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Coordinator of First Year Experience

Utah Tech University
Utah, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Apr 11, 2022

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Position Type
Administrative, Academic Affairs, Academic Administration, Other Academic Affairs, Student Affairs, Minority & Multicultural Affairs, Other Student Affairs, Student Activities & Services
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Full Time
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Position Announcement

New Student and Family Programs at Utah Tech University is seeking a Coordinator of First Year Experience. Under the general direction of the Director of New Student and Family Programs, the Coordinator will assist in the development and implementation of New Student and Family Programs’ signature events including Trailblazer Orientation, Trailblazer Connections, Family Weekend, and our new START Program. Trailblazer Orientation is a robust in-person and virtual orientation for first-time students, transfer students, adult learners, and family members. Trailblazer Connections is a two-credit first year experience course comprised of a three-day pre-semester course and weekly semester course. Additionally, the Coordinator will work collaboratively with key campus partners, including academic deans, faculty, advisors, and administrative staff within and outside of Academic Affairs to deliver successful large-scale transition programs. Additional information about the department can be found online at and .

  • Coordination of the Trailblazer Connections pre-semester and mid-semester events, including the design, preparation, implementation, and evaluation of all programs.
  • Collaborate with the Director of First Year Experience to incorporate required Trailblazer Connections curriculum into the pre-semester schedule and develop mid-semester events to meet stated course goals.
  • Collaborate with Summer START Programming group to coordinate logistics of the START Program alongside the Trailblazer Connections program.
  • Assist in the recruitment, hiring, training and supervision of 20-30 student leaders, including developing and co-leading a comprehensive training program.
  • Serve on the New Student Onboarding Communications Committee to help develop the onboarding and communication plan for new students.
  • Assist with New Student and Family Programs’ signature initiatives and events, including Trailblazer Orientation, Trailblazer Connections, Family Weekend, Parent and Family Association, etc.
  • Monitor and respond to New Student and Family Programs emails, phone calls, and Slate messages.
  • Maintain relevant trainings and pursue professional development opportunities to learn best practices for new student and family programming.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • At least one year of experience in a higher education setting (graduate experience applies).
  • Experience coordinating large scale events and programs.
  • Understanding of college student development theory and practice within the areas of orientation, transition, and retention.
  • Experience hiring, training, and supervising undergraduate student-leaders.
  • Efficient in organization and communication skills.
  • Proficiency in basic office skills, including Microsoft Office software, Google Drive, etc.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Master’s Degree in Higher Education Administration, Counseling, Student Affairs, or another related field.
  • At least one year of experience planning new student transition programs in a higher education setting.
  • Experience teaching first-year experience courses.
  • Experience with CRM software; i.e. Slate, Banner, etc.
Supplemental Information

POSITION DETAILS, COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS: Full-time professional staff (overtime-exempt) position. Annual salary of $40,000+, with a desired start date of July 1, 2022. Excellent benefits package included that begins on start date; includes medical, dental, vision, employee assistance and wellness programs, life, disability, retirement, undergraduate tuition waivers for employees and eligible dependents, as well as paid holidays in addition to sick and vacation leave accruals. See under 'Benefits Summary' for more details.

ELECTRONIC APPLICATION PROCEDURES: Application review begins April 27, 2022; position open until filled . Submit application materials (including resume contents and contact information for three professional references) and upload cover letter electronically. If, because of a disability, you need special services or facilities in order to apply for this opening, please call the Human Resources Office at (435) 652-7520.

ABOUT THE UNIVERSITY: Utah Tech University is an open, inclusive, comprehensive, polytechnic institution, committed to exceptional student learning and success that has adopted an instructional approach of 'active learning. active life' and a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship. We seek faculty and staff committed to creating an active, applied and career-oriented learning environment that is student-centered. Established in 1911 as a community college and in 2013 as a state university, our university is located in picturesque southwestern Utah with its red rocks, desert climate, over 300 days of sunshine annually, and featuring easy access to world-class outdoor recreational opportunities. The nearest metropolitan area is Las Vegas, NV (120 miles), with amenities such as an international airport and professional sporting teams. Click here to learn more about the University.

Utah Tech University is a fast-growing Utah public institution of higher education, with more than 12,000 students. We offer over 230 programs, including masters, bachelors, associates, certificates, endorsements, minors, and/or emphases. We seek to recruit and retain diverse and ambitious faculty and staff who bring new ideas, possess values and career aspirations aligned with the mission and vision, and are inspired to build a premier open, inclusive, comprehensive, polytechnic university. Utah Tech University is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer; the President and employees of the University are fully committed to Affirmative Action and within its programs and activities, including in admissions and employment. Utah Tech does not discriminate or tolerate discrimination, including harassment, based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by University policy, Title IX, or any other federal, state or local law.

The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the application of Title IX and its implementing regulations and/or the University’s non-discrimination policies:
  • Director of Equity Compliance / Title IX Coordinator: Hazel Sainsbury - , HCC 579, 435-652-7747.
  • Deputy Title IX Coordinator: Abby DeFeo - , 435-652-7731.
For further information regarding non-discrimination, please visit or contact:
  • U.S. Department of Education, Office of Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, , 800-421-3481.
  • U.S. Department of Education, Denver Regional Office, , 303-844-5695.
In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification.

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