Assistant Director, New Student and Transition Programs

Assistant Director, New Student and Transition Programs


The Assistant Director position is an integral team member within the Office of New Student and Transition Programs. The Assistant Director will work directly on the planning and implementation of New Spider Orientation, as well and manage several signature University programs - Roadmap to Success, Sophomore Scholars in Residence (SSIR), The Richmond Endeavor.

Review of application materials will begin September 30, 2021


Program Management

  • Directly advises and works with Sophomore Scholars in Residence (SSIR), Richmond Endeavor, and living-learning communities, by working with the faculty and staff to develop and implement experiential learning components
  • Leads, plans, and implements the Roadmap to Success pre-orientation program
  • Serves as a member of the planning and implementation team for New Spider Orientation
  • Develops a series of programs throughout the academic year designed to address the developmental and psychosocial needs of program participants: Sophomore Scholars in Residence (SSIR), The Richmond Endeavor, and The Roadmap to Success programs
  • Manages the websites for Living-Learning Programs and Roadmap to Success
  • Develops, coordinates, and manages social media presence for New Student and Transition Programs, in consultation with the Division of University Communications and other campus units

Student Engagement

  • Serves as the primary point of contact for students participating in Sophomore Scholars in Residence (SSIR), Richmond Endeavor, living-learning communities, and the Roadmap to Success programs
  • Recruits, hires, trains, and evaluates orientation leaders (OL's) and orientation advisors (OA's) for New Student Orientation programs (November through August)
  • Recruits, hires, trains, and evaluates Endeavor Navigators (student peer-mentors) within the Richmond Endeavor program throughout the academic year
  • Leads, plans, and implements the student recruitment and selection processes for The Richmond Endeavor, Sophomore Scholars in Residence (SSIR), and living-learning communities
  • Assist with pre-matriculation communications plan for incoming first-year and transfer students
  • Serve as an academic advisor to undeclared students until major declaration

Other responsibilities related to the Division of Student Development

  • Serves as a WELL 100: Introduction to Collegiate Life instructor for one section per semester
  • Serves on a variety of university and divisional committees, as determined by the Director of New Student and Transition Programs
  • Other duties as assigned by the Director of New Student and Transition Programs


  • Student-centered approach to work and strong ability to work with historically underrepresented students
  • Comprehensive knowledge of college student development theory, program assessment, and high-impact practices research
  • Comprehensive knowledge in diversity, equity, and inclusion theories and applications
  • High level of attention to detail
  • Ability to apply theory, best practices and precedent to make decisions
  • Communicate effectively with faculty, staff, students, parents, and external community partners
  • Collaborate, co-create, and build partnerships with faculty and key administrative offices
  • Ability to work independently in a fast-paced, changing environment
  • Required: Must have a valid Driver's License and be able to produce a driving record with a minimum of 3 years of driving history in good standing


Education: Master's degree or equivalent in higher education administration, college student personnel, or counseling is required.

Experience: At least 1-3 years of experience in orientation programs, living-learning programs, residence life, campus programming, academic advising, or student affairs is required. Experience working within first-year experience programs preferred.


  • Full-time, exempt position
  • Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.; 7.75 hrs./day; 38.75 hrs./week
  • Working periodic evenings and on weekends is a requirement of the position, as well as domestic and international travel with student groups over break periods.

Pay Grade 6 (Hiring Range $44,775.00 to $59,325.00 annually)


At the University of Richmond, we're creative, inclusive, and determined. We're Spiders, and our mission is to create positive change in the UR community and beyond. Located minutes from downtown Richmond, Virginia, the University of Richmond ( blends the intimacy of a small college with exceptional academic, research, and cultural opportunities usually found only at large institutions. There's only one place like Richmond.

UR is committed to developing a diverse faculty, staff and student body, and to modeling an inclusive campus community which values the expression of differences in ways that promote excellence in teaching, learning, personal development and institutional success. In keeping with this commitment, our academic community welcomes candidates from diverse backgrounds and candidates who support diversity. EOE

Full time
Salary Range
$36,000.00 - 69,000.00
per Year
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Richmond, VA 23214, US
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