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Director of Orientation Programs

Seattle University
Washington, United States
Salary Not specified
Closing date
Sep 5, 2021

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Administrative, Student Affairs, Student Activities & Services
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Full Time
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Director of Orientation Programs

FLSA Status: Exempt
Months Per Year: 12
Hours Per Week: 37.5

Position Description
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 milestones.

Essential Functions:
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 transfer students.
Cultivate skills and interest from continuing students, university staff, and faculty to support a culture of student success and persistence.
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 work.
Educate campus partners on research and best practices and collaboratively implement in a way fitting to Seattle University.

Departmental Leadership: 20%
Develop strategic plans, goals, and measurable objectives for orientation programs.
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 Team.

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 programming.

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 associations.
Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

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 above.
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 students.
Effective communication, interpersonal and team-building skills. Ability to work effectively one-on-one with students, staff, and faculty.
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 weekends.
This position requires a criminal history background check.

Preferred Qualifications:
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 functions.
Skilled use of technology, social media, and/or managing communication campaigns.

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:

Application Instructions
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.

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