Hampshire College, an independent, innovative liberal arts institution and member of the Five College consortium, is accepting applications for director of student affairs (new and transfer student orientation & support services) in the dean of student’s office.
The director of student affairs is a full time, 12-month professional staff member in the dean of students office, who reports to the vice president for student affairs and dean of students. The director serves as part of the dean of students team, particularly with other director of student affairs, with oversight responsibilities for the coordination of new and transfer student orientation program and several student resources and support services. The director serves as the lead staff member who provides vision and direction for developing programs that support a highly diverse cohort of new students and their transition to Hampshire College, from the start of their first year through their graduation. This position serves as a content expert in orientation, transition, and provision of resources and support for all students at varied stages of their college experience, as well as a leader in developing community and a sense of belonging among students and their families.
The director will provide administrative oversight in student assessments, program review and implementation of strategic vision and direction as developed by the division of student life student resources and support services team led by the vice president for student affairs and dean of students. They will ensure that activities and programs support institutional goals related to student success (academic, personal, social/emotional, civic), engagement, inclusion, thriving, and development of students’ affinity to Hampshire College and be graduation/career readiness.
The director will work alongside colleague/s who oversee the international student services office. Specifically, the director of student affairs will serve as a secondary Designated School Officer (DSO). The director of student affairs is a student development practitioner who cares deeply about forming strong relationships and engaging in meaningful experiences with students, open to new and challenging experiences directed towards professional growth. This position needs to be highly visible, maintain strong connections and work successfully with students, faculty, staff, parents and external constituents. The director contributes to campus-wide educational initiatives, for instance the ENGAGE Day of learning, new and transfer student orientation, community orientation, and community education day that advances the College’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. Participates as a committed member of the student life team in college and divisional committee work, projects, meetings, retreats and overall community development: assists in the coordination and facilitation of academic courses, co-curricular activities and services for students. Availability to work evenings and weekends is required.
An advanced degree, preferably in higher education or student affairs administration with a minimum of three years job-related experience is required. Successful candidate should possess the following skills:
-Passionate about working in an organization that values and promotes diversity, equity, inclusion and anti-racism;
-Ability to cultivate and develop inclusive and equitable working relationships with students, faculty, staff and community members;
-Supports and enhances a sense of belonging and success of students from traditionally marginalized populations.
-Experience incorporating the perspectives of multiple communities, including communities of color.
-Ability to flex communication style to multiple cultural environments; Excellent written and verbal communication skills, and ability to present to diverse audiences, specifically racially, ethnically, and socioeconomically diverse communities.
-Knowledge of high impact strategies that welcome and orientate new and transfer students, promote persistence and degree completion, and reduce time to completion.
-Understanding of Student Development Theory, knowledge of higher education trends and best practices, administration and governance
-Ability to function independently and complete projects with limited supervision
-Excellent interpersonal and team building skills.
-Ability to analyze data, interpret results and make recommendations.
-Ability to develop and maintain positive, professional relationships.
-Highly organized and able to prioritize in a fast-paced, team- oriented environment.
-Ability to manage ambiguity as well as collaborative decision-making structures
-Experience presenting to groups
-Strong supervisory, problem-solving and collaborative skills
-Ability to pay close attention to detail for budget tracking
-Familiarity with computer programs: Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe Creative Suite, Information management (Colleague), social media applications, student activities platforms, etc.
This is a full-time, benefited position with a salary range of $55,000 - $60,000 and excellent benefits program. Please submit your cover letter, resume and names/phone numbers of three professional references via our website at https://jobs.hampshire.edu/ .
Internal Number: 931
About Hampshire College
Education at Hampshire College prepares students to understand and participate responsibly in a complex world. Through its actions and policies, the college sets an example of the responsible and creative behavior it expects of its students. As a liberal arts college, Hampshire helps students develop confidence in their intellect, creativity, and values. It encourages their desire to be lifelong learners and their capacity to advance the cause of social justice and the well-being of others. The college fosters these attitudes through a multidisciplinary, multicultural curriculum; self-initiated, individual programs of study negotiated with faculty mentors; students' active participation in original research; and the diverse communities, on campus and off, in which learning takes place. Within the college's residential community, students encounter and learn to respect difference and appreciate diversity, thereby enhancing their capacity to live together well. Through commitment to testing and evaluating new ideas and new approaches to learning, national efforts to promote inquiry-based learning and teaching, and constructive civic and social engagement, Hampshire's actions serve as models for those of its students.