New Student & Family Programs at Virginia Tech enhances the student experience by fostering an inclusive, supportive, and learning-centered environment. Staff are actively engaged in the lives of our students and are committed to providing outstanding programs and services that enhance new student transition. New Student & Family Programs is dedicated to supporting the mission of the Division of Student Affairs. As such, our staff strive to engage every student in the Division’s five Aspirations for Student Learning, which include; being dedicated to creating a community that commits to unwavering curiosity, pursues self-understanding and integrity, practices civility, prepares others for a life of courageous leadership, and embraces the University’s motto Ut Prosim as a way of life.
Along with the new student & family programs team, the associate director is critical to the development and implementation of purposeful and learning-centered programs and services. The associate director reports to the director and works collaboratively with students, faculty, staff, and community partners to manage programming for all families of new students and families attending family weekends in the fall and spring.
Building on its motto, Virginia Tech is dedicated to InclusiveVT—serving in the spirit of community, diversity, and excellence. We seek candidates who adopt and practice the Principles of Community, which are fundamental to the institution’s on-going efforts to increase access and inclusion, and to create a community that nurtures learning and growth for all of its members. Virginia Tech actively seeks a broad spectrum of qualified candidates to join their community in preparing leaders for the world and encourages individuals across various social identities to apply.
Duties and Responsibilities
Responsible for the coordination and implementation of comprehensive orientation programs for family members of all new students, this includes but is not limited to; first year family orientation, transfer family orientation, international family orientation, make up family orientation, spring family orientation and programming for underrepresented and underserved family members.
Serve as a department liaison to university community to coordinate and implement all family weekends and family orientation programs.
Responsible for the implementation of family transition programs such as welcome week events and family weekends in the fall and spring.
Responsible for informing the content of the family e-newsletter and website based on best practice and reflective of student/family transitions by campus partners and trends.
Responsible for the creation of publications for families to enhance and inform their orientation and transition experience.
Oversee the process for scheduling and confirming the attendance of family members for all orientation programs.
Assist with the assessment and evaluation of family weekends and family orientation programs and services.
Supervise a coordinator for family programs and logistics. In addition, supervise a graduate student in the Higher Education programs whose focus is on family programs and initiatives.
Prepare and maintain appropriate periodic/special operations reports and surveys.
Participate in, and contribute to, professional development/activities (including research, conferences, and publications)
Perform additional duties as assigned to support New Student & Family Programs
Master’s degree in student personnel, higher education or a related field and work experience in collegiate student affairs, student activities, orientation, transfer, and first year programming.
Demonstrated experience working with families with orientation and transition programs for a minimum of 3 years post master’s.
Demonstrated experience in Orientation, Transition and Retention program development, delivery and assessment.
Demonstrated commitment to diversity, inclusion and multiculturalism and the ability to work with a diverse group of constituents.
Experience in designing and implementing programming or large-scale events.
Ability to design and implement formal assessment and evaluation processes.
Capacity for organizing a wide range of diverse tasks efficiently and effectively.
Working knowledge of student and family learning, development theory and practice.
Working knowledge of family needs in the areas of orientation, transition and retention.
Demonstrated knowledge of transitional needs for families inclusive of special populations such asTransfer Students, Veteran Students, International Students, underrepresented and underserved Students.
Demonstrated organizational, leadership, communication and public relations skills.
Advising/supervision experience with ability to lead a staff.
Ability to establish and maintain effective, cooperative working relationships with students, faculty, staff, and administrators participating in orientation.
Employer will assist with relocation costs.
Internal Number: 511706
About Virginia Tech
Virginia Tech, founded in 1872 as a land-grant institution, is currently ranked as a Top 25 Public University by US News & World Report and a Top 25 Public Research University by the National Science Foundation. Through a combination of its three missions of learning, discovery, and engagement, Virginia Tech continually strives to accomplish the charge of its motto: Ut Prosim (That I May Serve). As the Commonwealth’s most comprehensive university and its leading research institution, Virginia Tech serves a diverse population of 30,000+ students and 8000+ faculty and staff from over 100 countries, and is engaged in research around the world. Invent the Future at Virginia Tech.