Associate Director of Leadership and Engagement
Susquehanna University is the future-ready institution for today,
invested in cultivating intellectual grounding, active learning and
global citizenship for all students. Renowned as one of the finest
U.S. national liberal arts colleges, Susquehanna inspires and
challenges 2,200 enterprising, bright-minded students studying the
arts, business, humanities and sciences. Our students seize
opportunities through exceptional worldwide internships,
expert-guided research and an acclaimed study-abroad program,
leading to a transformative education that empowers each graduate
to realize their unique potential and lead a successful and
The Susquehanna River Valley with its fresh air and overall
pleasant year-round climate, provides four distinct seasons amidst
a backdrop of vibrant autumn foliage, occasional winter snowfalls,
flower-filled springs and warm summer evenings illuminated by
fireflies. Nearby outdoor recreational areas for hiking, kayaking,
fishing and skiing — and the bustling cultural and commerce hubs of
New York City, Washington D.C., Baltimore and Philadelphia within a
three-hour drive — present abundant opportunities for learning and
The Associate Director for Leadership
& Engagement will report directly to the Director of Leadership
& Engagement and serve as a key staff member in support of the
enhancement of co-curricular engagement through programming that
supports the student transition process. The Associate Director has
the primary responsibility of implementing and executing all new
student transition and orientation programming while supporting
welcome week activities and educational programming to supplement
the first-year seminar curriculum. The associate director also
provides visionary leadership and direction for co-curricular
student leadership development programming. This position is
defined as an exempt position under FSLA regulations.
Some of the primary
responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
Knowledge, Skills, Abilities
- Plan, execute and evaluate New Student Transitions/First-Year
Experience, including the planning, logistics, and facilitation of
new student and family summer onboarding, pre-orientation programs,
the August orientation program, welcome week, first year
essentials, and January orientation.
- Oversee the recruitment, selection, and training of 50+ student
orientation leaders, 1-2 student orientation coordinators, and one
new student transition intern.
- Provide direct supervision for 1-3 student orientation
coordinators and one new student transition intern.
- Coordinate, market, and track co-curricular educational
programming during the first six weeks of classes that supplements
the curricular first year seminar program.
- Foster successful partnerships with faculty and staff in the
design and delivery of high-impact new student transition
initiatives, including supporting the first year seminar
- Manage new student recruitment and marketing materials and
collaborate to build the River Hawk Portal checklist and
communications calendar with key campus partners such as Enrollment
Management, Marketing & Communications, and Residence
- Coordinate the marketing, registration, and arrival logistics
for 5-8 Pre-Flight pre-orientation programs.
- Co-lead with the Director the logistical organization and
multi-departmental collaboration to execute first year move in day,
including oversight of the recruitment and training of faculty,
staff, and student volunteers.
- Collaborate with staff and faculty from across campus (Division
of Access, Equity and Belonging, Center for Teaching &
Learning, Campus Safety, Violence Intervention and Prevention,
Title IX Compliance, Residence Life) to develop and support
co-curricular student learning and growth enhancing first year to
second year retention.
- Explore and create opportunities for continual improvement and
collaborative development of summer anti-melt initiatives and
orientation programs with a particular focus on engaging
historically unrepresented students from acceptance to arrival on
- Revise the ATLAS (Aspire to Lead and Serve) program
implementing and evaluating new co-curricular leadership
development opportunities focused on citizenship, service, and
- Recruit, train, and supervise 3-4 student leadership
coordinators who assist with the implementation and execution of
citizenship, service and leadership development opportunities for
individual students and student groups, clubs and
- Oversee the Annual Student Life Leadership Awards Ceremony
process to include soliciting nominations, forming a review
committee, and event planning and management.
- Support the Assistant Director and Student Activities Council
in the development of evening social programing for orientation and
welcome week activities.
- Collaborate with departmental staff and campus partners with
the execution of major university traditions and large-scale
student program initiatives such Homecoming, Halloween on the
Avenue and Senior Week.
- Become a certified TIPS and Green Dot trainer providing
workshops on safe alcohol consumption and bystander intervention to
various student groups.
- Knowledge of large-scale project coordination and program
design for undergraduate new to college students and transfer
- Knowledge of assessment including learning outcomes development
and the use of data to evaluate and adjust programmatic functions
- Knowledge of student development theory, current issues and
emerging trends regarding persistence and retention of students,
student transition and belonging, first year experience, and
interculturally competent approaches to engaging historically
- Skilled at written and verbal communication, including formal
presentations to large and small groups of varying audiences
(students, faculty, administration, family members, alumni,
- Ability to plan and organize small to large scale events.
- Ability to independently set priorities and to work
collaboratively across campus.
Master’s degree in college student
personnel, higher education administration, or related field
- A minimum of 5 years of progressive and transformational
leadership experience in new student transition and orientation
programs, student activities, student leadership development,
residence life or similar fields required.
- Experience in supervising student employees is required.
This is a full-time,
12-month position which requires occasional night and weekend
Position requires the ability to
stand or stie for extended periods of time. Position requires the
ability to move about the campus. Position requires the ability to
talk and to hear instructions. Position requires occasional manual
dexterity and the ability to use fingers, hands, and arms to feel,
handle, and reach. Position requires occasional stooping,
crouching, and bending. Position requires the ability to
occasionally life to 30 pounds. Working conditions are indoor.
Position requires occasional night and weekend hours.
Special Instructions to the Applicant:
- When submitting the required diversity & inclusion
statement please answer the prompt below and ensure that any
professional development opportunities, committee involvements, or
ongoing learning that you have participated in with respect to
diversity/equity/inclusion/belonging, intercultural competence,
social justice, mediation or restorative practices, or related
topics are included on your resume.
- Describe how you have professionally demonstrated a commitment
to advancing a culture of inclusivity through the creation or
revisioning of programs, initiatives, or processs that aim to
remove barriers to inclusion and belonging for historically
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To apply, visit https://jobs.susqu.edu/postings/3708