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Associate Director for Student Engagement

Administrative/Clerical Jobs
Pacific Lutheran University

Job Summary

Full Time
Posted on
July 25, 2019
Pacific Lutheran University
Tacoma, Washington
Years of Experiences
Career Level
Education Level
Bachelor's Degree
$50,000 USD Per Year

About Pacific Lutheran University

Located on a 156-acre woodland campus, six miles south of Tacoma, in suburban Parkland, Washington, PLU is a private university dedicated to doing things differently since 1890. More than 800 employees at PLU hold positions as faculty members, administrators, academic and administrative staff, including trades and support services. With a tradition of rigorous liberal arts and professional programs, we are committed to developing ethical and educated individuals who are prepared for a lifetime of success—both in their careers and in service to others. The faculty, staff, and administrators of PLU are similarly devoted to service. Working on a university campus requires a commitment to caring for our students, colleagues, campus, and community. Whether staff are preparing meals in the dining hall, processing payments in the Business Office, maintaining our trees and grounds, or teaching a class, all positions are critical to the success of PLU, our students, and staff.

Contact name
Human Resources

Job description

ork Schedule: 
FT; Monday-Friday, 8:00am-5:00pm. Some evenings and weekends required.

General Description: 
The Associate Director for Student Engagement is an integral member of the Student Engagement/Campus Life team. The Associate Director provides leadership and accountability for the campus-wide collaboration necessary for an effective and impactful New Student Orientation; leads the collaborative effort to create and implement student transition expected learning outcomes, programs and assessment of impact; from incoming orientation through post-graduate preparation experiences. The Associate Director plays a key role in developing and realizing the vision and mission of Student Engagement/Campus Life as it contributes to the university mission at Pacific Lutheran University. Reports to the Associate Vice President for Campus Life.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities:

  • Design, implement, and assess a university-wide new student orientation, to include a comprehensive series of programs (First Year, Transfer, International, and Family) in close collaboration with students, family members, faculty and staff.

  • Develop culturally responsive approaches to specific learning and transition needs of students and families from diverse backgrounds and prior learning experiences to increase sense of belonging and agency in navigating the PLU environment.

  • Work closely with the AVP Campus Life and Assistant Dean of Campus Life for Co-Curricular Learning and Assessment to identify and act on opportunities for enhanced student learning, engagement and success, within Campus Life and at PLU.

  • Supervise Student Engagement Coordinators and Student Orientation Coordinators.

  • Manage recruitment, selection, and training of all student leaders involved in orientation.

  • Provide direction to orientation stakeholders, including student, staff, faculty, and community speakers and facilitators, in the planning and implementation of orientation functions.

  • Complete a needs assessment process to determine how to support students’ transitional success within the PLU context and how to design programs to support this success.

  • Collaborate with campus partners to design, implement, and assess a comprehensive series of transition programs that support students in developing the skills and experiences necessary to navigate transitions, including post-graduate transitions.

  • Oversee orientation budget of $76,000.

  • Develop, disseminate, analyze, and report assessment outcomes for continuous improvement of orientation. Include stakeholders in regular program review and related recommendations for improvement and responsiveness.

  • Teach or co-teach a student success related course (PLUS 100).

  • Participate in departmental and divisional programs and events and serve on relevant committees and/or task forces.

  • Be available to student leaders for consultation and support.

  • Provide strategic, innovative, and efficient contributions to the shared work and outcomes of Student Engagement.

  • Maintain breadth and depth of current knowledge necessary for responsive Student Engagement programs and services.

  • Continuously improve, along with all Student Engagement/Campus Life, services and learning opportunities.

  • Contribute to Student Engagement/Campus Life, with working knowledge of New Student Orientation, Transitional Engagement, Vocational Exploration and programs, and all departmental programs and events.

  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Understanding and conceptualization of diversity to include various intersecting identities such as race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, religion, age, ability, socio-economic status and additional salient identities.

  • Intercultural capacity/strength designing and facilitating culturally responsive, equitable, and engaging programs and services.

  • Investment in student engagement, persistence, and success.

  • Excellent oral and written communication and presentation skills.

  • Ability to manage and perform effectively within a highly fast-paced and unpredictable environment while meeting deadlines.

  • Knowledge of current trends in higher education, social justice and equity education, and student success and outcomes.

  • Knowledge of Lutheran Higher Education frameworks; understanding of vocation and vocational discernment in a higher education setting.

  • Ability to collaborate effectively with strong interpersonal communication, build trust, and grow intentional & varied relationships.

  • Ability to work independently with a high degree of initiative and ability to work as a contributing part of a team.

  • High level of confidence and adaptability with technology.

Required Qualifications:

  1. Bachelor’s degree.

  2. Three years of progressive postgraduate student affairs (e.g., student activities, orientation, residential life) experience. Graduate education may substitute for some experience.

  3. Finalist applicants must satisfactorily complete a pre-employment background check.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in College Student Personnel, Higher Education, or related field.

  • Supervisory experience of professional staff.

Other Information: 
PLU offers an excellent benefits package including tuition remission for employees and their dependents, retirement plan, medical, dental, paid vacation, major holidays off, and many other great university benefits.