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Associate Director of Transition Programs

University of North Carolina, Wilmington
North Carolina, United States
Salary Not Specified
Closing date
Aug 23, 2021

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Administrative, Academic Affairs, Other Academic Affairs, Student Affairs, Academic Advising & Academic Support Services, Minority & Multicultural Affairs, Other Student Affairs, Student Activities & Services
Employment Type
Full Time
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Associate Director of Transition Programs

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Main UNCW Campus


Transition Programs - 40102


Student Affairs - 40000 Division

Brief Summary of Work for this Position

The Associate Director reports to the Director of Transition Programs and is the primary contact/responsible person during the Director’s absence. The Associate Director is responsible for the development, planning and implementation of transition programs as well as highly visible special events and academic celebrations. The Associate Director is responsible for the overall planning, implementation, and assessment of all undergraduate student success initiatives, programs and events and directly supervises two Coordinators in the department.

Summary of Responsibilities:

Administrative & Strategic Planning
  • Develops services and interventions to assist with university retention efforts
  • Serves on the Student Success Committee and collaborates with partners in Academic Affairs on student success initiatives
  • Develops a comprehensive intervention plan to support student success initiatives for 2400+ first-year students each year
  • Serves on the Commencement Advisory Committee and advises members of best practices based on university enrollment data and campus culture
  • Serves on university committees and student affairs committees, including task forces, search committees, steering committees, etc.
  • Collaborates on the development of educational programs which support the academic mission
  • Oversees budgets for first-year student programming, transfer student programming, and family programming totaling more than $81,850
  • Oversees and manages the commencement fund of approximately $400,000
  • Coordinates the department’s sponsorship program, which generates approximately $10,000 annually
  • Develop and oversee a comprehensive and inclusive student leader training program with a foundation in student development theory
  • Develop and oversee an overall plan inclusive of goals and objectives for the implementation of family programming
  • Oversees the department’s assessment and evaluation activities
  • Coordinates and reviews the departmental annual and mid semester reports
  • Presents to 1800+ guests during first-year and transfer orientation
  • Completes additional projects as assigned by the Director of Transition Programs
  • Acts on behalf of the Director in the Director’s absence

Programming and Event Coordination
  • Develops, plans and implements transition programs as well as highly visible special events and academic celebrations
  • Coordinates 8 commencement ceremonies for 3800+ students, 450+ faculty, and 21,400+ guests, including the management and training of 150+ staff and community volunteers and working with faculty on coordinating space for 40 departmental receptions
  • Coordinates Convocation for 2400+ first-year students and 130+ faculty, including the planning of capturing the official class photograph and formal ceremony logistics involving senior leadership and faculty
  • Partners with campus partners to coordinate the Student Affairs Homecoming Reunion for approximately 250+ alumni and staff
  • Oversees first-year student and transfer student programming, peer mentor programs,
  • Oversees family programming consisting of a newsletter with 4600+ subscribers and events for 2000+ family members each year
  • Promote progressive and innovative program development

Personnel, Training, and Supervision
  • Supervise two Coordinators including training, weekly meetings, offering professional development, evaluation, and ongoing performance appraisal
  • Oversee recruitment, training, and selection for 100+ volunteer student leadership positions, including learning outcomes
  • Oversee the planning, development, coordination, and evaluation of the department’s student leader retreat for 150+ student volunteers and student employees, including the learning objectives development of leadership skills, interpersonal communication and public speaking skills, conflict management skills, and team building
  • Supervise graduate interns who want to gain more experience in orientation, transition, and retention
  • Oversee, training, and supervise the department’s Graduate Assistant(s), including marketing, recruitment, creating position descriptions, and quarterly evaluations

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements

  • Master’s degree in higher education, counseling, student personnel or related field from an accredited college or university
  • Minimum of 3 years of professional experience and demonstrated capability in the field of orientation, transition and retention
  • Knowledge of freshman and transfer issues and program and/or intervention development for these populations.
  • Demonstrated ability to connect programs and/or interventions to learning outcomes
  • Excellent communication and organizational management skills
  • Must have demonstrated the ability to pay attention to details with a high degree of accuracy.
  • Experience in a higher education setting.
  • Evidence of experience in developing collaborative partnerships with faculty and other constituencies.
  • Demonstrated computer and software literacy.
  • Proven supervisory skills of professional staff and student staff
  • Ability to role model high-quality customer service
  • Ability to present to large and small audiences in a variety of settings and formats
  • Knowledge of managing budgets
  • Ability to plan and implement an assessment plan
  • Knowledge of records and data management

Preferred Education, Knowledge, Skills & Experience

  • Supervision of full-time staff

Required Certifications or Licensures

Primary Purpose of Organizational Unit

Transition Programs is an organizational unit within the Division of Student Affairs, reporting directly to the Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs. The Office of Transition Programs provides a comprehensive array of programs designed to meet the unique needs of undergraduate students and their families from orientation through graduation. Programs generate an intentional connection for the students through engaging interactions with other students, faculty and staff.

College/School Information

University Information

The University of North Carolina Wilmington, the state’s coastal university, is dedicated to the integration of teaching, mentoring, research and service. Widely acknowledged for its world-class faculty and staff and continuously recognized at a national level for scholarly excellence and affordability, UNCW offers a powerful academic experience that stimulates creative inquiry and critical thinking and a community rich in diversity, inclusion and global perspectives.

A public institution with nearly 18,000 students, UNCW offers a full range of baccalaureate- and graduate-level programs, as well as doctoral degrees in educational leadership, marine biology, nursing practice and psychology; and many distance learning options, including clinical research, an accelerated RN-to- BSN program, an Executive M.B.A. program structured for working professionals, and the nation’s only bachelor’s degree program focused on coastal engineering.

The university’s efforts to advance research and scholarly activities have earned UNCW the elevated designation of “Doctoral Universities: High Research Activity” institution (R2 University) by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.

UNCW has been part of the University of North Carolina System since 1969.

EEO Statement

At the University of North Carolina at Wilmington ( UNCW ), our culture reflects our values of inclusion, diversity, globalization, ethics and integrity and innovation and we are committed to providing equality of educational and employment opportunity for all persons without regard to race, sex (such as gender, gender identity, marital status, childbirth, and pregnancy), age, color, national origin (including ethnicity), religion, disability, sexual orientation, political affiliation, veteran status, military service member status, genetic information, or relationship to other university constituents – except where sex, age, or ability represent bona fide educational or occupational qualifications or where marital status is a statutorily established eligibility criterion for State funded employee benefit programs. UNCW believes that embracing the unique contributions of our faculty, staff and students is critical to our success and paramount in being recognized for our global mindset.

Eligibility for Employment

Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. UNC Wilmington participates in E-Verify. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States.

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Special Notes to Applicants

All applications and corresponding materials must be submitted by 11:59pm ET on the closing date 8/20/21. Late submissions will not be accepted.

Months Per Year

12 Months

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