The Assistant Director of New Student and Transition Programs works with the Dean of First-Year Students, professional staff and a dynamic team of student leaders to assist in the implementation of New Student Orientation for all entering students to support their smooth transition into the Wellesley community. In close collaboration with the Orientation Committee, the Assistant Director has primary responsibility for development, supervision and implementation of the New Student Orientation Program. As an integral member of the Office of the Dean of First-Year Students, the Assistant Director will oversee the development and oversight of first-year program initiatives and provides vision and direction for a wide-range of division initiatives.
Primary Position Responsibilities
Primary responsibilities for the Assistant Director of New Student and Transition Programs involve the planning and implementation of programming, supervision of student leadership, supporting office technology and marketing materials, leading assessment efforts and budget management.
Support of Students in Transition
Provide consultation to colleagues in the Division of Student Life around first-year programming and support, including providing training to campus partners and student leaders working with first-year populations; Establish an innovative curriculum and corresponding objectives aligned with evidence-based practices to enhance the first-year student experience at Wellesley; In collaboration with the Dean of First-Year Students identify opportunities to promote student engagement, support the transition to academic life and enhance the sense of community on campus.
Coordinate outreach efforts in support of students transitioning into and out of the college to ensure that they complete processes effectively and receive appropriate information and support. Process leave request forms and communicate with students on leave in collaboration with the Class Deans and the Registrar.
Develop and implement New Student Orientation and January New Student Orientation, in partnership with the Dean of First-Year Students.
Serve as co-chair of the Orientation Planning Committee, a collaborative interdepartmental committee comprised of students and staff, and collaborate with campus partners to coordinate and implement Fall and January Orientation programs for about 650 incoming first-year students, transfer students, exchange students, and Davis Scholars annually.
In collaboration with campus partners, develop and implement transfer student programming to enhance the transfer student experience at Wellesley.
Serve on Student Leader Selection and Training Committee to execute joint student leader selection and training processes with 6 departments with 200 total student leaders who are integral in the execution of Orientation.
Serve as coach to students engaged in the Wellesley Empower Learning Lab, collaborating with the Dean of First-Year Students and the Pforzheimer Learning and Teaching Center.
Student Leadership Development
Recruit, select, train and supervise 6 student Orientation Coordinators (OCs) in their execution of New Student Orientation programming and supervision of Orientation Mentors (OMs).
Empower OCs to recruit, select, train and supervise 60+ OMs in their support of a group of new students during New Student Orientation and their first semester.
Hire, train and supervise others as needed, such as a graduate intern through the NODA Internship Process.
Technology, Publications and Marketing
Collaborate with students and campus partners to manage technology and social media platforms such as Mailchimp, Guidebook, websites, the Nelnet Orientation Store, Facebook, Instagram, Youtube, and Wellesley-specific applications.
Work with contracted Graphic Designer to manage the preparation, distribution, and assessment of printed and digital publications, such as the New Student Guide, Parent & Family Guide, Arrival Planning Guide, and Orientation Schedule. Work with the Dean of First-Year Students to create and distribute the First-Year Dean’s Office Newsletter throughout the academic year
Evaluate and assess programs and processes geared toward new students, and benchmark best practices through NODA and other associations for effective support of the new student experience at Wellesley
Budget Management & Administrative Support
Manage an annual budget of $98,000 and coordinate all logistics for the functioning of the Office of the Dean of First-Year Students
Collaborate with the Class Deans Office Manager and Class Deans Student Assistants to support the functions of the greater Class Deans office as needed, including supporting the Class Deans in a backup capacity with advising appointment check in
Master’s Degree in Student Affairs or related field required.
Three to five years of professional experience in higher education, specifically in new student programs, new student orientation, student affairs or related fields.
Strong interpersonal skills are required.
We seek a candidate with a demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion.
Eagerness to learn, demonstrated initiative, and ability to work both independently and collaboratively.
Skills and Abilities Required
Ability to develop positive working relationships with students, parents, faculty members, and other campus stakeholders.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
Familiarity with theories of student development and models of leadership strongly desired.
Preference will be given to candidates who have experience working with first-year students and students in transition.
Demonstrated experience in program development, implementation, and assessment.
The Office of the Dean of First-Year Students at Wellesley provides guidance and support to students and their families as they transition into the campus community. The Orientation program provides engaging, inclusive, and academically integrated transitional experiences that help students feel welcomed at Wellesley and prepared to embark on their Wellesley education. Related programs and initiatives are designed to enhance student development and help students approach important decisions. Wellesley's efforts to promote diversity and inclusion help to support a campus climate in which all campus members are fully engaged and the values of diversity are seen as essential for excellence in the experience of all members of the Wellesley College community.
Wellesley is known for the excellence of its education, the beauty of its setting, its gifted faculty, and the uniqueness of its campus culture. But most of all, Wellesley is known for the thousands of accomplished, thoughtful women it has sent out into the world for over 100 years women who are committed to making a difference. Every year, some 2,400 of the world's top undergraduate women are challenged to exceed their own highest personal and intellectual expectations. The mastery Wellesley graduates demonstrate across the professional and vocational spectrum, and the influence they wield, whether in their own communities or on the world stage is testament to a singularly empowering undergraduate experience. Wellesley's lively academic community places a high value on rigorous, probing inquiry, and creative, cross-discipline thinking. Its collaborative approach to scholarship encourages students to question, debate, and refine their points of view, not only with each other, but with our world-class faculty, often by working directly with them on groundbreaking projects. A Wellesley education fosters the highest standard of readiness for the real world in its graduates, in terms... of ability to think, act, and contribute meaningfully and effectively in their chosen areas of interest.