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Director of Student Transitions

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Work type: Administrative (Full Time)
Location: Marion, IN
Categories: Admissions/Recruiting/Enrollment, Academic Advising/Academic Support

Job Title: Director of Student Transitions

Reporting Relationship: Dean of Students & Deputy Title IX Coordinator

Unit: IWU-Marion

Department: Student Development-IWU Marion

Campus Location: Barnes Student Center

Summary of Position:    The Director of Student Transitions plays a strategic role not only within the Student Development team but 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 week-long program focused on helping students transition to college life at Indiana Wesleyan.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • First-Year Experience & Student Success
    • Develop, implement, and provide oversight to a comprehensive first-year experience program aimed at helping students thrive during their earliest college stages, with special attention to students who are currently at risk, on academic probation, and traditionally underserved by the University system
    • Work independently and collaboratively with peers within Academic Affairs, Student Development, Enrollment, and Marketing on implementation, marketing, program delivery, and results monitoring for retention programs designed for first year students
    • Partners with staff on special projects that support the first-year experience
    • Being a resource hub for first-year students who may be considered high risk to leave the university (e.g., identified by campus partners, need help navigating the university system) through tools such as the early alert system, and in partnership with faculty and/or staff
    • Follow-up on midterm grade and attendance issues for first-year students
    • Assist with hiring, train and manage student Peer Educators
    • Cultivate the development of the LDR-245 Peer Educator Practicum 
  • New Student Orientation
    • In consultation with the Dean of Students and the graduate assistant, develop, implement, and provide oversight to New Student Orientation for the fall and spring semesters
    • Hire, train, and manage new student orientation leaders in work with the graduate assistant
    • Lead New Student Orientation Coordinating Team Meetings for fall and spring semesters
    • Work with campus partners to plan orientation, including reserving space, coordinating SLM needs, NSO workshops (e.g., conference services, chapel, faculty, SAC, FYE coordinator), and communicate their needs to Conference Services
  • Administrative Leadership
    • Manage budgets for first-year experience and new student orientation
    • Assist in the development of the Dean of Students annual report
    • Attend departmental meetings, committee meetings (RiSER), and other meetings associated with the position, and participate in professional organizations that pertain to the position
    • Support the policies of the Student Handbook with integrity
    • Fulfill other duties as assigned by supervisor

Qualifications: According to Indiana Wesleyan University 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 preferred (higher education, student development or related area)


  • Three to five (3-5) years of experience in co-curricular education (preferably in student activities/programming, or retention)

Required Skills

  • Gifted in motivating others; creative and innovative; discerning; flexible; effective planner, organizer, and communicator; experience in developing Christian servant leader, cultivated emotional intelligence
  • Energetic, student-centered, and team-oriented professional who has a demonstrated record of leadership and student programming
  • Knowledge of student success programs and strategies, specifically programs targeted towards historically under-served student populations
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully balance, prioritize, and manage multiple tasks in an active, fast-paced environment while providing superior constituent service
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively
  • Must be able and willing to work some evenings and weekends
  • Maintain a professional image and manner consistent with Indiana Wesleyan University’s mission and goals

Diversity Statement

IWU commits to create a community that reflects kingdom diversity. We will foster an intentional environment that exhibits honor, respect, and dignity. Acknowledging visible or invisible differences, our community authentically values each member’s earthly and eternal worth. We refute ignorance and isolation and embrace deliberate and courageous engagement.


As a religious educational institution operating under the auspices of The Wesleyan Church, Indiana Wesleyan University is permitted and reserves the right to prefer employees on the basis of religion (42 U.S.C., Sections 2000e-1 and 2000e-2).

The above job description is meant to describe the general nature and level of work being performed; it is not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required for the position. Employees will be required to follow other job-related instructions and to perform other job-related duties requested by their supervisor in compliance with Federal and State Laws.


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