Assistant Director of First Year Experience

Ball State University

Muncie, IN

Job posting number: #7151320

Posted: May 31, 2023

Salary / Pay Rate: $60,750 - $70,000

Application Deadline: June 8, 2023

Job Description

Office of the Dean of University College
Assistant Director of First Year Experience
Ball State University

The University College welcomes applications for Assistant Director of First Year Experience.
Pay range for this position is $60,750-70,000.

At Ball State University, Inclusiveness and freedom of expression are a part of our enduring values and inform all of our efforts. We encourage applicants to familiarize themselves with our Inclusive Excellence Plan to learn more about our commitment and to identify how you might contribute to these efforts.

Position Function: Under the direction of the University College leadership, the Assistant Director of First Year Seminar will coordinate University College first year seminar courses, programs, and events designed to facilitate student academic success, foster a greater sense of community, and increase student persistence and retention within students new to Ball State University. The Assistant Director will serve as a liaison from Academic Affairs to Summer Bridge programs, Orientation and Welcome Week, the Living Learning Communities, First Year Faculty Ambassadors, the Career Center, and Commuter Connections.

Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in relevant field from an accredited institution. Three years of experience with innovative student success and retention initiatives in a higher education setting. Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills. Ability to prioritize and manage multiple simultaneous projects with attention to detail and adherence to deadlines. Demonstrated ability to form collaborative relationships with other University offices. Commitment to diversity and inclusion. Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with faculty. Ability to recruit, train, and supervise undergraduate student staff. Classroom teaching experience.

Candidates for searches must have current authorization to be employed in the U.S. without employer sponsorship.

Preferred Qualifications: Experience developing or modifying first year seminar course curriculum. Experience working with professionals in a Career Center and in Living and Learning Communities. Experience collaborating with Summer Orientation and Welcome Weeks programming. Solid knowledge of trends in higher education as they relate to student success, retention and support, inclusive and student-centered pedagogy, and best practices in first year seminar courses.

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Include the following documents with your application: resume and cover letter addressed to search committee chair. In the Applicant Documents section of this application, please provide an inclusive excellence statement describing how you would contribute to the development of a diverse and inclusive learning community at Ball State University through your teaching, research, and/or service. Please include examples of your contributions when possible. Word limit 500.

The option to upload transcripts is available. Original, official transcripts showing the highest related degree earner is required at the time of hire (even if obtained at BSU). Degree verification will be conducted.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will be accepted through June 8, 2023.

Ball State University is located in Muncie, Indiana, on an attractive campus 45 miles northeast of Indianapolis. Approximately 22,000 graduate and undergraduate students enroll in one of eight academic colleges that offer 120 undergraduate programs. We offer more than 140 master’s, doctoral, certificate, and specialist degrees, with many of them ranking among the best in the nation. Ball State aspires to be the model of the most student-centered and community-engaged of the 21st century public research universities, transforming entrepreneurial learners into impactful leaders – committed to improving the quality of life for all.

The Ball State way is rooted in the Beneficence Pledge – a commitment to excellence in teaching and scholarship, honesty and integrity, social responsibility, gratitude and valuing the intrinsic worth of each member of our community. Ball State students, faculty and staff are empowered in a culture that believes in them and demands they believe in themselves. They are partners in an innovative, immersive approach to education. They are supported by living and learning facilities that enable intellectual curiosity. We graduate scholars who are changing the world, and we’ve dedicated our University to do the same.

The university offers an excellent wellness program and extensive benefits offerings to include a generous paid time off package and paid parental leave. For further information regarding benefits please visit:

Ball State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that is strongly and actively committed to diversity within its community. Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and protected veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status or any other legally protected status.

At Ball State University, we recognize inclusive excellence as an integral endeavor to fulfill our University’s mission and our strategic plan. We recruit, support, and retain a diverse population of students, faculty, and staff. We encourage and reward diversity of thought. We promote a work environment that encourages and rewards innovation and creativity. We pledge to keep Inclusive Excellence at the highest level of institutional importance and as a foundation in all that we strive to do. Our over-arching goal for Inclusive Excellence is to adopt a university-wide Inclusive Excellence approach to academic, administrative support, and service functions of the university. We believe Inclusive Excellence must be infused in every step we take.

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Job posting number:#7151320
Application Deadline:2023-6-8
Employer Location:Ball State University
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