Job Summary/Basic Function: Job Summary: Provide meaningful programs and initiatives for incoming students and their families with the transition into and through Lamar University. As well as coordinate Leadership and Community service/engagement initiatives. Initiatives include new student and parent orientation, parent and families programs, large scale leadership and civic engagement programs. The Assistant Director has direct reporting responsibility to the Director of New Student and Leadership Programs.
Essential Job Functions:
Provide support to the Director of New Student & Leadership Programs in all matters related to orientation, week of welcome, year-round orientation initiatives for first-year and transfer students.
Coordinate event logistics and programming for large initiatives for including New Student Orientation, Spring Welcome, and Parent & Family Orientation.
Select, train, and supervise Student Orientation Coordinators, Orientation Leaders. Facilitate weekly meetings, training sessions, and retreat(s) with the Student Leadership Team for Orientation.
Provide front-line supervision of each orientation program.
Coordinate a variety of parent and family programs, including Family Weekends, Parent Receptions, Parent and Family Newsletter, website, and works closely with campus constituents in providing information and programming to parents and families.
Serve as a key liaison between the university and families of current students.
Oversee the continuous development, implementation, and evaluation of fall and spring Week of Welcome program, marketing, execution, and assessment.
Oversee the development, implementation, and evaluation of various first year programs for new students.
Oversee and coordinate Leadership Programs, including Leadership Conferences, Leadership Certificate program, and leadership workshops.
Develop and coordinate an annual Student Leadership Conference.
Direct, manage, and instruct leadership workshops, programs and student leader training across all departments within the division.
Manage and oversee all aspects to LU Lead, Leadership Certificate program.
Implement university wide awareness programs to educate students about volunteer opportunities on campus and within the community.
Develop and manage sustained partnerships with local non-profit and service agencies.
Provide information and guidance for students, faculty, and staff who wish to engage in volunteer work in the local community.
Give support to the Big Event executive committee and help with the coordination of the Big Event, day of community service
Collaborate with the Student Organization Service Office to track all student volunteer hours and engagement within LUHub platform
Prepare and maintain appropriate assessment, reports, and publications.
Use web-based tools for marketing, web design, orientation records, and assessment.
Assist with division sponsored events such as Homecoming and Toast to Leadership Banquet.
Meet weekly with the Director of New Student & Leadership Programs and attend regularly scheduled departmental meetings.
Participate on departmental, division, and university committees and task forces.
Other duties as assigned.
Minimum Qualifications: Minimum Education Required: Masters degree in student personnel, higher education or a related field. One year of work experience in college student affairs, student activities, orientation, transfer, or first year programming Demonstrated orientation and transition experience Demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion and the ability to work with a diverse group of constituents. Experience in designing and implementing programming or large-scale events.
Minimum Experience Required: Knowledge of college student development theory, research & practice related to orientation, leadership development, student transitions, learning and/or success. Experience managing large events. Advising/supervision experience with ability to lead undergraduate student staff. Ability to establish and maintain effective, cooperative working relationships with students, faculty, staff, and administrators participating in transition programs. Previous experience with a student records database system.
Physical Requirements: Moderate physical activity. Can require handling objects of average-weight up to 30 pounds or standing and/or walking for more than four (4) hours per day.
Willingness to work flexible schedule, which may include evening and weekend hours as required and emergency management and/or crisis management.
Willing to assist with the evacuation process of residence students to an off-site location for tropical storm or hurricane.
Must be able to remain in stationary position, often standing or sitting for prolonged periods. Must be able to have repetitive wrist/hand/finger movement to work on computer and/or related office equipment. Moving self in different positions to accomplish tasks in various environments including tight and confined spaces. Moving about to accomplish tasks or moving from one worksite to another. Communicating with others to exchange information.
Job Conditions: Frequent prolonged and irregular hours.
Lamar Expectation of Quality: Employee will support the mission of Lamar by providing high quality, professional services, timely responses and solutions to customer requests.
Security Sensitive Statement: This position is security-sensitive and thereby subject to the provisions of the Texas Education Code 51.215, which authorizes the employer to obtain criminal history record information.
Lamar University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. It is the policy of Lamar University not to discriminate on the basis of non-relevant criteria including, but not limited to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, national origin, age, disability, or veteran status in its educational programs, activities, admissions or employment practices.
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Home to more than 14,000 students, Lamar University is one of the fastest growing universities in Texas and is a member of The Texas State University System. LU offers more than 100 programs of study leading to bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. The 270-acre campus in Beaumont is about 90 miles east of Houston and about 25 miles west of Louisiana