Lamar University: Assistant Director for New Student & Leadership Programs

Monday, December 19, 2016 10:54 AM | Corey Benson (Administrator)

Lamar University 
Assistant Director for New Student & Leadership Programs

Provide meaningful programs and initiatives for students and their families with the transition into and through Lamar University. These initiatives will include new student and parent orientation, parent and family programs, and leadership development programs. The Assistant Director has direct reporting responsibility to the Director of New Student and Leadership Programs.

The Assistant Director for New Student & Leadership Programs responsibilities include:
1.    Provide support to the Director of New Student & Leadership Programs in all matters related to orientation, week of welcome, and year round orientation initiatives for first-year and transfer students.
2.    Hire, train and supervise the 30- 36 Student Orientation Leaders and 2-4 Student Orientation Coordinators.
3.    Create and deliver training program for Orientation Leaders and Orientation Coordinators.
4.    Provide front-line supervision for each orientation program.
5.    Coordinate a variety of parent and family programs, including Parent Association, Parent Weekends, Parent Receptions, Parent Association Newsletter, Parent Association website, and works closely with campus constituents in providing information and programming to parents and families.
6.    Oversee the continuous development, implementation, and evaluation of fall and spring Week of Welcome program, marketing, execution and assessment. Will co-facilitate the Week of Welcome programs with staff in Setzer Student Center and Recreational Sports.
7.    Will work with Recruitment and with Undergraduate Advisement in facilitating collaboration and communication for the delivery of the orientation program.
8.    Assist the Director in the planning and implementation of New Student Convocation.
9.    Serve as a key liaison between the university and families of current students.
10. Prepare and maintain appropriate assessment, reports, and publications.
11. Design and deliver leadership programming to students in consultation with the Director.
12. Assist in leadership training opportunities, in-service workshops, and summer training to the Student Government Association.
13. Assist in leadership training to students and student organizations in collaboration with Setzer Student Center.
14. Use web-based tools for marketing, web design, orientation records, and assessment.
15. Assist the Division of Student Engagement with sponsored events such as Homecoming, Cardinal Previews, Leadership Conferences, Toast to Leadership Banquet, Tailgate, and Big Red Mania.
16. Meet weekly with the Director of New Student & Leadership Programs, and attend regularly scheduled departmental meetings.
17. Participate on departmental, divisional, and university committees and task forces.
18. Ability to work a flexible work schedule including evenings and weekends as needed.

Required Qualifications:
1.     A Master’s degree in student development, counseling, student affairs, or related field from an accredited University is required.
2.     1 year of experience in orientation, new student programs or student activities.
3.     1 year of experience working with paraprofessional student staff members.
4.     Able to use social media and web- based tools for marketing, web design, orientation registration and assessment practices for programs.
5.     Must meet the physical requirements of the position, which will include the ability to move and possible lift up to 30 lbs.
Preferred Qualifications:
1.     Able to be detailed orientated with follow through on program planning and implementation on small and large-scale programs.
2.     Able to develop and deliver training and support to orientation leader staff members that will engage new students and families in a high energy, student led orientation experience to the University.
3.     Demonstrated supervisory and strategic planning skills.
4.     Comfortable with speaking and group facilitation skills.
5.     Ability to organize and meet deadlines for events.
6.     Ability to interact effectively with students, parents, colleagues, University staff and faculty.
7.     Committed to diversity and demonstrated ability to work with diverse populations.

The successful candidate should possess high energy, creative problem solver with strong written and verbal communication skills, a commitment to diversity, and a track record of high productivity and job performance.
This is a security-sensitive position. Before any offer of employment is made, the University will conduct a pre-employment background investigation, which includes a criminal background check.

Apply by submitting a letter of interest, current resume and the complete contact information for three current references. Completed application materials must be submitted online to through Lamar University jobs website:

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