Assistant Director, Orientation Programs
Michigan Technological University - Houghton, MI

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Position Information

Position Title
Assistant Director, Orientation Programs

Waino Wahtera Center for Student Success

Main Campus (Houghton, MI)

Position Type

Full-time/ Part-time

Full-Time Equivalent (1.0=100%)

Appointment Term
12 Month

Pay Type
Salary Basis

Salary or Hourly Rate
Negotiable Based on Experience & Qualifications (No less than $28,000)

Position Duration Dependent on External Funding?

Title of Position Supervisor
Director, Waino Wahtera Center for Student Success
Position Summary Information To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Job Description Summary
The Assistant Director is responsible for developing, executing, and evaluating new student Orientation that support students’ transition to the Michigan Tech community and promotes their success. The Assistant Director will ensure that programs are consistent with the mission and goals of the Division of Student Affairs and the University, and contribute to the quality of student life.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities (other duties may be assigned)
1. Creatively develop, implement, and evaluate a comprehensive Orientation program for new students including first-year, transfer, dual-enrolled, athlete, and midyear entry students, as well as parents, family members, and guardians.
2. Coordinate and oversee post-Orientation week Pulse sessions.
3. Supervise and evaluate the Orientation student staff, maintain personnel files, recognize staff efforts, and address academic concerns for staff members.
4. Work with academic areas to coordinate Orientation week course experiences.
5. Lead weekly staff meetings for Orientation student staff.
6. Create and maintain the Orientation budget.
7. Coordinate and oversee the use of assessment tools in Orientation programming.
8. Administer CIRP and Your First College Year surveys and disseminate results.
9. Create and revise communication and publications, including websites and Orientation materials.
10. Assist with Center participation with Leading Scholars, Preview Day, Open House, and other recruitment and campus wide events.
11. Teach one section of a college success course.
12. Provide coordinated academic outreach to student populations for midterm outreach and probation.
13. Assist with individual student and parent interventions.
14. Work as a team member with the Dean of Students area in decision making, problem solving, strategic planning, coordination of student advising and program evaluation and assessment.
15. Participate on Student Affairs and University work teams.
16. Serve as the liaison for and collaborate with university communications, international programs, athletics, transfer services, academic departments, and admissions.
17. Work irregular hours at certain times due to the nature of the position.
18. Assume administrative responsibility for projects when assigned.
19. Integrate safety practices into daily activities.
20. Cooperate with safety personnel.
21. Follow all written and oral safety instructions.
22. Report all safety-related concerns to supervisor.
23. Commit to learning about continuous improvement strategies and applying them to everyday work. Actively engage in University continuous improvement initiatives.
24. Encourage continuous improvement practices among employees.
25. Other duties as assigned.

Required Education (minimum requirements)
• Bachelor’s degree in student personnel or a related field, or an equivalent combination of education and experience from which comparable knowledge and abilities can be acquired.
Required Experience (minimum requirements)
• Two (2) years of professional experience that may include graduate student experience in orientation, first-year programs, or similar office.
• Basic computer and software competency.
Desirable Education and/or Experience
Master’s degree in student personnel or a related field.
Expertise in developing, articulating and implementing a vision for the enrichment of orientation programs and the first-year experience.
Experience working effectively with administrative and academic sides of a University.
Experience in educational programs directed at student development in higher education.
Required Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities (minimum requirements)
• Excellent leadership, organization, interpersonal, and oral/written/presentation skills.
• Demonstrated ability to creatively plan, organize, and execute complex events.
• Demonstrated teambuilding and networking skills.
• Demonstrated understanding of student development theory and a commitment to student success.
• Evidence of commitment to enhancing diversity.
• Demonstrated ability to work effectively with students, faculty and staff.
• Demonstrated willingness to work evening and weekend hours.
• Demonstrated ability to function effectively in stressful work environments.
• Demonstrated capability in leading and managing a motivated staff.
• Demonstrated ability to build relationships with faculty, students, parents, staff, and counselors.
• Proven competence in managing multiple tasks and competing priorities.
• Demonstrated commitment to a culture of safety by having established safety as a key professional value and essential component of daily practice.
• Demonstrated commitment to contribute to a safe work environment.
• Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively across cultural boundaries and work harmoniously with diverse groups of students, faculty, and staff.
Desirable Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities
Demonstrated proven success with designing and providing programs to retain a diverse student body.
Demonstrated understanding of and commitment to the comprehensive mission, vision, and strategic plan.
Demonstrated knowledge and expertise of today’s students and ability to steer program priorities using institutional strategic planning directives.
Experience being a goal-oriented, charismatic, self-disciplined, willing risk-taker with a genuine interest in the success of all students.
Demonstrated knowledge of the latest in computing and technology for the student affairs area.
A positive attitude towards innovation and creativity, and a sense of humor.
Language, Mathematical, and/or Reasoning Skills
Work Environment and/or Physical Demands
Work Environment:
The work environment characteristics and physical demands described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.

The work environment is that of a typical office and/or classroom setting.
The noise level in the work environment is usually low to moderate.

Required Training
Required Training: -
Employee Safety Overview
Sexual Harassment Training
Annual Data Security Training
Cultural Competency Training
Van Training
Institutional Review Board

Posting Detail Information

Posting Number

Posting Type
Internal & External Posting

Internal Posting Date

External Posting Date

Open Until Filled

Special Instructions to Applicants (if applicable)
Full consideration will be given to applications received by August 12, 2013. Your reference list attachment should include the contact information for at least three (3) professional references.

Additional Information:
Michigan Technological University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer/educational institution. Applications from women and minorities are encouraged.