University of Rochester Assistant Director Orientation & First-Year Programs in Rochester, New York
Full Time 40 hours Grade 052 Dean's Office Col-Advising
8 AM-5 PM; OCC WKENDS
Assist with Implementation and Planning of all mid-year and August Orientation Programs:
- Assist with budget management & procuring supplies for Orientation.
- Student Orientation Leader and Volunteer recruitment & selection–Manage advertising, marketing, interviewing, hiring paperwork and processes. Outreach to student groups soliciting volunteers.
- Act as liaison to Wilson Commons Student Activities, staying abreast of current programming policies.
- Manage all Student Volunteers including assignments and ensuring all responsibilities are fulfilled.
- Staff development and training for Orientation Leader staff, including planning of Orientation team summer retreat.
- Recruit and work with offices on campus to prepare their presentations.
- Manage, with the Director, the day-to-day operations of August and mid-year orientation.
- Work closely with the Office of Summer Programs to act as a liaison to the summer committee.
- Utilize orientation student leaders to help supervise programs.
Supervise Orientation & Peer Advisor Grad/Intern:
- Recruit and hire a graduate intern to work with the peer advising and orientation programs.
- Oversee the responsibilities in managing the logistics of the peer advising program including monitoring time & payroll.
- Organize projects including monitoring of Social Media content and responding to requests.
- Work with them to develop exploratory peer advising program
Research and Assessment:
- Stay abreast of latest trends in group advising, social media and college retention.
- Design and implement an annual assessment of Orientation and First Year Program activities.
- Compile data from assessment for future improvement.
- Benchmark UR’s programs against comparable programs.
- Collect and analyze Orientation user data to evaluate its performance and inform changes to current and future iterations of the curriculum.
Advise Freshmen Fellows:
- Work with Residential Life & Housing to co-supervise Freshmen Fellows, a program of upper-classmen who work to mentor first year students.
- Participate in selection & training of Freshman Fellows.
- Organize regular meetings and review Fellow journal submissions.
- Assist Fellows in planning large-scale Food for Thought programs
- Liaison with Advising Services to remind fellows of academic deadlines, policies and resources.
Co-Chair First Year Committee:
- Coordinate bi-weekly meetings and projects for the newly formed first-year committee.
- Coordinate communications and projects for the committee.
Advising Week (Fall & Spring):
- Work with academic departments to organize Advising Week –a campus wide program to help students with their course selection.
- Implement a campus wide advertising campaign and update website.
- Work with Academic Undergraduate Councils to organize peer advising events during this period.
Support Undergraduate Advising Program:
- Coordinate with the Dean of First-Year Students to develop regular communications and assist in on-going training with undergraduate advisors.
- Research and propose new programs for first year students.
- Attend at least one national conference a year focused on first year students.
- Bachelor's degree and 1 year of related experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
- Prefer Master’s Degree in Student Personnel, Counseling, Higher Education, or related area preferred.
- Preferred at least two years prior work experience in higher education include work in orientation, transition or event planning.
- Must possess organizational and management skills including budget management, planning, program development, evaluation, assessment, and marketing;
- Effective communication and problem solving skills in a variety of circumstances;
- Skill in establishing and maintain effective working relationships with students, staff, faculty and the public
- Excellent communication, written and verbal and interpersonal skills
- Must have effective organizational and planning skills with ability to multi-task
- Must possess ability to effectively present information publicly
- Ability to work in a diverse environment and be sensitive to issues of diversity and inclusion.
- Able to use a variety of spreadsheet, word-processing, database, e-mail, and presentation software.
EOE Minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/Disabled
Job Title: Assistant Director Orientation & First-Year Programs
Location: The College
Job ID: 201898
Full/Part Time: Full-Time