Assistant Director Orientation & First-Year Programs
University of Rochester
July 17, 2017
Rochester, New York
Part-time - Experienced
Higher Education Institution
Full Time 40 hours Grade 052 Dean's Office Col-Advising Schedule 8 AM-5 PM; OCC WKENDS Responsibilities Assist with Implementation and Planning of all mid-year and August Orientation Programs: Assist with budget management & procuring supplies for Orientation. Student Orientation Leader and Volunteer recruitment & selectionâ“Manage advertising, marketing, interviewing, hiring paperwork and processes. Outreach to student groups soliciting volunteers. Act as liaison to Wilson Commons Student Activities, staying abreast of current programming policies. Manage all Student Volunteers including assignments and ensuring all responsibilities are fulfilled. Staff development and training for Orientation Leader staff, including planning of Orientation team summer retreat. Recruit and work with offices on campus to prepare their presentations. Manage, with the Director, the day-to-day operations of August and mid-year orientation. Summer Programming: Work closely with the Office of Summer Programs to act as a liaison to the summer committee. Utilize orientation student leaders to help supervise programs. Supervise Orientation & Peer Advisor Grad/Intern: Recruit and hire a graduate intern to work with the peer advising and orientation programs. Oversee the responsibilities in managing the logistics of the peer advising program including monitoring time & payroll. Organize projects including monitoring of Social Media content and responding to requests. Work with them to develop exploratory peer advising program Research and Assessment: Stay abreast of latest trends in group advising, social media and college retention. Design and implement an annual assessment of Orientation and First Year Program activities. Compile data from assessment for future improvement. Benchmark URâ™s programs against comparable programs. Collect and analyze Orientation user data to evaluate its performance and inform changes to current and future iterations of the curriculum. Advise Freshmen Fellows: Work with Residential Life & Housing to co-supervise Freshmen Fellows, a program of upper-classmen who work to mentor first year students. Participate in selection & training of Freshman Fellows. Organize regular meetings and review Fellow journal submissions. Assist Fellows in planning large-scale Food for Thought programs Liaison with Advising Services to remind fellows of academic deadlines, policies and resources. Co-Chair First Year Committee: Coordinate bi-weekly meetings and projects for the newly formed first-year committee. Coordinate communications and projects for the committee. Advising Week (Fall & Spring): Work with academic departments to organize Advising Week â“a campus wide program to help students with their course selection. Implement a campus wide advertising campaign and update website. Work with Academic Undergraduate Councils to organize peer advising events during this period. Support Undergraduate Advising Program: Coordinate with the Dean of First-Year Students to develop regular communications and assist in on-going training with undergraduate advisors. Research and propose new programs for first year students. Attend at least one national conference a year focused on first year students. Qualifications: Bachelor's degree and 1 year of related experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Prefer Masterâ™s Degree in Student Personnel, Counseling, Higher Education, or related area preferred. Preferred at least two years prior work experience in higher education include work in orientation, transition or event planning. Must possess organizational and management skills including budget management, planning, program development, evaluation, assessment, and marketing; Effective communication and problem solving skills in a variety of circumstances; Skill in establishing and maintain effective working relationships with students, staff, faculty and the public Excellent communication, written and verbal and interpersonal skills Must have effective organizational and planning skills with ability to multi-task Must possess ability to effectively present information publicly Ability to work in a diverse environment and be sensitive to issues of diversity and inclusion. Able to use a variety of spreadsheet, word-processing, database, e-mail, and presentation software.
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