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Assistant Director for Transition Experiences and Family Programs

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Work type: Administrative & Professional
Senior management: Vice President for Student Affairs
Department: New Student and Family Programs
Location: Blacksburg, Virginia
Categories: Student Affairs / Services

Job Description

New Student and Family 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 and Family 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 and Family 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 Associate Director and works collaboratively with students, faculty, staff, and community partners to plan and execute Weeks of Welcome programming in the fall and spring, as well as family engagement programming including orientation, family weekends, and other programs that support the families. The Assistant Director will oversee an annual budget of $300,000 to support programs and student wages. The Assistant Director will provide supervision of a graduate student year-round.

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:
The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check.

Required Qualifications

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.
• Experience in event planning, design, and execution, both small-scale and large-scale events.
• Ability to coordinate and implement multiple events aimed at the welcome and transition experience of new students and their families.
• Ability to work collaboratively with key stakeholder to identify student needs.
• Demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion and the ability to work with a diverse group of constituents.

Preferred Qualifications

Preferred Qualifications
• Working knowledge of student learning and development theory and practice as well as the needs/issues of First year and Transfer students, as well as support for their families.
• Demonstrated organizational, leadership, communication, and public relations skills.
• Ability to design and implement 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.
• Ability to establish and maintain effective, cooperative working relationships with students, faculty, staff, and administrators.

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The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check.


About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.


About Student Affairs:

Student Affairs at Virginia Tech fosters a community where each student creates a customized experience to meet their goals. Building on our motto of Ut Prosim (that I may serve), Virginia Tech is dedicated to serving in the spirit of community, diversity, and excellence. We seek candidates who adopt and practice our Principles of Community, which are fundamental to our ongoing efforts to increase access and inclusion and to create a community that nurtures learning and growth. We are actively seeking people to join our community and help us prepare leaders for the world. Our people in Student Affairs are committed to student well-being and assuring that all students Experience VT by demonstrating, supporting, and operationalizing our Aspirations for Student Learning. If you are someone dedicated to ensuring student success, then we want you to consider being a part of our team!

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or military 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 on any other basis protected by law.

If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, please contact Debbie Falls at during regular business hours at least 10 business days prior to the event.

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