Director of First Year Experience

First Year Experience

Position: Director of New Student Programs (L32DM)
Working Title: Director of First Year Experience

Qualifications: A Master’s degree in Student Personnel, Counseling, Adult and Higher Education or related field and five or more years working in a university setting, preferably with an orientation program, new student seminar or other area that supports new students.

The next director will:
•currently serve in or previously served in a leadership position in a new student program related office (director, assistant/associate director) or related area.
•have a thorough understanding of student development theory, best practices in first-year programs, current issues supporting and retaining first-year students.
•have excellent oral and written communication.
•have interpersonal and organizational skills.
•demonstrate a commitment to diversity.
•understand and endorse the UW-Whitewater mission.
•demonstrate that they are collaborative and team player.

The preferred qualifications of the next director will be:
•supervisory experience of professional and student staff.
•budgetary experience.
•experience with orientation programs.
•experience with new student seminar programs.
•experience with family programming.
•experience with assessment of programs.
•doctoral degree.

Salary: Competitive; Anticipated salary $60,000 - $65,000

Responsibilities: The Director of New Student Programs will provide overall leadership to an outstanding first-year experience program.  This includes all budgetary responsibility, supervision and hiring of 4staff (4.0 FTE), multiple student groups (orientation, peer mentors, team transfer) totaling about 100 students and 3 graduate assistants.  The Director will provide leadership and supervision for the FYE office which includes orientation programs for over 2,000 new first-year students and over 700 transfer students during the summer for fall semester (and for spring semester), extended orientation before classes begin in the fall (Club U-Dub-Dub) and Week of Welcome, family programming, learning communities, and a peer mentor program.  The director will directly coordinate the New Student Seminar each fall semester for nearly 2,000 first-year students. The director will supervise the Assistant Director, Coordinator of Peer Mentors, and Coordinator for Learning Communities, lead strategic planning for the department and provide regular assessment of the programs.

University: University: UW-Whitewater is a premier public regional university with an enrollment of over 12,000 students in 50 undergraduate majors and 11 master's degree programs. It offers high quality, career oriented programs with a model general education curriculum.

Community: Whitewater, a city with a population of over 14,000 is located in southeastern Wisconsin near the scenic Kettle Moraine State Forest.  The immediate area offers a wide variety of summer and winter recreational activities, including facilities of the nearby Whitewater Lake recreational area.  Whitewater is 45 miles from Madison, 50 miles from Milwaukee and 110 miles from Chicago. 

Application: A complete application package must include a letter of application, vita/resume including all relevant professional experience, names and contact information for three references.  Only complete applications will be considered.  Unless confidentiality is requested in writing, lists of applicants must be released upon request.  Finalists cannot be guaranteed confidentiality.  All undergraduate and graduate transcripts will be requested; photocopies are acceptable for initial application.  Official transcripts will required of the successful candidate.

Please send materials electronically to FYEDirector@uww.edu.

Paper copies can be mailed to:
FYE Office
800 W. Main Street
University Center
University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
Whitewater, WI  53190

Review: Applications received by September  27, 2013 by 5:00 are ensured consideration; the position is considered open until otherwise noted. Anticipated start date for the position will be December 1, 2013.
UW-Whitewater is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply. Names of applicants may be disclosed unless requested otherwise. Names of finalists will be released. A criminal background check is required for employment.