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Director of Orientation and Transition Programs

Apply now Job no: 497192
Department: VP of Student Affairs
Location: Oxford, OH
Work type: Salary Staff
Categories: Administration, Student Services
Status: Full Time
Temporary: No

Job Title: Dir of Orientation and Transition Programs
Hours Per Week:


Job Summary:

The Orientation and Transition Programs department is a part of the Division of Student Life and the Director reports to the Assistant Vice President for Assessment, Planning, and Transition. The director is responsible for coordinating transitional experiences for new and transfer students in collaboration with other University offices and departments, and is primarily responsible for new student orientation, transfer orientation, and first year programming. The office contributes to the implementation and development of the first year experience course, pre-semester programming, and Welcome Weekend and First Fifty day activities. The director is responsible for setting the strategic direction of the department and aligning it with institutional and divisional priorities that will best support students as they enter the University and progress at Miami.


Duties/Physical Demands:

Implement orientation programs (June, August, and January) for over 4,000 first year students, 250 transfer students; Work with divisional units and university services involved, coordinate the individualized academic advising process, and managing all logistics and details for the comprehensive orientation program
Collaborate and partner with Parent and Family Programs in developing and supporting orientation programming for over 4,500 family members annually
Determine the strategic direction for the department; Intentionally improve and evolve the experiences in response to the changing environment, new research, and further developments in the field of Orientation and Transition
Develop and implement learning outcomes, assessment and evaluation methods, and data reporting structures to foster growth and continuous improvement
Supervise two professional, full-time, master’s level staff and graduate practicum student(s)
Oversee the recruitment, selection, training, and development of the summer orientation staff (Student Orientation Undergraduate Leaders [SOULs], office staff, and student coordinators)
Build and develop partnerships, relationships, and collaborations with all facets of the institution to facilitate and enhance the resources and services provided to students in transition
Communicate to the broader Miami University community the goals and structure of new student orientation; Develop marketing materials and publications
Oversee the budgets that support Orientation and Transition programming (approximately $500,000)
Contribute to the development, implementation, and evaluation of a university-wide first year experience course
Plan, implement, coordinate, and evaluate pre-entry programs such as Miami Bound and Welcome Weekend; Provide strategic planning and direction in the expansion and growth of such programs
Manage the development and implementation of technology to support orientation programs including websites, registration systems, online orientation options, social media, electronic communication
Serve on divisional and institutional committees and workgroups as needed
Assist the AVP with additional projects as assigned


Minimum Qualifications:

Master’s degree in higher education or related field
A minimum of 3 years post-master’s experience working in student affairs/life or enrollment management functional areas
Experience working directly with students in a university/college setting


Desired Qualifications:

Experience working directly with orientation, transition, or first-year experience programs
Proficiency with database management systems such as Slate and Banner


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Knowledge of student development and transition theories
Effective communication skills, including written, verbal, and presentation skills
Experience supervising student employees, graduate students, or staff positions
Demonstrated ability to communicate and work collaboratively with various constituencies internal and external to the university
Demonstrated commitment to promoting and enhancing a climate of inclusion and community
Experience in coordinating large-scale events/programming


EO/AA Statement/Clery Act:
Miami University, an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, encourages applications from minorities, women, protected veterans and individuals with disabilities. Miami University prohibits harassment, discrimination and retaliation on the basis of age (40 years or older), color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, military status, national origin (ancestry), pregnancy, race, religion, sex/gender, status as a parent or foster parent, sexual orientation, or protected veteran status in its application and admission processes, educational programs and activities, facilities, programs or employment practices. Requests for reasonable accommodations for disabilities related to employment should be directed to or 513-529-3560.
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A criminal background check is required. All campuses are smoke- and tobacco-free campuses.

For questions regarding reasonable accommodations for disabilities, or to follow-up with a request, please contact or (513) 529-3560.

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