Ball State University welcomes applications for Director of First Year Experience. This position is integral to the student success initiative and the strategic plan, and will be responsible for creating a comprehensive support structure for first year students to allow them to fully integrate into a the University community.
Under the direction of the Associate Vice Provost for University College and Student Success, and through collaborative relationships across campus, the Director of First Year Experience will coordinate and oversee a comprehensive first year experience for students that will facilitate student academic success, foster a greater sense of community, and increase student persistence and retention. Serve as a primary liaison from Academic Affairs to Summer Bridge programs, Orientation and Welcome Week, the Living Learning Communities, First Year Faculty Ambassadors, the Career Center, and Commuter Connections.
Minimum Qualifications: Master’s degree in relevant field from an accredited institution. Three years of experience with innovative student success and retention initiatives in a higher education setting. Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills. Ability to prioritize and manage multiple simultaneous projects with attention to detail and adherence to deadlines. Demonstrated ability to form collaborative relationships with other University offices. Outstanding social media skills. Demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion. Knowledge of technology that supports student success including predictive analytics, data analysis, and student-facing softwares.
Candidates for searches must have current authorization to be employed in the U.S. without employer sponsorship.
Preferred Qualifications: Doctorate or terminal degree in relevant field from an accredited institution. Experience with implementation of a First Year Experience comprehensive program. Experience working with professionals in a Career Center and in Living and Learning Communities. Experience collaborating with Summer Orientation and Welcome Weeks programming. Solid knowledge of trends in higher education as they relate to student success, retention and support.
Apply online at: http://bsu.peopleadmin.com/postings/23008. Include the following documents with your application: resume and cover letter addressed to Kecia McBride. The option to upload transcripts is available. Original, official transcripts showing the highest related degree earner is required at the time of hire (even if obtained at BSU). Degree verification will be conducted.
Review of applications will begin immediately and will be accepted through January 19, 2021.
Ball State University is located in Muncie, Indiana, approximately 45 miles northeast of Indianapolis. Approximately 21,000 undergraduate and graduate students enroll each year in diverse academic programs on and off campus. Our students come from all Indiana counties, all 50 states, and 68 countries to pursue knowledge in seven academic colleges offering 190 undergraduate majors, 130 undergraduate minors, 140 graduate programs and 200 study abroad programs.
The Ball State way is rooted in the Beneficence Pledge – a commitment to excellence in teaching and scholarship, honesty and integrity, social responsibility, gratitude and valuing the intrinsic worth of each member of our community. Ball State students, faculty and staff are empowered in a culture that believes in them and demands they believe in themselves. They are partners in an innovative, immersive approach to education. They are supported by living and learning facilities that enable intellectual curiosity. We graduate scholars who are changing the world, and we’ve dedicated our University to do the same.
The university offers an excellent wellness program and extensive benefits offerings to include a generous paid time off package and paid parental leave. For further information regarding benefits please visit:
Ball State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that is strongly and actively committed to diversity within its community. Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and protected veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status or any other legally protected status.
About Ball State University
Ball State University is located in Muncie, Indiana, on an attractive campus 45 miles northeast of Indianapolis. Approximately 22,000 graduate and undergraduate students enroll in one of eight academic colleges that offer 190 undergraduate programs. We offer more than 140 master’s, doctoral, certificate, and specialist degrees, with many of them ranking among the best in the nation. Ball State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that is strongly and actively committed to diversity within its community. Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and protected veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status or any other legally protected status.