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Associate Director of Orientation Programs

The Associate Director is responsible for the overall planning and implementation of Orientation programs for undergraduate students (first-year and transfer). In addition to planning, implementing, and supervising these programs, this individual will serve as the liaison between all colleges and service areas to determine orientation numbers, schedules, collaboration efforts and logistics. The Associate Director will serve on various committees and initiatives dealing with the transitional needs and creating unique orientation experiences for these populations and sub populations. This individual supervises the Assistant Director for Leadership, Training and Development, Program Coordinator for Orientation as well as student interns. This position also supports the director in providing vision and decisions on the leadership team in OTE in order to reach departmental goals.  This position reports to the Director of Orientation & Transition Experiences.


  • Bachelor’s degree with at least 6 years of experience.
  • Previous experience with orientation, transition, or retention programming.
  • Previous experience with oversight of a small department or cross-disciplinary team.
  • Previous experience supervising professional and/or student staff.
  • Previous experience managing and implementing program logistics and operations.
  • Ability to manage and collaborate with multiple partners on multiple projects with attention to detail.
  • Commitment to diversity and inclusion; working with units that provide support, access and equity and/or enhancing programmatic content to meet needs of students.
  • Employment is contingent upon completion of background verification with satisfactory results as required by law and University policy.


  • Master’s degree in Higher Education, College Student Personnel, or other related areas.
  • Seven (7) years post masters experience planning, implementing and supervising first-year programs including the coordination of large-scale events, as well as working with the specific student populations.
  • Experience with diversity, equity, inclusion and social justice work.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide vision and direction to program content and delivery while managing/fostering a team.
  • Ability to work and communicate across organizational programs and priorities while seeking out campus experts in other functional areas.
  • Ability to make data-driven decisions regarding programmatic efforts.
  • Experience in budget management including day-to-day as well as long-term, strategic budget planning.
  • Collaborative leader; promotes respect and inclusivity while managing conflict in the workplace.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate and work effectively with various constituencies, including diverse populations.
  • Experience in developing emergency/crisis response procedures in alignment with department/University protocol.
  • Flexibility and adaptable to change

Orientation Programming (65%)

  • Provide vision, oversight and support for the implementation of the freshman and transfer orientation experiences in the fall and spring.
  • Provide management to all logistics involved in the planning and implementation of Orientation Experiences including staffing needs.
  • Negotiate with colleges and university departments to make decisions on orientation numbers, schedules, program content, collaboration efforts and program logistics.
  • Create and implement supplemental orientation experiences for BIPOC students and their intersecting identities to influence their success and retention.
  • Manage and enhance needed online supplemental orientation experiences (i.e., Canvas).
  • Plan, forecast, monitor, and allocate a budget of approximately $1 million for the operation of Orientation experiences.
  • Provide strategic vision for OTE student leadership training and development experiences managed by the Assistant Director for Leadership & Development.
  • Ensure that federal and state mandated content is shared in orientation experiences.
  • Create, assess, and manage Orientation learning outcomes based on current student needs and informed by best practice, centered in student success.
  • Collaboratively work with various campus partners including but not limited to service providers, colleges and other to make student centered decisions for Orientation experiences.
  • Collaborate with units for specific populations (i.e., TRiO, Intercollegiate Athletics, University Honors Program, ISSS, etc.) to ensure needs of these students are met and determine appropriate schedules for students.
  • Provide vision and direction to the Assistant Director of Marketing & Communication on the strategic development of content for Orientation Experiences rooted in current trends and best practice.
  • Collaborate with the Senior Associate Director for Orientation Operations (Gold Book, orientation dates, Salesforce etc.) negotiating timelines, streamlining content with colleges/units.
  • Share with Orientation constituents’ assessment data results, trends and best practices.
  • Co-Chair the Orientation Advisory Committee with the Senior Associate Director.
  • Serve as on-call contact during all overnight Orientation programs.
  • Assist with the selection, training, advising and supervising of student intern(s).
  • Stay current on trends in Orientation, Transition and Retention to inform programs and services.

Transition Programming (10%)

  • Create continuity between the new student orientation experience, welcome week and other transition experiences.
  • Identify opportunities for underserved students in the Orientation experience that is weaved into the Transition experience.

Supervision (20%)

  • Co-Supervise and evaluate the Assistant Director for Leadership Training & Development and asses the student leadership-training program for 4 Student Program Coordinators, 28 Orientation Leaders, 300 Welcome Week Leaders, and 20 Event Staff members.
  • Supervise Intern(s) responsible for implementing Leadership programs and Orientation.
  • Supervise and evaluate the Coordinator for Orientation.

Assist the director and mission of OTE (5%)

  • Assist with providing vision and direction for orientation, retention and transition as it relates to all new students and programmatic areas of OTE.
  • Assist the director with budget and strategic planning for OTE.
  • Serve on committees that related specifically to meeting the transitional and first-year needs of students.
  • Participate in and coordinate professional staff trainings, meetings and projects.
  • Special projects including final banquet, staff retreat, research and program development.

This position has the Academic Professional and Administrative (P&A) classification and is 100% time, 12-month annually renewable appointment.  Salary range is $65,000 - $67,000, 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: 344785

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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.

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