Job Code/Title: XXXX / Director of First Year Experience and Leadership Development
The following statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel so classified.
The Director of First Year Experience and Leadership Development serves as an integral member of University College, providing leadership with first-year welcome week, first-year student transition, peer mentoring, and program development. This individual provides leadership to staff that help facilitate the adjustment of students academically, socially, and personally to Kentucky State University.
The Office of First Year Experience & Leadership Development is dedicated to assisting first-year students in their transition to KSU by addressing the social, cognitive and emotional challenges they encounter. New students are guided in their intellectual and personal development through campus wide projects such as Orientation and Welcome Week, as well as through a variety of academic and social programs involving small group and one-on-one mentoring. FYE & LD works with all class years by offering opportunities for leadership development to all interested undergraduate students by providing skills and experiences essential for lifelong leadership engagement. Mentor relationships are continued with students in subsequent years as they endeavor to succeed academically, become influential leaders, and develop into well-balanced citizens of the KSU and Frankfort community.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Responsible for the design and implementation of various programs and projects related to new student orientation, ongoing personal development, and leadership training
Develops and promotes a diverse array of successful programs and services for first year students, including coordination of Bred Week.
Responsible for assisting with developing and implementing the vision and goals of UC that increase student engagement and positively impact retention.
Research and initiate current FYE trends and best practices to improve existing programs, with a particular focus on retention and the development and mental growth of the whole student.
Collaborate with faculty teaching and/or overseeing freshmen level courses, programs and/or curriculum to ensure academic success and retention of first-year students.
Assist with New Student Orientation.
Serves as the advisor to the Bred Advisory Board.
Will work closely with the Student Life team to assist in the development, coordination and implementation of programming in the areas of Leadership & Civic Engagement initiatives.
Works as a team member of UC to develop effective proactive and responsive retention programming to meet first year student needs.
Assists in the management of the departmental brand by monitoring area e-mail accounts and web presence including daily posts/tweets to all applicable social media outlets
Works with Coordinator to design and support a comprehensive leadership training program (e.g., seminars, workshops, etc.).
Compile reports, proposals and recommendations related to FYE & LD.
Provide leadership to ensure the utilization of a variety of effective and best-practice advising delivery systems and methodologies, including distance learners, in an environment conducive to provision of quality student support services and learning.
Works with Coordinator to recruit, select, orient, supervise, evaluate, and develop the Bred Advisory Board consistent with UC needs, policies and procedures, and support their work with assigned student populations.
Represent FYE & LD at open houses, admission events, and other functions as necessary.
Other duties as assigned by the director of University College.
MINIMUM JOB REQUIREMENTS:
3-5 years’ experience working in Higher Education
Excellent interpersonal, communication, and organizational skills
Ability to work nights and weekends
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES REQUIRED:
Superior listening and critical thinking skills and the ability to multi-task
Experience with retention data collection and reporting
Working knowledge of postsecondary academic advising and retention strategies
Candidates should have the ability to become knowledgeable of the range of varied student services available, enrollment services, academic policies, requirements, and procedures of Kentucky State University
Strong interpersonal/human relations skills essential
Ability to initiate and maintain professional relationships with diverse groups, demonstrate sensitivity to the needs of a diverse student population including low-income, first-generation, students of color, disabled, underrepresented, older and non-traditional, and international students
Must have excellent verbal and written communication
Ability to maintain confidentiality is essential
Must have attention to detail
Basic skills in productivity software (Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, Excel)
Ability to collect, analyze and report retention related data.
Must be able to multi-task, prioritize, manage multiple priorities, and meet deadlines
Must have the ability to work in a fast paced environment and possess excellent organizational skills
Ability to interpret and communicate university policies and procedures and associated federal and state regulations
Work staggered hours including evening hours during the work week as assigned