Director of Student Programs and Traditions

Texas, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Jun 03, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

JOB SUMMARY: Under the supervision of the Dean of Student Affairs, provide coordination and planning for university-wide tradition programs such as, New Student Orientation, Graduation, Student Honor Code/Doctor Bag/Clinic Entrance Ceremonies, Welcome Week Activities, Student Leadership Summit, and Parker Serves. Develop, direct and coordinate university-wide co-curricular activities for students and the Parker community. 



Job responsibilities include, but are not limited to:  

  • Provide Supervision to the Coordinator of Student Activities and Career Services
  • Plan, organize, and manage university-wide new student orientation sessions for all incoming students.
  • Plan, organize, and manage student graduation ceremonies.
  • Plan, organize, and manage annual Parker Serves event.
  • Plan, organize, and manage Student Transition Ceremonies including Doctor Bag, Honor Code, Clinic Entrance/White Coat, and Tri 1 Meet and Greet Ceremonies
  • Plan, organize, and manage annual Student Leadership Summit in conjunction with the CTL.
  • Co-chair SAFE ZONE training in collaboration with the CTL providing learning and development opportunities to students and employees.
  • Oversee budgets and contracts for orientation, Parker Serves, graduation, career services, and student activities.
  • Select and train student orientation leaders.
  • Work closely with the Dean of Student Affairs and perform other duties assigned by the Dean.
  • Promote a student-centered environment with a focus on student leadership
  • Develop collaborative relationships with students, academic partners, and other University departments.
  • Contribute to the development of strategic goals for student programming.
  • Facilitate appropriate assessment of student events and programs.
  • Research and stay current on higher education programs, trends, and issues. With the potential for travel to national conferences. 
  • Serve on university committees as assigned.
  • Manage the implementation, distribution, and tracking of the Everfi system for Title IX/Diversity and Inclusion student training 


  • Bachelor’s Degree required; Higher education or a closely related field preferred. 
  • Two (2) to four (4) years of experience in Student Affairs and/or Student Life programming and/or event planning. 
  • Experience with orientation, and student activities, preferred. 

  • Ability to direct a comprehensive student activities program.
  • Ability to supervise student workers. 
  • Good communication, organizational and public relations skills. professional appearance and attitude.
  • Ability to relate to professional level students.
  • Good reading and writing skills.  

  • Visual acuity to use a keyboard and view a computer terminal.  Requires good hand-eye coordination, arm, hand and finger dexterity, including ability to grasp. 
  • Requires ordinary ambulatory skills sufficient to visit other locations; or the ability to stand and walk. 
  • Ability to occasionally lift, carry and/or move light to medium weight up to twenty-five (25) pounds and/or exert up to twenty-five (25) pounds of force. 
    • Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.


    Parker University is committed to building a diverse and inclusive community and strongly encourages candidates from underrepresented groups to apply.