Position Overview: The Director of First Year Experience and Transition Programs is responsible for overall design and coordination of a structured first year experience program including summer bridge activities, orientations, Welcome Week, and outreach initiatives for first-year and transfer students. The Director collaborates across the University, draws from national best practices and emerging trends in student transition, retention, and engagement and is responsible for providing leadership and recommendations for direction, development, and implementations of success strategies to eradicate achievement gaps for target populations.
Essential Job Functions:
Provide leadership and direction for the development of a holistic and robust first-year experience for all incoming students including transfer students and additional special student populations
Work collaboratively across the University to advance University priorities for improved student persistence and a transformed First Year Experience
Develop, implement and coordinate high impact practices related to the first-year experience to improve the academic success, persistence and completion of first-year students at Manchester
Manage and direct all aspects of the orientation program, including but not limited to:
Provide leadership for the orientation committee; work closely with the committee to coordinate and implement new student orientation programs
Mentor and train student orientation staff, fostering a strong sense of community and responsibility (orientation assistant(s) and orientation leaders)
Coordinate recruitment, selection, and training of orientation leaders and orientation assistant
Design and implement an intensive training program to equip student staff for their leadership roles during and after the orientation program, centered in both the program and University missions.
Manage the budgetary process for orientation, first year and transition programs
Assess first-year and transfer orientation programs to innovate beyond best practices and ensure that the current programmatic model and offerings assists students in the transition to academic and co-curricular life at Manchester
Coordinate and lead all elements of Welcome Week for first year and transfer students
Work closely with First Year Seminar faculty to effectively transition students and provide peer support for struggling students
Coordinate with the Office of Institutional Effectiveness to development appropriate evaluative methodology, research, statistical reports, and other outcome measurements to identify the program effectiveness, and to identify future goals and strategies to enhance the program
Collaborate closely with staff and faculty to ensure successful advising and registration support is provided to first year students during orientation and other key points during the first-year experience
Develop and oversee summer activities for “at-risk” student groups designed to assist with their transition to Manchester
Maintain a high degree of visibility and availability to students, faculty, and staff
Work Schedule: This is a full-time, exempt position with hours that frequently include evenings and weekends.
A minimum of a Bachelor’s degree is required, Master’s degree preferred
Knowledge and working understanding of student development theory
Strong commitment to student growth and development
Strong organizational skills
Ability to work collaboratively across cultures and styles at all levels of the organization
Ability to multi-task and meet deadlines
Proficiency in Microsoft application and educational technology
Manchester University is an independent, liberal arts university with a campus in North Manchester, Ind., where approximately 1,300 students choose from at least 60 areas of undergraduate study, two master's programs and 21 NCAA Division III varsity sports. Our second campus in Fort Wayne is home to the Manchester University College of Pharmacy, where graduates are awarded the Pharm.D. Doctoral de...gree.Manchester has a distinctive commitment to developing respect for ethnic, cultural and religious pluralism and an international consciousness. Manchester University respects the infinite worth of every individual and graduates persons of ability and conviction who draw upon their education and faith to lead principled, productive, and compassionate lives that improve the human condition. As an institution rooted in the tradition of the Church of the Brethren, Manchester University values learning, faith, service, integrity, diversity, and community.