Assistant Director for New Student and Family Programs

Job description

Areas of Intereset: Residence Life
Functional Areas: Student Affairs
Department: New Student and Family Program
Requisition Number: 10940
Location: Boulder, Colorado
Employment Type: University Staff
Schedule: Full-Time
Posting Close Date: 16-Jul-2018

Job Summary

The New Student and Family Programs Office welcomes applications for an Assistant Director for New Student and Family Programs. The Assistant Director directly reports to the Director for New Student and Family Programs and will assist in all facets of the planning, preparation, and execution of a robust and intentional new student onboarding process rooted in intentional and strategically designed new student and family program curriculum's. In addition, they will be responsible for all office operation related to programming for incoming students and families, department assessment strategies and over framework for student leadership within the office. In collaboration with the Director, the Assistant director will help create the strategic vision and priorities for the department. This position supervises professional staff members and acts as a representative for the office in the absence of the Director. To be successful, this position requires excellent customer service, attention to detail, organizational, and communications skills.

Who We Are

The New Student and Family Programs Office collaborates with faculty, staff, and students, to welcome all incoming students and their families to the University of Colorado Boulder by:

  • Serving as a centralized hub through programs and services that equip students with resources, guidance, and peer connections to help facilitate a successful transition to CU Boulder and develop successful members of our community.
  • Offering intentional and timely opportunities to engage with academic units, support services, and community members.
  • Providing experiences that cultivate community, celebrate traditions, and set campus expectations that encourage pride and a sense of belonging.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

Supervision and Management

  • Supervise, develop, and professionally develop professional staff and student employees who are responsible for the day-to-day operations of the office as well as all program development and execution.
  • Oversee the planning and execution of all new student and family program experiences.
  • Serve as the representative for the New Student and Family Programs Office in the absence of the Director.


  • Work closely with campus partners as well as Boulder community partners to develop strong relationships and collaborations. This includes but is not limited to International Student & Scholar Services, The Graduate School, United Government for Graduate Students, Center for Student Involvement, Off Campus Housing & Neighborhood Relations, the University Memorial Center, Occupancy Management, Campus Dining, Risk Management, CU Boulder Events & Catering, Facilities Management, Campus Construction Committee, CU Bookstore, College Advising Units, Health Promotions, the Recreation Center, CU Police, Parking and Transportation offices, and most all other Student Affairs departments that exist at CU Boulder.
  • Serve and lead on various campus committees related to the mission of NSFP and/or the Division of Student Affairs including but not limited to the Fall Welcome committee and campus move-in committee.
  • Oversee collaboration with the Student Affairs communication team related to programming efforts.
  • Partner with the Director of New Student & Family Programs to keep academic partners and all campus constituents informed on relevant information related to the new student onboarding experience and family experience.
  • Oversee the liaison work with Admissions programming and support services related to new student and family transition to CU Boulder.

Strategic Planning and Assessment

  • Determine the strategic plan and priorities for all incoming students and family programming initiatives and experiences, with direction from the Director.
  • Set the strategic priorities for student staff development including mentorship and first year experience programming.
  • Serve as a liaison and leader to campus committees and representing office at regional and national conference.
  • Continue to create and implement new programmatic elements to aid in the success and retention of incoming students through collaborative work with university partners.
  • Conduct regular assessment on all programs and initiatives within the office to ensure data informed decision making on an annual basis.

Programming, Sponsorships, and Fiscal Management

  • Provide support and framework for the New Student and Family Experiences as well as Journey Leader program.
  • Work with the Director to ensure fiscal management of all programming and operating budgets.
  • Collaborate with the Parent Giving and campus partners to develop and manage community relationships that lead to sponsorships that are appropriate to the mission of the office as well as CU Boulder.

What You Should Know

Some evenings and weekends are required and longer hours in the summer and early Fall.

What We Can Offer

The anticipated starting salary for this position is $60,000.00 annually.


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

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What We Require

  • A Master's Degree in Higher Education, Student Affairs Administration, or a similar field from an accredited college or university.
  • At least five years of progressive related experience working with college students, parents, families, and support systems in a college environment, which may include graduate assistantships or internships.
  • Experience working with team collaborations in a customer-oriented environment.

What You Will Need

  • Excellent interpersonal, presentation, and communication skills.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • Demonstrated experience in program development and implementation.
  • Experience with the development and implementation of orientation/welcome activities.
  • Practical understanding and experience of Student Development Theory.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:

1. A current resume.

2. A cover letter that specifically addresses the job requirements and outlines qualifications.

You will not be asked to upload references at this time.

Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

Posting Contact Email: [email protected]

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Posted: 7/10/2018
Application Due: 7/17/2018
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