independent research, fieldwork, and collaboration with peers and professors. Teaching is the faculty’s highest priority and all professors are also active scholars and artists. A strong tradition of student-teacher collaboration contributes to the College’s lively and diverse intellectual community. Beloit’s 1,350 students are from nearly every state, the District of Columbia, and 40 nations. Twenty-seven percent of its students are underrepresented students or students from countries other than the United States. Beloit’s wooded forty-acre campus includes 41 major academic and residential buildings in a range of architectural styles, winding pathways, expansive lawns, displays of public art, and ancient burial mounds.

Seeking to distinguish itself from other facilities of its kind, The Powerhouse will repurpose a decommissioned power station on the nearby Rock River into Beloit College’s cutting-edge, 115,000 square foot student center that integrates key elements of a student union, recreation center, and athletics facility into one transformative community space. This $38 million, sustainably designed project will bring the Beloit community together in an historic setting that boldly embraces the future. Incorporated into The Powerhouse are collaborative meeting/seminar spaces, informal gathering and hang-out spots, an indoor running/walking track, a competitive pool, a cafe, student organization space, a fieldhouse with an artificial turf floor, special events space, fitness space, outdoor decks over the Rock River, and a public riverwalk. Opening in the fall of 2019, The Powerhouse will be the centerpiece of student life and community engagement on the Beloit campus. For more information on the project, visit

Reporting to the Dean of Students in the Division of Student Life, the Executive Director of the Beloit College Activity & Recreation Center (The Powerhouse) provides strategic, dynamic, and creative leadership in the construction, program development, and ongoing management of this trailblazing project. As a critical cog in the College’s economic future, The Powerhouse will create an environment where community is encouraged and celebrated; student wellness, athletic, and engagement programming intersect in synergistic ways; and adaptive reuse and eco-friendly design make it a groundbreaking model for sustainable practices. Until its opening, the Executive Director will engage and consult campus stakeholders and advise senior leaders on design decisions that advance the project vision, as well as collaborate with students, faculty, staff, and community partners to develop the College’s comprehensive student engagement, athletic, and recreation program. Following its opening, the Executive Director will cultivate and grow the program, serve as the senior administrator, manage staff and resources, engage students in professional and leadership opportunities, and innovatively utilize The Powerhouse to meet the needs of Beloit’s diverse and ever-changing student body.

Minimum qualifications include a bachelor’s degree, with a master’s degree in student affairs, recreation, health promotion, or business preferred, as well as seven to ten years of progressively responsible experience developing reputation and mission enhancing programs and/or facilities (e.g., student engagement, student union/center, recreation programming, etc.). Proven leadership, interpersonal, innovation, and communication skills are highly desired. Additionally, successful candidates will possess experience developing and supervising professional staff; the ability to effectively manage multiple competing priorities and coordinate complex administrative operations; familiarity with current trends and best practices in higher education; a demonstrated commitment to the ideals and principles of equity, inclusion, and social justice; strong human relations skills; and effective management, motivation, conflict resolution, and problem-solving skills.

Because equity and inclusion are central to our students’ liberal education and vital to the thriving of all members of our residential learning community, Beloit College aspires to be an actively anti-racist institution. We recognize our aspiration as ongoing and institution-wide, involving collective commitment and accountability. We welcome employees who are committed to, and will actively contribute to, our efforts to celebrate our cultural and intellectual richness and be resolute in advancing inclusion and equity. We encourage all interested individuals meeting the criteria of the described position to apply.

Review of applications will begin October 13, 2017, and will continue until the position is filled. A resume with an accompanying cover letter may be submitted via the Spelman Johnson website at Nominations for this position may be emailed to J. Scott Derrick at Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.

Beloit College – Executive Director of the Beloit College Activity & Recreation Center
J. Scott Derrick, Search Associate

Visit the Beloit College website at