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Director of Orientation and Transition Programs

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Position Title: Director of Orientation and Transition Programs
Requisition Number: 0206072401
Location New York City
Position Type: Administrative
Position Status: Full-Time
Department: CA/Student Success

Reporting to the Assistant Vice President for Campus and Student Engagement, the Director of Orientation and Transition Programs at The New School will develop, implement, and assess robust orientation and transition programming designed to support new students during their transitions into and through the university. The Director has responsibility for leading, developing, and implementing New Student Orientation, Welcome Weekend, Parent and Family Orientation, and other student success programs that promote matriculation, retention, academic, social, cultural integration into the campus community, and enhance the sense of community. This position is also responsible for the creation, development and oversight of parent and family programs. The Director collaborates with constituents in Admissions, Student Success, colleges and schools, and academic programs across the institution to implement programming that promotes student learning and development, persistence, and success.

Job Duties & Responsibilities:

● Lead strategic planning for orientation, transition programs, and peer programs
● Develop assessment of student learning outcomes for orientation and peer programs
● Oversee funding allocation and financial management for orientation and peer programs budgets
● Lead collaborative campus-wide initiatives to develop student learning outcomes for new student orientation that support the institutional mission and curricular and co-curricular student learning outcomes post-matriculation
● Develop and implement robust new student programs that achieve student learning outcomes and supports institutional enrollment goals; ensure that orientation programs effectively prepare students for the progressive, diverse, intercultural learning environment of The New School; collaborate with schools, colleges and academic programs to integrate learning about their specific academic experiences and cultures into orientation and transition programs; develop programs for specific sub-populations, e.g., transfer, first-generation, and international students
● Collaborate with Advising, International Students and Scholars Services, Residence Life, Student Activities, Disabilities Services, Student Conduct, Student Financial Services, Admissions, the Provost’s Office, and each of the five schools to develop transition programs that engage students and support their continued learning about the institution and teach them ways to be successful members of the university community beyond orientation
● Lead the recruitment, selection, and training for peer programs that support smooth transitions to The New School, including summer Peer Ambassadors and Orientation Leaders; establish goals and metrics for programs; ensure that both programs meet desired goals
● Develop and oversee pre-Orientation programs
● Coordinate Welcome Weekend and Parent and Family Orientation programs; maintain communications with parents and families, including management of the Parent Portal; cultivate relationships with key stakeholders, including faculty, students, staff, neighbors, alumni, families of new students, and local businesses; create an environment within the orientation and transitions program team that leverages the strengths of members of the team, promotes collaboration, and empowers members to innovate

Minimum Qualifications:

● Master’s degree
● Demonstrated knowledge of student development theory and the concepts of first-year experience programs
● Experience developing, implementing, and assessing complex programming for large groups
● Exceptional written communication skills to independently compose materials, for a variety of audiences, using correct spelling, grammar, punctuation, composition, text editing, and proofreading skills
● Proven organizational skills
● Superb oral communication skills at fostering support and collaboration among diverse constituencies.
● 2 – 4 years of related professional experience

Preferred Qualifications:

● 4 – 6 years of related professional experience

Job Family: Enrollment
Special Instructions to Applicants:
Posting Date: 09/08/2017
Closing Date:
Open Until Filled Yes

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