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Appointment Type: Admin Full-time
Department: Dean of Students
Categories: Administration
Position Grade: E2

The Director of the First-Year Experience is responsible for the administration and programmatic development of Union College’s new student transition to Union and the retention of those students. The Director is charged with taking a proactive approach to creating an environment where members of the Union College community can be challenged and supported in their efforts and experiences. Oversight of the first-year experience is a critical component of this role. Regular office hours are required and visibility to the campus community and student body is important. Evening and weekend hours will be required.


Qualifications: Master’s Degree in Higher Education Administration or related field. Relevant professional experience (At least 3 years in student affairs at a college or university). Strategically plan, implement, and assess first-year experience programming. Demonstrated commitment to the educational development of students and seeing their parents as partners. Ability to relate effectively with a diverse group of students, parents, and other College partners. Working knowledge and understanding of best practices in first-year and transfer experiences, parent programs, and student development theory. Experience with new student Orientation and other first-year experience programming. Strong leadership skills and experience supervising and motivating a volunteer student staff. Experience engaging a diverse student body. Demonstrated success with prototyping, risk-taking, and analysis. Experience with program development and event coordination. Effective written and communication skills. Commitment to continued professional development.

We offer exceptional benefits including, but not limited to the following:

  • Generous Vacation, Sick and Personal Time
  • Winter Recess Break in Addition to Paid Holidays
  • Healthcare, Dental, and Vision Insurance (Flexible Spending and Dependent Care Accounts)
  • Free On-Campus Fitness Facility Access and Discounts for On-Campus Wellness Programs
  • Employee Scholarships toward Certifications, Seminars, Training and Professional Development
  • 11% Employer Contribution to the 403(b) Retirement Plan
  • Salary Continuation Program in the event of Disability
  • Tuition Assistance Program for Employee, Spouse and/or Dependents

Note: All new hires of Union College are subject to a thorough education, work experience, and criminal history background check.

Union College

Officially chartered in 1795, Union College is the fifth oldest liberal arts college in the country. Located in the Capital District of New York State, Union is a highly selective residential and undergraduate college, home to 2,200 students and 220 faculty, and offering 44 majors. Union was the first liberal arts college to rethink the traditional liberal arts education and adopt an engineering curriculum. That pioneering approach continues today with an education that encourages students to work beyond the limits of disciplinary boundaries, allowing them to think globally and lead innovatively in a world where problem solving requires breadth across humanities, arts, social sciences, science, and engineering.

Diversity at Union College

Union College is an equal opportunity employer and strongly committed to student and workforce diversity. Increasing diversity on campus is a critical priority for Union, one that is integral to our mission of preparing students for a globally interconnected world. Union provides a blend of intellectual, social and cultural opportunities to facilitate the integrated academic, social and personal development of a diverse community. We value and are committed to a host of diverse populations and cultures including, but not limited to, those based on race, religion, disability, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, national origin and veteran status. Union College is committed to providing access and will provide reasonable accommodation in its application process to individuals with disabilities that request such accommodations.

Non-Discrimination Policy

Union College will not discriminate in the recruitment or selection of faculty and employees, or in any other area of employment, on the basis of age, sex, race, national origin, religion, religious belief, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression and veteran status. In this regard, opportunities for advancement will be made available without bias. The College is also subject to state and federal laws, supports efforts to attract and retain fully qualified women and other minority group members for faculty and other positions. Union College will comply with the letter and intent of all State and Federal laws and applicable orders pursuant to Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action.

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