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Director, Orientation & Student Leadership Programs

Apply now Job no: 493479
Work type: Regular full time
Location: Glassboro, New Jersey
Categories: Managerial

Job Title:  Director, Orientation & Student Leadership Programs

Department:  Orientation and Student Leadership Programs

Division:  Student Affairs

Reports to:  Associate Vice President for Student Life

Reporting to the Associate Vice President for Student Life, the Director leads university-wide student orientation and student leadership development programs which contribute to student engagement and success. The Director will have responsibility for developing collaborative, integrated and comprehensive orientation programs for undergraduate students. Additionally, the Director will be responsible for articulating a shared vision for a comprehensive university-wide student leadership initiative, which includes student leadership development and Greek Affairs. Created within a framework of leadership theory and professional standards for excellence in leadership programming, the Director will work in partnership to implement and assess a strategic plan for student leadership, which is reflective of the university's and division's mission and core values. The Director supervises two assistant directors, a professional services specialist, graduate coordinators, and other student employees. 

Position Description:

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Orientation Programs
Lead the campus in designing, planning, implementing, and assessing collaborative in-person and online orientation programs for new undergraduate students.

Prepare necessary publications for orientation.

Provide leadership for a collaborative Rowan University Welcome Weekend program each fall semester, including identification of key offices and programs to be involved, planning organizational meetings, preparing a calendar of events, and oversight for program implementation.

Provide outreach to students after confirming admission to Rowan to foster a smooth transition to campus through orientation and transition programming. Represent Student Life at campus visits and related transfer information sessions.

Connect students to appropriate institutional resources and educate students about policies and procedures.

Direct extended transition workshops for students that go beyond orientation programming in depth and breadth of topics that contribute to student success.

Student Leadership Development
In conjunction with the Associate Vice President for Student Life, work collaboratively across the campus to implement an integrated, mission-driven strategic plan for student leadership development.

Deliver programs and services intended to realize the goals, objectives and student learning outcomes of the student leadership initiative.

Regularly review and assess leadership programs and services for effectiveness and future planning.

Greek Affairs
Provide comprehensive advising and leadership services to sororities and fraternities in organizational leadership, program development, risk management, membership recruitment, and fundraising.

Initiate and implement educational programming and activities.

Provide oversight in the planning and implementation of Greek Affairs events.

Other Duties
Assist University Events staff in planning and implementing University Convocation/President’s Welcome.

Under the direction of the Associate Vice President for Student Life, serve on designated University-wide committees.

Evening and weekend hours are required to direct and implement services and participate in campus activities.

Perform other duties as assigned by the Associate Vice President.


Masters degree required in higher education administration, student personnel, or a related discipline.

Four or more years of progressively responsible and practical administrative experience in University setting and student affairs, including: policy development, student advocacy, staff supervision, and evaluation. Previous management experience at the Associate Director/Director level is strongly preferred.

Two or more years experience is preferred in the areas of Orientation and Leadership programming.

Demonstrated ability to work cross-functionally, prepare reports and action plans for upper-level administrators, collaborate with key offices, develop and manage budgets, review and revise policies and procedures, and maintain record keeping systems.

Ability to work as a member of a team, with a commitment to change, and a commitment to continuous program improvement, the foundation of which is needs based data and mission driven assessment of student learning outcomes.

Sensitivity to the needs of a diverse student population.

Demonstrated leadership ability and administrative skills.

Knowledge of all Federal, State, and municipal laws likely to have an effect upon University students.

Ability to work in a stressful environment and with great attention to detail.

Ability to maintain an appropriate level of professional and personal confidentiality.

Core Competencies:
Strong interpersonal, analytical and organization skills and conflict resolution skills.

Excellent oral and written communication skills.

Skills and Abilities:
Technology: Working knowledge of Excel, Microsoft Word, Power Point, e-mail, discipline related software, and internet. Ability to learn Banner.

Language Skills: Ability to: communicate effectively and interact tactfully with all levels of the college staff and students; read, analyze, and interpret documents, budgets and contracts; and, respond effectively to the most sensitive inquiries or complaints.

Reasoning Skills: Ability to: define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.

Work Environment:
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Rowan University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and values diverse people and abilities. Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of a position.


Candidates must be legally authorized to work in the US, and the university will not sponsor an applicant for a work visa for this position.

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