POSITION SUMMARY: The Assistant Director of new Student Programs is a full-time professional who is responsible to lead the La Salle community in developing and implementing programs that support new students, including new student orientation each semester, leading First Year Initiatives programming, and active participation and leadership in retention efforts for first year students.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: (include but are not limited to)
Manage and coordinate all University resources to implement Fall Explorientation and Spring Semester Welcome programs
All student paid and volunteer recruitment, selection, training, and supervision
Facility set-up and reservation
Scheduling of staff facilitators, presenters and supporters
Special populations orientation programming (ie. Transfer students)
Communication plan for students and families
Communication plan for campus community
Manage Freshman Year Initiatives Program
Create a first year student focused curriculum for resident and commuter new student populations, including targeted programming and outreach in partnership with divisional colleagues who work directly with those populations
Create and brand activities for first year students that provide points of contact for campus community and that serve to enhance engagement
Serve on the Student of Concern Team as a liaison to 1st year students who are referred to the team
Co-lead retention efforts for first-year students
Maintain active presence in development of retention efforts for first year students
Active partnerships in developing special protocols for cohorts of students who indicate special needs for retention
Assist Student Affairs in the assessment of student engagement activities that lead to greater retention and persistence of first year students
Foster a work environment that encourages knowledge, respect and development of skills to engage with diverse members of the La Salle community
Remain competent and current through understanding national trends in new student programming by developing professional contacts with colleagues, attending professional development experiences, and attending training and/or courses required by the senior leadership of Student Affairs
Master degree in college student personnel, counseling, higher education administration, or a related field or equivalent combination of education and experience
One to three years direct experience with new student programming or orientation programs at the university level
Knowledge of and commitment to the mission of La Salle University.
Experience with student staff management (both paid and volunteer)
Experience with creating and managing first year initiative programming
Experience with assessment of new student programs
Experience with student life on an urban, Catholic residential campus and commitment to the ongoing enhancement of student learning and student life in such a setting
Physical Requirements and/or Unusual Work Hours:
Must have ability to be mobile throughout the La Salle Community, including the ability to climb stairs
Evening and weekend work hours may be necessary during peak times
Internal Number: 1726
About La Salle University
La Salle is a Lasallian Catholic university committed to the principle that all knowledge is practical and empowering, filled with the capacity to transform lives. Anchored in the living tradition of the Brothers of the Christian Schools and in association with a diverse and inclusive learning community, our mission is to educate the whole person by fostering a rigorous free search for truth. La Salle, in affirming the value of both liberal arts and professional studies, prepares students for the lifelong pursuit and exploration of wisdom, knowledge, and faith that lead to engaged and fulfilling lives marked by a commitment to the common good.
CORE VALUES STATEMENT
Teaching and Learning
Teaching and learning are at the heart of the Lasallian educational mission. At La Salle, we are all students and teachers. Those who accept the challenge of a Lasallian education seek not only to exercise the mind, but to inculcate a love of learning, creativity, a sense of self, and an ability to discern relationships and possibilities where none are obvious. Our love of teaching and learning is manifested in opportunities for students, faculty, administrators, and staff ...to become reflective, discerning persons. La Salle aspires to fully awaken and ripen our intellectual, spiritual, emotional, ethical, social, and physical capacities.
Spirit of Faith and Zeal
Central to the Lasallian educational and spiritual heritage is the spirit of faith and zeal, a gospel value that animates La Salle’s mission and sustains a community that embraces all its members. Students and educators of all backgrounds and traditions are invited to participate in this dynamic spirit by fostering mutual understanding and dialogue in all aspects of La Salle’s institutional life. Striving to live the spirit of faith and zeal joins the University to a long commitment of Lasallian education to provide young people and adults with the learning to identify and develop their particular gifts and strengths that will enable them to live well and do good in life.
Service Rooted in Solidarity and Justice
Service rooted in solidarity and justice invites La Salle to embrace new ways of practicing faith-justice in society. The Lasallian educational vision renews its call for us to stand with those impoverished and marginalized, to identify inequity and exclusion created by society, and actively respond not merely with charity, but with courage, creativity, and compassion. This pursuit embodies the Lasallian vision, dispatching its practitioners to go to the roots of poverty and injustice in order to find just solutions that improve the lives of individuals, families, and communities worldwide.
Association makes explicit our distinctive Lasallian educational heritage to create an atmosphere of collegiality, mutual respect, and trust within a community of students and educators. This horizontal relationship in which the “schoolmaster” becomes an “older brother or older sister” to students emerges from Lasallian spirituality, connects us to the global Lasallian community, and continuously shapes La Salle’s character and mission. Historically one of the vows of the Brothers of the Christian Schools, living out association is fundamental to provide the hope that a quality education offers to all, especially those marginalized and disadvantaged.