Associate Dean for Parent & Family Engagement and First-Year Orientation-2005911
The Associate Dean for Parent & Family Engagement and First-Year Orientation, a senior leader in the Division of Student Affairs, is responsible for a broad array of activities designed to develop and enhance the university's relationship with parents, families and incoming undergraduates. The Associate Dean serves as the division's lead ombudsperson and advocate for parents and family members, providing a key communication channel between them and the division/university. In partnership with relevant university stakeholders, the Associate Dean designs and advances a strategic vision that cultivates a deep and meaningful sense of membership in the university community for parents and families. Toward that end, the Associate Dean plans and implements a large assortment of programs and events for parents and families, including the annual Family Weekend. Additionally, the Associate Dean serves as the lead architect of the university's Orientation Week for incoming undergraduates, working with a coordinator of orientation activities and 130 student staff members to deliver a best-in-class program that welcomes and orients new students to university life. The Associate Dean's responsibilities include:
Serving as ombudsperson to parents and families regarding all student-focused concerns, and liaising with the appropriate divisional and university resources to ensure that student success is supported
Developing and implementing a robust professional development plan to equip all faculty and staff who routinely engage with parents and families with the framework, language and skills to support them in their work, and serving as a resource to them in supporting their work
Empaneling and convening a parent advisory committee to inform the development and implementation of strategic directions and initiatives
Liaising with the President's Office regarding parent inquiries, visits, programs, etc.
Managing broad-based parent and family engagement in response to significant events affecting the entire campus community
Serving as the primary liaison to the affected parents or family members following a student tragedy
Designing and implementing (in partnership with the coordinator of orientation activities and key stakeholders) a robust strategic vision for new student Orientation Week for undergraduates
Planning and coordinating parent and family experiences and programs during move-in day and Welcome Weekend for incoming students
Planning, publicizing and coordinating Family Weekend
Developing and implementing year-round opportunities for parents and families (both local and remote) to substantively engage in the intellectual and creative life of the university
Coordinating Division of Student Affairs involvement in the planning and implementation of summer welcome events for incoming students, parents and families
Identifying parents who can offer programs to other parents and families and/or the broader university community (through ULS programs, workshops, etc.)
Marketing and Communication
Creating and coordinating a web-based and phone-based divisional point-of-contact service for ALL parents and family members
Developing and implementing high-quality and dynamic online community experiences and resources for parents and family members utilizing websites, webinars, social networking (Facebook, Twitter, Instragram, etc.) and other emerging technologies
Developing and implementing a parent and family handbook / web resource
Developing and implementing a robust communication plan for parents and families of incoming first-year students that supports their transition and arrival
Partnering with the coordinator of undergraduate orientation to ensure that a synchronous and parallel communication plan for incoming first-year students is developed and executed
Partnering with Marketing and Communications to create a comprehensive, regular cadence of internal and external media coverage highlighting parent and family engagement with the university
Leading (in partnership with other key campus stakeholders) and implementing a plan for parent and family engagement and communication which anticipates natural transitions and such concepts as:
The intellectual journey of personal growth and exploration inherent in the CMU learning experience.
Anticipated movement of students along a well-understood trajectory of orientation, academic goal setting, student life and personal development, professional and career opportunities, graduation, relationship to CMU as alumni/ae, etc.
The evolution of student and parent/family relationships during the college experience
Partnering with University Advancement to create opportunities to enhance the engagement of parents and families in the student experience in a manner that supports UA's goals, particularly during the upcoming capital campaign
Partnering with Institutional Research and Analysis to regularly and comprehensively assess the experience of parents and families in a manner that substantively informs future program enhancement and strategic planning
Developing and stewarding an annual budget of approximately $450,000
Indirectly supervise one professional staff person who coordinates Orientation Week activities in concert with a staff of 150 student volunteers
Co-supervise one administrative support staff person
The division's primary ambition is to hire an individual who is well-equipped to advance the significant charge for this role at Carnegie Mellon. While the typical qualifications for the ideal candidate include a minimum of 5-7 years experience in parent/family programs and/or orientation programs plus a Master's degree in a relevant field, we welcome applications from motivated and talented individuals who do not precisely fit that profile. The division is especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute through their work/life experiences to the diversity of our academic community and our engagement with a multicultural student body.
Applications must include a cover letter and resume and will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Applications received by July 21, 2017, will receive priority consideration. This position is a full-time role with an anticipated start date of September 1, 2017, noting that an earlier start would certainly be entertained if desired by the successful candidate.
Carnegie Mellon is a global research university with more than 13,285 students, 98,000 alumni, and 5,000 faculty and staff. Recognized for its world-class arts and technology programs, collaboration across disciplines, and innovative leadership of education in the fields of Business Administration, Computer Science, Engineering, Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, Public Policy & Information Systems, and Science, Carnegie Mellon is consistently ranked among the top 25 universities in the United States. For more information about Carnegie Mellon University, visit our website at http://www.cmu.edu.
Carnegie Mellon University considers applicants for employment without regards to, and does not discriminate on the basis of, gender, race, protected veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected status.
Time Type:Full Time
Minimum Education Level:Master's Degree or equivalent
Carnegie Mellon (www.cmu.edu) is a private, internationally ranked research university with programs in areas ranging from science, technology and business, to public policy, the humanities and the arts. More than 12,000 students in the university’s seven schools and colleges benefit from a small student-to-faculty ratio and an education characterized by its focus on creating and implementing solu...tions for real problems, interdisciplinary collaboration and innovation. A global university, Carnegie Mellon’s main campus in the United States is in Pittsburgh, Pa. It has campuses in California’s Silicon Valley and Qatar, and programs in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe and Mexico.