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Assistant Director, Orientation & Transition Programs 999072


Cincinnati, OH
ID: 1905-433

Assistant Director, Orientation & Transition

Xavier University

Cincinnati, OH


Xavier University Division of Student Affairs seeks qualified applicants for the Assistant Director for Orientation & Transition role in the Office of Student Involvement, Gallagher Student Center and Commuter Services. This position is a twelve-month, exempt role that supports student learning and socialization through the execution of new student orientation programs.  This position is also responsible for supporting the enhancement of ongoing signature experiences (Road Thru Xavier) with sophomore and junior students as well as programming for seniors preparing to transition beyond their college experience.  This role reports to the Senior Director for Student Affairs.


The Assistant Director for Orientation and Transition is responsible for facilitating new student orientation programs throughout the year, including our signature 4-day orientation program Manresa (fall), transfer orientation (fall and spring) as well as APEX adult/weekend/evening degree students (fall and spring). They are responsible for the recruitment, hiring and training of paid orientation student staff along with 150 student orientation team members along with a paid NODA summer intern. On our campus, this role also coordinates the resident student move-in process, supported by staff members in Residence Life and volunteers from across campus.  The orientation team fields many intervention and support questions for first year students along with pre-orientation processes (The Road to Xavier).  This role includes budget management, contract execution and student learning outcome/assessment as well as program evaluation of all orientation programs.

The Assistant Director works to support departmental programming with signature experiences that support the campus Road Thru Xavier as well as a variety of pathways through involvement.  An opportunity for this role will be to develop this programming to specifically support sophomore and junior students.  The AD coordinates a year-long culminating leadership program for highly engaged senior leaders, Arrupe Leaders.  The transition aspect of the role’s title speaks to the work with senior students as they prepare for life after Xavier and involves the ongoing engagement and communication of alumni from the Office of Student Involvement, Gallagher Student Center and Commuter Services.  Additionally, the Assistant Director hires and supervises a first-year peer mentor program, pairing upperclass student leaders with first year students through their GOA first year journey class.

The Assistant Director serves as a member of the Office of Student Involvement, Gallagher Student Center and Commuter Services staff where they will engage in departmental programming, decision making and event staffing.  The office’s vision statement reads, “We believe that, through involvement, individuals discover their passions and develop their strengths to lead a purposeful life.” In addition to the support of orientation and transition programs, the department facilitates campus activities and leadership programs, supports and oversees 160+ student organizations, advises the Student Government Association, manages the Gallagher Student Center, services commuter students, and coordinates processes and policies for many available campus resources.  There are a number of associated events and programs within the office of which this role would have oversight for the university’s Senior Week along with the spring Student Leadership Assembly (awards ceremony) for All Honors Day including the coordination of nominations, award selection and event planning. In addition, they would also serve as a departmental representative on university-wide committees and divisional teams as assigned.


Qualified candidates will possess a Master’s Degree in Higher Education Administration, College Student Personnel, or a transferable field with one to three years of experience in new student orientation, first-year programs or related area and demonstrated written and oral communication proficiency.  Graduate assistantship experience that is directly related to the role can be considered as eligible experience.  Preferred qualifications include candidates with experience in event planning, development and assessment of student learning outcomes, budget management (including Banner Finance software), student supervision, graphic design (Adobe Creative Cloud, Canva, etc.), and demonstrated experience working with and advocating for a broad spectrum of underrepresented populations.


To ensure consideration, interested/qualified applicants must submit a cover letter, resume and the contact information for three professional references on Xavier University’s website at no later than October 16, 2019.  Applicants are welcome to direct questions to the acting director and search committee chair, Dustin Lewis, at