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Associate Director of New Student Programs

Dominican University
River Forest, Illinois

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Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

JOB TITLE: Associate Director of New Student Programs

DEPARTMENT: Student Success and Engagement

REPORTS TO: Executive Director of Student Involvement and Inclusion

JOB STATUS: Exempt (Salary), Full-Time

LOCATION: River Forest & Chicago Campus




The Associate Director of New Student Programs oversees planning and implementation of new undergraduate and graduate overnight and day orientation programs for River Forest and Chicago Campus at Dominican University. Implements the peer-to-peer experiences at orientation, supervises the orientation leader program, coordinates class registration, and executes Welcome Weekend.


The role works across both our River Forest and Chicago Campuses in support of students’ successful transition into the institution through orientation programming. During the academic year, this role will play a key support in the implementation of our City as Campus Design. Working closely with faculty to maintain a grouping of City as Campus sites where students with their faculty members engage the city each week tied to curricular themes.



To support the University's mission of preparing students to pursue truth, to give compassionate service, and to participate in the creation of a more just and humane world.




  • Build and maintain the student orientation digital platforms including virtual orientations, event schedule guides on the Dominican University Events website, and post-orientation resources
  • Coordinates communication regarding all new student orientation programs in collaboration with campus partners
  • Designs, implements, and assesses both Virtual and In-Person Family Orientation efforts
    • Partners with campus partners and stakeholders to deliver a comprehensive and high-quality family orientation program for parents and families of new students.
  • New Student Orientation Advising and Registration (SOAR) Program
    • Assists with the design, implementation, and assessment of new undergraduate and graduate student orientation summer and winter programs
    • Coordinates peer-led student transition lectures, advising and registration workshops, and the social learning experience for online learners
    • Collaborate with support staff and key campus partners to coordinate all program logistics on a regular basis.
    • Reviews, edits and approves communications for SOAR programs.
  • City as Campus Logistics
    • Supports the implementation of City as Campus site visits for the Chicago Campus
    • Working with the Director of the Chicago Campus, maintain a grouping of site visit locations
  • Welcome Weekend
    • Works autonomously to implement and provide direction of Welcome Weekend in culturally relevant ways
    • Manages Welcome Weekend Stakeholders Group--a collection of campus-wide partners who program during the welcome program each year
    • Responsible for implementing and managing all aspects of Welcome Weekend including budgeting, assessment, marketing, event planning and risk management with minimal supervision.
    • Recruits, selects, and trains 50+ Welcome Week leader student volunteers.
  • Torch Leader Orientation Program and Supervision
    • Recruits, hires, manages & evaluates Torch Leaders (undergraduate student orientation leaders staff) and graduate assistants who support the implementation of new student orientation.
  • Coordinate bilingual (Spanish/English) Family Academy, including developing monthly workshops with campus and external partners, assessing family needs, and managing free summer course benefits
  • Assist with other department events and initiatives as needed; Serves on departmental or university committees and work groups as assigned.


All qualifications are required unless otherwise indicated.

  • Bachelor of Arts, or demonstrated experience in counseling, advising, or a student related area
  • Minimum 3-5 years of experience in management and demonstrated leadership
  • Knowledge of principles and methods for promoting programs and services
  • Knowledge of student development and student learning theories, strong organizational and administrative skills
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills, excellent written and verbal communication skills, team building skills, the ability to build positive and effective relationships across the campus and community, a strong commitment to diversity, ability to work independently with minimal supervision
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks, ability to work evenings and weekends as needed, and ability to provide exemplary customer service
  • Skill in program development and process improvement
  • Excellent supervisory and personnel management skills, a strong work ethic, evidence of good judgment, attention to details, ability to maintain confidentiality, and demonstrable personal integrity
  • Event planning and project management experience



Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Master’s degree in education, or related field
  • Previous experience with HSIs or minority serving institutions
  • Experience working with both the undergraduate and graduate levels
  • Experience with the implementation and management of assessment and assurance of learning processes
  • High level of proficiency with data analysis, presentation, and communication
  • Deep commitment to support and advocate for students
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively within a complex organizational environment
  • Bilingual (Spanish/English)

A background screening is required.


EEO Statement

Dominican University is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and is dedicated to the goal of building an equity-centered faculty and staff committed to teaching, working, and learning in a multicultural environment. Dominican University believes that justice, equity, and inclusion are critical to our growth and development and seek to recruit, develop, and retain from a diverse pool of applicants who bring varied experiences, perspectives, and backgrounds.


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