Arcadia University, Domestic

  • Assistant Director of Engagement and New Student Programs

    Location US-PA-Glenside
    Regular Staff Full-Time
    Student Affairs
  • Overview

    The Assistant Director of Engagement and New Student Programs is responsible for coordinating leadership activities that enhance campus life and will also play a significant role in planning new student orientation. The Assistant Director will create, implement, and assess programming and leadership initiatives that develop student leaders and provide a vision for a comprehensive leadership curriculum. As part of the orientation planning team, the Assistant Director will oversee training and development of the Orientation Leaders and also implement effective transitional programming for new students. The ideal candidate will be creative, detail-oriented, and knowledgeable of local and national trends in student development theory, particularly in the areas of student leadership, new student orientation, and engagement.


    Arcadia University is a top-ranked private university in Greater Philadelphia and promises a distinctly global, integrative, and personal learning experience that prepares students to contribute and lead in a diverse and dynamic world. A national leader in study abroad and international education, Arcadia has been named #1 in undergraduate study abroad participation by the Institute of International Education’s Open Doors Report for the past seven years. Approximately 3,900 students attend Arcadia, and the University’s 2,500 undergraduate students choose from more than 65 fields of study.


    Applications must be submitted online through Arcadia's Human Resources portal to receive full consideration. Please do not email application materials to hiring manager.

    For additional information and to apply, please visit: and submit a cover letter, resume and names and phone numbers of three professional references.


    Application review will begin immediately. Posting will be removed from the website once we've established a sufficient talent pool for consideration.


    Arcadia University seeks candidates of diverse cultural backgrounds and abilities. Arcadia University encourages members of underrepresented groups to apply. All offers of employment are conditional based on successful completion of a background check.


    Essential Functions:


    Commitment to a Diverse and Inclusive Campus
    ● Live and espouse the core values of Arcadia University, including Civility and Diversity.
    ● Promote a community that celebrates and models the principles of diversity and inclusivity through all aspects of advising, program planning, and student leadership training and development.
    ● Embrace opportunities for continued growth in cultural competence.


    Retention and Assessment
    ● Assist with the development and assessment of student learning outcomes, program goals and objectives to support student success.
    ● Coordinate social, cultural, educational, and leadership programming to support identified departmental needs and goals.


    Leadership Development: New Student Programming
    ● Serve on the Orientation Planning Executive Committee and directly supervise a student member of the team.
    ● Spearhead Orientation Leader recruitment, hiring, and evaluation processes.
    ● Coordinate training and development of the Orientation Leader team.


    Leadership Development: Student Engagement

    ● Develop, implement, and assess the vision and curriculum for the Arcadia University Leadership Education and Development (AU LEAD) program including the:

    ○ AU LEAD workshop series ○ Knight Leadership Program

    ○ Annual Student Leadership Conference

    ● Develop passive leadership development modules (videos, PowerPoint presentations, tip sheets, etc.).

    ● Facilitate training and development workshops for student organizations.

    ● Partner with Assistant Director colleague to coordinate and offer professional and leadership development training for University Commons student employees.

    ● Manage the leadership budget.

    ● Work collaboratively with campus partners to support, enhance, include, and promote leadership programs being sponsored by relevant campus constituents.

    ● Coordinate and oversee annual student leadership awards and recognition ceremony.


    General Duties
    ● Co-hire, train, support, supervise, and evaluate a graduate student employee for First-Year and Leadership Programs.
    ● Liaise with and provide support to approximately 15 student organizations.

    ● Advise a Class Council.

    ● Assist in planning and implementation of large-scale campus events and engagement initiatives, such as Family Weekend, Spring Fling, New Student Orientation, Senior Week, and the weekly student events e-mail.
    ● Participate in Engagement and New Student Programs, Student Affairs, and Enrollment Management team meetings and initiatives.
    ● Update manuals, website, and other relevant departmental materials.
    ● Serve on various campus-wide committees and projects as invited/needed.
    ● Evening and weekend work required.


    Marginal Functions
    ● Other duties as assigned by Student Affairs' leadership team in support of the overall mission of the department.


    Reports to the Director of Engagement and New Student Programs and serves as a member of the Engagement and New Student Programs and Student Affairs teams.


    Minimum Qualifications:

    • Master’s degree in higher education, college student personnel, or counseling required.
    • Experience and/or background in student development, new student initiatives, and leadership development also required.


    Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

    The successful candidate will have excellent written and verbal communication skills, and possess experience in program management, student advisement, budget management, strategic planning, innovative problem solving, technology/social media, and student engagement in a college/university setting. The willingness and ability to work flexible evening and weekend hours are required.




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