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The Office of New Student Programs (ONSP) at the University of Michigan is looking for a new Assistant Director of Orientation Programs who will contribute to the leadership, direction, and evaluation of programs with a focus on the development, implementation, and evaluation of orientation for new first-year and transfer students and their families. Reporting to the Associate Director of New Student Programs, the assistant director will collaborate with a team of five in the planning and implementation of orientation programs for new students and guests, which includes over 13,000 participants annually.
This position is best suited to a candidate that is familiar with the higher education landscape and decentralized, complex institutions; is detail-oriented, adaptable, and passionate about serving college students and their families in a fast-paced environment.
Orientation Programs (65%)
* Supports the design and development of creative and innovative programming for new undergraduate students and their families that reflects current best practices in transition theory and student development, including content designed for underrepresented, first generation, and international populations.
* Supports the development of both virtual and in-person orientation program content in consultation with faculty, students, administrators, academic advisors and student affairs units.
* Assists in the delivery of in-person orientation programs.
* Serve as a primary point of contact for responding to emergencies and incidents related to orientation
* Attend regional and/or national Student Affairs and NODA conferences and professional development offerings as a representative of ONSP and University of Michigan.
Supervision, Staff Selection, and Training(25%)
* Implements student orientation leader recruitment, selection, training and supervision
* Assists in the design, implementation and evaluation of all aspects of orientation leader training
* Supervises a graduate intern, one student coordinator and 30 student orientation leaders.
Committee Responsibilities (5%)
* Serve on committees within the Office of Enrollment Management as it relates to orientation.
Other Duties as Assigned (5%)
* Bachelor's degree plus three years of full-time administrative experience with a focus in developing and implementing programs in a higher education setting.
* Proven experience working collaboratively and effectively with individuals from a variety of cultural, racial, ethnic, and religious backgrounds
* Experience in event planning or delivering large scale programs.
* Experience hiring and supervising student staff
* Experience building effective supervisory and advisory relationships with undergraduate students.
* Strong communication, customer service, and interpersonal skills
* Demonstrated organizational and planning skills with attention to detail.
* Ability to work irregular hours including evenings and weekends during peak programming times.
* Ability to work in a fast paced, team oriented environment.
* Master's degree in higher education, college student personnel, or other related areas
* Experience in higher education, particularly with orientation, first year experience or student success programs.
* Working knowledge of issues and challenges facing undergraduate students during times of transition.
* Past experience planning and implementing orientation programs, including content development for parents and families.
* Experience communicating in a language in addition to English
Benefits at the University of Michigan
In addition to a career filled with purpose and opportunity, The University of Michigan offers a comprehensive benefits package to help you stay well, protect yourself and your family and plan for a secure future. Benefits include:
* Generous time off
* A retirement plan that provides two-for-one matching contributions with immediate vesting
* Many choices for comprehensive health insurance
* Life insurance
* Long-term disability coverage
* Flexible spending accounts for healthcare and dependent care expenses
The Office of Enrollment Management requires a hybrid work arrangement of minimally three days on-site and two remote days. Thursdays are required as an on-site work day for all.
The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.
A great university is made so by its faculty and staff, and Michigan is recognized as one of the best universities to work for in the country. The Michigan culture is known for engaging faculty and staff in all facets of the university to create a workplace that is vibrant and stimulating.For two consecutive years, the Chronicle of Higher Education has placed U-M in its "Great Colleges to Work For" survey. In particular, the university earns high marks for strong relations between faculty and administrators, a collaborative system of governance, strong pay and benefits, and a healthy work/life balance.