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Assistant Director of Orientation and Retention

Company:
Metropolitan State University of Denver
Job Location:
Denver, 80217-3362
Category:
Student Affairs and Services
Type:
Full-Time
Location: Denver, Colorado
Department
Orientation

Salary for Announcement

We anticipate the qualified candidate to be placed between $54,900 - $76,900. The salary of the finalist(s) selected for this role will be set based on a variety of factors, including but not limited to, internal equity, experience, education, specialty and training.

The above salary range represents the University's good faith and reasonable estimate of the range of possible compensation at the time of posting.

Position Summary

The Assistant Director will report to the Director, Orientation and Retention within the Orientation, Transfer, and Re-engagement office in Enrollment Management. The Assistant Director will lead the execution of Orientation programs, ensuring programming meets the needs of the diverse MSU Denver student population. The Assistant Director will collaborate with a multitude of internal and external stakeholders to develop policies, practices, and programming to meet the needs of incoming students.

The Assistant Director is specifically responsible for creating, implementing, and facilitating a comprehensive, multifaceted orientation program for all incoming undergraduate students. The Assistant Director will provide leadership and program development to support the ongoing transition of new students to the MSU Denver community. In collaboration with academic and student affairs, the Assistant Director will support online and on-campus programming that continues to support the social and academic transition of new students in the first year and beyond. The Assistant Director will share in facilitating orientation sessions to incoming students, families, and supporters for both on-campus and virtual sessions.

The Assistant Director will lead, supervise, and evaluate a diverse team of graduate and student staff members. The Assistant Director will manage the hiring, performance evaluation, and development of the team. The Assistant Director will make hiring decisions that support the vision and mission of Orientation, Transfer, and Re-engagement.

Within the Division of Student Affairs, we strive to create an equitable learning and working environment in concert with individuals who consistently demonstrate commitment to equity and inclusion. We value the diverse identities and perspectives of our students, faculty, and staff and recognize that in order to achieve a just and equitable society, diversity must go beyond simple representation. Rather, it requires critical inquiry and dialogue and a commitment to action. We strive to provide a foundation for all community members to achieve personal and professional success.

Metropolitan State University of Denver is a unique, access-oriented campus community that values diversity, equity, and inclusion in all its forms. We are a designated Hispanic Serving Institution located in downtown Denver. Our student population consists of over 55% first generation students and over 45% students of color.

The University is particularly interested in applicants with experience working with students from diverse backgrounds and a demonstrated commitment to improving access to higher education for under-represented groups.

Metropolitan State University of Denver is an equal opportunity employer.

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Duties/Responsibilities

40% - PROGRAM PLANNING AND IMPLEMENTATION: Responsible for the design, development and implementation of orientations (on campus, virtual, and online) for all incoming undergraduate students. Presents accurate information enthusiastically to groups of incoming or prospective students and their supporters. Develops and implements pre- and post-orientation retention projects and activities. Collaborates with administrators in vital offices and ensures their participation in the orientation program. Assists with the implementation of specialized orientation sessions (transfer student, adult student, veteran student, parent/family, special populations, online orientation, etc.). Supports efforts in assessing the success of new student orientation programs. Maintains accurate information in presentations to program participants.

40% - TRAINING/SUPERVISION: Serves as the primary leader for the Orientation Team (Orientation Leaders, Student Coordinators, and Graduate Assistant[s]) in regards to recruitment, hiring, training, policies, culture, supervision, and leadership development.

10% - ADMINISTRATIVE AND DATABASE MANAGEMENT: Oversees the process of registering students for sessions and keeping records of students who attend orientation for University analysis of trend and program development and accountability. Responsible for managing budget for staff wages and orientation programming. Works with key offices of the institutions in programs and activities that contribute to student recruitment, retention, and success. Participates in University-wide committees and projects aimed at increasing student matriculation and retention. Supports the Director in managing the budget for student orientation programs.

5% - PRODUCTION OF PUBLICATION AND MULTIMEDIA AIDS: Assists in the development of high-quality publications and materials for orientation activities including, but not limited to PowerPoints, printed/electronic manuals, brochures, and videos. Ensures the accessibility needs of all orientation materials for populations served.

5% - PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT/OTHER DUTIES AS ASSIGNED: Remains current in relation to trends and developments within higher education and, more specifically, high-impact practices related to first-year student success. Remains competent and current through self-directed professional reading, developing professional contacts with colleagues, attending professional development courses/conferences, and attending trainings as directed by the supervisor. Other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications
  • Bachelor's degree
  • A minimum of 2 years experience in a college, university, or related setting.
  • A minimum 1 year of experience providing supervision and performance management to staff.
  • Experience creating and implementing programming and facilitating workshops.
Important Note: Successful applicants will ensure their resumes clearly demonstrate that their work experience describes how they meet ALL required qualifications.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Master's degree in student affairs administration or related field.
  • Experience working in orientation or first-year transition programs or other related student affairs area.
  • Experience using various methods of transition and retention programming (i.e., online orientation, synchronous virtual events, in person programming) to a diverse population of new students
  • Experience providing customer service to multiple constituents.
  • Experience creating and implementing training for staff.
  • Experience conducting assessment to make data-driven decisions.
  • Strong written and oral presentation skills, bilingual in Spanish preferred
Work Hours
  • Hybrid schedule (on-campus and remote) available for this position in consultation with the Director and OTR office needs.
  • Some days required to be on-campus including but not limited to on campus orientation sessions, OTR All Staff Meetings, Student Affairs required events, etc.
  • Able to work some evenings, weekends, and long event days during peak orientation seasons (April-August and November-January).
Instructions to Apply

For full consideration, please submit the following documents:
  • Resume
  • Cover letter describing relevant job experiences as they relate to listed job qualifications and interest in the position
Official transcripts will be required of the candidate selected for hire. 

If you are an Internal applicant, please apply via the Career tab within the WorkDay Menu

Important Note: Successful applicants will ensure their resumes clearly demonstrate that their work experience describes how they meet ALL required qualifications.

Closing Date

Open Until Filled

Posting Representative
Carlos Alcala

Posting Representative Email
calcala1@msudenver.edu

Benefits

MSU Denver is pleased to offer our current and potential employees a wide array of benefit options. To learn more, please visit the following link:

Employee Benefits Offerings

The University will provide reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities throughout the employment application process. To request an accommodation pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, please contact the Human Resources ADA Coordinator at totalrewards@msudenver.edu.

Diversity Statement

Metropolitan State University of Denver is a unique, access-oriented campus community that values diversity, equity, and inclusion in all its forms. Our student population consists of nearly 58% first generation students and over 50% students of color. We are a designated Hispanic Serving Institution located in downtown Denver.

We create an equitable learning and working environment in concert with individuals who consistently demonstrate commitment to equity and inclusion. We greatly value the diverse identities and perspectives of our students, faculty, and staff and recognize that in order to achieve a just and equitable society, diversity must go beyond simple representation. It requires critical inquiry and dialogue and a commitment to action. We strive to provide a culture of belonging for all community members to achieve personal and professional success.
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