Department: Dean of Strategic Planning and Academic Resources
Duration of Position: Full year / Full time
Position Type: Administrator
Posting Date: 07-01-2018
Posting Removal Date: Open Until Filled
Posting Number: 1001338
About Vassar College Located in the scenic Mid-Hudson Valley, Vassar College is a highly selective, residential, coeducational liberal arts college. Vassar is strongly committed to fostering a community that reflects the values of a liberal arts education and to promoting an environment of equality, inclusion and respect for difference. Vassar College is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer, and applications from members of historically underrepresented groups are especially encouraged. Vassar College is a tobacco free/smoke free campus.
Position Summary and Responsibilities Vassar College is seeking a creative and visionary student affairs professional to direct the Transitions Program. Transitions is a comprehensive, four-year program for first-generation, low income, and/or undocumented students. Transitions maximizes student success at Vassar from matriculation to graduation through numerous initiatives and programming, such as the Foundations Pre-Orientation Program; events that facilitate networking and mentoring relationships; events that foster community ties and relationships; and providing students with leadership opportunities. Reporting to the Associate Dean of Strategic Planning and Academic Resources, the Director is responsible for leadership, planning, and overall management of Transitions programs and initiatives. This position is responsible for short and long-term planning and implementation including, but not limited to, writing grants and reports; implementing and enforcing policies and practices; staff hiring, training, and management. The Director of Transitions serves on a program leadership team and advisory board within the Associate Dean of Strategic Planning and Academic Resources area that is comprised of Transitions students, faculty members, and representatives from the Dean of the College office. Occasional evening and weekend assignments are expected.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Plan and oversee the yearly Foundations pre-orientation program held prior to the college-wide new student orientation.
Oversee the Transitions Living Room and Transitions Library.
Select, train, and supervise student leaders for Transitions mentoring programs.
Advise students and link them to campus resources to advance their undergraduate scholarly pursuits and post-Baccalaureate planning.
Build networks with faculty, administrative offices (e.g. Admissions, Student Financial Services, Student Employment), and academic departments to advocate for and serve the needs of students.
Support the co-curricular life of Transitions students and assist with campus-wide initiatives that actualize and support the college's diversity and inclusion efforts.
Work with the Community Engaged Learning office to foster connections between Transitions and community organizations (e.g. Beyond the Gates Program).
Coordinate with relevant summer programs including the Posse Program, Diving into Research, Ford Scholars, Exploring College, etc. to provide summer opportunities for students.
Organize and meet regularly with Student Transitions Advisory Board.
Consult and collaborate with Transitions Advisory Committee comprised of faculty, administrators and students.
Develop and administer the Transitions Program budget.
Prepare written reports, presentations, campus communications, marketing strategies, follow-through, and outreach.
Develop and implement long-range strategic planning for Transitions.
Support the development of an inclusive and equitable community along with campus partners.
Serve on appointed College committees as designated by the Associate Dean of Strategic Planning and Academic Resources or the Transitions Advisory Committee.
Represent the needs of Transitions students on relevant college committees and initiatives such as the Engaged Pluralism Initiative and the Committee on Inclusion and Equity.
Other relevant duties as assigned.
Qualifications Demonstrate the ability to work effectively in a small, diverse, and engaged community. Reflexively and creatively engage with students. Exhibit maturity, flexibility, professionalism and sound judgment. Bring and cultivates knowledge of issues and concerns pertaining to a diverse undergraduate population, conduct, Title IX compliance, and awareness of issues particular to a small residential college. Demonstrate a commitment to social justice education, equity, inclusion, and diversity initiatives. Familiarity with efforts in higher education aimed at the recruitment, support, and retention of first-generation, low income, and/or undocumented students. Experience with staff supervision, training, and professional development. Exhibit effective managerial, supervisory, communication, interpersonal, collaborative, and mentoring skills. Strong oral and written communication skills. Sensitivity and flexibility in dealing with complex problems and situations. Ability to work autonomously and cooperatively within the department and the larger College community. Masters Degree. Three to five years leadership experience in student development, higher education management or a related field, including experience working with first generation, low income, and/or undocumented students. The successful candidate will have demonstrated effectiveness in motivating, leading, mentoring, and supervising in an inclusive environment; have applicable crisis management skills; experience managing college disciplinary systems; have excellent speaking, writing and organizational skills; experience supervising professional and student staff; and a proven ability to work collaboratively in an academic community including partnering with faculty, administrators, staff, and students.
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Vassar is strongly committed to fostering a community that reflects the values of a liberal arts education and to promoting an environment of equality, inclusion and respect for difference. Vassar College is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer, and applications from members of historically underrepresented groups are especially encouraged.
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