Assistant Director, Orientation & Transitions (Student Affairs, Office of Student Experience) (STU00000049)
Salary commensurate with experience & qualifications.
The Assistant Director in the Office of the Student Experience is responsible for supporting the vision, initiatives, programs, and daily operations of the Office of the Student Experience. The Assistant Director will serve as the lead within the team for orientation programming for all new undergraduate students designed to support student success and transitions, as well as promote institutional affinity. The Office of the Student Experience works together as a team to support the office programs and initiatives. Additionally, every member of the team is assigned responsibility for aspects of each functional area within the office including new student orientation, transition programming, leadership, parent and family programs, and special population support.
· Serve as the orientation lead within the Student Experience team. Ensure cohesion across all orientation programs including Virtual Orientation and Stampede, SMU's extended orientation program, for students beginning in both August and January. Work collaboratively with partners across campus to strategically streamline new student processes associated with transitioning onto the Hilltop.
· Manage the full lifecycle of the orientation team, including designing curriculum for and facilitating the Orientation Leadership Institute course for Orientation Leaders and summer training for OLs. Supervise one graduate assistant hired to support and enhance orientation programs. Support student workers and student leaders connected to the office.
· Support the vision and programs of the office including support of orientation and transitions programs, leadership programs, parent and family programs, and support of special student populations (Veterans, Graduate, International, and Transfer students). This may be done by assisting with programming, developing content for marketing. Serve on relevant divisional and institution committees.
· Maintain and strategically enhance the Student Experience website, social media, communications, and publications for all programs within the office. Identify and develop metrics for digital engagement and communication efforts. This position serves as the primary liaison to the division's central marketing area.
· Support the implementation and realization of the goals and learning domains in the student affairs strategic plan. Other duties as assigned.
Education and Experience:
Master’s degree is required. Field of study for degree in Higher Education, Counseling and Student Personnel, Student Affairs Administration or related degree is required.
Three years of work experience in a college or university is required, with experience in programming, large-scale event planning, student advising, training, teaching and facilitation.
Experience and familiarity with theories and best practices related to the field of orientation, transitions and retention is required.
Experience conducting effective presentations is required.
Training in Strengths Finder, The Leadership Challenge, Enneagram, and MBTI is preferred.
Experience supervising student workers and graduate assistants is preferred.
Proficiency with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) is required.
Experience with Adobe Creative Suite and web editing software, such as Sitecore, is preferred.
Ability to obtain Texas Driver’s License within 30 days is required.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Candidate must have outstanding written and verbal communication skills with the ability to build relationships with a wide range of constituencies.
Must have high-level interpersonal and networking skills, as well as a professional demeanor.
Must work well with students in counseling, teaching, and advising situations, with a demonstrated commitment to student development and training.
Candidate must demonstrate training and presentation skills with the ability to present information clearly and accurately.
Candidate must have well developed organizational skills that include effective planning, time management, and the ability to handle multiple tasks/projects in an intense, deadline-filled environment.
Must be able to handle sensitive information with complete confidentiality and professionalism.
Must be accurate and detail oriented, including invoice processing, procurement, and monitoring of expenditures against budget.
Must be willing and able to work required evenings and weekends to support Office of the Student Experience programs.
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- · Carry/lift 25 lbs.
- · Squat
- · Handle objects (dexterity)
- · Kneel
- · Stand
- · Push/pull
- · Sit for long periods of time.
- · Drive motorized equipment.
Deadline to Apply:
Priority Consideration may be given to submissions received by: November 24, 2020
Deadline to Apply: December 04, 2020
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