Assistant Director for Orientation Programs

Oregon, United States
Salary Not specified
Apr 20, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Assistant Director for Orientation Programs

Job no: 526028
Work type: Officer of Administration
Location: Eugene, OR
Categories: Admissions/Financial Aid/Enrollment Management, Student Life/Services

Department: Student Orientation Programs
Appointment Type and Duration: Regular, Ongoing
Salary: Salary starts at $55,000, commensurate with experience
Compensation Band: OS-OA06-Fiscal Year 2020-2021
FTE: 1.0

Application Review Begins
March 29, 2021: position open until filled

Special Instructions to Applicants
In addition to a completed online application, including information for three professional references, please attach:

  • A current resume

  • A cover letter speaking to the experience you have in developing/implementing innovative strategies in the orientation, transition, and retention of undergraduate students as well as your interest and qualifications for the position.

  • Response to the following supplemental question:

    1) What does it mean for you to have a commitment to diversity? How have you demonstrated that commitment, and how would you see yourself demonstrating it at the University of Oregon?

    Department Summary
    It is the mission of Student Orientation Programs to introduce new and prospective students and their families to the University's intellectual climate. In addition, we seek to improve the quality of the new student experience by providing assistance with academic, personal, and social adjustment to the university, demonstrating the University of Oregon's commitment to teaching, learning, and scholarship.

    Through recruitment programs such as the Ambassador Program, Duck Preview, and Duck Days and orientation and transition events such as IntroDUCKtion, Oregon Migrations, Week of Welcome, and the Welcome to the Flock series, Student Orientation Programs serves approximately 100,000 visitors, prospective students, new students, and families. Additionally, through the Department's outreach efforts, more than 100,000 Oregonians learn about the University through community-based festivals, events, and educational programs throughout the state of Oregon.

    The department employs nearly 150 student staff each year, fostering skill and experience development, in an on-going student development effort. Department staff and students conduct their work in a fast-paced, dynamic, highly collaborative environment in a variety of settings.

    Position Summary
    The Assistant Director for Orientation Programs position has a significant impact on the transition of students at the University of Oregon as it works to create a model orientation and transition program, and a welcome environment for new students and parents. The Assistant Director will use the theories of intentional student development and enrollment management as tools to create a close connection between students and the university. They will provide critical leadership in the organization and execution of domestic undergraduate orientation and transition programs such as IntroDUCKtion, Oregon Migrations, Week of Welcome, Welcome to the Flock, and mid-year programs such as parent orientation programs. The person in this position contributes to student satisfaction by building a strong university orientation program, and enhances the university's ability to maintain or exceed enrollment goals.

    The Assistant Director plays an integral role in the development of students employed within Student Orientation Programs. The supervision and advising of student staff includes staff development and evaluation. The Assistant Director supervises university staff and 40+ student employees. They will plan, assign, and approve work, respond to grievances, complete performance reviews, and hire/terminate employees. Supervision will comprise 20% of their time.

    The Assistant Director will make spending decisions, make changes to structure and content, develop strategies and assess the effectiveness of the programs. They will collaborate with community agencies, faculty, and staff throughout the university, including service units, academic programs, and administration, to facilitate orientation activities that are in line with university goals and strategic plans. The Assistant Director will provide input to the Director of Orientation Programs and has considerable latitude for independent decision-making.

    Minimum Requirements
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Four years of work experience in Higher Education Administration, Enrollment Management, Student Affairs, or related field, with one year of supervision of full-time staff
  • Experience working in a diverse environment and/or with diverse clientele
  • Experience hiring, training, and supervising student employees

    Professional Competencies
  • Demonstrated ability to design and lead large-scale orientation and transition programs
  • Exceptional attention to detail, organization, planning, and presentation skills
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Excellent organization, planning, public relations, and presentation skills
  • Demonstrated problem-solving and decision-making skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a dynamic, highly collaborative, team-oriented environment
  • Demonstrable commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity, including the ability to communicate and work effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds and cultures

    Preferred Qualifications
  • Master's degree in higher education administration or a related field
  • Experience with undergraduate orientation, transition, and retention programs
  • Demonstrated experience enhancing student retention
  • Spanish language skills desired

    FLSA Exempt: Yes

    All offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of a background inquiry.

    The University of Oregon is proud to offer a robust benefits package to eligible employees, including health insurance, retirement plans and paid time off. For more information about benefits, visit

    The University of Oregon is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the ADA. The University encourages all qualified individuals to apply, and does not discriminate on the basis of any protected status, including veteran and disability status. The University is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. To request an accommodation in connection with the application process, please contact us at or 541-346-5112.

    UO prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, national or ethnic origin, age, religion, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression in all programs, activities and employment practices as required by Title IX, other applicable laws, and policies. Retaliation is prohibited by UO policy. Questions may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, Office of Civil Rights Compliance, or to the Office for Civil Rights. Contact information, related policies, and complaint procedures are listed on the statement of non-discrimination.

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