Assistant / Associate Director of Orientation and Transition Experiences

  • Northfield, Minnesota, United States, 55057
  • Staff

About the Role:

Are you an innovative leader who is energized about supporting students throughout their college transition and on their path to graduation? Do you thrive on empowering students to discover and define their passions and champion their success? Does the creation of dynamic, intentional orientation experiences and retention efforts excite you? If so, St. Olaf and the Orientation & Transition Experiences team may be the perfect fit for you! This newly-created position sits at the heart of the student experience and is focused on innovating, investing in, and facilitating structures and initiatives to support a student’s successful transition into, through, and out of the College. In addition to being an intensely student-centered position, this role also provides robust opportunities for you to exercise your creativity and advance your professional growth.



What You’ll Do:

The Orientation & Transition Experiences team, along with the Division of Student Life, believes in strong support for our students as holistic people, scholars, and leaders. By getting to know our students by name and story, we strive to champion student success and provide a transformative college experience. In this role, no two days will ever be the same. You will have the ability to work closely with motivated and involved St. Olaf students, staff, and faculty to cultivate dynamic and innovative experiences that advance and augment the St. Olaf experience. Your typical week will include the strategic development of transition initiatives, building community with student leaders, cultivating opportunities for development and involvement, and collaborating with colleagues on upcoming experiences and opportunities.




Who You Are:


You’re a great fit if you have:

A Bachelor’s degree and 3+ years of professional or graduate-level experience in the areas of college student engagement, new student transition, student persistence and retention, or related experience (Assistant Director) or 5+ years of professional or graduate-level experience in the areas of college student engagement, new student transition, student persistence and retention, or related experience (Associate Director)

A helpful background includes:
A Master’s degree in Student Affairs or related field and 5+ years of experience in the areas of college student engagement, new student transition, student persistence and retention, or related experience

Skills and attributes we’d like for you to have:

● Desire to work in a creative, energized, innovative and collaborative office environment
● Commitment to supporting, respecting, and embracing diverse backgrounds and values in order to foster an inclusive campus community
● Demonstrated understanding of student development, learning, and involvement and a commitment to advancing the student experience
● Ability to communicate effectively and foster collaboration with students, staff, faculty, and College leadership

Please review the job description here:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ZX_kHpT5KtJejpNusOiL3Wxs8EPFZxJi/view?usp=sharing

 

Who We Are:

Founded in 1874, St. Olaf College is a residential, coeducational liberal arts college with approximately 3,000 students and 800 faculty and staff employees. The college is located on a picturesque 300-acre campus in Northfield, Minnesota, a vibrant, restored, historic river town of 20,000 located 45 minutes south of culturally rich and diverse Minneapolis and St. Paul. 

The college offers an academically rigorous, nationally ranked liberal arts education that fosters the development of the whole person in mind, body, and spirit and emphasizes learning in an inclusive and globally engaged community. We encourage applications from candidates committed to multicultural understanding and the enrichment of our diverse community.

The college offers a comprehensive benefits package including a 9% company retirement match, company monthly contributions to a retirement healthcare account, company contributions to eligible employee’s health savings account, significant tuition discount (up to 80% off) at ACM and ELCA colleges and universities for employee’s children, and generous paid time off. For a full review of benefit offerings, see the summary of the benefits program here: https://wp.stolaf.edu/hr/benefits/

To provide a safe and secure educational environment, St. Olaf College verifies the accuracy of all credentials presented by applicants and conducts a criminal background check on every new hire.

 

A summary of the Flexible Work Policy: https://wp.stolaf.edu/hr/flexible-work-policy/

A link to our DEI page: https://wp.stolaf.edu/equity-inclusion/

A virtual campus tour: https://www.stolaf.edu/multimedia/play/?p=483

An overview of Northfield: https://wp.stolaf.edu/admissions/visit/northfield/

An overview of the Twin Cities: https://wp.stolaf.edu/admissions/visit/twincities/

 

St. Olaf College requires all employees to be up to date with their COVID-19 vaccination, as defined by the CDC. A reasonable accommodation may apply because of a disability or sincerely held religious belief. Compliance with St. Olaf's COVID-19 policy is a condition of employment. Under current guidelines, "up to date" means one updated (bivalent) booster, which became available on September 7, 2022. If and when this guidance changes, employees will be required to get additional boosters as indicated by CDC guidelines.

 

St. Olaf College is an equal employment opportunity and voluntary affirmative action employer.  The College is committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our community.  With regard to its hiring and employment practices, the College prohibits all forms of discrimination and harassment based upon an individual’s legally protected status including race, color, creed, national origin, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, religion, disability, marital status, veteran status, or status with regard to public assistance.

 

For Staff Application Assistance:
employment@stolaf.edu
507-786-3068

For Faculty Application Assistance:
facultysearch@stolaf.edu
507-786-3356

Title IX Contact Information:
Pamela McDowell, Title IX and Section 504 Coordinator
1520 St. Olaf Avenue, Tomson Hall 180
Northfield, MN 55057
507-786-3465
mcdowell@stolaf.edu

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