Required Qualifications (as evidenced by an attached resume):
Master’s degree (foreign equivalent or higher) in Student Affairs, Higher Education Administration, Counseling, or a related field of study. Seven (7) years of current and progressively responsible higher education experience in student affairs administration, programming, and outreach. Professional staff supervision experience. Experience developing and leading strategic initiatives that support student engagement and success. Experience with project management and problem-solving, including successfully organizing and implementing large-scale events. Experience implementing diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives. Experience cultivating collaborative relationships with diverse stakeholders, including students, faculty, staff, parents, family, and community members.
Additional years (8+) of current and progressively responsible higher education experience in student affairs administration, programming, and outreach. Experience working in new student programs/orientation. Experience supervising, training, and developing student leaders. Experience working in a large public or large private college/university setting. Experience managing data and implementing technology improvements/solutions.
Brief Description of Duties:
The Director of New Student Programs plays a key leadership role in welcoming, transitioning, and building a sense of belonging and community for new students and their families, with a primary focus on the 3,500 new first year students and 2,200 new transfer students who join the University each fall and spring. The Director also helps transition new graduate students to Stony Brook through communication about Student Affairs and campus-wide services. The Director is a high energy, student-centered individual who is innovative, collaborative, proactive, and solution oriented. The Director models the divisional focus on diversity and inclusion, respect, caring, collective engagement, accountability, and professional growth. The Director of New Student Programs reports to the Assistant Vice President/Dean of Students and partners with many administrative units and academic departments. Incumbents should have strong written and oral communication, presentation and facilitation skills.
- Supervision: Supervise three professional staff members, one graduate student, two NODA graduate summer interns, 20 Peer Assistant Leaders (PALS), and 200+ Orientation Leaders (OLs) and International Student Ambassadors (ISAs). Oversee recruitment and hiring of orientation leaders and volunteers. Provide high quality training to student staff to best motivate and prepare them to welcome new students and provide programmatic support and outreach throughout their first year at Stony Brook. Develop annual staff performance programs that align with unit and division goals.
- Strategic Leadership: As a member of the Dean of Students leadership team, contribute to achieving the Division of Student Affairs’ vision, mission, and goals. Develop partnerships internal and external to Student Affairs to create a vibrant and student-centered, learning-focused, and developmental new student experience. Utilize best practices, trends, and technologies in new student orientation to establish/adjust policies, processes, and protocols to best serve new students, their families, community partners, and other relevant stakeholders. Demonstrate attention to detail and strong project management skills. Oversee a $1.7 million annual budget. Oversee the New Student Programs website and related print and online publications.
- Onboarding New Students & Families: Lead campus-wide efforts to onboard new students and their families from diverse geographic backgrounds, including New York State residents, out-of-state students, and international students. Design, implement, and evaluate programs for special undergraduate populations, including first-year, transfer, non-traditional, commuter, out-of-state, and first-generation students. Ensure a seamless and effective communication strategy with new students and their families from the point of admission to the first day of classes. Onboard new students through online opportunities, in-person visits, pre-orientation off-campus and overnight trips, and development and implementation of a comprehensive welcome week program. Support a variety of signature programs including Admitted Students Day, Admissions events, Parent & Family Weekend, and Siblings Weekend.
- Inclusive Campus Climate: Foster a welcoming and inclusive campus climate for all new students during their transition to Stony Brook. This includes demonstrating a sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds in our community. Work with divisional leadership to ensure that policies and procedures align to support diversity, equity, and inclusion.
- Community Building & Student Success: Create structured opportunities for new students to engage with each other in small and large groups. Strengthen community building, sense of belonging, lifelong identity, and pride as a Seawolf through the orientation process. Develop and share campus traditions and encourage student involvement in campus life. Connect students both during orientation and throughout their first year at Stony Brook with campus resources, programs, events, and outreach that support their academic success, retention, and graduation. Assist with assessment and outreach efforts, including working with students identified as at-risk based upon their level of campus engagement.
- Partnerships: Effectively build strong working relationships with a wide variety of campus constituents to create a well-organized new student orientation experience. Oversee the Opening of School committee. This includes collaborating with teams including Facilities, the Graduate School, Recreation & Wellness, Student Health Services, Student Life, Student Support Team, Undergraduate Admissions, Undergraduate Colleges, Undergraduate Education, Visa & Immigration Services, and multiple academic advising, academic department, and student services areas. Serve on Student Affairs and campus wide committees as needed.
- Other duties or projects as assigned as appropriate to rank and departmental mission.
This is a full time appointment. FLSA Exempt position, not eligible for the overtime provisions of the FLSA. Minimum salary threshold must be met to maintain FLSA exemption.
Essential Position: This has been designated as an essential position based on the duties of the job and the functions performed. Positions that are designated as such are required to report to work/remain at work even if classes are cancelled, and the campus is working on limited operations in an emergency.
Evening and weekend work will be required at times.
Resume/CV and cover letter should be included with the online application.
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