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Coordinator of Orientation and First Year Experience

Bridgewater College
Job Location:
Bridgewater, Virginia
Student Affairs and Services

Bridgewater College seeks a full-time Coordinator of Orientation and First Year Experience to begin immediately. The coordinator will work collaboratively with other departments on campus to coordinate a structured First Year Experience Program that includes Orientations, Welcome Week Initiatives, and the FILA 150 Soar Mentor Program. This position will be innovative in its leadership and training for student staff, including utilizing the Student Life Curriculum for Soar Mentor student leaders and related transition programming.


  • Coordinate, develop and implement Student Life contributions to transition and retention initiatives.
  • Develop a strong working relationship with the Center for Engaged Learning for the management of the Soar Mentor program and oversight of at least 35 student Soar Mentors.
  • Collaboratively work with colleagues across the college to schedule, develop, implement, and evaluate Orientation and Welcome Week.
  • Develop collaborative relationships with college resources to ensure links between the first-year experience and college services and programs.
  • Research and implement current and best practices in peer-to-peer mentoring, first year experience, and transfer student experiences.
  • Develop and implement the Student Life modules for the FILA 150 classes as needed.
  • Develop family engagement programs.
  • Manage the budget for Welcome Week and Orientation


  • BA/BS degree from an accredited college or university required; Master’s Degree in higher education, student services is preferred.
  • Prior experience with orientation and family engagement is preferred.
  • Experience recruiting, training, and supervising student employees is preferred.
  • Experience working with a curriculum is preferred.
  • Flexibility for nights and weekends required.
  • Valid driver's license with good driving record required.

GENERAL INFORMATION: Bridgewater College was founded in 1880 as the first coeducational college in Virginia. Bridgewater offers bachelor’s degrees in approximately 60 majors and minors, along with four graduate programs, pre-professional programs such as medicine and law, and teacher licensure. The College is a member of NCAA Division III and the Old Dominion Athletic Conference, with 23 intercollegiate athletic teams. The vibrant residential campus is located in the town of Bridgewater, Virginia, near the city of Harrisonburg in the center of the Shenandoah Valley. An excellent school system, healthy business environment, numerous arts and cultural events, one of the state's lowest crime rates, and a variety of outdoor opportunities and historic attractions draw many to the region.


APPLY: Please complete the online application at Include (upload) a cover letter, resume and the names and contact information (email and mobile phone) for three references.

DEADLINE: Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Bridgewater College is a welcoming and vibrant community committed to supporting a diverse workforce, and actively seeks applications from women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and protected veterans and other persons from traditionally underrepresented groups. Bridgewater College is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

Bridgewater College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, marital status, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, disability, religion, age, veteran status, or political affiliation in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, athletic programs, or other college programs and activities, or with regard to employment.

Bridgewater College has partnered with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to obtain resources to enhance the College’s facilities. The College is posting the following notice as required by federal law by organizations which benefit from the USDA’s funding program.


If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found online at , or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202) 690-7442 or email at

ANNUAL SECURITY REPORT AND ANNUAL FIRE SAFETY REPORT: The Bridgewater College Annual Security Report and Annual Fire Safety Report summarizes policies on campus security and personal safety, crime prevention, fire safety, and crime reporting, and includes crime and fire statistics for the past three years.

The reports are available at

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