Interim Director of the First Year Experience
Interim Director of the First Year Experience
As a living, learning and working community, Susquehanna University affirms its commitment to being an engaged, culturally inclusive campus. As we seek to embody the rich diversity of the human community, we commit ourselves to the full participation of persons who represent the breadth of human difference. The university encourages candidates from historically underrepresented groups to apply. Susquehanna University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Susquehanna University is a national liberal arts college committed to excellence in educating students for productive, creative and reflective lives of achievement, leadership and service in a diverse, dynamic and interdependent world. Its more than 2,200 undergraduates come from 35 states and 22 countries, and all students study away through Susquehanna's unique Global Opportunities program. Susquehanna University's 325 acre campus, noted for its beauty, is located in Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania, 50 miles north of Harrisburg in the scenic Susquehanna River Valley, about a three hour drive from Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and New York City. For more information, please visit https://www.susqu.edu.
Reporting to the Dean of Academic Engagement, the Director of the First-Year Experience is responsible for developing, implementing, and overseeing campus-wide, high impact academic and co-curricular programming initiatives designed to facilitate student academic success and persistence during the first-year transition into college.
•	Oversees, coordinates, and implements annual Fall Orientation and Summer Preview Days.
•	Develops robust programming throughout the academic year in collaboration with other offices, including the Department of Residential Life, Student Activities, and the Career Development Center.
•	Provides individual advising, advocacy, and support to first-year students.
•	Serves as case manager in response to alerts about first-year students of concern.
•	Oversees the PALS first-year mentoring initiative.
•	Teaches a section of the first-year experience course, Perspectives, in the fall, and Theory and Practice of Peer Education in the spring.
•	Schedules and electronically documents individually scheduled and walk-in student meetings.
•	Provides intentional and effective outreach to first-year students in need of academic support and intervention.
•	Chairs the First-Year Experience Advisory Board.
•	Serves as a member of the Common Reading Committee and the Perspectives Advisory Board.
•	Collaborates and maintains successful partnerships with faculty and staff in design and delivery of first-year initiatives.
•	Designs marketing materials that engage first-year students in collaboration with Enrollment Management.
•	Serves as a member of the Academic Standing Committee.
•	Advises Susquehanna's Alpha Lambda Delta Chapter, including collaborative member recruitment and co-curricular programming.
Master's degree in Student Affairs, Higher Education Administration, or related field required.
5 years of professional experience in student life and/or academic support required. Demonstrated experience with collaborative first-year student program design and implementation on a residential campus. Demonstrated success in working with a diverse student body with a wide range of backgrounds.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Skilled in effective multiple project coordination and new student program design. Knowledge of student development theory, current issues, and emerging trends regarding persistence and retention of first-year students, including students who are first in their families to attend college. Must be able to design signature programs that respond to a diversity of students in a residential setting. Knowledge of online student success software. Ability to plan and organize small to large events. Skilled at written and verbal communication, including presentations to a diverse campus constituency.
Position requires the ability to stand or sit for extended periods of time and to move about the campus. Position requires the ability to talk and hear instruction. 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 lift up to 10 pounds. Working conditions are primarily indoors.
For full application instructions and position description, visit https://jobs.susqu.edu/postings/1216