Director of Student Transitions - Marion - job 745722

Indiana Wesleyan University

Date: 05/04/2021

City: Marion, Indiana

Employment type: Full-time

Director of Student Transitions


Within the leadership oversight of Student Development, our challenge is to be Disciple-Makers, committed to influencing other to become more like Jesus. This kind of leader is committed to Christ – a Kingdom seeker; to their peers - a compassionate friend; and to the broken world around them - a world changing Christian.


  • The Director must be committed to the Lordship of Christ. The Director must continually seek opportunities to grow and possess strong character traits through the regular practicing of the spiritual disciplines (e.g. prayer, meditation, Bible reading) and develop ministry values that express what God can do in impacting students and colleagues with whom they interact.

  • The Director's ministry strategy is to serve students and the entire campus by creating a spiritually rich environment supporting the IWU-Marion Values and Distinctive, quality programs and exciting innovative initiatives.

  • The successful candidate must be able to demonstrate professional excellence and the integration of personal faith and the truths of Christianity into the work of Student Development.


The Director of Student Transitions plays a strategic role not only within the Student Development team but also across the IWU-Marion campus. In partnership with faculty, the Director oversees a comprehensive first-year experience that will facilitate student success, foster a sense of community, and increase retention. The position also has oversight of New Student Orientation, a weeklong program focused on helping students transition to college life at Indiana Wesleyan.

Inclusive Excellence at Indiana Wesleyan University recognizes that our university's ability to successfully advance our mission depends on how fully we value, engage and include the rich diversity of our entire community. These efforts are core to our institutional functioning to ensure all stakeholders know they belong on campus. We encourage professionals of color to apply.


Reports to: Dean for Student Engagement


First-Year Experience

  • In consultation with the Dean of Student Engagement, develop, implement, and provide oversight to a comprehensive first-year experience program aimed at helping students thrive during their first-year of college.

  • Hire, train, and manage student peer educators.

  • In collaboration with other campus stakeholders, enhance early intervention strategies for first year students.

New Student Orientation

  • In consultation with the Dean of Student Engagement, develop, implement, and provide oversight to New Student Orientation.

  • Hire, train, and manage student new student orientation leaders.

Student Success

  • In collaboration with other campus stakeholders, provide programming to support first year student academic success, with special attention to students who are currently at risk, on academic probation, and traditionally underserved by the University system.

  • Keep current on trends and best practices in first year advising, retention, student development, and student success.

  • Manage Aviso alerts, midterm grade follow-up, and registration tracking for first-year students.

Administrative and Leadership

  • In partnership with entire Student Engagement team, help facilitate student thriving.

  • Manage budgets for first-year experience and new student orientation.

  • Work with university administration to uphold risk management policies and procedures

  • Conduct assessment within the student body to determine needs and learning outcomes of programs.

  • Prepare annual report evaluating activities/events offered in program areas as they pertain to outlined goals.

  • Counsel students and refer as necessary regarding spiritual, personal, emotional, or academic problems.

  • Attend departmental meetings, committee meetings, and other meetings associated with the position.

  • Participate in professional organizations that pertain to position

  • Maintain a professional image and manner consistent with Indiana Wesleyan University's mission and goals. Support the policies of the Student Handbook with integrity.

  • Fulfill other duties as assigned by supervisor


Supervises: Graduate Assistant


According to Indiana Wesleyan University's employment policy, all employees must possess a strong Christian commitment and adhere to the standards outlined in the IWU Community Lifestyle Statement.


  • Master's degree required (higher education, student development or related area)


  • 3-5 years of experience in higher education

Required Skills

  • Skills: Gifted in motivating others; creative and innovative; discerning; flexible; effective planner, organizer, and communicator; experience in developing Christian servant leaders.


The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They should not be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel so classified. In addition, nothing in this job description restricts management's right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this position at any time.

Indiana Wesleyan University is committed to equal opportunity in employment and maintaining a work environment free from all forms of unlawful discrimination. Accordingly, the University affords equal opportunity to all employees and prospective employees without regard to race, sex, color, national or ethnic origin, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, or any other status protected by law.

These have access to all the rights, privileges, and programs generally made available to employees at the University. It does not discriminate in the administration of its policies, programs, nor during any phase of employment, including hiring, promotion, demotion, treatment during employment, rates of pay or other compensation, and termination of employment.

As an educational institution operating under The Wesleyan Church, Indiana Wesleyan University reserves and exercises its privileges under applicable law to prefer employees on the basis of religion and who are best suited to its religious purpose.

Indiana Wesleyan University is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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