Assistant Director of Orientation and First-Year Experience


The Assistant Director of Orientation and First-Year Experience is a vital role on the Office of Student Inclusion and InvolvementLeadership Team. Under the leadership of the Director of Student Inclusion and Involvement, the Assistant Director of Orientation and First-Year Experience is primarily responsible for the leadership and coordination of Orientation and First-Year Experience at Edgewood College.

The purpose of the Assistant Director of Orientation and First-Year Experience position is to develop, implement, monitor, and assess student-centered programs and services to improve retention and graduation rates and actively contribute to a collaborative campus-wide culture for student success. The position participates in campus leadership teams related to retention and student success initiatives.

The Office of Student Inclusion and Involvement (OSII) serves as the primary source from social, leadership, co-curricular and multicultural campus opportunities for all Edgewood students. We cultivate a variety of opportunities for campus engagement that create a well-rounded student experience and works to enhance the academic mission of Edgewood College. Our goal is to create a community that recognizes, challenges, and transforms their individual attitudes towards difference, while learning to celebrate the rich contributions of all cultures, and graduate prepared to lead in a global society.

Additional job functions will include constituency-based support, advocacy, and outreach to underrepresented students and attending OSII sponsored major events and programs.

This is a 12-month position; evening and weekend hours are required, depending on programs and events.



  • Provide leadership for the College’s orientation programs including:
    • New Student Orientation
    • Transfer Orientation
  • Chair the official Orientation College committee
  • Recruit, hire, supervise, and train the orientation student staff (Orientation Leadership Team and Orientation Assistants).
  • Coordinate all communication and logistics, including room reservations, facilities, vendors, and working with various departments, faculty, and staff.
  • Collaborate with various campus partners to ensure orientation meets the needs of the COR academic program.
  • Work closely with Admissions and Edgewood Central, to design and coordinate a comprehensive and seamless communication protocol for new students.
  • Communicate Orientation goals and objectives to campus partners.
  • Prepare an accurate and student-focused correspondence to new students and their families; design print and electronic publications; maintain orientation website.
  • Conduct annual assessment of Orientation for future improvement and development
    • Evaluate processes and delivery of orientation programs, including analysis and reporting of data for distribution to college leadership.
  • Serve as consultant to the College on transition issues of new students.
  • Work closely with the Assistant Director of Student Inclusion and Involvement and the Division of Student Development to coordinate collaborative Welcome Week programs.

First Year Experience

  • Build and strengthen relationships within the college to provide a comprehensive first year experience for first year students aligned with the college mission, and to provide plans and strategies for retention and progression of undergraduate students
  • Develop and promote a diverse array of successful programs and services for first year students, including coordination of First Flight the new first-year student appreciation week
  • Research and initiate current FYE trends and best practices to improve existing programs, with a focus on retention and the development and mental growth of the whole student.
  • Provide philosophical and strategic direction for developing programs and implementing high-impact practices and services that support first year student academic transition, retention and success

Administrative Functions

  • Serve as member of various College committees as needed
  • Assist in the create of the End of Year Report, focusing on Orientation and First Year Experience
  • Actively support mission of Edgewood College and the Division of Student Development
  • Participate in Commencement, College Assemblies, Eagle Enrollment Days and other College activities as needed

Student Support Services

  • Provide frontline individual and group advocacy and mentoring services for all traditionally underrepresented students through identifying and developing appropriate intervention strategies utilizing campus and community partners as resources through advocacy, referrals, follow-ups, and other forms of service to ensure student wellness and success
  • Work in partnership with Student Development staff, Academic Affairs and other campus departments and divisions to develop culturally responsive services and programming that meets the need of a diverse student population


  • Provide leadership over and work with OSII programmers on numerous OSII traditional programs (i.e. Family Weekend, Party with a Purpose, Winter Frost).


Necessary Education or Work Experience:

  • Master’s degree, and related combination of experience, in counseling, student affairs or other related fields focused on college student development.
  • Two-year professional experience (graduate work included) working in the areas of orientation or student involvement/activities.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of student development theories, practices and current trends/best practices in the area of new student transition.
  • Demonstrated experience working with diverse student population and students from underrepresented populations.
  • Demonstrated experience supervision of student staff and/or advising of student leaders.

Required Knowledge and Skills:

  • Demonstrate competency skills in the areas of Student Involvement including event planning, diversity and inclusion, leadership development, orientation, and student affairs
  • Strong organizational ability, interpersonal skills, and high aptitude in oral and written communications.
  • Ability to work within a dynamic environment and a proven competence in managing multiple tasks and competing priorities.
  • Proactive and creative approach to problem solving and experience providing crisis intervention and referrals to appropriate campus and community resources.
  • Ability to gather, track and interpret data as it relates to programming and events to better assess the impact on students served and make recommendations for improvement.
  • Familiarity with and ability to uphold FERPA regulations when working with students and confidential records.

Other Qualifications:

Edgewood College, an Equal Opportunity Employer, is committed to academic excellence through diversity in its faculty, staff, and students. Candidates must demonstrate multicultural competence — the awareness, knowledge, and skills needed to work with others who are culturally different from self in meaningful, relevant, and productive ways. Applicants from traditionally underrepresented populations including women and racial and ethnic minorities are especially encouraged to apply. The selected candidate must actively support the mission of the College by working with faculty, staff and students to share in our core values — truth, compassion, justice, partnership, and community.

To apply:  Send a cover letter, resume, and references to:

Edgewood College
Human Resources – ADOF
1000 Edgewood College Drive
Madison, WI 53711
Equal Opportunity Employer