Assistant Director, UNIV Courses and Programs

Fairfax, VA
Apr 24, 2017
Administrative Jobs
Student Affairs, Academic Advising
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

George Mason University
Assistant Director, UNIV Courses and Programs

The George Mason University Student Academic Affairs – Advising, Retention and Transitions (StAAART) Office invites applications for an Assistant Director, UNIV courses and Programs vacancy.

The Department:
Student Academic Affairs – Advising, Retention and Transitions supports students to thrive in transitions. The unit provides students with the tools and guidance to help them achieve their academic and personal goals. StAAART contributes to student success and degree completion by teaching, supporting and connecting students to curricular and co-curricular experiences relevant to becoming an exemplary Mason Graduate: an engaged, reflective citizen and well-rounded scholar who is prepared to act. StAAART also serves the university community as a centralized source of information on current academic policies, procedures and student success initiatives.

Mission Statement:
Student Academic Affairs – Advising, Retention and Transitions collaborates widely with campus colleagues to promote successful student transitions from matriculation through life after graduation. Through our work we provide effective academic and transition advising, offer transition courses, develop student leaders, design and implement retention initiatives, identify and solve problems affecting students, improve communication, and influence policies related to academic success and degree completion.

The Assistant Director for UNIV Courses and Programs within StAAART collaborates with other UNIV Courses and Program team members to support the development and implementation of 100-level UNIV courses. This position has primary responsibility for management and expansion of the Peer Advisor Program, a student leadership program in which Peer Advisors co-teach a freshman transition course called University 100. In addition, the Assistant Director provides direction and oversight of Project Peak, a freshman outdoor wilderness adventure program offered in collaboration with the Outdoor Adventures Office.

The Assistant Director will be involved in other components of the UNIV100 program including curriculum development, faculty recruitment and selection, and engagement with campus partners (including Undergraduate Admissions, Orientation, and Living and Learning Communities).

This position also engages in transition and student success initiatives more broadly, including supporting the development of a more comprehensive First-Year Experience at Mason.

Peer Advisor Staff Development:

  • Provide vision for and oversight of the Peer Advisor (PA) program, including the development of the University 100 Peer Advisor program and the expansion of the Peer Advisor program to include ongoing engagement with UNIV100 students in the Spring semester;
  • Supervise Senior Peer Advisors (head student leadership team) and Peer Advisors;
  • Conduct performance evaluations for Senior Peer Advisor and Peer Advisors;
  • Recruit, hire, train and oversee peer leaders, including the Peer Program Coordinator (PPC) for Recruitment and Selection;
  • Develop curriculum for and teach University 330 Peer Advisor Leadership training course;
  • Plan professional and leadership development opportunities for Peer Advisors, and help Peer Advisors translate those opportunities into marketable skills; and
  • Oversee programming and recruitment efforts involving Peer Advisors.
2. Project Peak and Living Learning Community Development:
  • Lead coordinator for Project Peak. Develop curriculum for UNIV 108;
  • Recruit, select, train and supervise Project Peak and Living Learning Community faculty, Peer Advisors, trip leaders, and head student leadership team members working with these programs;
  • Design curriculum and training materials, and conduct training;
  • Oversee program logistics (including reservation of campsites, determination of outfitters, etc.);
  • Market project Peak and UNIV 100 program during admissions previews, orientation, etc.;
  • Create and distribute all marketing materials;
  • Collaborate with other offices on campus, such as Outdoor Adventures, the Office of Housing and Residence Life, The EDGE, Admissions, and Orientation and Family Programs and Services to facilitate services for Project Peak and Living Learning Community students; and
  • Oversee budget for Project Peak; process payments; oversee registration, etc.
3. General Program Support:
  • Manage spending and budgets;
  • Plan and participate in program assessment activities;
  • Supervise graduate students and/or interns when available;
  • Plan and implement outreach activities to support the overall mission of StAAART;
  • Participate in shaping the vision and direction of UNIV Courses and Programs, especially as they relate to broader Retention and Student Success efforts; and
  • Collaborate with key stakeholders and serve on campus-wide committees including but not limited to: First-Year Experience, Orientation and Family Programs and Services, Family Weekend, Alumni Weekend, Welcome Week, Preamble, Admissions planning, etc.


  • Master's degree in education, counseling, psychology or a related field;
  • Progressively responsible experience (two-five years preferred) working with student success programs (i.e. first-year experience programs, academic advising, outdoor wilderness adventure programs, living learning communities, etc.);
  • Experience supervising undergraduate and/or graduate students;
  • Experience working with and developing student leaders;
  • Experience with teaching and/or training;
  • Strong verbal and written communication stills, including public speaking;
  • Experience working with diverse populations;
  • Knowledge and understanding of student development theory; and
  • Ability to collaborate with team members.


  • Evidence of individual achievement related to program development or oversight; and
  • Experience working with transition and/or student success programs.

For full consideration, applicants must apply for position number FA92Bz at; complete and submit the online application; and upload a cover letter, resume, and a list of three professional references with contact information.

George Mason University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, committed to promoting inclusion and equity in its community. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.