Associate Director of Student Transitions and Family Engagement

Saint Edward’s University  |  Austin, TX

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Posted 4 weeks ago Full-Time

Job Details

Position Title:

Associate Director of Student Transitions and Family Engagement

Job Type: First Year/Orientation/Transition/Retention Programs
Location: Austin, TX
Positions Available: 1
Institution Type: Private not-for-profit, 4-year
Institution Size: < 5,000 Students
Employer ID: 577

Stated Non-Discrimination Policy

Gender Expression / Identity Sexual Orientation

Benefits

Additional Compensation:
The University offers an excellent TOTAL REWARDS package! Medical & Rx Coverage – Blue Cross Blue Shield (HSA & FSA Available) Dental – Guardian Dental Vision – Guardian/Davis Vision Plan Short Term Disability (STD) Insurance Long Term Disability (LTD) Insurance Life & Accidental Death & Dismemberment (AD&D) Insurance Employee Assistance Program (EAP) Annual Leave & Paid Sick Leave Retirement Plan – (TIAA) Employee 5%/Employer Match 7% Tuition Benefits Paid Holidays Services & Discounts
Housing for Position:
None provided
Benefits
Additional Compensation:
The University offers an excellent TOTAL REWARDS package! Medical & Rx Coverage – Blue Cross Blue Shield (HSA & FSA Available) Dental – Guardian Dental Vision – Guardian/Davis Vision Plan Short Term Disability (STD) Insurance Long Term Disability (LTD) Insurance Life & Accidental Death & Dismemberment (AD&D) Insurance Employee Assistance Program (EAP) Annual Leave & Paid Sick Leave Retirement Plan – (TIAA) Employee 5%/Employer Match 7% Tuition Benefits Paid Holidays Services & Discounts
Housing for Position:
None provided
Qualifications
Education:
Masters Required
Major Preference:
Educational Administration, Higher Education, Student Affairs
Experience:
2-4 Years

Qualifications
Education:
Masters Required
Major Preference:
Educational Administration, Higher Education, Student Affairs
Experience:
2-4 Years

Position Description

Founded in 1885 by the Congregation of Holy Cross, St. Edward's University is a private, Catholic liberal arts institution of more than 4,600 diverse students located in Austin, Texas.  St. Edward's emphasizes critical thinking and ethical practices, as well as small classes, personalized learning and exciting internship opportunities.  The community atmosphere extends to the approximately 800 faculty and staff who work together to make the university a welcoming yet challenging environment for students.  An overview of St. Edward's University employee benefits is available at:  https://www.stedwards.edu/human-resources/benefits-summary

St. Edward’s University is seeking an innovative and compassionate Associate Director for Student Transitions and Family Engagement. The Associate Director of Student Transitions & Family Engagement is responsible for supporting the Director in shaping department policies, programs and services that support student and family engagement and overall wellbeing. The incumbent’s primary areas of responsibility include exit-year programs, family engagement, and the supervision of staff that support new student orientation and the first-year experience. This position reports to the Director of Student Activities/Student Transitions and Family Engagement.

GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES:

·        Supervise one assistant director with responsibilities focused within new student orientation (freshmen and transfer), and one assistant director with responsibilities focused within the first-year experience and includes living-learning communities, peer mentors, and common theme programming.

·        Lead the Anchors (second-stage orientation) program as well as coordinate Welcome Days programming.

·        Develop and execute exit-year experiences such as the university ring ceremony, Hilltop Sendoff, Senior Brunch, and the Legacy Walk.

·        Create an inclusive campus for all students through strategic leadership of Student Activities and related programs and services.

·        Support of the family engagement initiative, which may include communications, programming, and volunteer opportunities.

·        Manage the marketing/graphic design offerings of the office including supervision of student paraprofessionals

·        Support the Director with efforts focused on affinity development of the Student Activities alumni.

·        Build inclusive transitional and engaged student and family experiences through equitable hiring and training processes, consideration to mission-informed practices and community building for diverse populations.

·        Collaborate with numerous campus partners in support of recruitment, retention, and persistence through graduation.

·        Coordinate ongoing assessment, including analysis and maintenance of data.

·        Oversight and coordination of multiple sections of the Student Activities budget.

·        Represent Student Activities and the Division of Student Affairs at meetings and on committees.

·        Other duties as assigned.   


Job Requirements

For consideration, a Master’s degree in college student personnel, counseling, education, or related field. Minimum four years fulltime experience in New Student Orientation-related programs, First-Year Experience, Student Life, Student Activities, or related areas. Experience advising/supporting transitional programs. Evidence of supervisory experience is preferred. Knowledge and understanding of student development and leadership theory is required. Demonstrated commitment to the concepts explicit in our university mission of community, collaboration, holistic education, and service within the context of a value-based, progressive Catholic university. Engaged in practice that is informed by a consideration to social justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion. Strong skills in advising, programming, assisting in student development, and communication. Ability to manage multiple and diverse budgets associated with student programs and activities is preferred. Must have the ability to pass a criminal background check. 

The expectations listed below are representative of the abilities that may be needed to fulfill duties of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Physical strength/endurance to enable him/her to perform/participate in the following activities:

Physically able to lift various materials up to 25 pounds on an occasional basis.
While performing required job tasks, physically able to bend, crouch and reach continuously.
While performing required job tasks, physically able to remain seated, frequently to continuously.
Possesses dexterity abilities required to perform typing, operate a computer and other office equipment, to perform filing, and related job responsibilities and attention to detail competence. 
Physically able to spend significant time reading both on paper and on a computer.
Ability to travel by car and plane for the University.

EXPECTATIONS:          The incumbent is expected to have or possess:

·        Ability to handle highly confidential material, understanding that all University information should only be disclosed to others who have a need to know, for legitimate business reasons. Have the ability to exercise and apply sound judgment and decision making skills as well as the ability to maintain integrity and confidentiality of data.

·        Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office and Google Suite software programs.  Ability to quickly learn new technology and is self-motivated to stay current with emerging technologies.  

·        Ability to type, compose and edit correspondence and advertisements, memos, letters, agendas and reports; revise schedules, forms, reports, records, and other information; prepare statistical information for use in reports.

Ability to edit work for spelling and grammar, present numerical data effectively and is able to read and interpret written information. Demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness and monitors own work to ensure quality.
Ability to adapt to changes in the work environment, manage competing demands, and deal with frequent change, delays or unexpected events.

·        Ability to accept supervision, assignments, change and correction. Proven effectiveness in dealing with a wide range of professionals, staff, and administrators.

·        Ability to balance priorities to accomplish assigned tasks within the required time frame and to be able to shift quickly between several tasks without loss of continuity.

· Maintain professionalism when dealing with all staff and other customers while fostering positive working relationships.

· Ensures contract management policies, procedure, and best practices are followed.
· Carry out all responsibilities and objectives in a professional manner.
· Accept and render constructive criticism in a professional manner.
· The ability to develop knowledge of, respect for, and skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds in accordance with the Holy Cross Mission.

·        Adhere to the policies and procedures established by St. Edwards University.

This is an exempt position and your expected work schedule is Monday through Friday. As an exempt employee your schedule may vary based on the number of hours needed to meet the job responsibilities. Occasional night and weekend work.

Application Information

Interested applicants should submit an online application at; https://stedwards.applicantpro.com. Please include resume, cover letter, and three employment references. No Calls Please. Applications will not be considered if it is missing any of these three items. In your cover letter, please describe your lived experiences that prepare you to contribute to diversity and inclusion at St. Edward's University.

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