Beloit College — Executive Director of the Beloit College Activity and Recreation Center

Beloit College, ideally located on a majestic, wooded 40-acre campus in southern Wisconsin, aims to chart new territory in higher education by creatively weaving together a program of student engagement, recreation, wellness, and athletics that transforms the residential learning experience for students. We envision this program aggressively advancing the college’s shared commitments to student success and equity in a newly repurposed space that celebrates and preserves elements of our community’s proud industrial history.

Sustainably repurposed at $38 million, and scheduled to open in the fall of 2019, the Powerhouse turns a decommissioned power station along the Rock River into a cutting-edge, Studio Gang-designed, 115,000 square foot student life hub. Incorporated into the Powerhouse are collaborative meeting spaces, informal gathering and hang-out spots, an indoor running/walking track, a competition pool, a cafe, student organization space, a fieldhouse with artificial turf, a special events space, fitness center, and outdoor decks overlooking a public walk alongside the Rock River. More detailed information about the Powerhouse can be found at

The Executive Director will provide visionary, creative leadership for developing mission-centric programming that builds upon the assets of Beloit’s diverse community and ensures that all its members thrive in this environment. Reporting to the Dean of Students and engaging as a crucial member of the Student Life Leadership Team, the Executive Director manages two professional staff and relevant budgets, partners to manage health and food service contracts, administers the daily operations of the Powerhouse, and collaborates with an invested cast of curious, clever, and principled students, faculty, and staff to develop compelling, transformative programs that activate and connect student engagement, recreation, wellness, and athletics in ways that powerfully promote student learning and well-being.

Minimum education requirement is a bachelor’s degree, though an advanced degree in related fields such as higher education administration, student services, health promotion, or community development will be attractive. Competitive candidates will have five to seven years of experience developing engagement or educational programs and will demonstrate their ability to engage complex stakeholder groups, set and communicate vision and priorities, and demonstrate mission-driven results. Previous program leadership should demonstrate creative thinking, collaborative success, and experience prioritizing equity and inclusion in those programs.

Experienced program builders outside of the higher education industry are welcome to apply, including professionals working in non-profit organizations or conducting community organizing; relevant programmatic experience from within higher education might include experience in the sub-fields of student engagement, student union/center management, or wellness/recreation. Previous work in a college setting is desirable, but not required.

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 March 30, and continue until the position is filled. A resume with an accompanying cover letter which describes, at the minimum, the candidate’s experiences relative to innovative program building and leadership 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.

Spelman Johnson
Beloit College-Executive Director of the Beloit College Activity and Recreation Center
J. Scott Derrick, Search Associate

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