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Assistant Director for Student Transition Experiences & Special Populations

A primary function of Orientation & Transition Experiences (OTE) is to implement welcome programs and transition experiences for new students. The Assistant Director for Transition Programs works with the Associate Director of Student Transition Experiences with the planning and implementation of aspects of Welcome Week (a six-day program that serves 6000+ freshmen and up to 2300+ transfer students), Student Transition Experiences (Academic year programming through the second year), and transition programming for special populations including transfer, off-campus, first generation, students of color, out of state students, etc. The Assistant Director serves on a team of nine (9) full-time, professional staff and many student staff. This position reports to the Associate Director of Student Transition Experiences.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree and at least four years of relevant work experience.
  • Two years of full-time work experience in orientation, transition programs, student success, or related field.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Commitment to diversity and inclusion with working with units that provide support, access and equity and/or enhancing programmatic content to meet the needs of students.
  • Willing and able to work evening and weekend hours.

Preferred Qualifications

  • A Master’s degree in Higher Education, College Student Personnel, or other related area
  • Three years of experience in large-scale event planning and programming, including managing and implementing program content and logistics.
  • Previous experience working with transfer students, first-generation students, off-campus students, or other student populations where experiences and skills could be transferred
  • Previous supervisory experience of staff (student or professional).
  • Excellent organizational skills; ability to manage multiple projects and perspectives, while having tolerance for ambiguity in implementing campus-wide programs.
  • Ability to make data-driven decisions regarding programmatic efforts.
  • Ability to work and communicate across organizational programs and priorities.
  • Flexible and adaptable to change.
  • Collaborative and diplomatic relationship style; promotes respect and practice of civility and inclusivity in the workplace.

Welcome Week (30%)

  • Assist the Associate Director in the planning and implementation of Welcome Week, including the Friday & Saturday rotation schedules, engagement sessions, bus tours, exploration fair, and other events
  • Serve as a member of the Welcome Week implementation team working with the Associate Director, Assistant Director for Leadership, Welcome Week and Student Leadership Interns (2), Orientation Leaders (28), Welcome Week Leaders (300+), and full-time staff
  • Serve as liaison to other departments, specifically working with Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence (MCAE) to coordinate efforts across MCAE Kick-Off and Welcome Week
  • Provide vision and advocacy for Welcome Week programs to meet the needs of underrepresented and underserved student populations
  • Assist in the development and creation of a DEI co-curricular transition series for new students that launches during Welcome Week.
  • Support Welcome Week logistics, operations, and implementation.
  • Work with the Associate Director to plan and execute Welcome Week Transfer Track events, including a Transfer Welcome Day program in January

Student Transition Experiences (30%)

  • Assist the Associate Director with development and implementation of student transition experiences serving first year, transfer, and second year students, including underserved and BIPOC student populations
  • Serve as a member of the Student Transition Experiences implementation team, including the Associate Director, Program Coordinator and three Student Transition Experiences Interns
  • Provide direction in developing monthly Class of 20XX newsletters, transfer newsletters, etc.
  • Implement transition programs including, but not limited to, At Home in MN, Transfer Student Network, UMNetworks, etc.
  • Serve on the Second Year Experience Committee, representing Orientation & Transition Experiences
  • Work with Associate Director to manage a budget for Student Transition Experiences
  • Manage program assessment and evaluation for Student Transition programs

Special Populations Support (20%)

  • Assist with the planning and implementation of experiences that meet the needs of BIPOC students and their intersecting identities.
  • Support the Commuter Success Program, a grant-funded peer mentoring and meal program for off-campus students who meet qualifications
  • Oversee coordination of and implement Second Year Celebration Week
  • Work with appropriate campus partners to support National Transfer Student Celebration Week and First-Generation Week
  • Create and support programming to further the goals of the Gopher Equity Project, a required online module students take as part of their onboarding

Supervision (15%)

  • Recruit, select, train, and evaluate Student Transition Experiences Intern(s) who plan and support newsletters and transition programs
  • Supervise 8-10 Transfer Insiders (volunteers) from the Transfer Student Network who facilitate coffee chats with new transfer students

Orientation & Transition Experiences Support (5%)

  • Provide support to any initiatives implemented by Orientation & Transition Experiences or the Office of Undergraduate Education
  • Participate in professional staff trainings, meetings, and projects
  • Represent the Associate Director in various capacities as needed
  • Assist with the implementation of Orientation programs

This position has the Academic Professional and Administrative (P&A) classification in the Student Services Job Family Professional 3, is 100% time, 12-month annually renewable appointment.  This position is considered a strategic, mid-level position.  Salary range is $50,000 - $52,000, is commensurate with experience, and includes a substantial benefits package.

Applications must be submitted online through the University of Minnesota Office of Human Resources. Applicants must complete an online application for the position and attach a cover letter and resume.

Job ID: 344786

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To request an accommodation during the application process, please e-mail or call (612) 624-UOHR (8647).

The University of Minnesota is committed to the policy that all persons shall have equal access to its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, creed, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, or sexual orientation.

Do you have questions or would you like more information about this role? Schedule a 10-minute informational appointment.

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