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Assistant Director, Orientation and Transition

Posted: 05/11/2022

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Xavier University is part of the 500-year-old Jesuit Catholic tradition of academic excellence in the liberal arts and is strongly committed to enhancing equity, inclusion, and diversity. These values are central to our mission. We strive for a climate of respect and inclusiveness that welcomes and supports members from diverse backgrounds and life experiences, is committed unreservedly to open and free inquiry, and    deliberately seeks out multiple perspectives.

Xavier University’s Division of Student Affairs seeks qualified applicants for the Assistant Director for Orientation & Transition in the Office of Student Involvement, Gallagher Student Center, and Commuter Services. This position is a twelve-month, exempt role that facilitates student learning, belonging, and socialization via new student orientation and transition programming.  The role is responsible for Manresa Orientation, Transfer Orientation, and Spring Orientation as well as supervision of the GOA Peer Mentor program - contributing toward the socialization and onboarding of new Xavier students. The Assistant Director serves as a connector across multiple first year experience programs and initiatives, with responsibilities for the Road to Xavier, the GOA program, and the Road through Xavier. The Assistant Director facilitates Commencement Week programming as well as the senior Arrupe Leaders program, ensuring high quality transition programming for students preparing for their next steps.  This role reports to the Senior Director for Student Affairs.

The Assistant Director for Orientation and Transition is responsible for facilitating new student orientation programs, which includes developing content for small and large group activities, organizing faculty and departmental sessions, coordinating evening entertainment, managing all meals and logistical needs, facilitating affinity group spaces, managing the orientation fee budget, and more. They are responsible for the recruitment, hiring and training of paid orientation student staff along with 200 student orientation team members and a NODA summer intern. The Assistant Director coordinates the resident student move-in process, supported by staff members in Residence Life and volunteers from across campus. 

The Assistant Director also coordinates belonging and socialization programming, including facilitating the GOA (first-year) peer mentoring program and serving as a member of the GOA (first year experience course) planning team.  The Assistant Director contributes to interventions and programming in support of first year retention, including pre-orientation processes and first year belonging and retention related initiatives.

The Assistant Director is part of a dynamic and highly effective team in the Office of Student Involvement, Gallagher Student Center and Commuter Services, where they engage in departmental programming, decision making, and event staffing.  The office’s vision statement reads, “We believe that, through involvement, individuals discover their passions and develop their strengths to lead a purposeful life.” In addition to the support of orientation and transition programs, the department facilitates campus activities and leadership programs, supports and oversees 160+ student organizations, advises the Student Government Association, manages the Gallagher Student Center, provides support for commuter students, and coordinates processes and policies for student engagement. 

The Assistant Director supports the work of the entire unit by providing direction for departmental social media with the support of a student social media manager.  The Assistant Director has oversight for specific departmental programs, including advising students on the Board of Elections, organizing the Commencement Week schedule, and coordinating the spring Student Leadership Assembly awards ceremony. In addition, they serve as a departmental representative on university-wide committees and divisional teams as assigned.

Qualified candidates will possess a Master’s Degree in Higher Education Administration, College Student Personnel, or a related field with two to five years of experience in new student orientation, first-year programs, retention or related area and demonstrated written and oral communication proficiency.  Graduate assistantship experience that is directly related to the role can be considered as eligible experience.  Preferred qualifications include candidates with experience in event planning, development and assessment of student learning outcomes, budget management, student supervision, social media, and graphic design, and demonstrated experience working with and advocating for a broad spectrum of underrepresented populations.

Xavier University is an Equal Opportunity employer committed to enhancing equity, inclusion, and diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without discrimination on the basis of race, skin color, ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability. 

To ensure consideration, qualified/interested applicants must submit a cover letter, resume and the names and contact information of three professional references on Xavier University's website by June 5, 2022. Candidates are asked to include in their cover letter a brief statement on how they might support/contribute to Xavier’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Xavier University requires all employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.  Newly hired employees will be required to provide proof of their COVID-19 vaccination upon on-boarding.  Vaccine exemptions may be granted for medical or religious reasons.   

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