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Assistant Director of New Student Programs - Iowa State University

October 12, 2018 4:47 PM | Anonymous member
University Title Program Coordinator II - 1063
Pay Grade 35
Salary Commensurate with qualifications
Base of Employment P - P&S
Job Category Professional and Scientific
Pay Frequency Monthly
Posting Number 80563P
Working Title Assistant Director of New Student Programs
Advertised Employing Department Office of Admissions
Appointment Type Professional & Scientific - Continuous
Proposed Start Date Prefer December 17, 2018 but negotiable
Proposed End Date or Length of Term
Number of Months Employed Per Year 12
Full or Part Time Full-Time
Summary of Duties and Responsibilities

The Office of Admissions at Iowa State University is seeking applications for an Assistant Director of New Student Programs (NSP). Join a dynamic team responsible for the innovation, planning and implementation of Orientation and Destination Iowa State, serving 8,500 new students and 16,000 guests, as well as collaborating with 550 student leaders each year. Be a part of creating an exciting adventure that is key to new student success and retention at Iowa State.

This position coordinates the development, implementation, and assessment of the University Orientation programs and the Destination Iowa State programs, both designed to prepare all new undergraduate students for their academic, social, and personal transition to Iowa State University. These programs are critical to student success and retention, as well as a key factor for promoting inclusion in our campus community. A main responsibility is the supervision of professional and support staff as well as undergraduate students and graduate assistants, which includes hiring, training, motivating, evaluating, and is a key member of the leadership of New Student Programs. Associated responsibilities include committee service and leadership; budget management; development of publications, PowerPoint and video presentations, and web sites; and direct interaction with students and families in the form of presentations, facilitation of panels, event coordination and counseling of prospective undergraduate students and families.

The successful candidate will possess high energy and enthusiasm; a student-centered work philosophy; strong supervisory skills; excellent organizational skills; outstanding written and oral communication skills including public speaking; an understanding of the value of higher education; an understanding of purpose and philosophy of new student programs; and an understanding of student success and transition issues. The candidate must be able to work under pressure and handle multiple tasks at the same time as well as work outside of regular work schedule as necessary throughout the year.

About Iowa State University and the Ames Community

Iowa State University is classified as a Carnegie Foundation Doctoral/Research University-Extensive, a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), and ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top public universities in the nation. More than 36,000 students are enrolled and are served by over 6,200 faculty and staff.

Iowa State University is a global and culturally diverse university committed to providing an inclusive, equitable, and diverse environment for both learning and employment. We know that diversity in experience and perspective is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and building an inclusive academic community. At Iowa State, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituents. The university has an expectation that all employees will demonstrate a contribution to diversity and inclusion as embodied in Iowa State University’s Principles of Community.

Ames, Iowa is a progressive community of 60,000, located approximately 30 minutes north of Des Moines, and recently voted one of the best college towns in the nation.

Iowa State University is an equal opportunity employer committed to excellence through diversity and strongly encourages applications from all qualified applicants, including women, underrepresented populations, and veterans. ISU is responsive to the needs of dual career couples, is dedicated to work-life balance through an array of policies, and is an NSF ADVANCE institution.

All employees are expected to exhibit and convey good citizenship within the program, the department, college, university activities, collegial interactions, and maintain the highest standards of integrity and ethical behavior.

Required Education and Experience

Bachelor’s degree and 4 years of related experience; OR a Master’s degree and 2 years of related experience; OR a combination of education and/or related experience totaling 8 years unless otherwise specified under supplemental required education and experience. Experience must be at a comparable level and directly related to the duties of this position.

Supplemental Required Education and Experience
Preferred Education and Experience

Experience which demonstrates knowledge of resources related to student success and retention

Experience with complex and large scale event planning and implementation

Experience or education which demonstrates knowledge of student development theory and assessment

Supervisory and evaluation experience of professional and/or college-aged students, including hiring, training, motivating, supervising and disciplinary action

Experience with public speaking

Master’s degree in higher education or related field

Location (if other than Ames)
Additional Information

Vacation time during May through August will be limited as this is peak time for the office.

Department Contact Name Erica Fischer
Department Contact Phone 515-294-0061
Department Contact Email
Department/Unit Website
Application Instructions

To apply for this position, please click on “Apply for this Job” and complete the Employment Application. Please be prepared to enter or attach the following:

1) Resume/Curriculum Vitae
2) Letter of Application/Cover Letter
3) Contact Information for Three Professional References

If you have questions regarding this application process, please email or call 515-294-4800 or Toll Free: 1-877-477-7485.

If selected for an on-campus interview, candidate will be asked to prepare a 10-12 minute presentation as part of the interview.

Special Instructions Summary
Guaranteed Consideration Date 10/28/2018
Pre-Employment Screening

All offers of employment, oral and written, are contingent upon the university’s verification of credentials and other information required by federal and state law, ISU policies/procedures, and may include the completion of a background check and/or a consumer credit check.

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EO Statement

Iowa State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, marital status, disability, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against. Inquiries can be directed to the Office of Equal Opportunity, 3410 Beardshear Hall, 515 Morrill Road, 515 294-7612, email

Posting Details
Preferred Licensure(s)/Certification(s)

Valid U.S. Driver’s License

Preferred Licensure(s)/Certification(s)

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Where did you first learn about this vacancy?
    • ISU Employment Opportunities Website
    • ISU Employee
    • Website
    • Placement Office
    • Trade Journal
    • Newspaper
    • HERC Website
    • LinkedIN
    • Facebook
    • CareerBuilder
  2. Please indicate which specific website, placement office, trade journal, newspaper, or other resource influenced you to apply for this position.

    (Open Ended Question)

  3. * Please describe your experiences with student success and retention efforts.

    (Open Ended Question)

  4. * Please describe your experience(s) with complex and large scale event planning and implementation.

    (Open Ended Question)

  5. * Please describe your experience or education which demonstrates a knowledge of student development theory and assessment.

    (Open Ended Question)

  6. * Please describe your experience supervising and leading professional staff and college-aged students.

    (Open Ended Question)

  7. * Please describe your experience with public speaking.

    (Open Ended Question)

Applicant Documents

Required Documents

  1. Letter of Application/Cover Letter
  2. Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  3. Reference Contact Information
Optional Documents

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