Job Positions

Assistant Director for Orientation

Categories: Great Lakes Region 5


Advising, Retention, and Career Center


University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

Date Posted:

Nov 29 2019 10:00PM

Close Date:


Position Description

POSITION: A full-time, professional academic staff position is available in the Advising, Retention, and Career Center with a projected start date of March 16, 2020. This is a renewable assignment, contingent on performance. The starting salary range will be between $55,000 - $59,000 and is commensurate with experience and qualifications.
OVERALL RESPONSIBILITY: The Assistant Director for Orientation contributes to the vision of the Advising, Retention, and Career Center. They will provide leadership in the coordination of programming, communication and resources for all students new to the university.


Oversees orientation programming for a variety of student populations including new students and transfer students
Creates and coordinates comprehensive communication plans for incoming students specific to special populations’ needs
Hire, train, and supervise student interns and student orientation assistants
Collaborates with campus departments to support recruitment and retention opportunities
Oversee the various orientation budgets
Assess the quality and effectiveness of orientation programming, suggest improvements as appropriate
Chair the Orientation Workgroup and serve as an active member of other related campus committees
Oversees related social media
Support the Associate Director of Advising on coordination of orientation training and creation of orientation support materials for academic advisors
Administers the “Blugold Family Connections” communication outreach and programming efforts
Organizes and facilitates year-round strategic student advising communication campaigns specific to topics of student success and retention
Stay current in the field/professional development activities as appropriate to professional role
Perform other duties as assigned

Application Process

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Applications are submitted electronically. Please follow instructions found on the following UW-Eau Claire Web site: You must create an account and login before you can apply. If you have not yet registered, click on the "Click here to Register" link to begin the registration process. If you are already a registered user, input your "User Name" and "Password" and select "Login." Click the link to the Assistant Director for Orientation (TAM#16131) position and then click the "Apply Now" button to submit your application electronically. Your application will not be considered complete until all required documents are attached and all required fields are completed. Please be sure you have included the following in PDF format: Letter of application Resume Unofficial transcript Names and contact information for three references. Please direct requests for additional information to: Leah Davis at or 715-836-3487. To ensure consideration, completed applications must be received by January 3, 2020. However, screening may continue until position is filled. The university reserves the right to contact additional references with notice given to the candidates at an appropriate time in the process. Employment will require a background check. Employment will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding past conduct related to sexual violence and sexual harassment. The University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful candidate will be released. See Wis. Stat. §. 19.36(7). The UW-Eau Claire Police Department is dedicated to maintaining a safe and secure environment for learning and working. Although crime at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire is limited, the University Police want students, faculty and staff to be aware of crime on campus and the area surrounding the campus. The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act is a federal law that requires colleges and universities to disclose annual information about campus crime. Visit Campus Security and Fire Report ( report.pdf) . Also visit our Campus Security Authority policy ( UW-Eau Claire is an AA/EEO/Veterans/Disability employer dedicated to enhancing diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Institution Information

UW-Eau Claire, an institution of approximately 11,500 students and 1,400 faculty and staff, is consistently recognized as a top comprehensive university in the Midwest and is widely known as a leader in faculty-undergraduate research and study abroad. We strive for excellence in liberal education and select graduate and professional programs through commitment to teaching and learning and dedication to our core values of diversity, sustainability, leadership, and innovation. To learn more about the campus culture and equity, diversity, and inclusion, visit and
The City of Eau Claire, situated at the confluence of the Chippewa and Eau Claire rivers, is at the center of a metropolitan area of approximately 100,000 people located 90 miles east of Minneapolis/St. Paul. The area features beautiful parks and trails, strong public schools, a vibrant arts scene and local food culture, and abundant recreational opportunities. To learn more abut the community, visit

Additional Information

THE UNIT: The center consists of 40+ staff members including Academic Advising, Career Services, Center for Service-Learning, Testing, and Orientation Programs.

Contact Information

Leah Davis 715-836-3487


Required Qualifications

Bachelor’s Degree from a regionally accredited institution Strong written and oral communication Demonstrated ability to establish productive and collegial collaborative relationships with campus partners (ex. Staff, faculty, students, etc.) Minimum of 2 years of experience working with college or pre-college students Demonstrated commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusivity Ability to plan, organize, and meet goals Experience in coordinating large scale events Experience in budget management Experience in supervision Demonstrated ability with technology platforms (ex. Slate, PeopleSoft, EAB)

Preferred Qualifications

Master’s Degree in a relevant field from a regionally accredited institution Previous experience coordinating new student orientation programs Ability to develop innovative approaches to program planning Demonstrated knowledge of retention issues in higher education