Coordinator of First Year Initiatives

About SUNY Oneonta:

SUNY Oneonta is a public college in Central New York, enrolling about 6,500 students in bachelor's, master's and graduate certificate programs. Most of SUNY Oneonta's main campus lies within the City of Oneonta, which is located in the northern foothills of the Catskill Mountains, about a four-hour drive from New York City, Boston and Philadelphia. With a population just shy of 14,000, the City of Oneonta is the largest municipality in a rural region dominated by agriculture and tourism.

Known as an exemplary residential campus that values inclusion, service and sustainability, SUNY Oneonta is a nurturing community where students grow intellectually, thrive socially and live purposefully. Employees give SUNY Oneonta high marks for work/life balance and culture. The college's and ratings are 4.5 and 4.1, respectively.

Beyond campus, many residents enjoy the natural beauty of the Catskills. Outdoor activities such as hiking, biking and running are among the most popular. Several ski areas nearby typically operate for seasons lasting over 100 days beginning in late November or early December. During the summer, boating, swimming and other water sports are popular on lakes throughout the region.

Job Description:

The Office of New Student Services at the State University of New York College at Oneonta invites applications for the position of Coordinator of First Year Initiatives. Expectations include assisting with the initiatives for new students that support their success and persistence at SUNY Oneonta.

The focus of the Office of New Student Services is on all facets of orienting new students to the campus community through online, in-person, and on-going programs; creating supportive communities that support student success and persistence through mentoring programs and through the utilization of face-to-face, email, and social media outreach in addition to connecting with and engaging our students' parents/family members. To learn more about the College and the Office, please visit and .

Duties include but not limited to: assisting with the implementation of all orientation and transition programs that are targeted at freshmen/first-year students; coordinating the recruitment, selection, hiring and training of the New Student Services student staff member team in collaboration with the office's assistant director and director; supervising orientation leaders during all orientation programs; supervising the Dragon Guides (for first-year/freshmen students); assisting with the administrative functions of the year-long programs and opportunities for first year students to engage with the campus community; updating the NSS website and online orientation modules; coordinating outreach to new students via social media, peer mentors, and passive programs; developing content for family members of new students in coordination with the Family Communication team; assisting with other activities related to the function of the area; maintain program budget; collaborate with campus partners in order to enhance the quality of life and learning for new students. This position will have evening and weekend responsibilities.


Required qualifications: bachelor's degree by May 2021; one year of experience working in a college setting in a peer mentor-type or professional mentor-type role; experience with program/event development, implementation and evaluation; a valid driver's license at position start date.

Preferred: master's degree at time of start date (or within 6 credits from completion) in higher education, student affairs or related field; experience with first-year or transfer students; experience with recruitment, selection, training and supervision of student staff; experience with college orientation programs; experience with Adobe Suite or other design tools; and experience working with and serving diverse populations.

Additional Information:

For other employment and regional opportunities, please visit our website at: .

Pursuant to Executive Order 161, no State entity, as defined by the Executive Order, is permitted to ask, or mandate, in any form, that an applicant for employment provide his or her current compensation, or any prior compensation history, until such time as the applicant is extended a conditional offer of employment with compensation. If such information has been requested from you before such time, please contact the Governor's Office of Employee Relations at (518) 474-6988 or via email at .

SUNY Oneonta values a diverse college community. Please visit our website on diversity at: . Moreover, the College is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Women, persons of color, persons with disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.

Application Instructions:

To apply online go to: Please upload a resume and letter of interest. Contact information for three professional references is required.

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