Full-time (1.0 FTE) 12-month fixed-term Officer of Administration position
Department: Student Orientation Programs
Salary Range: $45,000 - $50,000
Anticipated Start Date: April 1, 2013
The Assistant Director of Orientation Programs serves as a member of the Student Orientation Programs team. The primary purpose of the Assistant Director is to carry out the goals of the Orientation Programs in the following ways:
1. Provide leadership and supervision in the planning, coordination, and presentation of New Student Orientation, including:
Freshman and Transfer Orientation (on- and off-site IntroDUCKtion, Week of Welcome, mid-year orientation)
Parent and Family Orientation
2. Serve as primary liaison to academic schools and departments in relation to Orientation events, including communication flow with the Office of Academic Advising.
3. Independently determine and coordinate logistics for orientation sessions and welcome programs.
4. Manage and maintain relationships with national and local sponsors of Orientation through annual sponsorship campaign.
5. Hire, train and supervise 2 student directors, 23+ student orientation leaders; and shared supervision of one classified employee.
6. Oversee the leadership curriculum of the office for undergraduate orientation leaders, including creating learning outcome, assessment, and reporting.
7. Oversee testing and implementation of Orientation-related processes as part of CRM as well as all communication campaigns related to orientation programs.
8. Provide leadership and coordination of all orientation-related publications, websites, social media, and databases; serve as primary point of contact for the Office of Strategic Communication for Enrollment Management.
9. Other duties as assigned.
This position has significant impact on the transition and retention of students at the University of Oregon as it works to create a strong orientation and transition program and welcome environment for new students and parents. Programs and services created by the Assistant Director for Orientation Programs assist in the connection to the university through the use of intentional student development and enrollment transition theories. The Assistant Director will build the orientation program and ultimately make decisions in how to organize and execute domestic undergraduate orientation programs. In addition, the Assistant Director plays an integral role in the development of students employed within Student Orientation Programs; supervision and advising of student staff includes staff development and evaluation.
The Assistant Director for Orientation Programs is an essential position with Student Orientation Programs and Enrollment Management. It exists to manage the programs for new students and parents. The position oversees the operations of domestic undergraduate orientation, contributes to student satisfaction by building a strong university program, and enhances the university ability to maintain or exceed enrollment goals. The position collaborates with faculty and staff throughout the university, including service units, academic programs, and administration to facilitate orientation activities that are in line with university goals and strategic plans. The Assistant Director develops administrative procedures for Student Orientation Programs and has considerable latitude for independent action.
The Assistant Director supervises 25+ student employees and will co-supervise 1 classified staff employee. Supervision of other 1.0 FTE is possible. The Assistant Director will plan work, assign work, approve work, discipline/reward, respond to grievances, prepare and sign performance reviews, and hire/terminate. 20% of their time will be devoted to supervision.
Bachelor’s degree required.
Demonstrated ability to work in a dynamic, highly collaborative, team-oriented environment.
Demonstrable commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity.
Experience working in diverse environment and/or with diverse clientele.
Experience hiring, training and supervising student employees.
Two years' work experience in Higher Ed. Administration, Enrollment Management, Student Affairs, or related field.
Excellent organization, planning, public relations and presentation skills.
Experience planning and implementing large-scale programs.
Strong problem-solving and decision-making skills.
Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
Master’s degree in higher education administration or a related field.
Experience with undergraduate orientation, transition, and retention programs.
Demonstrated experience enhancing student retention.
Spanish language skills desired.
The finalist for the position must complete a criminal background check.
It is the mission of Student Orientation Programs to introduce new and prospective students and their families to the university’s intellectual climate. In addition, we seek to improve the quality of the new student experience by providing assistance with academic, personal, and social adjustment to the university, demonstrating the University of Oregon’s commitment to teaching, learning, and scholarship.
Through recruitment programs such as the Ambassador Program, Duck Preview, and Duck Days and orientation events such as IntroDUCKtion and Week of Welcome, Student Orientation Programs serves approximately 90,000 visitors, prospective students, new students, and families.
The University of Oregon has nearly 25,000 students — 20,631 undergraduates and 3,816 graduates. The university is among the 108 institutions chosen from 4,633 U.S. universities for top-tier designation of "Very High Research Activity" in the 2010 Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. The UO also is one of two Pacific Northwest members of the Association of American Universities.
To ensure consideration applications must be received by January 14, 2013; the position will remain open until filled.
Complete applications will consist of a cover letter addressing qualifications and interest, a résumé that includes names and contact information for three current professional references, and responses to the supplemental questions.
1. What significant challenges do you see in the areas of orientation, transition, and retention for large, public, research universities?
2. Describe your experience developing and implementing innovative orientation, transition, or retention strategies for undergraduate students. What research, data, or theories did you employ? Describe the success your innovation achieved.
3. Give an example of a situation where you used professional judgment in making a difficult decision; what was your process and what was the outcome of your decision?
Submit applications to:
Mail: Office of Enrollment Management, Attn: Lynn Egli; 1203 University of Oregon; Eugene, OR 97403
In-person: Office of Enrollment Management, Attn: Lynn Egli; 463 Oregon Hall; 1585 E. 13th Avenue; Eugene, OR
The University of Oregon is an equal-opportunity, affirmative-action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.