Director of First Year Experience and Student Transitions
Texas Lutheran University
Location: Seguin, Texas
Higher Education Institution
Texas Lutheran University invites applications for a full-time Director of First Year Experience and Student Transitions. This position will direct and administer the First Year Experience & Student Transitions Department which is responsible for the development and provision of student support programs focusing on the First Year and specialized student populations.
Provide administrative oversight, development, and implementation of the following:
First Year and students in transition programs, including but not limited to:
Peer Mentor Program: selection, training, supervision, curriculum development
Parent and Family Program: orientation & family weekend, establish and maintain regular contact throughout the year
Direct New Student Orientation
Track academic progress of First Year students through academic alert system
Coordinate with the Dean of Students office on development and implementation of a comprehensive assessment plan to track the First Year experience program
Support programs for specialized student populations such as first generation, multicultural groups, etc.
Work collaboratively with faculty and staff on campus-wide programming addressing first year and specialized populations
Interprets, analyzes, and utilizes data and current research to make recommendations to improve New Student Orientation, student success, and any additional first year experience initiatives
Foster an environment for learning and social interaction that supports the mission of the university through strategic planning efforts and in collaboration with Student Affairs and Academic Affairs divisions.
Develop and maintain First Year Experience & Student Transitions website, portal, and social media content
Negotiate and oversee vendor contracts as needed in relation to the position
Serve on Student Affairs and university wide committees and/or task forces as assigned
Benefits are competitive. Texas Lutheran University, an accredited university affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, is located 35 miles from downtown San Antonio. For more information about TLU, consult our web site at www.tlu.edu. Please submit an application (available at www.tlu.edu/jobs), a cover letter, a resume, and the contact information for at least three professional references to:
Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until an appointment is made. Texas Lutheran University has been consistently recognized as a “Great College to Work For” by the Chronicle of Higher Education. Texas Lutheran University (TLU) is an official U.S. News & World Report “Best Colleges” selection among regional colleges in the West, ranking second on the list for “Best Value,” and fifth overall. This is the eighth consecutive year TLU has been featured on the “Best Value” rankings. Other notable recognitions include TLU’s acknowledgment as a top 20 regional college for Social Mobility—the fourth year the university has appeared in this category. The University is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE) and also is subject to the provisions of the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (IRCA). Texas Lutheran University is committed to enhancing diversity and inclusion across all levels of the University. Candidates who believe they can contribute to this goal are strongly encouraged to apply.
Position qualifications include:
Bachelor’s degree required.
Master’s degree (in Student Personnel, Student Affairs, Adult Education, Higher Education, Counseling or related degree) from an accredited college or university is preferred.
Two to four years related experience is required
Demonstrated experience planning, implementing and evaluating small to large scale university programs and events
Knowledge of evaluation techniques and methods
Knowledge of emerging student issues and trends
Excellent organizational and time management skills – able to plan and schedule own work
Ability to work independently and make decisions based on precedent and university policy – considerable judgment is required
Ability to work well within a team
Ability to work with ethnic, cultural, and socially diverse student populations
Excellent communication skills, both oral and written
Excellent interpersonal skills to represent the Division of Student Affairs and the University with enthusiasm and effectiveness
Proficiency in software experience: MS Word, Teams, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint & Publisher
Understand and support the mission and strategic plan of Texas Lutheran University
Texas Lutheran University is a private, faith-based university that empowers a diverse student body through an education centered on the liberal arts and professional programs. TLU is located in Seguin, Texas, just 35 miles from San Antonio and 50 miles from Austin. Affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and federally designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, TLU offers 27 majors, 37 minors, four graduate programs, and 11 pre-professional programs to approximately 1,400 students in a traditional, residential college setting that promotes critical thinking and service learning.
TLU has a highly qualified and dedicated faculty with classes averaging 19 students and a student/faculty ratio of 14:1. The university has 93 full-time and 78 part-time faculty (not including staff members who also teach). For full-time faculty, 90 percent hold a doctorate or other terminal degree.
For the seventh consecutive year, TLU is featured in the top five schools on U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Value” and “Best Colleges” in the Western Region rankings. TLU ranked No. 1 for “Best Value” and No. 5 for “Best Colleges” overall in the 2022 rankings. TLU was also named a ...“Best in the West” school in The Princeton Review’s “2021 Best Colleges: Region by Region,” and has appeared on the Chronicle of Higher Education’s Great Colleges to Work For® list every year since 2012.