Department: New Student & Family Programs Salary/Grade: EXS/5
The Assistant Director for New Student and Family Programs will be responsible for assisting the Director with Wildcat Welcome, Northwestern’s week-long, new student orientation program, as well as the creation and implementation of other programming for new students and family members. The new Assistant Director will oversee the recruitment, selection and training processes for 10 Wildcat Welcome Board of Directors members and more than 200 Peer Advisers (student orientation leaders), and supervise one graduate assistant. This person will also be responsible for creating and implementing retreats and comprehensive training programs for all student staff. Some evening and weekend hours will be required.
Plan and implement programs and services for parents and families of undergraduate students.
Oversee and facilitate the recruitment, selection, and training, of 200+ student leaders comprising the Wildcat Welcome Staff.
Advise and supervise 200+ student leaders.
Assist with creating, writing and editing publications and website content, and overseeing social media.
Other duties as assigned.
Bachelor’s degree required. Master's degree preferred. Areas of specialization include: College Student Personnel Administration, Higher Education Administration, Counseling or other related fields or the equivalent combination of education and experience from which comparable knowledge and abilities can be acquired.
Minimum two years (inclusive of graduate assistantships) of progressively responsible experience in higher education.
Understanding of educational environment at highly selective institutions like Northwestern.
Demonstrated experience in program development, including contract negotiations with outside vendors, speakers, and programming groups.
Knowledge of issues and challenges facing undergraduate students during times of transition.
Excellent organizational and time management skills.
Excellent written and oral communication skills.
Available to work some evenings and weekends.
Master's degree in college student personnel administration, student affairs, or other relevant discipline preferred.
Experience coordinating campus-wide orientation programs and working with parents of students at college or university.
Experience developing and facilitating student leader training programs.
Experience creating electronic newsletters, updating and maintaining websites and/or managing social media accounts.
Knowledge of current issues and trends in orientation programs.
Preferred Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities)
Creating and managing initiatives for new students.
Group facilitation skills.
Commitment to process and quality improvement.
Ability to function effectively in a decentralized, research-intensive University environment.
Program assessment with a focus on learning outcomes.
Working knowledge of student learning and developmental theory and practice.
Knowledge of scholarship and trends in orientation and first-year experience programming.
Outstanding written, public speaking and interpersonal communications skills.
Collaborative and diplomatic relationship style; promotes respect and practice of civility in the workplace.
Proven experience working collaboratively and effectively with individuals from a variety of cultural, racial, ethnic, and religious backgrounds.
Commitment to inclusion, diversity and the concept of social justice.
Ability to build purposeful partnerships and work within a team environment to accomplish goals.
Effective supervision of student staff.
Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.
Internal Number: 39721
About Northwestern University
Northwestern University is a major private research university with 12 academic divisions located on three campuses in Evanston, Chicago, and Education City in Doha, Qatar. We have approximately 2,500 full-time faculty members, 17,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and over 5,700 full and part-time staff. Northwestern University combines innovative teaching and pioneering research in a highly collaborative environment. It provides students and faculty exceptional opportunities for intellectual, personal and professional growth.