Director of Orientation Programs
Months Per Year:
Hours Per Week:
The Director of Orientation Programs provides vision. strategic
direction, and management of programs and services serving the
transition needs of first-time first year, transfer, international,
graduate, adult learner and online/hybrid students. This includes
attention to support of traditionally underrepresented student
populations. Core duties include management of the year-round
orientation, communication strategies, and a new student mentorship
program. The director serves as a key institutional leader in the
university's effort to re-envision the transition process from a
student's first engagement to matriculation.
The director is expected to function in a collaborative manner with
a high degree of visibility and contact with university staff,
faculty, and administration. The position requires innovation and
knowledge of leading edge practices to enhance the experience of
today's student populations. In alignment with the university's
commitment to student success and persistence, the director will
use a framework of social justice and Jesuit education to deliver a
comprehensive entry-year experience and celebration of key
Program Coordination: 50%
Develop, implement, and assess in-person and online orientation
programs including; summer orientation, welcome programming each
term, and immersion programs.
Expand on current programming to provide leading edge transition
support for all new students.
Supervise and support growth of the Ignite Mentorship program,
which pairs faculty and staff mentors with new first-year and
Cultivate skills and interest from continuing students, university
staff, and faculty to support a culture of student success and
Provide efficient and high quality management of resources,
logistics, and communications.
University Collaboration: 20%
Participate in the collaborative work to provide a model transition
experience for new students.
Build strong communication and relationships with staff, faculty,
administrators and students.
Implement programs and initiatives resulting from shared
Educate campus partners on research and best practices and
collaboratively implement in a way fitting to Seattle
Departmental Leadership: 20%
Develop strategic plans, goals, and measurable objectives for
Hire, train, manage, supervise, and evaluate staff, including one
full-full time administrative coordinator, two graduate assistants,
and undergraduate orientation leaders.
Conduct assessment and evaluation of departmental programs.
Develop multi-year, sustainable financial plan and manage
departmental budget to align.
Serve as a member of Student Development's Divisional Leadership
Research & Assessment: 10%
Review research and leading edge work in the field and evaluate for
utility at Seattle University.
Implement an ongoing assessment and revision plan for transition
Marginal Job Functions:
Participate in divisional and campus committees.
Represent the division and the university to external constituents,
to include regional and nationals level professional
Other duties as assigned.
Bachelor's degree in higher education and a five years of
progressive experience in student affairs with skills in
administering and educational program or a related field required
OR an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient
to perform the essential functions of the job as listed
A demonstrated commitment to inclusion and social justice in
alignment with the University's mission, vision and values
Effective skills in building and sustaining campus relationships
and working collaboratively.
Demonstrated supervisory and/or mentorship skills with
Effective communication, interpersonal and team-building skills.
Ability to work effectively one-on-one with students, staff, and
An understanding of and appreciation for student development and
services in a Jesuit institution of higher education.
A willingness to work flexible hours including evenings and
This position requires a criminal history background check.
Master's degree in higher education or related field and seven
years working with orientation and/or transition programs.
Demonstrated ability to successfully navigate the diverse interests
of multiple campus stakeholders.
Demonstrated leadership and staff supervisory experience.
Knowledge and experience of specialized student populations such is
transfer students, adult learners, international students,
first-generation students and graduate students.
Excellent verbal, written and organizational skills; capability to
multi-task; demonstrated ability to manage budgets, develop and
implement assessment; and strategic planning methods and reporting
Skilled use of technology, social media, and/or managing
Benefits at a Glance
Consistent with its fundamental Jesuits value, Seattle University
offers a wide range of benefits designed to care for the whole
person. Choose from three different medical plans, a dental and
vision insurance programs. You may also take advantage of 100%
tuition remission benefits for the employee and dependents, a
subsidized transportation benefit, a wellness program with an
onsite fitness facility, and a wide variety of campus events. Enjoy
a generous holiday schedule, including a paid Christmas break
closure, vacation and paid sick leave, and paid community service
leave. For more information explore the Benefits website at:
Applicants are also strongly encouraged to attach an electronic
cover letter and resume when applying. Persons who need assistance
with the recruitment process may contact the Office of Human
Resources at: 206-296-5870. Job postings are open until filled,
unless otherwise specified.
To apply, visit: https://seattleu.csod.com/ats/careersite/JobDetails.aspx?id=1463&site=2