Colgate University, a selective, residential liberal arts
university, seeks an energetic, motivated, and highly visible
Assistant Director of New Student Programs within the Office of
Student Involvement. Reporting to the Director of the Office of
Student Involvement and working collaboratively with other deans
and directors in the Dean of the College Division, the assistant
director takes an active leadership role in developing students by
providing intentional opportunities for engagement and aiding in
the transitional needs of new students.
This is a distinctive opportunity for a professional who is
interested in developing programs for new students, including new
student orientation and first-year engagement. The Assistant
Director of New Student Programs will implement a shared vision for
new student orientation and first-year engagement in collaboration
with the Director of Student Involvement and the Dean of Students.
The Assistant Director will also partner with faculty and staff
colleagues to plan and operationalize the University’s four-day
orientation and first-year programming.
The Assistant Director will understand, and have an appreciation
for, a residential liberal arts education; a passion for providing
support and opportunities for Colgate’s students’ transition into
college; an authentic appreciation for Colgate’s history and
traditions, as well as a vision of its potential; and a deep
commitment to the educational value of a diverse, inclusive, and
equitable academic community.
Colgate was first founded in 1817 as The Baptist Education Society
of the State of New York by 13 men with $13 and 13 prayers. The
number 13 is still Colgate’s lucky number; Friday the 13th is
always designated Colgate Day. New York State granted the school a
formal charter in 1819, and the Baptists in New York City
consolidated their seminary with the Hamilton school to form the
Hamilton Literary and Theological Institution in 1823. In 1890, the
school became Colgate University in honor of the enduring support
from William Colgate and his family. The first African American
students were admitted in the 1920s, and women were admitted in
Today, Colgate is a thriving, highly selective liberal arts
institution located on a beautiful campus in Hamilton, New York.
Located in the geographic center of New York State, Colgate’s
campus boasts carefully preserved architecture, immaculate grounds,
and a hillside setting, and is consistently named one of the most
beautiful in the nation. It is this sense of place where students
develop lifelong bonds and receive an education of national
Faculty and staff, too, make intentional choices to live and work
in Hamilton, New York and, as such, it is a scholarly community
that is collectively focused on an undergraduate education and
preparation that is uniquely Colgate.
The Office of Student Involvement ( OSI ) uses a comprehensive
advising and programming approach to support, educate, and develop
inclusive, well-rounded student leaders. The Assistant Director
plays an integral role in helping students explore and engage with
their co-curricular involvement as an important component of their
Colgate education. The mission of OSI is to provide engaging,
dynamic, and equitable co-curricular and extracurricular
opportunities that empower students to build community, discover
their strengths, and pursue their interests.
The Assistant Director of New Student Programs within the Office of
Student Involvement is responsible for creating and/or coordinating
a robust and comprehensive complement of programs to support new
students in transitioning into and establishing a successful
trajectory at Colgate, including new student orientation held
during four days in August. The assistant director is responsible
for developing a first-year and sophomore experience that is
consistent and complementary to Colgate’s Residential Commons
Program, a residential program that connects faculty with students
outside of the classroom, introduces learning opportunities where
students live, and seeks to build a community where all students
feel a sense of belonging.
The Assistant Director will design programs for new students that
are developmentally appropriate, holistic, and developed in close
collaboration with various university stakeholders, including the
staff within the Office of Student Involvement. This Assistant
Director is also responsible for developing and leading a
comprehensive four-day New Student Orientation program and working
collaboratively with other colleagues within the Dean of the
College division, who plan pre-orientation programs for
first-generation students, transfer students, and international
students, to make sure they are cohesive and complementary. The
successful assistant director should have a passion for first and
second-year student success.
New Student Programs accountabilities:
Second-Year Experience accountabilities:
- Facilitate a collaborative approach to creating, developing,
and implementing new student programs.
- Participate in a First-Year and Sophomore-Year Experience
Advisory Board, composed of faculty and staff, which helps frame
and guide first-year programs and opportunities.
- Promote opportunities for first-year students to become
involved in student organization activities including positions of
leadership, in collaboration with the Office of Student
- Help plan and implement a New Student Orientation program, in
close partnership with campus partners and the Dean of
- Select, train, and supervise a group of upper-level ‘Link
Staff,’ Colgate’s orientation leaders.
Student Involvement accountabilities:
- Facilitate a collaborative approach to creating, developing and
implementing programs for sophomore students.
- Throughout the sophomore year, create and promote opportunities
for second-year students to become involved in student organization
activities including positions of leadership.
The incumbent is responsible for:
- Serve as the primary adviser to a set of assigned student
- Co-lead the strategy and execution for evening and
- Assist (as part of the OSI team) with developing, implementing,
and assessing large, annual events for the campus community,
involving students, staff, faculty, and alumni; including Welcome
Week Events, Homecoming, Dancefest, Springfest, and other student
and staff-initiated University-wide events.
- Select, train, and supervise OSI interns.
- Process financial payments and reports.
- Prepare reports, provide research, and complete projects as
- Participate in department-wide planning of programs and
initiatives while collaborating with others to ensure high-quality
events and services to students.
- Support the work of the department through committees, division
or University task forces, and other special assignments;
- Perform other duties as assigned.
- Effective financial management of various budgets related to
programming and new student orientation;
- Ensuring programs achieve positive, measurable outcomes that
are aligned with divisional, departmental, and institutional
- Understanding and effectively communicating University
This position has been designated as a Campus Security Authority (
CSA ), in accordance with the federal statutory requirements of the
Jeanne Clery Act. CSAs are required to and responsible for
reporting allegations of crimes they receive from students and
employees to the Campus Safety Department.
Professional Experience/ Qualifications
- Two years of experience planning large and small events in a
- Demonstrated knowledge of facilities management;
- Experience advising student clubs and organizations;
- Ability to be detail-oriented;
- Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion;
- Ability to lead and manage a cross-functional, collaborative
- Strong oral and written communication skills;
- Knowledge of student development theory, student and student
organization advising models;
- Masters degree in higher education, student affairs, or related
- Experience working closely with or leading orientation
- Experience with student learning outcomes, assessment, and
Bachelor’s degree in a related field such as higher education
administration, education, social work, or counseling .
Job Open Date
Job Close Date
Open Until Filled
Special Instructions Summary
It is the policy of Colgate University not to discriminate against
any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of their
race, color, creed, religion, age, sex, pregnancy, national origin,
marital status, disability, protected Veterans status, sexual
orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information,
being or having been victims of domestic violence or stalking,
familial status, or any other categories covered by law. Colgate is
an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Candidates from
historically underrepresented groups, women, persons with
disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.
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