Assistant Director of Orientation

6 days left

Fairfax, VA
Salary from $50s to low $60s; commensurate with education and experience.
Jul 12, 2022
Aug 14, 2022
Full Time
Assistant Director of OrientationGeorge Mason University's New Student and Family Programs office, within the Division of University Life, invites applicants for the position of Assistant Director of Orientation. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason's academic and culturally inclusive environment.Purpose of the Organization:Our Mission: The New Student and Family Programs (NSFP) office is a centralized and comprehensive department, within the Division of University Life, whose primary purposes are: to foster engagement, build community, establish tradition, and affect retention through three coordinated initiatives: undergraduate orientation and new student programs, parent & family outreach, and leadership development. With special attention to transition and the first-year experience, the New Student and Family Programs office provides innovative programs and services that facilitate the social and academic acclimation process for George Mason University students and their families.Our department is committed to the following:Purpose: Our top priority are our students and families, and we provide support through relevant, accessible, and exciting experiences that meet their unique needs and promote a sense of belonging throughout their time at Mason.Justice: We are committed to critical self-reflection, acknowledging blind spots, and being mindful of assumptions and positionality to cultivate a culture of belonging. We strive to be leaders in adapting and advocating for changes in the best interest of the populations we serve.Intentionality: We are dedicated to facilitating purposeful, timely, and equitable experiences for new students and families through their transition journey by staying on the pulse of trends to support current and contemporary students.Inclusion: Our work is centered in equity, access, and social change. We acknowledge, embrace, and encourage the diverse differences and talents of individuals through compassion, care and concern while actively and continually creating a culture that is respectful and inclusive of all members of our community.Collaboration: We believe in building successful partnerships that support the mission and values of NSFP through modeling accountability, clear communication, and follow-through. Determined in investing capacity and resources toward well-being, balance, and sustainable structures to contribute to the experiences of employees and stakeholders.Purpose of the Position:Working together with the Associate Director, the NSFP professional staff, and a dynamic team of student leaders, this position will assist in implementing new student Orientation for over 13,000 new students and guests annually (summer and winter programming times). As an integral member of the NSFP team, the Assistant Director provides direction and support for a wide range of division initiatives and serves as an active ambassador for the George Mason community. As a professional staff member in NSFP, the Assistant Director will have exposure to relevant orientation responsibilities, such as communication, professional development, and collaborating with campus partners. It is important that the Assistant Director maintains active participation in key professional organizations relevant to the position.Responsibilities:Reporting to the Associate Director for Orientation, the Assistant Director facilitates the coordination, implementation and evaluation of the department's orientation programmatic elements including logistics, implementation, stakeholder relations, student leader and intern development/supervision, and more.The position is comprised of five main components:Coordinate and implement in-person and virtual orientation logistics including reservations, set-ups, staffing, event training, presentations, video processes, and stakeholder engagement;Oversee and create orientation communication content and plans for internal and external constituents including emails, internal processes and trainings, event signage, consulting marketing and design elements for brand consistency;Develop NSFP philosophy on intern and student coordinator development. Co-supervise, select, train, and evaluate student (grad and/or undergraduate) employees (2-3 individuals);Support the planning and implementation of other NSFP initiatives such as Patriot Leader selection and training, Student Coordinator projects, Welcome2Mason, and Preamble;Commitment to NSFP and GMU through committee involvement and project development connected to transition as well as personal/professional goals.Required Qualifications:Master's degree in higher education, student personnel, counseling or a related field; or equivalent combination of education and experience;Demonstrated working knowledge of new student and family programs; student and family transitional issues; student leadership and training development; mentoring and advising of student leaders; and experience designing, developing, and executing large-scale programming initiatives;Exceptional interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills;Must demonstrate experience designing and executing large-scale program assessment and ability to analyze data and create meaningful reports;Must have highly developed organizational management and problem-solving skills and work accurately and efficiently in order to meet a multitude of deadlines and responsibilities;Ability to learn quickly in a fast-paced environment;Ability to manage conflicting and competing situations;Must have a commitment to diversity and be comfortable working within diverse populations.Preferred Qualifications:Demonstrated professional experience in a higher education environment (typically obtained in 1+ year of full-time status);Experience supervising undergraduate and graduate student staff;Experience with Blackboard, TargetX/Salesforce, Advantage Design, Kaltura, Zoom, Microsoft Suite, and/or other Education Technology tools and services.

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"Great Careers Begin at Mason! George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in both academics and research. Mason holds a top U.S. News and World Report "Up and Coming" spot for national universities and is recognized for its global appeal and excellence in higher education.Mason is currently the largest and most diverse university in Virginia with students and faculty from all 50 states and over 135 countries studying in over 200 degree programs at campuses in Arlington, Fairfax and Prince William, as well as at learning locations across the commonwealth. Rooted in Mason's diversity is a campus culture that is both rewarding and exciting, work that is meaningful, and opportunities to both collaborate and create.If you are interested in joining the Mason family take a look at our current opportunities and catch some Mason spirit at!George Mason University, Where Innovation is Tradition."

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