The Assistant Director of First@Colgate collaborates closely with
other professionals across the Dean of the College division and the
University to foster an inclusive and supportive environment for
first-generation and underrepresented student populations. The
Assistant Director’s primary responsibilities include coordinating,
planning, implementing and evaluating support services for
First@Colgate. The Assistant Director assumes a lead role in
planning and coordinating Pre-Orientation programs for
underrepresented student populations and serves as a liaison to the
Provost and Dean of the Faculty Division providing support to the
Office of Undergraduate Studies Summer Institute. The Assistant
Director serves as a primary contact for students connecting them
with campus resources and providing programming and advising on a
wide range of topics including academic, transition, and financial
matters as well as post-graduation preparation.
It is an exciting time for the University as Colgate enters its
third century. President Brian W. Casey is leading the campus
through a comprehensive Third-Century
to raise the institution’s profile as a distinctive and
strong undergraduate liberal arts institution to even-higher levels
Having celebrated its Bicentennial in the academic year 2018–2019
and forging into its third century, Colgate has distinguished
itself as one of the finest residential universities and has sought
a special purpose among institutions of higher learning.
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Reporting to the Assistant Dean for Administrative Advising and
Director of First@Colgate, the Assistant Director is an
equity-minded practitioner, educator, and advisor/mentor. The
assistant director position requires experience in program
development and implementation, building partnerships across a
university/college campus, counseling, advising or mentoring and
knowledge of campus resources.
Program Design, Implementation, and Execution
● Assist with, and often take a lead role in, the planning,
implementation, and assessment of programming related to the
strategic goals of First@Colgate, the Dean of the College Division,
and the University’s Third Century Plan.
● The assistant director must be able to take direction and
initiative, work independently while managing multiple priorities,
and support the vision of the assistant dean.
● Serve as an institutional resource and advocate for first
generation and underrepresented students, working closely with
faculty, staff, alumni and other stakeholders to coordinate
supplemental educational programming,transition, and support
● Utilize assessment to measure the effectiveness of programs and
to refine initiatives; monitor and evaluate student progress,
engagement and success; and, assist in the development of the
First@Colgate annual report and data analysis.
● Provide programmatic and operational support to the OUS Summer
● Collaborate with other University Offices to plan and coordinate
Student Staff Supervision
● Supervise undergraduate staff members who work with
First@Colgate. Coordinate training, facilitate onboarding, and
provide ongoing evaluation and professional development
opportunities for student employees.
Student and Community Engagement
● Encourage leadership identity development through trainings,
mentorship, and the development of accountability measures. This
may also include identifying, coordinating travel to and
accompanying students at leadership conferences and retreats.
Advise related student leadership committees or councils.
● Provide individualized advising to students to facilitate social,
leadership, academic, and identity development, financial literacy
and to encourage their holistic well-being, self-advocacy, and
ability to utilize resources and support services.
● Coordinate and/or oversee the distribution of a First@Colgate
newsletter and monitor and maintain First@Colgate social media
● Serve as an institutional resource and first-generation advocate,
identifying opportunities for ally development, interdepartmental
collaboration, and community partnerships.
● Represent First@Colgate through participation in campus-wide
initiatives and committees within the Dean of the College Division
● Assist the assistant dean and director in budget management,
reporting, communications, assessment, and other administrative
tasks as needed.
● Possess high levels of professional acumen, judgment, and
leadership and serve in a variety of capacities in the absence of
● Serve in other capacities as needed.
This position has been designated as a Campus Security Authority (
CSA ), in accordance with the federal statutory requirements of the
Jeanne Clery Act. CSA’s are required to and responsible for
reporting allegations of crimes they receive from students and
employees to the Campus Safety Department.
Professional Experience/ Qualifications
● Demonstrated success in developing programs and services that
promote student success and support for first-generation students
and other underrepresented groups.
● An understanding of issues facing contemporary higher education,
specifically with regards to access retention, and diversity,
equity, and inclusion is required.
● Ability to apply student development, identity development,
intersectionality, and/or social justice frameworks to programs,
trainings, and interactions with the Colgate community.
● Demonstrated understanding and success in applying principles of
fiscal responsibility and ethical behavior in the workplace,
including a commitment to confidentiality.
● Demonstrated skills in project management, including data
gathering and analysis, presentation skills, strategic project
planning and project implementation
● Team-oriented with excellent interpersonal and intercultural
● Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with staff, faculty
and administrators in support of departmental and division goals
● Experience in supervising or advising students and/or other
● Experience managing and promoting events, initiatives, and
programs through social media outlets and other online
Excellent oral and written communication and presentation skills
are also essential.
Individual should be an effective collaborator and work well as a
member of a team.
Must be capable of working collegially with a diverse group of
students, faculty, and staff on a daily basis.
Experience working with first-generation and underrepresented
student populations required; relevant experience in higher
education strongly preferred.
A Master’s degree is preferred; preferably in higher education,
student affairs, counseling, social work, ethnic studies, or
In lieu of a Master’s degree, a bachelor’s degree is required in
combination with 2-3 years of comparable full-time experience.
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orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information,
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historically underrepresented groups, women, persons with
disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.
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