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Assistant Director

Position Information

Position Information

Working Title: Assistant Director
Faculty Rank: Lecturer
Role Title: Professional Faculty
Posting Number: AP0170318
About Virginia Tech:

Virginia Tech is a public land-grant university, committed to teaching and learning, research, and outreach to the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world. Building on its motto of Ut Prosim (that I may serve), Virginia Tech is dedicated to InclusiveVT—serving in the spirit of community, diversity, and excellence. We seek candidates who adopt and practice the Principles of Community, which are fundamental to our on-going efforts to increase access and inclusion, and to create a community that nurtures learning and growth for all of its members. Virginia Tech actively seeks a broad spectrum of candidates to join our community in preparing leaders for the world.

Position Summary:

New Student Programs at Virginia Tech enhances the student experience by fostering an inclusive, supportive, and learning-centered environment. Staff are actively engaged in the lives of our students and are committed to providing outstanding programs and services that enhance new student transition. New Student Programs is dedicated to supporting the mission of the Division of Student Affairs. As such, our staff strive to engage every student in the Division’s five Aspirations for Student Learning, which include: being dedicated to creating a community that commits to unwavering curiosity, pursues self-understanding and integrity, practices civility, prepares others for a life of courageous leadership, and embraces the University’s motto Ut Prosim as a way of life.

Along with the new student programs team, the assistant director is critical to the development and implementation of purposeful and learning-centered programs and services. The assistant director reports to the director and works collaboratively with students, faculty, staff, and community partners to manage the details and logistics of transition programs. This includes Hokie Hi (Welcome Week), Hokie Camp (Extended Orientation), and Online Orientation implementation and management.

Additionally, the assistant director will adopt and practice the Principles of Community as fundamental to Virginia Tech’s on-going efforts to increase access and inclusion and to create a dynamic community that nurtures learning and growth for all of its members. The Virginia Tech Principles of Community are described at:

Duties and Responsibilities
1. Directly assist with the coordination and implementation of comprehensive transition programs for new undergraduate students (first year and transfer students). Includes but is not limited to Hokie Hi, and Hokie Camp.
2. Recruit, select, train, supervise and evaluate undergraduate student leaders (Hokie Camp Chairs, Exec, and Hokie Camp Leaders, Welcome Week Chair(s), Welcome Week Leaders) and one graduate student.
3. Create and provide leadership development opportunities for student leaders.
4. Serve as a department liaison to the university community including the academic colleges, faculty, departments, and students who serve as partners for Hokie Hi, Hokie Camp and Online Orientation.
5. Oversee the online pre- and post- orientation process from development, implementation and management.
6. Assist in producing publications and media presentations related to New Student Programs.
7. Provide oversight for Guidebook, social media, and other emerging technology for all transition programs.
8. Assist with the assessment and evaluation of office programs and services.
9. Prepare and maintain appropriate periodic/special operations reports, budgets, and surveys.
10. Serve as an advocate for first year students, new transfer students, and students in transition.
11. Participate in, and contribute to, professional development/activities (including research, conferences, and publications)
12. Perform additional duties as assigned to support New Student Programs

Required Qualifications:

-Master’s degree in student personnel, higher education or a related field and work experience in collegiate student affairs, student activities, orientation, transfer, or first year programming.
-Demonstrated orientation and transition experience
-Demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion and the ability to work with a diverse group of constituents.
-Experience in designing and implementing programming or large-scale events.
- Ability to establish and maintain effective, cooperative working relationships with students, faculty, staff, and administrators participating in transition programs.

Preferred Qualifications:

-Working knowledge of student learning and development theory and practice as well as the needs/issues of First year and Transfer students.
-Demonstrated experience implementing an online orientation.
-Demonstrated organizational, leadership, communication and public relations skills.
-Experience designing and implementing formal assessment and evaluation processes.
-Capacity for organizing a wide range of diverse tasks efficiently and effectively.
-Advising/supervision experience with ability to lead undergraduate student staff.

Employment Conditions:
Must have a conviction check: Yes
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How to Apply for this Job:

Application Process: Interested candidates must apply online at, and include with the application a cover letter, resume and the name of three professional references with current contact information.
Deadline for applications: Review of applications will begin January 12, 2018.

Employee Category: Administrative and Professional Faculty
Appointment Type: Regular
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FLSA Status: Exempt: Not eligible for overtime
Tenure Status: Non-Tenure Track
Academic Year or Calendar Year: Calendar Year
Percent Employment: Full-time
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Pay Range: Commensurate with Experience
Location: Blacksburg
Department: New Student Programs
Location, if not Blacksburg:
Location Zip Code: 24061
Work Schedule: M-F 8:00-5:00 with evenings and weekends as needed
Job Posting Date: 12/12/2017
Review Begin Date: 01/12/2018
Job Close Date:
Restricted to university employees only? No
Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Statement:

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, or veteran status; or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees, or applicants; or any other basis protected by law.

For inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies, contact the executive director for Equity and Access at 540-231-2010 or Virginia Tech, North End Center, Suite 2300 (0318), 300 Turner St. NW, Blacksburg, VA 24061.

Reasonable Accommodation Statement:

If you are an individual with a disability and desire accommodation please contact the hiring department.

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Required Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume/Curriculum Vita
  2. Cover Letter
  3. List of References
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