Associate Director of First Year Student Success
Date: April 29, 2019
Title: Associate Director of First Year Student Success
Description: Under the Supervision of the Director of Retention, the Associate Director of First Year Student Success is responsible for leading new student initiatives including the academic components of Welcome Weekend/New Student Orientation, Transfer Transition Orientation, the New Student Read program, Wick 101 (college transition course), Spring Orientation, and related initiatives and programs. The Associate Director is also responsible for overseeing Center for Student Success (CSS) communications with families and new students, and for CSS web site design and maintenance. In addition, the Associate Director will coordinate Honors Convocation. This is a full-time, 12 month position with a preferred start date of July 1, 2019.
- Coordination, implementation and assessment of the academic components of Welcome Weekend, transfer transition orientation, and spring orientation programs; recruitment, selection, training and supervision of orientation and Wick 101 Peer Leader student staff.
- Coordination, implementation, teaching and assessment of the Wick 101 college transition course for first year students.
- Coordination of a seamless first year experience that ties together the new student read, Wick 101, First Year Seminars and other programs for first year students.
- Coordination of Honors Convocation.
- Coordination of CSS new student and family communications and management of the CSS web site.
- Individual advising and support for first year students.
- Teaching Success Strategies 101 for first year students on academic probation.
- Participation in CSS outreach and support for at-risk students and other retention initiatives.
- Other duties as assigned.
Qualifications: Minimum requirements for this position are a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university with at least three years of related experience. Master’s degree in higher education or related field strongly preferred.
The Associate Director position requires knowledge of first year and transfer student transition issues and best practices. Knowledge of and experience with event planning and implementation. Must have the ability to create inclusive environments for all students, the ability to demonstrate a personal philosophy of care for others, and value diversity. The position requires strong writing, verbal, and presentation skills; strong administrative skills; and strong leadership skills and a working knowledge of effective decision-making and conflict resolution techniques. Must have a skill set in academic advising, training and coaching students and paraprofessionals. Ability to work in a partnership to coordinate and implement traditional events and new programs. The position requires experience and comfort with student information systems, Excel, Google Drive/Docs, and other technologies. Must maintain good customer service standards. A commitment to the values of a liberal arts education is required.