Assistant Director, First-Year Orientation and Family Engagement - Student Affairs-2012232
Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) is a highly selective global research university of nearly 7,000 undergraduate students. Recognized for its world-class arts and technology programs, collaboration across disciplines, and creative leadership 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.
We are situated in the heart of Pittsburgh, a city that has reinvented itself as a hub of innovation and information and life sciences technology. The city boasts nine colleges and universities, museums, opera, a world-class symphony, and several professional sports teams. Pittsburgh is known for its diverse neighborhoods, top schools and hospitals, affordable housing, eclectic restaurant scene, lively arts and music communities, and recreation opportunities that abound in our more than 2000 acres of city parks and on its three rivers. Pittsburgh offers a quality of life that has been internationally recognized, prompting the city's ranking as America's most livable city in recent years.
We are searching for an Assistant Director of First-Year Orientation and Family Engagement, mid-level leadership position within the Division of Student Affairs. In this role, you will be responsible for a broad range of activities designed to develop and improve our relationship with incoming undergraduate students, their parents, and family members. You will coordinate transition programming that includes the university's nine day First-Year Orientation Program which provides support for students' intellectual, social, emotional, and cultural transition to campus. Additionally, you will work on programs and communications that cultivate deep and important involvement of parents and relatives with the university community.
Reporting to the Associate Dean of Family Engagement and First-Year Orientation, your core responsibilities will include:
Works with university partners to design and implement signature programs during First-Year Orientation and Family Weekend that are focused on curriculum design, student and family learning, and assessment.
Designs programs, communications, and interventions from a perspective of multicultural competence in order to advance student success and a positive college transition across a diverse student body.
Articulates goals and learning outcomes for programs and ties those outcomes to divisional and institutional priorities.
Provides oversight for administrative support staff and their role in supporting First-Year Orientation logistics such as space reservations and allocation, dining, campus facilities, media and AV.
Develops and stewards an annual programmatic budget of $230,000 under the direction of the leadership.
Delivers leadership for the recruitment, hiring, and supervision of 150+ First-Year Orientation student leaders including Head Orientation Counselors, Orientation Leaders, and Orientation Counselors.
Supervises NODA Graduate Interns when hired to assist in First-Year Orientation planning.
Designs and implements training sessions for student leaders focused on collaboration, college transition, small group facilitation, and conflict resolution.
Designs communications specifically focused for families of limited income students to improve engagement towards student success.
Provides leadership for First-Year Orientation and Family Engagement distance education including websites, webinars, event live streaming, social networking, and other new technologies.
Coordinates communication to new students and relatives including the Pre-Orientation Summer Mailing, First Year Fast Tips email series, Orientation Schedule, and Family Weekend schedule.
Partners with Marketing and Communications and local media to build a regular schedule of media coverage highlighting First-Year Orientation and Parent and Family Engagement at the university.
Develops and implements a robust assessment agenda of First-Year Orientation and Family Engagement in partnership with leadership and the Director of Institutional Research and Analysis.
Shares and presents assessment results with campus partners to inform decision-making related to first-year student transition and relative engagement.
Collaboration and cultural sensitivity are valued competencies at CMU. Therefore, we are in search of a team member who is able to effectively interact with a dynamic population of internal and external partners at a high level of integrity. We are looking for someone who shares our values and who will support the mission of the university through their work.
Applications by April 30, 2019 will be given priority consideration.
Master's degree in higher education, student affairs, or related field.
Minimum three years of experience post graduate degree required.
Experience with orientation, transition, and retention (OTR) programs in a college or university setting highly desired.
Experience in programmatic assessment, research methodologies, and data driven decision-making preferred.
Demonstrated multicultural competence and experience working in a diverse environment, experience providing supervision to student employees, strong fiscal management skills, and experience managing programmatic budgets preferred.
Internal Number: 2012232
About Carnegie Mellon University
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 solutions 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.