Associate Director of Campus Life for Orientation and Campus Activities
Location: Carlisle, Pennsylvania
Internal Number: 7257
Job Summary/Basic Function:
Dickinson College seeks a creative and collaborative individual to lead Orientation and Campus Activities. The Associate Director of Campus Life for Orientation and Campus Activities is a member of the Campus Life team and reports to the Executive Director of Campus Life. The Associate Director is responsible for providing oversight and coordination of new student programs and campus activities, including first-year, transfer, and orientation; in addition to other programs that support the new student experience this position supports professional staff with collaterals in outdoor education, fraternity and sorority life, student organization support, and leadership.
The incumbent creates a vision for orientation within a liberal arts setting that intentionally supports an engaging academic and intellectual environment for students beyond the classroom walls. They should create and facilitate distinctive conditions and programs throughout the campus that intentionally foster learning, promote inclusion and self-governance, and seek engagement from its members. The Associate Director supports assistant directors with collaterals in campus activities: leadership, outdoor education, campus activities board, student organizations and fraternity/sorority life. As an engaged member of the campus community, the Associate Director will also develop and cultivate relationships with students, faculty, and staff across the College and have a good working knowledge of the residential liberal arts environment.
Conceives, designs, implements, and assesses new student programming including but not limited to Orientation, Spring and Transfer Orientation, and Extended Orientation. Includes planning and oversight of various cross-college committees, and coordination with Marketing & Communications and Enrollment Management of messaging to students and families. Collaborate with others across campus on retention and persistence of student.
Develop and execute the programmatic and social aspects of orientation, working to ensure that events are compelling, engaging, and align with the overall goals of new student programs. Ensure formalized assessment of the new student experience. Use data in planning and development for continuous improvement of programs and services. Coordinate and implement a comprehensive Welcome Week. Work with others in the department to offer opportunities for students to continue their transition to the college (i.e., Activities Fair).
Advise and facilitate class programming for all classes. Work with class leaders for each year to create developmental and social opportunities for students within their cohort.
Supervise and provide support to professional staff with campus activity collaterals in leadership development, student organization support/EngageD, fraternity and sorority life, and student activities board (MOB).
Co-Manage the Student Life on Call system with the Executive Director and other Associate Director of Campus Life to provide 24-hour support to students at the college by providing support to professional staff serving in the Student Life on Call rotation. When serving as call-up for staff, respond as needed by phone or in-person to crisis situations on campus, collaborate with other offices to respond and provide referrals.
Provide oversight for Campus Life's social media presence, including but not limited to, Instagram and Faceboook.
Plan and execute all Pre-Orientation programs for new students. Work cross departmentally and divisionally with staff, faculty, and students on developing, planning, advertising, and executing these programs. Responsibilities include oversight of all budgets and revenue streams, as well as coordination of all transportation, and training of all staff members. Serve as the point person for all aspects of the program.
Department: Campus Life
Master's Degree – Higher Education, Student Affairs, or equivalent
Known for its innovative curriculum, Dickinson is a highly selective, private liberal-arts college. One of the nation's oldest colleges, and named in honor of a signer of the U.S. Constitution, Dickinson became the first college chartered in the newly recognized United States in September 1783. Dickinson has just under 900 full and part-time employees - administrators, faculty and staff - and its 144-acre campus is populated by students from 43 U.S. states and territories and 40 foreign countries. More than half of students study abroad through the school's 50 programs in 24 countries on six continents. Dickinson is recognized as a leader among institutions committed to sustainability and green initiatives and is continually recognized by such groups as the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, Sierra Club, Sustainable Endowments Institute, Princeton Review and Second Nature. Dickinson's stunning campus - featuring beautiful landscaping and buildings made of limestone - is located in the heart of the historic central Pennsylvania town of Carlisle, a key marker in Civil War activity. Founded in 1751, Carlisle, named a "most livable city" by Forbes, i...s a cosmopolitan town of 20,000 people, nestled between mountains that have long been a destination for outdoor enthusiasts. The Appalachian Trail and several mountain lakes are within easy reach of the campus, as are Hershey Park and historic Gettysburg. The town is a transportation hub linked by highway, rail and air to prominent East Coast cities, with driving times that make these cities readily accessible: Harrisburg, 20 minutes; Gettysburg, 30 minutes; Baltimore, 90 minutes; Washington, D.C., two hours; Philadelphia, two hours; New York, three hours; Pittsburgh, four hours. Dickinson takes pride in its campus wellness and professional development programs, offering an array of opportunities to faculty and staff.