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Assistant Director of Orientation

George Mason University
Fairfax, VA
Salary range starting in the mid $50k's; commensurate with education and experience.
Closing date
Mar 30, 2023

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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.About the Department: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.About 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 student leader experience including program implementation, stakeholder relations, student leader and intern development/supervision, and more.Orientation Responsibilities:Assist in the development of comprehensive orientation program;Assist in the coordination of student programs for orientation;Serve as departmental liaison for various key orientation stakeholders; andDevelop protocol and coordinate all overnight orientation housing accommodations for students in collaboration with Housing and Residence Life.Patriot Leader Experience Responsibilities:Develop, implement, and evaluate the Patriot Leader team recruitment, selection and training process;Train, supervise, and evaluate the Patriot Leader team, including the development and instruction of the training curriculum; andDevelop and execute the Student Leader Team competency assessment program.NSFP Responsibilities:Develop, train, recruit, supervise and evaluate the Student Coordinator team in collaboration with other Assistant Directors;Manage Student Leader Team budget in coordination with Director and Business Manager;Select, train, and co-supervise Orientation Interns during summer orientation;Supervise additional undergraduate and graduate staff at the discretion of the Director/Associate Director;Attend professional meetings and maintain active memberships in salient professional organizations; andServe on university committees and other tasks identified by Director/Associate Director.Required Qualifications: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 have 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 be able to analyze data and create meaningful reports;Must have highly developed organizational management and problem-solving skills and must work accurately and efficiently in order to meet a multitude of deadlines and responsibilities;Ability to learn quickly in a fast-paced environment;Be able to manage conflicting and competing situations; andMust have a commitment to diversity and be comfortable working within diverse populations.Preferred Qualifications:Master's degree in higher education, student personnel, counseling or a related field; or equivalent combination of education and experience;Demonstrated professional experience in a higher education environment (typically obtained in 1+ year of full-time status); andExperience supervising undergraduate and graduate student staff.

For full consideration, applicants must apply at; complete and submit the online application; and upload a cover letter, resume, and a list of three professional references with contact information.

"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."


George Mason University is a university with three campuses, each with a distinctive academic focus that plays a critical role in the economy of its region. At each campus, students, faculty, and staff have full access to all the university's resources, while duplication of programs and support services is minimized through the use of technology. In addition to the main campus in Fairfax, the university has campuses in Arlington and Prince William Counties.

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