Texas A&M University - Student Development Specialist II

Friday, November 06, 2020 11:58 AM | TACUSPA (Administrator)

Texas A&M University - Student Development Specialist II, Offices of the Dean of Students Life

Job Summary

The Student Development Specialist II in New Student & Family Programs serves as the primary supervisor to the Orientation Team, which includes the selection, training, and supervision of these 40-60 student employees. This position will supervise the non-teaching Graduate Assistant responsible for co-supervision of the Orientation Leaders. This position will also assist with the development and implementation of New Student Conference programs, Howdy Week programming and other orientation, transition and retention initiatives.


50% Supervision & Advising:

  • Serves as the primary supervisor to the Orientation Team (orientation team leaders, orientation leaders, orientation assistants), which includes the hiring, training, supervising, and evaluation of these student leaders. Maintains pertinent student records.
  • Coordinates and implements the Orientation Leader training schedule, arranging for facilities to accommodate OL training and programs, scheduling orientation team for New Student Conferences, planning the leadership retreat, and coordinating the day-to-day orientation leader grouping logistics.
  • Conducts research on best practices associated with student leader training and development for orientation programs. 
  • Co-supervises the Non-Teaching Graduate Assistant for New Student & Family Programs. Includes planning and implementation of new staff training for this individual, coaching, and performance evaluations.

25% Event Planning:

  • Coordinates and implements specific programs within Howdy Week: Aggieland’s Week of Welcome including coordination of the general campus events and the Office of New Student & Family Programs featured events.
  • Establishes and maintains communication channels with on-campus general event coordinators, assists with the creation of the Howdy Week marketing and publicity campaign, plans late night programs, recruits staff volunteers, and coordinates Howdy Tables. Conducts research on best practices associated with week of welcome programming.
  • Coordinate the Aggie Orientation Leader Program Reunion events, which includes arranging facilities to accommodate programs, assisting with the development and implementation of the reunion weekend, coordinating former and current student events, and assisting with the creation of the marketing and publicity campaign for the AOLP Reunion weekend.
  • Prepares correspondence and reports.

20% New Student Programming:

  • Coordinates and implements aspects of the of the New Student Conference experience which includes coordinating and implementing the Engage Your Aggie Experience program.
  • Assists with the development and implementation of office-wide programs including New Student Conferences, Family Weekend, Howdy Week, and other new orientation, transition, and retention initiatives.
  • Explores and coordinates new initiatives for new student programming.


  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Minimum Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • One or more years of experience in student affairs work or related specialty with a bachelor’s degree. No experience required with a master’s degree.
  • Ability to multi-task and work cooperatively with others. Excellent oral and written communication skills, willingness to work as part of a team to aid students and families. Ability to work with individuals from diverse backgrounds.

Preferred Knowledge and Abilities

  • Master’s degree.
  • Related experience in Student Affairs, Student Personnel, Higher Education, or a College/University environment. Experience advising or supervising undergraduate students. Experience with large-scale program planning and development. Experience with orientation programs.
  • Knowledge of the transitional needs and experiences of first-year and transfer students. Familiarity with the first-year student experiences. Familiarity with program assessment and evaluation.

Texas Association of College and University Student Personnel Administrators

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